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A cruise from Longyearbyen to Tromso offers you an amazing opportunity to search for the majestic Polar Bear in the High Arctic before then exploring some of Norway’s spectacular coastline. Other wildlife encounters may include walruses, seals, whales and a large variety of birds. Explore this unique region of the world on a full expedition cruise aboard a ship with all the facilities and comfort of a 5* hotel including comfortable suites and fine dining restaurants. All of your drinks and gratuities are included too!
Your cruise begins in Longyearbyen, which is the biggest settlement on the archipelago. Here you will find a small mix of shops, restaurants and hotels to explore prior to embarkation in the late afternoon. Enjoy some time to settle in.
The next 7 days will be spent exploring the high Arctic in search of the Polar Bear and the other amazing wildlife of this region. The exact programme will be decided between the Captain and Expedition leader depending on wildlife, weather and sea conditions. The first 4 days are normally spent in the Northern Svalbard region. Here there are several deep fjords and prominent glaciers, as well as the northern hemisphere’s widest glacier front. Ice conditions will dictate how much can be accessed in terms of cruising bird islets like the Andøyane Islets or approaching glaciers like Monaco Glacier and Seliger Glacier. The Northern Region is also known to have several walrus haul-outs and areas defined as “Arctic Desert”. Walks and hikes ashore to have a closer look at flora and wildlife are a possibility in the spectacular Northern Region of Svalbard.
The Southern regions of Svalbard which are less ice-clogged than the rest of Svalbard due to the moderating influenced of the Gulf Stream. Several fjords cut into the western coast of Spitsbergen, some of which contain some impressive glaciers. The area has been used by trappers and hunters, as well as the different mining companies that tried to exploit the riches of the archipelago’s largest island of Spitsbergen. It’s a fascinating mix of wildlife, landscapes and history waiting to be discovered.
Almost halfway between Tromsø and Svalbard is isolated Bear Island – considered the southernmost island of the Svalbard Archipelago. The unglaciated island is an impressive Nature Reserve of steep, high cliffs that are frequented by seabirds, specifically at the southern tip.
Tromso is a unique town that looks the way a polar town should, with ice-capped mountains surrounding a bustling town with unique architecture and charm. Your cruise finishes here with some time to explore prior to your onward flight. If you would like to extend your time in Norway, speak to your Travel Specialist for some great ideas.
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