From  £3600
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Discover frozen landscapes
  • Look out for walruses and polar bears
  • Cruise on the M/V Sea Spirit
  • See spectacular bird cliffs
  • Uncover the Spitsbergen archipelago
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Best of Svalbard

11 Day Tour, from £3600 per person

The price for the 21th Aug 2016 departure includes £1085pp discount

Join this incredible voyage and, weather permitting, travel above the 80th parallel in this circumnavigation of the largest island in Svalbard on board of the MV Sea Spirit. Explore the great eastern nature reserves, established to protect some of the most pristine High Arctic landscapes on Earth, where Polar bears roam the Arctic wilderness and whales and walrus search for the next meal below the ice.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO LONGYEARBYEN
Arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago, and begin your cruise on the M/V Sea Spirit. Spend the evening learning about the ship and how to explore the region ethically. Get the latest prognosis from the Master and the Expedition Leader on the weather and ice situation. (D)
DAY 2
NORTH WEST SPITSBERGEN NATIONAL PARK
Discover the frozen landscapes of the North West Corner, scattered with islands, fjords and beaches. Conditions permitting, visit Kongsfjorden, the largest fjord on the North West coast of Spitsbergen, and Ny Alesund, one of the world’s northernmost year-round communities, now an advanced High Arctic research station. (B,L,D)
DAY 3
ANDOYA ISLAND & MONACO GLACIER
In Andoya Island, go for a walk to observe the tundra landscapes. In front of the dramatically crevassed Monaco Glacier, calved ice crashes into the sea drawing huge numbers of sea birds. (B,L,D)
DAY 4
PHIPPSOYA ISLAND
Cruise to Phippsoya Island, the largest of Seven Islands archipelago. Spend two days in the pack ice and look out for walruses and polar bears. (B,L,D)
DAY 5
PHIPPSOYA ISLAND
Spend the day in the pack ice and look out for walruses and polar bears. (B,L,D)
DAY 6
ALKEFJELLET
At the spectacular bird cliffs of Alkefjellet, 1,000ft spires rise directly from the sea, creating the perfect nesting conditions for species like the Brunnichs guillemot. (B,L,D)
DAY 7
NORDAUSTLANDET ISLAND
Sail to Nordaustlandet Island, where it may be possible to land to Augustabukta and Torrelneset - home to rendeers, breeding ivory gulls and walruses. (B,L,D)
DAY 8
BARENTSOYA & EDGEOYA ISLAND
Land at Sundneset on Barntsoya Island and admire the stunning view over lakes where flocks of geese and some Red-throated divers slowly swim in loops in safety from Arctic foxes. Visit an old trapper’s hut served as a base for Julius Budel’s expeditions, witness the remains of the early whaling and walrus industry in the 16th century and follow the traces of the Pomors’ presence. (B,L,D)
DAY 9
SOUTH SPITSBERGEN
Reach the breathtaking towering mountain peaks of Horsund. Enjoy its alpine landscape with the majestic Hornsundtinden soaring highest of all. (B,L,D)
DAY 10
AHLSTRANDHALVOYA ISLAND
Land on Ahlstrandhalvøya Island just inside the entrance to Bellsund fjord. Walk along the tundra plain covered with flowering purple saxifrage. En route enjoy a spectacular view of Bellsund and the surrounding mountains. (B,L,D)
DAY 11
FLY TO THE UK
The voyage comes to an end in Longyearbyen. Transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

11 day tour, from £3600 per person

Price Includes

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • Transfers from/to airport
  • Meals as specified (B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner)
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • All scheduled landings/excursions
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • Expeditions parka
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails
 

Price Excludes

  • International Flights
 

M/V Sea Spirit

The ice-strengthened small all-suite expedition ship Sea Spirit (originally Renaissance V) was built in 1991 in Italy. From that time she has changed several operators and regions of navigation, cruising in Singapore, Alaska, Pacific Basin, Arctic and Antarctica. The vessel was modified in late 2010.

Providing spacious suites for accommodation of maximum of 114 passengers (the smallest suite is 20 sq. meters) the Sea Spirit at the same time features maneuverability and friendly atmosphere of small ships. All suites have private facilities and exterior views. Some of the suites feature private balconies for enjoying fantastic landscapes of the Arctic.

 

 

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