Svalbard, last stop before the Pole

Enjoy the immense beauty of Svalbard on this Arctic adventure cruise among whales, walruses, polar bears and millions of sea birds


Svalbard
© Agustin Ullmann

During the short summer, wildlife such as reindeer and polar fox are busy amassing energy for the icy polar winter. The cliffs shimmer with life as every surface is populated with countless birds, and in a few months a new generation of arctic sea birds is ready to leave their nests.

Duration: 8 days
Starts: Longyearbyen
Ends: Longyearbyen
Language: English speaking voyage

Including flights to/from Oslo-Longyearbyen-Oslo


Included
Optional

Itinerary

© Pixabay
© Pixabay
© Pixabay

DAY 1 | LONGYEARBYEN, SPITSBERGEN. EMBARKATION
Arrival to Longyearbyen, Capital of Svalbard – possibly the northernmost ‘real’ town in the world.
Your 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 | REGNARDNESET AND LILLIEHOOK GLACIER
During the ‘night’ (what is night, when the sun never sets?), you have passed Prins Karls Forland and have arrived in the magnificent Krossfjord. Your visit to Svalbard is in the middle of the arctic summer and at this time of year the migrating birds are very active. The months of June and July offer the best chances of spotting exotic and fantastic birds. It is planned to make a landing during the morning at Möllerhamna or in another suitable location. The majestic landscape around Regnardneset in the innermost area of Krossfjorden gives you your first taste of what has enticed the early explorers of these lands in the far north.

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.

With some arctic luck you will be able to navigate past the magnificent scenery in the bay of Fjortende Juli, where the glacier Fjortende Juli-breen calves into the fjord. A fitting end to a day full of scenic views and arctic wildlife.

DAY 3 | FORMER WHALING STANTION AT SMEERENGBURG AND YTRE NORSKOVA
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 | 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 5 | CRUISING TOWARDS THE PACK ICE AND SJUOYANE, POLAR BEAR COUNTRY AT 80º AROUND WESTERN SVALBARD
During the night 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 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!

During the day, lectures on polar mammals, environment and/or culture can be enjoyed on board, in the Viking Theater. Should you get into the pack ice where the sea usually is calm, a Zodiac cruise will be arranged.

A part goal of the day is to also reach the island Nordaustlandet and hopefully its 7 (or 9, depending on how you count) smaller islands Sjuøyane in the far north of Svalbard. The almost vegetation-free, rocky islands are located around 1000 km more northerly than mainland Norway’s famous Nordkapp.

Weather permitting, you will land and walk these most northern landmasses. The high Arctic islands are quite barren, only with moss and lichens covering the stones. The birdlife is rich in this area and some of the rarer gulls frequent these islands. So bring your binoculars.

At the end of the day, you will start cruising towards the Liefdefjord and its landscapes which you will see tomorrow.

DAY 6 | LIEFDE FJORD WITH MONACO GLACIER AND TEXAS BAR
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 an 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.

Many trappers historically hunted and trapped in these areas. Some of them stayed over the winter and built cabins. The cabin known as Texas Bar is said to be named after the US state of Texas. This cabin was built in 1927. It is planned to visit the area around the cabin and enjoy the scenery that surrounds you.

DAY 7 | NY ALESUND AND NY LONDON
Today you enter the beautiful Kongs Fjord known for the former mining settlement and simply being one of the most amazing fjord areas in all of Svalbard. Your 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.

On the opposite side of the fjord you find the abandoned marble mining settlement Ny London. Its history is short but hectic, as the marble deposits allowed for an almost Klondike like rush to mine the resources. Wars and failing financial viability ended the adventure only 9 years after it started. You take a walk amongst the ruins of workshops, locomotives and cranes, testament to the great but failed investments.

After the visit, you are southbound towards the entrance to the Isfjord. 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 8 | 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 the passengers and staff.

For this reason, during moments of harsh weather and throughout the entire trip, Ocean Atlantic has excellent public areas, such as wellness/sauna, restaurant, bar and a library for the 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. EMBARKATION
Arrival to Longyearbyen, Capital of Svalbard – possibly the northernmost ‘real’ town in the world.
Your 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 | REGNARDNESET AND LILLIEHOOK GLACIER
During the ‘night’ (what is night, when the sun never sets?), you have passed Prins Karls Forland and have arrived in the magnificent Krossfjord. Your visit to Svalbard is in the middle of the arctic summer and at this time of year the migrating birds are very active. The months of June and July offer the best chances of spotting exotic and fantastic birds. It is planned to make a landing during the morning at Möllerhamna or in another suitable location. The majestic landscape around Regnardneset in the innermost area of Krossfjorden gives you your first taste of what has enticed the early explorers of these lands in the far north.

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.

With some arctic luck you will be able to navigate past the magnificent scenery in the bay of Fjortende Juli, where the glacier Fjortende Juli-breen calves into the fjord. A fitting end to a day full of scenic views and arctic wildlife.

DAY 3 | FORMER WHALING STANTION AT SMEERENGBURG AND YTRE NORSKOVA
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 | 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 5 | CRUISING TOWARDS THE PACK ICE AND SJUOYANE, POLAR BEAR COUNTRY AT 80º AROUND WESTERN SVALBARD
During the night 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 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!

During the day, lectures on polar mammals, environment and/or culture can be enjoyed on board, in the Viking Theater. Should you get into the pack ice where the sea usually is calm, a Zodiac cruise will be arranged.

A part goal of the day is to also reach the island Nordaustlandet and hopefully its 7 (or 9, depending on how you count) smaller islands Sjuøyane in the far north of Svalbard. The almost vegetation-free, rocky islands are located around 1000 km more northerly than mainland Norway’s famous Nordkapp.

Weather permitting, you will land and walk these most northern landmasses. The high Arctic islands are quite barren, only with moss and lichens covering the stones. The birdlife is rich in this area and some of the rarer gulls frequent these islands. So bring your binoculars.

At the end of the day, you will start cruising towards the Liefdefjord and its landscapes which you will see tomorrow.

DAY 6 | LIEFDE FJORD WITH MONACO GLACIER AND TEXAS BAR
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 an 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.

Many trappers historically hunted and trapped in these areas. Some of them stayed over the winter and built cabins. The cabin known as Texas Bar is said to be named after the US state of Texas. This cabin was built in 1927. It is planned to visit the area around the cabin and enjoy the scenery that surrounds you.

DAY 7 | NY ALESUND AND NY LONDON
Today you enter the beautiful Kongs Fjord known for the former mining settlement and simply being one of the most amazing fjord areas in all of Svalbard. Your 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.

On the opposite side of the fjord you find the abandoned marble mining settlement Ny London. Its history is short but hectic, as the marble deposits allowed for an almost Klondike like rush to mine the resources. Wars and failing financial viability ended the adventure only 9 years after it started. You take a walk amongst the ruins of workshops, locomotives and cranes, testament to the great but failed investments.

After the visit, you are southbound towards the entrance to the Isfjord. 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 8 | 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 the passengers and staff.

For this reason, during moments of harsh weather and throughout the entire trip, Ocean Atlantic has excellent public areas, such as wellness/sauna, restaurant, bar and a library for the 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.


© Pixabay
© Pixabay
© Pixabay


INCLUSIONS

• Charter flight Oslo-Longyearbyen-Oslo (included for the summer 2021 departures only)
• 8-day/7-night cruise with Ocean Atlantic in a shared outside/inside double cabin with private bathroom/toilet in the category chosen
• English-speaking expedition team
• Nature hikes and Zodiac cruises per itinerary
• Guided walk in Ny Ålesund
• 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 'Price includes'.


Dates & Rates


Ship: Ocean Atlantic | Date: 22 Jun 2022 - 29 Jun 2022 || Kayak $250   More info about this Ship
Cat. G
7,190-
Cat. F
3,390-
Cat. E
4,490-
Cat. D
5,190-
Cat. C
5,790-
Cat. B
8,790-
Cat. A
9,990-
Premium
10,590-
Ship: Ocean Atlantic | Date: 15 Jun 2022 - 22 Jun 2022 || Kayak $250   More info about this Ship
Cat. G
6,690-
Cat. F
3,790-
Cat. E
4,290-
Cat. D
4,890-
Cat. C
5,390-
Cat. B
8,190-
Cat. A
9,390-
Premium
9,790-
Ship: Ocean Atlantic | Date: 29 Jun 2022 -206 Jul 2022 || Kayak $250   More info about this Ship
Cat. G
7,390-
Cat. F
4,190-
Cat. E
4,690-
Cat. D
5,390-
Cat. C
5,990-
Cat. B
8,990-
Cat. A
10,190-
Premium
10,790-
Ship: Ocean Atlantic | Date: 06 Jul 2022 - 13 Jul 2022 || Kayak $250   More info about this Ship
Cat. G
7,690-
Cat. F
4,290-
Cat. E
4,890-
Cat. D
5,690-
Cat. C
6,290-
Cat. B
9,390-
Cat. A
10,890-
Premium
11,390-
Ship: Ocean Albatross | Date: 01 Jun 2023 - 08 Jun 2023 || Kayak $250   More info about this Ship
CAT G - Single
6,690-
CAT F -Triple
4,490-
CAT E
5,590-
CAT D
5,790-
CAT C
6,590-
CAT B2
7,290-
CAT B1
8,790-
CAT A
10,190-
Premium Suite
11,790
Ship: Ocean Albatross | Date: 08 Jun 2023 - 15 Jun 2023 || Kayak $250   More info about this Ship
CAT G - Single
7,290-
CAT F -Triple
4,590-
CAT E
6,290-
CAT D
5,990-
CAT C
6,790-
CAT B2
7,490-
CAT B1
8,990-
CAT A
10,490-
Premium Suite
11,990-
Ship: Ocean Albatross | Date: 15 Jun 2023 - 22 Jun 2023 || Kayak $250   More info about this Ship
CAT G - Single
7,490-
CAT F -Triple
4,790-
CAT E
6,490-
CAT D
6,190-
CAT C
6,990-
CAT B2
7,790-
CAT B1
9,390-
CAT A
10,790-
Premium Suite
12,490-

* 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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