Spitsbergen Circumnavigation 2019 - Itinerary
13 day escorted tour from £5,400pp
SPITSBERGEN CIRCUMNAVIGATION & OPTIONAL OSLO CITY BREAK
The Spitsbergen Expedition Voyage is described first, followed by the Oslo City Break itinerary as you scroll down.
Wed 19 Jun 2019 - Longyearben
Our escorted flight will be from London to Oslo. Independent flights from other UK airports will also be available. At Oslo Airport we connect with our flight to Longyearbyen in Spitsbergen. On arrival we transfer downtown, and stay overnight in a Longyearbyen hotel.
Thu 20 Jun 2019 - Embark MV FRAM
This morning, an included Longyearbyen tour, accompanied by a local English speaking guide. We explore Longyear valley, spot for Svalbard Reindeer and migratory birds, and we’ll also visit the site of the Global Seed Vault. After the tour, you will have some free time in town before we embark MV FRAM to begin our expedition voyage. One of our first landings is the Russian settlement of Barentsburg, still an active mining community. Here you will find an exotic collection of Russian artefacts and architecture.
Fri 21 Jun 2019 - Kongsfjorden
Kongsfjorden is considered to be one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving ice into the sea, all framed by incredible mountain formations.
Sat 22 Jun 2019 - Krossfjord
As we sail northwest, we reach Krossfjorden, where you can see beautiful alpine flora, bird cliffs and quite often, Svalbard reindeer. Our expedition team may even offer a glacier walk. We’ll also visit the former mining settlement of Ny Ålesund, where ten countries including the UK, now have polar research stations.
Sun 23 Jun 2019 - Heading North
A true expedition day. We explore some of the most remote parts of the Svalbard Archipelago and will attempt to reach beyond 80° north. Here, we are closer to the Geographical North Pole than any other landmass in Europe. Polar bears and seabirds are the only inhabitants!
Mon 24 Jun 2019 - Alkefjellet
Another day in the true spirit of explorers like Amundsen and Nansen. MV FRAM will tack her way south through the famous Hinlopen Strait which separates the east coast of Spitsbergen from the large icecapped island of Nordaustlandet. On route we’ll visit a spectacular bird cliff called Alkefjellet. Its 300 metre spires rise directly from the sea and create perfect bird nesting conditions. We also hope to see the Bråsvellbreen glacier, famous for its giant surge forward in 1938.
Tue 25 Jun 2019 - Eastern Svalbard
The eastern part of Svalbard is mainly divided into two large nature reserves. Combined they represent one of the last large, mainly untouched, wildernesses in Europe. We’ll visit Edgeøya, the third largest island in Svalbard and then sail the Storfjorden, hopefully giving us views of hundreds of glaciers and mountains. If we are lucky we’ll meet some of Svalbard’s marine mammals as we head towards the southern most tip of Spitsbergen.
Wed 26 Jun 2019 - Hornsund
Today we explore Hornsund, a largely alpine landscape boasting some majestic mountains including Hornsundtinden and Bautaen, which seen from the right angle looks like a giant Viking sword.
Thu 27 Jun 2019 - Isfjord
We spend the day exploring both the outer and the inner parts of Isfjorden. One of the most prominent mountains here is Alkornet, where thousands of Brunnich Guillemots nest during the summer season. Isfjord’s inner U-shaped valleys, carved out by giant glaciers, are now home to large populations of the endemic Svalbard Reindeer. Later, our intent is to find a scenic fjord arm and arrange a farewell barbecue in the most beautiful Arctic surroundings.
Fri 28 Jun 2019 - Homebound
Sadly, every explorer voyage has to come to an end. We disembark the MV FRAM this morning before flying via Oslo back to the UK. You will probably sense that time has passed faster than expected, however, the number of awesome experiences also feels impossible to have happened in such a short time. So, bring back the memory of that solitary polar bear, the calving glacier, or the buzzing birdlife – or simply the subtle, odd feeling of having spent time on top of the globe, just a few hundred kilometres from the North Pole!
OPTIONAL OSLO CITY BREAK
The following days describe the optional pre-voyage Oslo city break ...
Sun 16 Jun 2019 - Oslo Option Day 1
Our escorted flight will be from London to Oslo. Independent flights from other UK airports will also be available. In Oslo we transfer to our city centre hotel, the 4-star Radisson Blu Plaza (or similar) for a three night stay. Dinner is included. The tour price includes round-trip service in economy class and an upgrade to Business Class may be availability.
Mon 17 Jun 2019 - Oslo Option Day 2
After breakfast, join our private Oslo city tour with a local guide. We start with the most important sights in the city centre, including the City Hall, Akershus Castle, Karl Johans Gate, the Cathedral, Parliament building, and the Royal Palace. We’ll also visit the amazing 80-acre Frogner Park, home to over 200 bronze and granite sculptures created by Gustav Vigeland. And perhaps time to stop at the incredible Holmenkollen Ski Jump, but just for photos!
Tue 18 Jun 2019 - Oslo Option Day 3
Today we visit Bygdøy, a quiet, forested peninsula on the western side of Oslo. Our main focus here is to see the original exploration vessel FRAM. You can go onboard and take a look in the cabins, lounges, cargo hold and engine room. The Fram Museum also tells the story of Norwegian polar exploration, and now houses the ship Gjøa, the first vessel to sail through the entire Northwest Passage.
Wed 19 Jun 2019 - Oslo Option Day 4
Enjoy free time in Oslo. From our hotel you are within easy reach of Oslo’s main shopping street, the National Gallery and the Botanical Gardens. Later, we transfer to Oslo Airport for our flight to Longyearbyen to begin our adventure in Spitsbergen.