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Spitsbergen Explorer Overview
- 2013-05-01 - 2014-12-31
Travel to Spitsbergen and experience the wildlife of the Arctic
Take the journey from Longyearbyen around Spitsbergen and experience a classic Arctic expedition to the remote extremes of the Earth. Get the most out of this unique, natural environment by exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some outlying northern areas. See polar bears and walrus in their natural habitat, witness colonies of seabirds numbering into the thousands and scan the seas for whales. Packed with options for snowshoeing and sea-kayaking, this is the perfect expedition for exploring the wildlife capital of the Arctic.
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Set sail on an Arctic adventure from Longyearbyen, Svalbard's largest settlement. Drift out to sea while looking back across the mountainous terrain that serves as a backdrop for this remote town.
Spend eight memorable days exploring Spitsbergen, an Arctic eden filled with incredible wildlife, polar deserts and immense glaciers. Far from being a wasteland, the tundra-covered landscapes can be surprisingly colourful in summer, with wildflowers bursting forth for a taste of sunshine. Discover the western coast of the island en route to the stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north, and gain a greater appreciation of the history and geology of this unique land. Spot polar bears hunting on sheets of white, look upward toward the nesting birdlife among the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet and scour the coast for imposing walruses lazing on rocky shores. Get closer to the action by jumping in a sea kayak to discover isolated coves, and strap on some snowshoes to venture onto the mainland and visit a historic whaling memorial and abandoned huts.
Return to Longyearbyen, where this Arctic adventure ends.
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