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This expedition to Kvit°ya includes 10 nights aboard Plancius. It starts and ends in Longyearbyen. We'll attempt to circumnavigate Spitsbergen and to reach the remote Kvit°ya - White Island.

Spitsbergen Expedition: Kvit°ya

Day 1 Around Spitsbergen Expedition (Svalbard) - Kvitøya Special:

Arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago of which West Spitsbergen is the largest island. Before embarking there is an opportunity to stroll around this former mining town, whose parish church and Polar Museum are well worth visiting, while in the surrounding area of Longyearbyen. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden. Welcome to the Arctic! Your Kvitøya Expedition has begun!

 

Day 2 Around Spitsbergen Expedition (Svalbard) - Kvitøya Special:

On the offshore island of Ytre Norskøya, we visit a 17th century Dutch whaling site, whose large graveyard is a reminder of the hardships and dangers of life here at that time. The island’s bird life is prolific, with colonies of Little Auks, Black Guillemots, Brünnich’s Guillemots, Puffins and Arctic Skuas accessible to visitors. Eastwards, we visit Raudfjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, a beautiful fjord dominated by spectacular glaciers and favoured by Ringed and Bearded Seals. The cliffs and shoreline of the fjord also support thriving seabird colonies. In the evening we will sail by the island of Moffen where a big herd of Walrus can be found.

 

Day 3 Around Spitsbergen Expedition (Svalbard) - Kvitøya Special:

We sail through Beverleysundet named by Parry in 1827 and also sailed by the Swedish-Russian Arc-of-Meridian Expedition in 1898. Today we will reach our northernmost point at Phippsøya, in the Seven Islands north of Nordaustlandet. Here we will be at 81 degrees north, just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole. Polar bears inhabit this region, along with ivory gulls.

 

Day 4 Around Spitsbergen Expedition (Svalbard) - Kvitøya Special:

We push east to reach the area of Nordaustlandet, where the Nobile expedition drifted around in 1928 and where the Italian Sora tried to come to the rescue. There we hope to get to Alpinøya, reached by Sora in 1928, and then to the mouth of Finn Malmgrenfjord, and Albertinibukta and to climb Soraberget (205 M) from where we have a fantastic view on the ice-cap of Nordaustlandet. Alternatively we will land at Storøya, where again we may meet a group of Walruses.

 

Day 5 Around Spitsbergen Expedition (Svalbard) - Kvitøya Special:

Today we hope to get to the rarely visited Kvitøya farthest to the east, close to the Russian territory. The island is dominated by an ice-cap, which leaves a small area bare of ice and snow. We will land at the western tip at Andréneset, where the Swedish explorer André and his companions perished in 1898. We will also try to get to Kraemerpynten in the east, where an enormous group of Walruses resides.

 

Day 6 Around Spitsbergen Expedition (Svalbard) - Kvitøya Special:

South of Nordaustlandet we will try to land at Isispynten a Nunatak area surrounded by glaciers. Later we sail along the front of the Brasvell Glacier, the longest glacier front in Spitsbergen. In Olga Strait we have chances to spot the elusive Greenland Whale.

 

Day 7 Around Spitsbergen Expedition (Svalbard) - Kvitøya Special:

We will sail through the seldom visited area of Kong Karls Land, which is a Polar Bear reserve, where we are not allowed to land, but where we can make a zodiac cruise. Alternatively we land in Blafjordflya at the east side of Edgeöya, a vast tundra area with a lot of reindeer.

 

Day 8 Around Spitsbergen Expedition (Svalbard) - Kvitøya Special:

In Freemansundet we plan to land at Sundneset on the island of Barentsøya to visit an old trapper´s hut and then take a brisk walk across the tundra in search of Spitsbergen Reindeer and Barnacle Geese. Later we cruise south to Diskobukta on the west side of Edgeøya. After a Zodiac cruise through the shallow bay, we land on a beach littered with whale bones and tree trunks, which have drifted here from Siberia. We can also climb to the rim of a narrow gully which is inhabited by thousands of Kittiwakes, together with Black Guillemots and piratical Glaucous Gulls. During the breeding season, the base of the cliffs is patrolled by Arctic Foxes and Polar Bears, searching for young birds that have fallen from the nesting ledges.

 

Day 9 Around Spitsbergen Expedition (Svalbard) - Kvitøya Special:

We start the day quietly cruising the side fjords of the spectacular Hornsund area of southern Spitsbergen, enjoying the scenery of towering mountain peaks. Hornsundtind rises to 1,431m while Bautaen shows why early Dutch explorers gave the name ‘Spitsbergen’ - pointed mountains - to the island. There are also 14 magnificent glaciers in the area and very good chances of encounters with seals and Polar Bears. We may visit the Polish research station where the friendly staff will give us an insight into their research projects. Behind the station the mountains are home to thousands of pairs of nesting Little Auks.

 

Day 10 Around Spitsbergen Expedition (Svalbard) - Kvitøya Special:

Today we land on Ahlstrandhalvøya at the mouth of Van Keulenfjorden. Here piles of Beluga skeletons (the Beluga is a small white whale), the remains of 19th century slaughter, are yet another reminder of the consequences of thoughtless exploitation. Fortunately, Belugas were not hunted to the edge of extinction and may still be seen locally. Indeed, there is a good chance that we will come across a pod. Cruising into Recherchefjorden during the afternoon we can explore an area of tundra at the head of the fjord where many Reindeer feed.

 

Day 11 Around Spitsbergen Expedition (Svalbard) - Kvitøya Special:

Return to Longyearbyen and disembark for the transfer to the airport and the flight to Oslo and home. End of our Kvitøya Expedition.

 

 

 

Around Spitsbergen Expedition (Svalbard) - Kvitøya Special Dates and Rates 2017:

 

Code

Stard

End

Quadruple

Triple

Doble

 

Doble Window

Doble Deluxe

Superior

OTL13

12/08/17

21/08/17

3.870 €

4.720 €

5.500 €

5.930 €

6.360 €

7.150 €

PLA14

20/08/17

29/08/17

3.870 €

4.720 €

5.500 €

5.930 €

6.360 €

7.150 €

OTL14

21/08/17

30/08/17

3.870 €

4.720 €

5.500 €

5.930 €

6.360 €

7.150 €

 

 

Rates per person in EURO, based on twin occupancy.

 

Single occupancy: All cabins 1.7 times the share price.

 

 

Around Spitsbergen Expedition (Svalbard) - Kvitøya Special includes:

Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.

All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.

Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.

All shore excursions and activities throughhout the voyage by Zodiac.

Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.

All miscelaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.

Comprehensive pre-departure material.

 

Around Spitsbergen Expedition (Svalbard) - Kvitøya Special excludes:

Any airfare.

Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (mandatory).

Pre and post land arrangements.

Transfers airport – hotel – pier.

Passport and visa expenses.

Government arrival and departure taxes.

Meals ashore.

Excess baggage charges and telecommunication charges.

Customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Fuel surcharge.

Any other service not specified in paragraph “Around Spitsbergen Expedition (Svalbard) - Kvitøya Special includes”.

Please note that you should regard this itinerary as a guide only; our exact route and program varies according to the weather conditions we encounter. Flexibility is the key to success for all polar expeditions.

Wildlife and good weather conditions are not guarantee.

The chances that we can complete a full Spitsbergen Circumnavigation (based on our experiences from 1992 until 2009) are about, 20% in the first half of July, 55% in the second half of July, 90% in the first half of August, 95% in the second half of August. In case we can not complete a full circumnavigation we will mostly resort to a program in Northeast Spitsbergen.

Tour duration:

11 days, 10 nights.

Official spoken language:

English.

Group size:

From 70 to 114 passengers.

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