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Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

North Spitsbergen

The 8-day North Spitsbergen small ship cruise explores rugged mountains, sweeping tundra, ice caps and glaciers and has a special focus on spotting polar bears. Sail within 600 miles of the North Pole and immerse in the virtually unspoiled wilderness of the true High Arctic. 

Begin and end in Longyearbyen, Norway, the administrative center of Spitsbergen. Immediately sail north to Raudfjorden, taking in the expansive fjord spilling with glaciers. Weather allowing, sail to the massive 3-mile-long Monaco Glacier, where kittiwakes and polar bears roam. In the Hinlopen Strait, search for bearded and ringed seals, polar bears, pink-footed geese, walrus, reindeer and blue whales. Zodiac cruise between ice floes in Lomfjordshalvoya and view the bird cliffs of Alkefjellet where thousands of Brunnich’s guillemots nest.

When the ship reaches 80 degrees north, just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole, she parks for several hours in pack ice, waiting and searching for polar bears. The return route offers even more arctic wildlife viewing like the elusive bowhead whale, fin whales and minke whales. At Forlandsundet, walruses are known to haul out and at Alkhornet, arctic foxes pick their way between grazing reindeer to rummage below the sea cliffs in search of fallen seabird eggs. 

In addition to the classic 8-day North Spitsbergen voyage, there are three alternative itinerary options. The North Spitsbergen – Farthest North route travels slightly farther north, aiming to reach 82 degrees. The North Spitsbergen, Along the Pack Ice, Bowhead Whales & Polar Bears itinerary spends 3 days at sea along the ice edge spotting for bowhead whales, seals and polar bears. And the East Spitsbergen – Summer Solstice itinerary travels around the southern edge of Spitsbergen and up along the East Coast, also spending time alongside pack ice.

Special Basecamp theme departures include extra activities like kayaking, hiking/snowshoeing and a photo workshop. All itineraries are dependent on weather and ice conditions and thus have equally fascinating alternative routes prepared. Science Basecamp theme departures focus on polar research activities (geology, marine biology, glaciology, macro-photography) led by scientist guides.

Two pairs of sister ships sail the North Spitsbergen cruise: the 170-guest Hondius and Janssonius, and 116-guest Ortelius and Plancius. All four ships are ice-strengthened vessels designed for polar expedition. AdventureSmith Explorations’ crew of award-winning Arctic small ship cruise experts have personal experience sailing in the High Arctic. Contact us to discover more about this Arctic cruise and other options to suit your travel interests and timeline.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Arctic cruises, Svalbard & Spitsbergen Cruises and Arctic trips.



Itinerary

North Spitsbergen Itinerary

The 8-day North Spitsbergen voyage operates round-trip from Longyearbyen, Norway, cruising along Spitsbergen’s northwest coast as far north as 80 degrees. Note that several “Basecamp” themed departures follow the same itinerary but offer the added bonus of free kayaking, hiking/snowshoeing and a photography workshop, as well as added-cost scuba diving.

North Spitsberfgen Arctic itinerary route map.
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Day 1
Embark Longyearbyen, Norway

Arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy strolling around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum are well worth visiting. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plants have been recorded in it. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden, where in the mouth of the fjord you may see your first minke whale.

Accommodations

Hondius, Janssonius, Ortelius, Plancius

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Raudfjorden

Sailing to Raudfjorden on the north coast of Spitsbergen, take in an expansive fjord spilling with glaciers and sometimes visited by ringed and bearded seals. The cliffs and shoreline of the fjord also support thriving seabird colonies, rich vegetation and the possibility of polar bears.

Accommodations

Hondius, Janssonius, Ortelius, Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Monaco Glacier

Depending on the weather, sail into Liefdefjorden and cruise within sight of the 3-mile-long face of the precipitous Monaco Glacier. The waters in front of the glacier front are a favorite feeding spot for thousands of kittiwakes and the base of the ice is a popular polar bear hunting ground. If ice conditions prevent sailing here early in the season, an alternate route along the west coast of Spitsbergen can be implemented.

Accommodations

Hondius, Janssonius, Ortelius, Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Hinlopen Strait, Alkefjellet & Palanderbukta

Today sail into Hinlopen Strait, home to bearded seals, ringed seals and polar bears. At the entrance there is even the possibility to spot blue whales. Navigate the ice floes of Lomfjordshalvøya in Zodiacs and explore the bird cliffs of Alkefjellet with thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots. On the east side of Hinlopen Strait, attempt a landing at Palanderbukta on Nordaustlandet, home to reindeer, pink-footed geese, breeding ivory gulls and walruses. There is an alternate route in case ice prevents entry in Hinlopen.

Accommodations

Hondius, Janssonius, Ortelius, Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Seven Islands - 80 degrees north!

The northernmost point of the voyage may be north of Nordaustlandet, in the Seven Islands. Here, reach 80 degrees north, just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole. Polar bears inhabit this region, so the ship may park for several hours in the pack ice, taking in the spectacular surroundings before turning west again.

Accommodations

Hondius, Janssonius, Ortelius, Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Sailing the Continental Shelf

While retracing the route west, keep watch for polar bears and the elusive Greenland (bowhead) whale. About 40 nautical miles west of Spitsbergen sail along the edge of the continental shelf, where fin whales forage in summer in the upwellings (where cold, nutrient-rich water wells up from below the sea’s surface) that run along the Spitsbergen banks. At the mouth of the Kongsfjord, there’s a good chance of sighting minke whales.

Accommodations

Hondius, Janssonius, Ortelius, Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Forlandsundet, St. Johns Fjord or Alkhornet

Walruses sometimes haul out in Forlandsundet, the next stop. Alternatively, sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden and land at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on the cliffs and Arctic foxes search below for fallen eggs and chicks, while Spitsbergen reindeer graze the sparse vegetation. At nighttime arrive in Longyearbyen.

Accommodations

Hondius, Janssonius, Ortelius, Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Longyearbyen, Norway

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. Disembark in Longyearbyen and take home memories of a lifetime. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Oslo and home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Voyage aboard the indicated vessel in the itinerary; all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea; all shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac; program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff; free use of rubber boots and snow shoes; transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; AECO fees and governmental taxes; comprehensive pre-departure material.

Exclusions

Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post-cruise land arrangements; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The main North Spitsbergen voyage begins and ends in Longyearbyen, Norway (LYR). Longyearbyen is only accessed via flights from Oslo, Norway (OSL). Some flights arrive very early in the morning, before standard hotel check-in; in these cases, we recommend booking an extra hotel night or arranging a day room option. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues.

Plan flights to arrive to Longyearbyen by 3:00pm on Day 1 of the itinerary. Embarkation time is between 4:00 and 5:00pm on day of departure, with a 6:00pm departure. Transfers in Longyearbyen are provided on specified group flights. Travelers arriving on independently arranged flights should make their own way to the port on day of embarkation and to the airport upon disembarkation.

Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 8 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Longyearbyen no earlier than 2:30am on Day 8. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Various optional activities may be available on your North Spitsbergen voyage. Added-cost activity fees are as follows: kayaking $420(2022) or $450(2023); ski touring $480(2022). Contact AdventureSmith for further details and to pre-book.

Guided shore excursions, walks, wildlife spotting and Zodiac cruises are included in the fare and will be offered to all passengers during each voyage. Every day there will be excursions on land, weather and ice permitting. The landings will take 3 to 6 hours per day over untracked area. According to circumstances (the weather, the ice-situation or the passengers’ wishes) the program can sometimes be adjusted. Ample time will be devoted to wildlife, vegetation, geography and history.

On special Basecamp themed departures, enjoy the additional free activities of kayaking, hiking/snowshoeing and a photography workshop.

Snowshoeing (with rentals) is an additional included, optional activity, offered on select (non-Basecamp) departures:

2022:
May 26 – Jun 02, 2022 – Hondius
Jun 02 – Jun 09, 2022 – Hondius
Jun 07 – Jun 14, 2022 – Janssonius
Jun 09 – Jun 16, 2022 – Hondius
Jun 08 – Jun 15, 2022 – Plancius
Jun 13 – Jun 20, 2022 – Ortelius

2023:
May 31 – Jun 07, 2023 – Hondius
Jun 06 – Jun 13, 2023 – Ortelius
Jun 14 – Jun 21, 2023 – Hondius

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x the per-person Twin or Superior listed rates. Single travelers wishing to book on a “sharing basis” may do so at no additional cost in Twin, Triple or Quadruple categories upon availability.

Families & Children

Upon request (some voyages may be excluded), children under 16 years old with parents may receive a 40% discount in the following cabins: Grand Suite, Superior, Triple (1 child sharing with 2 parents/adults) and Quadruple (1 child sharing with 3 parents/adults, or 2 children sharing with 2 parents/adults). Parents are entirely responsible for their children at all times, on land and on board; there is no onboard day care or nursery facility.

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. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditionswildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

North Spitsbergen - Farthest North Itinerary

The 8-day North Spitsbergen Farthest North voyage operates round-trip from Longyearbyen, Norway, cruising along Svalbard’s northwest coast, reaching as far as 82 degrees north.

Route map of North Spitsbergen 82 Degrees North Arctic cruise, operating round-trip from Longyearbyen, Norway, with visits to northern and western Svalbard,
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Day 1
Embark Longyearbyen, Norway

Touch down in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy strolling around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum make for fascinating attractions. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plant have been recorded in it. In the early evening the ship sails out of Isfjorden, where there may be the first sightings of the voyage of minke whales.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Raudfjorden

While sailing to Raudfjorden on the north coast of Spitsbergen, take in an expansive fjord spilling with glaciers and maybe even visited by ringed and bearded seals. The cliffs and shoreline of this fjord also support thriving seabird colonies, rich vegetation and the possibility of polar bears. In the evening, sail by the island of Moffen and look for a large herd of walruses.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Monaco Glacier

Depending on the weather, possibly sail into Liefdefjorden and cruise within sight of the 3-miles-long face of the precipitous Monaco Glacier. The waters in front of this glacier are a favorite feeding spot for thousands of kittiwakes, and the base of the ice is a popular polar bear hunting ground. If ice conditions prevent sailing here early in the season, an alternate route along the west coast of Spitsbergen can be implemented.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Beverleysundet & Rijpfjord

Next sail through Beverleysundet, formerly navigated by the Swedish-Russian Arc-of-Meridian Expedition in 1898. From here, push east along Scoresby Island into Rijpfjord, where the German Wehrmacht operated the weather station Haudegen (now off-limits) until September 1945. The aim in Zorgdragerfjord is to have one group walk the eastern shore while another walks the north side of Arkvatnet, through Havsuldalen to the entrance of Duvefjorden.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 6
Phippsoya, Seven Islands & the 82 Degrees North

Reach Phippsøya, in the Seven Islands north of Nordaustlandet, at 80 degrees north and just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole. Polar bears and walruses inhabit this region. In the afternoon, venture to the northernmost point of this voyage, near the 82nd parallel. While retracing the route west, keep watch for polar bears and elusive Greenland (bowhead) whales.

About 40 nautical miles west of Spitsbergen, sail the edge of the continental shelf, where fin whales forage during the summer in the upwelling zones (where cold, nutrient-rich water wells up from below the sea’s surface) that run along the Spitsbergen banks. At the mouth of Kongsfjorden, have a good chance of sighting minke whales.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Forlandsundet, St. Johns Fjord or Isfjorden

Walruses sometimes haul out in Forlandsundet, today’s stop. Though this late in the season, they may have already departed. Alternately, sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden, landing at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on these cliffs, arctic foxes search below for fallen eggs and chicks, and reindeer graze the sparse vegetation. Arrive in Longyearbyen later tonight.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Longyearbyen, Norway

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. Disembark in Longyearbyen, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Voyage aboard the indicated vessel in the itinerary; all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea; all shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac; program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff; free use of rubber boots and snow shoes; transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; AECO fees and governmental taxes; comprehensive pre-departure material.

Exclusions

Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post-cruise land arrangements; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The North Spitsbergen 82 Degrees North voyage begins and ends in Longyearbyen, Norway (LYR). Longyearbyen is only accessed via flights from Oslo, Norway (OSL). Some flights arrive very early in the morning, before standard hotel check-in; in these cases, we recommend booking an extra hotel night or arranging a day room option. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues.

Plan flights to arrive to Longyearbyen by 3:00pm on Day 1 of the itinerary. Embarkation time is between 4:00 and 5:00pm on day of departure, with a 6:00pm departure. Transfers in Longyearbyen are provided on specified group flights. Travelers arriving on independently arranged flights should make their own way to the port on day of embarkation and to the airport upon disembarkation.

Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 8 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Longyearbyen no earlier than 2:30am on Day 8. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Guided shore excursions, walks, wildlife spotting and Zodiac cruises are included in the fare and will be offered to all passengers during each voyage. Every day there will be excursions on land, weather and ice permitting. The landings will take 3 to 6 hours per day over untracked area. According to circumstances (the weather, the ice-situation or the passengers’ wishes) the program can sometimes be adjusted. Ample time will be devoted to wildlife, vegetation, geography and history.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x the per-person Twin or Superior listed rates. Single travelers wishing to book on a “sharing basis” may do so at no additional cost in Twin, Triple or Quadruple categories upon availability.

Families & Children

Upon request (some voyages may be excluded), children under 16 years old with parents may receive a 40% discount in the following cabins: Grand Suite, Superior, Triple (1 child sharing with 2 parents/adults) and Quadruple (1 child sharing with 3 parents/adults, or 2 children sharing with 2 parents/adults). Parents are entirely responsible for their children at all times, on land and on board; there is no onboard day care or nursery facility.

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. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

North Spitsbergen, Along the Pack Ice, Bowhead Whales & Polar Bears Itinerary

The 8-day North Spitsbergen, Along the Pack Ice, Bowhead Whales & Polar Bears voyage operates round-trip from Longyearbyen, Norway, cruising along Spitsbergen’s western coast as far north as 80 degrees before exploring along the ice edge in search of bowhead whales, seals and polar bears.

Route map of North Spitsbergen, Along the Pack Ice, Bowhead Whales & Polar Bears voyage operating round-trip from Longyearbyen, Norway.
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Day 1
Embark Longyearbyen, Norway

Arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy strolling around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum are well worth visiting. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plants have been recorded in it. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden, where in the mouth of the fjord you may see your first minke whale.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Smeerenburg, Fuglesangen & Birgerbukta

After an exciting sailing through straits and fjord, arrive late morning at Smeerenburg, where a large group of walruses often lays at its haulout place. It is also a rare opportunity to see harbor seals on rocky islets. Smeerenburg was an important whaling station in the 17th century. Later, land at Fuglesangen for the opportunity to sit among hundreds of nearby little auks. In the evening, make a short landing in Birgerbukta, where the Basq whalers had their station, and continue into the splendid Raudfjord.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Raudfjord: Hamiltonbukta & Ytre Norskøya

Raudfjord, with glacier fronts, is a good area for meeting polar bears and bearded seals on fjord ice, which is still unbroken. In Hamiltonbukta is an impressive colony of Brünnichs’s guiillemots. Later, visit Ytre Norskøya, a small island which was used for many years as a lookout point for Dutch whalers; follow their tracks to the summit of the island. On shore the remains of 17th century blubber ovens can be found near about 200 graves. The north side of the island offers the rare opportunity to see Puffins near their breeding places. There is also a small colony of kittiwakes. From there, sail northwest to the edge of the pack-ice.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 4 - 6
At Sea Along The Ice Edge

Spend these days at sea, sailing from 80 degrees north to 76 degrees north along and in the outer fringes of the ice edge. Look for bowhead whales, harp seals, hooded seals, polar bears and migrating seabirds like little auks, Brünnich’s guillemots and kittiwakes. Previous voyages in this area have sometimes revealed up to one hundred bowhead whales. On the last day, at open sea, enjoy good chances for northern bottlenose whales and the first fin whales of the season.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Bell Sund Fjord

Bell Sund is a fjord system with two major branches (Van Mijenfjord and Van Keulenfjord) and a side bay (Recherchefjord). The geology is fascinating and has created amazing landscapes, such as the long, narrow island of Akseløya that blocks Van Mijenfjord almost completely. The rich wildlife of the area has attracted hunters throughout several centuries, including English whalers, who also wintered there; walk in their footsteps and see remains of their huts. This area often has polar bears, as well as possible beluga whales. Sail as far into the fjord as the ice will allow.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Longyearbyen, Norway

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. Disembark in Longyearbyen, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Voyage aboard the indicated vessel in the itinerary; all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea; all shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac; program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff; free use of rubber boots and snow shoes; transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; AECO fees and governmental taxes; comprehensive pre-departure material.

Exclusions

Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post-cruise land arrangements; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The alternative North Spitsbergen, Along the Pack Ice, Bowhead Whales & Polar Bears voyage begins and ends in Longyearbyen, Norway (LYR). Longyearbyen is only accessed via flights from Oslo, Norway (OSL). Some flights arrive very early in the morning, before standard hotel check-in; in these cases, we recommend booking an extra hotel night or arranging a day room option. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues.

Plan flights to arrive to Longyearbyen by 3:00pm on Day 1 of the itinerary. Embarkation time is between 4:00 and 5:00pm on day of departure, with a 6:00pm departure. Transfers in Longyearbyen are provided on specified group flights. Travelers arriving on independently arranged flights should make their own way to the port on day of embarkation and to the airport upon disembarkation.

Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 8 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Longyearbyen no earlier than 2:30am on Day 8. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Guided shore excursions, walks, wildlife spotting and Zodiac cruises are included in the fare and will be offered to all passengers during each voyage. Every day there will be excursions on land, weather and ice permitting. The landings will take 3 to 6 hours per day over untracked area. According to circumstances (the weather, the ice-situation or the passengers’ wishes) the program can sometimes be adjusted. Ample time will be devoted to wildlife, vegetation, geography and history.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x the per-person Twin or Superior listed rates. Single travelers wishing to book on a “sharing basis” may do so at no additional cost in Twin, Triple or Quadruple categories upon availability.

Families & Children

Upon request (some voyages may be excluded), children under 16 years old with parents may receive a 40% discount in the following cabins: Grand Suite, Superior, Triple (1 child sharing with 2 parents/adults) and Quadruple (1 child sharing with 3 parents/adults, or 2 children sharing with 2 parents/adults). Parents are entirely responsible for their children at all times, on land and on board; there is no onboard day care or nursery facility.

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. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditionswildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

East Spitsbergen - Summer Solstice

The 8-day East Spitsbergen – Summer Solstice voyage operates round-trip from Longyearbyen, Norway, cruising along Spitsbergen’s southern end and then up along the east coast to the island of Edgeøya and its nearby pack ice. Appreciate the near 24 hours of daylight that can be experienced at this time of year.

Route map of East Spitsbergen - Summer Solstice voyage round-trip from Longyearbyen, Norway, along Spitsbergen's southern end & east coast to Edgeøya Island & pack ice.
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Day 1
Arrive Longyearbyen, Norway

Arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy strolling around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum are well worth visiting. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plants have been recorded in it. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden, where in the mouth of the fjord you may see your first minke whale.

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Hondius

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Day 2
Hornsund

Start the day by quietly cruising the side fjords of the spectacular Hornsund area in southern Spitsbergen, enjoying the scenery of towering mountain peaks. The mountain of Hornsundtind rises to 4,695 feet, while the peak of Bautaen testifies to why early Dutch explorers gave this island the name Spitsbergen, meaning “pointed mountains.” There are 14 magnificent glaciers in the area, and there is a fair chance of encountering seals and polar bears. The nearby cliffs of Sofiakammen are also home to thousands of pairs of nesting kittiwakes and little auks, and in the evening, there may be thousands of harp seals rutting on ice floes at Sørkapp.

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Hondius

Meals

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Day 3
Diskobukta

After navigating the drift ice of Storfjorden, where harp seals sometimes appear, land in northwest Edgeøya at the northern bank of Rosenberdalriver. Here on the raised beach, have the opportunity of walking to Rosenbergdalen, which is teeming with grazing reindeer. Afterward, plan to walk by a cliff with nesting black guillemots on the way to Stretehamna, which often hosts a herd of walruses on the beach near an octagonal trapper’s cabin built in 1905. One can also see the remains of a 19th-century Pomor house as well as the bones of walruses hunted in previous centuries.

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Hondius

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Day 4
Freemansundet: Barentsøya

Sailing into the waterway of Freemansundet, plan to land at the tundra lowland of Sundneset, on the island of Barentsøya. Here, visit the hut of a German scientific expedition (Würzbugerhütte) from 60 years ago, then take a brisk walk across the tundra in search of Spitsbergen reindeer and barnacle geese. After that, plan to go on a Zodiac cruise near Freeman Glacier and visit a kittiwake colony in a canyon close by. In case of heavy ice in Freemandundet, however, the ship will instead sail to Negribreen, one of the most extensive glacier fronts on the east side of Spitsbergen. Here, take a Zodiac cruise and land on Walrus Island, which became ice-free at the end of last century.

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Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Agardhfjellet

Today, sail to the east side of west Spitsbergen (west side of Storfjorden). Here, plan to walk to breeding places for ivory gulls in Agardhfjellet, which stands about 980 feet high. The valley leading to the outcrops that house the nests is littered with fossils of belemnites and ammonites.

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Hondius

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South Spitsbergen: Stellingfjellet & Bay of Isbukta

Today, aim to land at the mountain of Stellingfjellet, near the largest colony of Brünnich’s guillemots in Spitsbergen. Later in the day, make landings at the rarely visited coast of south Spitsbergen, at the bay of Isbukta.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Bell Sund Fjord

Continue the voyage in Bell Sund, one of the largest fjord systems in Svalbard. The ocean currents make this area slightly warmer than other areas in the archipelago, which shows in the relatively lush vegetation. Here there are excellent opportunities to enjoy both history and wildlife. A possibility is Ahlstrandhalvøya, at the mouth of Van Keulenfjorden, where piles of beluga skeletons can be found. These remains of 19th-century whale slaughter are a haunting reminder of the consequences of rampant exploitation. Fortunately, belugas were not hunted into extinction, and there is a good chance of coming across a pod. Alternately, while cruising the side fjords of Bellsund, explore tundra where reindeer like to feed as well as rock slopes where little auks are breeding.

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Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Longyearbyen, Norway

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. Disembark in Longyearbyen, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Voyage aboard the indicated vessel in the itinerary; all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea; all shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac; program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff; free use of rubber boots and snow shoes; transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; AECO fees and governmental taxes; comprehensive pre-departure material.

Exclusions

Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post-cruise land arrangements; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The alternative East Spitsbergen – Summer Solstice voyage begins and ends in Longyearbyen, Norway (LYR). Longyearbyen is only accessed via flights from Oslo, Norway (OSL). Some flights arrive very early in the morning, before standard hotel check-in; in these cases, we recommend booking an extra hotel night or arranging a day room option. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues.

Plan flights to arrive to Longyearbyen by 3:00pm on Day 1 of the itinerary. Embarkation time is between 4:00 and 5:00pm on day of departure, with a 6:00pm departure. Transfers in Longyearbyen are provided on specified group flights. Travelers arriving on independently arranged flights should make their own way to the port on day of embarkation and to the airport upon disembarkation.

Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 8 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Longyearbyen no earlier than 2:30am on Day 8. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Guided shore excursions, walks, wildlife spotting and Zodiac cruises are included in the fare and will be offered to all passengers during each voyage. Every day there will be excursions on land, weather and ice permitting. The landings will take 3 to 6 hours per day over untracked area. According to circumstances (the weather, the ice-situation or the passengers’ wishes) the program can sometimes be adjusted. Ample time will be devoted to wildlife, vegetation, geography and history.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x the per-person Twin or Superior listed rates. Single travelers wishing to book on a “sharing basis” may do so at no additional cost in Twin, Triple or Quadruple categories upon availability.

Families & Children

Upon request (some voyages may be excluded), children under 16 years old with parents may receive a 40% discount in the following cabins: Grand Suite, Superior, Triple (1 child sharing with 2 parents/adults) and Quadruple (1 child sharing with 3 parents/adults, or 2 children sharing with 2 parents/adults). Parents are entirely responsible for their children at all times, on land and on board; there is no onboard day care or nursery facility.

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. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditionswildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

Rates & Dates

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May 26 - Jun 02, 2022
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Jun 23 - Jun 30, 2022
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Jun 27 - Jul 04, 2022
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Jun 29 - Jul 06, 2022
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Jun 30 - Jul 07, 2022
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Aug 23 - Aug 30, 2022
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Jun 01 - Jun 08, 2023
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Jun 15 - Jun 22, 2023
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Jun 21 - Jun 28, 2023
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Jun 22 - Jun 29, 2023
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Jun 25 - Jul 02, 2023
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Aug 16 - Aug 23, 2023
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Expedition Ship
Hondius

The 170-guest M/V Hondius was built exclusively for cruises in Antarctica and the Arctic. She is one of the strongest ice-strengthened vessels currently cruising in the polar regions.

Expedition Ship
Janssonius

The 170-guest M/V Janssonius is built exclusively for polar cruises in Antarctica and the Arctic. View ship info and a review from the experts at AdventureSmith Explorations.

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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.

Expedition Ship
Plancius

The Plancius is a 116-passenger small ship designed and built exclusively for polar cruises. A wide variety of cabins, ample space on five decks and a wide range of activities offered make the Plancius a great option for active expedition cruises.

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