West Spitsbergen Explorer

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West Spitsbergen Explorer

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  • 7, 8, 9, 11 nights
  • May-Jul
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4 Arctic cruises

20 Species of whales & dolphins seen

7 Continents visited

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West Spitsbergen Explorer

from £3,899 excluding flights

  • 7, 8, 9, 11 nights
  • May-Jul

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Highlights

In pictures
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Spend more time on land exploring the tundra

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Search for the majestic polar bear

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Cruise past glaciers and icebergs in a Zodiac

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See abundant wildlife including walrus, seals and birds

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Paddle among icebergs in a kayak (optional)

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Experience the continuous daylight of the midnight sun

Why this trip...

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Choice of vessels

We offer a wide choice of small ships from simple budget-conscious options to purpose-built luxury vessels

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Expertly guided

In-depth knowledge and expertise will enrich your experience on this trip

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Immersive exploration

Immerse yourself in your surroundings on a true exploration of remote and spectacular areas

Overview

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

Itinerary

Day 1 arrive in Oslo

Fly to Oslo, Norway's capital city where an overnight hotel stay is included before your journey to the Arctic.

Fly to Oslo, Norway's capital city where an overnight hotel stay is included before your journey to the Arctic.

Day 2 Oslo - Longyearbyen, embarkation

In the morning you will transfer to the airport and board your charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement. You will have 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.

In the morning you will transfer to the airport and board your charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement. You will have 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.

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Days 3-9 exploring Spitsbergen

During your voyage, the 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. Wildlife viewing opportunities are enhanced by exploring as many remote areas as possible. Spotting polar bears, Arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer, and land or sea birds can be difficult, but well worth the effort. Conditions permitting, you will be able to explore near sea ice, through fjords that lead to glaciers and icebergs, and discover bird nesting colonies, all from the platform of the ship. Alternatively, you can hop in a Zodiac to explore more closely, or be head ashore to visit historical sites and experience the tundra.

During your voyage, the 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. Wildlife viewing opportunities are enhanced by exploring as many remote areas as possible. Spotting polar bears, Arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer, and land or sea birds can be difficult, but well worth the effort. Conditions permitting, you will be able to explore near sea ice, through fjords that lead to glaciers and icebergs, and discover bird nesting colonies, all from the platform of the ship. Alternatively, you can hop in a Zodiac to explore more closely, or be head ashore to visit historical sites and experience the tundra.

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Day 10 disembark in Longyearbyen - Oslo

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

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

Vessel Finder

There are a choice of vessels available for this voyage offering different departure dates and price points. Compare the facilities of up to three ships at a glance and talk to our Travel Specialists who will be happy to advise which one is right for you.

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Ocean Adventurer

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

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

  • Category: Standard
  • Passengers: 132
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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G Expedition

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

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

  • Category: Standard
  • Passengers: 134
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Sauna
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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MS Quest

The smallest expedition ship in our polar fleet, M/S Quest offers an intimate polar experience.

The smallest expedition ship in our polar fleet, M/S Quest offers an intimate polar experience.

  • Category: Simple
  • Passengers: 53
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
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Sea Spirit

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

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

  • Category: Superior
  • Passengers: 114
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Ultramarine

The spacious Ultramarine is a purpose-built expedition ship, offering a choice of adventure activities as well as the chance to explore by helicopter.

The spacious Ultramarine is a purpose-built expedition ship, offering a choice of adventure activities as well as the chance to explore by helicopter.

  • Category: Deluxe
  • Passengers: 199
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Sauna
  • Helicopter: on board
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available

Select 2-3 vessels to compare.

Optional Activities

Prices and Departures

Price from £3,899 excluding flights

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

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

2021 Departures

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from Special Interest
04 May 2021 9 days MS Quest £5,032
08 May 2021 10 days Ultramarine £8,792
11 May 2021 9 days MS Quest £5,032
18 May 2021 9 days MS Quest £5,032
23 May 2021 12 days Ocean Adventurer £8,392
25 May 2021 9 days MS Quest £5,032
01 Jun 2021 8 days Sea Spirit £4,695
01 Jun 2021 9 days MS Quest £5,592
02 Jun 2021 10 days Ocean Adventurer £7,192
07 Jun 2021 8 days Sea Spirit £4,695
08 Jun 2021 9 days MS Quest £5,592 German speaking
12 Jun 2021 8 days G Expedition £3,899
12 Jun 2021 10 days Ultramarine £8,792
13 Jun 2021 10 days Sea Spirit £6,495
15 Jun 2021 9 days MS Quest £5,592
19 Jun 2021 8 days G Expedition £3,899
20 Jun 2021 12 days Ocean Adventurer £8,392
06 Jul 2021 8 days G Expedition £4,099
23 Jul 2021 8 days G Expedition £4,099 German translator

2022 Departures

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp) Special Interest
08 May 2022 10 days Ultramarine £8,792
21 May 2022 12 days Ultramarine £10,792
31 May 2022 12 days Ultramarine £10,792
03 Jun 2022 10 days Ocean Adventurer £7,192
11 Jun 2022 10 days Ocean Adventurer £7,192
12 Jun 2022 8 days G Expedition £3,899
19 Jun 2022 12 days Ocean Adventurer £8,392
19 Jun 2022 8 days G Expedition £3,899
29 Jun 2022 10 days Ocean Adventurer £7,592
06 Jul 2022 8 days G Expedition £4,099
23 Jul 2022 8 days G Expedition £4,099 German translator

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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 Ultramarine.
  • A pre-voyage night in a hotel in Longyearbyen is included on voyages aboard the Sea Spirit and MS Quest
Please contact us for full details and to discuss the options best for you.

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worldwide team jo cooper bw
One of our specialists
Meet Jo C

4 Arctic cruises

20 Species of whales & dolphins seen

7 Continents visited

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