West Spitsbergen Explorer

from £3599
excluding flights *
8–9, 11 nights Jun-Jul

Overview

From close-up encounters with icebergs and glaciers to the region’s plentiful wildlife, this is a voyage of non-stop highlights.

Highlights

  • Encountering polar bears and walrus in their natural environment
  • Cruising past glaciers in a Zodiac
  • Kayaking between glaciers (optional activity, additional cost)
  • Experiencing continuous daylight under the midnight sun
  • Hiking the tundra and polar desert

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Shore landings & Zodiac cruises
  • Experienced Expedition Team
  • Presentations on board

Full description

Focusing primarily on Spitsbergen's scenic west and northern coastlines, this comprehensive expedition covers less distance in order to maximise time on land. Regular shore excursions offer the chance to uncover the natural and human history of the island, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife as you go! You may see spot 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. You will have the opportunity to explore this dramatic landscape not only by ship, but also on foot and via Zodiac.

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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.

2020 Departures - prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp) Special interest
20 May 2020 12 days Ocean Adventurer £7,300
30 May 2020 12 days Ocean Adventurer £7,300
31 May 2020 9 days Sea Spirit £6,227
07 Jun 2020 9 days Sea Spirit £6,277
11 Jun 2020 10 days World Explorer £8,100 French translator on-board
12 Jun 2020 8 days G Expedition £3,999
14 Jun 2020 12 days Ocean Adventurer £7,700 French translator on-board
14 Jun 2020 9 days Sea Spirit £6,227
19 Jun 2020 8 days G Expedition £3,999 French translator on-board
19 Jun 2020 10 days World Explorer £8,100 French translator on-board
06 Jul 2020 8 days G Expedition £3,999
09 Jul 2020 10 days World Explorer £8,100
17 Jul 2020 10 days World Explorer £8,100
23 Jul 2020 8 days G Expedition £3,599

Activity Key:
Kayaking

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What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • 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
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

NOTES

  • A pre-voyage night in a hotel in Oslo, with return flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen, is included on voyages aboard the Ocean Adventurer and World Explorer
  • A pre-voyage night in a hotel in Longyearbeyn is included on voyages aboard the Sea Spirit

Please contact us for full details and to discuss the options best for you.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Arrive in Oslo, Norway

Day 1: Arrive in Oslo, Norway

Check-in to your hotel where you can meet the other passengers boarding the ship tomorrow. Oslo, the capital city, offers plenty of museums, restaurants and open spaces to explore.

Days 2: Depart Oslo for embarkation in Longyearbyen

This morning you will be transfer to the airport and board the charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement. You will begin time to explore the town before embarkation. As the ship sets sail, enjoy your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from icy waters.

Days 3-9: Exploring Spitsbergen

Cruising along the coast of this wondrous island you will be on the permanent search for wildlife. Traversing the west coast of Spitsbergen you will explore the cliff faced fjords and outlying islands to the north. Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice conditions so there is no fixed itinerary. Places the voyage aims to visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Alkefjellet and the Hinlopen Strait. Each destination visited is selected to provide the best wildlife viewing or experience possible based on the conditions.

Day 10: Disembarkation in Longyearbyen and flight to Oslo

Your adventure ends in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen where you board the charter flight for Oslo where the adventure ends.

Notes

  • All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions!
  • The above sample itinerary is based on the 10 day voyage on the World Explorer. Other departures may vary in duration and routing, ie alternative embarkation or disembarkation ports, or do not include the pre-voyage hotel night. Please contact us for specific details.

Ocean Adventurer

Multi-destination

Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

An attractive ice-strengthened vessel, the Ocean Adventurer features plenty of outside deck space making this a great choice for a polar adventure.

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World Explorer

Multi-destination

Grade: Deluxe

Type: Expedition Ship

The World Explorer is a new state of the art, purpose-built expedition vessel, among the fastest and most luxurious in our fleet of small ships.

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G Expedition

Multi-destination

Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

The ever-popular G Expedition offers spacious and comfortable accommodation at an affordable price.

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Sea Spirit

Multi-destination

Grade: Superior

Type: Expedition Ship

This all-suite vessel couples adventure with spacious accommodation and a friendly atmosphere.

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