In-Depth Exploration in the Land of the Polar Bear - Antarctic Cruise

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Embark on an extraordinary journey to the Arctic and witness the wonders of the Polar Ice Edge and Svalbard aboard our exclusive cruise. Delve into the heart of pristine wilderness as you navigate through icy waters, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and untouched beauty. Explore the Polar Ice Edge, where shimmering ice formations glisten under the midnight sun, offering a glimpse into the raw power of nature. Experience the rugged majesty of Svalbard, where towering glaciers and rugged fjords provide a stunning backdrop for encounters with polar bears, Arctic foxes, and majestic walruses. Join us for an unforgettable Arctic expedition, where adventure awaits at every turn, and memories are made to last a lifetime.

14 Day Artic Itinerary

Day 1: Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen is the administrative centre of Svalbard, and our Arctic Expedition begins here! Our staff will greet you at the Longyearbyen Airport and transfer you to the hotel that we have arranged and included in your itinerary. Then you can explore the town's charming center on foot.

Start your exploration of the Norwegian High Arctic at Svalbard Museum. Here you will also find hard to locate polar maps and books. After a delicious dinner in one of Longyearbyen’s delightful restaurants, we recommend you continue your exploration. You will see that the sun is still up at midnight if you're awake. The sun won't set during our entire stay in Svalbard.

Day 2: Longyearbyen

Enjoy Longyearbyen in the morning after breakfast. Enjoy the view of the ice-covered fjords, glaciated mountains and historic coal mining town. You can shop for last-minute items such as winter gear or souvenirs. Remember, your parka will be waiting for you to take home and that waterproof boots can also be borrowed on the ship. Longyearbyen has a variety of quick, easy meals for lunch including some of the northest pizzas and kebabs.

You will then be transported to a deluxe expedition ship. Explore the spacious ship and settle into your suite. This will be the home for your extraordinary journey. Your expedition team will provide you with informative introductions and briefings after we get underway. Step out on the decks after the first delicious dinner to enjoy the beautiful scenery and 24-hour daylight while we travel through Isfjorden's wildlife-rich waters.

Day 3, 4 & 5: Svalbard

This voyage aims to circumnavigate the Svalbard Archipelago. The goal of this voyage is to circumnavigate the Svalbard archipelago, including the famous island of Kvitoya. We hope to see the High Arctic in all its glory.

Spitsbergen's pristine landscape is well protected in a network of national parks. The first park we will visit is Northwest Spitsbergen National Park. It is considered the crown jewel among Svalbard’s natural wonders. The area has deep fjords, serrated mountains and huge tidewater glaciers that calve icebergs in turquoise water. Millions of murres and guillemots are swarming the skies, and their eggs are hatching in countless colonies on islands, mountainside and sea cliffs. It is also possible to see marine mammals such as belugas, various Arctic Seals, and other species.

Signehamna Bay, Kongsbreen Glacier (Kings Glacier) and other enchanting places are found in this incredibly beautiful region. Ny Alesund is a rare human settlement along the route. It was formerly a mining town, an airship base and now consists of an international group of Arctic researchers. It is the most northern settlement in the world, with a post office, gift shop, and museum.

Day 6: Svalbard

Svalbard is situated halfway between Norway's top and the North Pole. This means that the Polar Ice Edge lies to the north. Svalbard's north-eastern corner is bursting with wildlife and stunning landscapes, as well as a rich exploration history. We plan to travel along the edge of the ice towards Nordaustlandet, and then further east to Kvitoya. Remember that our research and route are highly dependent on weather conditions. We will take advantage of any natural conditions that may arise in this remote and wild corner of the globe.

Day 7 & 8: Svalbard

In this section of our journey we'll try to visit the northern and eastern regions of Svalbard Archipelago, which are rarely visited by expedition ships. We will also experience the beauty and isolation of Svalbard wilderness. Kvitoya is the closest island to Franz Josef Land and one of its least visited islands. Salomon Andree's balloon expedition, which was almost entirely covered in ice at the time, found its final resting spot here. Expedition ships may not be able to reach Kvitoya, but this place offers another chance to see polar bears.

Day 9 & 10: The Northwest Svalbard Nature Reserve

We expect significant concentrations of sea ice during this trip in the vast Northwest Svalbard Nature Reserve. This reserve covers Spitsbergen's rugged northern parts and Nordaustlandet - the second largest Svalbard island. Ice can last very long into summer in this isolated and remote region. Austfonna's massive ice cap towers over the High Arctic landscapes. Brasvellbreen, a 45 km ice cliff that is one of the wonders of Arctic World, has a part of its ice cap meet the sea. In the polar desert, there is little vegetation. However, seabirds are abundant. Alkefjellet's cliffs are home to thousands pink-footed goose, glaucous geese and guillemots. This icy wilderness is a great place to spot polar bears and walruses.

Day 11: Islands Edgeoya & Barentsoya

Southeast Svalbard Nature Reserve contains hundreds of uninhabited, pristine islands. The largest population of Svalbard endemic reindeer in the world lives on the islands Edgeoya & Barentsoya. These valleys also provide important nesting areas for birds that lay their eggs on the ground, such as geese and eiders. Arctic foxes scour the landscape in search of food to feed their cubs who have just emerged from their dens. Walruses, which rest in great numbers along gently sloped beaches, feed on murky shallow waters. Historic sites on the islands offer a glimpse into the trapping and hunter's era.

South Spitsbergen National Park covers a large area with varying landscapes. These include polar deserts as well as impassable mountain ranges. Hornsund is the park's centerpiece, an idyllic fjord with a plethora of mighty glaciers that cascade down from mountain peaks into icy bays. This park includes Bellsund's southern shores, where you can find the remnants of historic whaling operations, such as wooden boats, log cabins, and thousands of bones of whales. There is a good chance of seeing wildlife in the entire park. Wildflowers are at their best during this period.

This ambitious, in-depth Svalbard expedition cruise offers a unique opportunity to see the many faces of the Arctic. Each day brings something exciting and new. The Arctic is a place of incredible wildlife and scenery. We won't miss any opportunity to see it.

Day 12 & 13: Spitsbergen

The circumnavigation around the Svalbard Archipelago has come to an end. The West Coast of Spitsbergen Archipelago is where we are now. It has beautiful places like Alkhornet Mountain, which is known as Bird Heaven because it supports over 10,000 pairs of breeding seabirds.

Day 14: Longyearbyen

We bid you goodbye in Longyearbyen after you have enjoyed a final breakfast buffet onboard. Transfers to the airport are provided, as is the flight from Oslo. You may be planning your next trip to the Arctic with us!

Itinerary Map

In-Depth Exploration in the Land of the Polar Bear

14 Day Artic Itinerary Includes

  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All scheduled landings/excursions
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • WiFi on board
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails
  • All port fees
  • Predeparture materials
  • Digital Voyage Log

14 Day Artic Itinerary Does not Include

  • 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
  • Staff gratuities

14 Day Artic Itinerary Highlights

  • Begin your Arctic adventure in Longyearbyen, Svalbard's administrative center, where you'll explore the charming town and visit the Svalbard Museum.
  • Discover the pristine landscapes of Svalbard's national parks, including Northwest Spitsbergen National Park and Southeast Svalbard Nature Reserve, home to towering glaciers, abundant wildlife, and historic sites.
  • Experience the phenomenon of the midnight sun as you witness the sun never setting during your entire stay in Svalbard.
  • Trace the footsteps of historic Arctic explorers, venture to rarely visited regions of the Svalbard Archipelago.
  • Encounter the wonders of the Arctic world, including polar bears, seabird colonies, and majestic ice formations.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 13 Dinners
  • 14 Lunches
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14 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.
In-Depth Exploration in the Land of the Polar Bear
14 Days
From $10,095.00 per person

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