Blue Water Holidays
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
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01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Grand Arctic Circumnavigation

Sail to the ice edge of the Arctic Ocean while circumnavigating Spitsbergen on this unique 11-night expedition, including Polarcirkel shore landings and lectures from the expert Expedition Team

Cruise Only
11 nights from £5041pp

Expedition Holiday
  • Spitsbergen
  • Whale in Arctic waters
  • Kayaking in Spitsbergen
  • Polar Bears

Call us now on 01756 706500 to secure your cabin!

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Flights from London Included! Book by 30 Sept 2020 for included flights from London

Book with Confidence! New cancellation policy on all new booking for 2021 and 2022 voyages, booked by 31 Oct 2020. Cancel at least 90 days before if due to depart between Jan and Sept 2021, or at least 180 days before if due to depart between Oct 2021 and Dec 2022 and receive a refund (cancellation fee applies). Please contact us for full terms and conditions

Grand Arctic Circumnavigation Special Offer

Enjoy a multitude of shore landings and exciting experiences in the Arctic on this exploration of Svalbard's wilderness.

Explore the traditional Spitsbergen town of Longyearbyen, where modern shops and art galleries contrast with the settlement's strong coal mining heritage. Discover majestic glaciers, awe-inspiring fjords and the fascinating former mining town of Alesund whilst exploring North West Spitsbergen National Park.

Keep an eye out for polar bears hunting on the ice floes before navigating the breathtaking Isfjord, home to the endemic Svalbard Reindeer. Shore landings and guided hikes led by the Expedition Team enrich this fascinating voyage.

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Grand Arctic Circumnavigation Itinerary

Day 1 - Oslo (Norway) - Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)

Perhaps explore Norway's fascinating capital, Oslo, with its varied architecture and lively bars, before transferring to the airport for the flight to Longyearbyen. Overnight hotel stay.

Day 2 - Longyearbyen

Check out of the hotel and join an excursion showcasing the best of Longyearbyen and the surrounding area before embarking your ship.

Days 3-5 - North West Spitsbergen National Park

The North West Corner is scattered with islands, fjords and beaches, but such majestic sights can be blocked by heavy sea ice. The team will use all their expertise and 120 years of experience in these waters to try and navigate the ice in order to access areas for you to explore. One such site is Kongsfjorden, one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, framed by stunning mountain formations. We also plan to call on the former mining settlement of Ny-Alesund, now an international centre for research, with a picturesque mix of old and new buildings. There will likely be many other exciting landings and scenic kayaking opportunities if we are able to move past the ice and go further north.

Days 6-8 - Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserve

Eastern Svalbard boasts the highest population of polar bears in the archipelago. You will also be exploring the area in summertime, which is when polar bears and their cubs will be out hunting for seals on the ice floes. We therefore have high hopes that you’ll spot one or more during this journey. The Arctic Ocean in this part of Svalbard is also full of drifting ice and its frozen seascape changes constantly. Being modern-day explorers, the captain and the Expedition Team will be carefully analysing the density and movements of the sea ice using advanced sonar and live satellite imagery. They will then discuss together and decide where we can safely sail or land. This is what makes this cruise an expedition; it is a true, suspense-filled adventure into the Arctic’s great wilderness, negotiating and adapting to whatever elements nature challenges us with. Ultimately, it is the sea ice that will determine whether we can cross the 80th parallel and head further north to Sjuoyane (Seven Islands) at the extreme of the Svalbard archipelago.

Days 9-10 - South Spitsbergen National Park

Sail towards the southern tip of Spitsbergen, where Hornsund is home to a varied landscape and geology. Ice floes attract polar bears so there may be the chance to spot one of these majestic predators.

Day 11 - Isfjord

Explore the Isfjord, the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard, where the landscape if constantly changing. The immense glacier-carved valleys are home to large numbers of the Svalbard reindeer.

Day 12 - Longyearbyen - Oslo (Norway)

Disembark ship in Longyearbyen and transfer to the airport for the return flight to Oslo.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 10-night full board voyage in cabin grade of your choice
  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Longyearbyen including breakfast
  • Return flights between Longyearbyen and Oslo
  • City tour of Longyearbyen
  • House beer and wine, sodas and mineral water with meals on board
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats
  • English speaking Expedition Team on board
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board (please note signal is limited)
  • Wind and water-resistant jacket

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Gratuities (at guests’ discretion on 2020 departures)
  • Optional excursions
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2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • June
    • Jun 6th - Oslo and back - Sailing on: Fram From: £6011
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      Brochure Price from: £6011 Brochure Price from: £6885 Brochure Price from: £7080 Brochure Price from: £7080 Brochure Price from: £7993 Brochure Price from: £8861 Brochure Price from: £13008
    • Jun 16th - Oslo and back - Sailing on: Fram From: £6184
      I2 Polar Inside (Double) I4 Polar Inside (Quad) N2 Polar Outside (Double) N4 Polar Outside (Quad) U2 Arctic Superior F2 Arctic Superior MG Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £6184 Brochure Price from: £6184 Brochure Price from: £7136 Brochure Price from: £7136 Brochure Price from: £7554 Brochure Price from: £8367 Brochure Price from: £13759
    • Jun 26th - Oslo and back - Sailing on: Fram From: £6184
      I4 Polar Inside (Quad) FJ Polar Outside N2 Polar Outside (Double) N4 Polar Outside (Quad) U2 Arctic Superior F2 Arctic Superior MG Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £6184 Brochure Price from: £6940 Brochure Price from: £7136 Brochure Price from: £7136 Brochure Price from: £7554 Brochure Price from: £8367 Brochure Price from: £13432
  • July
    • Jul 15th - Oslo and back - Sailing on: Spitsbergen From: £6302
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    • Jul 25th - Oslo and back - Sailing on: Spitsbergen From: £6445
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  • August
    • Aug 4th - Oslo and back - Sailing on: Spitsbergen From: £6780
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    • Aug 14th - Oslo and back - Sailing on: Spitsbergen From: £6302
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    • Aug 24th - Oslo and back - Sailing on: Spitsbergen From: £5680
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  • September
    • Sep 3rd - Oslo and back - Sailing on: Spitsbergen From: £5041
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    • Sep 13th - Oslo and back - Sailing on: Spitsbergen From: £5068
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Map for Grand Arctic Circumnavigation