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Franz Josef Land: Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen

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Begin your Arctic adventure in Longyearbyen, capital of the Norwegian territory of Svalbard and starting point of your expedition. Explore the many waterways and islands of this unique Arctic landscape. The long days of summer sunlight illuminate the surroundings as you slip your moorings and sail into a true wilderness where wildlife abounds. The scenery as you sail through Isfjorden on the first evening is spectacular and there is already the possibility of marine mammal encounters. Cross back through the bountiful waters of the Barents Sea and then along the coastal islands of the Svalbard Archipelago. From panoramic open decks, enjoy Arctic landscapes and wildlife sightings. Bountiful inshore and offshore waters are home to walrus and a wide variety of whales. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Day 2 : Longyearbyen | Embark
Days 3-4 : Across the Barents Sea
Days 5-11 : Exploration of Franz Josef Land
Days 12-13 : Along the coasts of Svalbard
Day 14 : West Spitsbergen
Day 15 : Longyearbyen | Disembark

Highlights

  • Observe majestic polar bears around the beautiful Barents Sea
  • Walk in the footsteps of famous polar explorers at various historical sites
  • Explore the spectacular fjords and coasts of western Svalbard
  • Discover the North Pole and the ruins of a WWII weather station

Ship

Sea Spirit

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Welcome to Longyearbyen, the Arctic adventure capital of the Norwegian territory of Svalbard and starting point of your expedition. After arriving via scheduled commercial flight, you are free to explore this small but fascinating settlement. Be sure to see the excellent Svalbard Museum and enjoy the shops, cafes and restaurants in the town center. Your hotel for the night has been pre-arranged and is included in the price of the voyage.

Day 2 Longyearbyen | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the afternoon be welcomed aboard the expedition ship Sea Spirit; transfers from the hotel are included. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home-away-from-home for the extraordinary adventure to come. The long days of summer sunlight illuminate the surroundings as you slip your moorings and sail into a true wilderness where wildlife abounds. The scenery as you sail through Isfjorden on the first evening is spectacular and there is already the possibility of marine mammal encounters.

Day 3-4 Across the Barents Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
From Isfjorden proceed straight to Franz Josef Land across the Barents Sea. Presentations and workshops by the expert staff prepare you for what lies ahead. In these far northern latitudes, it is possible to encounter sea ice even in summer. Along the way, remain vigilant for sightings of ice-dependent marine mammals such as the elusive bowhead whale, various Arctic seal species, and the majestic polar bear.

Day 5-11 Exploration of Franz Josef Land

  • Ship
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. As such, your route and exploration opportunities in Franz Josef Land are heavily dependent on weather and sea ice. The experienced captain and expedition leader decide the best route and continually adjust plans as opportunities warrant in this wild and remote corner of the Arctic.
 
Between obligatory initial and final calls at the Russian polar station Nagurskoye in Cambridge Bay, you are free to explore the many waterways and islands of this unique Arctic wilderness.
 
The archipelago, part of the Russian Arctic National Park since 2012, is a nature sanctuary. Polar bears and other quintessential High Arctic wildlife, such as walruses and some rare whale species, can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Franz Josef Land. Scree slopes and cliffs around the islands host enormous nesting colonies of seabirds such as guillemots, dovekies, and kittiwakes. Take advantage of the 24-hour daylight to exploit every opportunity for wildlife viewing.
 
Franz Josef Land is dominated by glaciation, which covers 85% of the archipelago. Immense tidewater glaciers and glittering icebergs provide a stunning backdrop to your voyage. Franz Josef Land is also home to some interesting geological features, such as the mysterious stone spheres on Champ Island. Collectors of geographical extremes may take note that Cape Fligely on Rudolf Island is the northernmost point of land in the Eastern Hemisphere.
 
Franz Josef Land also offers visitors the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of famous polar explorers at well-preserved historical sites. The journals of explorers such as Julius von Payer, Benjamin Leigh Smith, Frederick George Jackson, and Fridtjof Nansen come alive at Cape Norway, Cape Flora, Eira Harbour, and Cape Tegetthoff. Memorials, monuments, crosses and the remains of dwellings are testimony to incredible historical events that are further illuminated by your expert lecturers.

Tikhaya Bukhta is currently a Russian Arctic National Park ranger station occupying Soviet-era research buildings and was also a major base for polar expeditions. Nearby the fascinating columnar basalt cliffs of Rubini Rock are home to thousands of nesting seabirds.

Day 12-13 Along the coasts of Svalbard

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Following your week of exploration in Franz Josef Land, cross back through the bountiful waters of the Barents Sea and then along the coastal islands of the Svalbard Archipelago. From panoramic open decks, enjoy Arctic landscapes and wildlife sightings. Bountiful inshore and offshore waters are home to walrus and a wide variety of whales. The crossing also gives the expedition team the opportunity to offer a final presentation or two in the Oceanus Lounge. Weather and timing permitting, launch the Zodiacs to have a closer look at wildlife as you head back to Longyearbyen.

Day 14 West Spitsbergen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After a technical stop in Longyearbyen, explore the spectacular fjords and coasts in the western part of Svalbard. This area contains some of the archipelago’s most impressive scenery and wildlife viewing opportunities abound.
 
Deep fjords and narrow channels are flanked by jagged snowy mountain peaks. Fields of flowering tundra are home to grazing reindeer and arctic fox, always on the hunt. The whole area is alive with migratory birds, including some rare species, taking advantage of summer’s fecundity in 24-hour daylight.

Among the historic sites, there are remnants of whaling camps, coal-mining operations, trappers’ cabins, staging areas for historic attempts to discover the North Pole, and the ruins of a WWII weather station.

Day 15 Longyearbyen | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast you say farewell in the town of Longyearbyen, where you started your expedition. Be transferred to the airport, or to the town center if you plan to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice!

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Notes

Travel Insurance:
All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance coverage with a minimum $200,000 (Antarctica) and $150,000 (Arctic) emergency medical coverage. The insurance IS included in the Arctic travel package and is NOT included in the Antarctic travel package. Additional insurance is strongly recommended.

Solo Travelers:
All rates posted are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement: 1.7 for Main Deck and Classic, Superior Suite; twice the posted price for Deluxe, Premium and Owner's Suite.

Included in your cruise fare:
  • 1 pre-voyage hotel night
  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions)
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails
  • All port fees
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Digital Voyage Log
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of US$150,000 per person
Excluded in your fare:
  • Airfare
  • Visa and passport fees. For this trip Russian visa is required. See your country’s Russian consulate or embassy for details
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges
  • Staff gratuities

Included

  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 13 Dinners
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