11 Days
Duration
1/5
Physical Rating
12
Group Size

Svalbard: TRIP FULL

18-28 May, 2018

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Svalbard is one of the last unspoiled wildernesses on earth. It is also one of the northernmost island groups reaching as far north as 80 degrees. The northern tip of Svalbard is only about 1000 km south of the North Pole. This Arctic Archipelago is teeming with wildlife including the king of the Arctic, the polar bear, but also walrus, whales, reindeer, foxes and several different species of seals. In Hinlopen Strait we find one of the most spectacular bird cliffs on earth with more than 100,000 guillemots.

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE LOCATION Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
ARRIVAL TIME 18th May, 2018
INCLUDED
All ground transportation in Svalbard.
All guides as required.
Accommodation per the itinerary above.
Meals from dinner on the 18th May to breakfast on the 28th May.
Water for meals and excursions.
All admission fees to conservation areas and key sites.
All tours on the itinerary.
Tips to guides and crew.
NOT INCLUDED
International airfares to/from Longyearbyen/Svalbard, and any international airport taxes due.
Additional hotel accommodation at the start or end of the trip.
Your personal medical, travel and luggage insurance (a requirement for this trip).
Personal items, such as telephone calls, laundry service, bar drinks, restaurant wines, etc.
Anything not included under “the cost includes” above.

 

Additional information

AccomodationsPer Person Sharing, Single Supplement

Letters correspond to points on the map in the map tab.

A

Day 1, May 18th, 2018: Arrival in Spitsbergen

Fly to Svalbard Airport, Longyearbyen (LYR) (international flight itineraries to be determined). Evening dinner together (depending on flight schedules). Overnight at Basecamp Hotel.

B

Day 2, May 19th, 2018: Explore Longyearbyen

Today we will have a full day activity, either exploring the area around Longyearbyen by snow mobile or dog sled. Overnight at Basecamp Hotel.

C

Day 3, May 20th, 2018: Birding & Boarding Our Ship

Early breakfast. After breakfast we will take a half-day excursion into the hinterland of Longyearbyen, primarily looking for birds that we may not be able to see while on board our vessel. Lunch in Longyearbyen. In the afternoon we will board our vessel the M/S Freya, our home for the next seven days!

D

Day 4-10, May 20-27th, 2018: Ocean and Glacier Exploration

For the next 6 days, we have no fixed itinerary; this is a true expedition and we rely on the vast experience of our captain and local guides. Ice will dictate our movements but we guarantee to do everything we can to get you the best possible wildlife and landscape sightings. Though our focus is on polar bears, we will also look for birds, walrus, whales and other marine mammals. We explore Svalbard from the land, zodiacs and the decks of the M/S Freya.

E

Day 11, May 28th, 2018: Return Flights Home

We leave the M/S Freya after an early breakfast to the airport for our return flight home.

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EXPEDITION LEADER

PETE OXFORD

Pete Oxford travels as a professional photographic and tour leader specializing in wildlife and indigenous cultures. He has travelled extensively and repeatedly to every continent both as photographer and trip leader. He has a long history of tour leading experience and has led expeditions to some of the world’s most far-flung and pristine destinations. Pete began in tourism in 1987 while living, as a naturalist guide, in the Galapagos Islands. Pete brings a depth of knowledge, experience and humor to each destination.

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