Itinerary - Arctic Kingdom Polar Expeditions

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Svalbard Polar Bear Sailboat Safari

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Longyearbyen Day 2 – 7: Ny- Alesund, Magdalenfjord, Prins Karls Forland, Kongsfjorden, Krossfjorden, Smeerenburgbreen, Moffen island, 80th degree (conditions permitting)

There are many other beautiful spots that we will find on the way but we will adapt the final itinerary to the polar bears' movements, tracks and other relevant facts to our route. Occasionally we discuss some points with our travelers to meet their preferences.

Day 8: Longyearbyen. Day 9: Depart Longyearbyen

Cruise Route Map

Day 1 - Arrival at Longyearbyen. 78° North

During the last flight from Oslo or Tromso, we will cross de Arctic Ocean up to the 74° North where the Svalbard archipelago begins in the High Arctic. We will land at 78° North on the village of Longyearbyen. Private transfer to the lodge/hotel with our guide. Welcome drink and lunch to taste seal meat, smoked salmon and Aquavit in a very cozy atmosphere. Private transfer to the harbor where our yacht will be waiting for us. There, we will meet the skipper and inform about safety, itinerary and other important facts for the navigation. Accommodation in twin cabins in the boat. (Twin beds or bunk beds.) Once all in order, we will start our route to the north. Welcome dinner and first night on board.

Day 2 - 7

How is the trip? We cannot guarantee a fixed itinerary in our expeditions because we depend on the weather, wind and ice conditions. Each trip is different. During this week, we will discover impressive glaciers, seals and walrus colonies and some of the remains from the whaling period on the north west corner of Spitsbergen. We will find as well many different birds and probably some whales in our route. About polar bears. Actually there are more polar bears than people living in the islands (2500 individuals). We will put our efforts to find white bears but we cannot guarantee the approaches and how many. The majority of the individuals live up in the north and east coast and usually we find some of them in a one week journey. Getting close will depend one more time on the situation and behavior of the animals. Each situation is different and safety is our first priority. Our guide will always carry rifles to guarantee the group safety with the encounters with polar bears. However, we have a planned itinerary from Longyearbyen to the north west areas of the Archipelago, where we will find more wild life. Depending on whether the clients want to participate in the sailing, we will reach further and see more. Sailing skills are not needed, but someone can watch the radar and another look out while the skipper takes a rest and the guide is doing other things. Places and spots we will visit in our itinerary. We will border the west coast of Spitsbergen (Oscar II Land, Hakon VII Land and Albert I Land) toward the north.

Meals on board

Breakfast will be served every morning on board (coffee, tea, juice, eggs, bacon, toast, biscuits, fruit and pastries.) A cold lunch (smoked salmon, sandwiches, soups) will be prepared every day between 1300- 1400 depending on the area and the situation we are in. According to the weather we will organize picnics ashore. A nice warm dinner will be served every evening in the boat. Cooperation in the kitchen is always very welcome in order to enjoy the boat life and create a nice atmosphere on board. Please, let us know if there are any allergies or vegetarian menus to consider.

Day 8 - Return to Longyearbyen

Breakfast on board. Arriving in Longyearbyen during the morning. Transfer to the hotel/lodge where we will be accommodated in double rooms. During the rest of the day we will have leisure time to know the small town of Longyearbyen, maybe do some shopping and take the last pictures in the Adventvalley. Our last dinner in Svalbard will be in an emblematic restaurant where we will try the Gourmet menu and we will also enjoy the wines of the northernmost winery in Earth.

Night in lodge/ hotel

Day 9 - Return Home

Breakfast in the lodge/hotel. Private transfer to Longyearbyen airport for the flight home.

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EXPEDITION SUMMARY
Trip Route
Starting from Longyearbyen – 80th degree - Longyearbyen
Group Size
6 (twin berths)
Trip Length
9 Days
Dates / Price
July 8- 13, 2013 $9,990.00 taxes included Private charter June to August for: $59,950 taxes included.
Flight Package
NA
Single Supplement
NA
Gateway City
Tromso or Oslo are points of origination that service Longyearbyen
Weather
BETWEEN 0 and +15° CELSIUS
Daylight Hours
24 Hours
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