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  • Longyearbyen
  • Polar Cruise
  • Spend time on deck looking out for the elusive polar bear, huge walrus and surfacing whales.

  • Marvel at icebergs carved into hypnotic shapes by the wind and water.

  • Look for Arctic foxes on the prowl at the bottom of impressive cliff nesting colonies.

  • Walk through the barren landscape and learn the fascinating history of the whalers and trappers who once sheltered here.

Audley Travel specialist Rebecca

What our specialists say...

A nine night cruise providing a wonderful introduction to the Arctic's scenery and wildlife. To our knowledge there has never been a trip of this type to not see polar bears!

We recommend this trip for:

  • Longyearbyen
  • Longyearbyen

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 Longyearbyen

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Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Longyearbyen. Arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to your hotel.

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Day 2 Polar Cruise

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After a morning to explore Longyearbyen and the excellent museum you will board the ship and set sail along the fjord. (Twin private cabin with window included in this itinerary). The itinerary that we have included here is what you are likely to do but please bear in mind that all plans are subject to change by the captain and expedition leader dependant on conditions at the time.

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Day 3 Polar Cruise

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Visit the 14th July Glacier and the research base of Ny Alesund.

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Day 4 Polar Cruise

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Explore the whaling station at Smeerenburg.

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Day 5 Polar Cruise

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Experience the surreal ice sculptures of Sparreneset.

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Day 6 Polar Cruise

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Visit the northern island of Phippsoya.

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Day 7 Polar Cruise

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Keep an eye open for polar bears on Kvitoya.

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Day 8 Polar Cruise

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Beluga whales are often in the waters here and the best place to see them is from the deck.

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Day 9 Polar Cruise

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Go kayaking in the quiet waters near Sundneset.

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Day 10 Polar Cruise

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Reach the most southerly point as you round the south western corner of Spitsbergen .

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Day 11 International return flight

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Sailing up through dramatic scenery you make your way north again toward Longyearbyen. Disembark in Longyearbyen and fly south to Oslo to continue your homeward journey. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

Audley Travel specialist Anna
Audley Travel specialist Rebecca

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The specialist who designs your trip to the Arctic will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip. Your dedicated specialist will take the time to understand your preferences and build them into an itinerary to match, working to your budget. He or she will keep perfecting it until you’re completely happy and ready to book.

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