Spitsbergen - Bear Island

Spitsbergen - Bear Island– Spitsbergen, Arctic Ocean –9 days / 8 nights, Longyearbyen - Isfjord - Kongsfjord - Monaco Glacier - Hinlopen Strait - Ny Ålesund - Edgeøya - Hornsund - Bellsund - LongyearbyenSpitsbergen, land of the Polar Bear, is an Arctic archipelago about 400 miles north of Norway and only a 600 miles south of the North Pole. It is the largest wilderness area of Europe, offering some of the finest scenery and wildlife encounters, with rugged mountains and rolling tundra, ice-caps and glaciers. Bear Island is the southernmost island of the archipelago. Enjoy guided shore excursions, walks, wildlife spotting and zodiac cruises.

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OTL05, Rates in USD, per person

Operation June 8 - June 16, 2014
Departure OTL05 S, Sunday, June 8, 2014
Price from $3,850 per person, Quadruple Porthole
Included Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
Free use of rubber boots and snow shoes on Plancius and Ortelius
On Spitsbergen voyages: Transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and 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
Meals ashore
Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory)
Excess baggage charges
All items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
The customary gratuity for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)
$25 Service fee
Please Note All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

Possible fuel surcharges; 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 and EURO 18 per passenger per night for bookings within Europe, to be paid by the contracting party of Oceanwide Expeditions.
Tour Options Snowshoe / hiking is free of charge, including snowshoes
More Information Spitsbergen - Bear Island map

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Day 1 DEPARTURE LONGYEARBYEN Individual arrival 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. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden.

Day 2 CRUISING THE FJORDS OF 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.

Day 3 HVALROSSBUKTA At the south side of Bear Island we sail by the largest bird cliffs in the North Atlantic occupied by more than 10 species of seabirds. We make a landing at the 19th century whaling station at Hvalrossbukta.

Day 4 HOPEN ISLAND On Hopen Island is the most remote weather station in the Spitsbergen archipelago, with an always friendly Norwegian crew. Near the station there are several remains of the Polar Bear hunting era and large seabird cliffs. At Kofotodden there are some remain of the 17th century whaling.

Day 5 STORFJORDEN We work our way into the sea-ice at the south eastern part of Storfjorden near Tusenøyane, an area teeming with wildlife which feeds at the edges of the ice near their breeding places. Thousands of Harp Seals are laying on the ice here or swimming in the water. It is their rutting time. It is also a good area for bears and Bearded Seals and Walrus.

Day 6 HAMBERGBUKTA A second day in the ice of Storfjorden, with more chances for Harp Seals, other seal species and bears. If ice-conditions allow we may try to land in the Hambergbukta or Isbukta, an amphitheatre of glacier fronts.

Day 7 STORMBUKTA If ice conditions allow we will land at Stormbukta with an easily accessible Kittiwake colony in a canyon and warm springs, which do not freeze during winter. Alternatively we land at Palfylodden a Walrus haul out place with the remains of thousands of walruses slaughtered in previous centuries. We sail northward along the Spitsbergen banks, looking for Finn Whales.

Day 8 AHLSTRANDHALVOYA Today we land on Ahlstrandhalvøya at the mouth of Van Keulenfjorden. Here piles of Beluga skeletons (the Beluga is a small white whale), the remains of 19th century slaughter, are yet another reminder of the consequences of thoughtless exploitation. Belugas were not hunted to extinction and may still be seen locally. Cruising into Recherchefjorden during the afternoon we can explore an area of tundra at the head of the fjord where many reindeer feed. Alternatively we sail to a Walrus haul out place at Mariasund or at the western entrance of Fridtjofhamna.

Day 9 RETURN TO LONGYEARBYEN Return to Longyearbyen and disembark for the transfer to the airport and the flight to Oslo and home.

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