Spitsbergen and Polar Bears – An Arctic Adventure

Explorer CruiseNorway and Spitsbergen

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May 17 - September 6, 2018
6 Days / 5 Nights

The MS Nordstjernen sails for a May voyage from Norwegian fjords to Spitsbergen, start in Bergen to Longyearbyen, visit North Cape, Barentsburg and Moffen

Overview

Join the MS Nordstjernen in May for a spring voyage to Norwegian fjords and the high Arctic of Spitsbergen. Starting in Bergen, explore the coast of Norway with beautiful fjords, spectacular scenery and a variety of ports on our way to Honningsvag and the North Cape. Cross the Barents Sea to Spitsbergen, visit Barentsburg and Longyearbyen gives you a unique insight to the heritage from the miners and hunters that lived here in the Arctic wilderness.

Operation

May 17 - September 6, 2018

Departure

Thursdays
June 7, 14, 21, 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 30
September 6

Price

  • from $1834 per person, PolarInside cabin I2
  • or best available offer

Included

  • Thursday departures:
  • Explorer Voyage, 5 nights
  • Cabin category of your choice
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch, set or buffet dinner)
  • Transfer from airport to hotel in Longyearbyen
  • One hotel night in Longyearbyen before the
  • voyage, including breakfast and lunch
  • Transfer from hotel to ship in Longyearbyen, including
  • sightseeing tour Folklore show in Barentsburg
  • Transfer from ship to airport in Longyearbyen
  • Monday departures:
  • Explorer Voyage, 5 nights
  • Cabin category of your choice
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch, set or buffet dinner)
  • Transfer from airport to hotel in Longyearbyen
  • One hotel night in Longyearbyen before the voyage,
  • including breakfast and lunch
  • Transfer from hotel to ship in Longyearbyen, including
  • sightseeing tour Folklore show in Barentsburg
  • Transfer from ship to hotel in Longyearbyen
  • One hotel night in Longyearbyen after the voyage, including
  • light lunch, dinner, and early morning snack
  • Transfer from hotel to airport in Longyearbyen
  • Thursday & Monday departures include:
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that
  • gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Optional Shore Excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • $25 handling fee

Please note

  • A2 – Outside porthole
  • J2 – Outside obstructed view
  • N2 – Outside non-obstructed
  • All cabins have an upper and a lower berth on this ship
  • All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change

Tour Options

  • Shore Excursions

Day 1 LONGYEARBYEN

Upon arrival you will be taken to the Spitsbergen Hotel or Coal Miners' Cabins, where you will stay for the night.

Day 2 LONGYEARBYEN - BARENTSBURG

Enjoy a sightseeing trip in Longyearbyen, ending at the pier where you will join the MS Nordstjernen. Our first stop is the Russian settlement of Barentsburg, where there will be opportunities to visit the Pomor Museum (optional) and enjoy a lively folklore show. In the afternoon we continue out the Isfjord and head north along the Prins Karls Forland.

Day 3 DIFFERENT ITINERARY DEPENDING DEPARTURE DAY

Itinerary 1: Woodfjorden, Liefdefjorden, Moffen, and 80° North. The day will be spent cruising towards the Monaco Glacier, passing a number of small islets where eider ducks nest during the summer. If we are lucky, we may spot a polar bear searching for eggs. If the ice conditions are favorable we will sail past 80° North and toward Moffen, an island that often hosts walrus.

Itinerary 2: Magdalenefjord and the North West Corner. We arrive in Magdalenefjord in the morning, and will make our first Polarcirkel boat landing. This area has a long history of exploration. Experience a very important cultural heritage: The remains of four blubber ovens/furnaces found on Gravneset, as well as a graveyard containing about 130 graves dating from the 17th- to the late-18th-century.

Day 4 DIFFERENT ITINERARY DEPENDING DEPARTURE DAY

Itinerary 1: Kongsfjorden and Ny-Alesund. This is the largest fjord on the North West coast. We might also visit a large adjacent fjord called Krossfjorden. The landscape varies from large tundra plains to alpine peaks with dramatic glaciers tumbling into the ocean. At the end of the fjord you'll see the majestic Kongsbreen. Later on we call on Ny-Alesund. Previously a coal-mining community, it now houses an advanced High Arctic research station.

Itinerary 2: Woodfjorden, Liefdefjorden, Moffen and 80° North. As we cruise towards the Monaco Glacier, we will pass a number of small islets where eider ducks nest during the summer. This is a great place for spotting polar bears hunting for eggs. If we are lucky, the ice conditions make it possible to sail past 80° North and toward Moffen, a known haul-out for walrus.

Day 5 DIFFERENT ITINERARY DEPENDING DEPARTURE DAY

Itinerary 1: Isfjorden and Longyearbyen. Located in central Spitsbergen, the Isfjord is the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard. We will spend the morning sailing towards Longyearbyen. As we sail into the outer parts of the Isfjord, the landscape changes. Marvel at the large U-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area some ten thousand years ago. Upon arrival in Longyearbyen you have the rest of the day at your disposal. A farewell dinner will be served at the hotel.

Itinerary 2: Kongsfjorden and Ny-Alesund. We sail into Kongsfjorden, a 16-mile long inlet. From here you can see the two glaciers: Kronebreen and Kongsvegen. On its southern shore you find one of only four permanent settlements on Svalbard: The old coal-mining town of Ny-Alesund - now the northernmost settlement in the world with facilities for permanent research institutes from ten countries.

Day 6 LONGYEARBYEN

The Spitsbergen adventure is over. You will transfer to the airport for the flight back home.

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