Travel to Lofoten, Bear Island and Svalbard 2017
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Lofoten, Bear Island & Svalbard

Join us on an expedition cruise along the dramatic coastline and magnificent fjords of northern Norway, via the seldom visited Bear Island to the pearl of the Arctic: Svalbard. It is a busy time of the year. The sea eagles are frequenting Lofoten and the impressive cliffs of Bear Island are teeming with tens of thousands of birds. Svalbard greets us with a breathtaking landscape, glittering ice, snow covered mountain tops, midnight sun and magnificent wildlife.

Accommodation: Cabin on board Sea Endurance. Transport: Expedition ship, Zodiac. Ship: Sea Endurance. Guides: 5 guides. Passengers: 53 passengers. Languages: Swedish & English. Length: 10 days, 9 nights on ship. Price: From USD 5 290.

Itinerary

Day 1: Bodø

We arrive in Bodø and embark our expedition ship. Once installed in our cabins, we are welcomed by the guides and crew. During the afternoon we begin our voyage towards the dramatic Lofoten Islands.

Day 2: Vedøya – Reine

After breakfast we make a first trip in our Zodiac crafts around the spectacular island of Vedøya with its tens of thousands of nesting sea birds. Vedøya is also often frequented by eagles. We sail along the southern side of Lofoten, a vast collection of rocky islands rising from the sea, towards Reine. This charming fishing village, with characteristic wooden houses, is overlooking Kirkefjord with high mountaintops in the background. It is not difficult to see how it has been voted Norway’s most beautiful place.

Day 3: Nusfjord – Trollfjorden

Today we visit Nusfjord. This is one of the most well-preserved and picturesque fishing communities in the area, included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list of unique wooden structures. We go ashore and explore this historic little village with its distinct atmosphere and cod fisheries. We continue our cruise along the Lofoten wall and later arrive at the magically beautiful Trollfjorden. Afterwards we head out to sea and set course for Bear Island. After a few hours we reach a wellknown whale watching area that stretches along the continental shelf and we keep our eyes open for these marvellous creatures of the sea.

Day 4: Barents Sea

Our sea journey continues further north. Interesting lectures on board introduce us to Bear Island’s exciting history.

Day 5: Bear Island

With our solid Zodiacs we explore this fascinating rocky island in the middle of the Barents Sea. Because of the remoteness only the odd ship can stop by for a visit. Vertical 400-meter cliffs rise in the distance as we approach, and here we find one of the largest seabird colonies in the North Atlantic. Tens of thousands of guillemots nest here, as well as puffins, razorbills, kittiwakes and glaucous gulls. Our main goal is to go ashore and explore Bear Island by foot. We then continue our journey into the Arctic waters and our next destination is Svalbard – one of the world’s most magnificent wildernesses.

Day 6 – 9: Svalbard

It is early in the season so our route the following days will depend on the weather and ice conditions. These are examples of places we might visit:

Storfjorden

During this time of the year there is often a lot of drift ice in the vast Storfjorden between the islands of Edgeøya and Spitsbergen, but we try to get as far north as possible. On the island of Edgeøya are remnants of the first Pomors who came to the area in the 1600s. These Russian trappers came here to hunt polar bears, seals and reindeers. On the east coast of Spitsbergen lies Isbukta. In this spectacular bay we head out in our Zodiacs to enjoy the stunning views of the snow covered mountain peaks and the front of the impressive glacier Vasil’evbreen. The bay is also a popular spot for Sabine’s gulls, Arctic skuas and bearded seals.

Hornsund & Bellsund

The majestic Hornsund consists of several magnificent fjords along the west coast of Spitsbergen, where enormous glaciers calve out shimmering blue ice. This is one of the favourite haunts for some of Svalbard’s polar bears and if lucky we can spot one of them on the fjord ice. At the beautiful Vårsolbukta in Bellsund little auks nest by the tens of thousands. We go ashore and walk across the tundra to take a closer look at these charming birds swarming around us.

Isfjorden

At the entrance of Isfjorden is the characteristic cliff Alkhornet. We go ashore to enjoy the beautiful tundra and its birdlife with barnacle geese, Brünnich’s guillemots, glaucous gulls, snow buntings and tens of thousands of kittiwakes. Some Arctic foxes are often seen in the rock crevices around the mountain and with some luck we might see these lovely little animals scurrying around, frantically looking for food.

Day 10: Longyearbyen

In the morning we leave the ship in Longyearbyen and begin our journey home.

Please note: This is a preliminary itinerary. Our exact route will depend on ice, weather conditions and wildlife. We always strive to maximise your experience. Please keep in mind that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

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The ship Sea Endurance

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  • PolarQuest
  • Elke Lindner
  • Double Cabin Superior
    Jonas Sundquist
  • Triple Cabin
    J-P Lahall
  • Dining room
    Jonas Sundquist
  • Adam Rheborg

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 5 290
Twin cabin (2 twin beds) USD 6 190
Twin cabin Plus (2 twin beds) USD 6 590
Double cabin (double bed) USD 6 590
Double cabin Superior (large double bed) USD 7 190
Owner’s cabin (large double bed) USD 7 790
Twin cabin for single use USD 10 290

Many of our clients are single travellers and we offer the possibility to book a shared cabin. These cabins are always divided into ladies’ cabins and gents’ cabins.

Price includes: 9 nights on board Sea Endurance, all meals on board, an experienced Expedition Leader and knowledgeable guides, guiding ashore and lectures on board, all excursions and activities, comprehensive information material before the expedition, an illustrated post expedition log.

Not included: Flights to Bodø and from Longyearbyen, travel and cancellation insurance, the customary gratuity to the ship’s crew, personal expenses such as bar and shop charges.

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