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Ortelius - 108 Guests

North Spitsbergen Basecamp

The North Spitsbergen Basecamp cruise offers you a myriad of ways to explore and enjoy this Arctic Region. This expedition allows you to hike, snowshoe, kayak, and learn to take perfect pictures of the polar flora and fauna.

SOLO OFFER! REQUEST ADDITIONAL SAVINGS!

  • Limited time offer for solo travelers! Book by February 28th and waive the single supplement on the Twin Porthole cabin!
  • Valid for selected departures: June 20th & 27th!
  • •Offer is capacity controlled and subject to change without notice until booking has been made. Inquire for full offer details!




    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Observe polar bears, reindeer, walruses and arctic fox
    • Journey to the world's most northerly settlement and be just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole
    • See extraordinary bird cliffs with puffins, nesting guillemots, kittiwakes and little auks, plus ground nesting barnacle and pink-footed geese, as well as arctic terns
    • Visit historic whaling sites and mining villages, even remains from the era of polar bear hunting

    DATES / RATES

    Rates are listed per person in USD
    Start DateEnd DateQuad PortholeTriple PortholeTwin PortholeTwin WindowTwin DeluxeSuperior
    Jun 13, 2022Jun 20, 20223,8505,3005,3005,7506,1006,900
    Jun 20, 2022Jun 27, 20223,8505,3005,3005,7506,1006,900
    Jun 27, 2022Jul 04, 20223,8505,3005,3005,7506,1006,900
    Rates are listed per person in USD
    Start DateEnd Date(Starting from)
    Quad Porthole
    (Mid-range)
    Twin Window
    (High-end)
    Superior
    Jun 13, 2022Jun 20, 20223,8505,7506,900
    Jun 20, 2022Jun 27, 20223,8505,7506,900
    Jun 27, 2022Jul 04, 20223,8505,7506,900


    ITINERARY

    The North Spitsbergen Basecamp cruise offers you a myriad of ways to explore and enjoy this Arctic Region. This expedition allows you to hike, snowshoe, kayak, and learn to take perfect pictures of the polar flora and fauna.

    The 2022 & 2023 Summer Solstice Voyages (Jun 20, 2022 &
    Jun 20, 2023 Sailings): Midnight Sun, and 24-hour day
    The midnight sun is a phenomenon that occurs during the Arctic summer, when the sun is visible for a full 24 hours in fair weather. The 2023 summer solstice in Longyearbyen falls on Tuesday, 21 June, at 16:57 pm. The term solstice (Latin solstitium) means “sun-stopping” and describes the point on the horizon at which the sun appears to rise and set, stopping and reversing directions after this day. On the solstice, the sun does not rise precisely in the east but rather north of east, then later sets to the north of west, making the sun visible for a longer period of time. It will not be until late August that the sun fully goes down again, and then only for a few minutes.Join us in experiencing this fascinating phenomenon during this voyage through the Arctic wilderness of Svalbard.


    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.

    Please Note: The Jun 17 - 24, 2021 voyage will experience the Summer Solstice

    “Solstice”: -
    The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon that occurs in the summer months. The sun is visible for the full duration of 24 hours, given fair weather. June Solstice (Summer Solstice) is on Saturday, 20 June 2020, 23:43 in Longyearbyen. “Solstice” (Latin: “solstitium”) means sun-stopping.

    The point on the horizon where the sun appears to rise and set, stops and reverses direction after this day. On the solstice, the sun does not rise precisely in the east, but rises to the north of east and sets to the north of west, meaning it's visible in the sky for a longer period of time. It won´t be before late August that the sun will go down for a few minutes.

    Experience Summer Solstice when the midnight sun has its highest position above the Northern horizon in Spitsbergen.

    Ortelius (Expedition, 108-guests)

    Ortelius offers a comfortable hotel standard, with a u-shaped, a bar and a lecture room. Our voyages are primarily developed to offer our passengers a quality exploratory wildlife program, trying to spend as much time ashore as possible. As the number of passengers is limited to approximately 116 on the Ortelius, flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities. Ortelius carries 10 zodiacs

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    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    Included in this voyage
    • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
    • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
    • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
    • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
    • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
    • Transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen.
    • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
    • AECO fees and governmental taxes.
    • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
    Excluded from this voyage
    • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
    • Pre- and post- land arrangements.
    • Passport and visa expenses.
    • Government arrival and departure taxes.
    • Meals ashore.
    • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
    • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
    • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

    ADVENTURE OPTIONS
    • Photo Workshop: FREE
    • Kayaking: FREE
    • Hiking/Snowshoeing: FREE
    • Cleaning up Svalbard (Jun 20, 2022 Sailing only)

     
    
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