Experience calving glaciers in Svalbard, cathedral-like icebergs in Greenland, or labyrinthine expanses of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean. We anticipate exploring in the northwestern part of the island of Spitsbergen. This area contains the archipelago’s most impressive scenery and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing. From Svalbard we head southwest across the Greenland Sea toward East Greenland.
The Franz Josef Fjord and Kong Oscar Fjord systems are part of Northeast Greenland National Park, the world’s largest and perhaps most remote. This whole area contains some of the Arctic’s most magnificent scenery.
In order to get the best experience and weather conditions, the sequence of cruise destinations to visit is subject to be inversed and you could feel a true expedition spirit.
Itinerary, landings and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions and are subject to the decisions of the Expedition Leader and the Captain of the vessel. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed.
Welcome to Oslo, which in 2019 was awarded the prestigious title “Green Capital of Europe”. We’ve arranged a comfortable stay for you at an Oslo Airport hotel so that you’re conveniently close for your flight to Longyearbyen on Day 2.
If you’re adventurous and have the time, take the handy airport train into central Oslo – it’s a 20-minute ride and trains depart and arrive frequently during the day. Near Oslo Central Station are shops, cafes, the Botanical Garden, cultural attractions and the attractive waterfront area.
Today you have a flight to Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Svalbard and starting point of our Arctic expedition! At the Longyearbyen airport, you will be greeted by our staff and transferred to the pier where we will warmly welcome you aboard the deluxe expedition vessel M/V Sea Spirit. Get settled in your spacious suite and explore the ship that will be your comfortable home during the extraordinary adventure to come. Once underway, a full schedule of events kicks off with informative briefings and introductions from your expedition staff. After the first of many delicious dinners on board, step out onto the open decks to admire the gorgeous scenery in endless evening light as we pass through the wildlife-rich waters of Isfjorden, one of the largest fjords in Svalbard.
Svalbard is a true High Arctic wilderness and flexibility will be the key in our ability to maximize
your experiences. Our route and exploration opportunities here are heavily dependent on the
weather and sea ice conditions we encounter. Our experienced captain and expedition leader decide
the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be
sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented to us by Nature in
this wild and remote corner of the Arctic. We anticipate exploring in the northwestern part of the island of Spitsbergen. This area contains the archipelago’s most impressive scenery and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing. We will try to reach the entrance of the Hinlopen Strait and see the beautiful fjords.
Jagged snowy mountain peaks flank deep fjords and narrow channels. Immense tidewater glaciers calve icebergs into turquoise waters. Fields of flowering tundra are home to grazing reindeer and playful Arctic fox. Bountiful inshore and offshore waters are home to a wide variety of marine mammals. Polar bears can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Svalbard.
Also in this area is Ny Ålesund, a former mining town that is now home to an international community of Arctic researchers, complete with museum, gift shop, and post office. This was also a staging area for
historic attempts to discover the North Pole.
From Svalbard we head southwest across the Greenland Sea toward East Greenland. In these far
northern latitudes, it is possible to encounter sea ice any time of the year. All along the way, we
remain vigilant for sightings of marine mammals such as seals, and the majestic polar bear. In
previous eras, a large number of different species of whales, especially bowhead whales, lived in the
Greenland Sea. But due to hunting which lasted into the 20th centur, the whales were on the verge
of extinction. Now, fortunately, the populations are recovering, and sometimes we can see these majestic animals passing by.
This is expedition cruising at its most authentic and it brings us new opportunities to explore. We will
go on a true arctic adventure and feel the real breath of the Arctic. Our itinerary and exploration
opportunities in East Greenland are dependent on weather and sea ice conditions. Again, you can be
sure that our experienced captain and expedition leader will take advantage of every opportunity so
that you can experience excellent wildlife viewing, discover incredible scenery and go ashore wherever
possible. The Franz Josef Fjord and Kong Oscar Fjord systems are part of Northeast Greenland National Park, the world’s largest and perhaps most remote. This whole area contains some of the Arctic’s most magnificent scenery. Deep fjords and narrow channels, flanked by ice-clad peaks up to 2000 meters high, reach far into the mountainous heart of Greenland. Tidewater glaciers create colossal icebergs that float with wind and tide throughout the fjord system. On shore, fields of multicolored tundra are home to musk oxen and Arctic hare. The landscape — vast, open, and seemingly untouched since the beginning of time—is a hiker’s paradise. Throughout this
area, we also find ancient Thule archeological sites, historical trappers’ huts, and modern Inuit hunters’
cabins. To provide you with the best experience possible, Days 3-5 and 8-11 might be reversed. This allows our captain and expedition team to monitor the weather and sea conditions; remember: flexibility is the key to polar expedition cruising!
Following our exploration of the Northeast Greenland coastline and fjords, we head back
across the Greenland Sea toward Svalbard.
Presentations and workshops by our expert staff ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent; but
that’s up to you! Seabird viewing and whale sightings can be enjoyed from panoramic open
decks as well as exterior stateroom windows and balconies.
After you enjoy one final buffet breakfast on board, we bid you farewell in Longyearbyen. We provide
transfers to the airport or to the town center in case you plan to stay longer in Svalbard. By this
time, you may already be making plans for your next amazing trip with us into the polar world!
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