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8 days Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Svalbard Archipelago

Explore inlets, fjords and mountains as you search for the enigmatic king of this landscape- the polar bear.

An 8-day cruise available between the end of May and early July from the port of Longyearbyen situated on Svalbard, a remote Norwegian archipelago north of mainland Europe in the Arctic Ocean.

The specialist ice strengthen ship, Ortelius, which is home to a maximum of just 108 intrepid explorers explores the waters of the northern part of the island, encountering whales, sea bird colonies, seals, reindeer, walruses, arctic foxes and of course the star of the show, the polar bear. Depending on the date of the voyage a larger, more modern ship might be used which can accommodate 170 passengers. 

Excursions from the boat take place on Zodiac boats in small groups, enabling you to weave through ice floes and spectacular fjords to reach the fascinating but stark mainland of Spitsbergen.

What's included:

  • Cruise ship accommodation (full board)
  • Tea, coffee and snacks
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac trips
  • Rubber boats and snowshoes to borrow
  • All necessary transfers
  • All necessary taxes and fees

Call us on 0117 313 3300 to start planning your holiday, we’re looking forward to hearing from you

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Longyearbyen

Day 1 – Arrival in Longyearbyen and board the ship this evening
Day 1 – Arrival in Longyearbyen and board the ship this evening  Listing Image

The start of your trip is from Longyearbyen which is the largest town on the island of Spitsbergen and the only permanently populated island of the Svalbard Archipelago.

Depending on the time of your arrival you might like to explore this historic town, home to the Global Seed Vault, a fail-safe seed storage facility, built to withstand the test of time as well as natural and man-made disasters. Although the vault is not open to visitors it is possible to see the outside of the impressive and important facility.

For those who would prefer to spend some time in Longyearbyen there are many accommodation options such as Basecamp Hotel and some incredible restaurants serving fresh arctic specialties.

Board your luxury, intrepid cruise ship this afternoon and settle in ready for its departure out of port this evening. Keep your eyes peeled for whales and walruses as soon as you start gliding through the freezing arctic waters.

Days 2 - 6: Spitsbergen

Day 2 – 6 Cruise through Arctic waters in search of polar bears
Day 2 – 6 Cruise through Arctic waters in search of polar bears Listing Image

Home while on this exciting voyage is one of the two ice-strengthened vessels used on this trip throughout the arctic season. They both offer a variety of cabin options from sharing options to spacious suites. The communal areas include lecture halls, comfortable lounges, dining areas and observations decks.

The exact itinerary of the cruise will depend on the local ice and weather conditions and the wildlife viewing opportunities that present themselves enroute. The expedition leader on board each trip will determine the final itinerary, and this will be communicated to you throughout.

In general, the route of the boat will follow the north-western coast of Spitsbergen exploring the fjords, shorelines and glaciers on the way. Thriving seabird colonies of kittiwakes and guillemots can be found on the sea cliffs, herds of reindeer on islands and hopefully polar bears, which are trapped on the archipelago by the retreating ice.

Days consist of Zodiac excursions and guided walks on shore, excited announcements of notable wildlife sightings will have you rushing to the nearest window or observations deck and the endlessly dramatic and impressive scenery will provide constant stimulation and photographic opportunities. A series of lectures from expert naturalists onboard will provide background information and context for the environment around you and the impressive species found therein.

Day 7: Longyearbyen

Day 7- Final day on arctic waters and dock back at Longyearbyen
Day 7- Final day on arctic waters and dock back at Longyearbyen Listing Image

Every adventure must come to an end and today will be your final full day aboard your arctic exploration vessel. As you travel south back towards the town from which you started your voyage, you might sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden. Here at Alkhornet, you will find nesting seabirds and crafty arctic foxes which are looking to take advantage of any fallen eggs or chicks, reindeer might also be present grazing on the sparse vegetation.

Arrive at Longyearbyen later in the evening for a final night on the ship before your departure tomorrow.

Day 8: Departure

Day 8- Depart Spitsbergen or continue further adventuring on the island
Day 8- Depart Spitsbergen or continue further adventuring on the island Listing Image

Back on dry land, a transfer is included back to the airport which is just a short distance out of town.

There are a host of other adventurous activities on the island of Spitsbergen and please discuss with us options to extend your trip. Options include multi-day dog sledding or buggying trips, trips to remote outposts such as Isfjord Radio and Nordenskiöld Lodge and abandoned towns and walking tours. Or perhaps you might like to enjoy a few days in one of the boutique hotels in town to sample the culinary delights of the region.

Talk to the team

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our specialist team on 0117 313 3300

Why Wayfairer

Wayfairer is committed to responsible travel and the operator that runs this trip is dedicated to implementing the environmental regulations as set by the Association of Arctic Cruise Operators (AECO).

They have adopted the ethos that tourism should be carried out with maximum respect for the environment, traditional cultures and historic sites and as such they deploy safe, environmentally sound expeditions to the Arctic.

Of the two ships that carry out this trip they both surpass the requirements of the Polar Code, which have been adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

These particular vessels are some of the most flexible, advanced and innovative of those that operate arctic waters. For example, one of the ships which operates this route uses LED lighting, steam heating, bio-degradable paints and lubricants, and state-of-the-art power management systems that keep fuel consumption and emissions as low as possible.

Why Wayfairer Classic Arctic Holiday

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