the immense beauty of Svalbard on this high Arctic voyage
whales, walruses, polar bears and millions of sea birds
the polar bear´s favorite summer residence, as you cruise to
80 degrees north, getting as close as possible to the pack ice north of
some extraordinary locations in the eastern part of Svalbard with
Edgeøya and in the south part of Spitsbergen like Bellsund
DATES / RATES
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||Category G||Category F||Category E||Category D||Category C||Category B||Category A||Premium Suite|
|Jul 13, 2022||Jul 23, 2022||8,590||REQUEST||REQUEST||6,490||7,490||10,490||11,990||12,990|
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||(Starting from)|
|Jul 13, 2022||Jul 23, 2022||8,590||7,490||12,990|
1: LONGYEARBYEN, SPITSBERGEN. EMBARK THE OCEAN ATLANTIC
to Longyearbyen, Capital of Svalbard – possibly the
northernmost "real" town in the world.
vessel, Ocean Atlantic, is docked close to the town center. After
boarding and a welcome drink, the Expedition Leader will provide
information about the voyage, the ship's daily routines and the various
security and safety procedures. Before sailing, there will be a
mandatory safety drill. The Captain then takes the ship out of Advent
Fjord and our Arctic adventure commences.
2: NY ÅLESUND, NY LONDON AND LILIENHÖÖK
the ‘night’ (what is night, when the sun never
sets?), we have passed Prins Karls Forland and have arrived in the
magnificent Kongsfjord. Our visit to Svalbard is in the early summer
and this is both the challenge and gift of this special voyage. Winter
ice will possibly block the inner waters of many fjords, but this will
give us the best opportunities to observe the omnipresent –
but still elusive – polar bear, hunting for seals in its
prime habitat. At this time of year the migrating birds have just
arrived. They are all eager to settle and feed to get the best start
for the coming hectic summer months.
first landing will be at Ny Ålesund. This settlement is in
fact further north than Longyearbyen, making it THE northernmost town.
But… is a group of scientific stations, a post office and a
single shop open for a few hours a real town? You will have to judge
for yourself. The setting is nice, the scientific projects are very
interesting, and so is the town history. The Captain will try to get
alongside, so we can enjoy an easy walk through the area.
the afternoon, we continue further north into the fjord system, and
depending on the ice situation, we may do a Zodiac cruise along the
Lilliehöök Glacier front… or enjoy a
3: FORMER WHALING STATION AT SMEERENBURG AND YTRE NORSKØYA
have now entered North West Svalbard, which was declared a national
park in 1973. The day could begin with a Zodiac cruise in
Danskergattet, looking for seals in Virgohamna, before crossing from
Danskøya to Amsterdamøya to make a landing at
Smeerenburg, the legendary whaling town of 17th century. 200-plus men
were living – and quite often dying – here in the
heyday of blubber production.
several interesting places to visit in this northwestern corner of
Spitsbergen. If conditions allow we’ll make a landing on Ytre
Norskøya, where whalers would have their lookout posts.
4: MONACO GLACIER AND CRUISING TOWARDS THE PACK ICE
the night we head to Wood Fjord and its branch, the Liefde
Fjord. Our plan is to embark on a Zodiac cruise along the
broad glacier front of Monacobreen. This gives a unique insight of the
glacial forces and the unlimited forms of icebergs. The ice front is
named after Albert I of Monaco, who was a major sponsor of Svalbard
the afternoon the ship will steer far north towards the edge of the
polar pack ice. How far north only time and weather will tell, but the
main target for us is just the ‘edge’, possibly at
80 degrees north! This is the kingdom of the polar bear! As the pack
ice retreats during summer, polar bears ride the floes north, as this
is where their prey - the seals - resides. Bears who for unfortunate
reasons do not ‘catch’ the ice moving north, are
stranded on Svalbard all summer, and will have to sustain on berries,
eggs and whatever whale cadavers they can find. A hard life indeed!
5: SJUØYANE AND DRIFT ICE, POLAR BEAR COUNTRY AT 80 DEGREES
AROUND EASTERN SVALBARD
the day, lectures on polar mammals, environment and/or culture can be
enjoyed on board in the Viking Theater. Should we get into the pack ice
where the sea usually is calm, a Zodiac cruise will be arranged.
part goal of the day is to reach the island Nordaustlandet and
hopefully its 7 (or 9, depending on how you count) smaller islands
Sjuøyane in the far north of Svalbard. The almost
vegetation-free, rocky islands are located around 1000 km more
northernly than mainland Norway’s famous Nordkapp.
permitting we will land and walk these most northern landmasses. These
high Arctic islands are quite barren, with moss and lichens covering
the stones. The birdlife is rich in this area and some of the rarer
gulls frequent these islands, so bring your binoculars.
the end of the day, we will start cruising towards the Hinlopen Strait
that divides Spitsbergen and Nordaustlandet.
6: AMAZING BIRDLIFE AT ALKEFJELLET, POLAR DESERT LANDSCAPE AT
the morning we arrive and cruise slowly by the famous Alkefjellet. If
the weather is on “our side” we will have a good
view of the steep cliffs. The whole area is home to a dense
congregation of Brünichs guillemots. There is so many of the
birds, that hardly an inch is free. During the summer the breeding
pairs offer a wild view of frantic activity, both along the cliffs and
in the sea in front.
wildlife awaits us as we land at the polar desert landscapes of
Torrelnesset. The beach here is home to a host of walruses that lay
amongst each other. They feed on the clams and any other molluscs that
they can find in the shallows of Svalbard’s waters.
7: THROUGH THE HINLOPEN STRAIT AND FREEMANSUNDET, LANDING AT
main issue that can halt a circumnavigation of Spitsbergen is the ice
situation along Hinlopen Strait. If the ice is passable we can make it
through the southern edge of the Strait and cruise through
Freemansundet that separates Barentsøya and
Edgeøya. We enjoy the views of the massive Kapp Lee on our
way and pass through into Storfjorden.
plan to make a Zodiac landing along Edgeøya’s
coast. Edgeøya is the third largest island in Svalbard with
an area of more than 5000 square kilometers. During
the night we will cross the southernmost part of Svalbard, called
Sørkapp. From here we will continue our way up the western
8: WILDLIFE AROUND HORNSUND AT ISBJØRNEHAMNA
that we have passed the southern edge of Spitsbergen we arrive at the
entrance to Hornsund. We will be able to see buildings around
Isbjørnhamna on the northern shore. This is a polish
research station, that has been here since 1957. Here research subjects
are: geophysics, seismics, meteorology and the ionosphere. The work
relationship between the polish researchers and the Norwegian polar
institute is very good, which secures the future of the station (as
long as funding continues).
fjord is almost 30 kilometers long and many call it the most beautiful,
with many glaciers that calve into the waters as well as towering
mountains along the shores. The mountaintops are most often covered by
dense clouds and East-Spitsbergen current often leads pack ice into the
fjords mouth. In other words, we are guests in a very impressive show
that unfolds before us.
9: CALL IN BEAUTIFUL BELLSUND, VÅRSOLBUKTA AND CALYPSOBYEN
west coast enjoys the warmer water coming up through the Atlantic, so
winter ice should now have melted. This allows us to enter the southern
fjord of Bellsund on this last full day of exploration.
has some of the richest coal layers in Svalbard, and Svea Mine, far
into the fjord, was formerly one of the biggest communities on the
island. But prices went down, and the coal mine is currently being
will stay in the fjord entrance and make landings at the
Vårsol Bay. The biggest attraction here is the little auk
cliff. Tundra is richly fertilized by hundreds of thousands of little
auks, which the Svalbard reindeer love to graze. We will go for a nice
walk along the beach – and spot remains from early industrial
lunch, we’ll cross the fjord along the 4 km long (but quite
narrow) island of Akseloya. We will make a Zodiac landing at
Calypsobyen in Recherche Fjord. Coal was extracted here in the early
1900s, but the enterprise never attained full production. Today,
Calypsobyen offers an exciting landing that gives visitors a glimpse of
the era of Neo-Industrialism, when all opportunities for profit were
tried out. A pleasant walk can be made on the tundra behind the
10: PRINCE KARLS FORLAND WITH HERDS OF WALRUSES AROUND POOLEPYNTEN AND
the night we have entered Forlandssundet, that separates Prince Karls
Forland from Spitsbergen. Our destination is Poolepynten (Poole Point),
a small headland named after the British whaler Jonas Poole. Today the
area is inhabited by herds of walruses who can be seen (and smelled!)
from a distance. The large mammals flaunt their tusks and whiskers, as
well as their considerable bulk.
the visit, we are southbound towards the entrance to the Isfjorden.
our way towards Longyearbyen, we hope to get our last glimpses of
wildlife as well as the truly unique landscapes of Svalbard.
DAY 11: LONGYEARBYEN, SPITSBERGEN. DISEMBARKATION
in the morning the ship has returned to our starting point in
Longyearbyen. After breakfast and farewell greetings to the expedition
team and crew, disembarkation will take place. Transfer is arranged to
OCEAN ATLANTIC (Expedition, 198-guests)
Ocean Atlantic is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising in Antarctic waters! Newly renovated in 2016 and with an international ice class rating of 1B, she is one of the strongest ships operating in Antarctica. Her high maneuverability, shallow draft and strong engines allow for extended voyages into isolated fjords, creating exciting adventures for any Antarctica traveler. Ocean Atlantic is newly renovated (2016) with elegant common areas and accommodation for 198 passengers. The ship was built in 1985 and underwent an extensive rebuild in 2010.
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cruise with Ocean Atlantic in a shared outside/inside double cabin with
private bathroom/toilet in the category chosen English-speaking
hikes and Zodiac cruises per itinerary
town walks with expedition team
briefings and lectures by expedition team
board on ship
coffee, tea and afternoon snacks on the ship
and farewell cocktails
tariffs and AECO fees
and farewell cocktails
visual journal link after voyage, including voyage log, gallery,
species list and more!
accommodation in Oslo.
excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
not on board the ship.
(other than coffee and tea).
for the crew (we recommend USD 14 per person per day).
not mentioned under 'Price includes'.