Ships
Svalbard Circumnavigation
Svalbard Circumnavigation
05/06/22 to 12/06/22
Dates
05/06/22 to 12/06/22
Ship
Vega 2
Duration
8 Days
Guests
2 Guest
Price From
£ 18,750.00
Per Cabin
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Trip Details

Embark on this incredible 8-day Svalbard Circumnavigation cruise on board a boutique expedition ship touring Norway’s remote Svalbard archipelago within the Arctic Circle. Feast your eyes on the alluring icy blue waters of the polar region as we sail past glaciers calving icebergs to the edge of far-reaching slabs of pack ice that can only be seen in this part of the world. Experience the unique arctic environment, endless days and the rarely seen wildlife that populates it. Very few people ever spot polar bears, walrus, reindeer and arctic foxes in their natural habitat, while thousands of seabirds, beluga whales track our voyage through this unforgettable icy wilderness.

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Trip Highlights

Embark on this incredible 8-day Svalbard Circumnavigation cruise on board a boutique expedition ship touring Norway’s remote Svalbard archipelago within the Arctic Circle. Feast your eyes on the alluring icy blue waters of the polar region as we sail past glaciers calving icebergs to the edge of far-reaching slabs of pack ice that can only be seen in this part of the world. Experience the unique arctic environment, endless days and the rarely seen wildlife that populates it. Very few people ever spot polar bears, walrus, reindeer and arctic foxes in their natural habitat, while thousands of seabirds, beluga whales track our voyage through this unforgettable icy wilderness.

Take a stroll through the high street of Longyearbyen, the world’s most northerly town, and follow in the footsteps of polar explorers
Sail past Spitsbergen’s most beautiful glacier, Monacobreen, as it calves icebergs
Spy on hundreds of polar bears, seals, walruses, whales and arctic foxes in their natural habitat
Inspect tundra-loving wildflowers such as tufted saxifrage and arctic white campion in Wijdefjorden
Learn more about this isolated polar region from our on board team of experts
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Itinerary
Day 1, Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen is the world’s most northerly town and with it comes the world’s most northerly high street and pub. On Spitsbergen, Svalbard’s largest island, Longyearbyen is home to The North Pole Expeditions Museum which chronicles early efforts to reach the pole by air. The nearby Svalbard Global Seed Vault preserves duplicates of seeds held in gene banks worldwide. The surrounding Arctic waters are populated by whales including bowheads and narwhals, while walruses are regularly seen hauling.

Day 2, Bellsund

Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, glaciers and tundra, Bellsund is a 20 km long sound - wider than a fjord - on the west coast of Spitsbergen. Brünnich’s guillemots, black-legged kittiwakes, little auks and northern fulmars make their breeding homes on the cliffs while pink-footed, barnacle and brent geese nest below. Reindeer roam the lush tundra flats strewn with whalebones. Bellsund attracts thousands of moulting ringed seals inviting unwarranted attention from prowling polar bears.

Day 3, Monaco Glacier

Blue-and-white icebergs calve from the five-kilometre front of the Monacobreen glacier as it debouches into Liefdefjorden (Love Fjord). Considered one of Spitsbergen’s most beautiful glaciers, it is an unforgettable sight cruising through these ice-filled waters with the occasional beluga whale spotted alongside, the silence only broken by the bergs cracking from the icy glacier. Shore landings include walking above the glacier. Keep your eye out for polar bears prowling the icy wilderness for hapless walrus.

Day 4 - Day 5, Nordaustlandet

One of the three largest islands in Svalbard, separated from Spitsbergen by the icy Hinlopen Strait, Nordaustlandet is mostly covered in ice caps including Austfonna. Part of the Nordaust- Svalbard Nature Reserve, the coasts are made up of rocky beaches and cliffs filled with seabirds. In the north, you may spot polar bears in their denning area and snorting Atlantic walruses hauling out, while Svalbard reindeer roam the cushiony tundra of this polar desert.

Day 6, Widefjorden

Spitsbergen’s longest fjord - more than 100 kilometres long - now forms part of the Inner Wijdefjord National Park created to protect the rich flora of high arctic steppe vegetation, unique in Europe. The dry, windy climate gives rise to grasses, herbs and willow shrubs such as tufted saxifrage and arctic white campion on the western side in Andrée Land with its old red sandstone landscape. Limited wildlife live here aside from the occasional Svalbard reindeer and arctic fox.

Day 7, Ny-Alesund

The world’s northernmost settlement at 79 degrees north, Ny-Ålesund is on the shores inside Kongsfjorden on the island of Spitsbergen. Its location makes it well suited to be a major Arctic research station with scientists from over 100 countries and the Svalbard Rocket Range that launches rockets to investigate earth’s magnetic field. In 1926, Roald Amundsen set off from here on the airship Norge on the world’s first verified expedition to the North Pole.

Day 8, Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen is the world’s most northerly town and with it comes the world’s most northerly high street and pub. On Spitsbergen, Svalbard’s largest island, Longyearbyen is home to The North Pole Expeditions Museum which chronicles early efforts to reach the pole by air. The nearby Svalbard Global Seed Vault preserves duplicates of seeds held in gene banks worldwide. The surrounding Arctic waters are populated by whales including bowheads and narwhals, while walruses are regularly seen hauling.

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Rates Include
One night pre-cruise hotel accommodation with breakfast
Transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day prior to embarkation
Transfer from the hotel to the port for embarkation
Transfer from the port to the airport on return
Onboard accommodation
All meals onboard including room service 24 hours a day
Coffee, tea, soft drinks & select alcoholic beverages 24 hours a day
Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
Shore excursion programme led by our expert expedition team
Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka
Use of rubber boots for shore landings
Basic WIFI inclusion (Premium WIFI available)
Onboard gratuities & port taxes
*Itineraries & prices are subject to change*
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Cabins
Number of Guests
Oceanview
19 m2 Sleeps 2
Oceanview cabins features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
Price From
£ 9375
Balcony
28 m2 Sleeps 2
Features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room, a luxurious ensuite bathroom and your own private 6 sq.m. balcony.
Price From
£ 12575
Suite
44 m2 Sleeps 2
Our Suites features a superking bed and separate living room with and a soothing flame-effect fireplace a luxurious ensuite bathroom and a 12 sq.m. private balcony.
Price From
£ 19425
Premium Suite
49 m2 Sleeps 2
Our grandest suites features a superking bed and separate living room with and a soothing flame-effect fireplace a luxurious ensuite bathroom, spacious walk in wardrobe and a 12 sq.m private balcony.
Price From
£ 20975
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