North Spitsbergen, In search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice

The best opportunity to spot the King of the Arctic

North Spitsbergen, In search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice
Cruise route
Título: North Spitsbergen, In search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice
Fechas:
Código del viaje: HDS03-21
Duración: 7 noches
Barco: El Hondius
Embarque: Longyearbyen
Desemabrco: Longyearbyen
Idioma: Viaje de habla inglesa
Más acerca de: Ártico cruceros
Svalbard cruceros
 
Itinerario

POR FAVOR TENGA EN CUENTA: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife. The on-board expedition leader determines the final itinerary. Itineraries may mention places that require permission to land, which must be granted by the relevant national authorities. Such permission is not granted prior to the publishing of these itineraries. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Average cruising speed for m/v Hondius is 10,5 knots.

Start your North Spitsbergen cruise with a trek around historic Longyearbyen, then join our expedition to the north of the island to take in the fantastically beautiful landscapes, the thousands of seabirds, and of course the star of the show, the polar bear.

Day 1: Largest town, biggest island

You touch down in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy strolling around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum make for fascinating attractions. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plant have been recorded in it. In the early evening the ship sails out of Isfjorden, where you might spot the first minke whale of your voyage.

Day 2: Route to Raudfjorden

Sailing to Raudfjorden, on the north coast of Spitsbergen, you take in an expansive fjord spilling with glaciers – and maybe even visited by ringed and bearded seals. The cliffs and shoreline of this fjord also support thriving seabird colonies, rich vegetation, and the possibility of polar bears.

Day 3: The massive Monaco Glacier

Depending on the weather, you could sail into Liefdefjorden and cruise within sight of the 5-kilometer-long (3.1 miles) face of the precipitous Monaco Glacier. The waters in front of this glacier are a favorite feeding spot for thousands of kittiwakes, and the base of the ice is a popular polar bear hunting ground. If ice conditions prevent sailing here early in the season, an alternate route along the west coast of Spitsbergen can be implemented.

Day 4: Highlights of Hinlopen

Today you sail into Hinlopen Strait, home to bearded seals, ringed seals, and polar bears. At the entrance there is even the possibility to spot blue whales. After cruising among the ice floes of Lomfjordshalvøya in the Zodiacs, you can view the bird cliffs of Alkefjellet with their thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots. On the east side of Hinlopen Strait, you may attempt a landing on Nordaustlandet. Here reindeer, pink-footed geese, and walruses are likely sights. You can take an alternate route if ice prevents entry into Hinlopen.

Day 5: Stop at the Seven Islands

The northernmost point of your voyage may be north of Nordaustlandet, in the Seven Islands. Here you reach 80° north, just 870 km (540 miles) from the geographic North Pole. Polar bears inhabit this region, so the ship may park for several hours among the pack ice before wheeling around west again.

Day 6: Sailing the continental shelf

While retracing your route west, keep watch for polar bears and elusive Greenland (bowhead) whales. About 40 nautical miles west of Spitsbergen, you sail the edge of the continental shelf. Here fin whales forage during the summer in the upwelling zones (where cold, nutrient-rich water wells up from below the sea’s surface) that run along the Spitsbergen banks. At the mouth of Kongsfjorden, you have a good chance of sighting minke whales.

Day 7: Reindeer, foxes, and so many seabirds

Walruses sometimes haul out in Forlandsundet, your next stop. Alternatively, you might sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden, landing at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on these cliffs, Arctic foxes search below for fallen eggs and chicks, and reindeer graze the sparse vegetation. You arrive in Longyearbyen later at night.

Day 8: There and back again

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. You disembark in Longyearbyen, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Workshop 1: Introductory course Astro navigation with sextant

We offer a free workshop on navigation with sextant under the supervision of an expert on board.  Everybody is welcome to participate, no previous experience required. The workshop group will be supervised on board. During cruise days, everybody will be able to listen to photo lectures and workshops in order to learn more about Astro navigation.

The speaker Dr.-Ing. Lothar Kurtze is Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, London. He is a volunteer project coordinator of the Faulkes Telescope Projects in Germany and Austria and is committed to astronomical education. In Weinheim (Baden-Württemberg) he runs a small private observatory and in his free time he is sometimes a guest lecturer for astronomy on expedition ships in the Arctic and Antarctic. His main job is mechanical engineering  in Salzburg.

Workshop 2: Photography

We offer a free photo workshop for beginners and advanced photographers under the supervision of a photo expert on board. Everybody is welcome to participate, no previous experience required. The workshop group (up to 20 participants per guide during landings, minimum of 20 for the activity while on board) will be accompanied by the photo expert during activity on shore.

Participants with a special interest in photography must bring their personal photo equipment. During cruise days, everybody will be able to listen to photo lectures and workshops in order to learn more about objects, exposures, and photo composition.

The workshop does not intend to instruct passengers on how to use specific camera models, but is meant to give insight into better photo results by respecting the basic rules of photography. Photo workshop participants can also take part in other activities on board.

El Hondius

Hondius es el primer buque polar Clase 6 que haya sido registrado en el mundo, cumpliendo con los últimos y más altos requisitos de la Lloyd’s Register para cruceros de casco reforzado para el hielo. Información completa del buque >>

Las actividades en las que puede participar

Hondius Discovery and Learning Workshops

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Hondius Discovery and Learning Workshops

Cabinas & Precios

Cuádruple con Ojo de Buey

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  • 2 ojos de buey
  • 2 Literas superior / inferior
  • Pequeño sofá
  • Ducha & baño privado
  • TV de pantalla plana
  • Escritorio y silla
  • Teléfono y WiFi (suplementado)
  • Secador de Pelo
  • Gabinete
  • Armario
  • Esta cabaña es ideal para familias con niños o pasajeros que no requieren una cabina separada o cabañas más lujosas.
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Complete cabin
15800 USD

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Sharing berth
3950 USD

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Triple con Ojo de Buey

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  • 2 ojos de buey
  • 1 Litera superior / inferior + 1 cama individual
  • Pequeño sofá
  • Ducha & baño privado
  • TV de pantalla plana
  • Escritorio y silla
  • Teléfono y WiFi (suplementado)
  • Secador de Pelo
  • Gabinete
  • Armario
  • Esta cabaña es ideal para familias con niños o pasajeros que no requieren una cabina separada o cabañas más lujosas.
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Complete cabin
14700 USD

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Sharing berth
4900 USD

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Doble con Ojo de Buey, la cubierta

Windows Windows Info Info
  • 2 ojos de buey
  • 2 camas bajas
  • Pequeño sofá
  • Ducha & baño privado
  • TV de pantalla plana
  • Escritorio y silla
  • Teléfono y WiFi (suplementado)
  • Secador de Pelo
  • Gabinete
  • Armario
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Complete cabin
11000 USD

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Single cabin
9350 USD

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Sharing berth
5500 USD

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Doble con Ventana

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  • 1 ventana
  • 2 camas bajas
  • Pequeño sofá
  • Ducha & baño privado
  • TV de pantalla plana
  • Escritorio y silla
  • Teléfono y WiFi (suplementado)
  • Secador de Pelo
  • Gabinete
  • Armario
  • Tenga en cuenta que una pequeña cantidad de cabinas tienen una vista parcialmente obstruida debido a los requisitos de diseño del barco
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Complete cabin
11900 USD

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Single cabin
10115 USD

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Sharing berth
5950 USD

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Doble de Lujo

Windows Windows Info Info
  • 2 ventanas
  • 2 camas bajas
  • Sofá
  • Ducha & baño privado
  • TV de pantalla plana
  • Escritorio y silla
  • Teléfono y WiFi (suplementado)
  • Cafetera y tetera
  • Bata de baño
  • Secador de Pelo
  • Gabinete
  • Armario
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Complete cabin
12600 USD

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Single cabin
10710 USD

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Sharing berth
6300 USD

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Superior

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  • 2 ventanas
  • 1 cama doble
  • Sofá
  • Ducha & baño privado
  • TV de pantalla plana
  • Escritorio y silla
  • Teléfono y WiFi (suplementado)
  • Cafetera y tetera
  • Bata de baño
  • Secador de Pelo
  • Gabinete
  • Armario
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Complete cabin
14300 USD

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Single cabin
12155 USD

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Suite Junior

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  • 1 ventana doble
  • 1 cama doble
  • Ducha & baño privado
  • TV de pantalla plana
  • Escritorio y silla
  • Teléfono y WiFi (suplementado)
  • Refrigerador
  • Cafetera y tetera
  • Bata de baño
  • Secador de Pelo
  • Gabinete
  • Armario
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Complete cabin
15300 USD

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Single cabin
13005 USD

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Gran suite con balcón privado

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  • 1 ventana doble
  • 1 cama doble
  • Sofá
  • Balcón privado
  • Ducha & baño privado
  • TV de pantalla plana
  • Escritorio y silla
  • Teléfono y WiFi (suplementado)
  • Refrigerador
  • Cafetera y tetera
  • Bata de baño
  • Secador de Pelo
  • Gabinete
  • Armario
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Complete cabin
17700 USD

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Single cabin
15045 USD

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