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Poseidon Expeditions

  • Antarctica
  • Arctic
  • Falkland Islands
  • Greenland
  • Iceland
Destinations

Destinations

Norway,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Luxury

Tour Overview

The itinerary for this Arctic voyage focuses on the spectacular fjords, coasts and islands of western Spitsbergen, the main island of the Svalbard archipelago. This area contains Svalbard’s most impressive scenery and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Polar bears and other iconic Arctic animals can be spotted at anytime, anywhere in our area of exploration. Poseidon Expeditions is a leading operator of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. Since 1999, we’ve offered voyages to the Arctic, Antarctica and the North Pole that combine the spirit of adventure with a generous measure of onboard comfort and well-being.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Cruise Safari, Guided Safari, Polar Bear Safari, Polar Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Spitsbergen, Longyearbyen, Svalbard
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Humpback Whale, Walrus, Polar Bear, Seal, Reindeer, Arctic Fox
  • Activities:
    Walking Safari, Hiking, Kayak, Boat Cruise, Zodiac
  • Getting around:
    Motor Boat, Expedition Ship
  • Start/end:
    Start in Longyearbyen, end in Longyearbyen

Photography - free option

The vast, intricate, and ever-changing icescape of the Arctic Ocean offers a unique and challenging world of subjects for photographers of all backgrounds. Our free photography program gives you the chance to learn and practice your photography skills alongside an expert photographer.

Primeval landscapes, intriguing geological features, poignant historical remains, and charismatic Arctic wildlife in Russia’s Franz Josef Land also provide a wealth of inspiration for the photographer. Our expert will be available to help you make the most of this bounty in your viewfinder.

Sea Kayak Club

Sea Kayak Club is typically offered on voyages that include High Arctic destinations such as Greenland, Svalbard (Spitsbergen), Franz Josef Land, or a combination of these thrilling places. Experience calving glaciers in Svalbard, cathedral-like icebergs in Greenland, or labyrinthine expanses of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, all from our sturdy and stealthy sea kayaks. Join us for an unscripted kayaking adventure as we explore rugged coastlines and remote waters that very few people have ever paddled.

About an Arctic Cruise

An Arctic expedition cruise is a comprehensive journey that can make our adventuring dreams come true. Just like the brave polar explorers that came before, you can go to the High Arctic destinations of Svalbard, Franz Josef Land, and Greenland — with one exception: a modern-day Arctic tour can be carried out in complete comfort and won’t take longer than your average holiday.

An Arctic cruise is an opportunity to discover the pristine ecosystem of the polar regions, learn more about the flora and fauna of the high latitudes, and see it all with your own eyes. And not merely observe: think of it as a real expedition, with landings, hikes, photography tours, kayaking, and active exploration of the land. A nimble ship perfectly suited for Arctic travel can take you, among the select few passengers, to places others can only dream about visiting.

Departure Dates

  • 29 May – 07 Jun 2022 – from £2,048 pp

Price Per Person – GBP

From GBP 2,048 per person

  • Triple Classic £2,048
  • Main Deck Suite £2,798
  • Classic Suite £2,998
  • Superior Suite £3,048
  • Deluxe Suite £3,448
  • Premium Suite £3,748
  • Owners Suite £4,848

Departure Dates

  • 29 May – 07 Jun 2022

 

What's Included

  • Pre-voyage nights on Day 1 & 2 in the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen in Longyearbyen
  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on Day 1
  • Group transfer to the ship for embarkation on Day 3
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions)
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails
  • All port fees
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Digital Voyage Log
  • Wi-Fi on board

What's Excluded

  • Airfares
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel if arriving prior to Day 1 of the program
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person
  • Kayaking
  • The cost of any applicable medical tests (such as COVID-19) or vaccinations required either by a national government or Poseidon Expeditions before, during or after the cruise
  • Staff gratuities

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Poseidon Expeditions
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Poseidon Expeditions‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

Welcome to Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Svalbard and starting point of our Arctic expedition. At the Longyearbyen airport, you will be greeted by our staff and transferred to a quality hotel, which has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the program. Since guests will be arriving on various flights during the day, we ask you to stop by our Poseidon Welcome Desk at the hotel where you will receive some preliminary information and suggestions for dining (on your own today).

Depending on your flight’s arrival, you may have time to visit some of the town’s cafes, restaurants, shops and post office. If you notice that daytime has stretched well into the evening, get used to it! The sun won’t set for the entire duration our time in Svalbard!

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Following an early breakfast at the hotel, you will be offered a choice of outdoor activities like dog sledding. After that you will be transferred to the hotel, where an included lunch will be served.

This afternoon, we’ll learn why Longyearbyen was settled in 1906, the idea of an American mining industrialist, John Munro Longyear. While he sold his stake before WWI to a Norwegian company, mining remained the primary economic force here through the end of the 20th century. Just one mine remains functional, but we can visit a closed mine, Number 3. Support buildings, equipment and the mine itself – mostly intact from the final production days 25 years ago – will give you a true sense of the operation. Following a guided tour, enjoy a festive underground dinner with your fellow travelers before transferring back to the hotel.

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There’s time for a leisurely breakfast this morning and getting luggage ready for the ship. At 11:00, local guides will accompany you on a motorcoach tour of the area followed by the excellent Svalbard Museum. Return to the hotel for an included lunch and briefing. Later this afternoon, you’ll be transferred to the pier and your home-away-from-home, the expedition vessel Sea Spirit.

Get settled in your spacious suite and explore the ship; enjoy some coffee, tea and snacks in the lounge. After getting underway, a full schedule of activities kicks off with informative briefings and introductions from your expedition staff. After the first of many enjoyable dinners aboard, step out onto the open decks to admire the gorgeous scenery in 24-hour daylight as we pass through the wildlife-rich waters of Isfjorden.

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The itinerary for this voyage focuses on the spectacular fjords, coasts and islands of western Spitsbergen, the main island of the Svalbard archipelago. This area contains Svalbard’s most impressive scenery and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Our exact schedule and route will be shaped by the weather and ice conditions we encounter. Polar bears and other iconic Arctic animals can be spotted at anytime, anywhere in our area of exploration.

One of the pristine natural areas on this itinerary is South Spitsbergen National Park, a vast region of varied landscapes including polar deserts and impassible mountain ranges. The centerpiece of this park is Hornsund, a picture-perfect fjord where countless mighty glaciers cascade from soaring mountaintops into icy inlets. At this time of year, we are sure to encounter fast ice—that is, sea ice that is fastened to the shore. This situation offers an excellent chance of observing polar bears on the hunt for ringed seals. The park also includes the southern shores of Bellsund, a picturesque bay where we find the remains of historical whaling operations, including wooden boats, cabins and thousands of whale bones—a scene from the distant past, literally frozen in time. This area also offers great hiking opportunities through landscapes rich with Arctic flora and birdlife, as well as fascinating geology.

Also on our route is Northwest Spitsbergen National Park, the crown jewel of Svalbard’s scenic wonders. Here we find deep fjords flanked by serrated mountain peaks and immense tidewater glaciers calving icebergs into turquoise waters. The whole area is alive with migratory Arctic seabirds. On this voyage, we are just in time to witness the return of millions of murres, guillemots and little auks to the small islands, mountainsides and sea cliffs where they breed within the park. This is also a great area to encounter marine mammals, including various kinds of whales and Arctic seals. Set among this incredible scenery and wildlife activity, we also find evidence of Svalbard’s earliest sealers and whalers.

Our area of exploration also includes gorgeous Forlandet National Park. Here we find Prins Karls Forland, one of the best places in Svalbard to observe herds of walrus hauled out on land. Also along the route is North Isforden National Park, where we have the chance to observe endemic Svalbard reindeer grazing and Arctic fox romping in lush tundra meadows.

Human habitation along our route can be found at Ny Ålesund, a former mining town and airship base that is now home to an international community of Arctic researchers. This is one of the world’s most northerly settlements where we find a museum, gift shop and post office.

In addition to exploring the terrestrial environment and inshore waterways of western Spitsbergen, we make a special effort to reach the edge of the polar pack ice. At this dynamic boundary between solid sea ice and open ocean, we have an unparalleled opportunity to witness the dramatic interplay between polar bears and seals. We will take the ship as close as safely possible to the jumbled and constantly shifting ice floes in the hope of observing polar bears hunting in their preferred habitat. At this time of year, the ice edge is not far from mainland Spitsbergen and our sailing time in open seas will be relatively short.

The West Svalbard and Polar Ice Edge route offers a stunning variety of Arctic landscapes and animals with minimal sailing time between excursions. Every day offers something new and exciting. We will not miss a single opportunity to encounter amazing Arctic wildlife, to witness incredible polar scenery, and to walk in the footsteps of historic expeditions that came before.

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After filling up with one last buffet breakfast on board, we bid you farewell in Longyearbyen. We provide transfers to the airport or to the town center in case you plan to stay longer in Svalbard. By this time, you may already be making plans for your next amazing trip with us into the polar worlds!

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