Nothing comes close to the thrill and excitement of seeing polar bears in their natural habitat. Expert expedition staff are on hand to help you get the most out of your experience in Svalbard. This expedition cruise will take you through the iconic sights of Spitsbergen the largest island in the archipelago.
Day 1: Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Norway
Days 2-8: Exploring Spitsbergen
Day 9: Depart Longyearbyen
Day 1 — Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Norway
Your adventure begins in Longyearbyen, the largest town in Svalbard. As you embark your ship you will enjoy astounding views of the mountainous landscapes that serve as a backdrop for this seaside village.
Days 2 to 8 — Exploring Spitsbergen
Your voyage will cover western Spitsbergen as well the stunning fjords and outlying islands to the North. The polar flora and immense glaciers. The landscape here is just as mind-blowing as the wildlife.
The expedition itinerary isn’t set in stone which will let the expedition team take advantage of favourable conditions and maximise your chances of having the best encounters in the polar regions, because of this flexible approach every voyage is completely unique, and you will come away with your own experiences that others won’t have had before or since.
You are pretty much guaranteed to see polar bears in Spitsbergen, the sea ice around Hornsund is one of their most popular hunting grounds, home to a veritable bounty of seals. They are also like to be seen around the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet where they feast upon the eggs of nesting seabirds.
The sights you visit on the voyage will provide a mixture of different insights ranging from wildlife, to history and geology, the highly experienced expedition team will share their knowledge and expertise with you, helping you to get the most out of your time here.
Among our favourite sights that you might get to see if the conditions are right is the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Alkefjellet and the Hinlopen Strait.
If you are feeling adventurous and would like a bit more of a personal experience with the wildlife, there are optional kayaking activities. This will give you the chance to experience the Arctic in a manner that was originally developed by the Inuit.
Day 9 — Depart Longyearbyen
Your Arctic adventure will come to an end in the frontier settlement of Longyearbyen. You will get a transfer to the airport and fly home.
The Ocean Adventurer has been a very popular Antarctic exploration ship for many years and is perfectly designed for exploring the region. Carrying just 117 passengers ensures there is a high focus on exploration, and the ship boasts an expert team of expedition staff alongside a varied programme of landings, a fleet of zodiacs and a series of lectures.
The M/V Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, and her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica. The ship has a capacity of just 68 passengers making her one of the smallest ships in Polar waters. Despite her small size, you will find no shortage of space and facilities on-board including a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, spacious dining room, bar, library and lots of deck space.
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