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Explore Spitsbergen on this classic 10 night Arctic expedition cruise. Packed with options for snowshoeing and sea-kayaking, this is a great expedition to explore and discover the wildlife capital of the Arctic. Journey along the western edge of the island and venture to a number of northern outlying areas … you will hopefully see polar bears, walrus and much more!
What not to miss
Daily zodiac excursions
Polar bears, walrus and reindeer
Hiking the tundra
Passionate expedition leaders
Guided walking and hiking
Geology and wildlife lectures
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
Your Spitsbergen adventure begins when you board your ship in Longyearbyen, the island’s largest settlement. As you embark, you’ll get great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop to this frontier settlement.
Days 2 to 10 | Exploring Spitsbergen
Explore western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar deserts to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. You’ll cruise around this magical island located above the Arctic Circle, and your Expedition Team will be constantly searching for wildlife.
Each expedition presents new opportunities, so we have no fixed itinerary; however, we do hope to visit some of our favourite destinations, including the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsøya, Alkhornet and the Hinlopen Straight.
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 Phippsøya being one of their preferred hunting areas, since the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet provide many free bird egg meals for both them and the arctic fox. Torellneset and Phippsøya are great places for walrus photography. Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t soon forget. These giant pinnipeds of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.
If you’re itching to get a little closer to the action, you can book the kayaking option and take an excursion to the more isolated pockets of Spitsbergen. Smeerenburg is a great place for snowshoeing (optional and complimentary on select voyages), where you can visit a memorial erected in 1906. This historic 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 or an abandoned site from centuries ago.
Day 11 | Disembarkation Day in 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.
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
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.
An Upper Deck Twin Cabin is equipped with two 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.
Averaging 157 square feet a Quad Cabin is equipped with four twin beds. 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|
|06 June - 16 June||Ocean Nova||10||£6035|
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 a BSpoke Expedition Cruise Expert to learn more about adventure options, including physical requirements.
Sea kayaking - £530pp (limited availability – all departures)
Paddling excursion - £170pp (limited availability – all departures)
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