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8-Day Around Spitsbergen: Polar Bears, Whales, and Fjords

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Overview

Begin your epic North Spitsbergen cruise with a lovely stroll around historic Longyearben, Norway, and then hop aboard your comfortable expedition vessel and head north. We will venture to places that will make a nature photographer jump for joy: beautiful mountain landscapes, surreal icebergs and massive glaciers, countless seabirds, and rare Arctic wildlife including the star of the show, the polar bear. View wildlife and scenery from the vessel, zodiacs, and on land.

2017 EXPEDITION DATES:

  • June 7-14: Ortelius
  • June 8-15: Plancius
  • June 14-21: Expedition
  • June 14-21: Ortelius
  • June 15-22: Plancius
  • June 21-28: Expedition
  • June 21-28: Ortelius
  • June 22-27: Plancius
  • June 29-July 6: Plancius
  • July 8-15: Expedition

2018 trips are available as well.

Note: The itinerary is a typical itinerary to North Spitsbergen, however, expedition itineraries are for guidance only. Your trip may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites, and the best opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is essential for a successful wildlife expedition.

Itinerary in Brief

  • DAY 1: Arrive Longyerbyen, Norway and begin the expedition
  • DAY 2: Cruise to Raudfjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen
  • DAY 3: Explore the imposing Monaco Glacier
  • DAY 4: Sail into Hinlopen Strait, zodiac cruising for bearded seals, and much more
  • DAY 5: Head north of Nordaustlandet, only 540 miles removed from the North Pole
  • DAY 6: Cruise west, with attentive eyes out for resident polar bears
  • DAY 7: View walruses, cruise into Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden
  • DAY 8: Disembark in Longyearbyen

Highlights

  • Polar bears!
  • See other rare Arctic wildlife like bearded seals, walruses, birds, and whales
  • Unforgettable polar scenery
  • Options for snowshoeing in addition to scenic zodiac cruises, hiking, birding, natural history lectures, and photography

LOCATIONS: Spitsbergen, Norway

ACTIVITIES: Nature/Wildlife

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