Northern Svalbard Explorer

11 DAYS from AU$7,200 per person

Arctic autumn conditions offer you the opportunity to explore rarely visited northern isles of Svalbard. Pack ice opens up to allow us to attempt landings in some of the farthest reaches of the archipelago, including the outer islands of Nordaustlandet, Storøya and Kvitøya. As we sail past spectacular ice caps and dramatic calving glaciers, we’ll keep watch for walrus haul-outs, flocks of ivory gulls and polar bears hunting on pack ice. We’ll step ashore to explore the orange-coloured tundra and venture even deeper into the Arctic!

Expedition Highlights

  • Reach Svalbard’s most easterly islands of Kvitøya and Storøya thanks to late season ice conditions
  • Cross 80°north into pack ice to spot the Arctic’s most majestic predator, the polar bear
  • Follow in the footsteps of Arctic explorers like Amundsen and Nobile
  • Photograph walrus and seals as they haul-out on the pack ice
  • Zodiac cruise past the impressive Austfonna ice cap and its glacial front, one of the longest in the northern hemisphere!

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Dates & Rates

Showing: All 2019

30 Aug '19 9 Sep '19 11 DAYS

Northern Svalbard Explorer

Trip code: NOR01

30 Aug '19 9 Sep '19 - 11 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Group sightseeing tour in Longyearbyen on arrival (pre-voyage)
  • Group transfer from airport to Polar Pioneer in Longyearbyen (pre-voyage)
  • Group transfer from Polar Pioneer to airport in Longyearbyen (post-voyage)
  • Accommodation on the Polar Pioneer in your chosen cabin category with daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on-board doctor and basic medical services
  • A custom-designed polar expedition jacket to keep
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • All entry fees to historic landing sites
  • All port taxes and charges

Voyage Exclusions

  • Air transport to and from the ship, unless specified
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in voyage itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the voyage itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges
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Suite
Triple Cabin
Shared Bathroom
AU$7,200
Suite
Twin Public Cabin
Shared Bathroom
AU$8,600
Suite
Twin Private Economy Cabin
Private Bathroom
AU$10,100
Suite
Twin Private Cabin
Private Bathroom
AU$10,400
Suite
Mini Suite
Private Bathroom
AU$11,500
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
AU$13,100

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Prices quoted are per person and in Australian dollars, based on twin share. Single occupancy is 1.7 times the twin share price. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin (twin and triple cabins only). Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. No refund for unused services.

Map & Itinerary

Day 1 – Longyearbyen
Enjoy a guided tour of Spitsbergen’s colourful capital of Longyearbyen. Embark Polar Pioneer late in the afternoon, and enjoy a warm welcome from our expert expedition team.
Day 2 – Spitsbergen's northwest coast
Awaken in the Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park - the rugged north-west corner of Svalbard’s largest island, Spitsbergen. Alpine peaks and glacier valleys dominate the landscape which is home to reindeer, walrus and Arctic fox. We’ll cruise past spectacular sea-cliffs, watching as the last of the season’s seabirds take flight, and explore the region’s calving glaciers such as Smeerenburg on Amsterdam Island and discover the remains of ancient whaling stations at Ytre Norskøya.
Days 3-4 – Nordaustlandet north coast
Our captain steers Polar Pioneer northeast to reach the coast of Svalbard’s second largest island, Nordaustlandet - a polar desert rich in geological wonders. We’ll traverse the northern coastline, landing ashore for tundra walks amongst the autumn-hues in search of wildlife like reindeer and walruses. If weather and ice permits, we hope to attempt landings or cruises at Sjuøyane (The Seven Isles), the most northerly point of the Svalbard archipelago (and Norway) and home to a large colony of walruses and frequented by roaming polar bears. We also hope to explore the magnificent 40 kilometre fjord at Rijpfjord.
Days 5-6 – East of Nordaustlandet
We continue across the top of Nordauslandet towards Svalbard’s most easterly islands, Kvitøya and Storøya (also the most easternmost part of Norway), and aim to take a spectacular Zodiac cruise around Karl XII Island – Norway’s second-most northern point – on route . Over the next two days weather and ice will dictate our journey as we head further north into the thickening pack ice in search for polar bears and walrus as they hunt and haul-out on the ice and keep watch for the elusive and elegant ivory gull.
Days 7-8 – South of Nordaustlandet
Completing our circumnavigation of Nordaustlandet, we’ll head north through the Hinlopen Strait. Along the way we may take a Zodiac cruise around Austfonna, an impressively large ice cap with one of the longest glacier fronts in the northern hemisphere. We'll also Zodiac cruise under the impressive sheer cliffs of Alkfjellet, the summer nesting ground of thousands of birdlife as well as explore Isisøya by Zodiac, and make a landing at Murchisonfjorden, both of which are steeped in rich history and amazing scenery.
Days 9-10 – Spitsbergen north & west coast
Returning along the stunning north-western Spitsbergen coast, we keep an eye on ice and weather conditions and make as many landings as possible. Possible landing spots include Woodfjord, Liefdefjord, Krossfjord and Kongsfjord.
Day 11 – Longyearbyen
We cruise down Isfjorden and return to Longyearbyen, where we disembark from our journey.

Activities

The following activites are available on this expedition - register when booking. See all Activities
  • Sea Kayaking

    From AU$995 pp
    Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, you'll glide between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife.
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  • All of our expeditions and itineraries offer fantastic photography experiences, however on selected expeditions we offer specialised photography workshops with our expert photography guides.
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Voyage Inclusions

  • Group sightseeing tour in Longyearbyen on arrival (pre-voyage)
  • Group transfer from airport to Polar Pioneer in Longyearbyen (pre-voyage)
  • Group transfer from Polar Pioneer to airport in Longyearbyen (post-voyage)
  • Accommodation on the Polar Pioneer in your chosen cabin category with daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on-board doctor and basic medical services
  • A custom-designed polar expedition jacket to keep
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • All entry fees to historic landing sites
  • All port taxes and charges

Voyage Exclusions

  • Air transport to and from the ship, unless specified
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in voyage itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the voyage itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges
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