This is the “Classic” Arctic voyage, giving you the best chance to experience wildlife and scenery together. Explore the sites where the first inhabitants made homes and hike in their footsteps upon your Arctic cruise expedition. The big goal of these trips is to see the polar bear, and the best trip to do this would be a circumnavigation of Spitsbergen. Hope to also see arctic fox, reindeer and maybe even beluga whales.
Length of Travel: 11 Days
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Embarkation in Longyearbyen, Norway.
Days 2-10: Explore Spitsbergen
Day 11: Disembarkation in Longyearbyen
Your adventure starts in Longyearbyen. Longyearbyen is the administrative center for Spitsbergen and is home to the Polar Museum which can provide a good background for your journey. You will board your ship and meet your fellow travelers.
Your adventure continues as you will travel around Spitsbergen, the largest island in Norway. Your travel will focus on the western and northern sides of the island. During your journey you can expect to see a variety of natural and historical sites. Each trip is unique depending on the weather and ice conditions. Frequently visited sites include the 14th of July Glacier which provides opportunities for seeing the Arctic Fox and the island of Phippsoya, home to the polar bear and walruses.
During the days you will have the chance to explore off the boat in Zodiacs. To see the sights up close you can use sea kayaks or possibly shoe shoes.
Your adventure ends back in Longyearbyen where you will disembark your boat and travel home.