Expedition Spitzbergen ENG

Roam the realm of the Polar Bear and uncover an Arctic that is only known to Explorers. Foscussing on the extraordinary Svalbard region, this

expedition takes in stunning landscapes, beautiful, graceful wildlife, Zodiac landings and long nights of midnight sun. Not forgetting crisp

fresh air and gourmet cuisine and fine wines - be prepared to be amazed.

 

150€ Bonus only for Luxemburger Wort subscribers

Reiseverlauf

Day Date Port Arrival Departure
Thurs 11.07 Pick-up service at home and flight from Luxembourg airport to Oslo via Amsterdam. After a city tour in Oslo, Check-in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.
Fri. 12.07 Early in the morning, chsrter flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen. Transfer to the port and embarkation on the SILVER CLOUD
Fri. 12.07 Longyearbyen (Norway) - 17:00
Sat. - Thues. 13. - 16.07 The SILVER CLOUD is cruising in front of the nothern part of the island Svalbard. Zodiac excursions inclusive.
Wed. - Fri. 17. - 19.07 The SILVER CLOUD is cruising in front of the southern part of the island Svalbard. Zodiac excursions inclusive.
Sat. 20.07 Bear Island/Svalbard (Norway)    
Sun. 21.07 Gjesvaerstappan Islands (Norway)    
Sun. 21.07 Skarsvag/North Cape (Norway)    
Mon. 22.07 Tromso    
Mon. 22.07 Disembarkation after breakfast and transfer to the airport. Return flight via Oslo and Frankfurt to Luxembourg. Transfer to your residence.

 

Friday, 12.07.2019


Longyearbyen (Norway)

Longyearbyen is the biggest settlement in Svalbard. Seat of the Norwegian administration, it also has the best services and infrastructure

in the archipelago. Located deep in the Adventfjord, a sidearm of the Isfjorden (Icefjord), Longyearbyen’s airport can be used all-year round,

but its harbor is blocked by ice in winter. Most shops, hotels, restaurants and a hospital are within easy walking distance of the port. One

of the most prominent buildings in town is the UNIS center, where several Norwegian universities have joined forces to operate and offer

the northernmost higher education to both Norwegian and international students. Adjacent to UNIS, and well worth a visit, is the Svalbard

Museum, covering the natural history and exploitation of Svalbard. Remnants of the former mining activity can be seen all around

Longyearbyen and even in town.

 

 

Saturday - Friday, 13. - 19.07.2019


Svalbard/Spitzbergen (Norway)

 

There are several deep fjords and prominent glaciers in the northern reaches of Svalbard, as well as the northern hemisphere’s widest

glacier front. Ice conditions will dictate how much can be accessed in terms of cruising bird islets like the Andøyane Islets or approaching

glaciers like Monaco Glacier and Seliger Glacier. The Northern Region is also known to have several walrus haul-outs and areas defined

as “Arctic Desert%u201D. Walks and hikes ashore to have a closer look at flora and wildlife are a possibility in the spectacular Northern

Region of Svalbard.

 

Svalbard’s Southern Region and specifically Spitsbergen’s west coast is less ice-clogged than the rest of Svalbard due to the moderating

influenced of the Gulf Stream. Several fjords cut into the western coast of Spitsbergen and have been used by trappers and hunters, as well

as the different mining companies that tried to exploit the riches of the archipelago’s largest island of Spitsbergen. Remains of huts and

mines, as well as active commercial and scientific settlements can be found and visited. Depending on the time of the season, glaciers

can be visited on foot or by sea. Northern places like Magdalenefjorden and Hornsund will reveal fascinating views of geological

formations, craggy mountains, spectacular glaciers and a variety of seabirds and seals.

 

 

Saturday, 20.07.2019


Bear Islands (Norway)

 

Almost half way between Tromsø and Svalbard is isolated Bear Island – considered the southernmost island of the Svalbard Archipelago.

The unglaciated island is an impressive Nature Reserve of steep, high cliffs that are frequented by seabirds, specifically at the southern tip.

Brünnich’s Guillemots, Common Guillemots, Black Guillemots, Razorbills, Little Auks, Northern Fulmars, Glaucous Gulls, Black-legged

Kittiwakes, and even Atlantic Puffins and Northern Gannets nest along the cliffs south of Sørhamna. Because of the large numbers of birds

and the isolated location, Bear Island has been recognized as an Important Bird Area. It was once a hotspot for whaling and walrus

hunting, and at one stage even mining. Bear Island received its name because of a polar bear encountered by early explorer Willem

Barentsz. Today polar bears rarely visit the island and its only settlement is a meteorological station manned all-year round on the north

side.

 

 

Sunday, 21.07.2019


Gjesvaerstappan Islands (Norway)

 

Almost a hundred islands and rocks make up the Gjesv%u04D5rstappan Nature Reserve, one of Europe’s largest and most accessible

nesting areas for Atlantic seabirds. Less than 10 nautical miles from Nordkapp more than one million nesting birds have been counted on

Storstappen, the largest of the islands, and the minor islands next to it. One of the most significant Atlantic Puffin colonies in North Norway

is found in this nature reserve. Zodiacs and kayaks are the best way to look for the Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Black and Common

Guillemots, Northern Gannets, White-tailed Eagles, and Arctic Skuas, Common Eider Ducks, Common Shags and Great Cormorants as

well as various other species.

 

Skarsvag/North Cape (Norway)

 

For those who prefer comfort, the Silver Cloud will anchor off Skarsvag, the “most northerly fishing village in the world%u201D, and,

weather conditions permitting, head ashore via Zodiac. We will travel by coach to the North Cape where you can admire the glorious

scenery, stop in at the visitor’s centre and take photos at the famed globe monument. On a clear day the panorama is quite spectacular. On

the return to Silver Cloud we will watch for reindeer grazing on the surrounding hillsides.

Reisetermine

11-07-2019 (Expedition Spitzbergen ENG)

Preise (pro Person)

Vista Suite with a window  7995.00 € 
Veranda Suite  10225.00 € 
Deluxe Veranda Suite  10895.00 € 

Reiseleistungen

Included services:

  • pick-up service at home
  • flight Luxembourg - Oslo via Amsterdam (Economy Class)
  • City tour in Oslo
  • 1 overnight stay (5 star hotel) in Oslo, dinner & breakfast included
  • all transfers
  • charter flight from Oslo to longyearbyen (econmy Class)
  • flight Tromso - Oslo - Frankfurt - Luxembourg
  • cruise on board of the 5 star expedition ship SILVER CLOUD (10 nights)
  • butler service in every suite
  • meals with free seating in high class restaurants
  • drinks in the suite and on board of the ship, exquisit wine selection, high quality spirits, special coffee selection and alcohol free drinks, as well as an individually customized minibar
  • meals served in your suite and 24-hour room service
  • competent lectureres
  • guided zodiac, land and sea excursions, as well as activities under the leadership of our expedition team
  • tips for the crew on board
  • Haglöfs parka free of charge
  • guide from Luxembourg (over 15 participants)
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