Spitsbergen and the Svalbard archipelago offer a tremendous wildlife and birdlife experience, as well as a fascinating lesson in glaciology. First used as a whaling base in the 17th and 18th centuries, they are now celebrated as a breeding ground for many seabirds, along with marine mammals and the elusive polar bear. Our expedition ship is the renowned Akademik Sergey Vavilov, perfectly suited for remote exploration. Throughout our journey we enjoy a comprehensive series of presentations which provide an excellent background to our expedition.
Our voyage commences in Longyearbyen, the principal community of this frosty Norwegian territory. On our 9-night voyage we sail out of Isfjorden and turn south, before heading west and around to the northwest coast of Spitsbergen. We will search for beluga whales near Bourbonhamna and photograph industrial exploration history near Recherche Fjord. Sailing north along the west coast of Spitsbergen, we reach Krossfjorden, home to numerous bird colonies as well as bearded and ringed seals. Nearby is the town of Ny Ålesund, the world’s most northerly community. Our voyage continues to Phippsoya, where, at 81° North, we have our best chance to see polar bear. Heading south, we stop at Monaco Glacier and Liefdefjorden – another great spot for bears – and at Prins Karls Forland we hope to see a walrus haul out before arriving back into Longyearbyen.
Baffin Island is one of the last great wilderness regions on the planet and the focus of this outstanding expedition. From Iqaluit we explore up the wild east coast of Baffin Island discovering the deep fjords, soaring mountains and immense glacial systems. We are constantly on the lookout for variety of birdlife and marine wildlife - including the iconic polar bear. Visits to remote Inuit provide a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of the people. The history of early exploration is ever present and we visit former Hudson's Bay Company locations and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) outposts. We eventually reach the remote town of Resolute where our adventure comes to an end. This is remote, small ship expedition cruising at its best.
A perfect immersion to the Arctic, this awe inspiring 10-day journey is a cornucopia of wildlife, history, culture and scenery. Almost constant daylight gives us lots of time to explore and discover the favorite wildlife locations and migratory bird hang outs including world famous Prince Leopold Island. Following the ice floe we may see beluga and bowhead whales and hope to encounter the mythical narwhal. Polar bear can be relied upon to make an appearance many times on our voayage..
The most comprehensive exploration of the NWP, offered both westbound and eastbound. This classic itinerary covers the high Arctic with time built into the itinerary to explore, experience and discover. History and wildlife abound this iconic signature voyage defines Arctic expedition cruising at its finest.
An itinerary honed to honour the exploratory nature of explorers in days gone by. In addition to wildlife, we seek the unique feeling of exploratory passion as we transit the Victoria Strait. This legacied waterway is the resting place of the HMS Erebus as was successfully found in the Victoria Strait Expedition of 2014.