From  £9920
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
  • Step aboard of the luxurious M/V Sea Spirit
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Arctic Cruises - Longyearbyen & Franz Josef Land

14 Day Tour, from £9920 per person
Itinerary Dates
20182019
04 Jul  -  18 Jul
18 Aug  -  01 Sep
01 Aug  -  14 Aug
13 Aug  -  26 Aug


SPECIAL OFFER
Save 15%
Save 15% per person on the Superior, Deluxe, Premium and Owner Suites; Save 10% per person on the Triple, Main Deck and Classic Suites. Valid for 2019 departures only.

Book by 31/10/2018

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
FLY TO LONGYEARBYEN
FLY TO LONGYEARBYEN

Arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago, and transfer to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps visit the Svalbard Museum or take advantage of quality shopping and dining opportunities in the town centre.

 

 

DAY 2
LONGYEARBYEN
LONGYEARBYEN

In the afternoon, embark on the M/V Sea Spirit and start your Arctic cruise. Explore the ship and get comfortable as you sail through Isfjorden where there is already the possibility of marine mammal encounters. (D)

 

 

DAY 3
AT SEA
AT SEA

From Isfjorden sail to Franz Josef Land across the Barents Sea. Spend cruising time listening to lectures on the area from the expedition team and, en route, look out for  marine mammals such as the elusive bowhead whale, arctic seals and the majestic polar bear. (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

Part of the Russian Arctic National Park since 2012 the Franz Josef Land Archipelago consists of 191 islands. Eighty-five percent of the archipelago is glaciated, with large unglaciated areas being located on the largest islands and many of the smallest islands.
See immense tidewater glaciers, glittering icebergs and interesting geological features, such as the mysterious stone spheres on Champ Island. Walk in the footsteps of famous polar explorers at Cape Flora, Cape Norway, Cape Fligely and Cape Tegetthoff. (B,L,D)

 

 

DAY 6
CAPE FLORA
CAPE FLORA

Cape Flora on Northbrook Island was discovered by the Lee Smith expedition in 1880. Walk in the footsteps of famous polar explorers 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
FRANZ JOSEF LAND ARCHIPELAGO
FRANZ JOSEF LAND ARCHIPELAGO

Continue exploring the Franz Josef Land Archipelago. (B,L,D)

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
SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO
SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO

Cross back through the bountiful waters of the Barents Sea and continue along the coastal islands of the Svalbard Archipelago. From panoramic open decks, enjoy Arctic landscapes and wildlife sightings. Bountiful inshore and offshore waters are home to walrus and a wide variety of whales. (B,L,D)

DAY 13
AT SEA
AT SEA

Enjoy lectures on the unique Arctic wildlife and the dramatic landscapes of the Svalbard archipelago. (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 £9920 per person

Price Includes

  •     1 night accommodation in Hotel in Longyearbyen
  •     Shipboard accommodation
  •     Meals as specified (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
  •     Transfers*

     *transfer to the ship on day of embarkation and to airport on day of disembarkation



 



 

Price Excludes

  • International flights*

*Icelandair fly from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Belfast.  Other carriers fly from Luton, Stansted, Bristol and Edinburgh


Price Notes

2018 from prices per person:



15-day expedition



  • Main Deck Suite: from £9995
  • Classic Suite: from £10595
  • Superior Suite: from £10995
  • Deluxe Suite: from £12295
  • Premium Suite: from £13295
  • Owner's Suite: from £17695
  • Triple Classic Cabin: from £7295 

2019 from prices per person:



14-day expedition



  • Main Deck Suite: from £9920
  • Classic Suite: from £10660
  • Superior Suite: from £10885
  • Deluxe Suite: from £12290
  • Premium Suite: from £13475
  • Owner's Suite: from £17625
  • Triple Classic Cabin: from £7255
Itinerary Dates  
04 Jul 2018
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18 Jul 2018
SOLD OUT
18 Aug 2018
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01 Sep 2018
Last few places remain
01 Aug 2019
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14 Aug 2018
13 Aug 2019
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26 Aug 2019

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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