Svalbard

Svalbard

DURATION

12 DAYS

PRICE FROM

$ 8895

WHEN

July 2022

DESTINATION

Svalbard

TYPE

SMALL CRUISE

Svalbard

This fantastic trip leaves Longyearbyen, a town in the north of Norway’s Arctic island of Spitsbergen, part of the renowned Svalbard archipelago. We investigate the island’s northwest shore, which offers some of the best prospects for animal observation in the Arctic and magnificent mountain landscapes and tidewater glaciers.

During our voyage, we also travel near the chaotic north-polar ice cap’s edge to spot polar bears chasing their prey. We have a unique opportunity to observe pure nature and rarely see extraordinary phenomena at the dynamic boundary between unyielding ice and an abundant sea.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • One of the Arctic’s most dense populations of polar bears can be found in Svalbard.
  • An extensive system of national parks and nature reserves protects the distinctive Arctic ecology of Spitsbergen.
  • Historical sites in the exploration region include early whaling settlements, houses used by trappers, derelict coal mines, and a decommissioned polar research station.
  • Antarctica’s landscape is unlike anything else on earth.

  • You will be tracing the steps taken by early polar explorers, whalers, and scientific expeditions.

  • Admire contemporary human creativity in international scientific research facilities.

“Take only memories, leave only footprints” ~ Chief Seattle

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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Arrival in Longyearbyen, Svalbard (hotel night)

Greetings from Longyearbyen, the administrative hub of Svalbard and the location of our Arctic expedition’s beginning. You will be met by our team at the Longyearbyen airport and transported to a high-quality accommodation. After that, you are free to stroll through the lovely town center.

Day 2

Welcome Aboard!

You can enjoy Longyearbyen in the morning after breakfast at your accommodation. View the glaciated mountains and freezing fjords surrounding this ancient former coal-mining town. Take advantage of the opportunity to purchase trinkets or other last-minute requirements like cold-weather clothing. Remember that you’ll soon get your own parka to keep and waterproof boots that you can borrow on the cruise. Longyearbyen provides quick and straightforward lunch options, such as the world’s most northern pizzas and kebabs.

You will be driven to the pier in the afternoon, where we will gladly welcome you on board the opulent exploration ship M/V Sea Spirit. Set up residence in your roomy suite and look around the boat that will serve as your cozy home during the upcoming remarkable voyage. Following departure, a packed schedule of activities begins with educational briefings and introductions from your expedition personnel.

Day 3 – 11

Svalbard and Polar Ice Edge

The largest island in the Svalbard archipelago, Spitsbergen, will circulate during this expedition. We intend to explore every aspect of this amazing High Arctic region along the route. Weather and ice will determine the specifics of our timetable and route. We anticipate that ice conditions will be ideal for circumnavigation during summer. Additionally, we anticipate that there will be sufficient sea ice to sustain ice-dependent creatures like polar bears and walruses. This route offers the tempting potential of visiting each of the four major islands that make up Svalbard and giving travelers a comprehensive view of Spitsbergen.

South Spitsbergen National Park, a sizable territory with various landforms, including polar deserts and impassable mountain ranges, is the first of several pristine natural areas on this route. The park’s focal point is Hornsund, a picturesque fjord where countless large glaciers plunge into freezing inlets from lofty mountaintops. The park also encompasses the southern Bellsund shoreline, a gorgeous harbor where we can still see wooden boats, huts, and thousands of whale bones from previous whaling operations. This is a sight from the distant past that has been virtually frozen in time. There is always a good chance of seeing wildlife anywhere in the park. Additionally, there are several opportunities for world-class hiking across untamed polar landscapes with intriguing geology. During this season, wildflowers will be at their best.

The Southeast Svalbard Nature Reserve, a pristine and little-visited environment with hundreds of isolated islands, is the next stop on our journey. We find wide tundra valleys supporting the highest density of Svalbard reindeer in the territory on the huge islands of Edgeya and Barentsya. We’ll likely observe reindeer calves growing quickly this time of year. Additionally, the valleys are crucial breeding grounds for ground-nesting species, including sandpipers, eiders, and geese. As their young cubs are only now emerging from their dens, Arctic foxes wander the huge expanse in search of food. The walrus, which can be seen resting in great numbers on gently sloping beaches, prefer shallow, muddy waters as their feeding grounds. Islands-wide historical landmarks look back at the region’s former trapping and hunting days.

We anticipate seeing huge amounts of sea ice on this voyage in the vast Northwest Svalbard Nature Reserve. Ice can last late into the summer in this distant and remote area, giving it a polar appearance. The entire Nordaustlandet, the second-largest island in Svalbard, and the rough northwest regions of Spitsbergen are included in this reserve. One of the outstanding beauties of the Arctic region is the enormous Austfonna ice cap, a portion of which meets the sea along the 45-kilometer-long Brsvellbreen ice cliff. Although there isn’t much flora in the polar desert, breeding areas like the breathtaking sea cliffs of Alkefjellet are home to enormous numbers of seabirds. Polar bears and walruses are likely to be seen in this chilly environment.

We anticipate that the edge of the polar pack ice will be relatively close to Nordaustlandet at this time of year. Between the solid sea ice and the open ocean, we intend to navigate along this dynamic barrier. The chance to see the dynamic interaction between polar bears and seals at this location is unmatched. To observe polar bears in their favorite environment, we will maneuver the ship safely near the disorganized and continuously moving ice floes.

At last, we arrive at Northwest Spitsbergen National Park, the jewel in the crown of Svalbard’s natural treasures. Here, enormous tidewater glaciers calve icebergs into turquoise waters, and mountain ranges with jagged edges surround deep fjords. The park has innumerable breeding colonies on small islands, mountain slopes, and sea cliffs. These colonies are home to millions of murres, guillemots, and little auks, whose eggs are just starting to hatch. Additionally, this is a fantastic time to see marine creatures like beluga whales and several kinds of Arctic seals. We also discover signs of the earliest sealers and whalers on Svalbard in this breathtaking environment and wildlife activities.

A multinational community of Arctic researchers now resides in Ny lesund, a former mining town and airship station located along our path. This community has a museum, tourist shop, and post office, which is among the most northern places on Earth.

The challenging Svalbard and Polar Ice Edge tour provides an in-depth look at the Arctic’s varied aspects. Every day brings new and fascinating opportunities. We won’t miss a chance to come across stunning Arctic wildlife, take in the breathtaking polar landscape, or follow in the footsteps of earlier historical expeditions.

Day 12

Disembarkation in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

We bid you goodbye in Longyearbyen after one final breakfast buffet on board. If you intend to stay in Svalbard for longer, we offer transfers to the airport or the town center. By this point, you might be planning your subsequent incredible journey with us to the arctic regions!

The Ship

M/V Sea Spirit

The m/v Sea Spirit is migratory, like most birds,  and follows the sun, northbound in the summer and southbound in the winter, always ready for spontaneous discoveries — a pod of whales, a family of polar bears, or a glaciated mountain vista. She is highly maneuverable and capable of navigating the narrow fjords of East Greenland and entering the small bays of Spitsbergen.

Onboard, it creates a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all the guests. They are united by one goal — to have a memorable wilderness experience and to become real polar adventurers.

Length: 90.6 meters (297 ft.)
Beam: 15.3 meters (50 ft.)
Speed: 15 knots
Passengers: 114
Crew: 72

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

July, 2022

PRICE

$8895

Single Supplement

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STATUS

OPEN

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Details

Included:

  • 1 pre-voyage night on Day 1 in Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa Hotel;
  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day prior to embarkation;
  • Group transfer to the ship for embarkation on Day 2;
  • Shipboard accommodation;
  • All meals onboard throughout the voyage;
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team;
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
  • All port fees;
  • Group transfer to airport or central location right after disembarkation;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log;
  • Wi-Fi onboard.

Not included:

  • Airfare;
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel if arriving prior to Day 1 of the program;
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service);
  • Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings;
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person;
  • Staff gratuities;
  • Kayaking, camping;
  • Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.

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DURATION

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PRICE FROM

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WHEN

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DESTINATION

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TYPE

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The summit of the globe. There aren’t many people who can say they’ve been there. You can join the select group of explorers who journey to the geographical North Pole.

The «Heroic Era» explorers’ attempts to reach the North Pole 120 years ago are described in incredible detail. Still, to properly understand the magic, one must have experienced it. Onboard our nuclear-powered, 75,000-horsepower ship, 50 Let Pobedy, on your voyage to the top of the globe, you’ll smash through three meters of ice (which means 50 Years of Victory in Russian). The thrill has just begun with the voyage onboard this resilient ship.

As you go north, stop in the Franz Josef Land Archipelago, where cliffs with hundreds of seabirds nesting and polar bears foraging on the ice present a photographer’s paradise.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • The 50 Years of Victory. Powered by two nuclear reactors generating 75,000 horsepower and capable of crushing a clear path through multi-year ice up to three meters thick, is the largest and most powerful icebreaker ever built.
  • Cruising aboard this marvel of engineering is an unforgettable experience in itself.
  • You will disembark onto the frozen sea. You are now able to stand at the top of the world.
  • Visit Franz Josef Land Archipelago. This remote wilderness is home to a variety of iconic High Arctic wildlife, including polar bears. In the surrounding icy waters it is possible to spot seals, walrus, and the elusive bowhead whale.

What lies north of the North Pole?

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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Murmansk, Russia (hotel night)

Welcome to the city of Murmansk on Russia’s Kola Peninsula, starting point of our adventure. Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Murmansk is easy to reach by regular flights with stopovers in Moscow or Saint Petersburg. You may wish to extend your stop in Moscow.

Day 2

Embarkation in Murmansk

Today we provide a group transfer to the port where we welcome you aboard the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy. Explore the ship and get orientated as we slip our moorings and sail north out of Kola Bay.

Day 3-6

The Voyage North

Nowhere can it be more truly said that “getting there is half the fun”. As we cruise northward through the Barents Sea there is always the possibility of seeing whales. Meanwhile, you have the opportunity to learn about the unique icebreaking capabilities of the ship. You are also treated to a tour of the engine room. As we make our way across the ice cap, you witness firsthand the ship’s awesome power as massive ice blocks give way under the enormous bulk of the spoon-shaped bow. The sensation of being on deck at this time is surreal and unforgettable.

We also take advantage of 24-hour daylight to offer helicopter flightseeing tours. From the air you can observe the ship crushing a path through the ice. You also have a unique vantage point from which to witness the stunning beauty of this vast polar icescape.

Day 7

North Pole

Welcome to the geographic North Pole! After carefully navigating to 90 degrees North, we ceremoniously drop the anchor on a sturdy stretch of ice and disembark onto the frozen sea.       Now is the time to experiencing the long-anticipated thrill of standing at the top of the world. Join hands with your fellow passengers and literally walk around the world during our special International Round Dance. You are also treated to a barbeque meal on the ice. You may even have the chance to take a plunge into the icy water! After our memorable time at the North Pole we turn around and head south. But the adventure is not over yet. The High Arctic archipelago of Franz Josef Land is still to come!

Day 8-10

 Exploration of Franz Josef Land

The Franz Josef Land archipelago, part of the Russian Arctic National Park since 2012, is a nature sanctuary. Polar bears and other quintessential High Arctic wildlife—such as walruses and some rare whale species—can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Franz Josef Land. Scree slopes and cliffs around the islands host enormous nesting colonies of migratory seabirds such as guillemots, dovekies, and ivory gulls. We take advantage of 24-hour daylight to exploit every opportunity for wildlife viewing and excursions via Zodiac and helicopter.  Franz Josef Land is home to some interesting geological features, such as the mysterious stone spheres on Champ Island. Collectors of geographical extremes may take note that Cape Fligely on Rudolf Island is the northernmost point of land in the Eastern Hemisphere.  Franz Josef Land also offers visitors the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of famous polar explorers at well-preserved historical sites. The journals of explorers such as Julius von Payer, Benjamin Leigh Smith, Frederick George Jackson, and Fridtjof Nansen come alive at Cape Norway, Cape Flora, Eira Harbour, and Cape Tegetthoff. Memorials, monuments, crosses, and the remains of dwellings are testimony to incredible historical events that are further illuminated by our expert lecturers. Tikhaya Bukhta is currently a Russian Arctic National Park ranger station occupying Soviet-era research buildings and was also a major base for polar expeditions. Nearby, the fascinating columnar basalt cliffs of Rubini Rock are home to thousands of nesting seabirds.

Day 11 & 12

The Voyage South

After our amazing time in Franz Josef Land, we cross back south through the bountiful waters of the Barents Sea. Presentations and workshops by our expert staff ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. You may also take advantage of onboard facilities and amenities such as a polar library, volleyball court, gym, two saunas, warm seawater pool, gift shop, and massage treatments. Seabird viewing and whale sightings can be enjoyed from panoramic open decks as well as exterior stateroom windows.

Day 13

Disembarkation in Murmansk

Our once-in-a-lifetime journey comes to an end. After breakfast, we say farewell in Murmansk. We provide you with a transfer to the airport for your flight home.

The Ship

I/B 50 Years of Victory

The most powerful icebreaker ever constructed has a 75,000 horsepower engine and can destroy three meter-thick layers of multi-year ice.

The ship I/b 50 Years of Victory is not intended for tourists. Instead, the icebreaker was explicitly designed to guide freight and scientific ships to remote regions of the Arctic and along the Northeast Passage. Adventurers only have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the geographic North Pole on board this authentic operating icebreaker during the short summer months.

Length: 160 m (525 ft.)
Beam: 30 m (98 ft.)
Speed: 21 knots
Passengers: 124
Crew: 140

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

2022

PRICE

$30995

Single Supplement

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STATUS

OPEN

MORE INFO
RESERVATION

Details

Included:

  • 1 pre-cruise hotel night accommodation on Day 1 in Murmansk, Russia, with breakfast;
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel in Murmansk on the day prior to embarkation;
  • Transfer from the hotel to the port in Murmansk for embarkation on Day 2;
  • Transfer from the port to the airport or central location in Murmansk upon disembarkation;
  • Shipboard accommodation with housekeeping;
  • Shipboard breakfasts, lunches, and dinners;
  • Coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock;
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by helicopter;
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by zodiacs;
  • Shore landings included in the daily program;
  • Program of lectures and informal discussions by experienced Expedition Team and guest lecturers;
  • Professional Expedition Leadership;
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Hairdryer and bathrobes in each cabin;
  • Informative pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log;
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program;
  • Gratuities to the expedition team and hotel staff;
  • All shipboard luggage handling;
  • Personalized medical insurance covering the risks of evacuation and repatriation. Coverage: 100,000 EUR. Duration: cruise days only. This is only for passengers under 90 years old

Not included:

  • Airfare to and from your hometown to Murmansk;
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel if arriving prior to Day 1 of the program;
  • Passport and visa expenses (if required); a Russian visa is required for the trip. The visa must be obtained by the customer and is at his or her expense. Please, contact your local Russian Consulate to learn more about the procedure for obtaining a Visa.
  • State arrival and departure taxes (if levied);
  • Meals ashore and supplements in respect of single hotel accommodation (if required);
  • Excess luggage charges on international and local flights;
  • Telecommunication services; laundry, bar, and beverage charges aboard the vessel;
  • Luggage, cancellation insurance (strongly recommended).

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