Start: Oslo Finish: Oslo
Physical rating: Leisurely
Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour code: PLH
Group size: 0 - 199
18 to 99
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This unique voyage invites guests to embrace a true expeditionary spirit:
rather than follow a set itinerary, together we’ll allow our search for
Polar bears and other wildlife to determine our route and shore landings in
the pristine Norwegian Arctic. Experience this once-in-a-lifetime journey
aboard our game-changing new expedition vessel, Ultramarine, which is
equipped with 20 quick-launching Zodiacs, luxurious onboard amenities and the
biggest portfolio of adventure options in the Polar regions.Cruising along
the coast, ice edge and inner fjords of Spitsbergen, you’ll be immersed in
the natural wonders of the land of the midnight sun as we pursue our quest to
photograph Arctic wildlife: the Polar bear as it prowls the edges of the pack
ice on its perpetual hunt for food; the walrus with its long tusks and
distinctive whiskers; cliff-dwelling Arctic birds in the thousands; and small
herds of reindeer loping across the colourful tundra. Plus, there will be
snow-topped mountains, massive glacier fronts, deep-walled fjords, and vast
swaths of untouched tundra waiting to be photographed. Exploring this
awe-inspiring region never ceases to impress visitors with its raw beauty.
Your 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.
Meals: breakfast, 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 your ship sets sail, enjoy your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from icy waters.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Spitsbergen is graced with an unspoiled beauty that’s just waiting to be discovered. On this one-of-a-kind cruise, you’ll sail along the west coast of this magical island, exploring the coastal fjords and smaller, outlying islands. Each day will be a surprise, treating you to spectacular new sightings and experiences.Every expedition is unique, depending on the weather and ice conditions, but we do hope to visit a few of our favourite landing sites, which will be chosen as much for their optimal wildlife-viewing opportunities as for their stunning scenery, historical significance and hiking activities. With no itinerary (unusual amongst Polar cruises), our main goal will be to sail in a constant search for Polar bears on the prowl. This means we may not move the ship every day as we do on regular voyages, especially if we find abundant wildlife in one place. Like true explorers, we’ll let the wildlife and pack ice—not a set schedule—guide our route! Our small expedition ship allows us to navigate shallower waters and tighter spaces, so we expect to explore the more hard-to-reach areas frequented by the elusive Polar bear.Presentations by on-board experts will prepare you for the adventures that await, and with continuous daylight during this time of year, photo ops abound. You’ll have ample time to linger and photograph any bears we find hunting on the ice edge, but they’re not the only wildlife we hope to encounter. The food-rich waters attract walrus, whales and seabirds, so you’ll want to keep your binoculars nearby while cruising. Arctic fox and the indigenous Svalbard reindeer may also be spotted on Zodiac excursions to shore.A haven for present-day explorers, Spitsbergen and the surrounding area offer unforgettable Polar experiences that will keep you and your camera active for the duration of the expedition. Although 60 percent of the landscape is covered in glaciers and much of the terrain is mountainous, Spitsbergen (which means “pointed mountains”) surprises visitors with stretches of colourful tundra that burst with wildflowers in summer. Optional hiking activities get you up close—though never obtrusively—to the abundant wildlife. At day’s end, you’ll have plenty of prized photographs and exciting stories to share with your shipmates.
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 Oslo.
3 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 2 dinners.
All meals while on the ship included.Typical MealsThe 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.
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