silver cloud spitsbergen and norway cruise

Norwegian Fjords & Svalbard

  • Overview
    With thousands of miles of coastline, vast wildernesses and lush forests, this journey is a joy for all adventurers in search of unforgettable birds and wildlife. Set within unrivalled beauty, this seldom visited part of the world is a melting pot of flora and fauna and every opportunity is optimised so that you make the most of your wildlife sightings. Don’t forget your camera!
    Duration: 13 days
    Passengers: 296 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Kristiansund, Norway
    Disembarkation Point: Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Cruise only
    Single Supplement: Unavailable
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Kristiansund, Norway; Embarkation Day

      The biggest inside joke in Kristiansund is the mighty waterfall on the city’s coat of arms. There’s nary one to be found among the four low-lying islands that make up the city. There is, however, a thriving community of 23,000 which prides itself on a strong cultural life, ecological purity, natural beauty, and excellent fish. Ever-increasing numbers of tourists are discovering this as well and are taking full advantage.

    • Day 2 - Vega Archipelago, Vistenfjord & Visten National Park

      The Vega Archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a myriad of islands scattered in the Norwegian Sea and home to one of Norway’s largest eider duck colony. Of the 6,000 Vega islands, 59 were once inhabited by families that made their living from fishing and from eider down harvesting. Today, there are no year-round residents, but the population returns in the summer to continue the 1,500-year-old tradition of caring for the eider ducks and harvesting their precious down. The eider ducks return to their breeding ground in the Vega Archipelago every year and lay their eggs from May into June.

      Silver Cloud will then head north to cruise Vistenfjord and the Visten National Park. Much of the park’s bedrock is gneiss, which absorbs very little water, and the water flow in the streams and rivers may vary greatly –causing many cascades and waterfalls to exist. Visten National Park is an incredibly varied wilderness, ranging from fjords to vast forests and towering mountains. There are some trails at the outskirts of the national park, and depending on conditions, we will hike or take our Zodiacs to explore this enchanting area.

      We will then head north to cruise Vistenfjord and the Visten National Park. Much of the park’s bedrock is gneiss, which absorbs very little water, and the water flow in the streams and rivers may vary greatly –causing many cascades and waterfalls to exist. Visten National Park is an incredibly varied wilderness, ranging from fjords to vast forests and towering mountains. There are some trails at the outskirts of the national park, and depending on conditions, we will hike or take our Zodiacs to explore this enchanting area.

    • Day 3 - Vaeroy Islands, Reine, Lofoten Islands

      At the very southern end of the Lofoten Islands are bird cliffs that hold Norway’s largest colony of Atlantic Puffins, and also good numbers of kittiwakes, Razorbills, Black Guillemots, shags, Northern Fulmars and White-tailed Eagles. Storm Petrels and Leach Petrels can be seen from early July onwards. Characteristic shoreline species are Whimbrel, Red-necked Phalarope, Arctic Skua, Turnstone and Arctic Tern. Slightly further north is Værøy, an island with quite a few specialties. A special dog was bred to hunt puffins –the Norwegian Lundehund- while islanders caught the White-tailed Eagles with their hands! We will go ashore in Værøy and offer hikes and might do a Zodiac cruise along the rugged coast.

      At the very southern end of the Lofoten Islands are bird cliffs that hold Norway’s largest colony of Atlantic Puffins, and also good numbers of kittiwakes, Razorbills, Black Guillemots, shags, Northern Fulmars and White-tailed Eagles. Storm Petrels and Leach Petrels can be seen from early July onwards. Characteristic shoreline species are Whimbrel, Red-necked Phalarope, Arctic Skua, Turnstone and Arctic Tern. Slightly further north is Værøy, an island with quite a few specialties. A special dog was bred to hunt puffins –the Norwegian Lundehund- while islanders caught the White-tailed Eagles with their hands! We will go ashore in Værøy and offer hikes and might do a Zodiac cruise along the rugged coast.

    • Day 4 - Tysfjord

      The morning will be used to explore the area of Tysfjord by land or Zodiac. A long hike might lead to a gigantic waterfalls, while others might simply walk up to a beautiful cascade in this “alpine” area. This is the narrowest part of Norway and was formerly used by Sami reindeer herders of Sweden and Norway.

    • Day 5 - Gverstappen Islands

      Gjesværstappan Islands is a group of steep-sided islands located near the northernmost point of Norway and includes three main islands: Stortstappen, Kjerkestappen and Bukkstapen. These three islands dramatically jut out of the ocean, covered in as much grass as they are occupied by birds. Extreme in its varied beauty and wildlife on land and sea, Gjesværstappan Nature Reserve (which makes up most of the Gjesværstappan Islands) is one of Europe’s most accessible and largest nesting areas for Atlantic seabirds.

    • Day 6 - Kirkenes

      Once we arrive in Kirkenes –the end of the famous Hurtigruten-Coastal/Postal service- one option will be to drive southward into the Pasvik Valley sitting between Russia and Finland. There we can go for nature walks to observe the valley’s unique birds and plants. The Pasvik Valley is one of the last wilderness areas in Europe and has Norway’s highest concentration of brown bears. The tour also includes a visit to Høyde 96, a former military observation tower dating from the Cold War affording good views of the Pasvik Valley. Another option might be heading west along Munkefjord to visit Neiden, a small village near the Finnish/Norwegian border, and see Neiden church, St.

    • Day 7 - Bear Island

      Almost half way between Tromsø and Svalbard is isolated Bear Island – considered the southernmost island of the Svalbard Archipelago. The unglaciated island is an impressive Nature Reserve of steep, high cliffs that are frequented by seabirds, specifically at the southern tip. Brünnich’s Guillemots, Common Guillemots, Black Guillemots, Razorbills, Little Auks, Northern Fulmars, Glaucous Gulls, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and even Atlantic Puffins and Northern Gannets nest along the cliffs south of Sørhamna. Because of the large numbers of birds and the isolated location, Bear Island has been recognized as an Important Bird Area. It was once a hotspot for whaling and walrus hunting, and at one stage even mining.

    • Day 8/9 - Southern Svalbard Region

      Svalbard’s Southern Region and specifically Spitsbergen’s west coast is less ice-clogged than the rest of Svalbard due to the moderating influenced of the Gulf Stream. Several fjords cut into the western coast of Spitsbergen and have been used by trappers and hunters, as well as the different mining companies that tried to exploit the riches of the archipelago’s largest island of Spitsbergen. Remains of huts and mines, as well as active commercial and scientific settlements can be found and visited. Depending on the time of the season, glaciers can be visited on foot or by sea.

    • Day 10/11 - Northern Svalbard Region

      There are several deep fjords and prominent glaciers in the northern reaches of Svalbard, as well as the northern hemisphere’s widest glacier front. Ice conditions will dictate how much can be accessed in terms of cruising bird islets like the Andøyane Islets or approaching glaciers like Monaco Glacier and Seliger Glacier. The Northern Region is also known to have several walrus haul-outs and areas defined as “Arctic Desert”. Walks and hikes ashore to have a closer look at flora and wildlife are a possibility in the spectacular Northern Region of Svalbard.

    • Day 12 - Longyearbyen, Svalbard; Disembarkation

      Longyearbyen is the biggest settlement in Svalbard. Seat of the Norwegian administration, it also has the best services and infrastructure in the archipelago. Located deep in the Adventfjord, a sidearm of the Isfjorden (Icefjord), Longyearbyen’s airport can be used all-year round, but its harbor is blocked by ice in winter. Most shops, hotels, restaurants and a hospital are within easy walking distance of the port. One of the most prominent buildings in town is the UNIS center, where several Norwegian universities have joined forces to operate and offer the northernmost higher education to both Norwegian and international students.

    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

    The Polar Bear

    To many people, the polar bear is the Arctic. The sight of such an impressive silky white bear wandering the frozen Arctic seas in search of seals symbolizes the cold, isolated nature of the Arctic so well. Polar bears are marine mammals because they spend so much of their lives away from land. In the high Arctic where there is always some sea ice to travel on, polar bears range over ice floes in the pack ice hunting seals all summer. In some areas (e.g. southern Hudson Bay, southern Svalbard) they are simply forced to come ashore. Polar bears rarely venture inland.

    Norway's coastline

    Norway’s profound natural beauty, is difficult to look past as one of the best coastlines in the world to explore from sea. Incredibly diverse geologically, Norway’s coastline is simply one of the most beautiful in the world, picture perfect coastal villages, incredible rock formations, a jagged coastline where fjords penetrate deeply into the country's interior, teeming wildlife and the opportunity to see the Northern Lights in all their magnificence from late August. On top of Norway’s natural beauty is of course their primeval history.

  • Inclusions

    Dynamic Cabin Pricing

    Cabin prices on board this vessel are dynamic, that is the cabin pricing fluctuates with changes in bookings and exchange rates. Cabin prices below are not guaranteed and are subject to change and availability at the operators discretion. Please feel free to contact us for the most accurate pricing on this voyage.

    Expedition Gear

    Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage, Haglöfs parka for polar expeditions

    Bar, Gratuities & a Butler

    Select alcoholic beverages are included in your package, with your own Butler service. There is also no need to worry about Gratuities as these are also covered for you.

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - On board Gratuities
    - Free Wifi
    - Inclusive room service with beverages
    - Fine dining in the World’s most remote regions
    - Personalised service with a butler
    - Excursions and activities
    - All accommodation and meals on board
    - Highly qualified expedition team

    Not included in your Expedition

    - Mandatory waterproof gear not provided
    - Baggage / cancellation / interruption and medical travel insurance
    - Visa & Passport fees
    - International airfare
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  • Vessel

    SILVER CLOUD

    Spacious yet intimate, designed to cross oceans and yet able to slip up rivers and into hidden harbours with ease, the yacht-like Silver Cloud carries just 248 guests in incomparable comfort and style. Combining spacious ocean-view suites and private verandas with stunning dining and entertainment options, our inaugural ship launched a new ocean standard and continues to epitomize the vessels vision of world-class cruise accommodations, service and amenities.

    Features & Facilities
    • Luxury Accommodation
    • Pool Deck
    • Panorama Lounge
    • Fitness Centre
    • Library.
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 6
    Guests #: 248
    Crew #: 208
    Ice Class: 1C
    Speed: 18
    Refurbished: 2015
    Technical Specs
    Year built: 1994
    Length: 155m
    Width: 21
    Draft: 4
    Tonnage: 16927
    Registry: Bahamas
    Elec Outlets: 220V / 2 Round Pin
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Vista Suite

06 Jul 2018 - 18 Jul 2018
Large picture window, twin/qeen bed, sitting area and much more
AUD 14,550pp
AUD 14,550pp

Veranda Suite

06 Jul 2018 - 18 Jul 2018
Teak veranda, twin/queen bed, sitting area and much more
AUD 18,350pp
AUD 18,350pp

Deluxe Veranda Suite

06 Jul 2018 - 18 Jul 2018
Teak veranda, twin/queen bed, sitting area and much more
AUD 19,150pp
AUD 19,150pp

Medallion Suite

06 Jul 2018 - 18 Jul 2018
Teak veranda, twin/queen bed, sitting area and much more
AUD 32,150pp
AUD 32,150pp

Silver Suite

06 Jul 2018 - 18 Jul 2018
Large teak veranda, Living room, twin/queen bed and much more
AUD 35,850pp
AUD 35,850pp

Royal Suite

06 Jul 2018 - 18 Jul 2018
Large teak veranda, Living room, twin/queen bed and much more
AUD 47,750pp
AUD 47,750pp

Grand Suite

06 Jul 2018 - 18 Jul 2018
Large teak veranda, 1 or 2 bedroom Suite, marble bathroom and much more
AUD 49,750pp
AUD 49,750pp

Owner's Suite

06 Jul 2018 - 18 Jul 2018
Large teak veranda, 1 or 2 bedroom Suite, marble bathroom and much more
AUD 53,750pp
AUD 53,750pp