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    10 days - Circumnavigate the Spitsbergen archipelago on board M/V Ortelius, M/V Plancius or M/V Hondius.

    Sail to the North of Spitsbergen with zodiac visits to the shore and opportunities to witness arctic wildlife at its best. 50 Degrees North offers unique, small-group expedition voyages to the Arctic that allow you to enjoy the natural wildlife and scenery of some of the world's most spectacular and pristine shorelines.

    There are numerous departures during the summer on both ships, M/V Ortelius, M/V Plancius and M/V Hondius.

    Read more about travelling to Spitsbergen and what to expect on your Arctic voyage here.

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    Highlights include

    • Only 100 fellow passengers on board these Arctic vessels
    • Visit Ny Ålesund, the world’s most northerly settlement
    • Sail to Phippsøya, in the Seven Islands north of Nordaustlandet, known for Polar Bear habitation
    • Zodiac close up to a low island (Laagøya), where walrus can haul out
    • Sail into Hinlopen Strait, home to Bearded Seals, Ringed Seals, Polar Bears, and Ivory Gulls
    Day 1
    Embark in Longyearbyen
    Day 2
    Krossfjorden and Ny Ålesund
    Day 3
    Liefdefjorden and Andøya
    Day 4
    Reach northernmost point at Phippsøya, in the Seven Islands
    Day 5
    Look for Walrus at Laagøya and Sorgfjord
    Day 6
    Hinlopen Strait, landing at Augustabukta on Nordaustlandet
    Day 7
    Land at Sundneset on the island of Barentsøya
    Day 8
    Hornsund area of southern Spitsbergen
    Day 9
    Land on Ahlstrandhalvøya at the mouth of Van Keulenfjorden
    Day 10
    Disembark at Longyearbyen
    Start/End Place
    Longyearbyen, Svalbard
    Countries Visited
    Svalbard
    Norway
    Duration
    10 Days
    Group Size
    114
    Type
    Cruising
    Suitability
    Easy
    Code
    ASPO01

    Details

    Transportation

    M/V Plancius was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy, and sailed for the Navy until 2004. She was completely rebuilt as a passenger vessel in 2009. M/V Plancius accommodates 114 passengers in 53 passenger cabins with private toilet and shower. All cabins offer comfortable lower berths (except for the 4 quadruple cabins). The vessel has a restaurant/lecture room, a spacious observation lounge (with bar), large open deck space (with full walk-around possibilities), and is equipped with 10 zodiacs for off ship and shore excursions. M/V Plancius was built for ice conditions, and has a strengthened bow and stern.


    M/V Ortelius has the highest ice-class notation (UL1 equivalent to 1A) and is therefore very suitable to navigate in solid one-year sea ice and loose multi-year pack ice. M/V Ortelius is a great expedition vessel for 100 passengers with lots of open-deck spaces and a very large bridge which is accessible to the passengers. The vessel is manned by 34 highly experienced Russian nautical crew, 15 international catering staff, including stewardesses, 6 expedition staff (1 expedition leader and 5 guides/lecturers) and 1 doctor.

    M/V Ortelius offers a comfortable hotel standard, with two restaurants, a bar/lecture room and a sauna. Our voyages are primarily developed to offer our passengers a quality exploratory wildlife program, trying to spend as much time ashore as possible. As the number of passengers is limited to approximately 100 on the M/V Ortelius, flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities.


    M/V Hondius has been engineered for flexibility above all else, optimized for maximum engagement with nature, wildlife, and outdoor activities – because a dynamic environment demands a dynamic vessel, and there is no environment more dynamic than the polar regions. It has Polar Class 6 notation, the most advanced category of polar cruise ship to date. It is newly built, launching in 2019 for 176 passengers in 83 cabins with 72 crew and staff.

    Included
    • 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 on MV Plancius and MV Ortelius.
    • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
    • AECO fees and governmental taxes.
    • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
    Not Included

    Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post land arrangements; transfers to / from the vessel outside Spitsbergen; 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; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

    PLEASE NOTE: The chances that we can complete a full Spitsbergen Circumnavigation (based on our experiences from 1992 until 2016) are about, 20 % in the first half of July, 50 % in the second half of July, 80 % in the first half of August, 90 % in the second half of August. In case we cannot complete a full circumnavigation we will mostly resort to a program in Northeast or Southeast Spitsbergen.

    Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Embark in Longyearbyen

    Arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago of which West Spitsbergen is the largest island. Before embarking there is an opportunity to stroll around this former mining town, whose parish church and Polar Museum are well worth visiting. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden.

    Meals
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    M/V Plancius / M/V Ortelius / M/V Hondius

    Day 2 - Krossfjorden and Ny Ålesund

    Heading north along the west coast, we arrive by morning in Krossfjorden, where we go on the Zodiacs for a cruise along the sculpted front of the 14th of July Glacier. On the green slopes near the glacier, a colourful variety of flowers bloom, while large numbers of Kittiwakes and Brünnich’s Guillemots nest on the nearby cliffs. There is also a good chance of spotting Arctic Foxes, who patrol the base of the cliffs in case a chick falls from its nest, and Bearded Seals, who cruise this fjord. In the afternoon we sail to Ny Ålesund, the world’s most northerly settlement. Once a mining village - served by the world’s most northerly railway, which can still be seen - Ny Ålesund is now a research centre. Close to the village is a breeding ground for Barnacle Geese, Pink-footed Geese and Arctic Terns. Visitors interested in the history of Arctic exploration will want to walk to the anchoring mast used by Amundsen and Nobile in the airship Norge in 1926 and Nobile in the airship Italia in 1928 before their flights to the North Pole.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    M/V Plancius / M/V Ortelius / M/V Hondius

    Day 3 - Liefdefjorden and Andøya

    Near the mouth of Liefdefjorden, we will go ashore for a walk on the tundra island of Andøya. Many common eiders and pink-footed geese nest here, and the more rare King Eider may also be seen. Sailing into Liefdefjorden, we will cruise near the face of the impressive Monaco Glacier. The waters of the glacier front are a favourite feeding spot for thousands of kittiwakes, and occasionally polar bears are seen on the glacier.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    M/V Plancius / M/V Ortelius / M/V Hondius

    Day 4 - Reach northernmost point at Phippsøya, in the Seven Islands

    Today we will reach our northernmost point at Phippsøya, in the Seven Islands north of Nordaustlandet. Here we will be at 81 degrees north, just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole. Polar bears inhabit this region, along with ivory gulls. We may sit for several hours in the pack ice, taking in our spectacular surroundings and seeing a Ross's Gull, before we turn south again.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    M/V Plancius / M/V Ortelius / M/V Hondius

    Day 5 - Look for Walrus at Laagøya and Sorgfjord

    We will visit Laagøya today, a low island with a big lagoon where a big herd of Walrus tends to congregate. Sabine’s Gulls nest on the island as well. At Sorg Fjord we may find another herd of walruses not far from the graves of 17th century whalers. On a nature walk, we may encounter families of Ptarmigans.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    M/V Plancius / M/V Ortelius / M/V Hondius

    Day 6 - Hinlopen Strait, landing at Augustabukta on Nordaustlandet

    Today we will sail into Hinlopen Strait, home to Bearded Seals, Ringed Seals, Polar Bears, and Ivory Gulls. We’ll navigate the ice floes of Lomfjordshalvøya in our zodiacs and explore the bird cliffs of Alkefjellet with thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots. On the east side of Hinlopenstrait, we’ll attempt a landing at Augustabukta on Nordaustlandet, home to Reindeer, Pink-footed Geese, breeding Ivory Gulls, and Walruses.

    Near Torrelneset, we will explore the polar desert of Nordaustlandet, next to the world’s third largest ice cap, which meets the sea nearby. We will walk along beautiful coastline covered in smooth rocks, sculpted by the surf over thousands of years. We may encounter walruses along the way.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    M/V Plancius / M/V Ortelius / M/V Hondius

    Day 7 - Land at Sundneset on the island of Barentsøya

    In Freemansundet we plan to land at Sundneset on the island of Barentsøya to visit an old trapper's hut and then take a brisk walk across the tundra in search of Spitsbergen Reindeer and Barnacle Geese. Later we cruise south to Diskobukta on the west side of Edgeøya. After a Zodiac cruise through the shallow bay, we land on a beach littered with whale bones and tree trunks, which have drifted here from Siberia.

    We can also climb to the rim of a narrow gully which is inhabited by thousands of Kittiwakes, together with Black Guillemots and piratical Glaucous Gulls. During the breeding season, the base of the cliffs is patrolled by Arctic Foxes and Polar Bears, especially females with young cubs, searching for young birds that have fallen from the nesting ledges.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    M/V Plancius / M/V Ortelius / M/V Hondius

    Day 8 - Hornsund area of southern Spitsbergen

    We start the day quietly cruising the side fjords of the spectacular Hornsund area of southern Spitsbergen, enjoying the scenery of towering mountain peaks. Hornsundtind rises to 1,431m while Bautaen shows why early Dutch explorers gave the name ‘Spitsbergen’ - pointed mountains - to the island. There are also 14 magnificent glaciers in the area and very good chances of encounters with seals and Polar Bears.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    M/V Plancius / M/V Ortelius / M/V Hondius

    Day 9 - Land on Ahlstrandhalvøya at the mouth of Van Keulenfjorden

    Today we land on Ahlstrandhalvøya at the mouth of Van Keulenfjorden. Here piles of Beluga skeletons (the Beluga is a small white whale), the remains of 19th century slaughter, are yet another reminder of the consequences of thoughtless exploitation. Fortunately, Belugas were not hunted to the edge of extinction and may still be seen locally. Indeed, there is a good chance that we will come across a pod. Cruising into Recherchefjorden during the afternoon we can explore an area of tundra at the head of the fjord where many Reindeer feed.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    M/V Plancius / M/V Ortelius / M/V Hondius

    Day 10 - Disembark at Longyearbyen

    Have your final breakfast on board and then head to the airport for your return to Oslo.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    Prices are per person.

    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    Price
    Status
    Accommodation
    3 Jul 2019
    12 Jul 2019
    3 Jul 2019
    12 Jul 2019
    EUR 4,100
    Available
    Quad Share
    3 Jul 2019
    12 Jul 2019
    3 Jul 2019
    12 Jul 2019
    EUR 5,950
    Available
    Porthole
    3 Jul 2019
    12 Jul 2019
    3 Jul 2019
    12 Jul 2019
    EUR 6,400
    Available
    Outside (Window)
    3 Jul 2019
    12 Jul 2019
    3 Jul 2019
    12 Jul 2019
    EUR 7,700
    Available
    Superior
    5 Jul 2019
    14 Jul 2019
    5 Jul 2019
    14 Jul 2019
    EUR 4,100
    Available
    Quad Share
    5 Jul 2019
    14 Jul 2019
    5 Jul 2019
    14 Jul 2019
    EUR 5,950
    Available
    Porthole
    5 Jul 2019
    14 Jul 2019
    5 Jul 2019
    14 Jul 2019
    EUR 6,400
    Available
    Outside (Window)
    5 Jul 2019
    14 Jul 2019
    5 Jul 2019
    14 Jul 2019
    EUR 7,700
    Available
    Superior
    14 Jul 2019
    23 Jul 2019
    14 Jul 2019
    23 Jul 2019
    EUR 4,100
    Available
    Quad Share
    14 Jul 2019
    23 Jul 2019
    14 Jul 2019
    23 Jul 2019
    EUR 5,950
    Available
    Porthole
    14 Jul 2019
    23 Jul 2019
    14 Jul 2019
    23 Jul 2019
    EUR 6,400
    Available
    Outside (Window)
    14 Jul 2019
    23 Jul 2019
    14 Jul 2019
    23 Jul 2019
    EUR 7,700
    Available
    Superior
    23 Jul 2019
    1 Aug 2019
    23 Jul 2019
    1 Aug 2019
    EUR 4,100
    Available
    Quad Share
    23 Jul 2019
    1 Aug 2019
    23 Jul 2019
    1 Aug 2019
    EUR 5,950
    Available
    Porthole
    23 Jul 2019
    1 Aug 2019
    23 Jul 2019
    1 Aug 2019
    EUR 6,400
    Available
    Outside (Window)
    23 Jul 2019
    1 Aug 2019
    23 Jul 2019
    1 Aug 2019
    EUR 7,700
    Available
    Superior
    1 Aug 2019
    10 Aug 2019
    1 Aug 2019
    10 Aug 2019
    EUR 4,100
    On request
    Quad Share
    1 Aug 2019
    10 Aug 2019
    1 Aug 2019
    10 Aug 2019
    EUR 5,950
    Available
    Porthole
    1 Aug 2019
    10 Aug 2019
    1 Aug 2019
    10 Aug 2019
    EUR 6,400
    Available
    Outside (Window)
    1 Aug 2019
    10 Aug 2019
    1 Aug 2019
    10 Aug 2019
    EUR 7,700
    Available
    Superior

    Important Information

    Single Travellers can chose between 'single occupancy' at a supplement of 1.7 x the Twin or Superior cabin rate, or 'sharing basis' in Twin, Trip or Quadruple category at no additional cost.

    Children on the Arctic Voyage:

    Upon request (some voyages may be excluded), children under 16 with parents may receive 40% discount in Superior, Triple (sharing with 2 parents / adults) and Quadruple Cabins (sharing with 3 parents / adults).

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