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In Depth Arctic Spitsbergen Cruise

Starting in Longyearbyen, we leave civilisation behind. Our aim is to sail this remote polar region in order to experience the Arctic wilderness, drift ice, flora and fauna. Our final itinerary is dependant on weather and ice conditions, which have to be assessed during the voyage. The Gulf Stream has allowed the island's 400 km long western coastline to become incredibly rich in animal and plant life, while the remote east is forever under the grips of the arctic winter environment. Some years it is possible to sail through the Hinlopen Strait to attempt a circumnavigation of the archipelago, while other years there is a great deal of ice, which makes it harder to navigate around.

There are departures in July, August and September. We recommend the early tours for those who are keen to see large ice floes and the richest bird life. For those who
would rather travel further east with the chance to sail around Spitsbergen, we recommend a tour later in the season. Our specialist guides will ensure we get the
most out of the experience, as well as recounting tales of Svalbard's cultural and exciting polar explorative heritage - traces of this rich history can be found on several of the excursions, when we go ashore.

The Realm of the Polar Bear
The further north that we sail, the more ice we will meet, and this ice will gradually build up into large ice floes with seals resting on them. This is polar bear country, where the bears hunt for food, here is your best chance of seeing the 'King of the Arctic' in his natural habitat. In Spring there are large ice floes and the richest bird life.

Tour Highlights

  • Maximise your chances of polar bear encounters with nine days to explore Spitsbergen
  • Great opportunities for photographing the Arctic wildlife
  • Visit the Alkfejellet bird cliffs for fantastic sightings of hundreds of Brunnich's guillemots
  • Learn all about the Arctic wildlife and history with lectures from expedition staff
  • Increase your chances of circumnavigating Spitsbergen on a longer voyage


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Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth - Expedition
Included meals 10 9 10
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Zodiac, Expedition
10 nights Premium Boat
Trip Staff
Expedition Crew, Naturalist(s)
Ship Description
At a nimble 105 metres (345 ft) in length, with a capacity to hold 132 guests, the Expedition is an ideal vessel to ply polar waters. The ship is large enough to provide stability, speed, spacious cabins and ample public space. Yet she is small enough to manoeuvre in remote areas and get you close to the action. Ship stabilizers ensure a smooth ride in rough waters, such as the infamous Drake Passage, allowing you to enjoy more of your time at sea. A fleet of ten zodiacs allows passengers to get out and actively explore the remote shores of our destinations. The Expedition is a speedy vessel. A top speed of 16 knots means you'll spend less time getting from A to B, and more time to explore your