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Expedition
Hondius - 176 Guests
In Search of Polar Bear and Pack Ice
North Spitsbergen

Visit Arctic Norway and see polar bears, whales, reindeer, seals and massive seabird colonies while cruising through stunning Arctic scenery of coastal mountains, glaciers and fjords.


 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Observe polar bears, reindeer, walruses and arctic fox
  • Journey to Nordaustlandet, the world's most northerly settlement, and Phippsoya, just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole
  • See extraordinary bird cliffs with puffins, nesting guillemots, kittiwakes and little auks, plus ground nesting barnacle and pink-footed geese, as well as arctic terns
  • Visit historic whaling sites and mining villages, even remains from the era of polar bear hunting

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd DateQuadruple PortholeTriple PortholeTwin PortholeTwin WindowTwin DeluxeSuperiorJunior SuiteGrand SuiteHondius Suite
Jun 03, 2020Jun 10, 20204,1005,0505,7006,2006,6007,4508,0009,20010,600
Jun 10, 2020Jun 17, 20204,1005,0505,7006,2006,6007,4508,0009,20010,600
Jun 17, 2020Jun 24, 20204,1005,0505,7006,2006,6007,4508,0009,20010,600
May 20, 2021May 27, 20213,9504,9005,5005,9506,3007,1507,6508,850N/A
May 27, 2021Jun 03, 20213,9504,9005,5005,9506,3007,1507,6508,850N/A
Jun 03, 2021Jun 10, 20213,9504,9005,5005,9506,3007,1507,6508,850N/A
Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd Date(Starting from)
Quadruple Porthole
(Mid-range)
Twin Deluxe
(High-end)
Hondius Suite
Jun 03, 2020Jun 10, 20204,1006,60010,600
Jun 10, 2020Jun 17, 20204,1006,60010,600
Jun 17, 2020Jun 24, 20204,1006,60010,600
May 20, 2021May 27, 20213,9506,300N/A
May 27, 2021Jun 03, 20213,9506,300N/A
Jun 03, 2021Jun 10, 20213,9506,300N/A


ITINERARY

Day 1: Largest town, biggest island

You touch down in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy strolling around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum make for fascinating attractions. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plant have been recorded in it. In the early evening the ship sails out of Isfjorden, where you might spot the first minke whale of your voyage.

Day 2: Route to Raudfjorden

Sailing to Raudfjorden, on the north coast of Spitsbergen, you take in an expansive fjord spilling with glaciers – and maybe even visited by ringed and bearded seals. The cliffs and shoreline of this fjord also support thriving seabird colonies, rich vegetation, and the possibility of polar bears.

Day 3: The massive Monaco Glacier

Depending on the weather, you could sail into Liefdefjorden and cruise within sight of the 5-kilometer-long (3.1 miles) face of the precipitous Monaco Glacier. The waters in front of this glacier are a favorite feeding spot for thousands of kittiwakes, and the base of the ice is a popular polar bear hunting ground. If ice conditions prevent sailing here early in the season, an alternate route along the west coast of Spitsbergen can be implemented.

Day 4: Highlights of Hinlopen

Today you sail into Hinlopen Strait, home to bearded seals, ringed seals, and polar bears. At the entrance, there is even the possibility to spot blue whales. After cruising among the ice floes of Lomfjordshalvøya in the Zodiacs, you can view the bird cliffs of Alkefjellet with their thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots. On the east side of Hinlopen Strait, you may attempt a landing on Nordaustlandet. Here reindeer, pink-footed geese, and walruses are likely sights. You can take an alternate route if ice prevents entry into Hinlopen.

Day 5: Stop at the Seven Islands

The northernmost point of your voyage may be north of Nordaustlandet, in the Seven Islands. Here you reach 80° north, just 870 km (540 miles) from the geographic North Pole. Polar bears inhabit this region, so the ship may park for several hours among the pack ice before wheeling around west again.

Day 6: Sailing the continental shelf

While retracing your route west, keep watch for polar bears and elusive Greenland (bowhead) whales. About 40 nautical miles west of Spitsbergen, you sail the edge of the continental shelf. Here fin whales forage during the summer in the upwelling zones (where cold, nutrient-rich water wells up from below the sea’s surface) that run along the Spitsbergen banks. At the mouth of Kongsfjorden, you have a good chance of sighting minke whales.

Day 7: Reindeer, foxes, and so many seabirds

Walruses sometimes haul out in Forlandsundet, your next stop. Alternatively, you might sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden, landing at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on these cliffs, Arctic foxes search below for fallen eggs and chicks, and reindeer graze the sparse vegetation. You arrive in Longyearbyen later at night.

Day 8: There and back again

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. You disembark in Longyearbyen, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Hondius (Expedition, 176-guests)

MV Hondius offers luxury accommodation for up to 180 passengers. The ship has a luxury standard while Oceanwide's signature cozy and informal atmosphere. Hondius the strongest ice-strengthened vessel will be in the polar regions and will be equipped with stabilizers, and great trips for advanced, innovative exploratory quality in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes
  • On Spitsbergen voyages: Transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Snowshoeing: Free (Not available on all departures)

 
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