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Spitsbergen Wildlife Explorer aboard New Polar Vessel

Spitsbergen Wildlife Explorer aboard New Polar Vessel

From USD $9,495

Description

The largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, Spitsbergen is known as the “wildlife capital of the Arctic,” and on this unforgettable 12-day voyage, you will discover why. Building on our Spitsbergen Highlights and Intro to Spitsbergen itineraries, this longer journey has been designed to maximize time on the west and northern/southern tips of the island, providing you optimal chances to witness the remarkable array of creatures who call this spectacular yet forbidding environment home—including whales, walruses, Svalbard reindeer, seabirds by the thousands, and that most iconic of Arctic residents, the polar bear.

In addition to giving you opportunities to observe this unique parade of wildlife, the longer itinerary also allows you more time to explore the vast tundra, appreciate the natural beauty of the surprisingly colorful Arctic wilderness, and benefit from our range of on-board lectures and educational programs. Come aboard with the most knowledgeable, experienced and passionate team in the industry for an extraordinary High Arctic adventure.

Trip Name
Spitsbergen Wildlife Explorer aboard New Polar Vessel
Days
12
Overview
Vessel Type: Expedition Ship Length: 128 metres Passenger Capacity: 199 Built: 2019-2020 Ultramarine is designed to go beyond the familiar in polar exploration, to discover new places, and to immerse you in the best the region has to offer. Equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, Ultramarine offers the most robust portfolio of adventure activities in the industry, the most spacious suites in its category, breathtaking public spaces, and more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than other expedition ships its size. It also features an innovative mix of sustainability features that exceed all industry standards. With all this and more, Ultramarine is set to deliver the ultimate polar expedition experience. Cabin - Spacious Entryways, Personal Safes, Spa-inspired Bathrooms, Heated Bathroom Floors, Premium beds and bed linens, Convertible Beds, Individual Temperature Controls, HD Flatscreen Televisions, Oversized Windows With Sweeping Views, Electrical Supply: 220V Aboard - 2 Dining Areas, 4 Bars, Panorama Lounge, Lecture Theater, Library, Polar Boutique, Spa & Fitness Center, Oceanview Sauna, Zodiac Hangar with 4 Embarkation Points, 2 Ready Rooms with Individual Lockers, Walkaround Deck, Bridge Activities -  Flightseeing (Included), Zodiac Cruising (Included), Hiking (Included), Lectures (Included), Camping (Optional), Sea Kayaking (Optional), Stand-Up Paddleboarding (Optional), Paddle Excursions (Optional), Cross Country Skiing (Optional), Mountaineering (Optional)

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 Arrive in Oslo, Norway
Your Arctic voyage begins in Oslo, Norway’s vibrant capital city. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and green spaces to keep you busy before retiring at your included airport hotel.
Day 2 - Day 2 Fly to Longyearbyen, Svalbard & Embark
This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement, a true frontier town, where you’ll have some time to explore before embarkation. As your ship sets sail, enjoy your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from icy waters.
Day 3 - Days 3 to 11 Exploring Spitsbergen
Explore western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar deserts to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. As you cruise around this magical island located above the Arctic Circle, your Expedition Team will constantly be searching for animals.Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice, so we have no fixed itinerary; however, some of the places we may visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsøya, Alkhornet and the Hinlopen Strait.The destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing with an appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen.The island offers multiple opportunities for wildlife photography. Since Svalbard’s legendary wildlife habitat is well-protected and almost entirely uninhabited, it’s one of the world’s best places to spot polar bears in their natural landscapes of ice, Arctic deserts and mountain scenery.The towering cliffs of Alkefjellet provide homes to thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres).Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t soon forget. These giant pinnipeds of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.If you’re itching to experience a more intimate view from the water, you can prebook the sea kayaking or paddling excursion adventure options.In Spitsbergen, there is no shortage of natural beauty. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day, you’ll see something interesting, whether it is an ever-changing gallery of spectacular icebergs, a polar bear resting between hunts, or an abandoned historical site from centuries ago.
Day 4 - Day 12 Disembark in Longyearbyen & fly to Oslo
The time to say goodbye has come. Your Arctic adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your return group charter flight to Oslo, included in the transfer package.
Day 5 - Please Note:
Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.​Due to local regulations in Svalbard, flightseeing and other helicopter-supported adventure options are not available on these voyages.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
21-05-202201-06-2022USD $9,495Explorer Triple
21-05-202201-06-2022USD $12,495Explorer Suite
21-05-202201-06-2022USD $13,495Solo Panorama
21-05-202201-06-2022USD $13,995Balcony Suite
21-05-202201-06-2022USD $16,495Deluxe Balcony Suite
21-05-202201-06-2022USD $16,995Terrace Suite
21-05-202201-06-2022USD $17,995Penthouse Suite
21-05-202201-06-2022USD $22,495Owner's Suite
21-05-202201-06-2022USD $24,995Ultra Suite
31-05-202211-06-2022USD $12,495Explorer Suite
31-05-202211-06-2022USD $13,495Solo Panorama
31-05-202211-06-2022USD $13,995Balcony Suite
31-05-202211-06-2022USD $16,495Deluxe Balcony Suite
31-05-202211-06-2022USD $16,995Terrace Suite
31-05-202211-06-2022USD $17,995Penthouse Suite
31-05-202211-06-2022USD $22,495Owner's Suite
31-05-202211-06-2022USD $24,995Ultra Suite
31-05-202211-06-2022USD $9,495Explorer Triple

Inclusions

    • See iconic arctic wildlife
    • Enjoy snowshoeing in Spitsbergen
    • Encounter Polar Bear & Walrus

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