North Spitsbergen - Edgeøya
North Spitsbergen - Edgeøya– Spitsbergen, Arctic Ocean –10 days / 9 nights, Longyearbyen - Sørkap - Isbukta - West Edgeøya - East / West Spitsbergen - Barentsøya - Diskobukta - Habenichtbukta - Andretangen - Hornsund - LongyearbyenJoin our North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special cruise on m/v Ortelius. Voyage from Longyearbyen along the west coast to North Spitsbergen, a true high-Arctic archipelago, only 600 miles from the North Pole. Explore fjords, islands, spectacular glaciers; view the icecap of Nordaustlandet; enjoy huge Arctic seabird colonies and photograph species such as walrus, the indigenous Svalbard Reindeer, Arctic Fox and the King of the Arctic, the Polar Bear.
|Quadruple Porthole||Triple Porthole||Twin Porthole||Twin Window||Twin Deluxe||Superior|
m/v Ortelius, per person, prices in USD
|Operation||August 19 - August 28, 2015|
|Departure||OTL14 NL H, August 19 - August 28, 2015|
|Price||from $4900 per person in Quadruple cabin|
|Included||Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
Program of lectures by noted naturalists
Experienced expedition staff
Free use of rubber boots and snow shoes
On Spitsbergen voyages: Transfers and baggage handling between the airport,
hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to/from Longyearbyen
All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
AECO fees and governmental taxes
Comprehensive pre-departure material
|Not Included||Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
Pre- and post land arrangements
Transfers to / from the vessel outside Spitsbergen
Passport and visa expenses
Government arrival and departure taxes
Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory)
Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
Customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)
Service fee $25
|Please Note||NL- Dutch speaking
The ice conditions will determine the sailing plan.
All rates are quoted per person in US Dollar, based on twin occupancy. US Dollar rates apply for all sales outside Europe. 5% Discount will be granted for bookings for one or more consecutive voyages.
All dates & rates are subject to change. All voyages will operate subject to a minimum of 70 participants on Plancius, 60 participants on Ortelius.
It is agreed that if world fuel prices will reach or exceed US Dollar 120 per Barrel Brent, 90 days prior to departure Oceanwide Expeditions reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US $25 per passenger per night for bookings outside Europe, to be paid by the contracting party of Oceanwide Expeditions.
Spitsbergen Edgeoya map
Norwegian Polar Institute: Polar Bears in Svalbard brochure
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Day 1 ARRIVAL LONGYEARBYEN Arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago of which West Spitsbergen is the largest island. Before embarking there is an opportunity to stroll around this former mining town, whose parish church and Polar Museum are well worth visiting, while in the surrounding area of Longyearbyen. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden.
Day 2 SØRKAP - ISBUKTA Landings at the rarely visited coast of South Spitsbergen between Sørkap and Isbukta and sailing by Stellingfjellet the biggest colony of Brünnichs Guillmots in Spitsbergen.
Day 3 WEST SIDE OF EDGEØYA We cruise north to Diskobukta on the west side of Edgeøya. After a Zodiac cruise through the shallow bay, we land at Blankodden on a beach littered with whale bones and tree trunks, which have drifted here from Siberia. We can also climb to the rim of a narrow gully which is inhabited by thousands of Kittiwake, together with Black Guillemot and piratical Glaucous Gull. During the breeding season, the base of the cliffs is patrolled by Arctic Fox and Polar Bear, searching for young birds that have fallen from the nesting ledges. From there we walk to Kapp Lee.
Day 4 EAST SIDE OF WEST SPITSBERGEN At the east side of West Spitsbergen (west side of Storfjorden) we will walk to some breeding places of Ivory Gulls in Agardhfjellet at about 400 m high. The valley leading to the outcrops with the nests is littered with fossils of Belemnites and Ammonites.
Day 5 BARENTSØYA In Freemansundet we plan to land at Sundneset on the island of Barentsøya to visit an old trapperÆs hut and then take a brisk walk across the tundra in search of Spitsbergen Reindeer and Barnacle Goose. We also plan a zodiac cruise near the Freeman glacier and visit again a Kittiwake colony in a canyon.
Day 6 DISKOBUKTA At Diskobukta we make a long inland excursion into the braided rivers, which are easily crossed this late in the season.
At Caltex fjellet we will search for breeding places of Ivory Gulls and proceed into Smelledalen with some PingoÆs. Alternatively we land at Plurdalen, and area where 40 years ago extensive explorations for oil were carried out.
Day 7 HABENICHTBUKTA At Habenichtbukta Russian Pomors built their hunting station in which they lived during quite some periods in the 18th and 19th centuries. We will land in the area and make also an inland excursion in an area with pond and lakes, populated by divers, ducks and geese.
Day 8 ANDRETANGEN At Andretangen we have a good opportunity to observe a herd of Walrusses near an old trapper station. Some way inland near a lifted shore in a surf zone from thousands of year ago we find the skeletons of stranded whales from that time. In the afternoon we land at Kong Ludvigøyane or Tiholmane with again remains of the Pomor period.
Day 9 HORNSUND We start the day quietly cruising the side fjords of the spectacular Hornsund area of southern Spitsbergen, enjoying the scenery of towering mountain peaks. Hornsundtind rises to 1,431m, while Bautaen shows why early Dutch explorers gave the name 'Spitsbergen' - pointed mountains - to the island. There are also 14 magnificent glaciers in the area and very good chances of encounters with seals and Polar Bear. We may visit the Polish research station where the friendly staff will give us an insight into their research projects. Behind the station the mountains are home to thousands of pairs of nesting Little Auk.
Day 10 ARRIVAL LONGYEARBYEN - DISEMBARKATION Return to Longyearbyen and disembark for the transfer to the airport and the flight to Oslo and home.