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Svalbard Circumnavigation

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Enjoy the incredible beauty of high summer in the Arctic with this 10-day cruise circumnavigating the Svalbard archipelago aboard Ocean Albatros. Marvel at spectacular glaciers and icebergs, admire deep fjords and high mountains, and learn from onboard guides and naturalists about the region. Keep your eyes open for the distinctive wildlife that call these islands home, from walruses to whales to thousands of sea birds. Watch for Arctic foxes and Svalbard reindeer, as well as the king of the Arctic: the polar bear. The Zodiacs allows frequent shore landings and to embark on exploratory mini cruises in the fjords and glacial landscapes. While the exact route of this cruise will depend on ice conditions, Svalbard showcases Arctic beauty at every turn.
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  • Look for polar bears, reindeer, foxes, and more polar wildlife
  • View hundreds of thousands of seabirds along the sea cliffs
  • Visit Longyearbyen and Ny Alesund, the northernmost towns in the world
  • Cruise through striking fjords and past calving glaciers
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Day 1: Longyearbyen | Embark

Board a chartered flight in Oslo, Norway, bound for Longyearbyen in Spitsbergen. Upon arriving at Longyearbyen, a short city tour introduces you to the fascinating history and contemporary society in the Capital of Svalbard – one of the northernmost towns in the world.

Your ship is docked close to the town center. After boarding and a welcome drink, the Expedition Leader provides information about the voyage, the ship's daily routines and the various security and safety procedures. Before sailing, a mandatory safety drill is a must. The Captain then takes the ship out of Advent Fjord and your Arctic adventure commences!

Day 2: Ny Ålesund

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During the night, the ship have passed Prins Karls Forland and arrived in the magnificent Kongsfjord. This early summer visit provides both the challenge and gift of the voyage: winter ice might block the inner waters of many fjords, providing the best opportunities to observe the omnipresent – but still elusive – polar bear, hunting for seals in its prime habitat. At this time of year the migrating birds have just arrived, and they are all eager to settle and feed to get the best start for the coming hectic summer months. 

Make the first landing at Ny Ålesund. This settlement is in fact further north than Longyearbyen, but not considered a "town," as it consists of a group of scientific stations, a post office and a single shop open for a few hours. Make a short landing here to meet the scientists and wander through the tiny town center.

In the afternoon, continue further north into the fjord system. If ice and weather conditions permit, enjoy a Zodiac cruise along the Lilliehöök Glacier front.  

Day 3: North West Svalbard

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Cruise toward North West Svalbard, which was declared a national park in 1973. The day begins with a Zodiac cruise in Danskergattet, looking for seals in Virgohamna, before crossing from Danskøya to Amsterdamøya to make a landing at Smeerenburg, the legendary whaling town of 17th century. 200-plus men were living – and quite often dying – here in the heyday of blubber production. 
There are several interesting places to visit in this northwestern corner of Spitsbergen. If conditions allow, make a landing on Ytre Norskøya, where whalers had their lookout posts. 

Day 4: Monaco Glacier

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During the night, cruise to Wood Fjord and its branch, the Liefde Fjord.  Plan to embark on a Zodiac cruise along the broad glacier front of Monacobreen. This gives a unique insight of the glacial forces and the unlimited forms of icebergs. The ice front is named after Albert I of Monaco, who was a major sponsor of Svalbard research. 

During the afternoon the ship steers far north towards the edge of the polar pack ice. How far north only time and weather will tell, but the main target is just the "edge," possibly at 80 degrees north! This is the kingdom of the polar bear: as the pack ice retreats during summer, polar bears ride the floes north, as this is where their prey - the seal - resides. Bears who for unfortunate reasons do not "catch" the ice moving north are stranded on Svalbard all summer, and will have to sustain on berries, eggs and whatever whale cadavers they can find. 

Day 5: Alkefjellet | Torrelnesset

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In the morning, arrive and cruise slowly by the famous Alkefjellet. If the weather is clear, enjoy a good view of the steep cliffs. The whole area is home to a dense congregation of Brünichs guillemots: there are so many birds that scarcely an inch is free! During the summer the breeding pairs offer a wild view of frantic activity, both along the cliffs and in the sea in front.  

More wildlife awaits when you land at the polar desert landscapes of Torrelnesset. The beach here is home to a host of walruses that lay amongst each other. They feed on the clams and any other mollusks that they can find in the shallows of Svalbard’s waters.  

Day 6: Hinlopen Strait | Edgeøya

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The main issue that can halt a circumnavigation of Spitsbergen is the ice condition along Hinlopen Strait. If the ice is passable, the ship can make it through the southern edge of the Strait and cruise through Freemansundet that separates Barentsøya and Edgeøya. Enjoy the views of the massive Kapp Lee on the way and pass through into Storfjorden.  

Plan to make a Zodiac landing along Edgeøya’s coast. Edgeøya is the third largest island in Svalbard with an area of more than 5000 square kilometers.  
During the night, cross the southernmost part of Svalbard, called Sørkapp. From here the ship continues up the western coast. 

Day 7: Hornsund

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Once the ship has passed the southern edge of Spitsbergen, arrive at the entrance to Hornsund. Look for buildings around Isbjørnhamna on the northern shore. This is a Polish research station that has been here since 1957, researching geophysics, seismics, meteorology and the ionosphere.

The fjord is almost 30 kilometers long, with countless glaciers that calve into the waters as well as towering mountains along the shores. The mountaintops are most often covered by dense clouds, and the east Spitsbergen current often leads pack ice into the fjord's mouth. 

Day 8: Bellsund

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The west coast enjoys the warmer water coming up through the Atlantic, so winter ice should now have melted, allowing the ship to enter the southern fjord of Bellsund on this last full day of exploration. 

Bellsund has some of the richest coal layers in Svalbard, and Svea Mine, far into the fjord, was formerly one of the biggest communities on the island. But prices went down, and the coal mine is currently being dismantled. 

Stay in the fjord entrance and make landings at the Vårsol Bay. The biggest attraction here is the little auk cliff, where tundra is richly fertilized by hundreds of thousands of little auks. Watch for Svalbard reindeer grazing on the tundra. Enjoy a walk along the beach – and spot remains from early industrial eras. 

During lunch, cross the fjord along the 4 km long island of Akseloya. Make a Zodiac landing at Calypsobyen in Recherche Fjord. Coal was extracted here in the early 1900s, but the enterprise never attained full production. Today, Calypsobyen offers an exciting landing that gives visitors a glimpse of the era of Neo-Industrialism, when all opportunities for profit were tried out. A pleasant walk can be made on the tundra behind the buildings. 

Day 9: Poolepynten | Isfjorden

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During the night the ship have entered Forlandssundet, which separates Prince Karls Forland from Spitsbergen. The destination is Poolepynten (Poole Point), a small headland named after the British whaler Jonas Poole. Today the area is inhabited by herds of walruses who can be seen (and smelled!) from a distance. The large mammals flaunt their tusks and whiskers, as well as their considerable bulk. 

After the visit, turn southbound toward the entrance to the Isfjorden. 

On the way toward Longyearbyen, get your last glimpses of wildlife as well as the truly unique landscapes of Svalbard. 

Day 10: Longyearbyen | Disembark | Fly to Oslo

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Early in the morning, the ship has returned to our starting point in Longyearbyen. After breakfast and farewell greetings to the expedition team and crew, disembarkation takes place. A transfer is arranged to the airport. Board a charter flight to Oslo and connect with your overnight flight home.


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Triple Stateroom (Porthole) - 22 m2 There are four Triple Staterooms on board Ocean Albatros featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms. Triple staterooms are normally with twin beds however a double bed can be accommodated.
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Albatros Stateroom (Porthole) - 22 m2 The standard Stateroom on Ocean Albatros is close to the Mudroom and has quick access to the Zodiac platforms for disembarkation during landings. This is very convenient if you have more limited mobility and would like a short distance to the Zodiacs. The State Rooms are perfect for those who wish a comfortable base during their stay onboard Ocean Albatros. The standard State Rooms all have a double bed or 2 single beds and a bathroom. The State Rooms are located on deck 3 and 4.
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Balcony Stateroom - 24 m2 The most abundant type of Stateroom on Ocean Albatros located on decks 4 & 6. They have a balcony, a double bed or two single beds, a bathroom and a sofa that can be used as a bed for a child if traveling as a family. If you desire to book two staterooms with connecting doors, this is also a possibility within this category.
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Premium suite - 45 m2 – FS (Freydis Suite) The second largest of all the staterooms on board the Ocean Albatros is the Premium Suite. This 2-bedroom suite features a double bed (or twin beds), a sofa bed, table and chair, a balcony and a spacious bathroom. Located on deck.4. This category is available upon request. Please refer to Albatros Expeditions for price.
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Family suite - 52 m2 – BS (Brynhilde Suite) The largest of all the staterooms on board the Ocean Albatros is the Premium Suite. The Double-Bedroom, Family Suite is going to be located on Deck 7, featuring two interconnecting French Balcony Suites, accommodating up to 5 people on two double beds and a sofa bed. This category is available upon request. Please refer to Albatros Expeditions for price.
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  • Digital visual journal link after voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more.
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  • Shore landings by Zodiac
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