Day 1 Oslo, Norway
Arrive in Oslo, Norway’s vibrant capital city. Arrive early to explore many museums, restaurants and green spaces to keep you busy before retiring at your included airport hotel.
Day 2 Longyearbyen | Embark
- 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Today is the day to board on World Explorer! Take the private charter for your flight to Longyearbyen. Spend some time exploring Spitsbergen’s largest settlement before embarkation. As your ship sets sail, enjoy your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from icy waters.
Day 3-13 Exploring Spitsbergen
- 11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners
Head north and around the island of Spitsbergen, exploring smaller, outlying islands. Circumnavigate Spitsbergen or if weather permits, the whole Svalbard archipelago. Every expedition is different depending on the weather and ice, but some of the places to visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Ny London, Phippsøya, Alkefjellet and the seldom-visited Kvitøya.
For birders, the 14th of July Glacier is home to puffins, purple sandpipers, common eiders, barnacle geese and arctic terns, while Alkefjellet’s cliffs are teeming with nesting Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres).
Always on the lookout for wildlife, be sure to have your camera ready to capture reindeer at the sites like Ny London, Sundneset and Alkhorne. Phippsøya and Isbukta are two of the bears’ preferred places for hunting, which translates into the great potential for you to view and capture them in action.
A big part of appreciating Spitsbergen comes from understanding the culture— not just how people live today, but also how this land was first explored. Whaling was a key industry, and see the remains of outposts from the 16th century, plus other evidence of whaling at landing sites such as Smeerenburg.