Svalbard Circumnavigation (2)

During the adventure we will enjoy the immense beauty of Svalbard on this high Arctic voyage among whales, walruses, polar bears and millions of sea birds


Svalbard
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Enjoy the immense beauty of Svalbard on this Arctic adventure cruise among whales, walruses, polar bears and millions of sea birds. Experience high summer in the Arctic with Ocean Atlantic - one of the few ice-class expedition ships built to withstand the North Pole’s pack ice.

Duration: 10 days
Starts: Longyearbyen
Ends: Longyearbyen
Language: English Speaking Voyage

Including flights to/from Oslo-Longyearbyen-Oslo


Included

Itinerary

© Agustin Ullmann
© Agustin Ullmann
© Agustin Ullmann

DAY 1 | LONGYEARBYEN, SPITSBERGEN
Arrival to Longyearbyen, Capital of Svalbard – possibly the northernmost ‘real’ town in the world.

The vessel is docked close to the town center. After boarding and a welcome drink, the Expedition Leader will provide information about the voyage, the ship's daily routines and the various security and safety procedures. Before sailing, there will be a mandatory safety drill. The Captain then takes the ship out of Advent Fjord and your Arctic adventure commences.

DAY 2 | NY ÅLESUND, NY LONDON AND LILIENHÖÖK GLACIER
During the ‘night’ (what is night, when the sun never sets?), you have passed Prins Karls Forland and have arrived in the magnificent Kongsfjord. Your visit to Svalbard is in the early summer and this is both the challenge and gift of this special voyage. Winter ice will possibly block the inner waters of many fjords, but this will give you the best opportunities to observe the omnipresent – but still elusive – polar bear, hunting for seals in its prime habitat. At this time of year the migrating birds have just arrived. They are all eager to settle and feed to get the best start for the coming hectic summer months.

The first landing will be at Ny Ålesund. This settlement is in fact further north than Longyearbyen, making it THE northernmost town. But… is a group of scientific stations, a post office and a single shop open for a few hours a real town? You will have to judge for yourself. The setting is nice, the scientific projects are very interesting, and so is the town's history. The Captain will try to get alongside, so you can enjoy an easy walk through the area.

In the afternoon, you continue further north into the fjord system, and depending on the ice situation, you may do a Zodiac cruise along the Lilliehöök Glacier front… or enjoy a lecture.

DAY 3 | FORMER WHALING STATION AT SMEERENBURG AND YTRE NORSKØYA
You have now entered North West Svalbard, which was declared a national park in 1973. The day could begin with a Zodiac cruise in Danskergattet, looking for seals in Virgohamna, before crossing from Danskøya to Amsterdamøya to make a landing at Smeerenburg, the legendary whaling town of the 17th century. 200-plus men were living – and quite often dying – here in the heyday of blubber production.

There are several interesting places to visit in this northwestern corner of Spitsbergen. If conditions allow, you'll make a landing on Ytre Norskøya, where whalers would have their lookout posts.

DAY 4 | MONACO GLACIER AND CRUISING TOWARDS THE PACK ICE
During the night you head to Wood Fjord and its branch, the Liefde Fjord. The plan is to embark on a Zodiac cruise along the broad glacier front of Monacobreen. This gives a unique insight of the glacial forces and the unlimited forms of icebergs. The ice front is named after Albert I of Monaco, who was a major sponsor of Svalbard research.

During the afternoon the ship will steer far north towards the edge of the polar pack ice. How far north only time and weather will tell, but the main target for us is just the ‘edge’, possibly at 80 degrees north! This is the kingdom of the polar bear! As the pack ice retreats during summer, polar bears ride the floes north, as this is where their prey - the seals - resides. Bears who for unfortunate reasons do not ‘catch’ the ice moving north, are stranded on Svalbard all summer, and will have to sustain on berries, eggs and whatever whale cadavers they can find. A hard life indeed!

At the end of the day, you will start cruising towards the Hinlopen Strait that divides Spitsbergen and Nordaustlandet.

DAY 5 | AMAZING BIRDLIFE AT ALKEFJELLET, POLAR DESERT LANDSCAPE AT TORRELNESSET
In the morning you arrive and cruise slowly by the famous Alkefjellet. If the weather is on “your side” you will have a good view of the steep cliffs. The whole area is home to a dense congregation of Brünichs guillemots. There are so many birds, that hardly an inch is free. During the summer the breeding pairs offer a wild view of frantic activity, both along the cliffs and in the sea in front.

More wildlife awaits you as you land at the polar desert landscapes of Torrelnesset. The beach here is home to a host of walruses that lay amongst each other. They feed on the clams and any other molluscs that they can find in the shallows of Svalbard’s waters.

DAY 6 | THROUGH THE HINLOPEN STRAIT AND FREEMANSUNDET, LANDING AT EDGEØYA
The main issue that can halt a circumnavigation of Spitsbergen is the ice situation along Hinlopen Strait. If the ice is passable you can make it through the southern edge of the Strait and cruise through Freemansundet that separates Barentsøya and Edgeøya. You enjoy the views of the massive Kapp Lee on your way and pass through into Storfjorden.

It is planned to make a Zodiac landing along Edgeøya’s coast. Edgeøya is the third largest island in Svalbard with an area of more than 5000 square kilometers.

During the night you will cross the southernmost part of Svalbard, called Sørkapp. From here you will continue your way up the western coast.

DAY 7: WILDLIFE AROUND HORNSUND AT ISBJØRNEHAMNA
Now that you have passed the southern edge of Spitsbergen you arrive at the entrance to Hornsund. You will be able to see buildings around Isbjørnhamna on the northern shore. This is a Polish research station that has been here since 1957. Here research subjects are: geophysics, seismics, meteorology and the ionosphere. The work relationship between the Polish researchers and the Norwegian polar institute is very good, which secures the future of the station (as long as funding continues).

The fjord is almost 30 kilometers long and many call it the most beautiful, with many glaciers that calve into the waters as well as towering mountains along the shores. The mountaintops are most often covered by dense clouds and East-Spitsbergen current often leads pack ice into the fjords mouth. In other words, you are guest in a very impressive show that unfolds before you.

DAY 8: CALL IN BEAUTIFUL BELLSUND, VÅRSOLBUKTA AND CALYPSOBYEN
The west coast enjoys the warmer water coming up through the Atlantic, so winter ice should now have melted. This allowsyou to enter the southern fjord of Bellsund on this last full day of exploration.

Bellsund has some of the richest coal layers in Svalbard, and Svea Mine, far into the fjord, was formerly one of the biggest communities on the island. But prices went down, and the coal mine is currently being dismantled.

You will stay in the fjord entrance and make landings at the Vårsol Bay. The biggest attraction here is the little auk cliff. Tundra is richly fertilized by hundreds of thousands of little auks, which the Svalbard reindeer love to graze. You will go for a nice walk along the beach – and spot remains from early industrial eras.

During lunch, you’ll cross the fjord along the 4 km long (but quite narrow) island of Akseloya. You will make a Zodiac landing at Calypsobyen in Recherche Fjord. Coal was extracted here in the early 1900s, but the enterprise never attained full production. Today, Calypsobyen offers an exciting landing that gives visitors a glimpse of the era of Neo-Industrialism, when all opportunities for profit were tried out. A pleasant walk can be made on the tundra behind the buildings.

DAY 9: PRINCE KARLS FORLAND WITH HERDS OF WALRUSES AROUND POOLEPYNTEN AND INTO ISFJORDEN
During the night you have entered Forlandssundet, which separates Prince Karls Forland from Spitsbergen. The destination is Poolepynten (Poole Point), a small headland named after the British whaler Jonas Poole. Today the area is inhabited by herds of walruses who can be seen (and smelled!) from a distance. The large mammals flaunt their tusks and whiskers, as well as their considerable bulk.
After the visit, you are southbound towards the entrance to the Isfjorden.

On your way towards Longyearbyen, it is hoped to get your last glimpses of wildlife as well as the truly unique landscapes of Svalbard.

DAY 10: LONGYEARBYEN, SPITSBERGEN. DISEMBARKATION
Early in the morning the ship has returned to your starting point in Longyearbyen. After breakfast and farewell greetings to the expedition team and crew, disembarkation will take place. Transfer is arranged to the airport.

Please note that all the outings and landings rely on weather, sea and ice conditions being favorable both for the ship to access the areas, as for the zodiacs and kayaks to maneuver under adequate conditions, ensuring the safety of all our passengers and staff.
For this reason, during moments of harsh weather and throughout the entire trip, Ocean Albatros has excellent public areas, such as wellness/sauna, restaurant, bar and a library for our passengers to spend their spare time. The ship is staffed by experts in the field who will also share great lectures along the way, ranging from exploration history to biology, geology, ice and wildlife.

Itinerary

DAY 1 | LONGYEARBYEN, SPITSBERGEN
Arrival to Longyearbyen, Capital of Svalbard – possibly the northernmost ‘real’ town in the world.

The vessel is docked close to the town center. After boarding and a welcome drink, the Expedition Leader will provide information about the voyage, the ship's daily routines and the various security and safety procedures. Before sailing, there will be a mandatory safety drill. The Captain then takes the ship out of Advent Fjord and your Arctic adventure commences.

DAY 2 | NY ÅLESUND, NY LONDON AND LILIENHÖÖK GLACIER
During the ‘night’ (what is night, when the sun never sets?), you have passed Prins Karls Forland and have arrived in the magnificent Kongsfjord. Your visit to Svalbard is in the early summer and this is both the challenge and gift of this special voyage. Winter ice will possibly block the inner waters of many fjords, but this will give you the best opportunities to observe the omnipresent – but still elusive – polar bear, hunting for seals in its prime habitat. At this time of year the migrating birds have just arrived. They are all eager to settle and feed to get the best start for the coming hectic summer months.

The first landing will be at Ny Ålesund. This settlement is in fact further north than Longyearbyen, making it THE northernmost town. But… is a group of scientific stations, a post office and a single shop open for a few hours a real town? You will have to judge for yourself. The setting is nice, the scientific projects are very interesting, and so is the town's history. The Captain will try to get alongside, so you can enjoy an easy walk through the area.

In the afternoon, you continue further north into the fjord system, and depending on the ice situation, you may do a Zodiac cruise along the Lilliehöök Glacier front… or enjoy a lecture.

DAY 3 | FORMER WHALING STATION AT SMEERENBURG AND YTRE NORSKØYA
You have now entered North West Svalbard, which was declared a national park in 1973. The day could begin with a Zodiac cruise in Danskergattet, looking for seals in Virgohamna, before crossing from Danskøya to Amsterdamøya to make a landing at Smeerenburg, the legendary whaling town of the 17th century. 200-plus men were living – and quite often dying – here in the heyday of blubber production.

There are several interesting places to visit in this northwestern corner of Spitsbergen. If conditions allow, you'll make a landing on Ytre Norskøya, where whalers would have their lookout posts.

DAY 4 | MONACO GLACIER AND CRUISING TOWARDS THE PACK ICE
During the night you head to Wood Fjord and its branch, the Liefde Fjord. The plan is to embark on a Zodiac cruise along the broad glacier front of Monacobreen. This gives a unique insight of the glacial forces and the unlimited forms of icebergs. The ice front is named after Albert I of Monaco, who was a major sponsor of Svalbard research.

During the afternoon the ship will steer far north towards the edge of the polar pack ice. How far north only time and weather will tell, but the main target for us is just the ‘edge’, possibly at 80 degrees north! This is the kingdom of the polar bear! As the pack ice retreats during summer, polar bears ride the floes north, as this is where their prey - the seals - resides. Bears who for unfortunate reasons do not ‘catch’ the ice moving north, are stranded on Svalbard all summer, and will have to sustain on berries, eggs and whatever whale cadavers they can find. A hard life indeed!

At the end of the day, you will start cruising towards the Hinlopen Strait that divides Spitsbergen and Nordaustlandet.

DAY 5 | AMAZING BIRDLIFE AT ALKEFJELLET, POLAR DESERT LANDSCAPE AT TORRELNESSET
In the morning you arrive and cruise slowly by the famous Alkefjellet. If the weather is on “your side” you will have a good view of the steep cliffs. The whole area is home to a dense congregation of Brünichs guillemots. There are so many birds, that hardly an inch is free. During the summer the breeding pairs offer a wild view of frantic activity, both along the cliffs and in the sea in front.

More wildlife awaits you as you land at the polar desert landscapes of Torrelnesset. The beach here is home to a host of walruses that lay amongst each other. They feed on the clams and any other molluscs that they can find in the shallows of Svalbard’s waters.

DAY 6 | THROUGH THE HINLOPEN STRAIT AND FREEMANSUNDET, LANDING AT EDGEØYA
The main issue that can halt a circumnavigation of Spitsbergen is the ice situation along Hinlopen Strait. If the ice is passable you can make it through the southern edge of the Strait and cruise through Freemansundet that separates Barentsøya and Edgeøya. You enjoy the views of the massive Kapp Lee on your way and pass through into Storfjorden.

It is planned to make a Zodiac landing along Edgeøya’s coast. Edgeøya is the third largest island in Svalbard with an area of more than 5000 square kilometers.

During the night you will cross the southernmost part of Svalbard, called Sørkapp. From here you will continue your way up the western coast.

DAY 7: WILDLIFE AROUND HORNSUND AT ISBJØRNEHAMNA
Now that you have passed the southern edge of Spitsbergen you arrive at the entrance to Hornsund. You will be able to see buildings around Isbjørnhamna on the northern shore. This is a Polish research station that has been here since 1957. Here research subjects are: geophysics, seismics, meteorology and the ionosphere. The work relationship between the Polish researchers and the Norwegian polar institute is very good, which secures the future of the station (as long as funding continues).

The fjord is almost 30 kilometers long and many call it the most beautiful, with many glaciers that calve into the waters as well as towering mountains along the shores. The mountaintops are most often covered by dense clouds and East-Spitsbergen current often leads pack ice into the fjords mouth. In other words, you are guest in a very impressive show that unfolds before you.

DAY 8: CALL IN BEAUTIFUL BELLSUND, VÅRSOLBUKTA AND CALYPSOBYEN
The west coast enjoys the warmer water coming up through the Atlantic, so winter ice should now have melted. This allowsyou to enter the southern fjord of Bellsund on this last full day of exploration.

Bellsund has some of the richest coal layers in Svalbard, and Svea Mine, far into the fjord, was formerly one of the biggest communities on the island. But prices went down, and the coal mine is currently being dismantled.

You will stay in the fjord entrance and make landings at the Vårsol Bay. The biggest attraction here is the little auk cliff. Tundra is richly fertilized by hundreds of thousands of little auks, which the Svalbard reindeer love to graze. You will go for a nice walk along the beach – and spot remains from early industrial eras.

During lunch, you’ll cross the fjord along the 4 km long (but quite narrow) island of Akseloya. You will make a Zodiac landing at Calypsobyen in Recherche Fjord. Coal was extracted here in the early 1900s, but the enterprise never attained full production. Today, Calypsobyen offers an exciting landing that gives visitors a glimpse of the era of Neo-Industrialism, when all opportunities for profit were tried out. A pleasant walk can be made on the tundra behind the buildings.

DAY 9: PRINCE KARLS FORLAND WITH HERDS OF WALRUSES AROUND POOLEPYNTEN AND INTO ISFJORDEN
During the night you have entered Forlandssundet, which separates Prince Karls Forland from Spitsbergen. The destination is Poolepynten (Poole Point), a small headland named after the British whaler Jonas Poole. Today the area is inhabited by herds of walruses who can be seen (and smelled!) from a distance. The large mammals flaunt their tusks and whiskers, as well as their considerable bulk.
After the visit, you are southbound towards the entrance to the Isfjorden.

On your way towards Longyearbyen, it is hoped to get your last glimpses of wildlife as well as the truly unique landscapes of Svalbard.

DAY 10: LONGYEARBYEN, SPITSBERGEN. DISEMBARKATION
Early in the morning the ship has returned to your starting point in Longyearbyen. After breakfast and farewell greetings to the expedition team and crew, disembarkation will take place. Transfer is arranged to the airport.

Please note that all the outings and landings rely on weather, sea and ice conditions being favorable both for the ship to access the areas, as for the zodiacs and kayaks to maneuver under adequate conditions, ensuring the safety of all our passengers and staff.
For this reason, during moments of harsh weather and throughout the entire trip, Ocean Albatros has excellent public areas, such as wellness/sauna, restaurant, bar and a library for our passengers to spend their spare time. The ship is staffed by experts in the field who will also share great lectures along the way, ranging from exploration history to biology, geology, ice and wildlife.


© Agustin Ullmann
© Agustin Ullmann
© Agustin Ullmann


INCLUSIONS

• Charter flight Oslo-Longyearbyen-Oslo
• 10-day/9-night cruise with Ocean Albatros in a shared outside double stateroom with private bathroom/toilet in the category chosen
• English-speaking expedition team
• Nature hikes and Zodiac cruises per itinerary
• Near-port town walks with expedition team
• Information briefings and lectures by expedition team
• Full board on ship
• Free coffee, tea and afternoon snacks on the ship
• Welcome and farewell cocktails
• Taxes, tariffs and AECO fees
• Special photo workshop
• Welcome and farewell cocktails
• Digital visual journal link after voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more!

EXCLUSIONS

• Hotel accommodation in Oslo.
• Travel insurance.
• Cancellation insurance.
• Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
• Single room supplement.
• Meals not on board the ship.
• Beverages (other than coffee and tea).
• Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 14 per person per day).
• Personal expenses.
• Anything not mentioned under 'Inclusions'.


Dates & Rates


Ship: Ocean Albatross | Date: 22 Jun 2023 - 01 Jul 2023   More info about this Ship
CAT G - Single
9,490-
CAT F -Triple
6,290-
CAT E
8,290-
CAT D
7,990-
CAT C
8,990-
CAT B2
9.990-
CAT B1
11,490-
CAT A
13,490-
Premium Suite
15,790-
Ship: Ocean Albatross | Date: 01 Jul 2023 - 10 Jul 2023   More info about this Ship
CAT G - Single
9,790-
CAT F -Triple
6,490-
CAT E
8,490-
CAT D
8,290-
CAT C
9,290-
CAT B2
10,490-
CAT B1
11,990-
CAT A
13,990-
Premium Suite
16,490-
Ship: Ocean Albatross | Date: 10 Jul 2023 - 19 Jul 2023   More info about this Ship
CAT G - Single
9,990-
CAT F -Triple
6,690-
CAT E
8,790-
CAT D
8,490-
CAT C
9,590-
CAT B2
10,690-
CAT B1
12,490-
CAT A
14,490-
Premium Suite
16,990-

* The prices are per person expressed in US Dollars.
** 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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