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East Spitsbergen - Arctic Academy

Science and Research specific - Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Ortelius
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This 10-day voyage is dedicated to science and research, with a group of scientists on the ship. The goal is to follow-up on the investigations which Dutch researchers began on Edgeøya in the 20th century. Passengers will be given the opportunity to share the experiences of the scientists, but will also have the opportunity to join some rather extended walks to special places of interest.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark | Longyearbyen
Day 2 : Sørkap and Isbukta
Day 3 : Edgeøya
Day 4 : Agardhfjellet
Day 5 : Freemansundet
Day 6 : Diskobukta
Day 7 : Habenichtbukta
Day 8 : Andrétangen
Day 9 : Hornsund
Day 10 : Disembark | Longyearbyen

Highlights

  • Stroll around the former mining town of Longyearbyen
  • Visits Stellingfjellet the biggest colony of Brünnichs Guillmots
  • Observe a herd of Walrusses near an old trapper station
  • Watch Hornsund area of southern Spitsbergen

Ship

Ortelius

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A walrus floats on the ice Kittiwake bird in flight Homes in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway A sow and her cubs Arctic fox during spring in Svalbard

Day 1 Embark | Longyearbyen

You touch down in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy strolling around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum make for fascinating attractions. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plant have been recorded in it. In the early evening the ship sails out of Isfjorden, where you might spot the first minke whale of your voyage.

Day 2 Sørkap and Isbukta

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Land at the rarely visited coast of South Spitsbergen, between Sørkap and Isbukta, and sail by Stellingfjellet, the biggest colony of Brünnichs guillemots in Spitsbergen.

Day 3 Edgeøya

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise north to Diskobukta on the west side of Edgeøya. After a Zodiac cruise through the shallow bay, land at Blankodden on a beach littered with whale bones and tree trunks, which have drifted here from Siberia. You can also climb to the rim of a narrow gully which is inhabited by thousands of Kittiwake, together with Black Guillemot and piratical Glaucous Gull. During the breeding season, the base of the cliffs is patrolled by Arctic Fox and Polar Bear, searching for young birds that have fallen from the nesting ledges. From there walk to Kapp Lee.

Day 4 Agardhfjellet

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the east side of West Spitsbergen (west side of Storfjorden)  walk to some breeding places of Ivory Gulls in Agardhfjellet at about 400 m high. The valley leading to the outcrops with the nests is littered with fossils of Belemnites and Ammonites.

Day 5 Freemansundet

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In Freemansundet, plan to land at Sundneset on the island of Barentsøya to visit an old trapper's hut and then take a brisk walk across the tundra in search of Spitsbergen Reindeer and Barnacle Goose. You can also participate in a zodiac cruise near the Freeman glacier and visit again a Kittiwake colony in a canyon.

Day 6 Diskobukta

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At  Diskobukta, make a long inland excursion into the braided rivers, which are easily crossed this late in the season. At Caltex fjellet, search for breeding places of Ivory Gulls and proceed into Smelledalen with some Pingo’s. Alternatively, land at Plurdalen, an area where 40 years ago extensive explorations for oil were carried out.

Day 7 Habenichtbukta

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At Habenichtbukta Russian Pomors built their hunting station in which they lived during quite some periods in the 18th and 19th centuries. Land in the area and make also an inland excursion in an area with pond and lakes, populated by divers, ducks and geese.

Day 8 Andrétangen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At  Andrétangen we have a good opportunity to observe a herd of Walrusses near an old trapper station. Some way inland near a lifted shore in a surf zone from thousands of year ago you'll find the skeletons of stranded whales from that time. In the afternoon, land at Kong Ludvigøyane or Tiholmane with again remains of the Pomor period.

Day 9 Hornsund

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start the day quietly cruising the side fjords of the spectacular Hornsund area of southern Spitsbergen, enjoying the scenery of towering mountain peaks.
Hornsundtind rises to 1,431m, while Bautaen shows why early Dutch explorers gave the name ‘Spitsbergen’ - pointed mountains - to the island. There are also 14 magnificent glaciers in the area and very good chances of encounters with seals and Polar Bear.
You may visit the Polish research station where the friendly staff will give you an insight into their research projects. Behind the station, the mountains are home to thousands of pairs of nesting Little Auk.

Day 10 Disembark | Longyearbyen

  • 1 Breakfast
Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. You disembark in Longyearbyen, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Ortelius

Per person starting at
$7,400
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4 quadruple cabins with bunk beds and private facilities (these can also be used as triple or twin cabins). Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin
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2 triple cabins with bunk beds and private facilities. These cabins are spacious with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin.
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23 twin cabins with portholes, private toilet and shower and 2 single lower berths. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin.
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10 twin cabins with windows, private toilet and shower and 2 single lower berths. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin
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6 superior cabins with lower birth twin beds, private toilet and shower and a separate day room. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin
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Superior
1 suite with a double bed, private toilet and shower and a separate day room. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin.

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy.
- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate.
- Due to the extreme nature of itinerary destinations, travel insurance is mandatory for all cruises aboard the Ortelius - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.

Included in this voyage
  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
  • Transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
Excluded from this voyage
  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre- and post- land arrangements.
  • Transfers to / from the vessel outside Spitsbergen.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore.
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory).
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

PLEASE NOTE: N.B. This is a voyage, with a group of scientists on the ship, who will follow-up on the investigations which Dutch researchers began on Edgeøya in the 20th century. The passengers will be given the opportunity to share the experiences of the scientists, but will also have the opportunity to join some rather extended walks to special places of interest. All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The onboard expedition leader determines the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. The average cruising speed for m/v Ortelius is 10.5 knots.
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