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Spitsbergen Arctic Cruise - Searching for Polars Bears

Spitsbergen Arctic Cruise - Searching for Polar Bears

There are few places on earth that can offer opportunities to see polar bears like Spitsbergen, the largest and only permanently populated island of the Svalbard archipelago in Norway's high Arctic. Our 9 night tour includes 2 nights in Norway's capital of Oslo and 7 nights cruising the archipelago. Highlights include visiting the world's northernmost settlement of  Longyearbyen, spectacular landscapes, the thousands of seabirds, and of course the star of the show, the polar bear.

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Tour Details

Trip Code     Dates   PartialShare™  Single
CS060920     Jun. 9, 2020 - Jun. 18, 2020 $8,695  $14,950
Book by June 1st, 2019 and SAVE $400 $700
Pay by Bank Transfer and SAVE $300

• Based on a minimum of 9 passengers

• PartialShare™ price is based on 7 nights sharing twin and 2 nights in single accommodation on the tour

• Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars taxes included

• Deposit of $1,750.00 CAD per person at time of booking

• Final Payment is required 75 days prior to departure

• Medical and Evacuation Insurance is mandatory for this tour

Tour Inclusions

• 2 nights accommodation in 3 to 4-star hotel in Oslo

• 7 night Arctic expedition cruise aboard m/v Hondius in a twin porthole cabin, full-board (all meals, snacks, coffee and tea), lectures by noted naturalists, shore excursions plus activities by experienced expedition staff (during the cruise by Zodiac)

• 24 meals (9 Breakfast, 6 lunches, 9 dinners) including Welcome and Farewell dinners

• Arrival and departure airport transfers in Oslo

• 1 round-trip flight between Oslo and Longyearbyen in Economy Class

• Transfers and baggage handling between the airport and ship in Longyearbyen

• Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes during expedition cruise

• Woman's Odyssey Polar Specialist and Marine Biologist Shoshanah Jacobs will accompany group throughout the entire tour from the first day to the last

Upon your arrival at the Oslo International Airport you will be greeted and transferred to our hotel in the heart of downtown Oslo. After check-in the afternoon is at your leisure. Later that evening you will join your tour leader and fellow travelers for a tour overview followed by a welcome dinner.

Scandic St. Olavs Plass (or similar) | Single Occupancy

After breakfast we make our way to the airport for our flight to Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago in Norway's high Arctic. After touch down, there is free time to stroll around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum make for fascinating attractions. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plant have been recorded in it. In the early evening our ship sets sail out of Isfjorden, where we might spot the first minke whale of our voyage.

M/V Hondius (or similar) | PartialShare™

Sailing to Raudfjorden, on the north coast of Spitsbergen, we take in an expansive fjord spilling with glaciers - and maybe even visited by ringed and bearded seals. The cliffs and shoreline of this fjord also support thriving seabird colonies, rich vegetation, and the possibility of polar bears.

M/V Hondius (or similar) | PartialShare™

Depending on the weather, we could sail into Liefdefjorden and cruise within sight of the 5-kilometer-long (3.1 miles) face of the precipitous Monaco Glacier. The waters in front of this glacier are a favorite feeding spot for thousands of kittiwakes, and the base of the ice is a popular polar bear hunting ground. If ice conditions prevent sailing here early in the season, an alternate route along the west coast of Spitsbergen can be implemented.

M/V Hondius (or similar) | PartialShare™

Today we sail into Hinlopen Strait, home to bearded seals, ringed seals, and polar bears. At the entrance there is even the possibility to spot blue whales. After cruising among the ice floes of Lomfjordshalvøya in the Zodiacs, we can view the bird cliffs of Alkefjellet with their thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots. On the east side of Hinlopen Strait, we may attempt a landing on Nordaustlandet. Here reindeer, pink-footed geese, and walruses are likely sights. We can take an alternate route if ice prevents entry into Hinlopen.

M/V Hondius (or similar) | PartialShare™

The northernmost point of our voyage may be north of Nordaustlandet, in the Seven Islands. Here we reach 80° north, just 870 km (540 miles) from the geographic North Pole. Polar bears inhabit this region, so the ship may park for several hours among the pack ice before wheeling around west again.

M/V Hondius (or similar) | PartialShare™

While retracing our route west, we keep watch for polar bears and the elusive Greenland (bowhead) whale. About 40 nautical miles west of Spitsbergen, we sail the edge of the continental shelf. Here fin whales forage during the summer in the upwelling zones (where cold, nutrient-rich water wells up from below the sea’s surface) that run along the Spitsbergen banks. At the mouth of Kongsfjorden, we have a good chance of sighting minke whales.

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Walruses sometimes haul out in Forlandsundet, our next stop. Alternatively, we might sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden, landing at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on these cliffs, Arctic foxes search below for fallen eggs and chicks, and reindeer graze the sparse vegetation. We arrive in Longyearbyen later at night.

M/V Hondius (or similar) | PartialShare™

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. We disembark in Longyearbyen and make our way to the airport for our flight to the mainland. Upon our arrival back at the Oslo International Airport we will transfer back to our hotel in the heart of downtown Oslo. Following check-in the afternoon is at leisure. Later that evening we will regroup for our tour's farewell dinner.

Scandic St. Olavs Plass (or similar) | Single Occupancy

This morning you bid farewell to Norway and transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Tour Highlights

• Enjoy your own room for 2 nights as per itinerary in Oslo

• Opportunity to see Polar Bears and other Arctic wildlife in their natural habitat

• More meals on tour including full-board during expedition cruise, plus welcome and farewell dinners in Oslo

• Woman's Odyssey Polar Specialist and Marine Biologist Shoshanah Jacobs will lead tour

• Visit and explore Norway's capital city of Oslo with its abundance of museums, restaurants, shopping and green spaces

Tour Exclusions

• International airfare

• Meals not mentioned in the itinerary or inclusions section

• All beverages except for those included with breakfast

• Personal Insurances (medical, travel, baggage, cancellation, etc.)

• Any Passport, Visa Fees or Immunizations

• All items of a personal nature and souvenirs

• All optional excursions or deviations from the itinerary

• Gratuities and baggage handling

Tour Cancellations

Once a deposit or payment has been paid the following cancellation charges will apply when a cancellation notice is received:

• More than 90 days prior to departure: Deposit Paid

• Up to 75 days prior to departure: 100% of Trip Price

Note: Insurance premiums and international flights are non-refundable (unless by airline). We suggest travel insurance to protect your payments, please feel free to ask us for a quote.