Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic

Start: Oslo Finish: Oslo

Visiting: Spitsbergen


Duration: 11 Nights

Physical rating: Leisurely

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Exodus

Group size: 0 - 199

Age range: 18 to 99

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $9320

Tour Overview

If there is such a thing as a “classic Arctic” expedition cruise, this is it. Get all the best of Spitsbergen by exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some northern outlying areas home to Polar bears and walrus. Come across colonies of seabirds numbering into the thousands and watch for whales in the water. Packed with options for snowshoeing and sea-kayaking, this is the perfect expedition for exploring the “wildlife capital of the Arctic".

Highlights

  • iconZodiac and shore excursions to discover the icy wilderness
  • iconTravel in a small expedition vessel
  • iconPolar bears often seen hunting on ice floes
  • iconSail beyond the Arctic Circle to 80° north
  • iconArctic fox, whales, walrus and huge 200,000 strong colonies of Little auk
  • iconAccompanied by extremely qualified Expedition Staff

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Start in Oslo, Norway

Our Arctic voyage begins in Oslo, Norway’s vibrant capital city. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and green spaces to keep you busy before retiring at your included airport hotel.

icon Day 2 : Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Meals: dinner

This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement, where you’ll have some time to explore before embarkation. As theship sets sail, enjoy your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from icy waters.

icon Day 3 -11 : Exploring Spitsbergen and the Svalbard Archipelago.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Explore western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar deserts to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. As we cruise around this magical island located above the Arctic Circle, the Expedition Team will constantly be searching for wildlife. Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice, so we have no fixed itinerary; however, some of the places we may visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsøya, Alkhornet 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. Spotting Polar bears is more likely here than almost anywhere else, as the Svalbard archipelago is one of their preferred hunting areas. The towering cliffs of Alkefjellet provide homes to thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres). Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t soon forget. 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 colourful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day, you’ll see something interesting, whether it is unique Arctic wildlife, a Polar bear resting between hunts, or abandoned sites from centuries ago.

icon Day 12 : Disembark in Longyearbyen and fly to Oslo

Meals: breakfast

The time to say goodbye has come. Our Arctic 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 Oslo.

What's Included

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    Meals

    2 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 2 dinners.

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    All transport and listed activities

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    We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.

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    Beer and house wine during dinner

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    All accommodation

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    Tour leader throughout and qualified Expedition Staff

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    All meals while on the ship

What's Not Included

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    Visas or vaccinations

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    Single accommodation (available on request)

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    Mandatory transfer package (including charter flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen return) which is from £700 per person (or equivalent in booking currency) paid upon booking

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    Travel insurance

Food

All meals while on the ship included. *Typical Meals* The ships galley offers good quality service and cuisine throughout, with excellent chefs preparing international menus including vegetarian dishes, accompanied by a wide variety of drinks from around the world on sale. *Breakfast:* Buffet style – unlimited tea and coffee, a selection of fruit juices, hot options including bacon and eggs or omelettes, a selection of bread and toast and jam/honey/marmalade, fruit and cereal. *Lunch:* Three course set meal or buffet, or the occasional BBQ. *Dinner:* Three or four courses with a starter of soup and/or salad, a choice of mains with at least one vegetarian option and a dessert, with tea and coffee. Vegetarians and vegans can be well catered for on this holiday - please do inform us before departure of any special dietary requests so that our local team can be well prepared.

Book with Confidence

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    Low Deposit

    Exodus requires a deposit of 20% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 70 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


Travel, Your Way

Good reasons for travelling privately

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    Personalise your trip

    Make changes to the itinerary, accommodation, or transport method

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    Increased safety during COVID

    Spend the majority of time amongst your group to reduce exposure to others

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    Travel more exclusively

    Your tour guide can focus all their attention on your group

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Dates & Availability

Saturday May 21, 2022

Nights

11

Available

8

$10433.33

Tuesday May 31, 2022

Nights

11

Available

8

$10433.33

Sunday Jun 19, 2022

Nights

11

Available

8

$9320.44