Expedition Svalbard II
Longyearbyen to Tromso
July 29, 2017

Overview:

Discover towering snow-capped mountains and glacier-filled bays. Observe vast colonies of seabirds nesting among coastal cliffs and walrus snuggled together for a snooze. Venture deep into remote regions at the top of the world in search of reindeer, Arctic fox, seals, walrus, whales and, the most impressive of all – the polar bear. Learn of Viking legends and the history of whaling, and explore aboard a luxury expedition ship and by Zodiac. Here, daylight stretches well into the evening hours, allowing more time to scan the surrounding waters for the fluke of a whale’s tail or signs of the mythical narwhal with their characteristic long single tusk. Aboard 132-passenger Silver Explorer.

Brief Itinerary
Day 1: Tromsø, Norway
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Bear Island, Norway
Day 4–10: Cruise & Explore Svalbard
Day 11: Longyearbyen, Norway

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

Please note: Select departures operate in reverse from Longyearbyen to Tromso, Norway

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

Expedition Svalbard II
Longyearbyen to Tromso
July 29, 2017

Day-By-Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Tromsø, Norway
Embark Silver Explorer this evening and depart on your exciting Expedition Svalbard. You will be introduced to your Expedition Team and receive a Zodiac briefing. Tonight, you’re invited to attend a special Welcome Aboard cocktail party.

Day 2: At Sea
Meet some of your fellow explorers as you become acquainted with the luxurious amenities found onboard Silver Explorer. Gather in The Theatre to hear fascinating tales of adventure or to learn about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. The knowledgeable Lecture Staff members are experts in a variety of scientific fields. Other onboard diversions include spa treatments, a workout in the Fitness Centre, and, of course, exquisite dining experiences.

Day 3: Bear Island, Norway
Approaching Bear Island (Bjørnøya), head out on deck to watch for whales that are known to frequent the area. As you near this arctic island, now a nature reserve, see thousands of sea birds diving into and out of the island’s steep cliffs. With Zodiacs, explore the rugged coastline and if weather conditions are favorable, make a landing. The Expedition Team will provide insights into the environment, the terrain, and the wildlife that exist in these extreme conditions.

Day 4–10: Cruise & Explore Svalbard
Join a journey along an expansive archipelago of the Arctic Ocean woven between the North Pole and Norway. Svalbard is 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 breath taking and the dramatic Spitsbergen. Once there, locate wildlife and spend the maximum amount of time possible hiking on the tundra. Spitsbergen is home to approximately 5,000 polar bears and the hope is to encounter a good number of them during the trip.

The flexible itinerary allows you to take advantage of favorable ice and weather conditions. earch for walruses, seals, reindeer, Arctic foxes and polar bears. Shore walks and Zodiac landings will bring you up close to the mystical settings and passing icebergs. Each day the Expedition Leader and Captain will determine the best course, depending on changing weather, ice conditions and the wildlife we encounter. In the true spirit of adventure cruising, the Expedition Leader will provide daily updates. Here is a list of places visited on past expeditions – Contact Expedition Easy for destinations and experiences that may happen on your preferred departure.

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

Bellsund – Pushing about 50 miles (80 kilometres) into Spitsbergen is the more than 12-mile wide Bellsund. At the entrance of the fjord, you are likely to encounter some Common eiders, Arctic terns, and Arctic skuas. Snow bunting and Purple sandpipers are also common in the area. The plan is to explore the seldom-visited Van Keulenfjord, where you witness awe-inspiring landscapes on a trek along the tundra.

Prins Karls Forland – Off the west coast of Spitsbergen, encounter the island home of Forland National Park with cragged mountains, massive glaciers and remarkable wildlife. The entire island and the surrounding seas make up Forland National Park. Members of our Expedition Team takes us ashore at Poolypnten, a well-known walrus haul out, where and our marine biologist explains the habits and habitat of these amazing creatures.

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

Barentsøya – Just north of Edgeøya lies the fourth largest island in Svalbard. Here, you are immersed in a wide tundra landscape, perfect for long hikes and short walks. You may encounter polar bears and discover the ruins of 15th-century Russian Pomors.

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 icefall 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 polar bear’s favorite food, the ringed seal, and breeds in the fjord. The surrounding bird cliffs are home to thousands of pairs of nesting little auks. You may visit the Polish research station or the remains of whaling stations and trappers’ huts.

Day 11: Longyearbyen, Norway
Following breakfast, disembark Silver Explorer and transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Oslo.

*Please Note: Select departures operate in reverse from Longyearbyen to Tromso, Norway

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 II
Longyearbyen to Tromso
July 29, 2017

Rates:

July 29, 2017
Fares from $12,450 per person sharing

**Early Booking Bonus: Fares from $11,205 if booked and paid in full by February 28, 2017

*Please note an Air Charter Package for an additional charge is required. Air Charter Packages for voyages embarking and/or disembarking in Longyearbyen include Economy Class charter air service between Oslo and Longyearbyen, plus applicable transfers in Longyearbyen between airport/pier.

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 29, 2017