North Spitsbergen - Polar Bear Special, Eco Volunteer
North Spitsbergen - Polar Bear Special, Eco Volunteer– Spitsbergen, Norway, Arctic Ocean –10 days / 9 nights, Longyearbyen - Hornsund - Bear Island - Barents Sea - Kvalrossbukta - LongyearbyenCruise on the m/v Ortelius to North Spitsbergen - Polar Bear Special, Eco Volunteer. Supported by AECO and with contribution of the Governor of Spitsbergen we will clean the shores of West Spitsbergen with the help of our passengers, who will get equipment and instructions. We aim for four days of cleaning activities and four days with special focus on Polar Bears. Local weather, snow and ice conditions may influence the precise day by day program.
|Quadruple Porthole||Triple Porthole||Twin Porthole||Twin Window||Twin Deluxe||Superior|
OTL08, per person, prices in USD
|Operation||June 29 - July 8, 2016
|Departure||OTL 08, June 29 - July 8, 2016|
|Price||from $4,900 per person, Quadruple (OTL08)
Now up to 30% discount, from $3,430 per person
|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 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/from Longyearbyen
|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||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. Please note that 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 fuel prices will exceed US Dollar 120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure Oceanwide Expeditions reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US Dollar 25 per passenger per night, to be paid by the contracting party of Oceanwide Expeditions.
|Tour Options||S= Snowshoe / hiking. The activity is free of charge including snowshoes.|
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Day 1 ARRIVAL LONGYEARBYEN - EMBARKATION 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.
Highlights: Svalbard Museum | Longyearbyen | Minke Whale
Day 2 - 5 NORTHWEST SPITSBERGEN - COAST LINE CLEAN UP (B, L, D) Cleaning beaches on the NW Spitsbergen coast line
We will aim at cleaning several beaches on the NW Spitsbergen coast line during the first days as this area is the most exposed to the inflow of garbage. Coordination with the Governor of Svalbard will decide which areas are best served by being cleaned during these days in order to optimize the effort.
Highlights: Cleaning the shores | Shore based walking
Day 6 EAST TOWARDS SEVEN ISLANDS (B, L, D) It is time to put effort into the search for Polar bears in the pack ice to the north. We will locate the ice edge and where possible enter the ice in search for this animal. Our venture may take us east towards the Seven Islands at approximately 80°40 N where a landing can be attempted if the conditions are right.
Highlights: Polar Bear
Day 7 ZODIAC TO ALKEFJELLET (B, L, D) Zodiac to the cliffs of Alkefjellet with thousands of Brünnich's Guillemot
Depending on the ice conditions we will enter Hinlopen Strait between the largest two islands in the Svalbard archipelago and pay a visit by Zodiac to the cliffs of Alkefjellet with thousands of Brünnich's Guillemot. The Swedish-Finnish station of Kinnvika which goes back to 1957 on the northwest of Nordaustlandet offers some great walking opportunities in a Polar desert environment which is so typical for the High Arctic. From here the views of Murchison Fjord makes you appreciate why the Russian Pomor hunters also established themselves in the area.
Highlights: Zodiac Cruising & Shore program | Brünnich's Guillemot | Bird cliffs of Alkefjellet
Day 8 WATCH FOR POLAR BEARS AND SEALS (B, L, D) Retracing our route westwards takes us through and along the pack ice, keeping watch for Polar bears and seals such as Harp seal. Off the coast of West Spitsbergen we often encounter Blue and Fin Whale who forage in the upwelling along the Spitsbergen banks during summer.
Highlights: Whale spotting around Spitsbergen | Harp Seal | Polar Bear
Day 9 PRINS KARLS FORLAND - ALKHORNET (B, L, D) We plan to visit a known Walrus haul out site at Poolepynten
We sail on a southern course around the long island of Prins Karls Forland and plan to visit a known Walrus haul out site at Poolepynten. In the afternoon we aim to land at Alkhornet, a prominent cliff with a large colony of Brünnich's guillemot and Kittiwake's. The vegetation is lush due to the constant fertilising from the cliffs. Svalbard Reindeer and geese take advantage of this while Arctic foxes utilize the food source that a large bird cliff offers.
Highlights: Walrus | Alkhornet | Poolepynten
Day 10 LONGYEARBYEN (B) Our final day. We disembark the vessel in Longyearbyen, the administrative centre of Spitsbergen, for the flights south to Oslo and onward home.