Trip Inspiration

2017 Arctic Expedition Cruise

Special Travel Beyond Partnership

Join fellow Travel Beyond travelers on a 9-night expedition cruise through the stunning Arctic Svalbard. Photograph stunning glaciers, playful seals and perhaps even the elusive polar bear on a once-in-a-lifetime expedition.

About this Expedition

Travel Beyond is excited to announce a partnership with Vega Expeditions on a 9-night expedition cruise through Arctic Svalbard, departing June 27, 2017. Limited to 12 passengers, led by experienced polar explorers and traversing the icy waters of the fascinating North, this voyage is truly an unforgettable expedition.

Contact us for more information or to reserve your place on this fantastic voyage!

Trip Highlights

Locations

  • 9 nights aboard the M/S Origo in Arctic Svalbard

Activities

  • Photograph walrus, seals, birds and other wildlife
  • Marvel at the breathtaking fjords of Svalbard
  • Search for the elusive polar bear
  • Explore the stunning white landscapes by Zodiac, kayak and on foot

June 27

Longyearbyen

Arrive Longyearbyen – Embark the M/S Origo

This afternoon you will embark the expedition ship M/S Origo and sail out through Isfjorden. Please note you will board after lunch, at a time to be advised upon arrival in Longyearbyen.

You will make your own way by taxi to the pier and board the M/S Origo for your 9-night cruise, including all meals, two experienced expedition leaders, guiding ashore and talks on board, all excursions and activities.

ABOARD THE M/S ORIGO Meals: Dinner

June 28 - July 5

Aboard the M/S Origo

Enjoy your days exploring the arctic aboard the M/S Origo. You are now in a part of the world where you are totally dependent on the ice and weather conditions. The exact itinerary depends on these factors and on the wildlife encountered. The ambition is to make landings or cruises every day with the Zodiacs.

Here are some examples of places you may visit:

Prins Karls Forland

This narrow strip of land is covered by a magnificent and snow-covered mountain chain. The island is also home to many seabirds and harbor seals.

Virgohamna, Danskøya

Two of the most courageous attempts to reach the North Pole started on the island of Danskøya. Swedish balloonist Andrée made an attempt with a hydrogen balloon and American journalist Wellman started with an airship. There are still interesting remnants from these expeditions left on this site.

Fantastic fjords

Svalbard offers the visitor countless spectacular fjords. During your journey you will explore a few of them such as: Liefdefjorden, meaning “The fjord of love”, is lined with snow-covered mountain peaks. Here, you can cruise along the face of the spectacular Monaco Glacier. Many common eiders and pinkfooted geese nest in the area, and with a bit of luck, you’ll can see the rare king eider. In Krossfjorden, revel in the beautifully sculptured front of the 14th of July Glacier to the raucous greeting of the large number of kittiwakes and Brünnich’s guillemots nesting on the nearby cliffs. Dominated by beautiful glaciers, Raudfjorden is an area of immense natural beauty and a favorite spot for seals. In addition, the bird cliffs here are bursting with activity. The scientific village of Ny-Ålesund, situated in Kongsfjorden, is the point from which Amundsen and Nobile started their heroic expeditions to the North Pole.

North Spitsbergen & Hinlopen Strait

North of Spitsbergen, you might meet the edge of the pack ice where few ships venture. Marvel at the silence and grandeur of this icy landscape. Chances of meeting polar bears increase as you sail along the ice floes. If the ice allows, you’ll enter Hinlopen Strait to see Alkefjellet: an impressive, basaltic cliff, which is home to an estimated 60,000 pairs of Brünnich’s guillemots. You may also continue into the beautiful bay Palanderbukta on Nordaustlandet.

Please note: The exact route and activities will depend on ice, weather conditions and wildlife. Vega Expeditions will always strive to maximize your experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

ABOARD THE M/S ORIGO Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

July 6

Arrive Longyearbyen

Upon arrival in Longyearbyen, you will disembark the ship and make your own way by taxi to your chosen accommodation, in preparation for your travel home!

Join This Trip

Pricing

  • Pricing for the expedition starts at $8625 per person, subject to fluctuations in Norwegian Krone.
  • See below for inclusions/exclusions.

Cabin Arrangements

  • This 2017 voyage is limited to 12 passengers total, and availability is limited. Cabin assignments will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • As shown in the ship layout map on the left, 5 of the 12 cabins have en-suite bathrooms, while the remaining cabins will utilize shared bathrooms. Therefore, it’s important to book as early as possible to ensure availability of your desired cabins.

Inclusions/Exclusions

Inclusions: 9 nights aboard the M/S Origo, including all meals, two experienced expedition leaders, guiding ashore, talks on board, all excursions and activities.

Exclusions: The above total does not include airfare and transportation to/from Longyearbyen, accommodation in Longyearbyen, items of a personal nature, medical evacuation insurance (required), gratuities for staff/crew, visas and passports, drinks and meals not otherwise specified and any new government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control.

Contact us for more information about this voyage, including room availability, travel requirements, terms and conditions!