Svalbard Odyssey - Antarctic Cruise

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Svalbard has a nearly constant daylight and polar bears provide a constant thrill. Guillemots' cries echo off the cliffs, and belugas emerge from the sea. Explore tundras with wildflowers to learn about the history of explorers and hunters. Discover walruses, seals and other animals in the ice. Take in the stunning fjords.

12 Day Artic Itinerary

Day 1: Longyearbyen

A representative will meet you at Longyearbyen and take you to your group's hotel. Please visit the hotel's hospitality desk upon arrival to receive luggage tags. You can also speak with the team at the ground operation office about pre-embarkation information, dining options or any last-minute purchases. You are free to spend the rest of your day at Funken Lodge or a comparable accommodation.

Day 2: Embarkation Day

This morning, please ensure that your cabin baggage is fitted with cabin tags clearly labelled with your name and cabin number. Your luggage will be collected from your hotel and taken directly to the port for processing and delivery to your cabin prior to your arrival on board. Please keep any valuables or personal items with you throughout the day. 

This morning, your luggage will be collected from your hotel and taken directly to the port for disinfection, customs clearance and delivery to your cabin prior to your arrival on board. Please ensure that your cabin baggage is fitted with cabin tags clearly labelled with your name and cabin number. Any valuables or personal items should be kept with you throughout the day. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before joining your fellow expedition members for a guided tour of Longyearbyen. 

On the drive to Camp Barentz in the Advent Valley, your guide will give you an introduction to Longyearbyen's fascinating history. At Camp Barentz we enjoy a presentation in the large 'lavvo' - a traditional building common in northern Norway. You will also have a chance to meet the friendly huskies and perhaps buy some souvenirs. A visit to the Svalbard Museum is included back in town before boarding the ship in the late afternoon.

After the tour, you will be taken directly to the pier for embarkation in the late afternoon. Settle into your cabin before an important safety briefing and enjoy the thrill of departure as we 'throw the lines' and set sail. 

This evening, meet your fellow expedition members and our friendly expedition team and crew at the Welcome Dinner to celebrate the start of an exciting adventure.

Note: Sometimes our ship is unable to dock in Longyearbyen due to space and capacity constraints. In these cases we will reach the ship by Zodiac. Please ensure that you keep your wet weather gear in your hand luggage for use in the Zodiacs if this is the case. Please ensure that your cabin luggage tag.

Day 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11: Svalbard

Svalbard is the best place to experience the Arctic wilderness. Our experienced expedition team will tailor the daily itinerary according to weather conditions, sea ice and wildlife encounters.

The polar desert, with its fossil-rich fjords and mountains, is the setting for early stories of exploration. See walruses being dragged out on the sea ice or on the beaches. Walk across tundra carpeted with colourful wildflowers. Visit cliffs where puffins and guillemots nest, and scree slopes where Svalbard's largest colony of little auk lives. Encounters with majestic polar bears on the pack ice will be unforgettable. The expedition team will be constantly on the lookout for these amazing creatures.

You can enjoy an optional activity such as kayaking if conditions are right. If you'd like to take part in the polar plunge, you'll hear an announcement as soon as it's safe.

Day 12: Longyearbyen

In the early morning, we sail back to Longyearbyen. Bid farewell to the Expedition Team upon disembarkation and have some leisure time before heading to the airport for your onward journey.

Note: It's advised not to book flights departing before 12:00 pm on the disembarkation day, considering potential delays at the voyage's conclusion.

Itinerary Map

Svalbard Odyssey

12 Day Artic Itinerary Highlights

  • Take tundra hikes amidst breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.
  • Explore the area near 80° north in search of polar bears on ice floes.
  • Sail past azure glacier fronts and navigate through breathtaking fjords.
  • Experience the excitement of spotting walrus, seals, whales, reindeer, arctic foxes, guillemots, and puffins.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 11 Dinners
  • 12 Lunches
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12 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.
Snowshoeing
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.
Photography
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.
Yoga
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.
Svalbard Odyssey
12 Days
From $12,795.00 per person


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