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  • Exploring glaciers with our Zodiacs
    Exploring glaciers with our Zodiacs
  • Arctic tundra flowers
    Arctic tundra flowers
  • Down the gangway to the Zodiacs
    Down the gangway to the Zodiacs
  • Optional kayaking excursions
    Optional kayaking excursions
  • Look for Polar Bears amongs the pack ice
    Look for Polar Bears amongs the pack ice
  • Ice-bound northern Svalbard
    Ice-bound northern Svalbard
  • Svalbard is a key breeding area for polar bears
    Svalbard is a key breeding area for polar bears
  • Walrus haulout, Spitsbergen
    Walrus haulout, Spitsbergen
  • Zodiacs offer unparalleled wildlife viewing
    Zodiacs offer unparalleled wildlife viewing

Spitsbergen Encounter - Akademik Vavilov

We begin our exploration of the Svalbard archipelago in Longyearbyen, capital city of this Norwegian Territory. Following our embarkation of the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, sail out of Isfjorden (Ice Fjord) and begin exploration down the west coast and around the southern end of Spitsbergen, the larger of the two principal islands that make up the bulk of the Svalbard archipelago. From the moment we throw the lines and start our voyage we are in the land of the polar bear, beluga, walrus and reindeer so keep your eyes peeled for wildlife.

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  • Complete exploration of the Svalbard Archipelago
  • Arctic wildlife such as walrus and polar bears
  • Rugged seabird cliffs
  • Historical sites and settlements
  • Spectacular glaciers and towering ice
  • Zodiac cruising, kayaking, hiking and photography opportunities

Day 1 – Longyearbyen, Svalbard We embark the expedition cruise vessel, Akademik Sergey Vavilov in Longyearbyen and sail out of Adventfjorden and into Isfjorden during the early evening. On board, we meet for an introductory briefing and then adjourn to our dining room for our first meal aboard. Day 2 – Krossfjorden A fjord cutting deep into the mountains of Spitsbergen, Krossfjorden offers us an abundance of wildlife and scenery for our first morning on the ship. Whether it be cruising by ship or zodiac in front of the 15 kilometer wide face of Liliehookbreen (glacier), tramping across the tundra in search of a World War II German weather station, or searching for Atlantic puffins on the cliffs near 15th July Glacier, this is a worthy welcome to the Arctic. Day 3 – Fuglesangen and Smeerenburg As we approach the shore of Fuglesangenoya by zodiac, it becomes apparent there are thousands of nesting birds on the island. Home to a large dovekie colony, the formation of the island allows for excellent viewing without impacting upon the perimeter of the colony. Just a few miles from Fuglesangen is the former whaling station of Smeerenburg, literally translated as Blubber Town. As we hike the shoreline of this former whaling station, we learn about the importance of whaling in the discovery and exploration of the Svalbard archipelago. A harsh industry in an equally harsh environment and as a testament to this whaling site all that is left is the blubber ovens. Day 4 – Liefdefjorden and Monacobreen No trip along the north coast of Spitsbergen would be complete without a visit to Monacobreen (Monaco Glacier). A wide glacier face at the head of the fjord makes for spectacular kayaking and zodiac cruising. The coastal plain near the mouth of Liefdefjorden offers superb hiking and is often a great place to spot polar bears. Days 5-6 – Into the Ice We would be hard pressed to call it expedition cruising if we didn’t work our way into the ice edge. The senior officers on our capable vessel, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, are experienced ice navigators who will examine the ice edge and, where conditions allow, move the ship into the ice in search of wildlife. A day or even two days spent in the ice requires all hands on deck. Warm jackets, binoculars and spotting scopes are standard and all eyes are engaged in looking for wildlife. And what are we expecting to see? Perhaps a herd of harp seals splashing through the leads between ice flows, a solitary bearded seal soaking up the sun, walrus and, of course, the mighty polar bear. Day 7 – Hinlopen Strait Dividing the eastern side of the Svalbard archipelago from the western side, Hinlopen Strait is full of wildlife. The water that flushes through this strait each day is rich in phyto and zooplankton, nourishing the Brunnich’s guillemot colony at Aklefjellet, on the western shore of Hinlopen Strait. More than 120,000 pairs of guillemots nest on these cliffs each summer. The water moving through Hinlopen Strait each day also brings the sea ice and our access into the area is dictated by the ice conditions of the day. Exploring the sea ice generally brings us into much closer contact with polar bears and our captain will work with our expedition team to maximise the viewing potential. Day 8 – Raudfjorden Tucked into the northwestern tip of Spitsbergen, Ruadfjord offers an excellent place to hike, zodiac cruise and kayak. Our excursion will be in search of reindeer ashore and ringed and bearded seals adrift. For those interested in the tundra vegetation, especially the wildflowers, select spots along the shoreline of this fjord make for excellent hiking and interpretation. Day 9 – Alkehornet and Tryghamna Alkehornet, or ‘The Horn’, is an incredible horn-shaped mountain close to the entrance of Isfjorden (Ice Fjord). Home to a massive colony of Brunnich’s guillemots and black legged kittiwakes, and host to reindeer and Arctic fox, this is an incredible summary of our Arctic visit. A lush tundra slope below the bird cliffs is rich in Arctic flora and, to top it all off, this site has a rich history that will unfold as we hike around the headland. Day 10 – Longyearbyen As our last morning aboard the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, we enjoy a hearty breakfast and prepare to disembark shortly thereafter. Please note:

  • Specific sites visited will depend on ice and weather conditions experienced and the itinerary will be updated throughout the voyage in order to take advantage of favourable conditions.
Special Guest Lecturers: IAN STIRLING MARINE MAMMAL SCIENTIST & EDUCATOR Ian Stirling is a marine mammal scientist who has studied polar bears and polar seals (Arctic and Antarctic) for 43 years. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton and a Research Scientist Emeritus with Environment Canada. His particular interests include ecology, behaviour, relationships between predators and prey species, and conservation of polar marine mammals and ecosystems. He studied Weddell seals in McMurdo Sound in the late 1960s for his PhD and has subsequently participated in 8 different research expeditions to study ice-breeding seals in both the Ross Sea and Antarctic Peninsula regions. He participates in a number of national and international committees on polar bears and marine mammals and has authored or co-authored over 300 scientific articles and 4 books, including Polar Bears: The Natural History of a Threatened Species, which is the definitive work on the natural history and biology of the iconic arctic mammal. SIMON BOYES ORNITHOLOGIST & EDUCATOR Simon was born in 1952 in Leicestershire, UK, where his father had a small farm. He began watching birds at the age of 12, and has rarely put his binoculars down since. He has a degree in Classics from Oxford University (useful for understanding scientific names!) and a M.Sc. in Environmental Conservation from Edinburgh. For the last 34 years he has made a living leading wildlife tours (mostly bird-watching tours), to all 7 continents: over 300 tours in all. He has worked on 10 voyages to Antarctica, two to Spitsbergen (Svalbard), two to the South Pacific and around the British Isles, one along the Amazon, and one in Baja California and the Sea of Cortez. Having turned his first hobby into work, Simon has found some new ones: wildlife gardening, cricket, snorkelling, baking bread and playing traditional Irish jigs and reels on mandolin. Photo Credits: Adam Riley, Ira Meyer, Stewart Campbell

Expedition Vessel: M/V Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Designed for polar research, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, also known as the One Ocean Voyager is modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, the public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge located on deck 6 with expansive 180 degree views, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading.  Enjoy the sumptuous meals prepared for you by the culinary team in the dining room, which can host all clients in a single seating with ample room. Other facilities include the theatre style presentation room, gift-shop, fitness room, massage room, hot water spa (November 2012), sauna, and salt water plunge pool.

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Adult (1) US$5695
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Expedition Options

Name Description Price
Kayaking Arctic Imagine the swish of water is it passes your hull, or the clack of brash ice against your paddle blade. Sea kayaking in the polar regions allows you to experience another side of this magnificent destination. Highly experienced guides help you with safety and interpretation and introduce you to a slower paced, quieter environment. Kayak excursions will be offered in conjunction with the Zodiac excursions whenever weather conditions permit. This program is directed at any passenger with an adventurous spirit and a basic paddling ability. The sea kayaking option should be added at the time of booking and, due to its great popularity, is generally not available for booking onboard the vessel.  US$695

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Included

  • Voyage and accommodation on board as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • Free use of onboard expedition rubber boots & wet weather gear (you are welcome to bring your own as well)
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac and guided hikes/walks.
  • Educational presentations and leadership by experienced expedition guides, naturalist staff, and hospitality staff.
  • Access to onboard multimedia room and download stations
  • An emergency trained English speaking physician
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

Excluded

  • Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights.
  • Pre- and post land arrangements.
  • Transfers to the vessel.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • All items of a personal nature such as additional purchases onboard in the gift shop, laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).