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Spitsbergen in Depth (Ocean Nova) 2015 Itinerary
Soak up the essence of the Arctic on a voyage around Spitsbergen. Discover wild beaches and towering glaciers, and search the wilderness for polar bears, walruses and seabirds.
Day 1 Embarkation Longyearbyen
This icy escapade into the Arctic Circle begins in Longyearbyen, the largest settlement in Spitsbergen and the world’s northernmost city. Explore an ice-covered town where the streets have no names before boarding the ship. As you leave port, sit back and soak up the spectacular views of white-capped mountains and striking glaciers.
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Days 2-12 Circumnavigating Spitsbergen
These eleven days are devoted to discovering the best that Spitsbergen and its outlying islands have to offer. Let your adventurous spirit come alive by taking the opportunities available to go hiking, snowshoeing or zodiac cruising. While weather conditions may influence landings and activities, be rest assured that each day holds new adventures. Whether its exploring the seabird-filled cliffs of Alkefjellet, hiking the 14th of July Glacier or trekking through the flower-strewn tundras of Worsleyneset, each Arctic experience invigorates the senses. Keep a constant lookout for the majestic creatures that call Spitsbergen home. Pockets of the island offer excellent viewing chances to sight polar bears in action – head to the icy plains of Phippsoya and Isbukta to watch over their favourite hunting grounds. Spot inquisitive Arctic foxes, watch lumbering walruses on Moffen Island and keep your eyes peeled for the rare and magical reindeer grazing along the coastlines of Ny London and Rosenbergdalen. As beautiful as the wildlife is, it isn’t the only thing that you come to Spitsbergen for. Get a taste of the history and culture of the land by visiting historical sites such as Smeerenburg on Amsterdam Island. Once a hub for whaling (the name is Dutch for ‘blubber town’), this settlement is filled with remnants of huts and blubber ovens from the 17th and 18th centuries, allowing a glimpse into days past. Visit a memorial and pay tribute to the many whalers who perished in the extreme Arctic conditions.
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Day 13 Disembarkation Longyearbyen
The expedition ends where it began, in the quirky city of Longyearbyen. If you’re up for more adventure why not try some dog-sledding, or for one last culture hit wander through the Svalbard Gallery or Svalbard Museum.
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