Expedition Svalbard
Longyearbyen to Longyearbyen
July 12, 2017

Overview:

Join a journey into one of the last major European wilderness areas with pristine mountains, fauna, deep fjords, picturesque icebergs, and massive ice sheets. The goal on this voyage is to explore the eastern and least-visited sections of Svalbard’s breathtaking and dramatic Spitsbergen. Once there, locate wildlife and spend the maximum amount of time possible hiking on the tundra. Svalbard is home to approximately 3,000 polar bears and the hope is to encounter a good number of them during the voyage. Aboard 132-passenger Silver Explorer.

Brief Itinerary
Day 1: Longyearbyen, Norway
Days 2–7: Cruise & Explore Svalbard
Day 8: Longyearbyen, Norway

**Early Booking Bonus: Save 10% if you book and pay in full by Feb. 28th, 2017

Interested in more information? Please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

Expedition Svalbard
Longyearbyen to Longyearbyen
July 12, 2017

Day-By-Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Longyearbyen, Norway
Arrive in Longyearbyen by specially chartered flight from Oslo and embark the Silver Explorer for your exciting “Expedition Svalbard.” You will be introduced to your Expedition Team, receive a Zodiac briefing and learn about the rules and regulations for landings in the Arctic. Tonight we invite you to attend a special Welcome Aboard cocktail party.

Days 2–7: Cruise & Explore Svalbard
We will travel along the same routes as famous polar explorers such as Andrée, Nordenskjöld, Amundsen and Nobile. We will trek along beaches looking for walrus haul-outs; might see the indigenous reindeer, and maybe even spot the Arctic fox or bearded seal. Seabirds, such as Ivory Gulls, Common and Brünnich’s Guillemots, will be our constant companions as we admire their playfulness and grace. We might even encounter a few whales. A variety of known species frequent the area, in particular the Minke and beluga.

Our flexible itinerary allows us to take advantage of favorable ice and weather conditions. We will search for walruses, seals, reindeer, Arctic foxes and polar bears. Shore walks and Zodiac landings will bring us up close to the mystical settings and passing icebergs. Each day our Expedition Leader and Captain will determine our best course, depending on changing weather, ice conditions and the wildlife we encounter. In the true spirit of adventure cruising, our Expedition Leader will provide daily updates. Here is a list of places we may visit (Please note places vary. Contact Expedition Easy for expected route on your departure):

-Ice Cruising – With the strengthened hull of the Silver Explorer, we have the perfect platform to search for walrus and polar bears as we devote at least one day to exploring the pack ice north of Spitsbergen. Conditions permitting, our Expedition Leader may choose to take us out in the Zodiacs for an even closer look.

-Edgeøya – Enter the realm of the polar bear on the third largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. Conditions permitting, we will go ashore at the hard to get to Diskobukta, where we will discover interesting fauna and flora and take a walk amongst thousands of kittiwakes and hope to see Arctic foxes. The coastal waters often provide fantastic opportunities to see walrus and polar bears.

-Faksevågen – Off Lomfjorden is the smaller Faksevågen and on its northern side the hill Faksefjellet. We will go ashore for a tundra hike and to climb part of Faksefjellet. A gradual slope will lead up past beautiful tundra-vegetation, mountain avens and white artic bell-heather and will permit views across Faksevågen and the surrounding valleys.

-Fjortende Julibreen – The 14th of July Bay is located at the entrance of Krossfjorden. Here we will go ashore for a hike up to the 14th of July Glacier –conditions permitting, we will climb onto the glacier, or, alternatively walk to the Hanging Gardens, a beautiful plant oasis underneath a bird cliff.

-Alkefjellet – On the northern side of Lomfjordhalvøya (Lomfjorden Peninsula) is one of the most dramatic bird cliffs Svalbard has to offer. Depending on ice conditions we will cruise along the cliff with our Zodiacs or by ship. In either case, the view of tens of thousands of Brünnich’s Guillemot breeding pairs, Black Guillemots, with the odd Glaucous Gulls and Black-legged Kittiwakes, plus the occasional Arctic fox along a cliff of several kilometres in length make this one outstanding experience. Even if there were no birds, the 100 metres high cliff with its dolerite intrusions in the Permian limestone would make for excellent viewing.

-Hornsund – The southernmost fjord on the rugged west coast of Spitsbergen Island. Jagged mountain peaks tower above glacier-filled bays. Listen for the crash of white thunder as huge chunks of ice fall into the fjord. Amidst floating icebergs jewels, watch for bearded seals, the rare Beluga whale and the king of the Arctic – the polar bear. Sightings are fairly common as the ringed seal, the polar bear’s favourite food, breeds in the fjord. The surrounding bird cliffs are home to thousands of pairs of nesting Little Auks. We may visit the Polish research station or the remains of whaling stations and trappers’ huts.

Day 8: Longyearbyen, Norway
In the morning, following breakfast, disembark the Silver Explorer and transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Oslo.

This itinerary is subject to change. Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions.

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Expedition Svalbard
Longyearbyen to Longyearbyen
July 12, 2017

Rates:

Silver Suite $14,850 per person sharing

**Early Booking Bonus: $13,365 per person sharing. If booked and paid in full by February 28, 2017.

Rates are approximate until the time of booking. Please note rates are subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Included:

– Onboard gratuities; Complimentary beverages served throughout the ship, including fine wines, champagnes, spirits, beer, bottled water, specialty coffees and soft drinks; in-room bar and refrigerator stocked with your preferred beverage selections; complimentary 24-hour room service and in-suite dining served course-by-course from The Restaurant; complimentary shoreside events on select voyages; complimentary guided excursions ashore aboard Silver Explorer; complimentary transportation into town in most ports of call; aboard the Silver Explorer expedition ship: select suites have verandas or French balconies; production shows and in-suite dining are not offered.

Not Included:

– Airfare; optional hotel accommodation; transfers and luggage handling; fuel surcharges; optional shore excursions; meals ashore; accommodation while ashore; security surcharges; items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa treatments or purchases from the ship boutiques. Some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars are not included in your fare.

Deposit & Payments

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Expedition Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

Reservations

To reserve space on a trip on the Expedition Easy website, please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

July 12, 2017