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Svalbard & NE Greenland National Park

Olso - Longyearbyen - Example 14 Day Cruise aboard Sea Spirit
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Board the Sea Spirit, for this 14-day cruise of the two beautiful Arctic islands. Embark in Longyearbyen - a must for those who want to see the Arctic in all its wildness and splendor. Explore Svalbard, the most impressive scenery, and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing. Witness the magnificent Franz Josef Fjord and Kong Oscar Fjord systems situated in Northeast Greenland National Park, known as the world’s largest and perhaps most remote. Seabird viewing and whale sightings can be enjoyed from panoramic open decks as well as exterior stateroom windows and balconies
A mother polar bear and her young relax on the Arctic landscapeColorful homes in Longyearbyen, SvalbardDisko BayAn Arctic fox gazes across the landscapeExplore the Arctic
Highlights
  • Explore Northeast Greenland National Park & the fjords of Franz Josef
  • Find ancient Thule archaeological sites, historical huts, and modern cabins
  • Catch sight of the Northern Lights, an otherworldly celestial phenomenon
  • Spot musk oxen, arctic hare, arctic fox, polar bear, reindeer, and more
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Arrival in Oslo

Welcome to Oslo, which in 2019 was awarded the prestigious title “Green Capital of Europe”. A comfortable stay is arranged for you at an Oslo Airport hotel so you’re conveniently close to your flight to Longyearbyen on Day 2.

If you’re adventurous and have the time, take the handy airport train into central Oslo – it’s a 20-minute ride and trains depart and arrive frequently during the day. Near Oslo Central Station are shops, cafes, the Botanical Garden, cultural attractions, and the attractive waterfront area.

Day 2: Longyearbyen | Embark

Today marks your flight to Longyearbyen (regular airline flight), the administrative center of Svalbard, and the starting point of the Arctic expedition! At Longyearbyen airport, a warm welcome awaits at the pier, where the expedition vessel, the M/V Sea Spirit, awaits you. Find comfort in your spacious suite and acquaint yourself with the ship, your home throughout this extraordinary adventure. Once underway, a full schedule of events commences with informative briefings and staff introductions. Following the first of many delightful dinners on board, step onto the open decks to admire the gorgeous scenery in the endless evening light while navigating the wildlife-rich waters of Isfjorden, one of Svalbard's largest fjords.

Day 3-5: Exploration of Svalbard

In the High Arctic wilderness of Svalbard, the itinerary remains flexible to maximize the experience. Weather and sea ice conditions determine the route and exploration opportunities. The experienced captain and expedition leader adapt plans accordingly. Majestic mountains, deep fjords, and turquoise waters create a stunning backdrop. Spot grazing reindeer, playful Arctic foxes, and diverse marine mammals. Keep an eye out for polar bears throughout Svalbard. Visit Ny Ålesund, a former mining town now occupied by Arctic researchers. Discover its museum, gift shop, and post office. This area also played a role in historic North Pole expeditions.

Day 6-7: Across the Greenland Sea

From Svalbard, heading southwest across the Greenland Sea towards East Greenland, it is possible to encounter sea ice at any time of the year in these far northern latitudes. Throughout the journey, vigilance is maintained for sightings of marine mammals, including seals and the majestic polar bear. In previous eras, a significant variety of whale species, particularly bowhead whales, inhabited the Greenland Sea. However, due to hunting that persisted into the 20th century, the whales were on the verge of extinction. Fortunately, populations are now recovering, and majestic animals can sometimes be seen passing by.

Day 8-11: East Greenland Adventure

This expedition cruising offers an authentic experience, bringing new opportunities to explore. Going on a true Arctic adventure, feeling the real breath of the Arctic. Itinerary and exploration opportunities in East Greenland are dependent on weather and sea ice conditions. Experienced captains and expedition leaders take advantage of every opportunity for excellent wildlife viewing, discovering incredible scenery, and going ashore wherever possible. The Franz Josef Fjord and Kong Oscar Fjord systems are part of Northeast Greenland National Park, the world’s largest and perhaps most remote. This whole area contains some of the Arctic’s most magnificent scenery. Deep fjords and narrow channels, flanked by ice-clad peaks up to 2000 meters high, reach far into the mountainous heart of Greenland. Tidewater glaciers create colossal icebergs that float with wind and tide throughout the fjord system. On shore, fields of multicolored tundra are home to musk oxen and Arctic hare. The landscape, vast, open, and seemingly untouched since the beginning of time, is a hiker’s paradise. Throughout this area, ancient Thule archaeological sites, historical trappers’ huts, and modern Inuit hunters’ cabins are found. To provide the best experience possible, Days 3-5 and 8-11 might be reversed. This allows the captain and expedition team to monitor the weather and sea conditions; flexibility is the key to polar expedition cruising!

Day 12-13: At Sea

Following the exploration of the Northeast Greenland coastline and fjords, head back across the Greenland Sea toward Svalbard. Presentations and workshops by the expert staff ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent, but that’s up to you! Seabird viewing and whale sightings can be enjoyed from panoramic open decks as well as exterior stateroom windows and balconies.

Day 14: Longyearbyen | Disembark

After filling up with one last buffet breakfast on board, bid farewell in Longyearbyen and receive a transfer to the airport and a regular flight to Oslo. By this time, plans for the next amazing trip into the polar worlds nat already be forming! 

Ship/Hotel

Sea Spirit

Travelers board a Zodiac to get a closer look at the terrain and wildlife
Sea Spirit
Outdoor Bistro at the Jacuzzi area of the Sea Spirit

Oslo - Hotels

Dates & Prices

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Per person starting at
$10,395 2-3 travelers
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Triple Classic
Averaging 226 sq ft. Two twin beds (convert to a King) and a sofa bed, picture window, two wardrobes and en suite facilities.
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Main Deck Suite
Averaging 248 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, minimum two portholes, and en suite facilities.
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Single Suite
Averaging 21 square meters/226 square feet, these cabins are located on the Oceanus Deck. They feature a picture window (it may be covered during rough sea crossings), two wardrobes, and a king-size bed.
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Classic Suite
Averaging 226 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, picture window, two wardrobes, and en suite facilities.
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Superior Suite
Averaging 215 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, picture window overlooking outside walkway, and en suite facilities.
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Deluxe Suite
Averaging 258 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, private balcony, walk-in closet or wardrobe, and en suite facilities.
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Premium Suite
Averaging 323 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, private balcony, lounge area, and en suite facilities.
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Owner's Suite
Averaging 463 sq ft. King size bed and sofa bed, separate living room with game and meeting area, private deck, and en suite facilities with jetted bathtub.

Notes

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
  • 13 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners
  • 13 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Port Fees
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktails   
  • Digital Voyage Log
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather conditions)
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
  • Wi-Fi on board
  • Group transfer to Longyearbyen airport
  • 1 pre-voyage night on Day 1 in Oslo
  • Round trip regular flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen
  • Group transfer to the ship for embarkation on Day 2
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Kayaking
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • The cost of any applicable medical tests (such as COVID-19) or vaccinations required either by a national government or Poseidon Expeditions before, during or after the cruise;
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person

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