North Spitsbergen - Kvitoya - Farthest North - Antarctic Cruise

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This 10-day itinerary takes passengers to the most remote reaches of Spitsbergen, Svalbard, and even Kvitøya, the easternmost island of Svalbard. Passengers will have the opportunity to see polar bears, ringed and bearded seals, glaciers, and stunning scenery. They will also visit the remains of a German weather station and the site where the Swedish explorer S. A. Andrée and his companions perished in 1897.

9 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: Raudfjorden

You can sail to Raudfjorden on Spitsbergen's north coast and see a vast fjord filled with glaciers. Ringed seals and bearded ones may even be seen. This fjord is also home to a thriving colony of seabirds, lush vegetation and even polar bears. You can see walruses on the island Moffen in the evening.

Day 3: Rijpfjord

Next, you will sail along Beverleysundet. This area was formerly sailed by the Swedish-Russian Arc-of-Meridian Expedition of 1898. You then head east, along Scoresby Island to Rijpfjord. The German Wehrmacht ran the weather station Haudegen in Rijpfjord until September 1945. In Zorgdragerfjord, one group should walk along the east shore of the fjord while the other walks north on Arkvatnet through Havsuldalen and into Duvefjorden.

Day 4: Nordaustlandet

You will reach Nordaustlandet by pushing east. This is the place where in 1928, the Italian captain Sora attempted to save the Nobile expedition. You can also choose to land in Firkantbukta and gain altitude for some higher-elevation pictures. We can also sail to Behounekodden, the telegraphist for Nobile.

Day 5: Kvitoya

You are trying to get to Kvitoya today, which is located in the far east near Russian territory. This island is covered in a huge ice sheet. Only a few areas are untouched. Land at the west tip of Andreeneset where S. A. Andree, a Swedish explorer and his two companions died in 1897. Kraemerpynten, located in the extreme east of the Island, is another objective. A large group of Walruses lives there.

Day 6: Sea Ice

If sea ice permits, we will reach the northernmost point at the 82nd Parallel. As you retrace your southwest route, be on the lookout for polar-bears, Greenland whales (bowheads) and very rare Narwals. Ross's Gulls are in the area at this time of the year.

Day 7: Seven Islands

We could have landed on the most northern land of Spitsbergen in the Seven Islands, Rossoya. Vesle Tavleoya is marked by the SwedisheRussian Arc of Meridian Expedition of 1899. We usually see a flock of Walruses on Phippsoya. This region is home to polar bears, and the ship will park in the pack ice for a few hours before turning around again.

Day 8: Krossfjorden

We'll sail to Krossfjorden, the main island in Spitsbergen. You will pass by stunning alpine mountains, active glaciers and lush vegetation.

Day 9: Longyearbyen

No adventure is ever complete. Your adventure ends in Longyearbyen. You take home unforgettable memories to accompany you on your next journey.

Itinerary Map

North Spitsbergen - Kvitoya - Farthest North

9 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.

9 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).

9 Day Artic Itinerary Highlights

  • Reach your northernmost point at the 82nd parallel.
  • Go for hikes and visit the remains of a German weather station.
  • Sail to some of the northernmost reaches of Spitsbergen, Svalbard, and even Kvitøya, the easternmost island of Svalbard.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 8 Dinners
  • 9 Lunches
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9 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.
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