From  £10330
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Explore the Franz Josef Land Archipelago
  • Look out for Polar Bears, Belugas and Narwhals
  • See Spectacular Fjords and Striking Coastline
  • Discover Svalbard’s Historic Staging Areas for North Pole Expeditions
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Longyearbyen & Franz Josef

16 Day Tour, from £10330 per person

This unusual, yet remarkable voyage takes you to some of the Arctic’s most remote regions. Encounter archipelagos still relatively unexplored. Steeped in history and rich in wildlife, the islands that make up Svalbard and Franz Josef Land are an ideal location for those wanting to get off-the-beaten-track and get a taste for the experiences of the earliest polar explorers.

Please note that itinerary, landings and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions and are subject to the decisions of the Expedition Leader and the Captain of the vessel. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed. 

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
UK TO LONGYEARBYEN
UK TO LONGYEARBYEN
Fly to Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago and explore the fascinating arctic settlement.
DAY 2
LONGYEARBYEN
LONGYEARBYEN
Board the M/V Sea Spirit in the afternoon and keep an eye out for whales as you sail out of Isfjorden. (B,D)
DAY 3
AT SEA
AT SEA
Spend cruising time listening to lectures on the area from the expedition team. (B,L,D)
DAY 4
AT SEA
AT SEA
Spend cruising time listening to lectures on the area from the expedition team. (B,L,D)
DAY 5
FRANZ JOSEF LAND ARCHIPELAGO
FRANZ JOSEF LAND ARCHIPELAGO
Discover the uninhabited Franz Josef Land Archipelago high in the Russian Arctic that consists of 191 ice-covered islands. (B,L,D)
DAY 6
CAPE FLORA & BELL ISLAND
CAPE FLORA & BELL ISLAND
Cape Flora on Northbrook Island was discovered by the Lee Smith expedition in 1880. Land at Bell Island and hike to their well-preserved expedition house and visit remnants of the Jackson expedition, whose settlement is still largely intact. The towering cliffs at the southern part of Cape Flora are home to great sea bird colonies. (B,L,D)
 
Please note that today's port is dependent on weather conditions.
DAY 7
CAPE TEGETTHOFF
CAPE TEGETTHOFF
Hall Island is a haven for photographers: huge cliffs resembling sharks’ dorsal fins emerge from the sea. Watch for polar bears here and visit the remains of the wooden structures built by the American Wellman North Pole Expedition of 1898-1899. (B,L,D)
 
Please note that today's port is dependent on weather conditions.
DAY 8
CAPE FLIGELY & CAPE NORWAY
CAPE FLIGELY & CAPE NORWAY
Cape Fligely is the most northern part of Europe. Almost entirely ice-covered, temperatures only rise above freezing for a few weeks each summer. A variety of arctic flora makes this area particularly interesting for botanists. From 1895-1896 explorers Nansen and Johansen spent seven months here after a failed attempt to conquer the North Pole. Visit the remains of their hut whilst on the lookout for polar bears, belugas and narwhals. (B,L,D)
 
Please note that today's port is dependent on weather conditions.
DAY 9
CHAMP ISLAND
CHAMP ISLAND
Champ Island boasts the highest peaks in the entire archipelago. Marvel at the spherical stones of up to 10 ft (3 m) in diameter dotting the landscape. Visit Alger Island where the remains Camp Ziegler can be found. (B,L,D)
 
Please note that today's port is dependent on weather conditions.
DAY 10
FRANZ JOSEF LAND ARCHIPELAGO
FRANZ JOSEF LAND ARCHIPELAGO
Continue exploring the Franz Josef Land Archipelago. (B,L,D)
DAY 11
FRANZ JOSEF LAND ARCHIPELAGO
FRANZ JOSEF LAND ARCHIPELAGO
Continue exploring the Franz Josef Land Archipelago. (B,L,D)
DAY 12
FRANZ JOSEF LAND ARCHIPELAGO
FRANZ JOSEF LAND ARCHIPELAGO
Continue exploring the Franz Josef Land Archipelago. (B,L,D)
DAY 13
AT SEA
AT SEA
Enjoy lectures on the unique Arctic wildlife and the dramatic landscapes of Spitsbergen. (B,L,D)
DAY 14
AT SEA
AT SEA
Enjoy lectures on the unique Arctic wildlife and the dramatic landscapes of Spitsbergen. (B,L,D)
DAY 15
WEST SPITSBERGEN
WEST SPITSBERGEN
After a short stop in Longyearbyen, set off to explore the spectacular fjords and striking coastline of western Svalbard. This area contains some of the archipelago’s most impressive scenery and wildlife viewing opportunities are endless. Deep fjords and narrow channels are flanked by jagged snowy mountain peaks. Fields of flowering tundra are roamed by grazing reindeer and provide a hunting ground for Arctic fox. The region bursts with migratory birds taking advantage of summer’s 24-hour daylight. Discover Svalbard’s historic sites, including remnants of whaling camps, coal-mining operations, a WWII weather station and staging areas for historic North Pole expedition attempts. (B,L,D)
DAY 16
LONGYEARBYEN TO UK
Disembark in Longyearbyen and transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

16 day tour, from £10330 per person

Price Includes

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • Transfers from/to airport
  • Meals as specified on the itinerary (B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner)
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • Expeditions parka
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
 

Price Excludes

  • International flights
Itinerary Dates  
14 Aug 2017
-
29 Aug 2017

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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