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Polar bears in the Arctic

Pristine Spitsbergen

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Depart from Tromsø, in Norway, and head north to bring you closer to Bear Island, a refuge for many birds, in the western part of the Barents Sea. Later reach the southern tip of Spitsbergen and discover the Sor-Spitsbergen National Park. Further north, in the Nordvest Spitsbergen National Park, follows in the footsteps of the former whalers who once settled there. Before your disembarkation in Longyearbyen, discover the glaciers of the Kongsfjorden and you will maybe have the opportunity to discover Ny-Alesund. This international scientific station is a former mining town, which was the departure point for many expeditions towards the North Pole.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Flight from Paris to Tromso | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Sailing by Bjornoya (Bear Island)
Days 4-5 : Sor-Spitsbergen National Park
Day 6 : Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park
Day 7 : Sailing Ice Floes
Day 8 : Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park | Kongsfjorden (King Bay), Spitsbergen
Day 9 : Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen | Disembark | Flight to Paris

Highlights

  • Enjoy a unique experience sailing in Spitsbergen’s incredible fjords
  • Explore beautiful ice floes and jagged mountains
  • View icebergs, steep-sided valleys, huge glaciers
  • Observe wildlife such as polar bears, foxes, Svalbard reindeer

Ship

Le Boreal (CDP)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Polar bears in the Arctic Colorful homes in Longyearbyen, Svalbard Homes in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway Glass-still waters around Spitsbergen Walruses huddled together on the ice
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Day 1 Flight from Paris to Tromso | Embark

In the north of the Arctic circle discover Tromsø, a secluded town located in the county of Troms. Norwegians call it the “Paris of the north”. You soon see why when you discover its extensive neoclassical architectural heritage. A stunning example is the Arctic cathedral, a major monument whose stylistic purity echoes the outline of the mountains surrounding the town.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique, or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 3 Sailing by Bjornoya (Bear Island)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Halfway between Norway and Spitsbergen, sail not far from the coastlines of Bjørnøya, the southernmost island of Svalbard. From your ship, observe this isolated piece of land discovered in 1596 by the Dutch navigator Willem Barents, then looking for the Northwest Passage. Following a tough fight between a polar bear and the members of the expedition, he dubbed the place Bear Island. Regularly covered by a thick layer of fog, Bjørnøya shelters a meteorological station built in 1923, which is still in operation. Declared a nature reserve in 2002, the island is above all home to an enormous colony of sea birds: skuas, guillemots, puffins, Tridactyl gulls, petrels, gulls and little auks all coexist here.

Day 4-5 Sor-Spitsbergen National Park

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Explore Sor-Spitsbergen National Park.

Day 6 Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Like the other protected areas of Svalbard, the Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park was established in the early 1970s to protect this exceptional environment against the growing interest of the mining industry. Nunataks, glaciers, islands and large bays, arctic tundra scattered with moss and lichen in shades of silver and gold... This region will fascinate you with its landscapes and with the numerous vestiges that bear witness to the history of the men ─ whale hunters and those involved in the first expeditions to the North Pole ─ who found themselves on these shores from the start of the 17th century. In this pristine environment, you will be able to observe arctic sterns or seals on the rocks that emerge at low tide.

Day 7 Sailing Ice Floes

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy the unique experience of sailing to the heart of the ice floe, this vast expanse of the virgin, immaculate ice. The landscapes are constantly changing, shifting from a smooth, flat wilderness to chaos of ice, then to channels of open water. Sail along these naturally open channels and through the areas where the frozen layer is thinnest, offering you the chance to experience magic maritime moments in the midst of drifting sea ice. It will also often be an opportunity to see a particular kind of fauna, totally dependent on the ice floe: birds, seals and polar bears.

Day 8 Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park | Kongsfjorden (King Bay), Spitsbergen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Like the other protected areas of Svalbard, the Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park was established in the early 1970s to protect this exceptional environment against the growing interest of the mining industry. Nunataks, glaciers, islands and large bays, arctic tundra scattered with moss and lichen in shades of silver and gold... This region will fascinate you with its landscapes and with the numerous vestiges that bear witness to the history of the men ─ whale hunters and those involved in the first expeditions to the North Pole ─ who found themselves on these shores from the start of the 17th century. In this pristine environment, you will be able to observe arctic sterns or seals on the rocks that emerge at low tide.

Very close to the former mining town of Ny-Ålesund, set off to discover Kings Bay. Sail in one of the most beautiful fjords in Svalbard: Kongsfjorden (the fjord of the King), a gateway to grandiose landscapes. Here, the snow-capped mountains are reflected in the water where superb icebergs try to outdo each other in their beauty, a delight for photographers. Bearded seals, reindeer, barnacle geese and black guillemots frequent these places that have a unique atmosphere. Once you arrive at the end of the fjord, admire the Kongsbreen (glacier of the King) and its three characteristic rocky points, which take their names from three Scandinavian countries: Svea (Sweden), Dana (Denmark) and Nora (Norway).

Day 9 Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen | Disembark | Flight to Paris

Longyearbyen is the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, located on Svalbard’s main island, and is the northernmost territorial capital on the planet. With winter temperatures dropping to below 40°C, the landscapes of this mining town are simply breathtaking. The glaciers, the mountains stretching as far as the eye can see and the untouched nature, make you feel like you’re in completely unexplored territory.
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Valid on all departures until April 30, 2022.

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Book now and pay no supplement on single occupancy rates. Select departures only. Valid for all cabin types. For new bookings after December 10, 2020. Contact us for details.
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