Polar Bear Encounters tour

Polar Bear Encounters tour

Tour Experience

Cruise in the Arctic and enjoy the landscape and wildlife and possibly spot polar bears

Available

Set departures from June to August

Location

Longyearbyern & Svalbard Island

This 9-day tour takes you on a cruise around the north of Spitsbergen Island, largest of the Svalbard Archipelago. We'll enjoy beautiful polar landscapes whilst sailing through iceberg filled fjords. The specially converted expedition vessel allows us to get close up and personal to the abundance of interesting and colourful flora & fauna of the Arctic.

This Arctic expedition starts in Longyearbyen on the remote Norwegian island of Spitsbergen with a short tour of this interesting mining town. Boarding either the m/v Plancius or the m/v Ortelius we cruise north along the west coast of the island stopping first at Raudfjord a beautiful fjord dominated by spectacular glaciers and favoured by ringed and bearded seals. Continuing north into the mouth of Liefdefjorden, there is the possibility to get close to the 5km long Monaco glacier and hopefully catch a glimpse of polar bear. Heading north again we cruise into the Hinlopen Strait, home to Bearded Seals, Ringed Seals, Polar Bears, and Ivory Gulls. Still sailing north we'll reach Phippsøya, our northernmost point at 81 degrees north, just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole. Retracing our route we head back along the west coast of Spitsbergen. We sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden and land at Alkhornet. Finally we cruise back into Longyearbyen where the cruise ends.

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INCLUDED

  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
  • 24/7 airport arrival transfer service
  • All transport in private vehicles
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material

EXCLUDED

  • International flights (can be arranged on request)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Optional activities
  • Departure taxes
  • Meals, drinks & snacks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any other items not mentioned in the itinerary

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive in Longyearbyen, transfer to hotel

Today we meet you at Spitsbergen airport and transfer you to your hotel in Longyearbyen, the rest of the day is free for you to take a look around interesting mining town.
OVERNIGHT:
Longyearbyen hotel
EXTRAS:
Single Room Supplement (ARSGPB)

DAY 2 Longyearbyen, evening set sail

Arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago of which West Spitsbergen is the largest island. Before embarking there is an opportunity to stroll around this former mining town, whose parish church and Polar Museum are well worth visiting, while in the surrounds of Longyearbyen, more than 100 species of plant have been recorded. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden.
OVERNIGHT:
Expedition vessel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 Sail to Raudfjord or Liefdefjord

We visit Raudfjord or Liefdefjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, beautiful fjords dominated by spectacular glaciers and favoured by Ringed and Bearded Seal and where we often sea Polar Bear. In the evening we will sail by the island of Moffen where a big herd of Walrus can be found.
OVERNIGHT:
Expedition vessel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 Sail through Beverleysundet

We named by Parry in 1827 and also sailed by the Swedish-Russian Arc-of-Meridian Expedition in 1898.
OVERNIGHT:
Expedition vessel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 Sail to Rijpfjord, shore walk

We push east along Scoresby Island, into Rijpfjord, where in Wordiebukta the German Wehrmacht had the weather station Haudegen until September 1945. The station itself is off bounds, but we can see the outlines in a beautiful surrounding at the head of the fjord. In Zorgdragerfjord one group will walk at the eastern shore while the other group walks along the north side of Arkvatnet through Havsuldalen to the entrance of Duvefjorden.
OVERNIGHT:
Expedition vessel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 Sail to Phippsoya in the Seven Islands

Today we will reach our northernmost point at Phippsoya, in the Seven Islands north of Nordaustlandet. Here we will be at 81 degrees north, just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole. Polar Bear inhabit this region, along with Ivory Gull.
OVERNIGHT:
Expedition vessel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 Sail along the edge of the continental shelf

Retracing our route westwards, our route takes us through and along the pack ice, keeping watch for Polar Bear and the elusive Greenland Whale (Bowhead). About 40 nautical miles west of Spitsbergen we, where Fin Whale forage in summer in the upwellings along the Spitsbergen banks. At the mouth of the Kongsfjord we have also good chances to see Minke Whale.
OVERNIGHT:
Expedition vessel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 Sail into St. Johns Fjord or the mouth of Isfjorden

In Forlandsundet at Sarstangen is a haul out place for Walrus. Alternatively we sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden and land at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on its cliffs and Arctic Fox search the cliff base for fallen eggs and chicks, while Spitsbergen Reindeer graze the relatively luxuriant vegetation. At nighttime we arrive in Longyearbyen.
OVERNIGHT:
Expedition vessel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 Arrive Longyearbyen, transfer to airport

Return to Longyearbyen and disembark for the transfer to the airport and the flight to Oslo and home.
OVERNIGHT:
N/A
MEALS:
Breakfast

DURATION

9 days

Price

A$4993

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