This 7-day Svalbard Expedition cruise packs all the highlights and excitement of a longer arctic cruise into just one week. You will cruise through the Arctic Sea Ice Pack to 80° North, before sailing along the stunning west coast of Spitsbergen, on a constant lookout for polar bears in this pristine wilderness. Svalbard is a magical place to visit, covered in mountains and glaciers; its towering cliffs and fjords play host to a thriving and diverse ecosystem. You will explore as much of it as possible as your expedition team will adjust the program to take advantage of the optimum conditions to spot the most iconic of the Arctic’s wildlife, the polar bear.
The Arctic has been the domain of explorers for centuries, but don’t think you need to sacrifice your fingers to frostbite to see the most of this spectacular wilderness for yourself. Polar Routes’ range of expedition cruises offer you the chance to discover this beautiful wilderness in optimum comfort and safety. Get in touch with one of our polar specialists today on 0203 196 100 to book your remarkable expedition cruise.
Day 1: Arrive in Helsinki, Finland
Day 2: Fly to Longyearbyen, Svalbard and embark
Days 3 - 6: Exploring Spitsbergen
Day 7: Disembark in Longyearbyen & fly to Helsinki
Your Arctic adventure begins in Helsinki, renowned for its extraordinary architecture and intriguing mix of eastern and western influences. If you arrive early, explore the many museums, galleries and restaurants, relax at a Finnish sauna or wander the vibrant Design District before retiring at your included hotel.
This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement.
The ship will sail along the magical white shores of Spitsbergen, constantly on the lookout for the planet’s largest terrestrial predator, the polar bear. On the way, you will observe the regions natural wonders with ample opportunities to see immense glaciers, deep fjords, soaring mountains and unique flora and fauna.
You will sail north into Krossfjord. Have your camera at the ready as you will be able to capture some of the best glacier calvings in Spitsbergen. Deep in the fjord, is the highly active Lilliehöök Glacier, listen in awe to the reverberating roar echoing through the fjord as huge chunks snap off, plunging into the icy water below. You will go an Zodiac excursion to the nearby Ny London, an abandoned mining settlement, which provides an ideal spot for a guided walk. You will encounter wildlife, like the indigenous Svalbard reindeer.
After sailing overnight, you will wake up to the stunning sight of the Monaco Glacier. To make this even more thrilling, help your Expedition Team to scan the shorelines and ice edge for marine mammals. Possible landing sites include Texas Bar, Worsleyneset and the Andoyane Islands (where polar bears have been known to roam). At 80°N, you’ll reach a walrus sanctuary on the tiny, crescent-shaped Moffen Island. Watching from the water as large groups of these lumbering giants jockey for space is an unforgettable experience, so be ready with your binoculars.
At Smeerenburg you can see the remains of an abandoned settlement that was established by Dutch whalers nearly 400 years ago. Here, at one of Europe’s most northerly outposts, you’ll have time to explore ashore and learn about Spitsbergen’s whaling history. Afterwards, cruising to Magdalenafjord rewards you with panoramic vistas of snow-capped mountains and massive glaciers reflected in the crystal-clear waters.
During the last full day of your arctic adventure, you may visit the Russian mining town of Barentsburg, home of the world’s northernmost brewery. We hope to round out the day in Alkehornet, taking in the towering cliffs teeming with nesting seabirds, such as fulmars and Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres). Encounters with reindeer might be possible here too. Later, in the evening, swap stories with your shipmates and crew one last time, at the captain’s dinner.
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 return group charter flight to Helsinki, included in the transfer package.
15th May 2024 - 21st May 2024
25th June 2024 - 1st July 2024
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