Join us for a journey into one of the last major European wilderness areas with pristine mountains, fauna, deep fjords, picturesque icebergs, and massive ice sheets. Our goal on this voyage is to explore the eastern and least-visited sections of Svalbard’s breathtaking and dramatic Spitsbergen. Once there, we will locate wildlife and spend the maximum amount of time possible hiking on the tundra. Svalbard is home to approximately 3,000 polar bears and we hope to encounter a good number of them during our voyage.
Day 1 — Longyearbyen, Norway
Arrive in Longyearbyen by specially chartered flight from Oslo and embark the Silver Explorer for your exciting Silversea Expedition – “Expedition Svalbard”. You will be introduced to your Expedition Team, receive a Zodiac briefing and learn about the rules and regulations for landings in the Arctic. Tonight we invite you to attend a special Welcome Aboard cocktail party.
Days 2 to 7 — Cruise & Explore Svalbard
We will travel along the same routes as famous polar explorers such as Andrée, Nordenskjöld, Amundsen and Nobile. We will trek along beaches looking for walrus haul-outs; might see the indigenous reindeer and maybe even spot the Arctic fox or bearded seal. Seabirds, such as Ivory Gulls, Common and Brünnich’s Guillemots, will be our constant companions as we admire their playfulness and grace. We might even encounter a few whales. A variety of known species frequent the area, in particular the Minke and Beluga.
Our flexible itinerary allows us to take advantage of favourable ice and weather conditions. We will search for walruses, seals, reindeer, Arctic foxes and polar bears. Shore walks and Zodiac landings will bring us up close to the mystical settings and passing icebergs. Each day our Expedition Leader and Captain will determine our best course, depending on changing weather, ice conditions and the wildlife we encounter. In the true spirit of adventure cruising, our Expedition Leader will provide daily updates. Here is a list of places we may visit:
-Ice Cruising – With the strengthened hull of the Silver Explorer, we have the perfect platform to search for walrus and polar bears as we devote at least one day to exploring the pack ice north of Spitsbergen. Conditions permitting, our Expedition Leader may choose to take us out in the Zodiacs for an even closer look.
-Edgeøya – Enter the realm of the polar bear on the third largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. Conditions permitting, we will go ashore at the hard to get to Diskobukta, where we will discover interesting fauna and flora and take a walk amongst thousands of kittiwakes and hope to see Arctic foxes. The coastal waters often provide fantastic opportunities to see walrus and polar bears.
-Faksevågen – Off Lomfjorden is the smaller Faksevågen and on its northern side the hill Faksefjellet. We will go ashore for a tundra hike and to climb part of Faksefjellet. A gradual slope will lead up past beautiful tundra-vegetation, mountain avens and white artic bell-heather and will permit views across Faksevågen and the surrounding valleys.
-Fjortende Julibreen – The 14th of July Bay is located at the entrance of Krossfjorden. Here we will go ashore for a hike up to the 14th of July Glacier –conditions permitting, we will climb onto the glacier, or, alternatively walk to the Hanging Gardens, a beautiful plant oasis underneath a bird cliff.
-Alkefjellet – On the northern side of Lomfjordhalvøya (Lomfjorden Peninsula) is one of the most dramatic bird cliffs Svalbard has to offer. Depending on ice conditions we will cruise along the cliff with our Zodiacs or by ship. In either case, the view of tens of thousands of Brünnich’s Guillemot breeding pairs, Black Guillemots, with the odd Glaucous Gulls and Black-legged Kittiwakes, plus the occasional Arctic fox along a cliff of several kilometres in length make this one outstanding experience. Even if there were no birds, the 100 metres high cliff with its dolerite intrusions in the Permian limestone would make for excellent viewing.
-Hornsund – The southernmost fjord on the rugged west coast of Spitsbergen Island. Jagged mountain peaks tower above glacier-filled bays. Listen for the crash of white thunder as huge chunks of ice fall into the fjord. Amidst floating icebergs jewels, watch for bearded seals, the rare Beluga whale and the king of the Arctic – the polar bear. Sightings are fairly common as the ringed seal, the polar bear’s favourite food, breeds in the fjord. The surrounding bird cliffs are home to thousands of pairs of nesting Little Auks. We may visit the Polish research station or the remains of whaling stations and trappers’ huts.
Day 8 — Longyearbyen, Norway
In the morning, following breakfast, disembark the Silver Explorer and transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Oslo.Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
Silversea’s purpose-built luxury Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions.
A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables the Silver Explorer Expedition Cruise Ship to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of Zodiac boats allows Silversea Expedition guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure.
Guests: 130 Crew: 117 Length: 354 Feet / 107.9 Meters
Silversea's ocean view suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.
728 ft² / 67m² including veranda, Deck 7
The name says it all. A stylish apartment. Prestigious and classic. For those who seek the superlative level of space, comfort and service on board. For those who expect the finest from a luxury cruise.
618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony, Deck 7
Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed. Ideal for entertaining friends while you cruise or enjoying a quiet dinner “at home”.
400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony, Deck 7
A mark of distinction. Sumptuous. Spacious. Rich textures and panoramic views surround you with distinguished luxury. The perfect summary of The Medallion Suite offered by the world’s best cruise line.
422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies, Deck 5
Spacious, with a welcoming sitting area, a marbled bathroom and your own private balcony.
Silver Suites can accommodate three guests (there is a sofa bed in the living area).
388-397 ft² / 36-37m² with two view windows or two large picture windows, Deck ¾
Settle in to sumptuous surroundings and feel instantly “at home” in the Expedition Suite. With a spacious floor plan and two view windows, comfort comes easily in this warm and well-designed space.
Unwind in your very own living room, complete with a convertible sofa for an additional guest. Journal the day’s incredible shore excursion experiences while seated at your writing desk. Rejuvenate with a hot shower or soak in the marbled bathroom’s full-sized tub. Rest comfortably among fine bed linens, assured you will be ready for tomorrow’s adventures.
206-216 ft² / 19-20m² including a French balcony, Deck 5
A Silversea cruise signature, complete with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a private balcony.
192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window, Deck 4
A quiet sanctuary. The suite’s sitting area has plenty of room to relax while on your cruise. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed.
192 ft² / 18m² with view window, Deck 3
Welcoming and comfortable, the View Suite provides a relaxing haven for even the utmost adventure-seeking guests. Complete a day spent exploring onshore with an evening unwinding in the comfort of your sitting area. Capture passing ocean scenes through your view window. Freshen up in your beautiful marbled bathroom before enjoying an elegant onboard dinner. Or cozy up under fine bed linens to watch an on-demand movie on the flat-screen television. Fall asleep easily, dreaming of the incredible experiences that await you the following day.
175-190 ft² / 16-18m² with view window, Deck 4
Deck Four forward is home to eight Explorer Suites. Enjoy a separate sitting area and the passing scenery through a view window. Explorer Suites accommodate up to two guests and exude cosy opulence, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring ashore.
157-167 ft² / 14-15m² with 2 portholes, Deck 3
Even guests who plan to spend only sleeping hours in their stateroom will appreciate the distinctive touches of this cosy suite. After spending the day on a dynamic shore excursion, unwind in the ample sitting area or rejuvenate the mind with a soak in the marbled bathroom’s tub.
Here you can watch passing ocean scenes through two porthole windows. Reminisce the day’s travels by journaling at your writing desk. Watch a movie on the flat-screen television. Or fall sound asleep within the comfort of fine bed linens with your choice of nine pillow types.
From / To
SAS Scandinavian Airlines
SAS Scandinavian Airlines
Fares from €148.00 – call us for a quotation
**It is necessary to fly from Dublin to Oslo on the Tuesday prior to the Wednesday start date of this holiday (Day 1 of the above itinerary). The flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen departs mid morning. The Price for a centrally located 4* hotel in Oslo for 1 night is from €190.00 for a double/twin room in B&B.
Prices are per person sharing (Dublin-Oslo return flights not included)
Wed 12 Jul
Wed 19 Jul
*Early Booking Discounts Apply. Prices are subject to change
Other suites waitlist only – prices on request
Return Charter flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen have an additional cost of €475 per person each way.
How to reserve a place(s): a completed booking form with a deposit of 25% of the total cost (payment by cash/cheque /debit or credit card) should be sent directly to MAP Travel. The balance will be due 120 days prior to sailing – payment by cash/cheque or debit card.
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