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    8 days - Expedition Voyage - perfect for the whole family.

    The land of the midnight sun, snow, ice, and the king of the Arctic, the Polar Bear! Meet the world’s largest land predator on Spitsbergen. See this beautiful creature in its natural environment and learn to understand why we have to have to take great care of this symbol of the Arctic.

    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.

    With several departures in early Summer and later Summer, journey to see Polar Bears on either the new ship M/V Hondius or the M/V Plancius.

    An afternoon in the pack ice resulted in many Polar Bear encounters. Several of them really close ones. Sit back and enjoy this short video of the King of the Arctic. By Arjen Drost-Natureview

    Deckplans

    Plancius Deckplan

    Hondius Deckplan

    2020 SHIP DEPARTURES:

    17 JUNE, 24 JUNE AND 24 AUGUST ARE ON M/V PLANCIUS.
    O3 JUNE, 10 JUNE, 10 JUNE AND 17 JUNE ARE ON M/V HONDIUS.

    Highlights include

    • Embark on a voyage to an Arctic wildlife haven
    • With a little luck, also see some polar bears, walruses, and seals
    Day 1
    Arrive in Longyearbyen
    Day 2
    Walrus and Polar Bears are in our sights today.
    Day 3
    Liefdefjorden
    Day 4
    Sail into Hinlopen Strait, home to Bearded Seal, Ringed Seal, Polar Bear, and Ivory Gull.
    Day 5
    Reach our northernmost point at Phippsøya.
    Day 6
    Whales, Polar Bears and the Continental Shelf.
    Day 7
    Land at the northern tip of Prins Karls Forland.
    Day 8
    Longyearbyen
    Start/End Place
    Longyearbyen, Svalbard tours
    Country Visited
    Svalbard tours
    Duration
    8 Days
    Group Size
    176
    Type
    Cruising
    Suitability
    Easy independent holiday suitable for singles, couples & families
    Code
    PBSOEX

    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 108 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 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 Plancius and Hondius
    • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
    • AECO fees and governmental taxes.
    • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

    Click here for more information about seeing Polar bears in Norway.

    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).

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive 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 surrounding area of Longyearbyen, more than 100 species of plants have been recorded. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden, where in the mouth of the fjord we may see our first Minke Whale.

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

    Day 2 - Walrus and Polar Bears are in our sights today.

    We sail to Raudfjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, a beautiful fjord dominated by spectacular glaciers and favoured by Ringed and Bearded Seal. The cliffs and shoreline of the fjord also support thriving seabird colonies and a surprisingly rich vegetation, which flourishes in sheltered spots. Polar bear are often seen here.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 3 - Liefdefjorden

    Depending on the weather we may now sail to the mouth of Liefdefjorden and go ashore for a walk on the tundra island of Andøya. Many Common Eider and Pink-footed Goose nest here, and the rarer King Eider may also be seen. We hope to sail into Liefdefjorden, cruising near the 5km long face of the impressive Monaco Glacier.

    The waters of the glacier front are a favourite feeding spot for thousands of Kittiwake. As well, Polar Bear have been seen on the glacier, providing wonderful opportunities for photography.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 4 - Sail into Hinlopen Strait, home to Bearded Seal, Ringed Seal, Polar Bear, and Ivory Gull.

    Today we will sail into Hinlopen Strait, home to Bearded Seal, Ringed Seal, Polar Bear, and Ivory Gull. At the entrance there is the possibility to see Blue Whale. We’ll navigate the ice floes of Lomfjordshalvøya in our zodiacs and explore the bird cliffs of Alkefjellet with thousands of Brünnich’s Guillemot. On the east side of Hinlopenstrait, we’ll attempt a landing at Palanderbukta on Nordaustlandet, home to reindeer, Pink-footed Goose, breeding Ivory Gull, and Walrus.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 5 - Reach our northernmost point at Phippsøya.

    We will try 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 Bear inhabit this region, along with Ivory Gull. The ship may sit for several hours in the pack ice, before turning west again.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 6 - Whales, Polar Bears and the Continental Shelf.

    Retracing our route westwards, our route takes us through and along the pack ice, keeping watch for Polar Bear and the elusive Greenland Whale (Bowhead). About 100 nautical miles west of Spitsbergen we sail along the edge of the continental shelf, where Fin Whale forage in summer in the upwellings along the Spitsbergen banks. West of the mouth of the Kongsfjord we have also good chances to see Humpback Whale.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 7 - Land at the northern tip of Prins Karls Forland.

    We land at the northern tip of Prins Karls Forland near Fuglehuken, where Barentsz probably set foot on Spitsbergen for the first time. Seabirds nest on the cliffs, and along the coast we see Harbour Seal, the only population found in Spitsbergen. Here we also will observe the remains of the Polar Bear hunting era, with demolished set guns and bear traps.

    At the opposite site of Forlandsundet at Sarstangen is a haul out place for Walrus. Alternatively we sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden and land at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on its cliffs and Arctic Fox search the cliff base for fallen eggs and chicks, while Spitsbergen Reindeer graze the relatively luxuriant vegetation. At nighttime we arrive in Longyearbyen.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 8 - Longyearbyen

    Return to Longyearbyen and disembark for the transfer to the airport and the flight to Oslo and home.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    All prices listed are per person. Travelling solo - single supplement: 1.7 for twin cabins - some cabins are available at a twin-share or quad-share price if you are prepared to share.

    Please ask us about complete cabin categories for new ship m/v Hondius; Quad Porthole, Triple Porthole, Twin Porthole, Twin Window, Twin Deluxe, Superior, Junior Suite, Grand Suite with private balcony and Hondius Suite.

    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    Price
    Status
    Accommodation
    17 Jun 2020
    24 Jun 2020
    17 Jun 2020
    24 Jun 2020
    EUR 3,450
    On request
    Quad Share
    17 Jun 2020
    24 Jun 2020
    17 Jun 2020
    24 Jun 2020
    EUR 4,800
    On request
    Porthole
    17 Jun 2020
    24 Jun 2020
    17 Jun 2020
    24 Jun 2020
    EUR 5,200
    On request
    Outside (Window)
    24 Jun 2020
    1 Jul 2020
    24 Jun 2020
    1 Jul 2020
    EUR 3,450
    On request
    Quad Share
    24 Jun 2020
    1 Jul 2020
    24 Jun 2020
    1 Jul 2020
    EUR 4,800
    On request
    Porthole
    24 Jun 2020
    1 Jul 2020
    24 Jun 2020
    1 Jul 2020
    EUR 5,200
    On request
    Outside (Window)
    24 Aug 2020
    31 Aug 2020
    24 Aug 2020
    31 Aug 2020
    EUR 3,450
    On request
    Quad Share
    24 Aug 2020
    31 Aug 2020
    24 Aug 2020
    31 Aug 2020
    EUR 4,800
    On request
    Porthole
    24 Aug 2020
    31 Aug 2020
    24 Aug 2020
    31 Aug 2020
    EUR 5,200
    On request
    Outside (Window)
    27 May 2020
    3 Jun 2020
    27 May 2020
    3 Jun 2020
    EUR 3,450
    On request
    Quad Share
    27 May 2020
    3 Jun 2020
    27 May 2020
    3 Jun 2020
    EUR 5,200
    On request
    Outside (Window)
    3 Jun 2020
    10 Jun 2020
    3 Jun 2020
    10 Jun 2020
    EUR 3,450
    On request
    Quad Share
    3 Jun 2020
    10 Jun 2020
    3 Jun 2020
    10 Jun 2020
    EUR 5,200
    On request
    Outside (Window)
    10 Jun 2020
    17 Jun 2020
    10 Jun 2020
    17 Jun 2020
    EUR 3,450
    On request
    Quad Share
    10 Jun 2020
    17 Jun 2020
    10 Jun 2020
    17 Jun 2020
    EUR 5,200
    On request
    Outside (Window)

    Important Information

    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).

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

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