Travel to Svalbard 2018 - experience Svalbard during springtime
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Springtime in Svalbard with Sea Endurance 2018

During the month of May, Svalbard is characterised by a wonderful purity and offers breathtaking sceneries. The fairytale winter landscape is dominated by sparkling ice formations, snow covered mountains, fjord ice and pastel coloured skies. It is spring in the Arctic and it is an indescribable experience to be there and witness the archipelago spring to life. The polar bear yearlings venture out for the first time, the Arctic foxes and the Svalbard reindeers still wear their winter fur and seals and walruses can often be seen resting on the fjord ice. The little auks and the Brünnich’s guillemots have returned to their summer nests and the bird cliffs are teeming with life. This is also a great time to spot the king eider and rock ptarmigan.

  • Offer: Early booking discount - USD 300 per person
Accommodation: Cabin on board Sea Endurance, hotel.. Transport: Expedition ship, Zodiacs.. Ship: Sea Endurance. Guides: 5 guides. Passengers: 53 passengers. Languages: English and Swedish. Length: 9 days, 7 nights on ship. Price: From USD 5 090.

Itinerary

With our sturdy Zodiacs we explore this winter wonderland, heading for some of Svalbard’s most magnificent fjords and we try to make landings wherever the ice allows us.

Day 1: Longyearbyen, Svalbard

We arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to our hotel.

Day 2 - 8: Expedition

We start our adventure in Svalbard by exploring Longyearbyen. In the afternoon we embark our expedition ship and head out through Isfjorden. Perhaps we make an evening landing before we continue either south or north – all depending on the weather and the current ice situation. Here are some examples of places we may visit:

Alkhornet
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. Arctic foxes are sometimes 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.

Prins Karls Forland
This narrow strip of land is covered by a magnificent and snow-covered mountain chain. The island is also home to many seabirds and harbour seals. 

Kongsfjorden and Krossfjorden
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. In the nearby 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
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.

Virgohamna, Danskøya
Two of the most 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.

Bellsund
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.

Hornsund
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.

Day 9: Longyearbyen

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

Flight
PolarQuest offers a group flight from Oslo. Please contact us for more information.

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 maximise your experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

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The ship Sea Endurance

  • Olle Carlsson
  • Elke Lindner
  • Panorama lounge
    J-P Lahall
  • Triple Cabin
    J-P Lahall
  • Double Cabin Superior
    Jonas Sundquist
  • 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

  • Book “Springtime in Svalbard with Sea Endurance 2018” before the 31st of August 2017 and get USD 300 in discount! The offer cannot be combined with any other offer.
Cabin category Price per person
Triple cabin (upper/lower beds) USD 5 090
Twin cabin (2 twin beds) USD 5 890
Twin cabin Plus (2 twin beds) USD 6 290
Double cabin (double bed) USD 6 290
Double cabin Superior (large double bed) USD 7 490
Owner's cabin (large double bed) USD 8 190
Twin cabin for single use USD 9 590

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

Price includes: 7 nights on board Sea Endurance . 1 night in a hotel in Longyearbyen . Lunch day 2 . 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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