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

Svalbard Odyssey

Enjoy the best of Svalbard, where polar bears roam and beluga whales rise from the sea, on this superb expedition cruise past blue glaciers and through stunning fjords, with exciting Zodiac excursions

Cruise Only
12 nights from £7680pp

Expedition Holiday
  • Glacier, Svalbard
  • Longyearbyen
  • Svalbard
  • Svalbard

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Discover majestic glaciers, awe-inspiring fjords and superb wildlife-viewing opportunities on this expedition cruise to the raw Arctic wilderness of remote Svalbard.

Explore tundra strewn with wildflowers and look out for arctic fox, walrus, puffins, seals, reindeer and whales. Discover historic camps of explorers and hunters, enjoy breathtakingly beautiful Norwegian fjords and venture close to 80° north looking for polar bears on the pack ice. Enjoy excursions in Zodiacs past blue glaciers and iridescent sea ice, and look out for impressive bird cliffs where thousands of guillemots hover overhead. Our experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design our voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities.

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7 Jul 2021 - SVAL53G

Day 1 - Longyearbyen (Norway)

Enjoy a sightseeing tour to explore the town, including a visit to the local museum. Transfer to the port later afternoon to embark ship then cruise out of the beautiful Isfjorden. In some instances the ship will be boarded by Zodiac. Please keep your wet-weather gear in your hand luggage to use if this situation arises. The rest of your luggage will be transported to your cabin separately; please ensure all your luggage has your cabin tag and number attached.

Day 2-10 - Svalbard Archipelago

The experienced Expedition Team will use their expertise to design the voyage based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. Join Zodiac cruises to witness walrus colonies, towering cliffs of nesting sea birds or glistening icebergs. The ultimate goal is to encounter the majestic polar bear on the pack ice. Perhaps visit Kongsfjorden to hike on the tundra amongst the summer flowers and observe the remarkable bird cliffs near the 14th July Glacier. The former mining settlement of Ny-Ålesund is one of the world’s northern-most year-round communities, located more than 100km north of Longyearbyen. The islands and islets in the inner part of Kongsfjorden are teeming with seabirds and at the head of the fjord, mighty glaciers calve into the sea. The spectacular alpine scenery of Northwest Spitsbergen National Park is lined with jagged mountain peaks; Hornemanntoppen is the highest mountain in the area, and is located east of Magdalenefjorden. Little auks breed here, a few reindeer roam on mossy slopes and very occasionally, polar bears and walrus can be seen. Smeerenberg's whaling station served as the main base for Dutch whaling in the first half of the 17th century, when whaling was taking place along the coast and in the fjords of Svalbard. Near Reinsdyrflya lies a great fjord system whose landscape includes ancient granite summits, majestic red mountains, cone-shaped remnants of three volcanoes and even hot springs. Hike in the mountains on the tundra where brightly-coloured wildflowers grow, and perhaps visit trapper huts of yesteryear where Russian Pomors would hunt and survive the cold harsh winters. On Moffen Island large numbers of walrus can be found hauled out at the southern tip of the island. Along the northeast coast of Spitsbergen we enter a different world – a polar desert. Ice conditions permitting, pass through the narrow Hinlopen Strait where polar bears are often sighted. Alkefjellet is the largest bird cliff in the area with several hundred thousand black-legged kittiwakes and Brünnick’s guillemots. Hornsund is the southernmost fjord in Svalbard, located in Sør-Spitsbergen National Park, where majestic peaks and dramatic fjords are the defining features.

Day 11 - 12 - At Sea

Crossing the Barents Sea to Kirkenes offers some good opportunities to encounter whales and certainly plenty of opportunities to photograph sea birds. You may enjoy final presentations from our team of experts, spend your time editing photos or simply relaxing.

Day 13 - Kirkenes

During the early morning we cruise into the Bokfjord towards Kirkenes. Farewell your expedition team and fellow expeditioners as we all continue our onward journeys. A transfer is included to the airport. Please note, we do not recommend booking flights before 12pm

In true expedition style we offer flexibility that puts you in the heart of the action to see and do as much as possible. This itinerary is only a guide and subject to change due to ice and weather conditions.

18 Aug 2021 - SVAL54G

Day 1 - Kirkenes

Arrive in Kirkenes, Norway and join a pre-arranged half day excursion or activity prior to boarding the Greg Mortimer late afternoon. Airport transfers will be included if arriving on preferred flights into Kirkenes. You’ll have time to settle into your cabin before our important briefings.

Day 2 - 3 - At sea

Over the next two days at sea, enjoy informative and entertaining lectures from our expert expedition team including naturalists and historians before reaching Svalbard’s southeast coast.

Day 4 - 12 - Svalbard

The experienced Expedition Team will use their expertise to design the voyage based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. Join Zodiac cruises to witness walrus colonies, towering cliffs of nesting sea birds or glistening icebergs. The ultimate goal is to encounter the majestic polar bear on the pack ice. Perhaps visit Kongsfjorden to hike on the tundra amongst the summer flowers and observe the remarkable bird cliffs near the 14th July Glacier. The former mining settlement of Ny-Ålesund is one of the world’s northern-most year-round communities, located more than 100km north of Longyearbyen. The islands and islets in the inner part of Kongsfjorden are teeming with seabirds and at the head of the fjord, mighty glaciers calve into the sea. The spectacular alpine scenery of Northwest Spitsbergen National Park is lined with jagged mountain peaks; Hornemanntoppen is the highest mountain in the area, and is located east of Magdalenefjorden. Little auks breed here, a few reindeer roam on mossy slopes and very occasionally, polar bears and walrus can be seen. Smeerenberg's whaling station served as the main base for Dutch whaling in the first half of the 17th century, when whaling was taking place along the coast and in the fjords of Svalbard. Near Reinsdyrflya lies a great fjord system whose landscape includes ancient granite summits, majestic red mountains, cone-shaped remnants of three volcanoes and even hot springs. Hike in the mountains on the tundra where brightly-coloured wildflowers grow, and perhaps visit trapper huts of yesteryear where Russian Pomors would hunt and survive the cold harsh winters. On Moffen Island large numbers of walrus can be found hauled out at the southern tip of the island. Along the northeast coast of Spitsbergen we enter a different world – a polar desert. Ice conditions permitting, pass through the narrow Hinlopen Strait where polar bears are often sighted. Alkefjellet is the largest bird cliff in the area with several hundred thousand black-legged kittiwakes and Brünnick’s guillemots. Hornsund is the southernmost fjord in Svalbard, located in Sør-Spitsbergen National Park, where majestic peaks and dramatic fjords are the defining features.

Day 13 - Longyearbyen

During the early morning we cruise back into Longyearbyen. Farewell your expedition team and enjoy a town tour, where you will visit Svalbard Museum and Galleri Svalbard, and take in the main sights of Longyearbyen including Office of the Governor, Svalbard Church, Nybyen (new town), a few of the town’s mines such as Santa Claus Mine, and a quick photo stop at the famous beware of polar bear street sign. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your onward journeys.

In true expedition style we offer flexibility that puts you in the heart of the action to see and do as much as possible. This itinerary is only a guide and subject to change due to ice and weather conditions.

Price Includes

  • 10-night cruise
  • Overseas transfers as mentioned in itinerary
  • Sightseeing tour of Longyearbyen
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner on board
  • Unlimited tea and coffee on board
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures from Expedition Team
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights – we can arrange these for you
  • Overseas transfers not mentioned in itinerary
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks (outside of dinner service)
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry services
  • Gratuities - $15 per person per day gratuity is automatically added to your onboard account. The amount can be increased or decreased when settling your bill
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
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2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

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Map for Svalbard Odyssey