Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

Introduction to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers & Wildlife of Svalbard

The 10-day Introduction to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers & Wildlife of Svalbard voyage is an active adventure that begins and ends in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, one of Norway’s Arctic islands in the Svalbard archipelago. The aim of this expedition is to explore a majority of the coastline of the largest island in the group. Expect to sail magnificent fjords, cruise in inflatable skiffs past towering sea cliffs and encounter polar bears and walruses in their natural habitat.

The huge bird cliffs along the Spitsbergen coasts are a major attraction. Spitsbergen is a breeding ground for large numbers of guillemots such as the Brunnich’s and the black guillemot. Other bird species such as Atlantic Puffin, little auk, northern fulmar and kittiwake can also be found on or around the cliffs, while the arctic tern, ringed plover, purple sandpiper and four species of skua prefer the tundra. Shore excursions by Zodiac will enable you to set foot in places only a few humans have walked before and optional kayaking and paddle excursions are available at an added cost to intimately explore your surroundings even further.

This Arctic cruise begins and ends in Longyearbyen, Svalbard with round-trip charter flights to and from Helsinki, Finland. Get an extensive exploration of Spitsbergen aboard the 199-guest Ultramarine, 138-guest Ocean Explorer or the 128-guest Ocean Adventurer, all ice-stable ships equipped for personal and intimate Arctic exploration. Experience the Arctic for yourself on this stunning Svalbard cruise.

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