The wildlife 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 th e waters surrounding Spitsbergen. read more The wildlife 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.
Alternative ItineraryIn addition to the 8-day itinerary listed above, there is a 10-day Basecamp option aboard Plancius that includes kayaking, snowshoeing, a photo workshop and optional scuba diving (added cost); a longer 12-day itinerary; as well as 8-day Polar Bear Special sailings. Please call for more detailed information about each voyage.
10-day Basecamp Itinerary: July 3
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: May 30, June 10, 21, July 2, Sept 11
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: June 17, 24, 26, Aug 18
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 NotesRead 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 & DepartureThe 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.
ActivitiesSnowshoeing and kayaking are available on select departures: June 19, June 26 and July 3 (Basecamp). On these departures snowshoes will be provided for everybody on board which fit all boot sizes and can be used in combination with Oceanwide rubber boots. Snowshoe hiking is free of charge. Kayaking is free on Basecamp, and available on June 19 and 26 departures for a $360 per person charge; subject to weather and prevailing ice conditions. Kayaks and neoprene wesuits provided. Basecamp departure also includes a complimentary Leica Akademie photo workshop and optional scuba diving for $450 per person. Contact us for more information on North Spitsbergen activities.
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|2||Jun 10 - Jun 21, 2014||Noorderlicht||View Details|
|3||Jun 16 - Jun 23, 2014||Ortelius||View Details|
|4||Jun 17 - Jun 24, 2014||Plancius||View Details|
|5||Jun 21 - Jul 02, 2014||Noorderlicht||View Details|
|6||Jun 23 - Jun 30, 2014||Ortelius||View Details|
|7||Jun 24 - Jul 01, 2014||Plancius||View Details|
|8||Jul 02 - Jul 13, 2014||Noorderlicht||View Details|
|9||Aug 24 - Aug 31, 2014||Ortelius||View Details|
IncludedShipboard 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 information kit; Hair dryer in every cabin; Group transfers and baggage handling as per itinerary; All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges.
ExclusionsAirfares to the embarkation point and from the disembarkation point; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; hotel accommodations; Rubber boots on all other vessels not specifically listed above; Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance, including mandatory emergency evacuation insurance; excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature ie: laundry. 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 per passenger per night.
Room ConfigurationSolo 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 & ChildrenChildren 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 & CancellationIn 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 & ConditionsThis 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 InsuranceEmergency 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.
NoorderlichtThe 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.
OrteliusThe 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.
PlanciusThe 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.