9 days

Introduction to Spitsbergen 2015

Introduction to Spitsbergen 2015

On board to a strange new world at Longyearbyen

Walk or kayak around Blubber Town: Smeerenburg

Send a letter from the northernmost postbox in Ny Alesund

The Walrus of Moffen Island

Polar bears

Trip rating
  • This voyage provides the opportunity to experience everything Spitsbergen has to offer, from polar bears and walrus to spectacular scenery. Aboard the Sea Adventurer, you’ll be treated to daily presentations by your Expedition Team onboard the ship and daily wildlife sightings on land. Hike, explore and enjoy the beauty of the Arctic on your visit to Spitsbergen.


    Sea Kayaking Optinal Extra

    Imagine gliding along the surface of a bay in the presence of icebergs and glaciers! Our sea-kayaking adventures are the best way to feel at one with the sea. Taken in small groups of 10 people, multiple times per voyage, sea-kayaking adventures are only done during calm weather conditions. We require you to have some prior sea-kayaking experience, including the capability to do a wet exit.
    More information about your Adventure Options, including physical requirements and cost of each option is available by contacting Peregrine Adventures or your local travel agent.

    Note: Weather, ice and other mitigating factors may result in changes to our itinerary and alteration to certain shore excursions.

    Why we love it


    Day 1 - Longyearbyen - Embarkation Day

    Your Spitsbergen adventure cruise begins when you board your ship in Longyearbyen, the island’s largest settlement. As you embark, you’ll get great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop to this seaside settlement.


    Day 2-8 - Exploring Spitsbergen

    We cruise around this magical island, on a constant search for wildlife. Your expedition will cover western Spitsbergen as well as some stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north.From polar flora to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. Each expedition presents new opportunities, so we have no fixed itinerary, however we do have some favorite destinations, including 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Alkefjellet and the Hinlopen Straight. The destinations visited on your voyage will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing and appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. Polar bear viewing is almost guaranteed, with Hornsund being one of their preferredhunting areas and the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet providing many free bird egg meals for both them and the Arctic fox. Poolepynton is great for walrus photography. Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t forget either. These lumbering giants of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene, aseach walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.If you’re itching to get a little closer to the action, then taking a sea-kayaking excursion to some of the more isolated pockets of Spitsbergen is highly recommended. Smeerenburg is a great place for an optional snowshoeing excursion (on selected voyages), as you can visit a memorial erected in 1906. This historical site remembers the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries while working in extreme Arctic conditions.

    There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day you’ll see something new, whether it is a rare bird species or an abandoned hut from centuries ago.

    Possible Landings and Wildlife Sightings

    This cliff is a seabird center, where brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres) raise their young. An estimated
    100,000 breeding pairs raise their young here in the basalt cliffs. The birds do not build nests, rather they lay an egg  on the bare ledge.

    In 1906, His Serene Highness Prince Albert I of  Monaco visited Lilliehöök Glacier to conduct scientific investigations. His great-great-grandson visited the glacier 100 years later. He, too, was part of a scientific investigation, this time to further our understanding of the Arctic clam, a species that lives for more than a century. The growth rings of a single clam’s shell contain evidence of the chemicals encountered by the clam. Scientists can determine the variations of the water’s temperature and pollutant content by studying the shell.

    Eighteen hundred people inhabit the administrative capital of Svalbard, which is situated on the shore of Isfjorden. The settlement was founded in 1905 by John Munroe Longyear, the majority owner of the Arctic Coal Company of Boston.

    HSH Prince Albert I of Monaco, a pioneer of oceanography, led an expedition to Svalbard in 1906. His team used sophisticated photographic techniques to understand the shape and position of several glacier fronts. Monaco Glacier honors the expedition, the prince and the principality over which he reigned.

    This is the second-largest island in the entire Svalbard Archipelago. The largest glacier in Europe is located on the island, which is a known habitat for reindeer and walrus.

    On the western coast, this bay stretches south and east from the Wahlenberg Fjord. This is a typical polar desert scene where the ‘ice bear’ can sometimes be seen roaming in search of food.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 9 - Disembark in Longyearbyen

    The time to say goodbye has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
    • • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks on board throughout your voyage
    • • All shore landings per the daily program
    • • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
    • • A daily program of lectures by noted naturalists
    • • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
    • • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and Special Guests as scheduled
    • • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage
    • • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
    • • An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep
    • • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
    • • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
    • • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
    • • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
    • • All luggage handling aboard ship
    • • Arrival transfer from Longyearbyen airport to your hotel if you arrive one day prior to embarkation
    • • On embarkation day transfer from your hotel or Longyearbyen airport to the ship
    • • On disembarkation day group transfer from the ship to airport or local designated drop-off location
    • • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person

    Not Included

    • • All airfares
    • • Passport and any applicable visa expenses
    • • Government arrival and departure taxes
    • • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation, when applicable.
    • • Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance
    • • Excess baggage charges.
    • • Laundry and other personal charges
    • • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew.
    • • Telecommunications charges
    • • Any pre-voyage or post-voyage hotel accommodation

    Safety Information

    Safety is paramount on a Peregrine voyage
    Due to new International Security Regulations, you will not be able to approach the ship on your own. You will have to arrive with the rest of the group, accompanied by a Peregrine representative. Full details of embarkation/disembarkation procedures will be supplied with your final documentation. On board you will be asked to participate in the obligatory lifeboat drill. We will also conduct important briefings on landing procedures, Zodiac operations, polar bear management and firearm safety (there is a good chance that we will see some of these magnificent animals during this trip, but extreme care must be taken if we ever encounter them whilst we are ashore!).

  • Our Ships

    Sea Adventurer (formerly the Clipper Adventurer)

    Sea Adventurer (formerly the Clipper Adventurer)

    This Polar Adventure Ship was built in 1975. Sea Adventurer (formerly know as the Clipper Adventurer) underwent a $13 million conversion in 1998. Her proud reputation is complimented by her well-appointed, elegance. Sea Adventurer is the perfect expedition ship for people who enjoy soft adventures and creature comforts. All cabins have outside views and facilities en suite.

    Sea Adventurer is equipped with Zodiacs for shore landings and ocean level cruising, yet offers fine dining, and cabins with exterior views and facilities en suite.

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Trip Code PPIS15
Start City: Longyearbyen
End City: Longyearbyen
Style: Polar

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