Explore Svalbard Micro Cruising

Discover the remote Arctic islands of Svalbard on a small expedition vessel with just 12 guests onboard.


Svalbard
SAT ©Agustin Ullmann

Duration: 7 / 9 / 13 days
Starts: Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
Ends: Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
Languaje: English Speaking Voyage


Included Activities


On this 7 to 13 day small expedition vessel voyage, we depart Longyearbyen to explore the north-west coast of Spitsbergen, the largest of Svalbard’s archipelago. The area is home to an abundance of wildlife and is one of the best places to encounter polar bears in their natural habitat. If conditions permit it may be possible to reach the edge of the sea ice which extends all the way to the North Pole. The area is full of stunning Arctic scenery and is home to some of the largest glaciers in the northern hemisphere.

Itinerary

SAT ©Agustin Ullmann
SAT ©Agustin Ullmann
SAT ©Agustin Ullmann

Day 1: Embarkation day in Longyearbyen, Norway
Your journey begins in Longyearbyen situated on the picturesque Adventfjorden. In the afternoon you will embark the expedition vessel and set off exploring.

Day 2 to 6/8/12: Exploring the west coast of Spitsbergen
As we leave the Adventfjorden you will get your first impressions of the wonderful land-scapes of the area. Our planned route will take us up the Isfjord to Prins Karls Foreland, an island off the coast of Spitsbergen. Here we will plan a shore landing to visit a colony of Walruses.

The essence of every expedition is the shore landings. As we explore the coast we will attempt to make shore landings on a daily basis by Zodiac landing craft so you can spend time enjoying the nature from the shore. Short hikes in the wilderness are all part of the adventure. At all times you will be accompanied by a professional guide trained and armed for polar bear protection.

Throughout the expedition your expert guide will give lectures onboard on the local envi-ronment, wildlife and history to give you a rich understanding of the places you are visit-ing.

As we travel north other sites we may visit include the scientific research settlement of Ny Alesund where Nobile departed by airship in 1928 on his expedition to reach the North Pole.

We will plan to visit several glaciers if the ice conditions allow. A great example is the Lilliehöökbreen glacier, one of the largest in Svalbard, located 14 km inside the beautiful Lilliehöökfjorden. If possible we will do a Zodiac cruise to get close to this awe-inspiring glacier face.

As we travel north we will search the coastline for polar bears which are frequently sight-ed in this area along with other marine and birdlife.

Our goal is to travel far enough north to reach the edge of the sea ice which extends all the way to the North Pole. This is only possible in favourable conditions. It is a magical experience and a perfect photography opportunity.

Depending on the sea ice conditions, it may be possible to visit the abandoned Russian ghost town of Pyramiden and walk in amongst the derelict buildings of the former Soviet Union mining town. If it is not possible another option will be to visit the Russian settle-ment of Barentsburg.

Day 7/9/13: Return to Longyearbyen
The adventure ends back in Longyearbyen where you will depart the vessel in the morn-ing having made new friends and some unforgettable memories.

Trip Notes
One of the most exciting things is that no journey to Svalbard is ever the same. There is no set itinerary and a flexible approach to exploring, making a journey here a real Arctic adventure. Your expedition leader and captain will work tirelessly with the conditions to ensure you see the most Svalbard has to offer.
When travelling in remote regions the expedition leader and captain will make decisions based on the sea, the ice and the weather conditions. This itinerary is an outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage.

Itinerary

Day 1: Embarkation day in Longyearbyen, Norway
Your journey begins in Longyearbyen situated on the picturesque Adventfjorden. In the afternoon you will embark the expedition vessel and set off exploring.

Day 2 to 6/8/12: Exploring the west coast of Spitsbergen
As we leave the Adventfjorden you will get your first impressions of the wonderful land-scapes of the area. Our planned route will take us up the Isfjord to Prins Karls Foreland, an island off the coast of Spitsbergen. Here we will plan a shore landing to visit a colony of Walruses.

The essence of every expedition is the shore landings. As we explore the coast we will attempt to make shore landings on a daily basis by Zodiac landing craft so you can spend time enjoying the nature from the shore. Short hikes in the wilderness are all part of the adventure. At all times you will be accompanied by a professional guide trained and armed for polar bear protection.

Throughout the expedition your expert guide will give lectures onboard on the local envi-ronment, wildlife and history to give you a rich understanding of the places you are visit-ing.

As we travel north other sites we may visit include the scientific research settlement of Ny Alesund where Nobile departed by airship in 1928 on his expedition to reach the North Pole.

We will plan to visit several glaciers if the ice conditions allow. A great example is the Lilliehöökbreen glacier, one of the largest in Svalbard, located 14 km inside the beautiful Lilliehöökfjorden. If possible we will do a Zodiac cruise to get close to this awe-inspiring glacier face.

As we travel north we will search the coastline for polar bears which are frequently sight-ed in this area along with other marine and birdlife.

Our goal is to travel far enough north to reach the edge of the sea ice which extends all the way to the North Pole. This is only possible in favourable conditions. It is a magical experience and a perfect photography opportunity.

Depending on the sea ice conditions, it may be possible to visit the abandoned Russian ghost town of Pyramiden and walk in amongst the derelict buildings of the former Soviet Union mining town. If it is not possible another option will be to visit the Russian settle-ment of Barentsburg.

Day 7/9/13: Return to Longyearbyen
The adventure ends back in Longyearbyen where you will depart the vessel in the morn-ing having made new friends and some unforgettable memories.

Trip Notes
One of the most exciting things is that no journey to Svalbard is ever the same. There is no set itinerary and a flexible approach to exploring, making a journey here a real Arctic adventure. Your expedition leader and captain will work tirelessly with the conditions to ensure you see the most Svalbard has to offer.
When travelling in remote regions the expedition leader and captain will make decisions based on the sea, the ice and the weather conditions. This itinerary is an outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage.


SAT ©Agustin Ullmann
SAT ©Agustin Ullmann
SAT ©Agustin Ullmann


INCLUSIONS

• Accommodation onboard
• All meals onboard
• Expert Svalbard Guide and Expedition Leader
• Lectures on Svalbard
• Use of Zodiac landing craft for shore landings and photography opportunities
• Polar Bear protection guides for shore landings
• Bedding and towels
• Highly experienced professional Captain, Cook and crew

EXCLUSIONS

• Flights and transfers
• Travel and cancellation insurance which is mandatory
• Any additional expenses such as museum entry
• Alcohol and spirits


* 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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