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Natural Wonders of Svalbard Cruise

Natural Wonders of Svalbard Cruise

From EUR €10,200

Description

The ultimate Svalbard cruise on a small, capable expedition vessel with just 12 guests. The focus on this adventure is to explore the beautiful natural wilderness of Svalbard during the summer months with 24 hours of daylight. We will encounter calving glaciers, witness an abundance of wildlife, visit historical places, and spend time exploring ashore. All this with 2 expert guides and just 12 guests.

Photoghraphy Cruises

Join the highly accomplished wildlife photographer Paul Goldstein (If you would like to speak to Paul before you book, please call us and we will arrange a call) and the veteran guide duo John Rodsted and Mette Eliseussen, on a small ship photo expedition to explore Spitsbergen with just 12 guests on the magnificent MV Vikingfjord. 

During June polar bears can be seen hunting on the pack  offering gorgeous backdrops for photography. You can expect huge rafts of sea ice, walruses hauling out on remote beaches, Arctic foxes and encounter some of Spitsbergen’s countless glaciers with 24 hours of daylight. The expedition days will be spent searching for wildlife from the ship and the Zodiacs.
 
Exploring on a small ship allows a great deal of flexibility, Paul is big on flexibility and works VERY long hours. When wildlife is encountered, if pertinent, Zodiacs can be launched in under 15 minutes ensuring opportunities are rarely missed. There will be bags of instruction, advice, entertainment and chatter from Paul and plenty to learn about Spitsbergen from our experts John and Mette along the way.

3rd – 12th June 2024
12th – 21st June 2024

Trip Name
Natural Wonders of Svalbard Cruise
Days
10
Overview
Vessel Type: Expedition Length: 37 meters Passenger Capacity: 12 Built: 1958 A former Norwegian research vessel that has been tastefully converted into an expedition vessel ideal for exploring the Arctic. What we love about Kinfish Her small size makes her perfect for exploring the places larger vessels can’t reach. Modern, spacious interior with passenger lounge and large saloon. All cabins have en-suite with comfortable beds. Large bridge area where guests are welcome to observe. Ice strengthened hull Multiple deck heights and viewing areas. Key Features Accommodates 12 guests in 6 x twin cabins with en-suite. All cabins are well-appointed and are finished to a high standard. Large dining saloon with bar. Spacious passenger lounge on the top deck. Equipped with 2 Zodiac landing crafts for shore landings Semi enclosed deck spaces to enjoy the view Fully staffed with experienced captain, crew and expedition leaders. Exterior Enjoy the views from multiple deck levels. Climb the mast and get outstanding views from the viewing platform. Low aft deck just 1 meter from the water which is great for photography. Viewing area on deck 4 which is great for wildlife spotting. Accessible bow area. Open bridge policy with seating area to observe operations. Interior Clean, comfortable cabins with ensuite.Large messroom with bar and dining area for 18 seated persons. Guest lounge with board games and media library. Survey lounge with projector and library. Mud room  

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 Longyearbyen
Your expedition begins in the most Northerly town in the world, Longyearbyen. In the afternoon we embark our expedition vessel at the port of Longyearbyen. After an introduction from our expedition leader and a safety briefing from the Captain, we set sail out through the majestic Adventfjord. As Longyearbyen disappears astern, we wave goodbye to civilisation for the next 9 days. As we sail out through the Isfjord we will spend time on deck watching for the whales that frequent the waters.
Day 2 - Days 2-3 Prins Karls Foreland & Sea Ice
In the morning we approach Prins Karls Foreland, an uninhabited island of beautiful scenery off the west coast of Spitsbergen. We will drop anchor and launch the Zodiac landing craft to go ashore and visit an area where walruses haul out. In the afternoon we will do a wilderness hike. We frequently see Svalbard reindeer here. If the conditions allow we will sail up to the edge of the sea ice which extends all the way to the North Pole. In calm conditions, we will cruise the edge of the sea ice keeping a sharp lookout for wildlife including polar bears that hunt on the ice.
Day 3 - Days 4-7 Exploring the North-West Coast
Every voyage we undertake to Svalbard involves an element of exploration. A part of our Svalbard experience is to have a few days with no set itinerary. Under the guidance of our expedition leader, we will work with the weather and sea ice conditions to show you the best that the north-west coast has to offer. Over the next 3 days we will cruise around the coast with regular shore landings to visit different natural and historical sites including glaciers, do wilderness hikes and spend some time enjoying the raw nature of the Arctic.
Day 4 - Days 8-9 Lilliehook Fjord & Kongsfjorden
As we sail back south we explore the area in and Kongsfjorden. Expect majestic glaciers, some of Svalbard’s most beautiful fjords and scenery from the decks. Here we encounter one of Svalbard’s most breathtaking sites, the Lilliehook glacier, one of Svalbard’s largest calving glacier fronts. We will spend time here witnessing nature’s beauty in its rawest form with the option of doing a wilderness hike to a neighbouring fjord.
Day 5 - Day 10 Longyearbyen
In the morning we arrive back at the port of Longyearbyen. After breakfast we say our goodbyes after making new friends and sharing a wonderful adventure together.
Day 6 - Please Note:
The above itinerary is a guide only. A part of any Arctic adventure is the flexibility to take advantage of the weather and ice conditions. Our expedition leader will make sure you see as much a possible.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
26-05-202403-06-2024EUR €11,500Type A - Double With En-Suite
26-05-202403-06-2024EUR €11,500Type C - Single With En-Suite
26-05-202403-06-2024EUR €11,500Type B - Twin With En-Suite
21-06-202430-06-2024EUR €12,900Type C - Single With En-Suite
21-06-202430-06-2024EUR €12,900Type B - Twin With En-Suite
21-06-202430-06-2024EUR €12,900Type A - Double With En-Suite
30-06-202408-07-2024EUR €11,500Type B - Twin With En-Suite
30-06-202408-07-2024EUR €11,500Type A - Double With En-Suite
30-06-202408-07-2024EUR €11,500Type C - Single With En-Suite
08-07-202417-07-2024EUR €12,900Type A - Double With En-Suite
08-07-202417-07-2024EUR €12,900Type C - Single With En-Suite
08-07-202417-07-2024EUR €12,900Type B - Twin With En-Suite
17-07-202426-07-2024EUR €12,900Type C - Single With En-Suite
17-07-202426-07-2024EUR €12,900Type A - Double With En-Suite
17-07-202426-07-2024EUR €12,900Type B - Twin With En-Suite
09-08-202418-08-2024EUR €10,200Cabin B
09-08-202418-08-2024EUR €10,900Cabin A
18-08-202427-08-2024EUR €10,200Cabin B
18-08-202427-08-2024EUR €10,900Cabin A
27-08-202405-09-2024EUR €10,200Cabin B
27-08-202405-09-2024EUR €10,900Cabin A
27-06-202506-07-2025EUR €12,500Type A - Double With En-Suite
27-06-202506-07-2025EUR €12,500Type C - Single With En-Suite
27-06-202506-07-2025EUR €12,500Type B - Twin With En-Suite
06-07-202515-07-2025EUR €12,500Type C - Single With En-Suite
06-07-202515-07-2025EUR €12,500Type A - Double With En-Suite
06-07-202515-07-2025EUR €12,500Type B - Twin With En-Suite

Inclusions

    • Amazing Wildlife We will visit areas where walruses haul out, encounter reindeer and Arctic foxes on land, observe whales and other marine life and explore coasts where polar bears are known to roam.
    • Stunning Scenery We will encounter mighty glaciers, cruise tranquil steep-sided fjords and spend time outside exploring the beautiful untouched wilderness.
    • Climate Compensated Caring for the environment is what we do. For Svalbard cruise we run we plant trees in Greenland to offset the emissions. As a member of AECO, we follow strict guidelines to ensure minimal disturbance to wildlife and natural sites.
    • Expedition Leader and Guide An aspect of our journeys is to learn about the place you are visiting. Our onboard guides are the core of what we do and will share their passion and knowledge of Svalbard throughout the trip. We offer the best guide to guest ratio available.
    • Zodiac landing craft for shore landings Shore landings are the essence of every expedition and your guides will take you exploring on a daily basis. The vessel is equipped with landing craft that can be used to reach remote beaches so you can experience the wilderness firsthand.
    • Expedition Vessel With 12 Guests We believe the best way to experience an environmentally sensitive place such as the Arctic is with a small group of travelers. New expedition cruise ships now take up to 350 passengers, we believe smaller is better.

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