Svalbard - Last stop before the North Pole
Next DepartureJun. 1, 2023
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, Kayaking, Lectures, Photography, Trekking, Zodiac
Enjoy the immense beauty of Svalbard on this Arctic adventure cruise among whales, walruses, polar bears and millions of sea birds. Experience high summer in the Arctic with Ocean Albatros - one of the few ice-class expedition ships built to withstand the North Pole’s pack ice. NEW: INCLUDING FLIGHTS FROM OSLO-LONGYEARBYEN-OSLO
One of the goals of this Albatros expedition is to sail as close as possible to the pack ice north of Svalbard, the polar bear´s favorite summer residence. How far north we reach and the exact route up there will depend on the ice conditions. Additionally, we will visit several of the amazing locations along the west coast of Svalbard, all kept navigable by the warm Gulf Stream.
During the short summer, wildlife such as reindeer and polar fox are busy amassing energy for the icy polar winter. The cliffs shimmer with life as every surface is populated with countless birds, and in a few months a new generation of arctic sea birds is ready to leave their nests. Arctic guillemots, black guillemots and razorbills can be observed fishing in the wake of our ship. On several shores, the huge walruses enjoy the short Arctic summer as well as many whales and seals foraging along the edge of the pack ice and the coasts.
With a fleet of sturdy Zodiac boats, we are able to view wildlife at close proximity. The Zodiacs allow us to have frequent shore landings and embark on exploratory mini cruises in the fjords and glacial landscapes.
Facts about Svalbard - Last stop before the North Pole
Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen. Embarkation
Arrival to Longyearbyen, Capital of Svalbard – possibly the northernmost ‘real’ town in the world.
Our vessel is docked close to the town center. After boarding and a welcome drink, the Expedition Leader will provide information about the voyage, the ship's daily routines and the various security and safety procedures. Before sailing, there will be a mandatory safety drill. The Captain then takes the ship out of Advent Fjord and our Arctic adventure commences.
Regnardneset and Lilliehöök glacier
Former whaling station at Smeerenburg and Ytre Norskøya
Amazing birdlife at Alkefjellet, polar desert landscape at Torrelnesset
Cruising towards the pack Ice and Sjuøyane, polar bear country at 80 degrees around eastern Svalbard
Liefde Fjord with Monaco Glacier and Texas Bar
Ny Ålesund and Ny London
Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen. Disembarkation
Charter flight Oslo-Longyearbyen-Oslo
8-day/7-night cruise in a shared outside/inside double stateroom with private bathroom/toilet in the category chosen
English-speaking expedition team
Nature hikes and Zodiac cruises per itinerary
Guided walk in Ny Ålesund
Information briefings and lectures by expedition team
Full board on ship
Free coffee, tea and afternoon snacks on the ship
Welcome and farewell cocktails
Taxes, tariffs and AECO fees
Special photo workshop
Welcome and farewell cocktails
Digital visual journal link after voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more!
Hotel accommodation in Oslo
Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
Single room supplement
Meals not on board the ship.
Beverages (other than coffee and tea).
Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 14 per person per day).
Anything not mentioned under 'Price includes'.
Sail aboard one of the world’s only ice-class expedition ships built to meet the North Pole pack ice.
Reach 80° north, when we cruise towards Sjuøyane, close to the pack ice.
Cruise close the spectacular Alkefjellet and witness a miracle of nature with hundreds of thousands of birds.
Experience the polar desert landscape at Torrelnesset which is home to walruses amongst other wildlife.
See whales, walruses, seabirds and other amazing wildlife up close.
Very good chances of seeing polar bears as well their main prey, seals.
Zodiac cruises in the fjords and nature walks on the tundra.