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In the polar bear's kingdom
In the polar bear's kingdom

West Svalbard & Polar ice edge

In the polar bear's kingdom
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Group size
to 114 person
Duration
10 days

Accommodation during the trip

8 nights
1 night

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
31 May 2020
  • 31 May 2020
  • 7 June 2020
  • 14 June 2020
  • 21 June 2020
  • 30 June 2020
End date:
9 June 2020
369 377 RUB

Spitsbergen is a world of white bears — here you can meat them anytime, anywhere. They hunt for seals on ice, search for preys in tundra and swim not far away from expedition boats. 24 hours of sunlight during a polar day let have many more opportunities to observe the King of the Arctic. 

In the polar bear's kingdom
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Group size
to 114 person
Duration
10 days

Accommodation during the trip

8 nights
1 night

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
31 May 2020
  • 31 May 2020
  • 7 June 2020
  • 14 June 2020
  • 21 June 2020
  • 30 June 2020
End date:
9 June 2020
369 377 RUB

Experiences you'll have

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.

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.

 

Additional options:

  • Photography classes. Photography workshops and lections are included in the price. They will help ypu to improve photography skills and to get unique shots.
  • Sea kayaking. You will explore places, where almost nobody has been before, and will see icebergs and glaciers.

The cost of the cruise depends on the date of the trip and the chosen type of cabin. Look for details in the Accommodation section.

A good reason to choose this trip: with buying this cruise you will get 5% discount for all other tours of RussiaDiscovery

Itinerary

The journey begins in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, which you must travel to on your own. We can help with the purchase of tickets. If necessary, leave a comment on the application.

 

The duration of the cruise varies from 9 to 12 days for different dates of the trip. Please, look for details in the Accommodation section.

Day 1 Longyearbyen, Svalbard

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.

Day 2 Embarkation in Longyearbyen

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.

Days 3-9 Exploration of West Spitsbergen

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.

Day 10 Disembarkation in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

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!

In the polar bear's kingdom
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Group size
to 114 person
Duration
10 days

Accommodation during the trip

8 nights
1 night

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
31 May 2020
  • 31 May 2020
  • 7 June 2020
  • 14 June 2020
  • 21 June 2020
  • 30 June 2020
End date:
9 June 2020
369 377 RUB

Accommodation during the trip

You will travel on the "Sea Spirit" expedition ship. Being small and maneuverable, it allows you to explore the most remote regions in the most comfortable conditions. There are a restaurant, a bar, an open bistro, a club lounge, a library, a presentation room and a fitness center on board. The captain's bridge is also open to the public.

 

The cost of the cruise depends on the date of the trip and the chosen type of cabin:

 

 

Rates for May 31 — June 8, 2020,  June 7-15, 2020 and June 14-22, 2020 (cruise for 9 days):

  • accommodation in Triple Classic cabin — 5895 USD
  • accommodation in Standard cabin — 8095 USD
  • accommodation in Classic Suite —  8695 USD
  • accommodation in Superior Suite — 8795 USD
  • accommodation in Deluxe Suite — 9895 USD
  • accommodation in Premium Suite — 10 995 USD
  • accommodation in Owner's Suite — 14 295 USD

 

Rates for June 21 — July 1, 2020 (cruise for 11 days): 

  • accommodation in Triple Classic cabin — 7295 USD
  • accommodation in Standard cabin — 10 095 USD
  • accommodation in Classic Suite —  10 795 USD
  • accommodation in Superior Suite — 10 995 USD
  • accommodation in Deluxe Suite — 12 395 USD
  • accommodation in Premium Suite — 13 695 USD
  • accommodation in Owner's Suite — 17 795 USD

 

Rates for June 30 — July 11, 2020 (cruise for 12 days): 

  • accommodation in Triple Classic cabin — 8095 USD
  • accommodation in Standard cabin — 11 195 USD
  • accommodation in Classic Suite —  11 995 USD
  • accommodation in Superior Suite — 12 195 USD
  • accommodation in Deluxe Suite — 13 695 USD
  • accommodation in Premium Suite — 15 195 USD
  • accommodation in Owner's Suite — 19 795 USD

The price is per person. Payment is made in rubles at the exchange rate of the Central Bank +2%.

 

You can travel with your children. The cost of the cruise for children aged 6-11 years old will be 250 USD per person per day (accommodation in a double cabin on an additional place).

 

Description of the cabins at "Sea Spirit" expedition ship:

 

Triple Classic cabin
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/DVD, individual temperature control, and hair dryer.

 

Standard cabin
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/DVD 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/DVD, individual temperature control and hair dryer.

 

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/DVD, individual temperature control, hair dryer.

 

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/DVD, individual temperature control, and a hair dryer.

 

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/DVD, individual temperature control, and hair dryer.

 

Owner's 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.

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In the polar bear's kingdom

Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Group size
to 114 person
Duration
10 days

Accommodation during the trip

8 nights
1 night

Languages

EN
guide
369 377 RUB
What's included in the price:
  • accommodation in Radisson hotel for one night and shipboard accommodation

  • all meals on board throughout the voyage, tea and coffee station 24 hours daily, welcome and farewell cocktail party onboard

  • all scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions), leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced expedition leader and team

  • branded jacket and rubber boots for shore landings

  • information support by an expedition leader and team: lections, videos, presentations by experts of the region

  • group transfer from airport to the ship and from the ship to an airport

  • all port fees

  • pre-departure materials and digital voyage log

  • emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of US 100 000 per person (for those 85 years of age and younger)

Extra charge:
  • airfare

  • visa and passport fees (if applicable)

  • soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations

  • personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges

  • kayaking (+655 USD, important to book in advance), optionally

  • staff gratuities  

In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • accommodation in Radisson hotel for one night and shipboard accommodation

  • all meals on board throughout the voyage, tea and coffee station 24 hours daily, welcome and farewell cocktail party onboard

  • all scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions), leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced expedition leader and team

  • branded jacket and rubber boots for shore landings

  • information support by an expedition leader and team: lections, videos, presentations by experts of the region

  • group transfer from airport to the ship and from the ship to an airport

  • all port fees

  • pre-departure materials and digital voyage log

  • emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of US 100 000 per person (for those 85 years of age and younger)

  • airfare

  • visa and passport fees (if applicable)

  • soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations

  • personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges

  • kayaking (+655 USD, important to book in advance), optionally

  • staff gratuities  

31 May 2020, Sun — 9 Jun 2020, Tue
369 377 RUB
7 Jun 2020, Sun — 16 Jun 2020, Tue
369 377 RUB
14 Jun 2020, Sun — 23 Jun 2020, Tue
369 377 RUB
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