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Northern Svalbard Explorer

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Take advantage of the Arctic autumn conditions to explore rarely visited northern isles of Svalbard. Pack ice opens allowing you to attempt landings in some of the farthest reaches of the archipelago, including the outer islands of Nordaustlandet, Storøya and Kvitøya. Watch for walrus haul-outs, flocks of ivory gulls and polar bears hunting on pack ice, sail past spectacular ice caps and framatic calving glaciers, and step ashore to explore the orange-coloured tundra.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Longyearbyen, Svalbard | Embark
Day 2 : Spitsbergen's Northwest Coast
Days 3-4 : Nordaustlandet North Coast
Days 5-6 : East of Nordaustlandet
Days 7-8 : South of Nordaustlandet
Days 9-10 : Spitsbergen North & West Coast
Day 11 : Longyearbyen, Svalbard | Disembark

Highlights

  • Photograph walrus and seals as they haul-out on the pack ice
  • Zodiac cruise past the impressive Austfonna ice cap and its glacial front
  • Discover the remains of ancient whaling stations at Ytre Norskøya
  • Cross 80°north into pack ice to spot the majestic polar bear

Ship

Polar Pioneer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A mother polar bear and her young relax on the Arctic landscape Homes in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway Kayaking through the arctic waters. Reindeer feeding in the arctic. Explore the expansive National Parks of the Arctic

Day 1 Longyearbyen, Svalbard | Embark

Enjoy a guided tour of Spitsbergen’s colourful capital of Longyearbyen. Embark Polar Pioneer late in the afternoon, and enjoy a warm welcome from your expert expedition team.

Day 2 Spitsbergen's Northwest Coast

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Awaken in the Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park - the rugged north-west corner of Svalbard’s largest island, Spitsbergen. Alpine peaks and glacier valleys dominate the landscape which is home to reindeer, walrus and Arctic fox. Cruise past spectacular sea-cliffs, watching as the last of the season’s seabirds take flight, and explore the region’s calving glaciers such as Smeerenburg on Amsterdam Island and discover the remains of ancient whaling stations at Ytre Norskøya.

Day 3-4 Nordaustlandet North Coast

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Your captain steers Polar Pioneer northeast to reach the coast of Svalbard’s second largest island, Nordaustlandet - a polar desert rich in geological wonders. Traverse the northern coastline, landing ashore for tundra walks amongst the autumn-hues in search of wildlife like reindeer and walruses. If weather and ice permits, hope to attempt landings or cruises at Sjuøyane (The Seven Isles), the most northerly point of the Svalbard archipelago (and Norway) and home to a large colony of walruses and frequented by roaming polar bears. Hope to explore the magnificent 40 kilometre fjord at Rijpfjord.

Day 5-6 East of Nordaustlandet

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Continue across the top of Nordauslandet towards Svalbard’s most easterly islands, Kvitøya and Storøya (also the most easternmost part of Norway), and aim to take a spectacular Zodiac cruise around Karl XII Island – Norway’s second-most northern point – on route. Over the next two days weather and ice dictate your journey as you head further north into the thickening pack ice in search for polar bears and walrus as they hunt and haul-out on the ice and keep watch for the elusive and elegant ivory gull.

Day 7-8 South of Nordaustlandet

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Completing your circumnavigation of Nordaustlandet, head north through the Hinlopen Strait. Along the way you may take a Zodiac cruise around Austfonna, an impressively large ice cap with one of the longest glacier fronts in the northern hemisphere. Zodiac cruise under the impressive sheer cliffs of Alkfjellet, the summer nesting ground of thousands of birdlife as well as explore Isisøya by Zodiac, and make a landing at Murchisonfjorden, both of which are steeped in rich history and amazing scenery.

Day 9-10 Spitsbergen North & West Coast

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Returning along the stunning north-western Spitsbergen coast, keep an eye on ice and weather conditions and make as many landings as possible. Possible landing spots include Woodfjord, Liefdefjord, Krossfjord and Kongsfjord.

Day 11 Longyearbyen, Svalbard | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Cruise down Isfjorden and return to Longyearbyen, disembark and bid farewell to new-found friends.

Polar Pioneer

Per person starting at
$5,700
Polar Pioneer's Triple Cabin.
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Triple Shared
Triple Cabins have two lower and one upper berth, a desk, a small washbasin, storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.
Polar Pioneer's Public Twin Cabin.
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Twin Shared
Twin Shared Cabins have two lower bunks, a desk, small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.
Polar Pioneer's Private Twin Cabin.
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Twin Private
Twin Private Cabins have two lower bunks, a desk, windows, and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. Two cabins have upper and lower bunks (cabins 402 and 403).
Polar Pioneer's Mini Suite.
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Mini Suite
Mini Suites have a separate small bedroom with double bed, a sofa bed in the main room, a desk, video player and TV, windows and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.
Polar Pioneer's Captain Suite.
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Suite
The Suite features a large lounge area, a separate small bedroom with double bed, a sofabed in the main room, a video player and TV, refrigerator, large forward and side facing windows, and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Notes

Please note that all of Polar Pioneer itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. These itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.

- Rates represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.

- Single costs are 1.7 times the twin rate

Voyage Inclusions:
  • Group sightseeing tour in Longyearbyen on arrival (pre-voyage)
  • Group transfer from airport to Polar Pioneer in Longyearbyen (pre-voyage)
  • Group transfer from Polar Pioneer to airport in Longyearbyen (post-voyage)
  • Accommodation on the Polar Pioneer in your chosen cabin category with daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on-board doctor and basic medical services
  • A custom-designed polar expedition jacket to keep
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • All entry fees to historic landing sites
  • All port taxes and charges.
Voyage Exclusions:
  • Air transport to and from the ship, unless specified
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in voyage itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the voyage itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges.
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