Svalbard & Polar Ice Edge - Svalbard Through the Camera Lens
13 Days - Sea Spirit
This voyage provides the opportunity to get a taste of everything the Arctic has to offer, from polar bears and walrus to spectacular scenery. You’ll be treated to daily presentations by our Expedition Team onboard the ship, and daily wildlife sightings on land.
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Home » 13 Day Sea Spirit: Svalbard & Polar Ice Edge – Svalbard Through the Camera Lens
- Visit wildlife-rich Southeast Svalbard Nature Reserve, a pristine and rarely visited wilderness containing hundreds of uninhabited islands
- Experience excellent wildlife viewing including the polar bears
- Enjoy memorable excursions, stunning scenery, delicious meals and presentations by our expedition team
Itinerary in Brief
- Day 1: Arrival to Oslo (hotel night)
- Day 2: Welcome Aboard!
- Day 3-11: Svalbard and Polar Ice Edge
- Day 12: Disembarkation in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
- Day 13: Regular flight back to Oslo
Day 1: Arrival to Oslo (hotel night)
Welcome to Oslo, which in 2019 was awarded the prestigious title “Green Capital of Europe”. We’ve arranged a comfortable stay for you at an Oslo Airport hotel so that you’re conveniently close for your flight to Longyearbyen on Day 2.
If you’re adventurous and have the time, take the handy airport train into central Oslo – it’s a 20-minute ride and trains depart and arrive frequently during the day. Near Oslo Central Station are shops, cafes, the Botanical Garden, cultural attractions and the attractive waterfront area.
Day 2: Welcome Aboard!
Today you have a flight to Longyearbyen (regular airline flight), the administrative center of Svalbard and starting point of our Arctic expedition!
At the Longyearbyen airport, you will be greeted by our staff and transferred to the pier where we will warmly welcome you aboard the deluxe expedition vessel M/V Sea Spirit. Get settled in your spacious suite and explore the ship that will be your comfortable home during the extraordinary adventure to come. Once underway, a full schedule of events kicks off with informative briefings and introductions from your expedition staff.
This is not just any cruise, but a photo cruise, designed specifically for amateur photographers of all skill levels. It will be a cool and unforgettable journey. You will have the opportunity to photograph some of the most pristine and remote wilderness areas in the world, and to develop your photography skills in the company of like-minded fellow travelers.
Day 3-11: Svalbard and Polar Ice Edge
The goal for this voyage is a circumnavigation of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Along the way, we hope to experience the many facets of this incredible High Arctic territory. Our exact schedule and route will be shaped by weather and ice. During this mid-summer voyage, we hope ice conditions will be favorable for a circumnavigation, though we expect there will still be plenty of sea ice around to support ice-dependent animals such as polar bears and walrus. In addition to seeing Spitsbergen from every angle, this itinerary offers the appealing possibility of setting foot on all four of Svalbard’s main islands.
The first of many pristine natural areas on this itinerary is South Spitsbergen National Park, a vast region of varied landscapes including polar deserts and impassible mountain ranges. The centerpiece of this park is Hornsund, a picture-perfect fjord where countless mighty glaciers cascade from soaring mountaintops into icy inlets. The park also includes the southern shores of Bellsund, a picturesque bay where we find the remains of historical whaling operations, including cabins, wooden boats and thousands of whale bones—a scene from the distant past, literally frozen in time. Throughout the park, there is always a high probability of wildlife sightings. There are also plenty of possibilities for world-class hiking through wild polar landscapes with fascinating geology. Wildflowers are especially abundant during this time.
Next along our route is the wildlife-rich Southeast Svalbard Nature Reserve, a pristine and rarely visited wilderness containing hundreds of uninhabited islands. On the large islands of Edgeøya and Barentsøya, we discover broad tundra valleys supporting the territory’s densest population of endemic Svalbard reindeer. We may see newborn reindeer calves at this time of year. The valleys are also important breeding areas for ground-nesting birds such a geese, eiders and sandpipers. Arctic foxes prowl the vast landscape, seeking to provide food for their growing cubs. Shallow, murky seas are ideal feeding grounds for walrus, which can be seen resting in large numbers on gently sloping beaches. Historical sites throughout the islands provide glimpses into the region’s bygone era of trapping and hunting.
During this voyage, we expect to encounter the densest concentrations of sea ice in the enormous Northwest Svalbard Nature Reserve. In this remote and isolated region, ice can persist very late into the summer, giving it a truly polar character. This reserve covers the rugged northwestern parts of Spitsbergen and the entirety of Nordaustlandet, the second largest island in Svalbard. Here we find the massive Austfonna ice cap, part of which meets the sea along the 45-kilometer ice cliff known as Bråsvellbreen—one of the great wonders of the Arctic world. The polar desert environment supports little in the way of vegetation but hosts prodigious numbers of seabirds at breeding sites such as the spectacular sea cliffs of Alkefjellet. The probability of encountering polar bears and walrus in this icy wilderness is very high.
At this time of year, the edge of the polar pack ice will likely be close to Nordaustlandet. We hope to sail along this dynamic boundary between sea and ice, where we have an unparalleled opportunity to witness the dramatic interplay between polar bears and seals. We will take the ship as close as safely possible to the jumbled and constantly shifting ice floes in the hope of observing polar bears in their preferred habitat.
Finally, we reach Northwest Spitsbergen National Park, the crown jewel of Svalbard’s scenic wonders. Here we find deep fjords flanked by serrated mountain ranges and immense tidewater glaciers calving icebergs into turquoise waters. During our voyage, the seabird breeding season is in full swing and the skies are filled with millions of murres, guillemots and little auks. This is also a great time to encounter marine mammals, including beluga whales and various Arctic seals. Set among this incredible scenery and wildlife activity, we also find evidence of Svalbard’s earliest sealers and whalers.
Human habitation along our route can be found at Ny Ålesund, a former mining town and airship base that is now home to an international community of Arctic researchers. This is one of the world’s most northerly settlements where we find a museum, gift shop and post office.
The ambitious Svalbard and Polar Ice Edge route offers a comprehensive view of the Arctic’s many faces. Every day offers something new and exciting. We will not miss a single opportunity to encounter amazing Arctic wildlife, to witness incredible polar scenery, and to walk in the footsteps of historic expeditions that came before.
Day 12: Disembarkation in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
After our final breakfast aboard, we will disembark in Longyearbyen. However, the day promises further exploration in this charming town full of attractions. Right after disembarkation, you will be offered a guided sightseeing tour, which includes visits to the Svalbard Museum and the Art Gallery. In the evening, you can relax in a comfortable hotel in Longyearbyen.
Day 13: Regular flight back to Oslo
Today marks the beginning of our journey back home. We will arrange your transfer to the airport, where a regular flight will transport you to Oslo. By now, you might already be dreaming up plans for your next polar adventure!
|25 Jun 2024 - 07 Jul 2024
|Main Deck Suite
**Prices are per person based on twin / shared accommodation.
**Single supplements may apply
21m², located on oceanus deck, three single beds, window, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C.
Main Deck Suite
23m², located on main deck, 2 single beds or 1 king bed, sofa, minimum of two portholes, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C.
21m², located on oceanus deck, 2 single beds or 1 king bed, window, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C.
20m², located on club deck, 2 single beds or 1 king bed, sofa, window, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C.
24m², located on sports deck, 2 single beds or 1 king bed, balcony, window, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C, walk-in wardrobe.
30m², located on sun deck, 2 single beds or 1 king bed, balcony, window, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C, lounge area.
43m², located on sun deck, king bed, sofa bed private deck, window, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C, lounge area, game area, BOSE stereo system, jetted bathtub.
Averaging 21 square meters/226 square feet, these cabins are located on the Oceanus Deck. They feature a picture window (it may be covered during rough sea crossings), two wardrobes, and a King Size bed. Amenities include: en suite facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/VCR, individual temperature control, and hair dryer.
Sea Spirit Deckplan
- Length: 90.6 meters (297 ft.)
- Beam: 15.3 meters (50 ft.)
- Speed: 15 knots
- Passengers: 114
- Crew: 72
- 1 pre-voyage hotel night on Day 1 in Oslo;
- 1 post-voyage hotel night on Day 12 in Longyearbyen;
- Round trip Oslo - Longyearbyen - Oslo air transportation (regular flight);
- A guided sightseeing tour upon disembarkation in Longyearbyen on Day 12;
- Group transfer to the ship for embarkation on Day 2;
- Shipboard accommodation;
- All meals on board throughout the voyage;
- Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
- All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
- Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team;
- Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka;
- Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
- Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
- All port fees;
- Group transfer to the airport on Day 13;
- Pre-departure materials;
- Digital Voyage Log;
- Wi-Fi on board.
What’s not included?
- Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
- Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
- Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
- Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings;
- Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges;
- Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person;
- The cost of any applicable medical tests (such as COVID-19) or vaccinations required either by a national government or Poseidon Expeditions before, during or after the cruise;
- Staff gratuities.