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

The Route of Polar Pioneers

Follow the route of polar pioneers on this 11-night expedition cruise and look for polar bears on Bjornoya, discover the unspoilt wilderness of Spitsbergen and explore historic Tromso in Norway, with Polarcirkel shore landings and lectures from the expert Expedition Team

Cruise Only
11 nights from £4346pp

Expedition Holiday
  • Svalbard
  • Hornsund
  • Svalbard
  • North Cape
  • Ny Alesund
  • Tromso

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The Route of Polar Pioneers Special Offer

Enjoy exciting shore landings accompanied by expert guides on this exploration of Norway and the remote wilderness of Svalbard.

After an overnight stay in the traditional Spitsbergen town of Longyearbyen, embark your ship and sail to the north-western coast of Spitsbergen to discover majestic glaciers, dramatic fjords and the fascinating former mining town of Alesund. Bellsund was the site of English whaling in the 18th century and Hornsund has an amazingly varied landscape.

The isolated island of Bjornoya has the largest concentration of sea birds in the Northern Hemisphere and a large population of polar bears. There is the chance to hike up to the North Cape monument before sailing past the huge bird population at Gjesvaerstappan cliffs. This fascinating expedition cruise ends in colourful Tromso.

N496 Operated by Hurtigruten


The Route of Polar Pioneers 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 3-7 - North West Spitsbergen National Park

Possible destinations include Kongsfjord, one of the most picturesque fjord areas in Spitsbergen with its majestic glaciers and soaring mountains. Perhaps cross one of the glaciers with the Expedition Team, before heading to the former mining settlement of Ny-Alesund. You'll also have the opportunity to swim in the Magdalenafjorden and Gravneset areas to earn a rare Arctic swimming certificate.

Day 8-9 - South Spitsbergen National Park

Cruise to the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen to Hornsund, where ice pushed into the fjord early in the season attracts polar bears.

Day 10 - Bjornoya

This isolated island is home to the largest concentration of sea birds in the Northern Hemisphere and a large population of polar bears. Bjørnøya weather station provides vital data to scientists. The wind and weather conditions will decide what we can do today.

Day 11 - North Cape (Norway)

Sail past the North Cape early this morning and perhaps enjoy a steep hike to the Cape starting in Hornvika, or travel bus from Skarsvåg. Sail past Gjesværstappan cliff which is home to one of the largest seabird colonies in Norway.

Day 12 - Tromso

Disembark Spitsbergen in Tromso.

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 from Oslo to Longyearbyen
  • 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
  • Wind and water-resistant jacket

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Gratuities (at guests’ discretion)
  • Optional excursions

2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

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