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Summer arrives in late June. The midnight sun reigns supreme, and purple saxifrage decorates the slopes. The ice thaws around the islands, and this makes it possible to get further east. Whales are more frequently seen in the waters, and more snow-free areas become accessible for longer walks. At the end of August, the sun is closer to the horizon, preparing for the polar night, giving us beautiful sunsets and a warm light, perfect for photography.
With ten nights on board, there is plenty of time for grand nature experiences and wildlife encounters.
Highlights
  • Venture out on daily zodiac excursions to look for Arctic animals
  • Explore Svalbard's stunning fjords and glaciers
  • Learn about the glaciers in Nordaustlandet and eastern Svalbard.
  • Discover Southwest Spitsbergen and the majestic Hornsund fjords
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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

Arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2: Longyearbyen | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your great adventure in Svalbard by exploring Longyearbyen.
In the afternoon, embark the expedition ship and sail out through the spectacular Isfjorden, where the Arctic expedition begins!

Day 3-11: Svalbard

  • Ship
  • 9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners
You are now in a part of the world which is totally dependent on the ice and weather conditions. Your exact itinerary depends on these factors and on the wildlife you encounter. The ambition is to make landings or cruises every day with the Zodiacs. Here are some examples of places you may visit:

Northwest Spitsbergen
The scientific village of Ny-Ålesund is situated in Kongsfjorden. It was from here that Amundsen and Nobile started their heroic expeditions to the North Pole. Two other courageous attempts to reach the North Pole started on the island of Danskøya. Swedish balloonist Andrée made an attempt with a hydrogen balloon and American journalist Wellman started with an airship. There are still interesting remnants from these expeditions left on this site.

Magnificent fjords
Svalbard offers the visitor countless spectacular fjords. During your journey explore a few of them such as: Liefdefjorden, meaning “the fjord of love," is lined with snow-covered mountain peaks and here, hope to cruise along the face of the spectacular Monaco Glacier. In Krossfjorden, revel in the beautifully sculptured front of the 14th of July Glacier to the raucous greeting of kittiwakes and Brünnich’s guillemots on the nearby cliffs. Raudfjorden is an area of immense natural beauty and dominated by beautiful glaciers. It is also a favorite spot for seals.

Hinlopen Strait and Alkefjellet
If the ice allows, enter Hinlopen Strait. Here is Alkefjellet, an impressive, basaltic cliff, which is the home to an estimated 200,000 Brünnich’s guillemots. You may also continue into the beautiful bay Palanderbukta on Nordaustlandet.

Eastern Svalbard
The island of Nordaustlandet is covered by an enormous ice cap and fascinates naturalists as well as historians. There are huge glacier fronts here, intersected by hundreds of waterfalls. Barentsøya and Edgeøya offer magnificent landscapes and vast tundra. Chances to encounter walruses, Arctic fox and Svalbard reindeer are good here.

Southwest Spitsbergen
The grand fjords of Hornsund offer spectacular glaciers and a breathtaking landscape of towering mountain peaks, often reaching above the clouds. On a clear day you can see the summit of the highest mountain, Hornsundtind, measuring 1431 meters. Hornsund is a favorite haunt for some of Svalbard’s polar bears and bearded seals are often seen resting on the fjord ice.

Day 12: Longyearbyen | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Early morning, disembark the expedition ship and begin your journey back home.

Please note: The itinerary is for guidance only. The exact route will depend on ice, weather conditions, wildlife, and government regulations. The places mentioned are just examples of some of the many sites Svalbard has to offer. We always strive to maximize your experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

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Included
  • 10 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • 100% Climate Compensated
  • All excursions and activities
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • 1 Expedition Leader and 1 guide
  • Guiding ashore and talks on board
  • Comprehensive information material before the expedition
  • 1 night in a hotel in Longyearbyen
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Medical travel insurance, including emergency medical attention and evacuation coverage with a minimum of $100,000 of evacuation coverage is required.
  • Flight to/from Longyearbyen

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