Far above the polar circle, icebergs, ancient glaciers and towering, rock-walled fjords will surpass your imagination, and the “Masters of the Arctic Ice” – polar bears – will appear in all their majesty.
This inaugural voyage aboard the Sea Spirit, round trip from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, provides the rare opportunity to explore Northeast Greenland National Park. Ice permitting, we plan to enter the Kaiser Franz Josef & Kong Oscar Fjords for a close look at these scenic wonders, alive with wildlife during the summer months. We’ll look for musk ox, eider ducks, Arctic foxes, and whales. This is expedition cruising at its very best, considering that East Greenland’s northernmost inhabited settlements are far south of our intended destination.
On the Svalbard portion of trip, we explore the island’s legendary northwestern coast, home to dramatic mountain scenery, tidewater glaciers, rich polar history, and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing: polar bears, walrus, seals, whales, and towering cliffs with thousands of nesting seabirds. Our captain and expedition leader aim to provide the best experience possible, so the routing of your voyage may be reversed, taking into consideration weather and sea conditions.
Everything you wanted to know about Svalbard and more: useful travel tips, polar bear safety procedures and human endeavor at the northern realms of our planet. Learn about the glaciers and landscapes of Svalbard and the ways you can actively explore this pristine polar wilderness. The guidebook is complete with a detailed wildlife account and a packing checklist.
The northwestern part of Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago, offers myriad opportunities to view the Arctic’s celebrated wildlife. Our itinerary provides for flexibility, so that we can quickly take advantage of spontaneous opportunities — to pause alongside a pod of feeding whales, or to use our Zodiacs to best view a herd of walrus sunning themselves on a sandbar.
Whether it’s a calving iceberg or the otherworldly hush of a land where man is an infrequent visitor, a Svalbard cruise is one that you’ll remember — and savor — for a lifetime.
Remote and rarely visited Northeast Greenland National Park offers some of the most majestic scenery in the world. Extensive fjord systems provide the Sea Spirit with access to the mountainous interiors, where tidewater glaciers create colossal icebergs. Coastal plains are home to prehistoric-looking musk oxen and other wildlife. From Ymer Island in the Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, you’ll witness the mesmerizing outlines of Teufelschloss, or “The Devil’s Castle”.
These natural sanctuaries, far from the bustle of humanity, are humbling in their scope and grandeur. The impressions and memories of a trip like this will last a lifetime.
Svalbard boasts one of the Arctic’s highest concentrations of polar bears. They are the world’s largest land carnivores and have become a symbol of the imperiled Arctic wilderness. This is one of the best places in the world to view polar bears hunting in their preferred habitat.
During our sojourn we hope to come across this majestic creature employing various strategies to catch seals. These wide-ranging and opportunistic Arctic nomads can be spotted anytime during our voyage, and we’ll adjust our schedule as needed to provide you with best views possible.
This voyage offers a wide range of opportunities for photographers of all backgrounds. Our free photography program gives you the chance to learn and practice your photography skills alongside an expert photographer.
In Svalbard, polar bears and other charismatic megafauna abound in dramatic Arctic icescapes. In East Greenland photographers are treated to magnificent white icebergs juxtaposed against towering bluffs of tan and ocher.
Even at night, when the starry firmament becomes a stage upon which aurora borealis performs its otherworldly magic, our expert will be available to help you make the most of this bounty in your viewfinder.
On this voyage, our optional sea kayaking program is conducted in Svalbard and East Greenland. These are a truly world-class paddling destinations that very few kayakers have had the fortune to experience.
Svalbard delights kayakers with unique marine wildlife and a variety of excellent paddling locations. East Greenland offers the possibility of kayaking amongst enormous icebergs and some of the most amazing scenery in the world.
Kayaking is a fun and interesting way to experience the wildlife and landscapes of these unique environments. If you enjoy sea kayaking, then do not miss your chance to participate in this exciting adventure option.