Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic 2023-24

On this longer tour of the region, you have even more chances to connect with wildlife.


Svalbard

Duration: 12 days
Starts: Helsinki, Finland
Ends: Helsinki, Finland
Language: English speaking voyage

* This itinerary adds a Transfer Package back and forth Helsinki to Lonyearbyen


Included
Optional


The largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, Spitsbergen is known as the “wildlife capital of the Arctic,” and on this unforgettable 12-day voyage, you will discover why. Building on the Spitsbergen Highlights and Intro to Spitsbergen itineraries, this longer journey has been designed to maximize time on the west and northern/southern tips of the island, providing you optimal chances to witness the remarkable array of creatures who call this spectacular yet forbidding environment home—including whales, walruses, Svalbard reindeer, seabirds by the thousands, and that most iconic of Arctic residents, the polar bear.

In addition to giving you opportunities to observe this unique parade of wildlife, the longer itinerary also allows you more time to explore the vast tundra, appreciate the natural beauty of the surprisingly colorful Arctic wilderness, and benefit from our range of on-board lectures and educational programs. Come aboard with the most knowledgeable, experienced and passionate team in the industry for an extraordinary High Arctic adventure.

Itinerary

Day 1 | Arrive in Helsinki, Finland
Your Arctic adventure begins in Helsinki, renowned for its extraordinary architecture and intriguing mix of eastern and western influences. If you arrive early, explore the many museums, galleries and restaurants, relax at a Finnish sauna or wander the vibrant Design District before retiring at your included hotel.

Day 2 | Fly to Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Embark
This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement, a true frontier town, where you’ll have some time to explore before embarkation. As your ship sets sail, enjoy your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from frigid waters.

Days 3 to 11 | Exploring Spitsbergen
Explore western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar deserts to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. As you cruise around this magical island located above the Arctic Circle, your Expedition Team will constantly be searching for animals.

Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice, so we have no fixed itinerary; however, some of the places we mayvisit include the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsřya, Alkhornet and the Hinlopen Strait. The destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing with an appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen.

The island offers multiple opportunities for wildlife photography. Since Svalbard’s legendary wildlife habitat is well-protected and almost entirely uninhabited, it’s one of the world’s best places to spot polar bears in their natural landscapes of ice, Arctic deserts and mountain scenery. The towering cliffs of Alkefjellet provide homes to thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres).

Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t soon forget. These giant pinnipeds of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.

If you’re itching to experience a more intimate view from the water, you can prebook the sea kayaking or paddling excursion adventure options.

In Spitsbergen, there is no shortage of natural beauty. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day, you’ll see something interesting, whether it is an ever-changing gallery of spectacular icebergs, a polar bear resting between hunts, or an abandoned historical site from centuries ago.

Day 12 | Disembark in Longyearbyen and Fly to Helsinki
The time to say goodbye has come. Your Arctic adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your return group charter flight to Helsinki, included in the transfer package.

Itinerary

Day 1 | Arrive in Helsinki, Finland
Your Arctic adventure begins in Helsinki, renowned for its extraordinary architecture and intriguing mix of eastern and western influences. If you arrive early, explore the many museums, galleries and restaurants, relax at a Finnish sauna or wander the vibrant Design District before retiring at your included hotel.

Day 2 | Fly to Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Embark
This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement, a true frontier town, where you’ll have some time to explore before embarkation. As your ship sets sail, enjoy your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from frigid waters.

Days 3 to 11 | Exploring Spitsbergen
Explore western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar deserts to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. As you cruise around this magical island located above the Arctic Circle, your Expedition Team will constantly be searching for animals.

Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice, so we have no fixed itinerary; however, some of the places we mayvisit include the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsřya, Alkhornet and the Hinlopen Strait. The destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing with an appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen.

The island offers multiple opportunities for wildlife photography. Since Svalbard’s legendary wildlife habitat is well-protected and almost entirely uninhabited, it’s one of the world’s best places to spot polar bears in their natural landscapes of ice, Arctic deserts and mountain scenery. The towering cliffs of Alkefjellet provide homes to thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres).

Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t soon forget. These giant pinnipeds of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.

If you’re itching to experience a more intimate view from the water, you can prebook the sea kayaking or paddling excursion adventure options.

In Spitsbergen, there is no shortage of natural beauty. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day, you’ll see something interesting, whether it is an ever-changing gallery of spectacular icebergs, a polar bear resting between hunts, or an abandoned historical site from centuries ago.

Day 12 | Disembark in Longyearbyen and Fly to Helsinki
The time to say goodbye has come. Your Arctic adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your return group charter flight to Helsinki, included in the transfer package.




INCLUSIONS

• Mandatory Transfer Package*

• Leadership throughout your voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities
• All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
• All shore landings per the daily program
• Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
• All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
• Beer and wine during dinner; and coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
• Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
• A photographic journal documenting the expedition
• A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions
• An official parka to keep
• Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
• All luggage handling aboard the ship
• Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person
• Transfers between Longyearbyen town center and port on embarkation and disembarkation day

*MANDATORY TRANSFER PACKAGE INCLUDES:
• One night’s pre-expedition hotel night at Helsinki airport hotel, with breakfast
• Charter flight from Helsinki to Longyearbyen
• Arrival and departure transfers in Longyearbyen
• Charter flight from Longyearbyen to Helsinki

PACKAGE PRICE: $995 USD

Important reminder: 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.

​Due to local regulations in Svalbard, flightseeing and other helicopter-supported adventure options are not available on these voyages.

EXCLUSIONS

• International airfare
• Arrival and departure transfers in Helsinki
• Passport and visa expenses
• Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
• Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
• Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
• Excess-baggage fees on international flights
• Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
• Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
• Phone and Internet charges
• Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
• Additional overnight accommodation
• Adventure Options not listed in Included Activities


Dates & Rates


Ship: Ultramarine | Date: 22 May 2024 - 02 Jun 2024 (2075)
Solo Panorama
$22,290
$15,369
Explorer Triple
$12,390
$8,686
Explorer Suite
$16,190
$11,251
Balcony Suite
$17,790
$12,331
Deluxe Balcony Suite
$20,790
$14,356
Terrace Suite
$21,490
$14,829
Penthouse suite
$22,290
$15,369
Owner's Suite
$28,390
$19,486
Ultra Suite
$31,390
$21,511
Ship: Ocean Adventurer | Date: 28 May 2024 - 08 Jun 2024 (2071)
Triple Cabin
$9,890
$6,598
Lower Deck Twin
$11,390
$7,543
Main Deck Twin
$12,590
$8,299
Twin Window - M.Deck
$13,690
$8,992
Superior
$14,990
$9,811
Deluxe
$14,990
$9,811
Suite
$18,790
$12,205
Owner's Suite
$20,090
$13,024
Ship: Ultramarine | Date: 09 Jun 2024 - 20 Jun 2024 (2076)
Solo Panorama
$22,290
$16,327
Explorer Triple
$12,390
$9,199
Explorer Suite
$16,190
$11,935
Balcony Suite
$17,790
$13,087
Deluxe Balcony Suite
$20,790
$15,247
Terrace Suite
$21,490
$15,751
Penthouse suite
$22,290
$16,327
Owner's Suite
$28,390
$20,719
Ultra Suite
$31,390
$22,879
Ship: Ocean Adventurer | Date: 15 Jun 2024 - 26 Jun 2024 (2072)
Triple Cabin
$10,390
$7,336
Lower Deck Twin
$11,990
$8,416
Main Deck Twin
$13,190
$9,226
Twin Window - M.Deck
$14,490
$10,104
Superior
$15,790
$10,981
Deluxe
$15,790
$10,981
Suite
$19,790
$13,681
Owner's Suite
$21,190
$14,626
Ship: Ocean Adventurer | Date: 30 Jun 2024 - 11 Jul 2024 (2073)
Triple Cabin
$10,690
$7,102
Lower Deck Twin
$12,390
$8,173
Main Deck Twin
$13,590
$8,929
Twin Window - M.Deck
$14,890
$9,748
Superior
$16,290
$10,630
Deluxe
$16,290
$10,630
Suite
$20,390
$13,213
Owner's Suite
$21,790
$14,095
Ship: Ocean Adventurer | Date: 30 Jul 2024 - 10 Aug 2024 (2074)
Triple Cabin
$10,690
$7,102
Lower Deck Twin
$12,390
$8,173
Main Deck Twin
$13,590
$8,929
Twin Window - M.Deck
$14,890
$9,748
Superior
$16,290
$10,630
Deluxe
$16,290
$10,630
Suite
$20,390
$13,213
Owner's Suite
$21,790
$14,095

* The prices are per person in US Dollars, unless expressly specified in a different currency. In that case, payment will be in US dollars at the exchange rate of the day.
** All prices will be re-confirmed by email at the time of booking.
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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