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Feature adventure holidays
We’ve developed a range of dedicated solo holidays & solo travel packages; exclusively for people booking on their own. Around 40% of all our passengers are solo travellers.
Transport - Bus/taxi, Polar expedition ship, Zodiac inflatable, on foot.
Accommodation - Cabin on board (10nts).
Meals - 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches & 10 dinners.
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Longyearbyen And At Sea
The trip starts in Longyearbyen, where the morning is free for you to explore the town, which is one of the most, if not the most, northerly town in the world. It was found in 1906 by John Munroe Longyear of the Boston Arctic Coal Company. The coal industry is still the major employer in Svalbard.
Late afternoon you head to the pier and board your ship - the Vavilov - where you can settle into your cabin before the ship departs. You sail north from Adventfjorden; during the night you pass the long island of Prins Karls Forland and then turn east into Kongsfjorden.
You will soon discover the beauty of the Svalbard archipelago, better known as Spitsbergen. You are 400 miles north of mainland Norway and just 600 miles from the North Pole itself. In this remarkable wonderland two thirds of the land is covered by glaciers and yet from April to August the sun never sets. During the cruise you will go ashore once or twice per day, usually by Zodiac but sometimes docking the ship alongside the land.
Cabin - 10 nights (BD)
At Sea – Ny-Alesund
Sailing down Kingsfjorden, you stop at the tiny settlement of Ny-Alesund and have the chance to send postcards to your friends and family from the northernmost post office in the world. Once a mining village served by the world's most northerly railway, Ny Alesund is now a base station for international arctic research. If you are interested in the history of Arctic exploration, then you might like to walk to the anchoring mast used by Amundsen and Nobile in the airship Norge in 1926 and Nobile again two years later when he returned in the airship Italia, before their flights to the North Pole. Setting sail again you will see coastlines edged with spectacular cliffs and hidden fjords which house some small but very picturesque settlements. Whales, walruses and seals inhabit the region and if you are a keen bird-watcher make sure that you keep an eye out for Arctic terns, Arctic and long-tailed skuas, purple sandpipers, common eiders, barnacle geese, long-tailed ducks, kittiwakes, glaucous gulls and snow buntings.
Carrying on, you reach the magnificent 14th of July Glacier. Before setting off in the Zodiacs for the first time you will have a briefing about all aspects of safety, including precautions in case of a close encounter with a Polar bear! In the Zodiacs you approach the towering ice cliff-face and can start to fully appreciate its true size. As you get close you can see what happens when the glacier meets the sea. The area is home to Arctic puffins and bearded seals can also often be spotted. There should be time for you to go ashore and the naturalists accompanying you will help you with identifying all the species of plants. (Bx3 Lx3 Dx3)
At Sea - Smeerenburg
The ship will stop for a while at Smeerenburg (Blubber Town!). This was a Dutch whaling town that operated in the 17th century. The techniques of the whalers will be described to you here and you can imagine what it would have been like to have 200 oily whalers living here at the height of the season. There are extensive remains of the settlement; whale bones and blubber ovens scatter the landscape. The richness of the area attracted whalers from all over the world. Basque whalers from France and Spain used to watch for Bowhead whales from the mountains above this settlement.
Sailing into Liefdefjorden the ship will cruise near the 5km long face of the impressive Monaco glacier. The waters here are a favourite feeding spot for thousands of kittiwakes, and occasionally polar bears have been seen on the glacier, so keep your eyes peeled! Continuing northwards (if ice conditions permit) you cross 80º North, at which point you are just 600 miles from the North Pole. The temperature drops noticably as you sail towards the most northerly island in Svalbard and polar bears and walrus are known to inhabit the waters in the area. (Bx4 Lx4 Dx4)
At Sea - Hornsund
With the circuit of the islands almost complete, you sail in amongst the fjords of Hornsund. The setting is delightful with tall mountains sandwiching the glaciers as they make their way down to the sea. There are good chances of seeing Polar bear and bearded and ringed seal in this lovely scenery. You may be able to visit the Polish research station, where you will have the chance to learn more about the projects that are worked on here. If you are feeling energetic you may be able to go for a hike and get to know the area on foot. Behind the station the mountains are home to thousands of pairs of nesting little auks. (BLD)
At Sea - Ahlstrandhalvoya
The focus today is on finding beluga whale. They can often be found transiting the narrow sound near Bourbonhamna, so there are good chances of seeing this relatively common little white whale as it swims in pods around the boat. These are the only species which have a flexible neck; this means that they can nod and turn their head sideways. On a land stop a huge pile of beluga bones show the grim result of the slaughter of these animals. This is a monument protected by the Svalbard government and underlines the impact that the whaling communities had on the cetacean population in this region. (BLD)
You arrive back in Longyearbyen early in the morning and disembark. The trip ends here for Land Only clients. (B)
Please note – your final itinerary will depend entirely upon the ice and weather conditions experienced during your expedition. The route taken will be reviewed continually during the cruise; some areas may at times be inaccessible.