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Svalbard Encounter Expedition Micro Cruise

Longyearbyen roundtrip - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard MV Vikingfjord
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Discover the stunning landscapes, glaciers, and unmatched natural beauty of this Arctic archipelago by taking a 8-day summer cruise around Svalbard aboard the MV Vikingfjord. Your expedition starts in Longyearbyen, the most northern town in the world. Spend some time on the deck as you cruise through the Isfjord looking for whales. Visit Prins Karls Foreland in the morning, observe walrus colonies, and go on wilderness hikes to enjoy the wild nature. As you sail back south, you'll explore Kongsfjorden and its beautiful fjords and glaciers. One highlight of this region is the Lilliehook glacier, one of the largest calving glacier fronts on Svalbard. Take the opportunity to witness the raw beauty of nature with numerous options for shore landings and zodiac exploration. Disembark in Longyearbyen.
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Highlights
  • Visit Longyearbyen's stunning natural surroundings and rich history
  • Discover the uninhabited island off the west coast, Prins Karls Foreland
  • Explore glaciers and go on short hikes in north west of Spitsbergen
  • See one of the largest calving glacier fronts on Svalbard, Lilliehöök Glacier
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Longyearbyen | Embark

Your expedition begins in the most northerly town in the world, Longyearbyen. In the afternoon, you embark on your expedition vessel at the port of Longyearbyen. After an introduction from your expedition leader and a safety briefing from the Captain, you set sail out through the majestic Adventfjord. As Longyearbyen disappears astern, you wave goodbye to civilization for the next 7 days. As you sail out through the Isfjord, you will spend time on deck watching for the whales that frequent the waters.

Day 2: Prins Karls Foreland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, you will approach Prins Karls Foreland, an uninhabited island with beautiful scenery off the west coast of Spitsbergen. You will drop anchor and launch the Zodiac landing craft to go ashore, where you will have the opportunity to observe the many walrus colonies in the area up close. In the afternoon, you will go on a wilderness hike, where Svalbard reindeer are frequently spotted. It is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the wild nature of the region.

Day 3-5: North-West Spitsbergen

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Your plan is to sail to the northwest of Spitsbergen and explore the area by Zodiac. This area is home to countless glaciers, and you plan to launch the zodiacs to experience these natural monuments up close. These days allow you time to do some shorter-length hikes and spend some time outdoors enjoying nature. The area has many historical sites. When back onboard the ship you will continue your search for polar bears and other wildlife.

Day 6-7: Lilliehook Fjord & Kongsfjorden

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As you sail back south, you explore Kongsfjorden, with its majestic glaciers and some of Svalbard's most beautiful fjords and scenery visible from the decks. Here, you encounter one of Svalbard's most breathtaking sights, the Lilliehook glacier, which is one of Svalbard's largest calving glacier fronts. You have the opportunity to spend time here, witnessing nature's beauty in its rawest form, with numerous options for shore landings and exploring by Zodiac.

Day 8: Longyearbyen | Disembark

In the morning, you arrive back at the port of Longyearbyen. After breakfast, you say your goodbyes after making new friends and sharing a wonderful adventure together.

The above itinerary is a guide only. A part of any Arctic adventure is the flexibility to take advantage of the weather and ice conditions. Your expedition leader will make sure you see as much as possible.

Ship/Hotel

MV Vikingfjord

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MV Vikingfjord facade
MV Vikingfjord Bridge

Dates & Prices

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$10,955
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Type A - Double with En-Suite
Cabin size: 15 m² with double bed, window, desk & chair, wardrobe and an ensuite shower and toilet. Located on deck 3.
MV Vikingfjord Twin CabinMV Vikingfjord Cabin Ensuite
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Type B - Double / Twin with En-suite
Cabin size: 15 m² with twin bed, window, desk & chair, wardrobe and an ensuite shower and toilet. Located on decks 1 & 2.
MV Vikingfjord Bunk Bed Cabin
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Type C - Single Cabin with En-suite
Cabin size: 10 m² with single bed, desk & chair, wardrobe and an ensuite shower and toilet. Located on deck 3.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Use of Zodiac (Dinghies) for shore landings and photography opportunities
  • Full Board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Highly experienced Captain and Cook
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Rubber boots for shore landings
  • Polar Bear protection guides for shore landings
  • Expert Svalbard Expedition Leader
  • Lectures on Svalbard
  • Bedding and towels
  • Transfers from airport to hotel and to vessel for embarkation + vessel to airport/hotel after disembarkation
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Medical and Evacuation insurance coverage.
  • Any additional expenses such as museum entry

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