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9 nights accommodation onboard a Hurtigurten expedition ship in a cabin of your choice, range of included activities and meals as specified.
*Price is per person based on twin share. Please speak to our team or view our terms and conditions for more information
6, 11, 14, 19, 22, 27 Jun, 8 Jul, 14 Sep 2022
This epic voyage will see us attempt to find a way through the Arctic’s ever-changing sea ice and venture above the 80th parallel north. Our goal is to successfully complete a circumnavigation of the island of Spitsbergen, if the ice allows us.
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Attempt to sail above 80°N and fully circumnavigate the island of Spitsbergen.
Summertime offers good chances of sighting polar bears hunting on the sea ice.
See beautiful fjords, glaciers, and icebergs in the pristine Arctic wilderness.
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Your trip starts with a flight from Oslo in the evening. Before your flight, enjoy the museums, parks and cafés of the Norwegian capital. On arrival in Longyearbyen, you will set foot in an entirely different world; a tiny town perched on the edge of the Arctic wilderness. Transfer to your hotel and overnight.
After an overnight stay, you have the opportunity to explore the colorful frontier outpost of Longyearbyen before boarding your ship in the afternoon. An excursion after lunch is included in your voyage - or, choose from a selection of optional adventures before your voyage begins.
**Estimated time of departure is 8pm**
The North West Corner is scattered with lovely islands, fjords and beaches, but such majestic sights can be blocked by heavy sea ice. We use all our expertise and 120 years of experience in these waters to try and navigate the ice in order to access areas for you to explore. One such site is Kongsfjorden, one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, framed by stunning mountain formations. (B, L, D)
We also plan to call on the former mining settlement of Ny-Alesund, now an international centre for research, with a picturesque mix of old and new buildings. There will likely be many other exciting landings and scenic kayaking opportunities if we are able to move past the ice and go further north. (B, L, D)
Eastern Svalbard boasts the highest population of polar bears in the archipelago. You will also be exploring the area in summertime, which is when polar bears and their cubs will be out hunting for seals on the ice floes. We therefore have high hopes that you’ll spot one or more during this journey. (B, L, D)
The Arctic Ocean in this part of Svalbard is also full of drifting ice and its frozen seascape changes constantly. Being modern-day explorers, the captain and the expedition team will be carefully analysing the density and movements of the sea ice using advanced sonar and live satellite imagery. They will then discuss together and decide where we can safely sail or land. This is what makes this cruise an expedition; it is a true, suspense-filled adventure into the Arctic’s great wilderness, negotiating and adapting to whatever elements nature challenges us with. (B, L, D)
Ultimately, it is the sea ice that will determine whether we can cross the 80th parallel before we attempt to sail through the Hinlopen Strait and continuing towards Edgeøya, the third largest island in the archipelago. (B, L, D)
Our aim for these days is to navigate any sea ice and reach the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen. The varied geology here at Hornsund has created a dramatic and photogenic landscape. Ice pushed into the fjord early in the season also attracts polar bears that hunt on the floes, so with a bit of luck, we may spot this magnificent predator. (B, L, D)
We will spend the day exploring the Isfjord, the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard. In the inner parts of Isfjorden, the landscape changes constantly. The immense U-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area some ten thousand years ago, are home to large populations of the Svalbard Reindeer. (B, L, D)
Our return to the colourful town of Longyearbyen marks the end of a remarkable voyage that brought us just a few hundred miles from the Geographical North Pole. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Oslo. (B)
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