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Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief

Pack in all the excitement of an epic long Arctic cruise into only 7 days with the Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief itinerary. In just a week, cruise through the pack ice up to 80°N along the west coast of Spitsbergen like an explorer of long ago, on a constant search for wildlife. Though this rocky island is covered in mountains and glaciers, the towering cliffs and fjords play host to a surprisingly thriving and varied ecosystem. Exploring as much of the area as possible will provide optimal opportunities to spot the most iconic of Arctic wildlife, the polar bear.

Begin and end in Oslo, Norway’s capital city, where museums, restaurants and shops begin the subtle introduction to northern living. The bulk of this expedition-style voyage is spent exploring, observing and taking in the beauty of the High Arctic with no set agenda. Possible stops include the abandoned mining settlement Ny London, Texas Bar, Worsleyneset, the famed cliffs of Alkehornet, the Andoyane Islands (where polar bears have been known to roam) and a walrus sanctuary at 80°N on the tiny, crescent-shaped Moffen Island. 

Take in the abandoned Dutch settlement of Smeerenburg, one of Europe’s most northerly outposts. And possibly visit the world’s northernmost brewery at Barentsburg. Glaciers amaze along the way, including Lilliehöök and Monaco Glaciers. Keep binoculars at the ready for reindeer, sea birds, polar bears and walrus. And appreciate opportunities to learn about Spitsbergen’s whaling and mining history.

The Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief expedition is aboard the 200-guest Ultramarine or the 128-guest Ocean Adventurer, both ice-stable ships equipped for personal and intimate Arctic exploration. AdventureSmith Explorations’ crew of award-winning small ship cruise experts have personal experience sailing in the polar regions. Contact us to discover more about this Arctic small ship cruise and other options to suit your travel interests and timeline.

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Itinerary

Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief Itinerary

This 7-day Arctic expedition through Spitsbergen begins and ends in Oslo, Norway with round-trip charter flights to and from Longyearbyen, Svalbard.

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Day 1
Arrive Oslo, Norway

This Arctic voyage begins in Oslo, Norway’s vibrant capital city. Guests who arrive early may enjoy the many museums, restaurants and green spaces on their own before retiring at the included airport hotel.

Accommodations

Hotel TBA

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Fly to Longyearbyen, Svalbard & Embark

This morning, transfer to the airport and board the private group charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement, with some time to explore before embarkation. As the ship sets sail, enjoy great vistas of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop for this historic town.

Accommodations

Ocean Adventurer, Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 6
Exploring Spitsbergen

Sail around the shores of this magical island, constantly searching for polar bears and other natural wonders. Covering western Spitsbergen, this expedition will afford ample opportunities to view immense glaciers, deep fjords, soaring mountains and unique flora and fauna.

Sailing north into Krossfjord, have the camera handy, ready to capture some of the best glacier calving in Spitsbergen. Deep in the fjord, the highly active Lilliehöök Glacier awaits. Listen in awe to the growling as big chunks break off into the icy waters below. A Zodiac excursion to nearby Ny London, an abandoned mining settlement, provides an ideal place for a guided walk. Encounters with wildlife, such as the indigenous Svalbard reindeer, are possible here.

After cruising overnight, wake up to the stunning sight of the magnificent Monaco Glacier, another prolific iceberg producer. To make this even more thrilling, help the expedition team to scan the shorelines and ice edge for marine mammals. Possible landing sites include Texas Bar, Worsleyneset and the Andoyane Islands (where polar bears have been known to roam). At 80°N, reach a walrus sanctuary on the tiny, crescent-shaped Moffen Island. Watching from the water as large groups of these lumbering giants jockey for space is an unforgettable experience, so be ready with binoculars.

At Smeerenburg, see the remains of an abandoned settlement that was established by Dutch whalers nearly 400 years ago. Here, at one of Europe’s most northerly outposts, have time to explore ashore and learn about Spitsbergen’s whaling history. Afterwards, cruising to Magdalenafjord rewards with panoramic vistas of snow-capped mountains and massive glaciers reflected in the crystal-clear waters.

During the last full day of your Arctic adventure, possibly visit the Russian mining town of Barentsburg, home of the world’s northernmost brewery. Hope to round out the day in Alkehornet, taking in the towering cliffs teeming with nesting seabirds, such as fulmars and Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres). Encounters with reindeer might be possible here too. Later, in the evening, swap stories with shipmates and crew one last time, at the captain’s dinner.

Accommodations

Ocean Adventurer, Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Disembark Longyearbyen & Fly to Oslo, Norway

This Arctic adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, transfer to the airport for your return group charter flight to Oslo.

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Meals

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all meals and snacks on board; soft drinks and juices on board; select beer and house wine during dinner; all shore landings per the daily program; leadership throughout the voyage by experienced expedition leader; all Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; formal and informal presentations by the expedition team and special guests as scheduled; photographic journal documenting the expedition; waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep; coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock; hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; all luggage handling aboard the ship; emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US $500,000 per person; transfers between Longyearbyen town center and port on embarkation and disembarkation day.

Exclusions

Mandatory Transfer Package (approximate package price is $995 for 2021 & 2022 and includes one night’s pre-expedition hotel night at Oslo airport hotel, charter flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen, arrival and departure transfers in Longyearbyen, and charter flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo); international airfare; arrival and departure transfers in Oslo; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above; meals ashore unless otherwise specified; baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance (strongly recommended), or insurance of any kind; excess baggage fees on international flights; mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, and any gear not mentioned; laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified; phone and internet charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of voyage for shipboard staff and crew; additional overnight accommodation; any adventure options or excursions.

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 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms 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 120 days with 100% payment received – 100% of total trip cost retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit for 120% of total trip cost
Up to 120 days with partial payment received – 100% of deposit + any additional partial payment retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit
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 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.

Arrival & Departure

The Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief cruise begins and ends in Oslo, Norway (OSL). Plan to arrive any time on day 1 of the itinerary. Check in time for the included group hotel is 3:00pm on day 1. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. An included group flight (with airport transfer) to Longyearbyen is on day 2 of the itinerary. The scheduled flight time will be communicated in your final documents.

On day 7 of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier between 7:00am and 8:00am local time. Disembarkation follows breakfast, with a transfer downtown or to your hotel. Plan flights to depart Oslo no earlier than three hours following arrival of your group charter flight from Longyearbyen on day 7. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Oslo and Longyearbyen are required on this trip’s itinerary; see the Mandatory Transfer Package information listed above under Exclusions. The flight to Longyearbyen is expected to depart early on day 2 of the itinerary. There is a luggage limit of 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 18 lbs (8 kg) cabin baggage on the flights to and from Oslo. Should you have additional luggage, it can be stored at the hotel in Oslo. There is no option to pay for additional luggage. On day 7 of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier between 7:00 and 8:00am local time. Disembarkation follows breakfast, with a transfer to the airport for the return charter flight to Oslo.

Activities

Various optional activities may be available on your Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief cruise at the following per person costs: sea kayaking for $695 (2021 & 2022) and one-time paddling excursion for $195 (2021 & 2022). Hiking, Zodiac cruising, daily presentations, photography guides and the polar plunge are optional and included. Sea kayaking is arranged in small groups of 10 people, multiple times per voyage, and only conducted during calm weather conditions. You must have some prior kayaking experience, including the capability to do a wet exit. Each departure’s first paddling excursion may be pre-booked and all subsequent outings are booked on the ship. Contact AdventureSmith for more details and to reserve your spot on these adventure activities.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Single cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. 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 be guaranteed the double rate. Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x (2x for Premium cabins) the per-person listed rate in select cabins based upon availability. Premium Cabins are as follows:
Ocean Adventurer: Superior, Deluxe, Suite & Owner’s Suite
Ultramarine: Balcony Suite, Deluxe Balcony Suite, Terrace Suite, Penthouse Suite, Owner’s Suite, Ultra Suite

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.

Travel Insurance

Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of up to $500,000 USD per paying traveler provides coverage between the first and last day of ship-based travel and is included in the cost of this trip. For ship- and land-based trips, additional days of travel pre- and post-expedition are not covered. Travelers are responsible for having adequate international medical coverage prior to embarkation, with a minimum benefit of $50,000 USD. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers also 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 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; 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.

Rates & Dates

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May 03 - May 09, 2021
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May 29 - Jun 04, 2022
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The new Ultramarine 200-passenger polar ship is purpose-built for safety and far-off exploration in Antarctica and the Arctic. Dual helicopter pads and an incredible 70-day cruising range allow access to the hardest-to-reach places.

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A handsome and newly refurbished expedition ship, the Ocean Adventurer combines travel to the polar regions with superior onboard comfort for her 128 passengers.

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