Introduction to Spitsbergen

from £3467
excluding flights *
7–8 nights Jun-Jul

Overview

This wildlife-focused voyage concentrates on the west coast of Spitsbergen, cruising in search of polar bears, reindeers, walrus and seabirds in their thousands. Enormous glaciers and fields of Arctic wildflowers provide a spectacular backdrop to each day's adventures.

Highlights

  • Witness roaming polar bears, lounging seals, grazing reindeer & colonies of birds
  • Explore on foot and by Zodiac
  • Enjoy the wild beauty of the Arctic
  • Uncover the island's fascinating history and geology
  • Marvel at the abundance of wildflowers
  • Long summer days for endless photographic opportunities

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Shore landings & Zodiac cruises
  • Experienced Expedition Team
  • Presentations on board
  • Expedition jacket
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage

Full description

This voyage provides the opportunity to sample a taste of everything Spitsbergen has to offer. From close encounters with icebergs and glaciers to the region's plentiful wildlife, this is a voyage of non-stop highlights with regular stops along Spitsbergen's west coast.

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Prices & Dates *

Offers

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

2018 season

Departure Duration Vessel Activites Prices from
04 Jun 2018 9 days Ocean Nova £5,477
14 Jun 2018 8 days MS Expedition £3,467*
14 Jun 2018 9 days Ocean (Sea) Adventurer £5,331
21 Jun 2018 8 days MS Expedition £3,467*
22 Jun 2018 9 days Ocean (Sea) Adventurer £5,331
08 Jul 2018 8 days MS Expedition £3,467*
25 Jul 2018 8 days MS Expedition £3,609*

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin - please contact us for details of triple, single and superior cabins.

* Special price – only available when booking voyage in conjunction with flights

2019 season

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from
01 Jun 2019 9 days Ocean Adventurer £5,500
09 Jun 2019 9 days Ocean Adventurer £5,500
13 Jun 2019 8 days MS Expedition £3,899
20 Jun 2019 8 days MS Expedition £3,899
23 Jun 2019 9 days Ocean Nova £5,700
07 Jul 2019 8 days MS Expedition £3,899
15 Jul 2019 9 days Ocean Adventurer £5,500
24 Jul 2019 8 days MS Expedition £4,049

Activity Key:
Kayaking

Kayaking taster session

Snowshoeing

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings as per the daily programme
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • Expedition jacket - yours to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

Itinerary & Vessels

Itinerary & Vessels

Day 1: embarkation, Longyearbyen

The northern frontier town of Longyearbyen is waiting to be explored before embarkation this afternoon.

Days 2-8: Spitsbergen

Over the next few days your Expedition team will take advantage of local ice and weather conditions to explore the highlights of Spitsbergen's west coast, focusing on a search for wildlife. Popular attractions include the following:

14th of July Glacier: enjoy a Zodiac cruise along the face of this glacier, and search for Arctic foxes, purple sandpipers, common eiders, barnacle geese, Arctic terns and more among the nearby cliffs. Nearby tundra fields boast a shock of colour with abundant wildflowers.

Alkhornet: the towering rock face of Alkhornet reverberates with the call of thousands of seabirds that build nests on craggy outcroppings. Arctic foxes may be patrolling the area, hunting for chicks that fall from a nest. Svalbard reindeer, unique to the islands, could be grazing nearby.

Smeerenburg: translated as ‘Blubber Town’ - was a prolific whaling centre during the 17th and 18th centuries, and relics from these days can still be explored today.

Day 9: disembarkation, Longyearbyen

Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

M/S Expedition

Antarctica

Type: Expedition Ship

This eye-catching ship is Danish-built and newly refurbished, offering spacious and comfortable accommodation for up to 132 passengers.

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Ocean Adventurer

Antarctica

Type: Expedition Ship

This attractive ice-strengthened vessel is a comfortable base for its 132 passengers.

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Ocean Endeavour

Antarctica

Type: Luxury Ship

The largest ship we feature, the Ocean Endeavour, is purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments.

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Ocean Nova

Antarctica

Type: Expedition Ship

Built in 1992 in Denmark this vessel carries a small group of up to 68 passengers in superior comfort.

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Excursions

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