The Introduction to Spitsbergen 10 day Svalbard itinerary gives you a taste of everything Spitsbergen has to offer. Geared toward optimum wildlife viewing, this expedition provides plenty of opportunities to witness polar bears, walrus and reindeer, and the occasions to capture some amazing photographs in the continuous daylight are as bountiful as the landscape itself. While exploring the remarkable scenery and colorful tundra, you’ll also learn about the history and geology of Spitsbergen.
|Arrive in Norway and explore this vibrant city
|Embark on your voyage in Longyearbyen
|Days 3 - 9
|Explore the west coast of Spitsbergen. View Polar bears, walrus, seabirds and incredible landscapes.
|Longyearbyen – Helsinki
|Disembark the ship in Longyearbyen fly to Helsinki
Launched in 2019, the World Explorer is fully equipped to venture to the High Arctic. This ship takes 176 guests and each cabin has either a private walk-out balcony or a Juliet balcony for direct ocean views as well as an en-suite bathroom. There are many comfortable public areas to relax after a day filled with excursions including the glass domed observation lounge, the explorer lounge and a dedicated lecture theatre where the educational program is conducted. There are health and wellness facilities featuring an outdoor running track, small gym, sauna and spa.
The newest ship in the Quark fleet, Ultramarine is designed to go beyond the familiar in polar exploration, to discover new places, and immerse you in the best the region has to offer. Ultramarine accommodates 199 guests and is equipped with two twin-engine helicopters to offer the most robust portfolio of adventure activities in the industry, the most spacious suites in its category, breathtaking public spaces, and more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than other expedition ships its size. With two dining areas, four bars, a panoramic lounge, theatre, library, spa and fitness centre, Polar boutique and an ocean view sauna your days at sea can be as busy or relaxing as you decide.
The expedition ship Ocean Adventurer is designed to carry 132 travelers in comfort and has a classic style and feel. She was originally built in Yugoslavia in 1976 and has undergone several renovations; in 1999, 2002 and her most significant in 2017. The Ocean Adventurer is ice-strengthened and a beautiful small ship upon which to discover the wonders of Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland.
Begin your arctic voyage in Oslo, Norway’s vibrant capital city. If you arrive early, you may wish to visit one of the many museums, restaurants and green spaces before retiring at your included airport hotel.
In the morning you will transfer with the group to the airport and board the private charter flight to Longyearbyen. This is the capital of Svalbard and the largest settlement in the archipelago. You will have a little bit of time to take a look around the town. Embark on your adventure in the afternoon and as the ship pulls out enjoy views of the mountainous landscape surrounding this remote village.
Cruise around Spitsbergen on a constant search for wildlife. Spotting polar bears is more likely here than almost anywhere else, as the Svalbard archipelago is one of their preferred hunting areas. Your expedition will cover western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. Find polar flora and view immense glaciers flowing into deep fjords. Each expedition is different and has new opportunities and different weather and ice, so there is no fixed itinerary; however, some of the places you may visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Alkefjellet and the Hinlopen Strait. The destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing with an appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen.
The island offers multiple opportunities for wildlife photography. The towering cliffs of Alkefjellet provide homes to thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres). It is likely you will encounter a walrus haul-out where these huge animals lay in the sun. These giant pinnipeds of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.
In Spitsbergen, there is no shortage of natural beauty. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers reaching out for sunshine. Each day, you’ll have a unique and interesting experience, whether it is unique arctic wildlife a polar bear resting between hunts, or abandoned sites from centuries ago.
The time to say goodbye to your Expedition Team and disembark in the historic frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, you will transfer you to the airport for your return group charter flight to Oslo.