WEST SPITSBERGEN & POLAR ICE CAP

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Welcome to Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Norwegian territory of Svalbard and starting point of our expedition. After arriving via scheduled commercial flight service, you are free to explore this fascinating Arctic settlement. Be sure to see the excellent Svalbard Museum and take advantage of quality shopping and dining opportunities in the town center. Your hotel for the night has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the voyage.

In the afternoon we welcome you aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Arctic dreams coming true as we slip our moorings and sail into a true wilderness where wildlife abounds. The scenery as we sail through Isfjorden on our first evening is spectacular and there is already the possibility of marine mammal encounters.

This is a real expedition in a true High Arctic wilderness. As such, our route and exploration opportunities here are heavily dependent on the weather and sea ice conditions we encounter. Our experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented to us by Nature in this wild and remote corner of the Arctic. Polar bears and other quintessential Arctic wildlife can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Svalbard. We exploit every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, to discover incredible scenery, and to walk in the footsteps of the historic polar expeditions that came before us. We anticipate exploring the spectacular fjords, coasts, and islands in the northwestern part of Svalbard. This area contains the archipelago’s most impressive scenery and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Deep fjords and narrow channels are flanked by jagged snowy mountain peaks. Immense tidewater glaciers calve icebergs into turquoise waters. On ice floes and on fast ice several species of seals watch vigilantly for polar bears. Fields of flowering tundra are home to grazing reindeer and playful Arctic fox. Bountiful inshore and offshore waters are home to walrus and a wide variety of whales. The whole area is alive with migratory birds, including numerous rare species, taking advantage of summer’s fecundity in 24-hour daylight. And over it all presides the polar bear, monarch of the North. This wild corner of Svalbard is one of the best places in the world to observe polar bears hunting in their preferred habitat: the pack ice. We take the ship as close as safely possible to the jumbled and broken edge of the polar ice cap, where polar bears stalk the frozen sea in search of seals. To complete the Arctic experience we also explore places rich with history. Our area of exploration contains the historical remnants of whaling camps, coal mining operations, trappers’ cabins, staging areas for historic attempts to discover the North Pole, and even an abandoned polar research station. Human habitation in this area can be found only at Ny Ålesund, a former mining town that is now home to an international community of Arctic researchers. This is one of the world’s most northerly settlements, complete with museum, gift shop, and post office. The days are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by our experts, and enough stunning scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.

After breakfast we say farewell in the town of Longyearbyen, where we started. We provide a transfer to the airport or to the town center if you wish to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Svalbard, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice!

About

NOT ONLY A FROZEN WILDNESS, SPITSBERGEN IS A PLACE OF PRECARIOUS BEAUTY AND A STRONGHOLD OF ENDANGERED ARCTIC WILDLIFE

This remarkable expedition departs from the far northern settlement of Longyearbyen on the Norwegian Arctic island of Spitsbergen in the famed Svalbard archipelago. We explore the island’s northwestern coast, home to dramatic mountain scenery, tidewater glaciers, and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing opportunities.are opportunity to experience raw nature and incredible events hardly ever seen.

On this voyage we also venture to the jumbled edge of the north-polar ice cap in search of polar bears stalking their prey. Here, at the dynamic boundary between implacable ice and bountiful sea, we have a rare opportunity to experience raw nature and incredible events hardly ever seen.

Cabins

Main

Main Deck Suite

Averaging 23 square metres/248 square feet, Main Deck cabins are equipped with either two twins or a King Size bed. They are located on the Main Deck with a minimum of two portholes for exterior views. Amenities include: en suite facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/VCR, individual temperature control and hair dryer.
CATEGORY RATE PER PERSON
TRIPLE CLASSIC € 4,448 BOOK NOW
MAIN DECK SUITE € 6,296 BOOK NOW
CLASSIC SUITE € 6,716 BOOK NOW
SUPERIOR SUITE € 6,884 BOOK NOW
DELUXE SUITE € 7,724 BOOK NOW
PREMIUM SUITE € 8,396 BOOK NOW
OWNERS SUITE € 11,168 BOOK NOW

Ocean

Triple Classic Suite

Averaging 21 square metres/226 square feet, these staterooms have two twins and a comfortable sofa bed. The twins also convert to a King, if desired. Located on Oceanus Deck, these suites have a picture window, two wardrobes and en suite facilities. Amenities include: in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/VCR, individual temperature control, and hair dryer.

Classic Suite

Averaging 21 square metres/226 square feet, these cabins are located on the Oceanus Deck. They feature a picture window, two wardrobes and a choice of either two twin beds or a King Size bed. Amenities include: en suite facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/VCR, individual temperature control and hair dryer.
CATEGORY RATE PER PERSON
TRIPLE CLASSIC € 4,448 BOOK NOW
MAIN DECK SUITE € 6,296 BOOK NOW
CLASSIC SUITE € 6,716 BOOK NOW
SUPERIOR SUITE € 6,884 BOOK NOW
DELUXE SUITE € 7,724 BOOK NOW
PREMIUM SUITE € 8,396 BOOK NOW
OWNERS SUITE € 11,168 BOOK NOW

Club

Superior Suite

Superior Suites are located on the Club Deck. Averaging 20 square metres/ 215 square feet, these cabins feature two twin beds or a King Size bed. The picture window overlooks an outside walkway on the Club Deck. Amenities include: en suite facilities, walk-in closet or wardrobe, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/VCR, individual temperature control, hair dryer.
CATEGORY RATE PER PERSON
TRIPLE CLASSIC € 4,448 BOOK NOW
MAIN DECK SUITE € 6,296 BOOK NOW
CLASSIC SUITE € 6,716 BOOK NOW
SUPERIOR SUITE € 6,884 BOOK NOW
DELUXE SUITE € 7,724 BOOK NOW
PREMIUM SUITE € 8,396 BOOK NOW
OWNERS SUITE € 11,168 BOOK NOW

Sports

Deluxe Suite

The Deluxe Suites with balconies are located on the Sports Deck. Averaging 24 square metres/ 258 square feet means plenty of room. Choose from either two twin beds or a King Size bed. A sliding glass door leads to a private balcony. These suites feature a walk-in closet or wardrobe. Amenities include en suite facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/VCR, individual temperature control, and a hair dryer.
CATEGORY RATE PER PERSON
TRIPLE CLASSIC € 4,448 BOOK NOW
MAIN DECK SUITE € 6,296 BOOK NOW
CLASSIC SUITE € 6,716 BOOK NOW
SUPERIOR SUITE € 6,884 BOOK NOW
DELUXE SUITE € 7,724 BOOK NOW
PREMIUM SUITE € 8,396 BOOK NOW
OWNERS SUITE € 11,168 BOOK NOW

Sun

Premium Suite

The Premium Suites are located on the Sun Deck. Averaging a generous 30 square metres/ 323 square feet, with two twin beds or a King Size bed. Access the private balcony by a sliding glass door. Amenities include: en suite facilities, lounge area, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/VCR, individual temperature control, and hair dryer.

Owners Suite

Super-spacious (43 square metres/ 463 square feet) elegant suite on the Sun Deck. Designed forentertaining, the Owner's Suite has a separate living room with game and meeting area. A BOSE stereo system provides background music, or watch videos on the HD plasma TV. Sliding glass doors lead to a private deck. Refresh in the jetted bathtub in en suite facilities. Slumber in the King Size bed. A sofa bed can accommodate a third person.
CATEGORY RATE PER PERSON
TRIPLE CLASSIC € 4,448 BOOK NOW
MAIN DECK SUITE € 6,296 BOOK NOW
CLASSIC SUITE € 6,716 BOOK NOW
SUPERIOR SUITE € 6,884 BOOK NOW
DELUXE SUITE € 7,724 BOOK NOW
PREMIUM SUITE € 8,396 BOOK NOW
OWNERS SUITE € 11,168 BOOK NOW

Full Deck

CATEGORY RATE PER PERSON
TRIPLE CLASSIC € 4,448 BOOK NOW
MAIN DECK SUITE € 6,296 BOOK NOW
CLASSIC SUITE € 6,716 BOOK NOW
SUPERIOR SUITE € 6,884 BOOK NOW
DELUXE SUITE € 7,724 BOOK NOW
PREMIUM SUITE € 8,396 BOOK NOW
OWNERS SUITE € 11,168 BOOK NOW
TRIPLE CLASSIC € 4,448 BOOK NOW
MAIN DECK SUITE € 6,296 BOOK NOW
CLASSIC SUITE € 6,716 BOOK NOW
SUPERIOR SUITE € 6,884 BOOK NOW
DELUXE SUITE € 7,724 BOOK NOW
PREMIUM SUITE € 8,396 BOOK NOW
OWNERS SUITE € 11,168 BOOK NOW

Rates

    • Rates Include

    • 1 pre-voyage hotel night;
    • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation;
    • Shipboard accommodation;
    • All meals on board throughout the voyage;
    • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
    • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
    • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced
    • Expedition Leader & Expedition Team;
    • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka;
    • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
    • Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
    • All port fees;
    • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation;
    • Pre-departure materials;
    • Digital Voyage Log;
    • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of US 100,000 per person (for those 85 years of age and younger).

Rates do not Include

  • Airfare, Visa and passport fees (if applicable), Luggage and trip cancellation insurance, Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations,Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges, Staff gratuities.
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Activities

PHOTOGRAPHY

The vast, intricate, and ever-changing icescape of the Arctic Ocean offers a unique and challenging world of subjects for photographers of all backgrounds. Our free photography program gives you the chance to learn and practice your photography skills alongside an expert photographer. Primeval landscapes, intriguing geological features, poignant historical remains, and charismatic Arctic wildlife in Russia’s Franz Josef Land also provide a wealth of inspiration for the photographer. Our expert will be available to help you make the most of this bounty in your viewfinder.

SEA CAYAK CLUB

The islands and fjords of Spitsbergen closely guard some of the world’s most magical and unique paddling opportunities. Join us for unscripted kayaking adventures as we explore remote waters that very few paddlers have experienced before. This pristine Arctic wilderness rewards kayakers with spectacular scenery, unique marine animals, and a range of incredible paddling locations. Spitsbergen also offers the possibility of kayaking in the vicinity of tidewater glaciers and icebergs. The protected and picturesque waters of Spitsbergen offer some of the best paddling adventures in the Arctic. If you enjoy sea kayaking, then do not miss your chance to participate in this exciting optional activity.

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