Svalbard expedition

Svalbard travel and expedition – August 17th to 27th, 2017

Voyage and expedition cruise to Spitsbergen, Svalbard Expedition cruise on board the vessel Sea Endurance

Size of the group: 53 expeditioners maximum

Duration: 10 nights/11 days

The ship in details…

Expedition cruise basics…

The Svalbard archipelago is located half way between North Cape and North Pole. This region is home of polar bears, arctic foxes, seals, reindeers, numerous of birds and walrus. But Svalbard is also characterized by great landscapes of high peaks, glaciers and beautiful tundra areas ! The history is also fascinating, from the early whalers and sealers to the coal mining period.


PROGRAM AND ITINERARY:

About the program and itinerary…

Day 1: Longyearbyen
You arrive in Longyearbyen, embark you expedition ship in the afternoon and sail out through the spectacular Isfjorden.

Day 2 to 10: Svalbard
You are now in a part of the world where you are totally dependent on the ice and weather conditions. The exact itinerary depends on these factors and on the wildlife encountered. The ambition is to make landings or cruises every day with Zodiacs. Here are some examples of places you may visit:
Northwest Spitsbergen: the scientific village of Ny-Ålesund is situated in Kongsfjorden. It was from here that Amundsen and Nobile started their heroic expeditions to the North Pole. Two other courageous attempts to reach the North Pole started on the island of Danskøya. Swedish balloonist Andrée made an attempt with a hydrogen balloon and American journalist Wellman started with an airship. There are still interesting remnants from these expeditions left on this site.
Fantastic fjords: Svalbard offers the visitor countless spectacular fjords. During your journey you will explore a few of them such as Liefdefjorden, Krossfjorden, Raudfjorden, Kongsfjorden…
Hinlopen Strait and Alkefjellet: if the ice allows you enter Hinlopen Strait. Here is Alkefjellet, an impressive basaltic cliff, which is the home to an estimated 200000 Brünnich’s guillemots. You may also continue into the beautiful bay Palanderbukta on Nordaustlandet.
Eastern Svalbard: the island of Nordaustlandet is covered by an enormous ice cap and fascinates naturalists as well as historians. There are huge glacier fronts here, intersected by hundreds of waterfalls. Barentsøya and Edgeøya offer magnificent landscapes and vast tundra. Chances to encounter walruses, Arctic fox and Svalbard reindeer are good here.
Southwest Spitsbergen : the grand fjords of Hornsund offer spectacular glaciers and a breathtaking landscape of towering mountain peaks, often reaching above the clouds. On a clear day you can see the summit of the highest mountain Hornsundtind (1431 meters). Hornsund is a favourite haunt for some of Svalbard’s polar bears and bearded seals are often seen resting on the fjord ice.

Day 11: Longearbyen
Early morning, disembarkation from the ship at Longearbyen harbour.

Map of the itinerary of the voyage and expedition cruise to Spitsbergen, Svalbard


PRICES (per person):

– Triple cabin (upper/lower beds): $ 7490 USD
– Twin cabin (2 twin beds): $ 9290 USD
– Twin cabin Plus (2 twin beds): $ 9790 USD
– Double cabin (double bed): $ 9790 USD
– Double cabin Superior (large double bed): $ 10690 USD
– Owner’s cabin (large double bed): $ 11990 USD
– Twin cabin for single use: $ 15590 USD

It is always possible to share a cabin and all of them have windows and private facilities.

The ship in details…

Prices include: 10 nights on board Sea Endurance. All meals on board, an experienced Expedition Leader and knowledgeable guides, guiding ashore and talks on board, all excursions and activities.

Prices do not include: flight to/from Longyearbyen, travel and cancellation insurance, the customary gratuity to the ship’s crew, personal expenses such as bar and shop charges.


OUR OPINION ON THIS VOYAGE:

A complete travel to Svalbard in different regions of the archipelago. You should see a little bit of everything during this trip and will enjoy the small size of this confortable ice class vessel.

☞ Interest of this trip: fauna (polar bear, walrus, arctic fox, birds, reindeers…), flora, glacier, historic sites, landscapes, sea ice…