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Spitsbergen Highlights

6 days with Intrepid Travel   Rating: Budget

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen
Your Spitsbergen adventure begins when you board your ship in Longyearbyen, the island’s largest settlement. As you embark, you’ll enjoy great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop for this seaside village.

Days 2-5 Exploring Spitsbergen
You’ll sail around this magical island, constantly searching for polar bears and other natural wonders. Covering western Spitsbergen as well as outlying islands to the north, your expedition will afford ample opportunities to view immense glaciers, deep fjords, soaring mountains and unique flora and fauna.

Sailing north into Krossfjord, have your camera handy, ready to capture some of the best calving in Spitsbergen. Deep in the fjord, the highly active Lilliehook Glacier awaits. Listen in awe to the growling as big chunks break off into the icy waters below. A Zodiac excursion to nearby Ny London, an abandoned mining settlement, provides an ideal place for a guided walk. Encounters with wildlife, such as the indigenous Svalbard reindeer, are possible here.

After cruising overnight, wake up to the stunning sight of the magnificent Monaco Glacier, another prolific iceberg producer. As if that isn’t thrilling enough, your Expedition Team will also be on the lookout for beluga whales and other marine mammals. Possible landing sites include Texas Bar, Worsleyneset and the Andoyane Islands (where polar bears have been known to roam). At 80°N, you’ll reach a walrus sanctuary on the tiny, crescent-shaped Moffen Island. Watching large groups of these lumbering giants jockeying for space is an unforgettable experience, so be ready with your binoculars.

The abandoned settlement of Smeerenburg (which means “blubber town”) was established by Dutch whalers nearly 400 years ago. Here, at one of Europe’s most northerly outposts, you’ll have time to explore ashore and learn about Spitsbergen’s whaling history. Afterwards, cruising to Magdalenafjord rewards you panoramic vistas of snow-capped mountains and massive glaciers reflected in the crystal clear waters.

During your last full day of your arctic adventure, the options are open. You may visit the Russian mining town of Barentsburg, home of the world’s northernmost brewery, or Trygghamma, where you may have the chance to walk on a glacier. Round out the day in Alkehornet, taking in the towering cliffs teeming with nesting seabirds, such as fulmars, guillemots and thick-billed murres. Encounters with reindeer might be possible here. Later, in the evening, swap stories with your shipmates and crew one last time, at the captain’s dinner.

Day 6 Disembark in Longyearbyen
The time to say goodbye has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight home.
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All This Included
Take a cruise along the northwest coast of Spitsbergen and cross the 80th parallel into the Arctic Circle. On this trip you’ll enjoy all the experiences of an epic expedition, but in a fraction of the time. Like it’s polar cousin, the Arctic is one of the world’s last great wildernesses, and this is the perfect chance for those short on time to explore its mountains and glaciers, cliffs and fjords, and meet its thriving wildlife. Grab some binoculars and ready you camera as you set sail from Longyearbyen and watch huge chunks of glacial ice crash into the sea at Krossfjord, meet the Arctic’s indigenous wildlife at Ny London, and get close to the base of the Monaco Glacier. Jump in Zodiacs to land where polar bears roam, walruses take sanctuary, and beluga whales breech the sea surface. Find out about whaling history in Smeerenburg and feel small at the base of snow-capped mountains and massive glaciers in Magdalenafjord.
  • Meals - 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Transport - Expedition Cruise Ship, zodiac
Highlights
  • In just 6 days, get all the experiences of an epic arctic adventure
  • Take advantage of 24 hours of daylight to search for iconic arctic wildlife like polar bears, walrus and reindeer
  • Board Zodiacs to cruise up to towering glaciers and glistening icebergs, and make landings on the surprisingly colourful tundra
  • With kayaking adventures, take the chance to glide silently on the waters of the Arctic surrounded by icebergs and glaciers
Accommodations
Expedition Cruise Ship
Notes
  • Ages: Min 8
  • Group size: Min 1, Max 132
  • As you’d expect, temperatures in the Arctic are very cold. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing.
  • Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships have a lot of stairs, so please hold on to the handrails if seas are rough.
  • The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area.
  • This trip takes places during the time of year that Spitsbergen enjoys 24-hour daylight. Just one of the benefits of this is that incredible wildlife can be seen at any time of the day – be prepared to be woken at any time so as to not miss out on exciting animal sightings.
  • Polar bears are one of the most incredible and appealing animals on the planet, but they are also powerful predators with little fear of humans. Therefore it’s necessary to be aware of the guidelines surrounding any contact with Polar bears. Follow your leader’s instructions and do not stray from your group – your leader carries equipment to protect you.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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