Discover the beauty of Oslo, before you embark on an adventure cruise to the Arctic. If Polar Bears top your list of must-see Arctic wildlife, choose this arctic cruise to Spitsbergen. This remarkable island hosts an astonishing array of Arctic wildlife, protected within six national parks. The island itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This expedition is perfect if you prefer short sea voyages with frequent shore landings and Zodiac cruises. Here you'll find enough Polar Bears, Reindeer, Walrus and Whales to keep your camera constantly clicking. A bounty of seabirds, including Arctic Terns, Skua, Barnacle Geese and Snow Buntings are found here as well. With Arctic wildlife and sweeping vistas in the fjords, this is an expedition cruise which will truly inspire.
Cruise Departures (2014):
Jun 10, Jun 20
Relax on a private airport transfer with private vehicle and driver.
The Rica Grand Hotel Oslo (5*) is a deluxe, full-service, commercial hotel, in a very central location on Oslo's main thoroughfare, the famous Karl Johans Gate, between the Norwegian parliament building and the Royal Palace, within walking distance of Oslo's main shopping and cultural areas, as well as its sights. The hotel`s excellent location makes it the ideal base from which to explore everything Oslo has to offer visitors. The nearest airport to the hotel is Oslo Gardermoen Airport, which is located 45km away. It is a destination favoured by international stars and Nobel Peace Prize winners alike, and remains the city's top address owing to its elegant furnishings in its 290 rooms and 52 suites, a splendid location and complete range of services that includes 18 function rooms, two bars and three fine restaurants. Artesia Spa Grand Hotel is owned and run by Artesia, the most exclusive fitness and wellbeing club in Norway, situated at Majorstuen in Oslo.
Enjoy a city sightseeing tour in the Norwegian capital, beautifully situated by the fjord with your private vehicle, guide and driver. You will enjoy a magnificent view of Oslo from Holmenkollen Hill, with the famous ski kimps where the Winter Games were held in 1952. Among other high lights you will visit the Viking Ship Museum, with its three Viking vessels. The Vigeland's Park, one of the major Scandinavian cultural treasures, will welcome you with the sculptures of Gustav Vigeland, who dedicated his life to this Park. You will also pass by the Royal Palace and the main street, Karl Johan as well. Entrance fee to Viking Ship Museum is included in tour cost.
Meet your taxi driver for an airport transfer.
Take a flight from Olso to Longyearbyen not included in the tour cost.
Join a shared port transfer, bringing you to your expedition cruise vessel.
Your Spitsbergen adventure cruise begins when you board your ship in Longyearbyen, the island's largest settlement. As you embark, you’ll get great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop to this seaside settlement. Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom and explore the length of the ship.
Sail aboard the remarkably comfortable Sea Spirit and experience the polar regions in grand style with spacious suites. Carrying a maximum of 112 passengers this outstanding vessel, approved for polar waters, is equipped with rubber inflatable boats - called Zodiacs- for shore transfers and cruising. Kayaking and camping options are available on select departures. All suites have facilities en suite and exterior views. Deluxe Suites, Premium Suites and the Owner's Suite have private balconies for viewing the breathtaking landscapes of the Arctic, Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands (Malvinas). Cruise with all the comfort of home - king-size beds (twin beds for those who prefer them), an open bar, balconies and a hot tub.
For the next 9 days, you cruise around this magical island, on a constant search for wildlife. Your expedition will cover western Spitsbergen as well as some 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.Each expedition presents new opportunities, so you'll have no fixed itinerary, however there are some favorite destinations, including 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsoya, Alkhornet and the Hinlopen Straight.
The destinations visited on your voyage will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing and appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. Polar Bear viewing is almost guaranteed, with Phippsoya being one of their preferred hunting areas.
The towering cliffs of Alkefjellet provide many free bird egg meals for both Polar Bears and the Arctic Fox.
Torellneset and Phippsoya are great places for Walrus photography. Coming across a Walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t forget either. These lumbering giants of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene, as each Walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.
If you’re itching to get a little closer to the action, then taking an optional sea-kayaking excursion to some of the more isolated pockets of Spitsbergen is highly recommended.There will be plenty of opportunities to join a Zodiac excursion during your days in the fjords.
Smeerenburg is a great place, as you can visit a memorial erected in 1906. This historical site remembers the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries while working in extreme Arctic conditions.
Each day you’ll see something new, whether it is a rare bird species or an abandoned hut from centuries ago.
There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine.
Arriving back to Longyearbyen, you'll disembark from your ship this morning and bid farewell to your fellow expeditioners.
Meet your driver for a shared group transfer.
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