From  £6205
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Discover Franz Josef Land Archipelago
  • Enjoy dramatic landscapes of Spitsbergen
  • Learn more about Arctic wildlife
  • Visit a derelict polar station
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Longyearbyen & Franz Josef

14 Day Tour, from £6205 per person

Save £900pp on a 2017 departure (valid for bookings made before September the 30th 2016)

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 in 2017 the cruise duration will be of 16 days.

 

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
UK TO LONGYEARBYEN
Fly to Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago, and visit the Polar Museum. Board the M/V Sea Spirit in the afternoon and keep an eye for first whales as you sail out of Isfjorden. (D)
DAY 2
AT SEA
Spend cruising time listening to lectures on the area from the expedition team. (B,L,D)
DAY 3
AT SEA
Spend cruising time listening to lectures on the area from the expedition team. (B,L,D)
DAY 4
FRANZ JOSEF LAND ARCHIPELAGO
Discover the uninhabited Franz Josef Land Archipelago high in the Russian Arctic that consists of 191 ice-covered islands. Possible landing sites are:
 
Cape Flora and Bell Island - Cape Flora on Northbrook Island was discovered by the Lee Smith expedition in 1880. Visit remnants of the Jackson expedition whose extensive settlement is still largely intact. The towering cliffs at the southern part of Cape Flora are home to huge sea birds colonies and Arctic foxes. Land at Bell Island and hike to the well-preserved house built by the Lee Smith expedition of 1881.
 
Cape Tegetthoff - at Hall Island is a haven for photographers: huge cliffs resembling a shark’s dorsal fins submerge in the sea. Visit the remains of the wooden structures built by the American Wellman Expedition of 1898-1899 aimed to reach the North Pole. Look out for polar bears in this area.
 
Cape Fligley & Cape Norway - Cape Fligley is the most northern part of Europe, reaching further north than Spitsbergen. Almost entirely ice-covered, temperatures only rise above freezing for a few weeks each summer. A variety of arctic flora is found in this area, making it particularly interesting for botanists. From 1895-1896 explorers Nansen and Johansen wintered here for over seven months after a failed attempt to conquer the North Pole. Visit the remains of their primitive hut whilst on the lookout for polar bears, belugas and narwhals.
 
Champ Island & Alger 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.
 
Hooker Bay - Visit nesting sea birds at Rubini Rock, visit a derelict polar station in the bay and keep your eyes peeled for bowhead whales. (B,L,D)
DAY 5
FRANZ JOSEF LAND ARCHIPELAGO
Spend the day exploring Franz Josef Land Archipelago. (B,L,D)
DAY 6
FRANZ JOSEF LAND ARCHIPELAGO
Spend the day exploring Franz Josef Land Archipelago. (B,L,D)
DAY 7
FRANZ JOSEF LAND ARCHIPELAGO
Spend the day exploring Franz Josef Land Archipelago. (B,L,D)
DAY 8
FRANZ JOSEF LAND ARCHIPELAGO
Spend the day exploring Franz Josef Land Archipelago. (B,L,D)
DAY 9
FRANZ JOSEF LAND ARCHIPELAGO
Spend the day exploring Franz Josef Land Archipelago. (B,L,D)
DAY 10
AT SEA
Enjoy lectures on the unique Arctic wildlife and the dramatic landscapes of Spitsbergen. (B,L,D)
DAY 11
AT SEA
Enjoy lectures on the unique Arctic wildlife and the dramatic landscapes of Spitsbergen. (B,L,D)
DAY 12
SPITSBERGEN
Visit Ny Alesund, Krossfjorden, Glacier of 14th of July, Signehamna, Lillehoekbreen, St. Jonsfjorden and Alkehornet (B,L,D)
DAY 13
SPITSBERGEN
Spend the day uncovering Spitsbergen. (B,L,D)
DAY 14
LONGYEARBYEN TO UK
Disembark in Longyearbyen and transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

14 day tour, from £6205 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
Itinerary Dates From Price Single Room Supp.  
14 Aug 2017
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29 Aug 2017
£8985 £0

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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