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A shorter expedition cruise to the magical island if Spitsbergen. Search for wildlife, sail past magnificent glaciers and hike the tundra. We will aim for at least one landing per day as well as zodiac cruise … so there will be lots of opportunity to get off the boat and explore Svalbard.
What not to miss
Daily zodiac excursions
Geology and wildlife lectures
Wildlife sightings: polar bears, walrus and reindeer
Hiking the Tundra
Passionate expedition leaders
Guided walking and hiking
Expedition parka for you to keep
Boots (on loan)
Chef prepared meals
Daily housekeeping service
On board doctor
Bathrobes (on loan)
Day 1 | Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Norway
Your Spitsbergen adventure begins when you board your ship in Longyearbyen, the island’s largest settlement. As you embark, you’ll enjoy great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop for this frontier village.
Days 2 to 8 | Exploring Spitsbergen
You’ll cruise around this magical island on a constant search for wildlife. Your expedition will cover western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar flora to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife.
Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice, so there is no fixed itinerary; however, we do have some favourite destinations, including the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Alkefjellet and the Hinlopen Strait. The destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing and appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. Polar bear viewing is almost guaranteed, with Hornsund being one of their preferred hunting areas, and the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet providing many free bird egg meals for both them and the arctic fox.
Poolepynton is great for walrus viewing and photography. Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t forget. These lumbering giants of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.
If you’re itching for a more personal and intimate view of the arctic scenery, then taking an optional kayaking excursion to some of the more isolated pockets of Spitsbergen is highly recommended. Smeerenburg is a great place for an optional snowshoeing excursion, if conditions permit. You can visit a memorial erected in 1906. This historical site honours the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries while working in extreme arctic conditions.
There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen. The tundra can be surprisingly colourful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day, you’ll see something new, whether it is a rare bird species, a polar bear on the hunt, or a century-old abandoned hut.
Day 9 | Depart Longyearbyen
The time to say goodbye has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight home.
Expedition Cruises | Important Reminder
Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.
This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.
The new and improved Ocean Adventurer is designed to carry 132 travellers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world. Originally launched in 1976, this nimble, ice-strengthened ship has become a passenger favourite over the years and underwent refurbishments in 1999 and 2002 with the most significant being in 2017. It is a recipient of the 2017 Travel Weekly Magellan Award for Overall Small Cruise Ship (500 passengers or under).
With the latest rounds of refurbishments guests will enjoy:
A refreshed, contemporary new look and feel throughout the ship
All cabins have new soft furnishings and brand new bathrooms.
Main common areas such as the Lounge and Dining Room have been completely re-styled.
Major technical enhancements – include two new Rolls Royce engines, which significantly increase fuel efficiency and minimize the carbon footprint.
Staff and Crew: 87
Length: 101 metres
Breadth: 16 metres
Draft: 4.5 metres
Propulsion: Diesel Twin Engines - 5,400 horsepower
Ice Class: 1A
Cruising Speed: 12 knots, in open water
Lifeboats: 4, partially-enclosed
Bar staffed by a professional bartender
Library with a large collection of polar books
Multi-purpose lounge and presentation room
Medical Clinic with licensed doctor
Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable vessel carrying just 78 passengers on our Arctic Voyages. With clean, crisp Scandinavian styling, and an ice-strengthened hull she is ideally suited for expedition travel in the Polar Regions. The Ocean Nova features comfortable outside cabins, all with private facilities, including dedicated twin and triple cabins. In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, there is a spacious dining room, a bar, a super library and an infirmary.
Staff and Crew: 38
Length: 73 metres
Breadth: 11 metres
Draft: 3.7 metres
Propulsion: 2,000 horsepower
Ice Class: 1B (Casco 1A)
Cruising Speed: 12 knots
Registration: Nassau, Bahamas
Bar staffed by a professional bartender
Library with a large collection of polar books and DVD’s
Glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room
Spacious dining room with unreserved seating
Medical Clinic with licensed doctor
A Lower Deck Twin cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
A Main Deck Twin Porthole cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views. Window cabin has 2 windows with exterior views.
An Owner's Suite has a double bed and private sitting room. One features a large panoramic window facing aft, and the other two suites face port and starboard.
A Suite has a double bed, windows with exterior views, private facilities. Cabin 403 has a bathtub; other Suites have showers.
A Superior cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
Averaging 105 square feet a Bridge Deck Twin Cabin is equipped with two twin beds. Located on Bridge Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
Averaging 157 square feet a Quad Cabin is equipped with four twin beds. Located on Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities
Averaging 150 square feet, a Triple Cabin is equipped with three twin beds. Located on Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
Averaging 88 square feet, an Upper Lower Berth Cabin is equipped with one upper berth and one lower berth bed. Located on Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
Cruise Only Prices 2019 (International flights not included)
|Dates||Ship||Nights||Twin Cabin Price|
|01 June - 09 June||Ocean Adventurer||8||£4675|
|09 June - 17 June||Ocean Adventurer||8||£4675|
|23 June - 01 July||Ocean Nova||8||£4845|
|15 July - 23 July||Ocean Adventurer||8||£5500|
Tour prices are accurate at time of publication. All cabins are subject to availability.
Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin – please contact us for details of other cabin types.
Deposit requirements are 20% at the time of booking and full payment is due 120 days prior to departure.
Flights + Extra Accommodation
Our BSpoke team can organise your international flights for you. We can also arrange pre/post expedition accommodation. Please contact your Expedition Cruise Expert for more information.
Aboard this expedition cruise we do not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share the cabin with another traveller of the same gender or you can opt to have a single cabin, if available. If you would like a single supplement in a non-single cabin please ask us for prices.
Contact your Expedition Cruise Expert to learn more about adventure options, including physical requirements.
Paddling excursion - £170pp (limited availability – all departures except 01 Jun 2019)
Sea kayaking - £530pp (limited availability – all departures)
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