West Spitsbergen & Polar Ice Cap
10 Day Tour, from £6085 per person
Save £610pp on a 2017 departure (valid for bookings made before September the 30th 2016)
Embark on an exciting polar expedition to explore the pristine frozen wildernesses that await north of the Arctic Circle, aboard a luxurious state-of-the-art, ice-strengthened vessel on an Arctic cruise. Begin your journey around Svalbard's western coasts on Spitsbergen, the largest island in Norway's far-flung arctic archipelago.
Step aboard M/V Sea Spirit in Longyearbyen, the world's most northermost capital, to discover the unique geology and human history of the Arctic region. Settled comfortably aboard, spend your days sailing around a network of pristine nature reserves. You'll have the chance to soujourn to the edge of the pack ice in the hope of catching a glimpse of the Arctic's most famous nomad - polar bears.
Arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago, and transfer to your hotel.
Today begin your cruise on the M/V Sea Spirit. (B,L,D)
Start your expedition exploring the northwestern part of Svalbard and marvel at the astounding scenery from the deck as you slip past the pristine landscapes. Panoramic vistas here boast deep fjords and narrow channels flanked by jagged snowy mountain peaks.
Witness immense tidewater glaciers calve, impressively cracking and crashing into the icy turquoise waters below. Spot fascinating Arctic wildlife, from polar bears hunting on the pack ice or reindeer grazing on flowering tundra to Arctic foxes playing together and walrus lounging by the shores.
Discover remnants of whaling camps, coal mining operations, old trappers' cabins, staging areas of historic attempts to discover the North Pole and abandoned polar research stations. This trip will also take you to visit Ny Alesund, one of the world's most northerly settlements; this former mining town is now home to an international community of Arctic researchers. (B,L,D)
After breakfast, transfer to the local airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)
10 day tour, from £6085 per person
- Shipboard accommodation
- Transfers from/to airport
- 1 night accommodation in Hotel in Longyearbyen
- 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
28 Jun 2017
08 Jul 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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