Svalbard expedition

Svalbard travel and expedition – Septembre 1st to 11th, 2017

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

Size of the group: 12 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 your 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 our 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 200 000 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 magni cent landscapes and vast tundra. Chances to encounter walruses, Arctic fox and Svalbard reindeer are good here.
Kvitøya: far East of Nordaustlandet is Kvitøya (White Island). In very favourable ice and weather conditions, you may land on this ice-capped island where few people have set foot. The remnants of Andrée and his men were found here 33 years after their attempt to reach the North Pole.
Southwest Spitsbergen: the grand fjords of Hornsund offer spectacular glaciers and a breathtaking landscape of towering mountain peaks. 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):

– Twin Cabin (bunk beds & private facilities): $ 11490 USD

The ship in details…

Prices include: 10 nights on board Stockholm. 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 great travel to explore different regions of the Svalbard archipelago, on one of the smallest expedition cruise vessel. You will love to discover this archipelago in a nice, friendly and great atmosphere and spirit!

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