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Private Charter - Polar Spring in Svalbard

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This expedition will start in Longyearbyen and navigates through Isfjorden, close to the Russian enclave of Barentsburg, the second-largest settlement in the archipelago. Discover breathtaking glaciers, majestic mountains, and well-preserved ice floes in search of polar bears on the north coast. Enjoy grand nature experiences and wildlife encounters during this expedition. 
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Highlights
  • Explore the breathtaking glacier along Dei Sju Isfjella
  • Navigate through the most spectacular glacier views of Monacobreen
  • Discover rarely explored bays and impressive auk colonies
  • Visit the pyramidal peaks of the majestic Tre Kroner mountains
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Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Longyearbyen | Embark

Depending on your arrival time in Longyearbyen, you will be able to  enjoy some free time in town or be invited to board  the ship upon arrival. Navigate through Isfjorden, close to the Russian enclave of Barentsburg, the second-largest settlement in the archipelago.
 

Day 2: Krossfjorden and Magdalenefjorden

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Journey along Dei Sju Isfjella—once named The Coast of the Seven Icebergs by whalers—where a breathtaking glacier front extends over seven kilometers. Magdalenefjorden unveils an impressive setting of majestic mountains and glaciers, with scree slopes that are home to thousands of birds. The extended graveyard and remains of blubber ovens set in the Gravneset Peninsula bear testimony to the many whalers who used to find shelter in the fjord. Nowadays, the land welcomes a growing number of walruses.

Day 3: Ice floes and Monacobreen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Navigate among the well-preserved ice floes in search of polar bears on the north coast. Monacobreen is a glacier reaching down into Liefdefjorden, whose landscapes and icebergs provide some of the most spectacular views in the whole archipelago. Tonight, we'll travel towards the island of Moffen where whales, walruses, and bears like to dwell, before proceeding beyond the 80th parallel north, ice permitting.
 

Day 4: Hinlopen Strait and Nordaustlandet

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today reach Murchisonfjorden, as famous for its buildings from the 1958 International Geophysical Year research expedition as it is for its walrus colonies. One of the largest and most remarkable bird colonies on the archipelago is nestled among the steep cliffs made up of dark basaltic rock and bright limestone. Ice permitting, we’ll resume our search for polar bears as we continue northeast.
 

Day 5: Smeerenburgfjorden and Nordaustlandet

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Once home to a busy whaling station and a starting point for major Arctic expeditions, this legendary fjord—where glaciers form a spectacular ice front against the sea—has now been claimed by wildlife. Walruses and seals are a likely sight, as bears wander about the slopes of steep, rugged mountains with beautiful ice-sculpted tops. Discover rarely explored bays and impressive little auk colonies, the most populous bird species in Svalbard.
 

Day 6: Kongsfjorden

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The pyramidal peaks of the majestic Tre Kroner mountains overlook Kongsfjorden, an inlet comprising several cultural-heritage sites. Norwegian explorer and key figure of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration Roald Amundsen made an attempt to reach the North Pole by flying boats from this area in the early 20th century. From gigantic icebergs calving from the edge of glaciers to bird colonies, nature reserves, and research stations, Kongsfjorden offers a unique array of riches. To top it off, you’ll likely cross paths with a few reindeer and arctic foxes!
 

Day 7: Longyearbyen | Disembark

Disembark in Longyearbyen. This is the end of your adventure and we wish you a pleasant journey home.
 

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MS Nanook

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Notes

This itinerary is subject to change depending on the ice, weather, and wildlife. This cruise is meant to provide you with every opportunity to observe the local wildlife, and our stops and route could be adapted to better fulfill our goal. Please note that only the captain of the ship and the expedition leader have the authority to change the itinerary.

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Cruise full board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on last day, tea and coffee at disposal, all tours mentioned in the program, conferences, an expedition leader, and a guide.

This rate does not include:
Flights and transfers (can be provided for an additional 94 € per transfer for 2 passengers maxi in a transfer), drinks, assistance and repatriation insurance (mandatory), cancellation insurance, tips, and personal expenses

 

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