Circumnavigating Svalbard – The Ultimate Expedition

Explorer CruiseSpitsbergen

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From $8,923 USD
July 27 - August 6, 2019
12 Days / 11 Nights

Circumnavigating Svalbard – The Ultimate Expedition, a complete journey around Spitsbergen from Longyearbyen. Explore the Arctic wilderness and wildlife.

Overview

Circumnavigating Svalbard – The Ultimate Expedition, a 12-day journey around Spitsbergen from Longyearbyen. Explore the largest Arctic wilderness in Europe with glaciers, mountains and fjords. Sail above 80° N to the ice edge of the Arctic Ocean. Our expedition team enhances your adventure with exciting lectures and activities on land and water. Enjoy expedition landings, hikes, kayaking, wildlife, scouting for polar bears, the King of the Arctic!

Operation

July 27 & August 6, 2019

Departure

July 27, 2019
August 6, 2019 

Price

from $8,923 per person in double Polar Inside cabin

$8,923 Polar Inside
$9,754 Polar Outside
$10,593 Arctic Superior
$13,562 Expedition Suite

Rates in USD per person, double occupancy, may change without notice.

Included

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage on MS Spitsbergen
  • Cabin category of your choice
  • Full board (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
  • Coach-class flights between Oslo and Longyearbyen
  • One hotel night in Longyearbyen before the voyage
  • Breakfast and lunch in Longyearbyen
  • All transfers in Longyearbyen, including an excursion before the cruise
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and 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 airfare & taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional Shore Excursions
  • Luggage Handling
  • Gratuities
  • $25 handling fee

Please note

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

Hurtigruten offers a flexible pricing policy, similar to that an airline if you were booking a flight. This means the from price is an indication of the lowest price you could expect to pay for an I -grade (inside) cabin. Prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Prices may change at any time before departure date, the applicable price will be quoted at the time of booking. 

Tour Options

  • Shore excursions
  • Hotel stay in Oslo
  • Oslo City sightseeing

Day 1 OSLO - LONGYEARBYEN

The High North
Your Arctic adventure starts with an evening flight from Oslo. Before departure, you can spend some time exploring this fjord-side city surrounded by forests, lakes and hills. Oslo offers interesting architecture, a strong cafe and bar culture, top-notch restaurants and endless shopping possibilities.

Then, set foot in an entirely different world when you arrive in Longyearbyen. This remote settlement on the edge of Arctic tundra offers all the amenities of a modern town, and the contrast is intoxicating.

Transfer to your hotel and overnight. 

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

A Civilisation in the Arctic Desert
After an overnight stay in one of our hotels, you join an exciting excursion in Longyearbyen and the surrounding area. The influence of the Arctic environment on life here is obvious, but the settlement is also surprisingly cosmopolitan, with art galleries, bars, long wine lists at  restaurants, shops and a mini-shopping center. The town is often called an antidote to modern-day life and is a prime destination for adventurers. In addition, the history and heritage of the first coal miners is evident everywhere.

The excursion ends at the pier where MS Spitsbergen is already waiting for you.

Day 3 - 5 NORTH WEST SPITSBERGEN NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D)

Mighty Glaciers, Deep Fjords and Amazing Mountains
We sail to Kongsfjorden, considered to be one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, framed by dramatic mountain formations. We also plan to sail to Ny-Ålesund, a former mining settlement with colorful architecture, which now serves as an international research center.

As we sail northwest, we reach Krossfjorden and Mitrahalvøya, where you can see ruins from the whaling period, beautiful alpine flora, bird cliffs and quite often, Svalbard reindeer.

The North West Corner of Spitsbergen offers the largest concentration of graves, blubber ovens and other cultural treasures from the first inhabitants of Svalbard.

At Magdalenafjorden, if conditions allow, we will attempt a landing to hike, and for the truly brave at heart, swim in the refreshing Arctic waters. Others may wish to venture to the 495 foot high top of Ytre Norskøya. We will also see the enormous Monaco Glacier in beautiful Liefdefjord.

Day 6 - 9 EASTERN SVALBARD NATURE RESERVES (B, L, D)

Extreme Conditions and Barren Beauty
Eastern Svalbard boasts the highest population of polar bears on the archipelago – we have high hopes of seeing one on this journey!

We hope to sail by Isflakbukta and Phippsøya on our way to Sorgfjorden, which borders the North East Spitsbergen Nature Reserve. Sorgfjorden was the location of a famous 17th-century battle between whalers and features amazing wildlife spotting opportunities for walrus and birdlife.

Kvitøya, the easternmost island in the Svalbard archipelago, is 98 % covered by the Kvitøyjøkulen ice cap. We plan to land at the western point of the island where the remains of the Andree expedition were found in 1930. This was a failed effort to fly over the North Pole in a balloon, the 'Örnen' (Eagle).

Edgeøya is the third-largest island in the Svalbard archipelago with a landscape that is largely un-glaciated, unlike much of Spitsbergen. Kapp Lee is a wonderful site where you will find cultural heritage from all eras of human exploration of Svalbard.

If we are lucky, we may meet some of the marine mammals of Svalbard as we head towards the South Cape Land. In winter Storfjorden is mainly frozen, making it a perfect polar bear habitat. 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 to hunt on the floes.

Day 10 - 11 FJORDS - SOUTH WEST SPITSBERGEN (B, L, D)

 

Enjoy Life in Arctic Surroundings
The region of Hornsund and the lovely formations around Burgerbukta are highlights of this day, as well as the rich whaling history of Bellsund.

As we make our way to central Spitsbergen, we encounter the Isfjord, the most prominent fjord system in Svalbard. We will explore 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 sea birds, including Brunnich's guillemots and kittiwakes nest during the summer season.

In the inner parts of the Isfjord, the landscape changes constantly. 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. There will also be an optional excursion to the Russian settlement of Pyramiden available.

 

Day 12 LONGYEARBYEN - OSLO

The End of The Voyage
Every great explorer voyage comes to an end. We'll look back on memories of calving glacier fronts or buzzing birdlife – or simply the subtle, elated feeling of having spent time on top of the globe, just a few hundred miles from the Geographical North Pole. An early morning transfer takes you to the airport for your flight back to Oslo.

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