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Roundtrip Longyearbyen - Example 10 Day Cruise aboard MV Kinfish
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Embark on a 10-day expedition cruise to and from Longyearbyen aboard the MV Kinfish. This expedition explores the eastern region of Svalbard, aiming to capture the spectacular meltwater waterfalls of the Austfonna Ice Cap, a rare and captivating phenomenon during the summer months. Experience extended sunsets and sunrises ideal for landscape and wildlife photography, with the chance to encounter polar bears, walruses, Svalbard reindeer, Arctic foxes, and active whale sightings.
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Highlights
  • Discover the dramatic scenery and walrus colonies of Prins Karls Forland, capturing great shots of walruses
  • Explore the south coast of Spitsbergen, sailing via Freemansund and scouting for wildlife along the way
  • Experience the raw nature of the Arctic as you navigate between the coast and the sea ice, visiting glaciers and partaking in wilderness hikes
  • Explore Longyearbyen, the most northerly town on earth and embark on an expedition to the far northeast
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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 | Embark

Your expedition departs from Longyearbyen, the most northerly town on earth. Leave the port late in the afternoon, and for the next ten days, say goodbye to civilization as you sail to the far northeast. Whales are active this time of year and scour the horizon for photography opportunities as you flow through Isfjord. This expedition aims to spend lots of time exploring nature, scenery, wildlife, and glaciers.

Day 2: West Spitsbergen | Prins Karls Forland Area

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Daily, the team will launch the zodiacs to go exploring. During September, the team will undertake many zodiac cruises and shore landings to open up different photography opportunities. On the first morning, sail alongside Prins Karls Forland, an island known for its dramatic scenery and walrus colonies. If the conditions allow, you can land at a walrus colony, offering some great shots of walruses. As you head north, visit some of Svalbard’s glaciers bathed in golden light while keeping a good lookout for polar bears that roam the shores.

Day 3: Exploring North East Svalbard

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Over the next few days, navigate between the coast and the sea ice that extends to the North Pole. Count on regular shore landings and zodiac tours to visit different natural and historical sites, including glaciers, partake in wilderness hikes, and fully immerse yourselves in the raw nature of the Arctic.

Every day, explore deeper into the wilderness Svalbard has to offer. Under the guidance of your expedition leader, work with the weather and sea ice conditions to show you the best that the northwest coast has to offer.

Day 4-6: North East Svalbard | Austfonna

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
If the sea ice grants passage, aim to head east towards the Hinlopen Strait area and venture deeper into a vast world of ice and cliffs. While attempting this, reach a new higher latitude for the voyage, crossing the 80-degree north parallel. The days will be long and complemented with action, zodiac cruises, and the search for wildlife.

As you explore east of Svalbard, aim to visit the meltwater waterfalls pouring from the edge of the Austfonna Ice Cap, taking the time to cruise alongside the breathtaking natural spectacle.

Day 7-9: South coast of Spitsbergen

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
The return route is highly dependent on the ice and weather aspects. If conditions allow, you may follow the compass south and explore the region along the south coast of Spitsbergen, sailing via Freemansund. Or, you should head back north and west and cruise the ice edge while exploring sites and scouting for wildlife.

Day 10: Longyearbyen | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
By morning, arrive back at the port of Longyearbyen. Disembarking the ship will involve saying goodbye to the new friends you’ve made and keeping the memories of the transformative adventure you shared.

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MV Kinfish

MV Kinfish near glacier
MV Kinfish with walrus
MV Kinfish in Greenland hidden fjord

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Cabin 6 (Type B)
Sleeps 2 in bunk beds with ensuite shower and toilet and portholes

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Included
  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • 9 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
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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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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