Josef Land, part of the Russian Arctic National Park, is a nature
sanctuary. Polar bears, walrus, endangered bowhead whales, and other
Arctic wildlife can be spotted anywhere, anytime in and around the
archipelago. Svalbard is a similarly protected wilderness where we find
flowering tundra and tidewater glaciers.
cliffs and scree slopes in both island groups accommodate enormous
colonies of nesting seabirds such as dovekies, guillemots, and rare
ivory gulls. 24-hour daylight allows us to exploit every opportunity
for wildlife viewing in this unique polar ecosystem.
OF POLAR EXPLORATION
Franz Josef Land we encounter a stark and enigmatic landscape steeped
in the drama and heroism of early polar exploration. At places like
Bell Island, Cape Flora, and Cape Tegetthoff we have the opportunity to
walk in the footsteps of Fridtjof Nansen, Frederick George Jackson,
Julius von Payer, and other polar explorers.
Tikhaya Bukhta we find the ruins of a Soviet-era research facility that
was also a major base for polar expeditions. Across the archipelago
there are monuments, memorials, crosses, and the remains of makeshift
dwellings, all testimony to incredible historical events.
this voyage we also experience stunning scenery and abundant wildlife
in Spitsbergen, Svalbard’s largest island. This classic
Arctic destination is home to reindeer, Arctic fox, millions of
seabirds, numerous marine mammal species, and a high concentration of
this multifaceted landscape of glaciated mountains and coastal plains
we also find historical sites and the Arctic research community of Ny
Ålesund, complete with gift shop, post office, and museum.
DATES / RATES
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||Triple Classic||Main Deck Suite||Classic Suite||Superior Suite||Deluxe Suite||Premium Suite||Owner\'s Suite|
|Jul 20, 2020||Aug 02, 2020||9,995||13,895||14,795||15,095||16,995||18,895||24,595|
|Aug 01, 2020||Aug 14, 2020||9,995||13,895||14,795||15,095||16,995||18,895||24,595|
|Aug 13, 2020||Aug 26, 2020||9,995||13,895||14,795||15,095||16,995||18,895||24,595|
|Jul 21, 2021||Aug 03, 2021||10,395||14,295||15,295||15,595||17,495||19,195||24,595|
|Aug 02, 2021||Aug 15, 2021||10,395||14,295||15,295||15,595||17,495||19,195||24,595|
|Aug 14, 2021||Aug 26, 2021||9,595||13,295||14,195||14,495||16,295||17,795||22,895|
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||(Starting from)|
|Jul 20, 2020||Aug 02, 2020||9,995||15,095||24,595|
|Aug 01, 2020||Aug 14, 2020||9,995||15,095||24,595|
|Aug 13, 2020||Aug 26, 2020||9,995||15,095||24,595|
|Jul 21, 2021||Aug 03, 2021||10,395||15,595||24,595|
|Aug 02, 2021||Aug 15, 2021||10,395||15,595||24,595|
|Aug 14, 2021||Aug 26, 2021||9,595||14,495||22,895|
1: Longyearbyen, Svalbard
to Longyearbyen, the Arctic adventure capital of the Norwegian
territory of Svalbard and starting point of our expedition. After
arriving via scheduled commercial flight, you are free to explore this
small but fascinating settlement. Be sure to see the excellent Svalbard
Museum and enjoy the shops, cafes and restaurants in the town center.
Your hotel for the night has been arranged by us and is included in the
price of the voyage.
2: Embarkation in Longyearbyen
the afternoon we welcome you aboard the expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit;
transfers from the hotel are included. Explore the ship and get
comfortable in your home-away-from-home for the extraordinary adventure
to come. The long days of summer sunlight illuminate our surroundings
as we slip our moorings and sail into a true wilderness where wildlife
abounds. The scenery as we sail through Isfjorden on our first evening
is spectacular and there is already the possibility of marine mammal
3-4: Across the Barents Sea
Isfjorden we proceed straight to Franz Josef Land across the Barents
Sea. Presentations and workshops by our expert staff prepare us for
what lies ahead.
these far northern latitudes, it is possible to encounter sea ice even
in summer. Along the way, we’ll remain vigilant for sightings
of ice-dependent marine mammals such as the elusive bowhead whale,
various Arctic seal species, and the majestic polar bear.
5-11: Exploration of Franz Josef Land
is expedition cruising at its most authentic. As such, our route and
exploration opportunities in Franz Josef Land are heavily dependent on
weather and sea ice. Our experienced captain and expedition leader
decide our best route and continually adjust plans as opportunities
warrant in this wild and remote corner of the Arctic.
obligatory initial and final calls at the Russian polar station
Nagurskoye in Cambridge Bay we are free to explore the many waterways
and islands of this unique Arctic wilderness.
archipelago, part of the Russian Arctic National Park since 2012, is a
nature sanctuary. Polar bears and other quintessential High Arctic
wildlife—such as walruses and some rare whale
species—can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Franz
Josef Land. Scree slopes and cliffs around the islands host enormous
nesting colonies of seabirds such as guillemots, dovekies, and
kittiwakes. We’ll take advantage of the 24-hour daylight to
exploit every opportunity for wildlife viewing.
Josef Land is dominated by glaciation, which covers 85% of the
archipelago. Immense tidewater glaciers and glittering icebergs provide
a stunning backdrop to our voyage. Franz Josef Land is also home to
some interesting geological features, such as the mysterious stone
spheres on Champ Island. Collectors of geographical extremes may take
note that Cape Fligely on Rudolf Island is the northernmost point of
land in the Eastern Hemisphere.
Josef Land also offers visitors the opportunity to walk in the
footsteps of famous polar explorers at well-preserved historical sites.
The journals of explorers such as Julius von Payer, Benjamin Leigh
Smith, Frederick George Jackson, and Fridtjof Nansen come alive at Cape
Norway, Cape Flora, Eira Harbour, and Cape Tegetthoff. Memorials,
monuments, crosses and the remains of dwellings are testimony to
incredible historical events that are further illuminated by our expert
Bukhta is currently a Russian Arctic National Park ranger station
occupying Soviet-era research buildings and was also a major base for
polar expeditions. Nearby the fascinating columnar basalt cliffs of
Rubini Rock are home to thousands of nesting seabirds.
primary focus during this expedition is the exploration of the Russian
archipelago of Franz Josef Land. However, the number of days spent
there depends on ice conditions. Final daily programs are subject to
change and the decision of the captain and expedition leader.
12-13: Back to Svalbard
our week of exploration in Franz Josef Land, we cross back through the
bountiful waters of the Barents Sea and then along the coastal islands
of the Svalbard Archipelago. From panoramic open decks, enjoy Arctic
landscapes and wildlife sightings. Bountiful inshore and offshore
waters are home to walrus and a wide variety of whales.
crossing also gives our expedition team the opportunity to offer a
final presentation or two in the Oceanus Lounge.
14: Disembarkation in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
breakfast we say farewell in the town of Longyearbyen, where we started
our expedition. We provide a transfer to the airport, or to the town
center if you plan to spend more time here. As you look back on your
wonderful experience, you may already be looking forward to your next
incredible adventure to the ice!
Sea Spirit (Luxury Expedition, 114-guests)
The ice-strengthened small all-suite expedition ship Sea Spirit (originally Renaissance V) was built in 1991 in Italy. From that time she has changed several operators and regions of navigation, cruising in Singapore, Alaska, Pacific Basin, Arctic and Antarctica. The vessel was modified in late 2010. Providing spacious suites for accommodation of maximum of 114 passengers (the smallest suite is 20 sq. meters) the Sea Spirit at the same time features maneuverability and friendly atmosphere of small ships. All suites have private facilities and exterior views. Some of the suites feature private balconies for enjoying fantastic landscapes of the Arctic and Antarctica.
(Click image to view Ship details)
pre-voyage hotel night;
transfer to the ship on day of embarkation;
transfer from the airport to the hotel on a day prior to departure;
meals on board throughout the voyage;
and coffee station 24 hours daily;
scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader &
Poseidon Expeditions parka;
boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
and Farewell cocktails;
transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation;