During this extended exploration of the Svalbard archipelago, there is ample opportunity to savor the wonders of this enchanting region, where endless daylight unveils thrilling polar bear sightings, echoes of guillemot cries resound from towering cliffs, and beluga whales emerge from the sea. With additional time for exploration, our aim is to showcase favorite Svalbard destinations and possibly unveil new ones. Anticipating unpredictable conditions in these wild and remote areas, the extended duration allows us to adopt a more unhurried pace, lingering in serene bays for extended wildlife encounters and revisiting previously inaccessible locations. Traverse tundra adorned with wildflowers, stay vigilant for arctic foxes, and uncover historical camps of explorers and hunters. Navigate through pack ice to discover walrus and bearded seals, all while reveling in the breathtaking beauty of the fjords. Our goal is to ensure you don't miss a single remarkable moment!
Upon reaching Longyearbyen, you'll be greeted and transferred to the group hotel. Upon hotel arrival, visit the hospitality desk to obtain luggage tags and consult the ground operations team for pre-embarkation details, dining recommendations, cash withdrawals, or last-minute shopping information. The rest of the day is free, and all meals are self-funded.
Accommodation: Funken Lodge (or similar)
In the morning, your luggage undergoes sanitization, clearance, and direct transfer to the port for delivery to your cabin before boarding. Attach cabin tags to your cabin luggage with your name and number. Keep valuables with you and enjoy breakfast before a guided city tour of Longyearbyen. During the drive to Camp Barentz in Advent Valley, learn about Longyearbyen's history. At Camp Barentz, experience a presentation in a 'lavvo' and meet huskies. A visit to the Svalbard Museum precedes the late afternoon embarkation. Settle into your cabin, attend safety briefings, and experience the thrill of departure. Get acquainted with fellow expeditioners, the Expedition Team, and crew at the Welcome Dinner. Note: If the ship can't dock in Longyearbyen, Zodiacs may be used. Keep wet-weather gear in hand luggage. Ensure your cabin luggage tag is completed clearly, and the crew will deliver your luggage to your cabin.
Explore the pristine Arctic wilderness of Svalbard with the expert expedition team, crafting the itinerary based on weather, sea-ice conditions, and wildlife possibilities. With 24 hours of daylight above the Arctic Circle during the boreal summer, immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes of fjords, mountain ranges, and polar deserts, rich in fossils and tales of exploration. Encounter walrus, nesting guillemots, and lively little auk colonies. The extended voyage aims to reach Spitsbergen and Nordauslandet islands, exploring Barentsoya, Edgeoya, and the Hinlopen Strait, known for polar bear migrations. Visit old whaling settlements, embark on Zodiac cruises, marvel at glaciers, and spot beluga whales. Weather permitting, sail along Svalbard's northernmost point to witness a walrus colony and potentially encounter mighty polar bears in their natural habitat, the pack ice. Optional activities like kayaking and polar plunges offer unique Arctic experiences when conditions permit.
During the early morning, we sail back into Longyearbyen for disembarkation. Bid farewell to the crew and expedition team, and take advantage of some leisure time before heading to the airport for the continuation of your journey.
Note: We advise against booking flights departing before 12:00 pm on the disembarkation day to account for potential delays at the end of the voyage.