Grand Arctic Circumnavigation

Sail to the ice edge of the Arctic Ocean while circumnavigating Spitsbergen on this unique 11-night expedition, including Polarcirkel shore landings and lectures from the expert Expedition Team

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11 nights

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Enjoy a multitude of shore landings and exciting experiences in the Arctic on this exploration of Svalbard's wilderness.

Explore the traditional Spitsbergen town of Longyearbyen, where modern shops and art galleries contrast with the settlement's strong coal mining heritage. Discover majestic glaciers, awe-inspiring fjords and the fascinating former mining town of Alesund whilst exploring North West Spitsbergen National Park.

Keep an eye out for polar bears hunting on the ice floes before navigating the breathtaking Isfjord, home to the endemic Svalbard Reindeer. Shore landings and guided hikes led by the Expedition Team enrich this fascinating voyage.

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Grand Arctic Circumnavigation Itinerary

Day 1 - Oslo (Norway) - Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)

Perhaps explore Norway's fascinating capital, Oslo, with its varied architecture and lively bars, before transferring to the airport for the flight to Longyearbyen. Overnight hotel stay.

Day 2 - Longyearbyen

Check out of the hotel and join an excursion showcasing the best of Longyearbyen and the surrounding area before embarking Spitsbergen.

Days 3-5 - North West Spitsbergen National Park

Explore Kongsfjord, one of the most picturesque fjord areas in Spitsbergen with its majestic glaciers and soaring mountains. Cruise northwest to Krossfjord and Mitrahalvoya where there are ruins from the whaling industry as well as the Svalbard reindeer. Perhaps cross one of the glaciers with the Expedition Team, before heading to the former mining settlement of Ny-Alesund. You'll also have the opportunity to visit Raudfjorden, perfect for hiking, and Hamiltonbukta, which can be explored by kayak, as well as the majestic Monaco Glacier in Liefdefjord.

Days 6-9 - Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserve and South Spitsbergen National Park

Eastern Svalbard is home to the largest population of polar bears in the Svalbard archipelago so there will hopefully be the chance to see one. Discover Sorgfjorden, which was the location of a famous 17th-century battle between whalers, before cruising past the amazing bird cliff of Alkefjellet. Continue to Edgeoya, the third-largest in the archipelago and visit Kapp Lee which has a strong cultural heritage. Fram cruises to the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen to Hornsund, where ice pushed into the fjord early in the season attracts polar bears. The landscape of Rossoya is high Arctic, and is less than 620 miles from the North Pole. Nature lovers will enjoy Phippsoya which is home to a large ivory gull colony and many polar bears.

Days 10-11 - South West Spitsbergen National Park

Pass the majestic Klokkefjellet Mountain whilst sailing the southern entrance of Bellsund Fjord. Isfjord is the most extensive fjord system in the archipelago. Explore the breathtaking Isfjord including Alkehornet peak, home to thousands of nesting Brunnich guillemots in the summer, and the magnificent U-shaped valleys where you might be lucky enough to spot a Svalbard Reindeer. There will be the opportunity to join an excursion to the Russian settlement of Pyramiden.

Day 12 - Longyearbyen - Oslo (Norway)

Disembark Fram in Longyearbyen and transfer to the airport for the return flight to Oslo.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 10-night full board voyage in cabin grade of your choice
  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Longyearbyen including breakfast
  • Return flights between Longyearbyen and Oslo
  • City tour of Longyearbyen
  • Wind and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats
  • English speaking Expedition Team on board
  • Complimentary tea and coffee

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Gratuities
  • Optional excursions

Exclusive £100pp discount!

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