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North Spitsbergen

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North Spitsbergen
Come explore Northern Spitsbergen, with its rugged mountains, sweeping tundra, and ice-caps and glaciers, it is a true high-Arctic archipelago. Only 600 miles from the North Pole, Spitsbergen is still today a virtually unspoiled wilderness with abundant wildlife. Three small ships travel this stunning route, ranging from 8 to 12 days: the 20-guest sailing ship Noorderlicht, the 114-guest Plancius and the 116-guest Ortelius.

The wildlife here was once a huge draw for whalers and trappers, but now discerning visitors are discovering the attractions of huge Arctic seabird colonies and the chance to enjoy and photograph species such as walrus, the indigenous Svalbard reindeer, Arctic fox and, of course, polar bear. Several whale species, such as the magnificent beluga, minke whale and fin whale, are also found in the waters surrounding Spitsbergen.
read more Come explore Northern Spitsbergen, with its rugged mountains, sweeping tundra, and ice-caps and glaciers, it is a true high-Arctic archipelago. Only 600 miles from the North Pole, Spitsbergen is still today a virtually unspoiled wilderness with abundant wildlife. Three small ships travel this stunning route, ranging from 8 to 12 days: the 20-guest sailing ship Noorderlicht, the 114-guest Plancius and the 116-guest Ortelius.

The wildlife here was once a huge draw for whalers and trappers, but now discerning visitors are discovering the attractions of huge Arctic seabird colonies and the chance to enjoy and photograph species such as walrus, the indigenous Svalbard reindeer, Arctic fox and, of course, polar bear. Several whale species, such as the magnificent beluga, minke whale and fin whale, are also found in the waters surrounding Spitsbergen.
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Day 1 - Longyearbyen

Day 2 - Krossfjorden

Day 3 - Andoya

Day 4 - Alkefjellet/Palanderbukta

Day 5 - Phippsøya

Day 6 - Raudfjord

Day 7 - Prins Karls Forland

Day 8 - Longyearbyen


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Day 1 - Longyearbyen

Arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago of which West Spitsbergen is the largest island. Before embarking there is an opportunity to stroll around this former mining town, whose parish church and Polar Museum are well worth visiting, while in the surrounds of Longyearbyen, more than 100 species of plant have been recorded. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Plancius, Noorderlicht, or Ortelius
MEALS:
dinner

Day 2 - Krossfjorden

Heading north along the west coast, we arrive by morning in Krossfjorden, where we take to the Zodiacs for an exhilarating cruise along the sculpted front of the 14th of July Glacier. On the surprisingly fertile slopes near the glacier, a colorful variety of flowers bloom, while large numbers of Kittiwakes and Brünnich's Guillemots nest on the nearby cliffs. There is also a good chance of spotting opportunistic Arctic Foxes, patrolling the base of the cliffs in case a hapless chick falls from its nest, and Bearded Seals, who cruise this scenic fjord. In the afternoon we sail to Ny Ålesund, the world's most northerly settlement.

Once a mining village - served by the world's most northerly railway, which can still be seen - Ny Ålesund is now a research center. Close to the village is a breeding ground for Barnacle Geese, Pink-footed Geese and Arctic Terns. Visitors interested in the history of Arctic exploration will want to walk to the anchoring mast used by Amundsen and Nobile in the airship Norge in 1926 and Nobile in the airship Italia in 1928 before their flights to the North Pole.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Plancius, Noorderlicht, or Ortelius
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Andoya

Depending on the weather we may now sail to the mouth of Liefdefjorden and go ashore for a walk on the tundra island of Andøya. Many Common Eiders and Pink-footed Geese nest here, and the rarer King Eider may also be seen. We hope to sail into Liefdefjorden, cruising near the 5km long face of the impressive Monaco glacier. The waters of the glacier front are a favorite feeding spot for thousands of Kittiwakes and on previous voyages Polar Bears have been seen on the glacier, providing wonderful opportunities for photography.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Plancius, Noorderlicht, or Ortelius
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Alkefjellet/Palanderbukta

Today sail into Hinlopen Strait, home to Bearded Seals, Ringed Seals, Polar Bears, and Ivory Gulls. We'll navigate the ice floes of Lomfjordshalvøya in our zodiacs and explore the bird cliffs of Alkefjellet with thousands of Brünnich's guillemots. On the east side of Hinlopenstrait, we'll attempt a landing at Palanderbukta on Nordaustlandet, home to Reindeer, Pink-footed Geese, breeding Ivory Gulls, and Walruses.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Plancius, Noorderlicht, or Ortelius
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Phippsøya

Today reach the northernmost point at Phippsøya, in the Seven Islands north of Nordaustlandet. Here we will be at 81 degrees north, just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole. Polar Bears inhabit this region, along with Ivory Gulls. We may sit for several hours in the pack ice, taking in our spectacular surroundings and seeing a Ross Gull, before we turn south again.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Plancius, Noorderlicht, or Ortelius
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Raudfjord

Retracing our route westwards, we visit Raudfjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, a beautiful fjord dominated by spectacular glaciers and favored by Ringed and Bearded Seals. The cliffs and shoreline of the fjord also support thriving seabird colonies and a surprisingly rich vegetation, which flourishes in sheltered spots. On the offshore island of Ytre Norskøya, we visit a 17th century Dutch whaling site, whose large graveyard is a poignant reminder of the hardships and dangers of life here at the time. The island's bird life is prolific, with colonies of Little Auks, Black Guillemots, Brünnich's Guillemots, Puffins and Arctic Skuas accessible to visitors.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Plancius, Noorderlicht, or Ortelius
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - Prins Karls Forland

Land at the northern tip of Prins Karls Forland near Fuglehuken, where Barentsz probably set foot on Spitsbergen for the first time. Seabirds nest on the cliffs and along the coast we see Harbour Seals the only population in Spitsbergen. Further we also will observe the remains of the Polar Bear hunting era, with demolished set guns and bear traps. At the opposite site of Forlandsundet at Sarstangen is a haul out place for Walruses. Alternatively we sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden and land at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on its cliffs and Arctic Foxes search the cliff base for fallen eggs and chicks, while Spitsbergen Reindeer graze the relatively luxuriant vegetation. The reindeer may seem unbothered by human presence, but this is not really the case. The animals must survive the harsh winter, when temperatures plummet and food is hard to find, so they preserve what energy they can, fleeing only when it is absolutely necessary. In the afternoon we cruise through beautiful Borebukta, following a glacier front before continuing to Longyearbyen.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Plancius, Noorderlicht, or Ortelius
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - Longyearbyen

Return to Longyearbyen and disembark for the transfer to the airport and the flight to Oslo and home.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Alternative Itinerary

In addition to the 8-day itinerary listed above, there is a 10-day Basecamp option aboard Plancius that includes specific activities (like kayaking and photo workshops) in the price; see individual Rates & Dates for details. There are also longer 12-day itineraries as well as 8-day Polar Bear Special sailings that offer better chances for polar bear sightings. Please see Rates & Dates or call for more detailed information about each voyage.

10-day Basecamp Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrive Longyearbyen
Day 2 - Krossfjorden, 14th of July Glacier & Ny Ålesund
Day 3 - Ytre Norskøya & Raudfjord
Day 4 - Raudfjord
Day 5 - Liefdefjorden
Day 6 - Bockfjord
Day 7 - Hinlopen Strait & Palanderbukta
Day 8 - Phippsøya
Day 9 - Prins Karls Forland & Borebukta Day 10 - Disembark Longyearbyen

12-Day Noorderlicht Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrive Longyearbyen
Day 2 - Tryghamna to Fuglehuken
Day 3 - Ny Ålesund
Day 4 - 14th July Glacier
Day 5 - Magdalenafjord
Day 6 - Ytre Norskøya
Day 7 - Raudfjord
Day 8 - Reindyrfla
Day 9 - Smeerenburg
Days 10-11 - Forlandsundet
Day 12 - Depart Longyearbyen

8-Day Polar Bear Special
Day 1 - Arrive Longyearbyen
Day 2 - Raudfjord
Day 3 - Liefdefjorden
Day 4 - Hinlopen Strait & Palanderbukta
Day 5 - Laagoya & Phippsoya
Day 6 - At Sea, Wildlife Viewing
Day 7 - Prins Karls Forland & St Johns Fjord
Day 8 - Disembark Longyearbyen

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only. As this is an expedition to a remote part of the world, the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife, availability of anchorages, political conditions and other factors beyond our control. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Arrival & Departure

The North Spitsbergen cruise begins and ends in Longyerbygen. Embarkation time is between 4:00 – 5:00pm on day of departure. The ship sails around 6:00pm on day of departure. Disembarkation is after breakfast on final day between 8:30 – 9:00am.

Activities

Activities vary by departure. June departures aboard Ortelius and Plancius include snowshoeing free of cost. Select Basecamp departures aboard Plancius include select activities (for example, kayaking and photo workshops) in the cruise rate. Scuba diving is available to reserve on select voyages for $ 400 per person in 2014 and $500 per person in 2015. see Rates & Dates for more details on each specific departure.
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Start/End DateShipPrice per Person
1  Alternate Itinerary Available  Aug 24 - Aug 31, 2014Ortelius$3850 - $6500View Details
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Themed Departure

  Polar Bear Special departure, offering the best chances to see polar bears.
Quadruple

Quadruple - $3850

Ortelius has 4 quadruple cabins #341-344 located on deck 3. Quadruple cabins have porthole windows, two sets of bunk beds and private facilities.
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Triple Porthole

Triple Porthole - $4650

2 triple cabins on Deck 3 #337-338 have portholes, 1 upper and 2 lower berths, and private facilities.
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Twin Porthole

Twin Porthole - $5300

Ortelius has 27 twin porthole cabins: #334 and #339-340 located on Deck 3 and #428-439 and #445-456 on Deck 4. Each has a porthole window, private toilet and shower and two single lower berths. Cabins located on Deck 4 are quieter than those on deck 3 because they are farther away from the noise of engines and generators. Deck 4 has access to the forward observation deck.
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Twin Window

Twin Window - $5500

Ortelius has 12 twin window cabins #511-517, 522-527 located on Deck 5, approximately 183 square feet each. Each cabin has view windows, private toilet and shower and two single lower berths. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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Twin Deluxe

Twin Deluxe - $5900

Ortelius has 2 newly renovated twin deluxe cabins #510 and #528 located on Deck 5. These cabins are corner cabins and are slightly more spacious than the normal twin window/porthole cabins. Each cabin has three view windows, two single lower berths, private toilet and shower, desk and chair, small sofa, hair dryer and ample storage space. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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Superior

Superior - $6500

Ortelius has 6 superior cabins #509, 518-521 and 529 on Deck 5. Each superior cabin has a double bed, single (sofa) bed, private toilet and shower, desk and chair, flatscreen TV, refrigerator, hair dryer and ample storage space. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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2  Alternate Itinerary Available  Jun 05 - Jun 12, 2015Ortelius$3900 - $6850View Details
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Themed Departure

  Polar Bear Special departure, offering the best chances to see polar bears.
Quadruple

Quadruple - $3900

Ortelius has 4 quadruple cabins #341-344 located on deck 3. Quadruple cabins have porthole windows, two sets of bunk beds and private facilities.
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Triple Porthole

Triple Porthole - $4700

2 triple cabins on Deck 3 #337-338 have portholes, 1 upper and 2 lower berths, and private facilities.
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Twin Porthole

Twin Porthole - $5450

Ortelius has 27 twin porthole cabins: #334 and #339-340 located on Deck 3 and #428-439 and #445-456 on Deck 4. Each has a porthole window, private toilet and shower and two single lower berths. Cabins located on Deck 4 are quieter than those on deck 3 because they are farther away from the noise of engines and generators. Deck 4 has access to the forward observation deck.
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Twin Window

Twin Window - $5800

Ortelius has 12 twin window cabins #511-517, 522-527 located on Deck 5, approximately 183 square feet each. Each cabin has view windows, private toilet and shower and two single lower berths. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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Twin Deluxe

Twin Deluxe - $6150

Ortelius has 2 newly renovated twin deluxe cabins #510 and #528 located on Deck 5. These cabins are corner cabins and are slightly more spacious than the normal twin window/porthole cabins. Each cabin has three view windows, two single lower berths, private toilet and shower, desk and chair, small sofa, hair dryer and ample storage space. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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Superior

Superior - $6850

Ortelius has 6 superior cabins #509, 518-521 and 529 on Deck 5. Each superior cabin has a double bed, single (sofa) bed, private toilet and shower, desk and chair, flatscreen TV, refrigerator, hair dryer and ample storage space. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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3  Alternate Itinerary Available  Jun 11 - Jun 18, 2015Plancius$3900 - $6850View Details
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Themed Departure

  Polar Bear Special departure, offering the best chances to see polar bears.
Quad Porthole

Quad Porthole - $3900

The cabin provides you with 1 porthole, 2 upper & lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space. This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin.
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Triple Porthole

Triple Porthole - $4700

2 triple cabins on Deck 3 #337-338 have portholes, 1 upper and 2 lower berths, and private facilities.
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Twin Porthole

Twin Porthole - $5450

The cabin provides you with; 1 porthole, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space.
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Twin Window

Twin Window - $5800

The cabin provides you with; 1 window, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space.
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Twin Deluxe

Twin Deluxe - $6150

Ortelius has 2 newly renovated twin deluxe cabins #510 and #528 located on Deck 5. These cabins are corner cabins and are slightly more spacious than the normal twin window/porthole cabins. Each cabin has view windows, private toilet and shower, flatscreen TV and two single lower berths. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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Superior

Superior - $6850

The cabin provides you with; 2-3 windows, 1 double bed, 1 sofa bed, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a refrigerator, a hair dryer and ample storage space. There is one Superior cabin on deck 4, four on deck 5 and five on deck 6.
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4  Alternate Itinerary Available  Jun 12 - Jun 19, 2015Ortelius$3900 - $6850View Details
  Alternative Itinerary

Themed Departure

  Polar Bear Special departure, offering the best chances to see polar bears.
Quadruple

Quadruple - $3900

Ortelius has 4 quadruple cabins #341-344 located on deck 3. Quadruple cabins have porthole windows, two sets of bunk beds and private facilities.
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Triple Porthole

Triple Porthole - $4700

2 triple cabins on Deck 3 #337-338 have portholes, 1 upper and 2 lower berths, and private facilities.
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Twin Porthole

Twin Porthole - $5450

Ortelius has 27 twin porthole cabins: #334 and #339-340 located on Deck 3 and #428-439 and #445-456 on Deck 4. Each has a porthole window, private toilet and shower and two single lower berths. Cabins located on Deck 4 are quieter than those on deck 3 because they are farther away from the noise of engines and generators. Deck 4 has access to the forward observation deck.
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Twin Window

Twin Window - $5800

Ortelius has 12 twin window cabins #511-517, 522-527 located on Deck 5, approximately 183 square feet each. Each cabin has view windows, private toilet and shower and two single lower berths. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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Twin Deluxe

Twin Deluxe - $6150

Ortelius has 2 newly renovated twin deluxe cabins #510 and #528 located on Deck 5. These cabins are corner cabins and are slightly more spacious than the normal twin window/porthole cabins. Each cabin has three view windows, two single lower berths, private toilet and shower, desk and chair, small sofa, hair dryer and ample storage space. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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Superior

Superior - $6850

Ortelius has 6 superior cabins #509, 518-521 and 529 on Deck 5. Each superior cabin has a double bed, single (sofa) bed, private toilet and shower, desk and chair, flatscreen TV, refrigerator, hair dryer and ample storage space. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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5       Jun 14 - Jun 21, 2015Noorderlicht$3050View Details
Twin Cabin

Twin Cabin - $3050

The Noorderlicht provides accommodation for 20 travelers in 10 comfortable twin cabins. All cabins have upper and lower berths, and a cupboard and wash basin with hot and cold water. There are four shared showers and five shared toilet facilities.
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6  Alternate Itinerary Available  Jun 18 - Jun 25, 2015Plancius$3900 - $6850View Details
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Themed Departure

  Polar Bear Special departure, offering the best chances to see polar bears.
Quad Porthole

Quad Porthole - $3900

The cabin provides you with 1 porthole, 2 upper & lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space. This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin.
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Triple Porthole

Triple Porthole - $4700

2 triple cabins on Deck 3 #337-338 have portholes, 1 upper and 2 lower berths, and private facilities.
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Twin Porthole

Twin Porthole - $5450

The cabin provides you with; 1 porthole, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space.
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Twin Window

Twin Window - $5800

The cabin provides you with; 1 window, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space.
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Twin Deluxe

Twin Deluxe - $6150

Ortelius has 2 newly renovated twin deluxe cabins #510 and #528 located on Deck 5. These cabins are corner cabins and are slightly more spacious than the normal twin window/porthole cabins. Each cabin has view windows, private toilet and shower, flatscreen TV and two single lower berths. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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Superior

Superior - $6850

The cabin provides you with; 2-3 windows, 1 double bed, 1 sofa bed, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a refrigerator, a hair dryer and ample storage space. There is one Superior cabin on deck 4, four on deck 5 and five on deck 6.
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7  Alternate Itinerary Available  Jun 19 - Jun 26, 2015Ortelius$3900 - $6850View Details
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Themed Departure

  Polar Bear Special departure, offering the best chances to see polar bears.
Quadruple

Quadruple - $3900

Ortelius has 4 quadruple cabins #341-344 located on deck 3. Quadruple cabins have porthole windows, two sets of bunk beds and private facilities.
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Triple Porthole

Triple Porthole - $4700

2 triple cabins on Deck 3 #337-338 have portholes, 1 upper and 2 lower berths, and private facilities.
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Twin Porthole

Twin Porthole - $5450

Ortelius has 27 twin porthole cabins: #334 and #339-340 located on Deck 3 and #428-439 and #445-456 on Deck 4. Each has a porthole window, private toilet and shower and two single lower berths. Cabins located on Deck 4 are quieter than those on deck 3 because they are farther away from the noise of engines and generators. Deck 4 has access to the forward observation deck.
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Twin Window

Twin Window - $5800

Ortelius has 12 twin window cabins #511-517, 522-527 located on Deck 5, approximately 183 square feet each. Each cabin has view windows, private toilet and shower and two single lower berths. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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Twin Deluxe

Twin Deluxe - $6150

Ortelius has 2 newly renovated twin deluxe cabins #510 and #528 located on Deck 5. These cabins are corner cabins and are slightly more spacious than the normal twin window/porthole cabins. Each cabin has three view windows, two single lower berths, private toilet and shower, desk and chair, small sofa, hair dryer and ample storage space. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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Superior

Superior - $6850

Ortelius has 6 superior cabins #509, 518-521 and 529 on Deck 5. Each superior cabin has a double bed, single (sofa) bed, private toilet and shower, desk and chair, flatscreen TV, refrigerator, hair dryer and ample storage space. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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8  Alternate Itinerary Available  Jun 21 - Jul 02, 2015Noorderlicht$4800View Details
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Alternative Itinerary

  This departure aboard Noorderlicht follows a 12-day itinerary:
Day 1 - Arrive Longyearbyen
Day 2 - Tryghamna to Fuglehuken
Day 3 - Ny Ålesund
Day 4 - 14th July Glacier
Day 5 - Magdalenafjord
Day 6 - Ytre Norskøya
Day 7 - Raudfjord
Day 8 - Reindyrfla
Day 9 - Smeerenburg
Days 10-11 - Forlandsundet
Day 12 - Depart Longyearbyen
Twin Cabin

Twin Cabin - $4800

The Noorderlicht provides accommodation for 20 travelers in 10 comfortable twin cabins. All cabins have upper and lower berths, and a cupboard and wash basin with hot and cold water. There are four shared showers and five shared toilet facilities.
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9  Alternate Itinerary Available  Jun 25 - Jul 04, 2015Plancius$4900 - $8850View Details
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Alternative Itinerary

  This departure follows a 10-day route and has a Basecamp theme with hiking, kayaking, photography workshop and snowshoeing included in the cruise rate.
Quad Porthole

Quad Porthole - $4900

The cabin provides you with 1 porthole, 2 upper & lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space. This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin.
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Triple Porthole

Triple Porthole - $6000

2 triple cabins on Deck 3 #337-338 have portholes, 1 upper and 2 lower berths, and private facilities.
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Twin Porthole

Twin Porthole - $7000

The cabin provides you with; 1 porthole, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space.
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Twin Window

Twin Window - $7450

The cabin provides you with; 1 window, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space.
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Twin Deluxe

Twin Deluxe - $7900

Ortelius has 2 newly renovated twin deluxe cabins #510 and #528 located on Deck 5. These cabins are corner cabins and are slightly more spacious than the normal twin window/porthole cabins. Each cabin has view windows, private toilet and shower, flatscreen TV and two single lower berths. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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Superior

Superior - $8850

The cabin provides you with; 2-3 windows, 1 double bed, 1 sofa bed, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a refrigerator, a hair dryer and ample storage space. There is one Superior cabin on deck 4, four on deck 5 and five on deck 6.
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10  Alternate Itinerary Available  Jun 26 - Jul 05, 2015Ortelius$4900 - $8850View Details
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Alternative Itinerary

  This departure follows a longer 10-day route.
Quadruple

Quadruple - $4900

Ortelius has 4 quadruple cabins #341-344 located on deck 3. Quadruple cabins have porthole windows, two sets of bunk beds and private facilities.
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Triple Porthole

Triple Porthole - $6000

2 triple cabins on Deck 3 #337-338 have portholes, 1 upper and 2 lower berths, and private facilities.
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Twin Porthole

Twin Porthole - $7000

Ortelius has 27 twin porthole cabins: #334 and #339-340 located on Deck 3 and #428-439 and #445-456 on Deck 4. Each has a porthole window, private toilet and shower and two single lower berths. Cabins located on Deck 4 are quieter than those on deck 3 because they are farther away from the noise of engines and generators. Deck 4 has access to the forward observation deck.
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Twin Window

Twin Window - $7450

Ortelius has 12 twin window cabins #511-517, 522-527 located on Deck 5, approximately 183 square feet each. Each cabin has view windows, private toilet and shower and two single lower berths. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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Twin Deluxe

Twin Deluxe - $7900

Ortelius has 2 newly renovated twin deluxe cabins #510 and #528 located on Deck 5. These cabins are corner cabins and are slightly more spacious than the normal twin window/porthole cabins. Each cabin has three view windows, two single lower berths, private toilet and shower, desk and chair, small sofa, hair dryer and ample storage space. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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Superior

Superior - $8850

Ortelius has 6 superior cabins #509, 518-521 and 529 on Deck 5. Each superior cabin has a double bed, single (sofa) bed, private toilet and shower, desk and chair, flatscreen TV, refrigerator, hair dryer and ample storage space. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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11  Alternate Itinerary Available  Jul 02 - Jul 13, 2015Noorderlicht$4800View Details
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Alternative Itinerary

  This departure aboard Noorderlicht follows a 12-day itinerary:
Day 1 - Arrive Longyearbyen
Day 2 - Tryghamna to Fuglehuken
Day 3 - Ny Ålesund
Day 4 - 14th July Glacier
Day 5 - Magdalenafjord
Day 6 - Ytre Norskøya
Day 7 - Raudfjord
Day 8 - Reindyrfla
Day 9 - Smeerenburg
Days 10-11 - Forlandsundet
Day 12 - Depart Longyearbyen
Twin Cabin

Twin Cabin - $4800

The Noorderlicht provides accommodation for 20 travelers in 10 comfortable twin cabins. All cabins have upper and lower berths, and a cupboard and wash basin with hot and cold water. There are four shared showers and five shared toilet facilities.
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12  Alternate Itinerary Available  Jul 04 - Jul 13, 2015Plancius$4900 - $8850View Details
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Alternative Itinerary

  This departure follows a 10-day route and has a Basecamp theme with hiking, kayaking and a photography workshop included in the cruise rate. Scuba diving available for $500 per person.
Quad Porthole

Quad Porthole - $4900

The cabin provides you with 1 porthole, 2 upper & lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space. This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin.
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Triple Porthole

Triple Porthole - $6000

2 triple cabins on Deck 3 #337-338 have portholes, 1 upper and 2 lower berths, and private facilities.
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Twin Porthole

Twin Porthole - $7000

The cabin provides you with; 1 porthole, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space.
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Twin Window

Twin Window - $7450

The cabin provides you with; 1 window, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space.
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Twin Deluxe

Twin Deluxe - $7900

Ortelius has 2 newly renovated twin deluxe cabins #510 and #528 located on Deck 5. These cabins are corner cabins and are slightly more spacious than the normal twin window/porthole cabins. Each cabin has view windows, private toilet and shower, flatscreen TV and two single lower berths. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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Superior

Superior - $8850

The cabin provides you with; 2-3 windows, 1 double bed, 1 sofa bed, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a refrigerator, a hair dryer and ample storage space. There is one Superior cabin on deck 4, four on deck 5 and five on deck 6.
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13       Aug 27 - Sep 03, 2015Plancius$3900 - $6850View Details
Quad Porthole

Quad Porthole - $3900

The cabin provides you with 1 porthole, 2 upper & lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space. This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin.
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Triple Porthole

Triple Porthole - $4700

2 triple cabins on Deck 3 #337-338 have portholes, 1 upper and 2 lower berths, and private facilities.
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Twin Porthole

Twin Porthole - $5450

The cabin provides you with; 1 porthole, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space.
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Twin Window

Twin Window - $5800

The cabin provides you with; 1 window, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space.
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Twin Deluxe

Twin Deluxe - $6150

Ortelius has 2 newly renovated twin deluxe cabins #510 and #528 located on Deck 5. These cabins are corner cabins and are slightly more spacious than the normal twin window/porthole cabins. Each cabin has view windows, private toilet and shower, flatscreen TV and two single lower berths. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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Superior

Superior - $6850

The cabin provides you with; 2-3 windows, 1 double bed, 1 sofa bed, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a refrigerator, a hair dryer and ample storage space. There is one Superior cabin on deck 4, four on deck 5 and five on deck 6.
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14  Alternate Itinerary Available  Aug 28 - Sep 04, 2015Ortelius$3900 - $6850View Details
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Themed Departure

  Polar Bear Special departure, offering the best chances to see polar bears.
Quadruple

Quadruple - $3900

Ortelius has 4 quadruple cabins #341-344 located on deck 3. Quadruple cabins have porthole windows, two sets of bunk beds and private facilities.
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Triple Porthole

Triple Porthole - $4700

2 triple cabins on Deck 3 #337-338 have portholes, 1 upper and 2 lower berths, and private facilities.
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Twin Porthole

Twin Porthole - $5450

Ortelius has 27 twin porthole cabins: #334 and #339-340 located on Deck 3 and #428-439 and #445-456 on Deck 4. Each has a porthole window, private toilet and shower and two single lower berths. Cabins located on Deck 4 are quieter than those on deck 3 because they are farther away from the noise of engines and generators. Deck 4 has access to the forward observation deck.
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Twin Window

Twin Window - $5800

Ortelius has 12 twin window cabins #511-517, 522-527 located on Deck 5, approximately 183 square feet each. Each cabin has view windows, private toilet and shower and two single lower berths. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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Twin Deluxe

Twin Deluxe - $6150

Ortelius has 2 newly renovated twin deluxe cabins #510 and #528 located on Deck 5. These cabins are corner cabins and are slightly more spacious than the normal twin window/porthole cabins. Each cabin has three view windows, two single lower berths, private toilet and shower, desk and chair, small sofa, hair dryer and ample storage space. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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Superior

Superior - $6850

Ortelius has 6 superior cabins #509, 518-521 and 529 on Deck 5. Each superior cabin has a double bed, single (sofa) bed, private toilet and shower, desk and chair, flatscreen TV, refrigerator, hair dryer and ample storage space. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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Included

Shipboard accommodation, meals, shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage; Leadership by experienced Expedition Leaders and staff, including shore landings; Zodiac cruising and transfers to and from the ship for shore excursions; Presentations by noted naturalists and other experts; Comprehensive pre-departure material; Group transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship for passengers on the group flights to/from Longyearbyen; All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges; AECO fees and governmental taxes; Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes on Plancius and Ortelius.

Exclusions

Airfares; Pre and post land arrangements; Transfers to/from the vessel outside of Spitsbergen; Passport and visa expenses; Government arrival and departure taxes; Rubber boots on all other vessels not specifically listed above; Meals ashore; Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance, including mandatory emergency evacuation insurance; Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunications charges; Customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel. Possible fuel surcharges: It is agreed that if world fuel prices will reach or exceed US Dollar 120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure Oceanwide Expeditions reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US $25 ($18 Euro) per passenger per night.

Room Configuration

Solo travelers willing to share can reserve a quadruple, triple or twin-shared cabin, where you will be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth or berths goes unsold, you will not be penalized. For those who desire single occupancy, cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the twin rate.

Families & Children

Children under 16 years old in Superior, Family Triple and/or Family Quadruple cabins receive a 40% discount. Parents are entirely responsible for their children at all times, on land and on board; there is no onboard day care or nursery facility.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% the trip total is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 60 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days - 20% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days - 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days - 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $100,000 per person. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 21 days of booking your trip for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.
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Around Spitsbergen

Around Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen, with its deep fjords and towering glaciers that calve with a thundering noise, its sharp mountains in the north and the south and its lush tundra full of flowers has a lot to offer to wildlife lovers and hikers. Come see for your self, as we cruise around the largest Arctic Island in the Svalbard Archipelago.
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Noorderlicht

Noorderlicht

The 20-guest Noorderlicht is well suited for sailing the small islands of Spitsbergen and Lofoten and offers good open deck viewing areas, also when under sail. This is a ship for the avid sailor.
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Ortelius

Ortelius

The 116-guest M/V Ortelius is an ice-strengthened small ship designed for polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica. She offers passengers a quality exploratory wildlife program to spend as much time ashore as possible.
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Plancius

Plancius

The Plancius is a 114-passenger small ship designed and built exclusively for polar cruises. A wide variety of cabins and ample space on five decks make the Plancius a great option for expedition cruises.
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