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Spitsbergen Explorer 2022 | Ultramarine

12 Days FROM USD 14,910

Overview

Discover the incredible wildlife of Spitsbergen, a remote, untouched wilderness and the ‘wildlife capital of the Arctic’. Departing from Oslo, this longer journey has been designed to maximise 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. Witness jagged mountains, deep fjords and dramatic glaciers. There are opportunities to sea-kayak, and to snowshoe to a historic memorial to the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries. This is a classic Arctic itinerary.

Optional Activities : Kayaking, Hiking

Trip Code: ACQESEO

Travel Style: Small Ship Cruising

Location: The Arctic

Ship: Ultramarine

Flights: MANDATORY TRANSFER PACKAGE NOT INCLUDED (Additional 995 USD)

CRUISE ITINERARY

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.

Arrive in Oslo, Norway

This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement, 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.

Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

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 wildlife. 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. Spotting polar bears is more likely here than almost anywhere else, as the Svalbard archipelago is one of their preferred hunting areas.
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 book the sea kayaking or paddling excursion adventure options.

In Spitsbergen, there is no shortage of natural beauty. The tundra can be surprisingly colourful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day, you’ll see something interesting, whether it is unique arctic wildlife a polar bear resting between hunts or abandoned sites from centuries ago.

Exploring Spitsbergen - Day 3 to 11

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.

Disembark in Longyearbyen & Fly to Oslo
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Pricing per person & date

Spitsbergen Explorer 2022 | Ultramarine from USD 14,910
Departing Ending Duration
21 May 2022 01 Jun 2022 12
31 May 2022 11 Jun 2022 12

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaking

Kayaking

Hiking

Hiking

Important Information

  • INCLUSIONS

    Leadership throughout your voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities
    All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
    All shore landings per the daily program
    Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
    All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
    Select beer and wine during dinner; and coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
    Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
    A photographic journal documenting the expedition
    A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions
    An official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
    Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
    All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
    Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person
    Transfers between Longyearbyen town centre and port on embarkation and disembarkation day

    EXCLUSIONS
    Mandatory Transfer Package*
    International airfare
    Arrival and departure transfers in Oslo
    Passport and visa expenses
    Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
    Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
    Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
    Excess-baggage fees on international flights
    Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
    Laundry, bar and other personal charges unless specified
    Phone and Internet charges (connectivity may vary by location)
    Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
    Additional overnight accommodation
    Adventure Options not listed in Included Activities

    *MANDATORY TRANSFER PACKAGE INCLUDES:
    One night’s pre-expedition hotel night at Oslo airport hotel, with breakfast
    Charter flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen
    Arrival and departure transfers in Longyearbyen
    Charter flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available on request. Contact us for more details.

  • Season and availability. 

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Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

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