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Northern Svalbard Explorer

  • Overview

    Arctic autumn conditions offer you the opportunity to explore rarely visited northern isles of Svalbard. Pack ice opens up to allow us to attempt landings in some of the farthest reaches of the archipelago, including the outer islands of Nordaustlandet, Storøya and Kvitøya. As we sail past spectacular ice caps and dramatic calving glaciers, we’ll keep watch for walrus haul-outs, flocks of ivory gulls and polar bears hunting on pack ice. We’ll step ashore to explore the orange-coloured tundra and venture even deeper into the Arctic!

    Duration: 11 days
    Passengers: 54 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
    Disembarkation Point: Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Cruise only
    Single Supplement: 1.7x - 2.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen; Embarkation Day

      Enjoy a guided tour of Spitsbergen’s colourful capital of Longyearbyen. Embark Polar Pioneer late in the afternoon, and enjoy a warm welcome from our expert expedition team.

    • Day 2 - Spitsbergen's northwest coast

      Awaken in the Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park - the rugged north-west corner of Svalbard’s largest island, Spitsbergen. Alpine peaks and glacier valleys dominate the landscape which is home to reindeer, walrus and Arctic fox. We’ll cruise past spectacular sea-cliffs, watching as the last of the season’s seabirds take flight, and explore the region’s calving glaciers such as Smeerenburg on Amsterdam Island and discover the remains of ancient whaling stations at Ytre Norskøya.

    • Day 3/4 - Nordaustlandet north coast

      Our captain steers Polar Pioneer northeast to reach the coast of Svalbard’s second largest island, Nordaustlandet - a polar desert rich in geological wonders. We’ll traverse the northern coastline, landing ashore for tundra walks amongst the autumn-hues in search of wildlife like reindeer and walruses. If weather and ice permits, we hope to attempt landings or cruises at Sjuøyane (The Seven Isles), the most northerly point of the Svalbard archipelago (and Norway) and home to a large colony of walruses and frequented by roaming polar bears. We also hope to explore the magnificent 40 kilometre fjord at Rijpfjord.

    • Day 5/6 - East of Nordaustlandet

      We continue across the top of Nordauslandet towards Svalbard’s most easterly islands, Kvitøya and Storøya (also the most easternmost part of Norway), and aim to take a spectacular Zodiac cruise around Karl XII Island – Norway’s second-most northern point – on route . Over the next two days weather and ice will dictate our journey as we head further north into the thickening pack ice in search for polar bears and walrus as they hunt and haul-out on the ice and keep watch for the elusive and elegant ivory gull.

    • Day 7/8 - South of Nordaustlandet

      Completing our circumnavigation of Nordaustlandet, we’ll head north through the Hinlopen Strait. Along the way we may take a Zodiac cruise around Austfonna, an impressively large ice cap with one of the longest glacier fronts in the northern hemisphere. We'll also Zodiac cruise under the impressive sheer cliffs of Alkfjellet, the summer nesting ground of thousands of birdlife as well as explore Isisøya by Zodiac, and make a landing at Murchisonfjorden, both of which are steeped in rich history and amazing scenery.

    • Day 9/10 - Spitsbergen north & west coasts

      Returning along the stunning north-western Spitsbergen coast, we keep an eye on ice and weather conditions and make as many landings as possible. Possible landing spots include Woodfjord, Liefdefjord, Krossfjord and Kongsfjord.

    • Day 11 - Spitsbergen; Disembarkation Day

      We cruise down Isfjorden and return to Longyearbyen, where we disembark from our journey.

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your captain and expedition leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Highlights & Activities

    Kayaking

    Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, you'll glide between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife.

    USD$ 691 per person

    Photography

    All of our expeditions and itineraries offer fantastic photography experiences, however on selected expeditions we offer specialised photography workshops with our expert photography guides.

    Included

    Search for Polar bears

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    Explore Svalbard's rich natural parks and learn about the early explorers of this region at numerous historical sites

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  • Inclusions
    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - Transfers where stated in the itinerary
    - All shipboard accommodation and meals
    - Group sightseeing tour in Longyearbyen on arrival
    - Port taxes & entry fees
    - Expedition jacket
    - Photographic journal of your expedition
    - All shore excursions and lectures in the itinerary

    Not included in your Expedition

    - Items of a personal nature such as; Beverages / Laundry / Medical expenses / Gratuities / Internet & Wifi
    - Optional excursions and activities.
    - Travel insurance (mandatory)
    - Passport and Visa expenses
    - Transfers not specified in the itinerary
    - Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
    - International and internal flights that are not specified
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  • Vessel

    POLAR PIONEER

    Polar Pioneer is one of the most popular style of vessels currently used in Antarctica and the Arctic. Originally built as an ice-strengthened research vessel in Finland in 1982, she was refurbished in 2000 and converted into a passenger ship for expeditions to the Polar Regions. Polar Pioneer’s excellent reputation for polar expedition cruising is due to her strength, manoeuvrability and size. She is small and nimble, which means she can sail up close to landing sites and venture where other, larger ships can’t. Carrying just 54 passengers, she allows us to offer you a far more personal and intimate experience of the destination we are visiting.

    Features & Facilities
    • Basic accommodation
    • Lounge bar
    • Spacious viewing platforms and decks
    • Presentation room
    • Sauna
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 3
    Guests #: 54
    Crew #: 23
    Ice Class: 1A
    Speed: 14
    Refurbished: 2000
    Technical Specs
    Year built: 1982
    Length: 71m
    Width: 13
    Draft: 4
    Tonnage: 1753
    Registry: Russia
    Elec Outlets: 220V / 2 Round Pin
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Triple

30 Aug 2019 - 09 Sep 2019
Triple public cabin, 3 x berths and shared facilities
USD$ 5,004pp
USD$ 5,004pp

Twin Public

30 Aug 2019 - 09 Sep 2019
Twin cabin with shared facilities
USD$ 5,977pp
USD$ 5,074pp
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Twin cabin, with private facilities and window.

Twin Private Economy

30 Aug 2019 - 09 Sep 2019
Twin cabin, with 1 x upper and 1 x lower bunk, private facilities and window.
USD$ 7,019pp
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Twin Private

30 Aug 2019 - 09 Sep 2019
Twin cabin, 2 x lower bunks with private facilities and window.
USD$ 7,227pp
USD$ 6,185pp
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Mini-Suite

30 Aug 2019 - 09 Sep 2019
Suite cabin with double bed, separate sitting room and private facilities.
USD$ 7,992pp
USD$ 7,992pp
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Mini-Suite

30 Aug 2019 - 09 Sep 2019
Suite cabin with double bed, separate sitting room and private facilities.
USD$ 7,992pp
USD$ 7,992pp
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Owner's Suite

30 Aug 2019 - 09 Sep 2019
Suite cabin with double bed, separate sitting room and private facilities.
USD$ 9,104pp
USD$ 9,104pp