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A frozen wilderness, Svalbard is a place of spectacular beauty and a stronghold of endangered Arctic wildlife.
This remarkable expedition departs from the far northern settlement of Longyearbyen on the Norwegian Arctic island of Spitsbergen in the famed Svalbard archipelago, onboard Sea Spirit. You will explore the island’s northwestern coast, home to dramatic mountain scenery, tidewater glaciers, and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing opportunities.
On this voyage, you will also venture to the edge of the north polar ice cap in search of polar bears stalking their prey. Here, at the dynamic boundary between ice and sea, you will have a rare opportunity to experience raw nature and incredible events hardly ever seen.
Arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of Svalbard, where you'll transfer to a nearby hotel. Explore the fascinating Arctic settlement as well as the surrounding area. Longyearbyen is known for its museum, excellent quality shops and amazing dining experience.
Embark the ship and take advantage of the outstanding facilities including a gym, bar, club lounge and presentation lounge. The ice-strengthened vessel will be your home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Sail into the vast wilderness where the wildlife is rich and diverse and the scenery spectacular. The captain and crew will navigate you through the majestic Isfjorden, where you have a good chance of encountering marine mammals.
The goal for your voyage is a full circumnavigation of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, this is of course dependent on weather and ice conditions. Experience the many facets of this incredible High Arctic territory. At this time of year, it is expected there will be enough sea ice around to support ice-dependent animals such as polar bears and walrus.
You'll encounter significant sea ice concentrations in the enormous Northwest Svalbard Nature Reserve, in this remote and isolated region, ice can persist very late into the summer, giving it a truly polar character. This reserve covers the rugged northwestern parts of Spitsbergen and the entirety of Nordaustlandet, the second largest island in Svalbard. Here you'll find the massive Austfonna ice cap, part of which meets the sea along the 45km ice cliff known as Bråsvellbreen—one of the great wonders of the Arctic world.
Alson enroute is Northwest Spitsbergen National Park, the crown jewel of Svalbard’s scenic wonders. Here you'll find deep fjords flanked by serrated mountain peaks and immense tidewater glaciers calving icebergs into turquoise waters. The whole area is alive with migratory Arctic seabirds. On this voyage, you are just in time to witness the return of millions of murres, guillemots and little auks to the small islands, mountainsides and sea cliffs where they breed within the park. This is also a great area to encounter marine mammals, including various kinds of whales and Arctic seals. Set among this incredible scenery and wildlife activity, we also find evidence of Svalbard’s earliest sealers and whalers.
Longyearbyen is the final destination on your cruise where you will get your transfer to the airport. Some may make the decision to stay slightly longer to experience the town one last time.
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