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Big Island, Big Adventure: Spitsbergen Circumnavigation

Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer)
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On this 13-day voyage attempt a circumnavigation of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Take advantage of the conitinous daylight and observe the extraordinary arctic wildlife, including polar bears, walrus poulations, seabirds, reeinders, and Arctic foxes. Embark the Ocean Nova in Longyearbyen and prepare youself for a polar adventure like no other! 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Longyearbyen, Norway | Embark
Days 2-12 : Circumnavigating Spitsbergen
Day 13 : Longyearbyen, Norway | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Phippsoya and Isbukta, preferred hunting areas for polar bears
  • Hike the arctic tundra and explore the polar desert
  • Spot beluga and walrus populations feeding in the food-rich icy waters
  • Kayak along the surface of a bay in the presence of icebergs and glaciers

Ship

Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Walrus in the Arctic Homes in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway Polar bear in the Arctic Kayaking toward an iceberg Explore Alkhornet on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen

Day 1 Longyearbyen, Norway | Embark

Your Spitsbergen expedition begins when you board your ship in Longyearbyen, the island's largest settlement, and a frontier-style town. Enjoy your first view of the island's rugged, glacier-topped mountains, rising majestically from icy Arctic waters.

Day 2-12 Circumnavigating Spitsbergen

  • Ship
  • 11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners
Expect a new adventure every day, as you journey around the island of Spitsbergen and explore smaller, outlying islands. The variety of incredible wildlife and geological formations found here is astounding! Every expedition is unique, but a few of our favorite landing sites include the 14th of July Glacier, Ny London, Phippsoya, Alkefjellet, and Sundneset and if ice conditions allow, you may land on seldom-visited Kvttøya.

The names may seem strange to you, but they each have their own unique appeal. For birders, the 14th of July Glacier is home to purple sandpipers, common eiders, barnacle geese and Arctic terns; while Alkefjellet is home to nesting Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres).

If you want to prove that reindeer are real, then have your camera ready for visits to sites like Ny London, Sundneset and Alkhornet. As for the largest land carnivore in the world – searching for polar bears is a constant activity, with Phippsoya and Isbukta being two of their preferred places for hunting – meaning great potential for you to capture them in action.

A big part of appreciating Spitsbergen comes from understanding the culture, not just how people live today, but also how this land was first explored. Whaling was a key industry here and you can see blubber ovens and other whaling evidence at landing sites such as Smeerenburg. Colorful tundra meadow displays are complimented by glaciers, and the potential exists for spotting beluga whales.

Day 13 Longyearbyen, Norway | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Following breakfast on board, disembark in Longyearbyen where you began. From here, a transfer is provided to the airport for your flight home.

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Averaging 128 sq. ft. (12 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths and one upper berth. Located on the Main Deck, it has private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
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Averaging 133 sq. ft. (12 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Lower Deck, it has private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
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Main Deck Twin with Porthole
Averaging 118 sq. ft. (11 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Main Deck, it has private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
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Main Deck Twin with Window
Averaging 139 sq. ft. (13 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Main Deck, it has private facilities, and two windows with exterior views.
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Averaging 142 sq. ft. (13 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Upper Deck, it has private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
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Averaging 160 sq. ft. (15 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Upper and Captain’s Decks, it has private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
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Averaging 215 sq. ft. (20 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Captain’s Deck, it has windows with exterior views and private facilities. Cabin 403 has a bathtub; other Suites have shower stalls.
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Averaging 290 sq. ft. (27 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Bridge Deck, it has private facilities, and windows with exterior views.

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.

- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.

Insurance: Emergency medical evacuation coverage for a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person is included. Travelers should have a minimum US$50,000 (or equivalent) of emergency medical coverage prior to embarkation. It is recommended that you and all members of your party have comprehensive travel insurance covering trip cancellation, trip delay (interruption or after departure coverage), baggage, and repatriation. Contact us for details.

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When travelling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

Included in your cruise fare:
  • Arrival transfer from Longyearbyen airport to hotel if you arrive one day prior to embarkation
  • Transfer from hotel or Longyearbyen airport to ship on embarkation day
  • Group transfer from ship to Longyearbyen airport or local designated drop-off location on disembarkation day
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on board
  • All shore landings per the daily program, weather permitting
  • Leadership throughout the expedition by your experienced Expedition Leader
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by your expedition team
  • Photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • An Expedition parka to keep
  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • Coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard ship
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person

Rates do not include:
  • Internationla airfare
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
  • Excess-baggage fees on international flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, beverage, and other personal charges unless specified
  • Phone and internet charges
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for staff and crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Optional kayaking activities

Included

  • 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners
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