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Arctic Norway (Spitsbergen)

Norwegian HeritageAn incredible expedition above the Arctic Circle in northern Norway. Witness the beautiful scenery surrounding cosmopolitan Oslo, then board an amazing 9-night discovery cruise of the Svalbard archipelago to marvel at stunning glaciers, walrus and polar bears, and explore the world’s northernmost city of Longyearbyen.Arctic ExpeditionBoard the One Ocean Akademik Sergey Vavilov expedition ship for the adventure of a lifetime. We’ll spend 9 nights discovering the amazing wildlife and untouched natural beauty of this fascinating archipelago. From the smiling beluga whales and bearded seals to polar bears and walrus, and the numerous bird colonies that call the area home, the islands here are now celebrated as a breeding ground for many species.With the ship’s high ice classification, we’re able to push further north along the edge of the ice pack - meaning frequent encounters with the iconic polar bear!

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Europe. Taxes included
  • Return economy-class flights within Norway. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy amount of $65pp prepaid for land portion only.On-board the cruise there is a tipping surcharge to pay of approximately $14pp US per day

Accommodation & Meals

  • 4 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 9 nights on Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • 13 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 12 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking, locally based tour directors
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Sightseeing

Highlights of Oslo

  • Admire the exterior of the architectural award-winning Oslo Opera House.
  • Discover the history of Norwegian polar exploration at the famous Fram Museum, centred on the original exploration vessel - the Fram.
  • See the world's largest sculpture park by a single artist - Vigeland's Park, and visit the ski jumping arena at Holmenkollen for beautiful views of the Oslofjord.
  • Explore the world's northernmost city, Longyearbyen, and visit the world's northernmost brewery!

One Ocean Arctic Expedition

  • Enjoy the views over the colourful town from the outer decks of the ship as we depart Longyearbyen.
  • Spot smiling Beluga whales as they transit the narrow sound near Bourbonhamna.
  • See an old hunting cabin and hopefully catch a glimpse of the dozens of reindeer that inhabit the area on a shore excursion.
  • View the Lilliehook Glacier, who's face stretches almost seven kilometers wide and 80 metres high.
  • Keep an eye out for bearded and ringed seals as well as the numerous bird colonies in the area.
  • Witness the spectacular Monaco Glacier.
  • Spot polar bears at the Svalbard archipelago’s northernmost point, Phippsoya.
  • Cruise the picturesque channel separating Svalbard’s two main islands.
  • In Hinlopen Strait, the bird cliffs at Alkefjellet and nearby Murchison Fjord are a wonderful place to kayak or cruise by zodiac.
  • Witness thousands of tiny seabirds native to this region nesting on the island of Fuglesangen.
  • Hike the shoreline of the old whaling station of Smeerenburg and learn about the importance of whaling in the discovery and exploration of the Svalbard archipelago.
  • Visit the walrus colony on Prince Charles Island and hope to see these odd looking animals on a haulout ashore.
  • Enjoy a special Captain's dinner on board to reflect on an amazing voyage.
  • Enjoy some time in Longyearbyen at leisure.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
17
Price From
AUD $15,995
Start Location
Norway
End Location
Norway
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Relaxing
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Itinerary
Arctic Norway (Spitsbergen)

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Oslo

Welcome to Norway’s scenic capital, Oslo! Surrounded by forest and situated on the edge of the Oslofjord, Oslo is full of world-class galleries and museums, and has a vibrant cafe culture. Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director this evening for a welcome drink.

Day 3. Oslo

Our morning sightseeing tour takes us to the Fram Museum, Vigeland’s Park, Karl Johans gate, and Holmenkollen Ski Jump with spectacular views of the Oslofjord. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]

Day 4. Oslo - Longyearbyen

After breakfast, we board our flight to Longyearbyen. [B,D]

Special Experience: The largest settlement in incredible Spitsbergen, it is also the world’s northernmost city and this afternoon we’ll visit the world’s northernmost brewery.

Day 5. Longyearbyen

Embark Cruise: Today we board a One Ocean Expedition ship for a 9-night discovery of the amazing Svalbard archipelago to encounter its stunning wildlife, landscapes and scenery. Enjoy a welcome dinner on board this evening as we set sail into Isfjorden. [B,D]

Day 6. Cruising: Bourbonhamna

As we travel through the Sound near Bourbonhamna, keep an eye out for the smiling Beluga whales that are known to frequent these waters. On a shore excursion, we’ll visit an old hunting cabin and hopefully glimpse some of the many reindeer that inhabit this area. [B,L,D]

Day 7. Cruising: Krossfjorden

We cruise into Krossfjorden and take a zodiac along the cliffs of the incredible Lilliehook Glacier - at a height of 80 metres and with a face almost 7 kilometres wide, you’ll definitely appreciate its scale. We’ll get a closer look at the numerous bird colonies that call the area home. Bearded and ringed seals are also often seen in this fjord. [B,L,D]

Day 8. Cruising: Liefdefjorden & Monacobreen

Today we visit the spectacular Monaco Glacier. The nearby coastal plain near the mouth of Liefdefjorden is also a great place to spot polar bears that come here to hunt for seals or feed on birds’ eggs. [B,L,D]

Day 9. Cruising: Phippsoya

We reach the northernmost point of the archipelago today. At 81 degrees north, Phippsoya is just 540 nautical miles from the North Pole! This area is also another great place for polar bear viewing. [B,L,D]

Day 10. Cruising: Hinlopen Strait & Nordaustlandet

We turn south into the main strait separating Svalbard’s two main islands - Spitsbergen and Nordaustlandet, wonderful for viewing a huge array of Arctic wildlife and breathtaking scenery. [B,L,D]

Day 11. Cruising: Hinlopen Strait & Nordaustlandet

In Hinlopen Strait, the cliffs at Alkefjellet are home to more than a hundred thousand breeding Brunnich’s guillemots, as well as thousands of kittiwakes and black guillemots. Nearby Murchison Fjord is a wonderful place to kayak or cruise as we navigate the waterways between the islands. [B,L,D]

Day 12. Cruising: Fuglesangen and Smeerenburg

Today we’ll witness the thousands of birds nesting on the island of Fuglesangen and a large colony of dovekies - tiny seabirds, native to this region, with distinctive black and white colouring. We’ll also visit the old whaling station of Smeerenburg. [B,L,D]

Day 13. Cruising: Poole-Pynten (Prince Charles Island)

The sight and sound of a walrus hauling out of the sea spells 'Arctic’ like nothing else can. We’ll visit a well-known walrus colony and hopefully see these animals ashore. Approaching from downwind can often confirm that walrus are ashore, as the smell of a walrus haulout is quite 'unique’! Tonight we celebrate our journey with a dinner attended by the ship’s captain. It’s a great time to reflect on our amazing voyage. [B,L,D]

Day 14. Longyearbyen

Disembark Cruise: After breakfast we bid farewell to our fellow passengers and Arctic expedition ship. The day is at leisure for you to explore this fascinating town further.

Special Experience:Tonight we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner in a traditional Norwegian 'hus’ at Cape Barentz. [B,D]

Day 15. Depart Longyearbyen

Today we transfer to the airport and begin our journey home. [B]

Day 16. In Transit
Day 17. Arrive in Australia

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