Our shortest Spitsbergen voyage!
With a spectacular panorama of ice and water, rugged mountains, and expansive tundra, the Svalbard Archipelago is unequaled in wild splendor. It also has an impressive array of wildlife and a rich human history (Spitsbergen, the largest island of the archipelago, was known to the Vikings and subsequently visited by whalers, fur traders, and explorers). Our goal on this Arctic expedition with frequent shore stops is to hike or simply enjoy the amazing scenery, and to undertake cruises in Zodiacs, often close to sea cliffs and abundant wildlife, which includes polar bears (the stars of the show!), beluga whales, walrus, reindeer, Arctic fox, and a huge array of avian fauna. You'll travel in comfort aboard an ice-strengthened polar expedition ship that is the ideal home base for exploring this remarkable wilderness.
Easy ship travel, optional walks and Zodiac rides, optional sea kayaking
- Our shortest Spitsbergen voyage for those short on time!
- Fantastic scenery -- a savage land of rock and ice, and home to a rich range of bird and animal life
- Make the most of the long daylight hours to search for polar bears, walrus, beluga, and other wildlife
Duration: 9 days Start Location: Longyearbyen End Location: LongyearbyenDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Longyearbyen (Embark)
Depart Oslo, Norway on a flight to Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen. Board the ship in the late afternoon.
Day 2 : Krossfjorden and Ny Alesund
Our voyage heads north as we cruise the bird cliffs of the 14th of July Glacier before stopping in Ny Alesund, a former mining town steeped in history.
Day 3 : Raudfjorden
We visit Raudfjord, an excellent place for hiking, kayaking and zodiac cruising amidst wildflowers, reindeer and seals.
Day 4 : Hinlopenstretet and Alkefjellet
Today we head into the Hinlopen Strait, exploring the sea ice and searching for polar bear and thick-billed murre colonies.
Day 5 : Into the Ice!
We continue our exploration around the northern coast of Spitsbergen, and head into the pack ice
Day 6 : Liefdefjorden and Monacobreen
We visit the Monaco Glacier, a spectacular spot for kayaking and hiking.
Day 7 : Fuglesangen and Smeerenburg
We visit the large dovekie colony on Fuglesangen Island and the former whaling station of Smeerenburg.
Day 8 : Alkehornet and Tryghamma
Explore the area of Alkehornet, or ‘The Horn,’ an incredible horn-shaped mountain close to the entrance of Isfjorden (Ice Fjord).
Day 9 : Longyearbyen (Disembark)
We will come into Longyearbyen in the morning and prepare to disembark following breakfast onboard our vessel.
DATES: Best time to go: June - July Departures: Jun 5 - 13, 2014
2014 Prices (all prices are per person in US$):
$4,195 (Triple cabin shared bath)
$695 Optional Sea Kayaking (limited space, must be reserved at time of booking)
Akademik Sergey Vavilov
The 92-passenger Akademik Sergey Vavilov is modern and comfortable. Scandinavian-built for the Russian Academy of Science, the Vavilov was designed to travel quietly during hydro-acoustic research. The ship is maneuverable and yet exceptionally stable, due to external stabilizers and a built-in trimming system. Akademik Sergey Vavilov has an ice-strengthened hull and a cruising speed in open water of 14.5 knots. This expedition ship is designed for polar adventure trips in Antarctica and the Arctic.
From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, the public spaces onboard the ship are ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge located on Deck 6, as well as a library, provide ideal places to relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge.
The ship’s bridge is located on Deck 6 and is open to passengers virtually 24-hours a day. The chart room is a fascinating place to visit and expedition staff or ship’s crew are often available to answer questions about the equipment and instruments found on the bridge. In addition, the bridge is an excellent place to view wildlife from. Binoculars and wildlife identification guidebooks are available.
One dining room with unreserved seating.
Theatre-style presentation room.
Lounge and bar, open late afternoon and evening with a wide selection of wines and spirits.
Library with a collection of polar-themed books.
Ship-to-shore communications via satellite.
Clinic with licensed doctor.
Gym, sauna and swimming pool.
One elevator between passenger deck levels and to the Bridge level.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
Andrew is the Managing Director of One Ocean Expeditions Inc. (our partner in the Polar Regions) and brings his passion for polar regions and their conservation into any discussion he can. An adventurer in his own right, Andrew is an accomplished ocean racing sailor. He led a team that won a race across the Atlantic Ocean in a 30-foot sailboat; he has sailed around Cape Horn in a Southern Ocean gale and competitively raced yachts and high performance dinghies all over the world. Andrew is also a published photographer and an avid snowboarder, spending his quiet time in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Andrew grew up on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada and has brought his East Coast sense of humor with him all along the way. After earning a degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, he played a strategic planning role for a major Canadian player in the transportation industry. With around five years in the corporate world under his belt but searching for a life of meaning, Andrew decided to "run away to sea". What started as a three-month commitment to manage a ship transformed itself into a very successful entrepreneurial career in expedition cruising where he could apply his experience and his passion. With a reputation for innovation and attention to detail, Andrew has become well known in the expedition cruise industry for the high quality expedition cruise programs he develops. He is also noted for his attention to vital areas of safety and his commitment to environmental protection.