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Spitsbergen Circumnavigation
Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, lies entirely within the Arctic Circle. It is rugged, wild, unspoiled and utterly unforgettable. When it comes to viewing Arctic wildlife, Spitsbergen is known as one of the most prolific destinations and this Spitsbergen Circumnavigation small ship cruise covers its entire coastline.

Offering the world’s best oppo
rtunity to view polar bears, you’ll be able to see the world’s largest carnivores in their natural habitat. Walrus populations love Spitsbergen as well, feeding in the food-rich icy waters around the island. Whales and seabirds will entertain you during the sailing portions of the expedition, while you may catch a sighting of reindeer or Arctic fox when taking Zodiac excursions to land. read more Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, lies entirely within the Arctic Circle. It is rugged, wild, unspoiled and utterly unforgettable. When it comes to viewing Arctic wildlife, Spitsbergen is known as one of the most prolific destinations and this Spitsbergen Circumnavigation small ship cruise covers its entire coastline.

Offering the world’s best opportunity to view polar bears, you’ll be able to see the world’s largest carnivores in their natural habitat. Walrus populations love Spitsbergen as well, feeding in the food-rich icy waters around the island. Whales and seabirds will entertain you during the sailing portions of the expedition, while you may catch a sighting of reindeer or Arctic fox when taking Zodiac excursions to land.
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Day 1 - Embark Longyearbyen, Norway

Days 2 - 12 - Circumnavigating Spitsbergen

Day 13 - Disembark Longyearbyen


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Day 1 - Embark Longyearbyen, Norway

Your Spitsbergen Circumnavigation cruise begins when you board your ship in Longyearbyen, the island's largest settlement. Enjoy your first view of the island's rugged, glacier-topped mountains, rising majestically from icy Arctic waters.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Spirit or Ocean Nova: Quark
MEALS:
dinner

Days 2 - 12 - Circumnavigating Spitsbergen

Expect a new adventure every day, as you journey around the island of Spitsbergen and explore smaller, outlying islands. The variety of incredible wildlife and geological formations found here is astounding! Every expedition will be unique, but a few of the crew's favorite landing sites include the 14th of July Glacier, Ny London, Phippsoya, Alkefjellet and Sundneset. If ice conditions allow, attempt a landing on seldom visited Kvttøya. The names may seem strange to you, but they each have their own unique appeal. For birders, the 14th of July Glacier is home to Purple Sandpipers, Common Eiders, Barnacle Geese and Arctic Terns. Alkefjellet is home to nesting Brunich Guillemots and Thick-billed Murres.

If you want to prove that reindeer are real, then have your camera ready for visits to sites like Ny London, Sundneset and Alkhornet. As for the largest land carnivore in the world – searching for polar bears is a constant activity, with Phippsoya and Isbukta being two of their preferred places for hunting – meaning great potential for you to capture them in action.

A big part of appreciating Spitsbergen comes from understanding the culture, not just how people live today, but how this land was first explored. Whaling was a key industry here and you will see blubber ovens and other whaling evidence at landing sites such as Smeerenburg. Colorful tundra meadow displays are complemented by glaciers, and the potential exists for spotting beluga whales.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Spirit or Ocean Nova: Quark
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 13 - Disembark Longyearbyen

Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, transfer the airport for your flight home.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Arrival & Departure

When considering flights for your Spitsbergen Circumnavigation cruise plan to arrive Longyearbyen, Norway (LYR) before 2pm. Embarkation is at 6pm. Arrival transfers are provided if you arrive on the day of embarkation or one day prior. Airport shuttle buses are also available. Plan flights to depart no earlier than 12 noon on the final day.

Activities

Camping may be available on this trip for $225 per person (2014), and kayaking for $595 per person (2014-2015). Contact AdventureSmith for details and to reserve these activities.
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Start/End DateShipPrice per Person
1       Jun 20 - Jul 02, 2015Ocean Nova: Quark$7995 - $17840View Details
Quad

Quad - $7995

Cabins 317, 321. Averaging 157 square feet, a Quad Cabin is equipped with four twin beds. Located on the Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
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Triple

Triple - $8995

Cabins 318-319. Averaging 150 square feet, a Triple Cabin is equipped with three twin beds. Located on the Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
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Upper/Lower

Upper/Lower - $9995

Cabins 302-305, 316, 322. Averaging 88 square feet, an Upper/Lower Berth Cabin is equipped with one twin bed. Located on the Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
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Upper Deck

Upper Deck - $10495

Cabins 301, 306-315. Averaging 115 square feet, an Upper Deck Twin Cabin is equipped with two twin beds. Located on the Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
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Bridge Deck

Bridge Deck - $10995

Cabins 401-416. Averaging 105 square feet, a Bridge Deck Twin Cabin is equipped with two twin beds. Located on the Bridge Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
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Single - $17840

Select cabins may be booked for single occupancy at a special rate.
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2       Jul 23 - Aug 04, 2015Ocean Nova: Quark$7995 - $17840View Details
Quad

Quad - $7995

Cabins 317, 321. Averaging 157 square feet, a Quad Cabin is equipped with four twin beds. Located on the Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
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Triple

Triple - $8995

Cabins 318-319. Averaging 150 square feet, a Triple Cabin is equipped with three twin beds. Located on the Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
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Upper/Lower

Upper/Lower - $9995

Cabins 302-305, 316, 322. Averaging 88 square feet, an Upper/Lower Berth Cabin is equipped with one twin bed. Located on the Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
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Upper Deck

Upper Deck - $10495

Cabins 301, 306-315. Averaging 115 square feet, an Upper Deck Twin Cabin is equipped with two twin beds. Located on the Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
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Bridge Deck

Bridge Deck - $10995

Cabins 401-416. Averaging 105 square feet, a Bridge Deck Twin Cabin is equipped with two twin beds. Located on the Bridge Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
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Single - $17840

Select cabins may be booked for single occupancy at a special rate.
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Included

Shipboard accommodation; All meals aboard throughout your voyage; All shore landings per the daily program; A daily program of lectures by noted naturalists; All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; Photographic Journal on DVD; A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep; A selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages; Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin; Arrival/departure transfer; Emergency Evacuation Insurance.

Exclusions

International airfare; Passport and any applicable visa expenses; Government arrival and departure taxes; Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel; Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance; Excess baggage charges; Laundry and other personal charges. Telecommunications charges; The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew.

Families & Children

At date of embarkation, a minimum age restriction of 8 years and minimum height and weight requirements (weight of 64lbs or 29kg and 48 in. or 1.2 m. tall) must be met. Children under 16 years of age must be supervised by a parent/guardian at all times, and may not participate in adventure options.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% 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 120 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 180 days - $1000 minimum administrative fee
179 to 120 days - Deposit forfeited
119 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 evacuation insurance, to a maximum benefit per paying traveler of $100,000 USD, is included in the cost of this trip through Travelex Insurance. In addition to the emergency evacuation insurance, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex 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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