East Spitsbergen - Summer Solstice - Antarctic Cruise

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This 8-day expedition takes you to the remote and pristine east coast of Spitsbergen, Svalbard, in the Arctic Circle. Led by an expert team of guides, you'll have the opportunity to see a variety of Arctic wildlife, including polar bears, walruses, and seabirds. You'll also visit historical sites such as trapper's huts and whaling stations, and experience the unique geology and landscape of the Arctic.

8 Day Artic Itinerary

Day 1: Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen is the administrative centre of Spitsbergen - the largest of the Svalbard islands. This former mining city is a fascinating place to stroll around. The parish church and Svalbard Museum are both interesting attractions. The landscape may appear barren, but it is home to more than 100 species of plants. Early evening, the ship leaves Isfjorden. You might see the first Minke Whale of the voyage.

Day 2: Hornsund

The day begins with a quiet cruise through the fjords in the Hornsund region of southern Spitsbergen. We enjoy the stunning scenery and the towering mountains. It is possible to see polar bears, seals, or even a harp seal on the 14 glaciers of the region. Kittiwakes, little auks and thousands of kittiwakes nest on the nearby Sofiakammen cliffs. In the evenings we may see thousands of seals mating and rutting at Sorkapp.

Day 3: Diskobukta

We land on the north bank of the Rosenberdalriver in Edgeoya, northwest, after navigating through the drift ice. We can walk to Rosenbergdalen from the elevated beach. The area is filled with reindeer grazing. We will then walk along a cliff where black guillemots nest on our route to Stretehamna. There, we can often see a large herd of Walruses near a 1905 trapper's lodge. The remains of an old Pomor home from the 19th century, as well as the bones taken by hunters in the past centuries can be seen.

Day 4: Freemansundet

We will land on Barentsoya's island, Sundneset. After sailing into Freemansundet we are planning to visit the hut of a German scientific expedition (Wurzbugerhutte) from sixty years ago. We will first visit the Wurzbugerhutte, a German expedition hut from 60 years ago. Then we'll take a walk on the tundra to search for Spitsbergen Reindeer and Barnacle Geese. We will then take a Zodiac trip near Freeman Glacier, and stop at a kittiwake nest in the canyon nearby. If there is heavy ice on Freemandundet we may instead choose to sail Negribreen. This glacier face, which is one of the largest in the East of Spitsbergen, has a large area of ice. We can land at Walrus Island and take a Zodiac Cruise. This island was ice free by the turn of the century.

Day 5: Agardhfjellet

We are sailing to Storfjorden (the west side) today. We will walk up to the breeding sites for ivory-billed gulls at Agardhfjellet. It is about 300 metres (980 feet). There are fossilized ammonites and belemnites in the valley that leads to the nests.

Day 6: Isbukta

We will land today at Stellingfjellet mountain, close to the largest Brunnich guillemot colony in Spitsbergen. We will land at Isbukta Bay, a rarely-visited coast in south Spitsbergen.

Day 7: Bellsund

Bellsund is one of Svalbard's largest fjord system. This area is slightly warmer due to ocean currents, and this can be seen in the lush vegetation. There are many opportunities for both wildlife and history to be enjoyed. Ahlstrandhalvoya is a possibility, located at the mouth Van Keulenfjorden. Here, you can find piles of skeletons. The remains of whales that were killed in the 19th century are an eerie reminder of what happened when exploitation was rampant. You have a high chance of seeing a beluga group. As an alternative, you can also explore the tundra, where reindeer feed, and rock slopes, where auks breed, when cruising through Bellsund's side fjords.

Day 8: Longyearbyen

All adventures must come to an ending. As you disembark from the ship in Longyearbyen and head home, your memories will follow you to wherever your next journey takes.

Itinerary Map

East Spitsbergen - Summer Solstice

8 Day Artic Itinerary Includes

  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes
  • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia.
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

8 Day Artic Itinerary Does not Include

  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post- land arrangements.
  • ​Transfers to the vessel in Ushuaia and Ascension and from the vessel in Ascension and Praia; passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore.
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

8 Day Artic Itinerary Highlights

  • See Arctic wildlife such as polar bears, walruses, and seabirds
  • Visit historical sites such as trapper's huts and whaling stations
  • Experience the unique geology and landscape of the Arctic
  • Learn about the Arctic from an expert team of guides

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 7 Dinners
  • 8 Lunches
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8 Day Artic cruise activities

Sea Kayaking
Under full instruction from your sea kayaking guide, experience true tranquillity as you paddle through clinking ice floes and realise the enormity of the surrounding scenery. Look out for breaching whales, lounging seals and penguins zipping alongside your kayak. Some experience is required.
Ice Camping
Camp out on the ice and experience the silence which blankets the continent by night. This is your chance to completely connect with this ethereal ice world – wrap up warm and embrace the Antarctic elements.
Get a spring in your step when you slip on a pair of snowshoes in Antarctica. Enabling you to easily scale gentle slopes, this unique activity allows you to access hard to reach places and seek out the most impressive views.
Learn to capture wildlife and landscape shots in a small group photography program, including critiquing sessions and editing classes. Plus, Explorer Boat excursions with a dedicated photography expert on landings.
Explorer Boats
Achieve the best views and photographs from a forward facing Explorer Boats. They allow you to sit comfortably and securely while crackling through the ice-strewn waters. Look out for wildlife such as penguins, seals and whales as you cruise.
It doesn’t get more serene than complimentary yoga classes to the tune of glacial scenery. Join the most unique exercise setting in the world after a day of exploration. Classes are regular but are dependent on weather conditions and swell.
East Spitsbergen - Summer Solstice
8 Days
From $4,000.00 per person

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