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North Spitsbergen, Arctic Spring - Hiking Special

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Cruise along the pack-ice of North Spitsbergen for a great chance of spotting polar bears on this 8-day expedition cruise. The stunning cliffs, fjords, glaciers, and mountains of North Spitsbergen play host to a menagerie of wildlife from colonies of sea birds to polar bears while whales, walrus, and seals can be spotted as you cruise through the icy waters. The shorelines and cliffs support thriving seabird colonies that in turn provide fertilizer that supports a surprisingly rich array of vegetation. The focus of this voyage will be on hiking on shore. Hikers can choose from various hiking options which suite their fitness and ability level best.
A walrus relaxes on the snow.Visit the colorful town of Longyearbyen in the far northPolar bear and cubWalruses huddling together in Svalbard.Glass-still waters around SpitsbergenMV Hondius
Highlights
  • Explore the north coast of Spitsbergen to admire its unique wildlife
  • Visit Ny Ă…lesund, one of the northernmost settlements in the world
  • Discover Amsterdamoya, home to bearded seals, ringed seals & polar bears
  • Hike across spectacular Arctic landscapes and admire the natural beauty
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Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Longyearbyen, Norway | Embark

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. We head north for Kongsfjorden and Krossfjorden.

Day 2: Kongsfjorden | Blomstrandhalvoya | Krossfjorden

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On the first day of our activity program, we will slowly ease into things. Blomstrandhalvøya is located on the northern side of the fjord, which will offer shelter and room to change plan in case the weather changes. The landscape is likely to show signs of winter, the crags and slopes still blanketed with snow. Here there are rich opportunities for snowshoeing – we provide the snowshoes – and visiting places of historic interest: Ny London, where you can see the remains of early 20th-century marble mining.

In the afternoon, you visit Ny Ålesund, one of the northernmost settlements on Earth. Once a mining village served by the world’s most northerly railway – you can still see its tracks – Ny Ålesund is now a research center. Close to the community is a breeding ground for barnacle geese, pink-footed geese, and Arctic terns. And if you’re interested in the history of Arctic exploration, visit the anchoring mast used by polar explorers Amundsen and Nobile in their airships, Norge (1926) and Italia (1928). In the evening, we head north along the west coast and spend the night in the sheltered surroundings of Krossfjorden. Krossfjorden offers views of colossal glaciers and lofty mountain peaks, but ultimately the extent of fjord ice dictates the itinerary here.

Day 3: Amsterdamoya

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Next to our activities, we will next head toward Amsterdamoya, where you have the chance to hike past the remains of a 17th-century whaling station. You can also enjoy the beautiful panorama of Smeerenburgsleta. In the afternoon, we make for the islands around Fair Haven. Ytre Norskoya is home to a small rookery of puffins, Brünnich’s guillemots, and other wildlife. Nearby Fuglesangen may also offer the chance to see little auks flying overhead as they return to their nests among the rocks. 

Day 4: Raudfjorden

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At Raudfjorden, on the north coast of Spitsbergen, you can take in an expansive fjord spilling with glaciers – and maybe even visited by ringed and bearded seals. The cliffs and shoreline of this fjord also support thriving seabird colonies, rich vegetation, and the possibility of polar bears. Here we will find the right balance between safe activities and wildlife watching.  

Day 5: Liefdefjorden | Monaco Glacier

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depending on the weather, you could sail into Liefdefjorden and cruise within sight of the 5-kilometer-long (3.1 miles) face of Monaco Glacier. The waters in front of this glacier are a favorite feeding spot for thousands of kittiwakes, and the base of the ice is a popular polar bear hunting ground. If ice conditions prevent sailing here early in the season, we may use an alternate route along the west coast of Spitsbergen. Near the area of Texas Bar and Hornbaekpollen, there are also some great hikes. 

Day 6: North Spitsbergen

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This is our reserve day for activities around North Spitsbergen. Weather and wildlife permitting, we will choose the right location for another day of splendid outdoor adventures. 

Day 7: Forlandsundet

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Forlandsundet, between the main island of Spitsbergen and the narrow Prins Karls Forland, is a place of great beauty and fascinating wildlife. Walruses sometimes haul out here, and seabirds can be found around Fuglehuken. You may also see walrus populations around Sarstangen and Poolepynten. Alternatively, we might sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden, landing at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on these cliffs, Arctic foxes search below for fallen eggs and chicks, and reindeer graze the sparse vegetation. We will arrive in Longyearbyen later that night.

Day 8: Longyearbyen | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Even the greatest journeys eventually come to an end. Today you disembark in Longyearbyen, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

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Applicable to a limited amount of twin porthole and superior cabins on the North Spitsbergen - Basecamp voyages on selected departure.

And Twin Portholes in North Spitsbergen, Arctic Spring - Hiking Special for a selected departure.

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Applicable to a limited number of twin porthole cabins on the North Spitsbergen activity voyages: North Spitsbergen - Basecamp and North Spitsbergen, Arctic Spring - Hiking Special.

And In addition, twin porthole, twin inside, and triple cabins are discounted by 20% on the North Spitsbergen, Arctic Summer.

Cabins are based on double occupancy. Subject to availability. Please call us for more details.
Applies to May 26, 2022 departure

Single Supplement Special Pricing
Twin Portholes on North Spitsbergen, Arctic Spring - Hiking Special aboard MV Hondius departing May 26, 2022. 

Twin Portholes and Superior cabins aboard Ortelius departing June 20, 2022, and June 27, 2022. 

Superior cabins, Junior suites, and Grand suites have been reduced for Spitsbergen – Greenland – Jan Mayen – Spitsbergen aboard MV Hondius departing August 1, 2022. 

Promotions are applicable to new bookings and all are subject to availability. Please call for additional activity discounts.
Applies to May 26, 2022 departure

Per person starting at
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Quadruple Porthole
Located on deck 3. Approximately 129 to 194 sq. ft. 2 portholes, 2 upper & lower berths, Small sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Triple Porthole
Located on deck 3. Approximately 129 to 194 sq. ft. 2 portholes, 1 upper berth & 2 lower berths, Small sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Twin Porthole
Located on deck 3. Approximately 129 to 194 sq. ft. 2 portholes, 2 single beds, Small sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Twin Window
Located on deck 4. Approximately 129 to 151 sq. ft. 1 window, 2 single beds, Small sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Twin deluxe
Located on deck 6. Approximately 205 to 226 sq. ft. 2 windows, 2 single beds, Sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Superior
Located on deck 6. Approximately 215 to 226 sq. ft. 2 windows, 1 double bed, Sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Junior Suite
Located on deck 7. Approximately 205 to 215 sq. ft. 1 double window, 1 double bed, Sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Grand Suite with balcony
Located on deck 7. Approximately 291 sq. ft. 1 double window, 1 double bed, Sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.

Notes

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 .
  • Pre-scheduled transfers and baggage handling between the airport and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes.
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 strongly recommended).
  • 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).

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