Expedition cruise to Svalbard with Sea Endurance 2018
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Expedition Svalbard with Sea Endurance 2018

The Arctic summer has arrived, the midnight sun reigns supreme and the purple saxifrage decorates the slopes. The ice is slowly starting to loosen its grip, which offers good opportunities to explore the seldom visited eastern parts of the archipelago. With ten nights on board we have plenty of time for grand nature experiences and wildlife encounters.

Accommodation: Cabin on board Sea Endurance. Transport: Expedition ship, Zodiacs. Ship: Sea Endurance. Guides: 5 guides. Passengers: 53 passengers. Languages: English and Swedish. Length: 11 days, 10 nights on ship. Price: From USD 7 490.

Itinerary

Day 1: Longyearbyen

We arrive in Longyearbyen, embark our expedition ship in the afternoon and sail out through the spectacular Isfjorden.

Day 2 - 10: Svalbard

We are now in a part of the world where we are totally dependent on the ice and weather conditions. Our exact itinerary depends on these factors and on the wildlife we encounter. Our ambition is to make landings or cruises every day with our Zodiacs. Here are some examples of places we may visit:

Northwest Spitsbergen
The scientific village of Ny-Ålesund is situated in Kongsfjorden. It was from here that Amundsen and Nobile started their heroic expeditions to the North Pole. Two other courageous attempts to reach the North Pole started on the island of Danskøya. Swedish balloonist Andrée made an attempt with a hydrogen balloon and American journalist Wellman started with an airship. There are still interesting remnants from these expeditions left on this site.

Magnificent fjords
Svalbard offers the visitor countless spectacular fjords. During our journey we will explore a few of them such as: Liefdefjorden, meaning “The fjord of love”, is lined with snow-covered mountain peaks and here we hope to cruise along the face of the spectacular Monaco Glacier. Many common eiders and pinkfooted geese nest in the area. In Krossfjorden we revel in the beautifully sculptured front of the 14th of July Glacier to the raucous greeting of the large number of kittiwakes and Brünnich’s guillemots nesting on the nearby cliffs. Raudfjorden is an area of immense natural beauty – dominated by beautiful glaciers. It is also a favourite spot for seals and the bird cliffs are bursting with activity.

Hinlopen Strait and Alkefjellet
If the ice allows we enter Hinlopen Strait. Here is Alkefjellet, an impressive, basaltic cliff, which is the home to an estimated 200 000 Brünnich’s guillemots. We may also continue into the beautiful bay Palanderbukta on Nordaustlandet.

Eastern Svalbard
The island of Nordaustlandet is covered by an enormous ice cap and fascinates naturalists as well as historians. There are huge glacier fronts here, intersected by hundreds of waterfalls. Barentsøya and Edgeøya offer magnificent landscapes and vast tundra. Chances to encounter walruses, Arctic fox and Svalbard reindeer are good here.

Southwest Spitsbergen
The grand fjords of Hornsund offer spectacular glaciers and a breathtaking landscape of towering mountain peaks, often reaching above the clouds. On a clear day we can see the summit of the highest mountain Hornsundtind, measuring 1431 meters. Hornsund is a favourite haunt for some of Svalbard’s polar bears and bearded seals are often seen resting on the fjord ice.

Day 11: Longyearbyen

Early morning we disembark our expedition ship and begin our journey back home.

Please note: Our exact route will depend on ice, weather conditions and wildlife. The places mentioned are just examples of some of the many sites Svalbard has to offer. We always strive to maximize your experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

Join Peter Eastway on a Svalbard adventure!

We are excited to present photographer Peter Eastway as special lecturer on the 22 June – 2 July voyage on board Sea Endurance.

Peter Eastway is an awarded, Australian photographer who is best known internationally for his landscape photography. He has been involved in photographic magazine publishing for over 30 years, establishing his own title, Australia's Better Photography Magazine, in 1995. His photography has recently featured on the cover of the Lonely Planet’s guide to Australia, in articles in the Qantas inflight magazine, and in an Apple television commercial. He was also the author of the Lonely Planet’s Guide to Landscape Photography as well as one of the featured photographers in the Tales By Light television series aired on the National Geographic Channel in Australia.

Peter is as rand Master of Photography, a Fellow of Honorary of the Australian as well as the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography. He has received many awards, including the Kodak Award of Distinction at the international WPPI Print Competition in 2009 and the AIPP NSW Landscape Photographer of the Year in 2013.

On board Peter will hold workshops to share his knowledge on photographing with you.

The ship Sea Endurance

  • PolarQuest
  • Emma Nilsson
  • Adrian Nordenborg
  • Panorama lounge
    J-P Lahall
  • Triple Cabin
    J-P Lahall
  • Double Cabin Superior
    Jonas Sundquist
  • Dining room
    Jonas Sundquist
  • Adam Rheborg
  • Erik Edvardsson

The ship was built in Denmark in 1992 to serve as a ferry on Greenland’s west coast. In 2004/2005 she was completely refurbished and now has a career as a small and comfortable expedition ship. Sea Endurance takes 53 passengers and all 26 cabins are outside cabins with private facilities. The triple cabins have upper and lower berths. All other cabins have two lower berths or a double bed. In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage. The superior cabins are spacious and have armchairs and TV/ DVD. The Owner’s cabin has a double bed, two large picture windows, a separate seating area and TV/DVD. 

 

In the dining room you are treated to delicious meals in between landings and in the panorama lounge you can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Here you can listen to entertaining talks on the area’s flora, fauna and history. In the lounge you also find a bar and a small library. The ship has spacious observation decks, where you can enjoy the beautiful vistas. Passengers are welcome on the bridge around the clock and there is always something to see or search for. There is an international crew on board the Sea Endurance and the atmosphere is relaxed and very friendly.

Cabins & prices

Cabin category Price per person
Triple cabin (upper/lower beds) USD 7 490
Twin cabin (2 twin beds) USD 9 290
Twin cabin Plus (2 twin beds) USD 9 790
Double cabin (double bed) USD 9 790
Double cabin Superior (large double bed) USD 10 690
Owner's cabin (large double bed) USD 11 990
Twin cabin for single use USD 15 590

Please note: It is always possible to share a cabin on board Sea Endurance. All cabins have windows and private facilities.

Price includes: 10 nights on board Sea Endurance . All meals on board . Coffee and tea . An experienced Expedition Leader and knowledgeable guides . Guiding ashore and talks on board . All excursions and activities . Comprehensive information material before the expedition . An illustrated post-expedition log

Not included: Flight to/from Longyearbyen . Travel and cancellation insurance . The customary gratuity to the ship’s crew . Personal expenses such as bar and shop charges

Departures & booking

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Departure Return
22 June 2018 2 July 2018
2 July 2018 12 July 2018
12 July 2018 22 July 2018
1 August 2018 11 August 2018

Our travelers experiences

We have been home a few days now, but are still ‘blown away’ by our holiday in Svalbard. We will remember our time in the Arctic forever. The hospitality and the food on the ship were excellent, and the guides were 5 star plus. This has proved to have been one of our best holidays ever, and one which we would hope to repeat. David & Maureen Macleod
In my experience, a wonderful thing about your company, i.e. all the staff and crew, is that everyone tries their very best, and they are so well selected for the jobs they are doing. Intelligence, personality, experience… it made the trip a charmed cruise from planning to completion. The support I got from you in the office was excellent – everything went as planned and all details were correct! Yvonne Higgs McHugh & Tony Brake
I want to thank you for the fabulous trip to Svalbard. It far exceeded my expectations of this polar region. We had wonderful sightings of polar bear, reindeer, walruses, an arctic fox, harp seals, bearded seals, humpback whales, many sea birds and arctic flowers. Peggy Gerick
The Circumnavigation of Spitsbergen in July was a superb experience, way above expectations and worth every one of the pounds that I spent on it. I would love to go again to the Ice but could it ever be so wonderful? Caroline Glover
We have just come back from Svalbard and have had the most wonderful time! It passed our wildest dreams. Thank you to everyone who helped us to organise it. The whole holiday from booking to going and being there has been excellent. David & Jackie March