The Complete Spitsbergen Expedition

Explorer CruiseSpitsbergen

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From $7,376 USD
June 14 - July 8, 2018
10 Days / 9 Nights

Complete Spitsbergen Expedition sails around the Svalbard archipelago, above 80º N. Explore the Arctic wilderness, deep fjords, wildlife and polar bears.

Overview

The Complete Spitsbergen Expedition on the MS Spitsbergen sails from Longyearbyen around the entire Svalbard archipelago to above 80º N to the ice edge of the Arctic Ocean, only 600 nautical miles from the Geographical North Pole. Explore Europe's largest Arctic wilderness of deep fjords, mighty glaciers and pure nature with wildlife of seals, seabirds, reindeer and polar bear. Your adventure includes the Midnight Sun, excursions, hiking, kayaking.

Operation

June 14 - July 8, 2018

Departure

June 14, 22, 30, 2018
July 8, 2018

Price

  • from $7,376 per person in double inside cabin I, Early booking fare
  • Polar Inside
  • $7,397
  • Polar Outside
  • $8,296
  • Arctic Superior
  • $9,555
  • Expedition Suite
  • $12,252

--- Rates in USD per person, double occupancy.

Included

  • Hurtigruten expedition
  • Cabin grade of your choice
  • Full board: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Economy-class flights between Longyearbyen and Oslo
  • One hotel night in Longyearbyen before the voyage,
  • including breakfast and lunch
  • All transfers in Longyearbyen
  • Excursion before the voyage
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats
  • Activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English speaking expedition team that gives
  • lectures and accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary tea and coffee

Not Included

  • International and domestic flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions & gratuities
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind, and ice conditions will determine our schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is only an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.
  • Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability.

Day 1 OSLO - LONGYEARBYEN

This Grand Arctic Circumnavigation 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 checking out the museums, parks and cutting edge architecture or relax in a café or bar. The contrast will be significant when you arrive in Longyearbyen some hours later. Amazingly, this town on the edge of the harsh ice is a modern place, 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 - EMBARKATION

The Norwegian Stronghold In The High Arctic
After an overnight stay in one of our hotels, you can join an exciting excursion in the unique little town of Longyearbyen and the surrounding area, before boarding M/S Spitsbergen. This Norwegian settlement lies in the shadow of the great arctic wilderness. Here, the arctic environment dominates, but the town maintains a surprisingly cosmopolitan character. Longyearbyen is often called an antidote to modern-Day life and toDay serves as a prime destination for adventure travellers.

Day 3 - 5 NORTH WEST SPITSBERGEN NATIONAL PARK

Exploration Days In Large Fjords With Fascinating History
The North West Corner is scattered with islands, fjords and beaches. The ocean here is full of drifting ice and the frozen landscape changes constantly. Due to strong winds and currents, the Captain monitors conditions closely before deciding where we can land or sail. This is why all our itineraries are flexible; we work with the elements, not against them, and safety is our first priority. If we are able to land, this area is excellent for exploring Svalbard's history. You will have the chance to see the remnants of ancient blubber ovens used to render whale oil. We might visit Kongsfjorden, considered one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, framed by stunning mountain formations.

On the shore of Kongfjorden is the former mining settlement of Ny-Alesund, now an international centre for research, with a picturesque mix of old and new buildings. We might also visit Krossfjorden and Mitrahalvoya, where you can see ruins from the whaling period, beautiful alpine flora, bird cliffs and, quite often, Svalbard reindeer. If conditions allow, try crossing a glacier with the Expedition team. Raudfjorden 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 might also get to see the enormous Monaco Glacier in Liefdefjord.

Day 6 - 8 EASTERN SVALBARD NATURE RESERVE

Enjoy Expedition Days In The Arctic
Eastern Svalbard boasts the highest population of polar bears on the archipelago - we really hope that we'll be able to see one on this journey! Today, we aim to cruise in Sorgfjorden, which borders the North East Spitsbergen Nature Reserve, and was the location of a famous 17th-century battle between whalers. Enjoy the view on deck as we pass the spectacular bird cliff of Alkefjellet, one of the largest of its kind.

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. We continue to the southern cape and the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen, where 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, so if we are fortunate, we will spot some of these predators.

Day 9 ISFJORD

Fjord, Wilderness And Bbq
We will spend the day exploring the Isfjord, the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard. In the inner parts of Isfjorden, the landscape changes constantly. 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 Svalbard Reindeer. Later on, we might visit a scenic fjord arm and arrange a farewell barbecue in spectacular Arctic surroundings.

Day 10 LONGYEARBYEN - OSLO

End Of The Expedition
Every good explorer's voyage comes to an end. You will probably sense that time has passed faster than expected. Many report a subtle exhilaration due to having taken a journey to the very top of the globe, just a few hundred miles from the Geographical North Pole. The transfer vehicle takes you early in the morning to the airport for your flight back to Oslo.

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