The North Arctic - In Search of Polar Bears & Pack Ice
June 2 - 9, 2022

Details:

  • You will need to make your own way to Longyearbyen, Norway - the departure point for the cruise.

  • The cruise is operated by Oceanwide Expeditions

  • The vessel is the M/V Hondius, Oceanwide's newest vessel.

  • Price is based on 4 people sharing a quadruple cabin, but double and single cabins are available at an additional cost.

Join us on an Arctic Cruise onboard the M/V Hondius, in the Svalbard Archipelago.  This mostly untouched arctic wilderness is known for its rugged, yet fragile, and desolate terrain comprised of dramatic snow-covered mountain peaks, vast untouched glaciers and frozen tundra, that shelters its polar bears, Svalbard (short legged) reindeer, caribou and Arctic foxes, while its iceberg-scattered coastlines are home to seals, walruses and migrating whales in late summer.  Humpback whales, Orcas, Beluga Whales and Narwhals all frequent its waters.  Svalbard is also renowned for its large diversity of bird life, including Arctic Terns, Arctic Fulmar and Puffins.  


There are no trees on these islands and the most common vegetation is a brownish green moss that sprouts in patches on the mountainsides.  However, many exotic Arctic flowers bloom here during the warm season.  The islands have a stark and eerie beauty all of their own.   Nearly two-thirds of Svalbards area is protected in nature reserves, national parks and bird sanctuaries and most of the island’s visitors come here to experience its raw and rugged nature.  


Svalbard is the Arctic land as you always imagined it.  From the seemingly endless Arctic night to the perpetual sunlight of summer there’s a special magic surrounding these islands. It’s one of Europe's last great wildernesses, home to more polar bears than people, and a land rich in legends of polar exploration.

From: $3,850 pp (based on Quadruple cabin)
Double Cabin: $5,300 pp
We are offering a $100 rebate on A Quadruple Cabin & $175 on a Double Cabin

Included in this voyage:

  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary

  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.

  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.

  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.

  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.

  • 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 programme.

  • AECO fees and governmental taxes.

  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

Excluded from this Voyage:

  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights

  • Pre- and post- land arrangements.

  • Passport and visa expenses.

  • Government arrival and departure taxes.

  • Meals ashore.

  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).

  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as 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).

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