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Spitsbergen Explorer
This 11-day active adventure begins and ends in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, one of Norway's Arctic islands in the Svalbard archipelago. The aim of this expedition is to circumnavigate the coastline of the largest island in the group. Expect to sail magnificent fjords, cruise in Zodiacs past towering sea cliffs and encounter polar bears and walrus in their natural habitat. Optional kayakin g may be available at an added cost.

The huge bird cliffs along the Spitsbergen coasts are a major attraction. Spitsbergen is a breeding ground for large numbers of guillemots such as the Brunnich's and the Black Guillemot. Other bird species such as Atlantic Puffin, Little Auk, Northern Fulmar and kittiwake can also be found on or around the cliffs, while the Arctic Tern, Ringed Plover, Purple Sandpiper and four species of skua prefer the tundra. Spitsbergen is known as the Wildlife Capital of the Arctic. Experience it for yourself on this stunning Spitsbergen Explorer cruise.
read more This 11-day active adventure begins and ends in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, one of Norway's Arctic islands in the Svalbard archipelago. The aim of this expedition is to circumnavigate the coastline of the largest island in the group. Expect to sail magnificent fjords, cruise in Zodiacs past towering sea cliffs and encounter polar bears and walrus in their natural habitat. Optional kayaking may be available at an added cost.

The huge bird cliffs along the Spitsbergen coasts are a major attraction. Spitsbergen is a breeding ground for large numbers of guillemots such as the Brunnich's and the Black Guillemot. Other bird species such as Atlantic Puffin, Little Auk, Northern Fulmar and kittiwake can also be found on or around the cliffs, while the Arctic Tern, Ringed Plover, Purple Sandpiper and four species of skua prefer the tundra. Spitsbergen is known as the Wildlife Capital of the Arctic. Experience it for yourself on this stunning Spitsbergen Explorer cruise.
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Day 1 - Embark Longyearbyen, Norway

Days 2 - 10 - Exploring Spitsbergen

Day 11 - Disembark Longyearbyen


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Day 1 - Embark Longyearbyen, Norway

Your Spitsbergen Explorer cruise begins when you board your ship in Longyearbyen, the island's largest settlement. As you embark, you’ll get great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop to this seaside settlement.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Spirit, Sea Adventurer or Ocean Nova: Quark
MEALS:
dinner

Days 2 - 10 - Exploring Spitsbergen

Cruise around this magical island, on a constant search for wildlife. Your expedition will cover western Spitsbergen as well as some stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar deserts to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. Each expedition presents new opportunities, so there is no fixed itinerary; however your expedition leaders do have some favorite destinations, including 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsoya, Alkhornet and the Hinlopen Straight.

The destinations visited on your voyage will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing and appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. Polar bear viewing is almost guaranteed, with Phippsoya being one of their preferred hunting areas and the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet providing many free bird egg meals for both them and the Arctic fox.

Torellneset and Phippsoya are great places for walrus photography. Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t forget either. These lumbering giants of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene, as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.

If you’re itching to get a little closer to the action, then taking a sea-kayaking excursion (optional, additional cost) to some of the more isolated pockets of Spitsbergen is highly recommended. Smeerenburg is a great place for an optional snowshoeing excursion on selected voyages, as you can visit a memorial erected in 1906. This historical site remembers the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries while working in extreme Arctic conditions.

There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day you’ll see something new, whether it is a rare bird species or an abandoned hut from centuries ago.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Spirit, Sea Adventurer or Ocean Nova: Quark
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11 - Disembark Longyearbyen

The time to say goodbye has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight home.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Alternative Itinerary

In addition to the main 11-day itinerary above, there is a 9-day Introduction to Spitsbergen route with a Polar Bear Safari theme that keeps the itinerary focused on a constant search for wildlife:
Day 1 - Embark Longyearbyen
Days 2-8 - Exploring Spitsbergen
Day 9 - Disembark Longyearbyen

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 Explorer cruise plan to arrive Longyearbyen, Norway (LYR) at any time on day 1. 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

Kayaking may be available for $595 per person for the 2014 and 2015 seasons; contact AdventureSmith to reserve as space is limited.
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Start/End DateShipPrice per Person
1  Alternate Itinerary Available  Jun 14 - Jun 22, 2015Sea Adventurer$4995 - $9595View Details
  Alternative Itinerary

Alternative Itinerary

  This departure follows a 9-day Introduction to Spitsbergen route with a Polar Bear Safari theme that keeps the itinerary focused on a constant search for wildlife:
Day 1 - Embark Longyearbyen
Days 2-8 - Exploring Spitsbergen
Day 9 - Disembark Longyearbyen
Triple

Triple - $4995

Triple cabins are located on the main deck and range from 145-160 square feet with 2 lower and 1 upper berth and a porthole.
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Lower Deck Twin

Lower Deck Twin - $5695

Lower deck twin cabins range from 120-160 square feet with 2 lower berths and one porthole.
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Main Deck Twin Porthole

Main Deck Twin Porthole - $5995

Main deck twin porthole cabins range from 110-120 square feet with 2 lower berths and one porthole.
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Main Deck Twin Window

Main Deck Twin Window - $6795

Main deck twin window cabins range from 115-130 square feet with 2 lower berths and 2 windows.
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Superior

Superior - $7795

Superior cabins, located on the upper deck, range from 135-155 square feet with 2 lower berths and view windows.
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Deluxe

Deluxe - $8795

Located on the Captain's Deck and Upper Deck, deluxe cabins are range from 145-155 square feet with 2 lower berths and view windows.
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Suite

Suite - $9595

Located on the Captain's Deck suites range from 215-265 square feet. Each has 2 lower berths, view windows, bathtub in 403, shower in the remainder.
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2       Jun 26 - Jul 06, 2015Sea Adventurer$5995 - $11795View Details
Triple

Triple - $5995

Triple cabins are located on the main deck and range from 145-160 square feet with 2 lower and 1 upper berth and a porthole.
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Lower Deck Twin

Lower Deck Twin - $6795

Lower deck twin cabins range from 120-160 square feet with 2 lower berths and one porthole.
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Main Deck Twin Porthole

Main Deck Twin Porthole - $7595

Main deck twin porthole cabins range from 110-120 square feet with 2 lower berths and one porthole.
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Main Deck Twin Window

Main Deck Twin Window - $8795

Main deck twin window cabins range from 115-130 square feet with 2 lower berths and 2 windows.
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Superior

Superior - $9795

Superior cabins, located on the upper deck, range from 135-155 square feet with 2 lower berths and view windows.
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Deluxe

Deluxe - $10795

Located on the Captain's Deck and Upper Deck, deluxe cabins are range from 145-155 square feet with 2 lower berths and view windows.
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Suite

Suite - $11795

Located on the Captain's Deck suites range from 215-265 square feet. Each has 2 lower berths, view windows, bathtub in 403, shower in the remainder.
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3  Alternate Itinerary Available  Jul 18 - Jul 26, 2015Sea Adventurer$4995 - $9595View Details
  Alternative Itinerary

Alternative Itinerary

  This departure follows a 9-day Introduction to Spitsbergen route with a Polar Bear Safari theme that keeps the itinerary focused on a constant search for wildlife:
Day 1 - Embark Longyearbyen
Days 2-8 - Exploring Spitsbergen
Day 9 - Disembark Longyearbyen
Triple

Triple - $4995

Triple cabins are located on the main deck and range from 145-160 square feet with 2 lower and 1 upper berth and a porthole.
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Lower Deck Twin

Lower Deck Twin - $5695

Lower deck twin cabins range from 120-160 square feet with 2 lower berths and one porthole.
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Main Deck Twin Porthole

Main Deck Twin Porthole - $5995

Main deck twin porthole cabins range from 110-120 square feet with 2 lower berths and one porthole.
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Main Deck Twin Window

Main Deck Twin Window - $6795

Main deck twin window cabins range from 115-130 square feet with 2 lower berths and 2 windows.
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Superior

Superior - $7795

Superior cabins, located on the upper deck, range from 135-155 square feet with 2 lower berths and view windows.
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Deluxe

Deluxe - $8795

Located on the Captain's Deck and Upper Deck, deluxe cabins are range from 145-155 square feet with 2 lower berths and view windows.
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Suite

Suite - $9595

Located on the Captain's Deck suites range from 215-265 square feet. Each has 2 lower berths, view windows, bathtub in 403, shower in the remainder.
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4       Aug 04 - Aug 14, 2015Ocean Nova: Quark$6495 - $14780View Details
Quad

Quad - $6495

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 - $7295

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 - $8295

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 - $8695

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 - $9295

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 - $14780

Select cabins may be booked for single occupancy at a special rate.
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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; An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep; Comprehensive pre-departure information kit.

Exclusions

Airfares 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, Trip Cancellation Insurance with emergency medical evacuation insurance (required); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar and beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyage.

Room Configuration

Solo travelers willing to share can reserve a triple or twin-shared cabin, where you will be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth goes unsold, you will not be penalized.

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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