Grand Svalbard Circumnavigation

Explorer CruiseSpitsbergen

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From $7,938 USD
August 4 - August 14, 2017
12 Days / 11 Nights

Grand Svalbard Circumnavigation, a one-of-a-kind expedition, a multitude of landing sites, exciting experiences of wildlife, polar bears, fjords, glaciers

Overview

Grand Svalbard Circumnavigation, a 12-day one-of-a-kind expedition on the MS Fram. Circumnavigate Spitsbergen, enjoy fascinating lectures from the expedition team. We will sail above 80° N to take you to the ice edge of the Arctic Ocean. This adventure will include traversing a glacier – "Brevandring", several excursions, including hiking, kayaking, and other activities on land and water, as well as scouting for polar bears, the King of the Arctic!

Operation

August 4 - August 14, 2017

Departure

August 4 - August 14, 2017 August 14 - August 24, 2017

Price

  • from $7,938 per person in double PolarInside cabin,
  • August 14 departure
  • Subject to availability at time of booking
  • PolarInside
  • $9,815
  • PolarInside
  • $7,938
  • PolarOutside
  • $11,604
  • PolarOutside
  • $9,350
  • ArcticSuperior
  • $12,942
  • ArcticSuperior
  • $10,407
  • ExpeditionSuite
  • $17,015
  • ExpeditionSuite
  • $12,882

August 4, 2017 departure. Rates in USD per person, double occupancy, may change without notice. August 14, 2017 departure. Rates in USD per person, double occupancy, may change without notice.

Included

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage on MS Fram
  • Cabin category of your choice
  • Full board (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
  • Economy flights between Longyearbyen and Oslo
  • One hotel night in Longyearbyen before the voyage, including
  • breakfast
  • All transfers in Longyearbyen, including lunch and excursion before the
  • voyage
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures
  • and accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary use of Muck Boot rubber boots
  • Complimentary tea and coffee

Not Included

  • International airfare & taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional Shore Excursions
  • Luggage Handling
  • Gratuities
  • $25 handling fee

Please note

  • All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions / All itineraries are subject to change.
  • Early booking offer of $500 per person* is valid for bookings made between Oct 15, 2016, and Dec 31, 2016 for all Explorer Voyages on MS Fram, MS Midnatsol, and MS Spitsbergen with departures between Apr 17, 2017, and Mar 13, 2018.
  • *Offer is valid for new retail bookings only from Oct 15 – Dec 31, 2016, and select departures, is capacity controlled, and is subject to withdrawal at any time without notice. This offer is combinable with the Ambassador discount for past passengers and the Child discount.

Tour Options

  • Shore excursions
  • Hotel stay in Oslo

Day 1 OSLO - LONGYEARBYEN

This Grand Svalbard Circumnavigation voyage starts with an evening flight from Oslo. Norway's capital is often called 'The blue, the green and the city in between' because of its location between the fjord and the forest. Spend a day discovering the many museums, parks, and varied architecture, or relax in a café or bar. The contrast will be significant when you arrive in Longyearbyen a couple of hours later. Still, Longyearbyen is a modern town with first-class facilities, charming architecture, an internationally renowned museum, and several bars and restaurants - all in the midst of the untouched Arctic wilderness.

Day 2 LONGYEARBYEN - BARENTSBURG (B, L, D)

After an overnight stay in a Longyearbyen hotel, you can join an exciting excursion in the unique little town of Longyearbyen and its surrounding areas. The influence of the Arctic environment is obvious, but it is also surprisingly cosmopolitan with art galleries, pubs, long wine lists at restaurants, shops, and a small shopping center. While the town is often called an antidote to modern-day life and is a prime destination for adventure travelers, the history and heritage of coal miners is evident everywhere.

Barentsburg is a Russian settlement, known for its coal mines and Soviet architecture, and is very different to Longyearbyen. The museum, library, and newly opened brewery function as meeting places and a research station is under construction. See a colorful folklore show and visit the hotel and museum. Experience a different side of Svalbard, a little piece of Russia in the Arctic.

Day 3 NORTH WEST SPITSBERGEN NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D)

Kongsfjord is considered one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, framed by characteristic mountain formations.

Day 4 NORTH WEST SPITSBERGEN NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D)

As we sail northwest we reach Krossfjord and Mitrahalvoya, where you can see cultural remains from the whaling period, beautiful alpine flora, bird cliffs, and quite often Svalbard reindeer. Try traversing a glacier with our expedition team. We also visit the former coal-mining settlement of Ny-Alesund, now an international center for research, with a picturesque mix of old and new buildings.

Day 5 NORTH WEST SPITSBERGEN NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D)

The North West Corner of Spitsbergen offers the largest concentration of graves, blubber ovens, and other cultural treasures from when Svalbard was first inhabited. Raudfjord offers plenty of opportunities for great hikes. Hamiltonbukta is too shallow for our ship to navigate, but it's perfect to explore by kayak. We will also see the enormous Monaco Glacier in Liefdefjord.

Day 6 EAST SVALBARD NATURE RESERVE - SOUTH SPITSBERGEN NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D)

Eastern Svalbard boasts the highest population of polar bears in the archipelago - providing us a great opportunity to see one on this journey! Today, we'll explore Sorgfjord, the location of a famous 17th-century battle between the whalers, which borders the North East Spitsbergen Nature Reserve. Enjoy the view from on deck as we pass the spectacular bird cliff of Alkefjellet, one of the largest of its kind.

Day 7 EAST SVALBARD NATURE RESERVE - SOUTH SPITSBERGEN NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D)

Rossoya is less than 620 miles from the North Pole, and when you are here you can be quite sure that there is no one between yourself and 90° North. The barren landscape is considered high Arctic, with very little vegetation due to the extreme weather conditions here for most of the year. Phippsoya is home to a large ivory gull colony, and there are many opportunities to see polar bears here.

Day 8 EAST SVALBARD NATURE RESERVE - SOUTH SPITSBERGEN NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D)

Edgeoya is the third-largest island in the Svalbard Archipelago. On its western shores the landscape is largely un-glaciated, unlike most other places on the east side of Spitsbergen. Kapp Lee is a wonderful site where you will find cultural heritage from all eras of human exploration of Svalbard.

Day 9 EAST SVALBARD NATURE RESERVE - SOUTH SPITSBERGEN NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D)

We continue to the South Cape - the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen. Hornsund has large variations in its landscape and geology within short distances. Ice being pushed into the fjord early in the season attracts polar bears that hunt on the ice.

Day 10 BELLSUND (B, L, D)

Bellsund is the third-largest fjord system on Spitsbergen. We will pass the majestic Klokkefjellet Mountain while sailing the southern entrance of the sound. Enjoy landings where we will explore old trapping stations, wonderful Artic flora and fauna, and fantastic views toward the vast expanse of this impressive fjord.

Day 11 THE ISFJORD (B, L, D)

We will spend the day exploring the Isfjord, the most prominent and extensive fjord system on Svalbard, and both the outer and the inner parts of the fjord. One of the most striking features of the outer part is the Alkehornet peak, where thousands of Brünnich's guillemots nest during the summer season.

In the inner parts of Isfjorden, the landscape changes. The immense U-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area some ten thousand years ago, are home to large populations of the endemic Svalbard Reindeer. Later on we'll find a scenic fjord arm and arrange a farewell barbecue in the most beautiful Arctic surroundings.

Day 12 LONGYEARBYEN - OSLO

Every good explorer's voyage comes to an end. You will probably sense that time has passed faster than expected. Lingering is the subtle exhilaration of having spent time on top of the globe, just a few hundred miles from the Geographic North Pole. An early morning transfer brings you to the airport for your flight back to Oslo.

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