Arctic Wildlife Safari

Voyage to the West of Spitsbergen


Svalbard
© Sebastian Arrebola

Cruise to a beautifully stark landscape of glaciers, rugged snow-capped mountains, and the land of the Kings and Queens of the North, the Polar Bear.

Duration: 8/9 nights
Embarkation: Longyearbyen
Disembarkation: Longyearbyen
Language: English speaking voyage

Itinerary

Day 1: Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Welcome to Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Norwegian territory of Svalbard and starting point of our expedition. After arriving via scheduled commercial flight service, you are free to explore this fascinating Arctic settlement. Be sure to see the excellent Svalbard Museum and take advantage of quality shopping and dining opportunities in the town center. Your hotel for the night has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the voyage.

Day 2: Embarkation in Longyearbyen

In the afternoon we welcome you aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Arctic dreams coming true as we slip our moorings and sail into a true wilderness where wildlife abounds. The scenery as we sail through Isfjorden on our first evening is spectacular and there is already the possibility of marine mammal encounters.

Day 3-8/9: Exploration of West Spitsbergen
This is a real expedition in a true High Arctic wilderness. As such, our route and exploration opportunities here are heavily dependent on the weather and sea ice conditions we encounter. Our experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented to us by Nature in this wild and remote corner of the Arctic.

Polar bears and other quintessential Arctic wildlife can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Svalbard. We exploit every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, to discover incredible scenery, and to walk in the footsteps of the historic polar expeditions that came before us. We anticipate exploring the spectacular fjords, coasts, and islands in the northwestern part of Svalbard.
This area contains the archipelago’s most impressive scenery and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Deep fjords and narrow channels are flanked by jagged snowy mountain peaks. Immense tidewater glaciers calve icebergs into turquoise waters. On ice floes and on fast ice several species of seals watch vigilantly for polar bears. Fields of flowering tundra are home to grazing reindeer and playful Arctic fox. Bountiful inshore and offshore waters are home to walrus and a wide variety of whales. The whole area is alive with migratory birds, including numerous rare species, taking advantage of summer’s fecundity in 24-hour daylight. And over it all presides the polar bear, monarch of the North. This wild corner of Svalbard is one of the best places in the world to observe polar bears hunting in their preferred habitat: the pack ice. We take the ship as close as safely possible to the jumbled and broken edge of the polar ice cap, where polar bears stalk the frozen sea in search of seals.

To complete the Arctic experience we also explore places rich with history. Our area of exploration contains the historical remnants of whaling camps, coal mining operations, trappers’ cabins, staging areas for historic attempts to discover the North Pole, and even an abandoned polar research station. Human habitation in this area can be found only at Ny Ålesund, a former mining town that is now home to an international community of Arctic researchers. This is one of the world’s most northerly settlements, complete with museum, gift shop, and post office. The days are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by our experts, and enough stunning scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.

Day 9/10: Disembarkation in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

After breakfast we say farewell in the town of Longyearbyen, where we started. We provide a transfer to the airport or to the town center if you wish to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Svalbard, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice!


RATES INCLUDE:
-1 pre-voyage hotel night in Longyearbyen;
-Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on a day prior to departure;
-Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation;
-Shipboard accommodation;
-All meals on board throughout the voyage;
-Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
-All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
-Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team;
-Branded Expeditions parka;
-Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
-Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
-All port fees;
-Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation;
-Pre-departure materials;
-Digital Voyage Log;

RATES DO NOT INCLUDE:
-Airfare;
-Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
-Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
-Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
-Personal expenses such as laundry and onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service);
-Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings;
-Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of USD 200,000;
-Staff gratuities;
-Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.




Dates & Rates


Ship: Sea Spirit | Date: 31 May 2020 / 08 Jun 2020 More info about this Ship
Triple Classic
$5,895 4,506
Main Deck Suite
$8095 6,486
Classic Suite
$8,695 7,026
Superior Suite
$8,795 6,676
Deluxe Suite
$9,895 7,611
Premium Suite
$10,995 8,546
Owner's Suite
$14,295 11,351
Ship: Sea Spirit | Date: 07 Jun 2020 / 15 Jun 2020 More info about this Ship
Triple Classic
$5,895 4,506
Main Deck Suite
$8095 6,486
Classic Suite
$8,695 7,026
Superior Suite
$8,795 6,676
Deluxe Suite
$9,895 7,611
Premium Suite
$10,995 8,546
Owner's Suite
$14,295 11,351
Ship: Sea Spirit | Date: 14 Jun 2020 / 22 Jun 2020 More info about this Ship
Triple Classic
$5,895 4,506
Main Deck Suite
$8095 6,486
Classic Suite
$8,695 7,026
Superior Suite
$8,795 6,676
Deluxe Suite
$9,895 7,611
Premium Suite
$10,995 8,546
Owner's Suite
$14,295 11,351

* The prices are per person expressed in US Dollars.
NOTE: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

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© Sebastian Arrebola
© Sebastian Arrebola
© Sebastian Arrebola



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