Spitsbergen cruise, 6 days
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Description of Spitsbergen cruise, 6 days
This six-day adventure, including a cruise aboard a restored vintage small ship, will take you past some of the Arctic’s most extraordinary landscapes in the ethereal light of the midnight sun. As you journey above the Arctic Circle along the remote west coast of Spitsbergen, keep your eyes peeled for glaciers, rocky mountain ranges and a whole host of wildlife including, if you’re lucky, polar bears.
But this cruise is not all about time on board. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to explore Sptisbergen on foot, with one or two nights spent on land and the remaining days at sea. You’ll enjoy guided tours of Longyearbyen, Svalbard’s only town and the world’s northern-most city, and Russian Barentsburg, before embarking on an adventure into the Arctic wilderness.
During your voyage you’ll also have the opportunity to step ashore and explore the remains of some of Svalbard’s tiny historic settlements, including an old coal mining community which is now an international Arctic research station.
Along the way keep a weather eye out for a plethora of Arctic wildlife including sea birds nesting on cliff faces, walrus and of course, polar bears.
2 Reviews of Spitsbergen cruise, 6 days
Reviewed on 17 Jul 2019 by Raul Antia
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
When the third day of the cruise probably the captain announced the presence of a polar bear in the distance. I remember all of us started running!
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
I have no advice to give, since everything went according to plan.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes, I felt that the holiday benefited local people (we bougth several souvenirs and we did spend in bars and restaurants) and at least we didn´t spoiled the environment more than it is.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
I would rate the holiday with a nine out of ten. We have found it a very well planned trip by an experienced company.
Reviewed on 17 Jun 2019 by Graeme ChapmanOverall it was a great trip. We got very lucky with the weather ....10 mins of rain in a week. The add ons that we added, 2 days in Oslo and an extra night in Longyearbyen were good decisions, to split up the long travel and to make the holiday longer.
The ship was superb, big enough to handle the conditions, but small enough to be cosy and non corporate (90 of us from every nation!) and the crew were friendly and efficient.
The 7 Guides were all amazing friendly people, full of interesting facts and from 6 different countries. A few of them gave interesting talks on board, as well as leading short treks on shore.
The day we arrived on board, the ship had a technical problem. An engineer had to be flown over from mainland Norway, which took the best part of a day to resolve. However, the resourceful staff chartered a catamaran for that evening so that we could visit Barrentsburg the Russian coal mining town ..........which was a 4 hour round trip away, so we didnt miss anything, & the ship was ready for sailing that night!
Over the 4 Days we saw an Arctic Fox, Reindeer's, Whales, thousands of Birds, Walrus's and even the King of the Arctic, the Polar Bear, that we watched from the ship for 15 minutes!
I feel you should advise guests to take substantial walking boots ,capable of managing a foot of snow. Warm clothes ,Hat & Gloves are a given.
I would recommend the trip, as long as one is happy with cold weather !!
PlanetThe ships operators have their own foundation, which, amongst other things supports several local initiatives such as 'Clean up Svalbard', Association of Greenlandic Children, and research centres in Antarctica. These activities run alongside on-going environmental projects, which among other things have resulted in annual emissions of CO2 being reduced by nearly 13 000 tonnes since 2009.
Clean Up Svalbard is an eco-initiative that helps keep the natural environment of Svalbard as clean as possible. In recent years, marine pollution has become recognised as a major problem for the world’s oceans. Therefore, the ship's owners invite their guests to participate in cleaning the beaches around the Svalbard Archipelago.
The ship's owners prioritise sustainability, and to help meet this goal they are building new ships that will be equipped with advanced environmentally-friendly technology to reduce emissions, underlining a vision of playing a lead role when it comes to green shipping.
The company is a participant in the Norwegian Polar Institute’s project to register marine mammals in the Arctic. Gathering this data improves insight of habitat use and seasonal migration patterns and is also used in The Environmental Monitoring of Svalbard.
Reducing fuel consumption is one of the most important environmental tasks. None of this companies ships use heavy fuel oil. Some vessels use low sulphur SDM (Special Distillate Marine), and our, where appropriate, others uses an even more eco-friendly fuel, Marine Gas Oil. They always strive to reduce our emissions, and will continue exploring every possible opportunity that could be beneficial for the environment.
Changing propellers has had a huge impact both on propulsion and fuel consumption. Measurements after changing propeller on a ship can reduce fuel consumption by up to 10%.
PeopleThe ships managers have a policy and extensive practice of trading locally and buying services, like excursions, from local suppliers, contributing to the livelihood and welfare of coastal communities.
The ship's owners have extensive interests in Spitsbergen and has been actively involved in establishing the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), which includes the cruise industry’s activities in Greenland and Svalbard. Since 2007 they has been an active member, and today are the largest financial contributor in this important cooperation for sustainable travel in the Arctic.
All of the companies vessels are equipped for active participations in search and rescue missions. They provide a constant emergency preparedness, as well as an important observation function when it comes to important natural areas, the environment, and shipping lanes. They have contributed in countless rescue operations, the last one being a' rescue of three crew-members on a sinking skiff outside Tromsø in northern Norway, in September 2015.