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Spitsbergen Spitsbergen Explorer 11 nights

Spitsbergen and the Svalbard archipelago offer a tremendous wildlife and birdlife experience, as well as a fascinating lesson in glaciology. The islands are the northernmost inhabited places on the planet and would be permanently locked in ice if not for the moderating influence of the Atlantic Gulf Stream current. First used as a whaling base in the 17th and 18th centuries, the islands are now celebrated as a breeding ground for many seabirds, along with marine mammals and the elusive polar bear.

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Map detailing the Svalbard small ship expedition voyage near the North Pole.
Walruses sunning in Svalbard, captured on a One Ocean adventure to the remote island.
One Ocean passengers discovering ice on Svalbard via zodiac, launched from a small expedition vessel.
Polar bear and Arctic wildlife viewing in the Canadian Arctic with One Ocean Expeditions - Small ship expedition cruise experts.
One Ocean passengers discovering Svalbard on zodiac excursions.

Spitsbergen Explorer

Starting Rate: US$7,795.00+

Number of Nights: 11

Departs from: LONGYEARBYEN

Returns to: LONGYEARBYEN

Experiences:

    Wildlife Identification
    Sea Kayaking
    Photographer-in-Residence
    Education
    Zodiac Cruising
    Photography
    Enhanced Photography
    Fitness & Yoga
    Trekking/Hiking
    Whale Watching
    Polar Bear Watching
    Family

Available Dates:

2018
July 7 - 18 Akademik Sergey Vavilov Download Trip Notes
2019
June 8 - 19 Akademik Sergey Vavilov Download Trip Notes
July 7 - 18 Akademik Sergey Vavilov Download Trip Notes

Day by Day: What you can experience: Spitsbergen Explorer

Travel with Monty Halls and Sue Flood

Monty Halls is a writer, explorer, television presenter, public speaker and President of the Galapagos Conservation Trust. A former Royal Marines officer who worked for Nelson Mandela on the peace process in South Africa, he left the services in 1996 to pursue a career in leading expeditions. Having achieved a First Class Honours degree in marine biology, over the next decade he circumnavigated the globe four times on various projects, leading multi-national teams in some of the most demanding environments on earth. In 2002 he was awarded the Bish Medal by the Scientific Exploration Society for his services to exploration. Sue Flood, is a photographer, author, wildlife filmmaker and conservationist. Sue was an Associate Producer on the award winning BBC series 'The Blue Planet', and also more recently worked on Planet Earth. Both The Blue Planet and Planet Earth featured several animal behaviours which were filmed for the first time, and Sue obtained unique images for the series. Her photographic highlights include diving with humpback whales in the South Pacific, face-to-face encounters with leopard seals in the Antarctic and filming polar bears in the Arctic. More than all of this Sue is great fun to be with and while you will doubtless hone your photographic skills under her tuition, you are also guaranteed a fun and rewarding time in her company.



Day 1

Longyearbyen

Today we embark our expedition ship, the Akademik Ioffe in Longyearbyen. With almost 24 hours of daylight at this time of the year, we enjoy the vi...

Today we embark our expedition ship, the Akademik Ioffe in Longyearbyen. With almost 24 hours of daylight at this time of the year, we enjoy the views from the outer decks of the ship as we sail through Adventfjorden and into Isfjorden. Entering the vast expanse of the Greenland Sea, our ship heads south, hugging the main island of Spitsbergen.




Day 2

Bourbonhamna

We arrive at the southerly Bourbonhamna – well known for the beluga whales that transit the narrow sound. It is estimated there are approximately...

We arrive at the southerly Bourbonhamna – well known for the beluga whales that transit the narrow sound. It is estimated there are approximately five to ten thousand belugas in the Svalbard population. We search for belugas from the ship and the zodiacs and plan our first shore excursion at Bourbonhamna. An old hunting cabin and other artefacts are points of interest during our hike to Ingebrigstenbukta. While wandering amongst these relics we hope to catch a glimpse of dozens of reindeer that inhabit the area.




Day 3

Storfjorden

Coming around the most southerly point of Spitsbergen, we push into the broad expanse of Storfjorden. Exploring Dolerittneset near Kapp Lee, the lu...

Coming around the most southerly point of Spitsbergen, we push into the broad expanse of Storfjorden. Exploring Dolerittneset near Kapp Lee, the lush vegetation of this region is remarkable given we are at 70° North in latitude. This area has a large scattering of reindeer antlers; however, it is the plethora of ancient whalebones that makes the excursion so memorable. Time and the elements have altered their original shape and sculpted them into works of art that make fascinating photographic subjects.




Day 4

Hornsund

Returning to the west coast, glacier-filled bays surround us as we sail into Hornsund. With good ice conditions, we are able to navigate close to t...

Returning to the west coast, glacier-filled bays surround us as we sail into Hornsund. With good ice conditions, we are able to navigate close to the glaciers that are a feature of the area. The entire archipelago of Svalbard is a lesson in glaciology and our onboard guides will use our hikes and zodiac cruises to explain the formation of this fantastic landscape.




Days 5-6

Lillie hock Glacier, Krossfjorden & Smeerenburgfjorden

The rocky shores of Krossfjorden are home to numerous bird colonies and a range of species. We anchor the ship in a protected harbour, launch the z...

The rocky shores of Krossfjorden are home to numerous bird colonies and a range of species. We anchor the ship in a protected harbour, launch the zodiacs and cruise along the bird cliffs near the 14th of July Glacier. We watch out for bearded and ringed seals in the dark waters of the fjord. Lilliehook Glacier, at the northwestern head of Krossfjorden, is an incredible sight. The glacier face stretches almost seven kilometres and is around 80 meters high. Viewed from the ship or on a zodiac cruise you come to appreciate the enormous scale of our surroundings. Sailing out of Krossfjorden and Kongsfjorden, you may be fortunate enough to see the historic airship anchor pylon near the scientific community of Ny Ålesund. This remote outpost earned its place in aviation pioneering history as a starting point for North Pole aviation exploration. Nearby, Smeerenburgfjorden has a four hundred year history of whaling and is a favorite spot as we round the northwestern tip of Spitsbergen.




Days 7-8

Phippsoya

We continue north and east up into the ice, hoping to cross the 80° north parallel. As we approach the ice edge the ship slows down and all hands ...

We continue north and east up into the ice, hoping to cross the 80° north parallel. As we approach the ice edge the ship slows down and all hands are either on the bridge or out on the outer decks as we start scanning for wildlife. Bearded seals, ringed seals, walrus, and polar bear may be found hauled out on the edges of the ice. Our ship is perfectly designed for near silent approach and our Captain takes great pride in bringing us in close enough to experience the wildlife without disturbing it. At 81° degrees north latitude, Phippsoya is only 540 nautical miles from the North Pole. Because of its proximity to the permanent pack ice, Phippsoya offers the potential for great polar bear viewing. We have enjoyed excellent encounters with them in recent seasons in this area.




Day 9

Hinlopen Strait

From the ice edge we turn south into the main strait separating Svalbard’s two main islands: Spitsbergen and Nordaustlandet. In Hinlopen Strait, ...

From the ice edge we turn south into the main strait separating Svalbard’s two main islands: Spitsbergen and Nordaustlandet. In Hinlopen Strait, the bird cliffs at Alkefjellet are home to more than a hundred thousand breeding Brunnich’s guillemots, as well as thousands of kittiwakes and black guillemots. It is a spectacular site and a challenging one for our zodiacs as the tidal currents roar through Hinlopen Strait. Nearby Murchison Fjord is a wonderful place to kayak or cruise as we navigate the waterways between the islands. There are some excellent hiking routes here which take us up to high points affording staggering views and further opportunities to encounter Arctic wildlife.




Day 10

Liefdefjorden and Monaco Glacier

Entering Liefdefjorden we slowly cruise towards the Monaco Glacier. This vast sweep of ice more than seven kilometers wide provides a fabulous back...

Entering Liefdefjorden we slowly cruise towards the Monaco Glacier. This vast sweep of ice more than seven kilometers wide provides a fabulous backdrop for a zodiac cruise. Miles of ice face broken up by ice caves and tumbling seracs are a sight to behold as are the thousands of black-legged kittiwakes feeding on the upwelling of rich nutrients found near the sub-glacial outflow. A morning of cruising in the ice is best followed by a hike on the tundra.




Day 11

Alkehornet

Alkehornet, at the mouth of Isfjord, offers breathtaking views and an incredible tundra walk as we near the end of our adventure in Svalbard. Arcti...

Alkehornet, at the mouth of Isfjord, offers breathtaking views and an incredible tundra walk as we near the end of our adventure in Svalbard. Arctic fox can often be seen here, as well as reindeer. Towering above the site is a horn-shaped mount covered in guillemots and kittiwakes. Only as we approach and stop to listen will we hear the chorus of thousands of birds, all singing at the same time.




Day 12

Longyearbyen

Arriving back into Longyearbyen this morning, we disembark after breakfast and say farewell to our expedition team and fellow passengers. A transfe...

Arriving back into Longyearbyen this morning, we disembark after breakfast and say farewell to our expedition team and fellow passengers. A transfer into town is provided for those choosing to stay a few days. If you are departing today, we have a few hours this morning to explore the town, before transferring to the airport for your onward flight to Tromso or Oslo.


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Dates and Rates

The following departures are available for this voyage

Spitsbergen Arctic 2018

Spitsbergen Explorer
July 7 - 18 2018 11 Nights
Akademik Sergey Vavilov From: US$7,795.00+
DEPARTED
One Ocean Suite




US$14,295.00
Shackleton Suite




US$13,645.00
Superior




US$11,695.00
Twin Private




US$10,395.00
Semi Private




US$8,775.00
Triple Share




US$7,795.00

Spitsbergen 2019

Spitsbergen Explorer
June 8 - 19 2019 11 Nights
Akademik Sergey Vavilov From: US$8,095.00+
One Ocean Suite




US$15,495.00
Shackleton Suite




US$13,595.00
Superior




US$12,395.00
Twin Private




US$10,395.00
Semi Private




US$9,095.00
Triple Share




US$8,095.00
Spitsbergen Explorer
July 7 - 18 2019 11 Nights
Akademik Sergey Vavilov From: US$8,095.00+
One Ocean Suite




US$15,495.00
Shackleton Suite




US$13,595.00
Superior




US$12,395.00
Twin Private




US$10,395.00
Semi Private




US$9,095.00
Triple Share




US$8,095.00

All prices are listed in USD. Single supplement: 1.5 for the twin occupancy cabins and 2 for the suites (single supplements not available for the triple share cabins).

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