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Longyearbyen Roundtrip - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Le Boreal (CDP)
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Board Le Boreal in Longyearbyen in Norway for an 8-day expedition cruise to the heart of the Svalbard archipelago. Discover the exceptional flora and fauna that live in these extreme conditions, where temperatures reach -30°C in winter. First, sail in the direction of the magnificent glaciers of Kongsfjorden, and then to the superb landscapes of the Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park. Next head east to reach the coasts of the Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve, and the Hinlopen Strait, a real polar desert sheltering many basaltic islets. Observe emblematic species as you sail along the islands of Barentsøya and Edgeøya, in the Søraust-Svalbard Nature Reserve, which is the largest protected zone in Norway.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Flight from Paris | Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen | Embark
Day 2 : Kongsfjorden (King Bay), Spitsbergen
Day 3 : Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park | Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve
Days 4-5 : Sailing Toward The Ice Floes | Nordaust-svalbard Nature Reserve
Day 6 : Søraust-Svalbard Nature Reserve
Day 7 : Isfjorden
Day 8 : Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen | Disembark | Flight to Paris

Highlights

  • Sail in the Hinlopen Strait between Spitsbergen and Nordaustlandet
  • Explore amazing ice floes, jagged mountains, icebergs, ice caps and more
  • Cruise in zodiacs with experienced naturalist guides
  • View the wildlife: polar bears, walruses, Arctic foxes and more

Ship

Le Boreal (CDP)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Bearded seal in Svalbard, Norway Explore the Arctic Kittiwake bird in flight Colorful homes in Longyearbyen, Svalbard Arctic fox during spring in Svalbard

Day 1 Flight from Paris | Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen | Embark

Fly from Pairs to Longyearbyen where you will be met at the airport and transferred to the pier for embarkation. 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.

Day 2 Kongsfjorden (King Bay), Spitsbergen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Very close to the former mining town of Ny-Ålesund, set off to discover Kings Bay. Your ship will 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 3 Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park | Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve

  • 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.

The Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve has been protecting the northernmost and coldest part of the archipelago, Nordaustlandet (North East Land), since 1973. This vast polar desert covered by two ice caps is the second-largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. Protected by the gulf stream, the fjords and cliffs in the west and north are home to large colonies of birds and walruses. The landscapes in the colder east and south are dominated by imposing glaciers that calve majestic icebergs in the vast Hinlopen Strait. Large colonies of thick-billed murres have taken up residence on the sheer cliffs. You may even get the chance to see a bear or an Arctic fox roaming in the vicinity.

Day 4-5 Sailing Toward The Ice Floes | Nordaust-svalbard Nature Reserve

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Your captain will sail right up to the limit of the ice, to the edge of the ice floe. Weather conditions and state of the ice allowing, you will be able to go out in a Zodiac dinghy for a unique experience in the middle of these floating slabs of ice. In addition to this grandiose journey through the middle of these floes with their cut and blue-tinged edges, sometimes over 2 meters thick, it is also often an opportunity to see a particular kind of fauna, totally dependent on the ice floe: birds, seals and polar bears.

The Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve has been protecting the northernmost and coldest part of the archipelago, Nordaustlandet (North East Land), since 1973. This vast polar desert covered by two ice caps is the second-largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. Protected by the gulf stream, the fjords and cliffs in the west and north are home to large colonies of birds and walruses. The landscapes in the colder east and south are dominated by imposing glaciers that calve majestic icebergs in the vast Hinlopen Strait. Large colonies of thick-billed murres have taken up residence on the sheer cliffs. You may even get the chance to see a bear or an Arctic fox roaming in the vicinity.

Day 6 Søraust-Svalbard Nature Reserve

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Søraust-Svalbard Nature Reserve is the second-largest protected area in Norway. Established in 1973, this nature conservation area stretching over more than 21,000 km2 will offer you stunning panoramas including coastal landscapes, rocky islets, mountain plateaux, vast tundra plains, and ice floes. With a little luck, you will be able to observe a wide variety of seabirds, given the site is listed as an Important Bird Area, as well as cetaceans, Svalbard reindeer, or even Arctic foxes. Among other things, Edgeoya Island is renowned for providing shelter to a number of polar bears during the breeding season.

Day 7 Isfjorden

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The vast Isfjorden is one of the main fjords in Svalbard. These different branches reach the heart of the island of Spitsbergen. Located deep inside the Billejforden, the Nordenskiöld Glacier is one of the very beautiful discoveries of your cruise. Its front of ice, nearly 5 km wide, is one of the most spectacular in the Svalbard Archipelago. You will perhaps have the opportunity to discover the ghost town of Pyramiden. Constructed at the foot of a mountain in the form of a pyramid, this former mining town, founded by Sweden at the beginning of the 20th century before being sold a few years later to the Soviet Union, and abandoned in 1998, has conserved all the buildings from its glory days when it lived off coal mining.

Day 8 Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen | Disembark | Flight to Paris

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, disembark in Longyearbyen and transfer to the airport where you will board your flight back to Paris.

Le Boreal (CDP)

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Deck 4, 200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Deck 5, 200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Deck 6, 200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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3 suites, 290 sq ft with 54 sq ft private balcony, located on the Le France Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, desk, minibar, private bath.
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398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
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398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
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1 suite, 484 sq ft with 97 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living, dining areas, private bath with large tub and shower, minibar, 2 flat screen TVs, DVD, CD, and IPOD, Video on demand, Satellite phone.

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Please Note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • Flight Paris/Longyearbyen and Longyearbyen/Paris selected by the operator in economy class.
  • Transfers as per the program.
  • Assistance from the local representative.
  • All meals while onboard the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h Room service (special selection)
  • English speaking lecturer 
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • A complimentary parka to keep, and complimentary boots for rent
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned 
  • Tips for the local guide.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Other services not mentioned in the program.
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon, and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
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