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Fjords and Glaciers of Spitsbergen – Luxury Adventure Expedition

Fjords and Glaciers of Spitsbergen – Luxury Adventure Expedition

From AUD $17,850

Description

Somewhere in the High Arctic, between 76 and 80 degrees latitude North, Spitsbergen, meaning “pointed mountains”, awaits you for seven days of unforgettable travel looking out for wild life. You will lift the anchor in Longyearbyen, where colourful wooden homes dot the landscape with a human presence that will certainly be the last you see for a while. The sea rolls on, and the white-striped mountains, which gave the region its name, rise up from deeply tinted waters. The polar light combines with the changing weather of the Arctic, a big blue sky, the horizon scattered with clouds, the enveloping mist erasing the border between the land and the sea: these variations all provide the magical, almost surreal, setting with new nuances. The ship is escorted by Arctic fulmars. The first ice appears; still discreet, it seems to be dancing around you. At the end of a fjord, you will find yourself before an immense glacier. Black-legged kittiwakes share an iceberg, while Arctic terns fly over the area. Aboard the ship or a Zodiac dinghy, you will admire the power of nature while becoming aware of its fragility. The music of the thaw has begun its soft melody: a combination of cracking, roaring, murmuring and fizzing defies the silence of the polar desert. On land, you will set foot on malleable earth, known as moraine. Only moss, lichen and a few rare flowers have managed to adapt and to take hold here, forming the tundra. On these inhospitable lands, Svalbard reindeer and Arctic foxes coexist with walruses, lying on the beach. It has been a long time since the Pomor settlers, of which traces remain, came to hunt them. Here, the lord of the Arctic, the polar bear, is never very far away. The crucial aspects of this cruise involve searching and keeping an eye out. On board, the team of naturalists will scan the horizon so they can provide you with marvellous sightings of wildlife and, in particular, the polar bear. The region’s elusive fauna upholds its mysteries while the uncertain nature of the encounter bestows an indescribable magic upon it.

Trip Name
Fjords and Glaciers of Spitsbergen - Luxury Adventure Expedition
Days
8
Overview
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition / Cruise Ship Length: 142 meters Passenger Capacity: 264 (in twin cabins, 200 in Antarctica) Built: 2011 A superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins, she is the fruit of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. Le Boreal remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being. Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor combined with exterior and interior lines to reflect a nautical mood, subtly revisited. On board, soothing neutral tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”. Cuisine Loyal to the great French tradition, the haute cuisine on board is worthy of the finest restaurants, where discreet, attentive service is the hallmark. Our two restaurants welcome you for breakfasts, lunch and dinner. The Gastronomic Restaurant, with a capacity of 268 persons, is situated on Le Liberte Deck and serves you French and international cuisine accompagnied by fine wine. On the Grill Restaurant, you will have the opportuniny to eat outside and enjoy buffet lunch and themed dinner. Life On Board Whether you want to join other guests in the theatre or games area (Wii™ consoles, etc), or relax on your own in a quiet corner of the library, Le Boreal has been designed to meet the needs of every guest.  Everything has been done to preserve the independence of each guest to suit their personal tastes: lounges for lectures and shows, a spa in partnership with Carita™, but also more intimate spaces such as the library and internet corner. Comfortable cabins, nearly all with private balcony, are available forfamilies either as triples or as communicating cabins. There is also a games area with Wii™ consoles, children’s menus, and a baby-sitting ser vice.Just as if you were on a private yacht, your time is your own to do as you please. Fitted with the latest equipment (Kinesis Wall, running machine) and in partnership with the famous Carita™ brand, the Beauty Centre on Le Boreal welcomes you for some unforgettable moments of relaxation and pampering (beauty treatments, hairdresser, hammam, balneotherapy).

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 LONGYEARBYEN, SPITSBERGEN
Longyearbyen is the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, located on Svalbard’s main island, and is the northernmost territorial capital on the planet. With winter temperatures dropping to below 40°C, the landscapes of this mining town are simply breathtaking. The glaciers, the mountains stretching as far as the eye can see and the untouched nature, make you feel like you’re in completely unexplored territory.
Day 2 - Day 2 HORNSUND
Nestling between millennial glaciers and carved mountains, and considered to be “the crown of Arctic Norway”, Spitsbergen is a place that never sees the night. Your ship will take you closer to this fascinating archipelago and, more particularly, the Hornsund fjord. Considered to be Svalbard’s southernmost fjord, it is especially reputed to be its most stunning: at the end of its vast bay, 8 great glaciers slowly make their way down to the sea before giving way to the many icebergs elegantly drifting along its cold and mysterious waters.
Day 3 - Day 3 BELLSUND, SPITSBERGEN
You will head to the Bellsund fjord to follow in the footsteps of the first explorers who came from the Norwegian coast, or those of the many fur traders seeking game and trophies. Boasting an astonishingly rich wildlife, the arms of the fjord separate to form two lush valleys. Give free rein to your imagination in the heart of this majestic natural environment where time seems to stand still.
Day 4 - Day 4 SAILING TOWARD THE ICE FLOES
Your captain will sail right up to the limit of the ice, to the edge of the ice floe. Weather conditions and state of the ice allowing, you will be able to go out in a zodiac dinghy for a unique experience in the middle of these floating slabs of ice. In addition to this grandiose journey through the middle of these floes with their cut and blue-tinged edges, sometimes over 2 metres thick, it is also often an opportunity to see a particular kind of fauna, totally dependent on the ice floe: birds, seals and polar bears.
Day 5 - Day 5 MAKEOYANE, SPITSBERGEN & MONACO GLACIER, SPITSBERGEN
Måkeøyane is a small archipelago in the heart of the Woodfjorden, whose names is a reference to the large quantities of driftwood washing up on the beaches. It is located at the intersection between the Bockfjorden and the Liefdefjorden which leads to the Monaco Glacier, one of the most beautiful in Spitsbergen. As you sail around these little islands, you will be able to observe Arctic terns whose eggs sometimes attract polar bears. Located to the North-West of the Svalbard archipelago, the Monaco Glacier is probably one of Spitsbergen’s most beautiful and majestic. Named in honour of Prince Albert I of Monaco, a sailor, it stands as an impenetrable, blue-tinged jagged wall, the last glacier before reaching a latitude of 80° North. Imagine the sound of the ice cracking as it breaks free and crashes into the transparent water. And to make the magical landscape even more perfect, you might be lucky enough to spot bears and whales, as these two animals have a special fondness for this area.
Day 6 - Day 6 RAUDFJORDEN, SPITSBERGEN & SMEERENBURG, SPITSBERGEN
Raudfjorden means “red fjord”, from the colour of the sandstone of the surrounding mountains. Along the west coast of this 20 km fjord, dissected by many shallow bays, you will be able to admire some of Spitsbergen’s most spectacular ice formations. At the extremity of the fjord, two offshoots lead to the magnificent glaciers of Chauveaubreen and Raudfjordbreen which is 3 km wide. To the east, Alicehamna Beach in Bruceneset Bay has seen trappers, fishermen and explorers arrive for centuries, as evidenced by the “Raudfjordhytta” - the cabin of a Swedish trapper built in 1927. Located at the far north-west of the Svalbard archipelago, at the intersection of oceanic and Arctic influences, Smeerenburg is a former Dutch whaling colony on the southern part of Amsterdam Island. In a landscape of hills with steep slopes, plateaux, lakes and lagoons, you will anchor at a sandy beach. Dotted with driftwood and the remains of ovens that were used to melt the whale blubber, this is one of Spitsbergen’s most important archaeological sites. At the height of the whaling activity, 200 men worked here and several are buried here.
Day 7 - Day 7 NY-ALESUND, SPITSBERGEN & KONGSFJORDEN (KING BAY), SPITSBERGEN
During your cruise, discover Ny-Ålesund, a former mining town that has been transformed into a scientific base. Founded in 1916, this small town was the departure point for many Arctic expeditions, including those of the famous explorer Roald Amundsen. Don't miss a visit to the museum and its famous post office, considered to be the most northerly in the world! Very close to the former mining town of Ny-Ålesund, set off to discover Kings Bay. Your ship will sail in one of the most beautiful fjords in Svalbard: Kongsfjorden (the fjord of the King), a gateway to grandiose landscapes. Here, the snow-capped mountains are reflected in the water where superb icebergs try to outdo each other in their beauty, a delight for photographers. Seals, reindeer, barnacle geese and black guillemots frequent these places that have a unique atmosphere. Once you arrive at the end of the fjord, admire the Kongsbreen (glacier of the King) and its three characteristic rocky points, which take their names from three Scandinavian countries: Svea (Sweden), Dana (Denmark) and Nora (Norway).
Day 8 - Day 8 LONGYEARBYEN, SPITSBERGEN
Longyearbyen is the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, located on Svalbard’s main island, and is the northernmost territorial capital on the planet. With winter temperatures dropping to below 40°C, the landscapes of this mining town are simply breathtaking. The glaciers, the mountains stretching as far as the eye can see and the untouched nature, make you feel like you’re in completely unexplored territory.
Day 9 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
07-06-202514-06-2025AUD $17,850Superior Stateroom
07-06-202514-06-2025AUD $19,130DeLuxe Stateroom
07-06-202514-06-2025AUD $62,490Owner’s Suite
07-06-202514-06-2025AUD $20,970Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
07-06-202514-06-2025AUD $21,900Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
07-06-202514-06-2025AUD $22,980Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
07-06-202514-06-2025AUD $31,080Deluxe Suite
07-06-202514-06-2025AUD $41,180Prestige Suite - Deck 5
07-06-202514-06-2025AUD $43,190Privilege Suite
07-06-202514-06-2025AUD $49,260Grand Deluxe Suite
07-06-202514-06-2025AUD $57,900Grand Privilege Suite
14-06-202521-06-2025AUD $17,850Superior Stateroom
14-06-202521-06-2025AUD $19,130DeLuxe Stateroom
14-06-202521-06-2025AUD $20,970Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
14-06-202521-06-2025AUD $21,900Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
14-06-202521-06-2025AUD $22,980Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
14-06-202521-06-2025AUD $31,080Deluxe Suite
14-06-202521-06-2025AUD $41,180Prestige Suite - Deck 5
14-06-202521-06-2025AUD $43,190Privilege Suite
14-06-202521-06-2025AUD $49,260Grand Deluxe Suite
14-06-202521-06-2025AUD $57,900Grand Privilege Suite
14-06-202521-06-2025AUD $62,490Owner’s Suite
15-06-202522-06-2025AUD $17,850Superior Stateroom
15-06-202522-06-2025AUD $19,130DeLuxe Stateroom
15-06-202522-06-2025AUD $20,970Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
15-06-202522-06-2025AUD $21,900Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
15-06-202522-06-2025AUD $22,980Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
15-06-202522-06-2025AUD $31,080Deluxe Suite
15-06-202522-06-2025AUD $41,180Prestige Suite - Deck 5
15-06-202522-06-2025AUD $43,190Prestige Suite - Deck 6
15-06-202522-06-2025AUD $49,260Owner’s Suite
21-06-202528-06-2025AUD $17,850Superior Stateroom
21-06-202528-06-2025AUD $19,130DeLuxe Stateroom
21-06-202528-06-2025AUD $20,970Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
21-06-202528-06-2025AUD $21,900Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
21-06-202528-06-2025AUD $22,980Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
21-06-202528-06-2025AUD $31,080Deluxe Suite
21-06-202528-06-2025AUD $41,180Prestige Suite - Deck 5
21-06-202528-06-2025AUD $43,190Privilege Suite
21-06-202528-06-2025AUD $49,260Grand Deluxe Suite
21-06-202528-06-2025AUD $57,900Grand Privilege Suite
21-06-202528-06-2025AUD $62,490Owner’s Suite
22-06-202529-06-2025AUD $17,850Superior Stateroom
22-06-202529-06-2025AUD $19,130DeLuxe Stateroom
22-06-202529-06-2025AUD $20,970Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
22-06-202529-06-2025AUD $21,900Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
22-06-202529-06-2025AUD $22,980Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
22-06-202529-06-2025AUD $31,080Deluxe Suite
22-06-202529-06-2025AUD $41,180Prestige Suite - Deck 5
22-06-202529-06-2025AUD $43,190Prestige Suite - Deck 6
22-06-202529-06-2025AUD $49,260Owner’s Suite
28-06-202505-07-2025AUD $17,850Superior Stateroom
28-06-202505-07-2025AUD $19,130DeLuxe Stateroom
28-06-202505-07-2025AUD $20,970Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
28-06-202505-07-2025AUD $21,900Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
28-06-202505-07-2025AUD $22,980Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
28-06-202505-07-2025AUD $31,080Deluxe Suite
28-06-202505-07-2025AUD $41,180Prestige Suite - Deck 5
28-06-202505-07-2025AUD $43,190Privilege Suite
28-06-202505-07-2025AUD $49,260Grand Deluxe Suite
28-06-202505-07-2025AUD $57,900Grand Privilege Suite
28-06-202505-07-2025AUD $62,490Owner’s Suite
29-06-202506-07-2025AUD $17,850Superior Stateroom
29-06-202506-07-2025AUD $19,130DeLuxe Stateroom
29-06-202506-07-2025AUD $20,970Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
29-06-202506-07-2025AUD $21,900Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
29-06-202506-07-2025AUD $22,980Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
29-06-202506-07-2025AUD $31,080Deluxe Suite
29-06-202506-07-2025AUD $41,180Prestige Suite - Deck 5
29-06-202506-07-2025AUD $43,190Prestige Suite - Deck 6
29-06-202506-07-2025AUD $49,260Owner’s Suite
05-07-202512-07-2025AUD $17,850Superior Stateroom
05-07-202512-07-2025AUD $19,130DeLuxe Stateroom
05-07-202512-07-2025AUD $20,970Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
05-07-202512-07-2025AUD $21,900Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
05-07-202512-07-2025AUD $22,980Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
05-07-202512-07-2025AUD $31,080Deluxe Suite
05-07-202512-07-2025AUD $41,180Prestige Suite - Deck 5
05-07-202512-07-2025AUD $43,190Privilege Suite
05-07-202512-07-2025AUD $49,260Grand Deluxe Suite
05-07-202512-07-2025AUD $57,900Grand Privilege Suite
05-07-202512-07-2025AUD $62,490Owner’s Suite
12-07-202519-07-2025AUD $17,850Superior Stateroom
12-07-202519-07-2025AUD $19,130DeLuxe Stateroom
12-07-202519-07-2025AUD $20,970Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
12-07-202519-07-2025AUD $21,900Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
12-07-202519-07-2025AUD $22,980Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
12-07-202519-07-2025AUD $31,080Deluxe Suite
12-07-202519-07-2025AUD $41,180Prestige Suite - Deck 5
12-07-202519-07-2025AUD $43,190Privilege Suite
12-07-202519-07-2025AUD $49,260Grand Deluxe Suite
12-07-202519-07-2025AUD $57,900Grand Privilege Suite
12-07-202519-07-2025AUD $62,490Owner’s Suite
19-07-202526-07-2025AUD $43,190Privilege Suite
19-07-202526-07-2025AUD $49,260Grand Deluxe Suite
19-07-202526-07-2025AUD $57,900Grand Privilege Suite
19-07-202526-07-2025AUD $62,490Owner’s Suite
19-07-202526-07-2025AUD $17,850Superior Stateroom
19-07-202526-07-2025AUD $19,130DeLuxe Stateroom
19-07-202526-07-2025AUD $20,970Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
19-07-202526-07-2025AUD $21,900Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
19-07-202526-07-2025AUD $22,980Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
19-07-202526-07-2025AUD $31,080Deluxe Suite
19-07-202526-07-2025AUD $41,180Prestige Suite - Deck 5

Inclusions

    • A cruise to discover the riches of Svalbard, in search of mysterious wild fauna, in the comfort of an exceptional ship.
    • Outings and shore visits in zodiac inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
    • The possibility of hiking on the island, between tundra, beaches and glaciers.
    • The history of Spitsbergen connected to hunting and fishing, the mining industry and polar exploration, with the possibility of discovering Ny-Alesund.
    • Discovering the incredible geology of Spitsbergen, easily observable with the naked eye due to the archipelago’s short vegetation.
    • Scenic sailing past glaciers or cliffs, inside huge fjords, between dazzling blue sky or mysterious polar mist.
    • Landscapes: rugged mountains, icebergs, ice caps, deep valleys, striated cliffs, vertiginous walls, gigantic glaciers, glacier fronts, tundra and the possibility of observing the ice floe.
    • Wildlife: polar bears, Arctic foxes, Svalbard reindeer, walruses, bearded seals, harbour seals, Arctic fulmars, Arctic terns, black-legged kittiwakes, eiders, guillemots, blue whales, minke whales, orcas.

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