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Brief description of the holiday
NOTE: THE PRICE INDICATED IS PER PERSON IN THE QUADRUPLE CAB. FOR DOUBLE OR TRIPLE CAB, CONTACT THE ORGANIZER
Discovering the animals and environments of the Arctic , an extraordinary circumnavigation by ship of the archipelago and excursions on foot and by raft in the company of a biologist expert in vertebrate fauna.
We will sail through the fjords aboard a research ship , in the absolute silence of nature, interrupted only by the sound of the wind, the sea and the breaking ice and we will have the opportunity to observe a magnificent landscape capable of giving unique emotions, in the last inhabited land north of the planet. Polar bears, walruses, 5 species of seals, 12 whales and dolphins and about 30 species of arctic birds: a dream frozen scenery. The Arctic as one imagines it.
It is possible to request the extension on the Norwegian mainland at Dovrefjell for the observation of the Musk Ox in the wild completes this extraordinary journey. Contact the organizer to receive a personalized offer.
WHAT YOU CAN'T MISS OUT?
- Observe the polar bear in its environment
- North, up to 600 miles from the geographic pole
- The northernmost inhabited archipelago in the world
- Walruses, bearded seals and belugas. 19 species of marine mammals
- The Arctic Fox and the Svalbard Reindeer, mammals adapted to the polar cold
Flight to Oslo and overnight at the hotel, or if flight operators allow it, flight to Longyearbyen and overnight at the hotel.
Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago , of which West Spitsbergen is the largest island. From here the cruise starts. Before boarding the ship, you can stroll through the town, an old mining settlement where the parish church and the Polar Museum are worth a visit, while over 100 plant species have been recorded in the area surrounding Longyearbyen. Boarding on the ship and departure from Isfjorden is scheduled for late afternoon .
Heading north along the west coast, we arrive in the morning in Krossfjorden where we will board the Zodiacs (RIB: rigid Inflatable Boats) for an exhilarating cruise along the facade of the 14th of July glacier . On the fertile slopes next to the glacier we could surprisingly admire a variety of colorful flowers and a large number of Kittiwake and Brünnich's Gulls nesting on the nearby cliffs. Chances are good to spot the Arctic Fox patrolling the rocks in hopes that an unfortunate chick will fall out of its nest, and the Bearded Seal passing through this scenic fjord. In the afternoon we sail to Ny Ålesund, the northernmost settlement on Earth. It was once a mining village, accessible via the northernmost railway in the world, while today Ny Ålesund is a research center. Not far from the village there is a land where the Whitebeard Goose, the Zamperosee Goose and the Arctic Tern reside. For the curious interested in the history of Arctic exploration, you can walk up to the anchor mast used by Amundsen and Nobile in the Norge airship of 1926 and the Italy dirigible of 1928, before their flights to the North Pole.
Depending on the climatic conditions, we will head towards the mouth of Liefdefjorden and then disembark and stroll on the island of Andøya. Many Common Eiders and Legged Geese nest here, and there will also be a chance to spot the Eider King, rarer than the other two species. We then continue the navigation near the 5 km long façade of the impressive Monaco glacier, around which thousands of Kittiwake gulls feed and where, on previous trips, Polar Bears have been sighted, giving the opportunity for excellent photographic shots.
Day 5 and 6
The northernmost point of the journey, the Seven Islands , at 80 ° north of latitude and only 870 km from the Geographic North Pole. We will look for polar bears present in this region in the pack. When the pack recedes to the north (especially in August) a second day can be spent in this area. Alternatively (mostly in July) you can head to Sorgfjord, where you have the chance to find groups of walruses not far from the 17th century whalers' graves. A landing can reserve the surprise of incredible sightings of ptarmigan, in an impressive scenographic setting. Day 7
We will cross the Strait of Hinlopen (observation of bearded seals, ringed seals, polar bears, blue whales, etc) and we will make an excursion among the ice sheets at Lomfjordshalvøya with rubber boats. We will attempt the landing in Augustabukta for the observation of the Svalbard reindeer, walruses and arctic birds. Hike near Torellneset, in a landscape sculpted by the ghaccio.
Disembarkation in Freemansundet, although polar bears sometimes make it impossible . Along the stops in Barentsøya we will be able to stop in Sundneset (for an ancient trapper's hut), Kapp Waldburg (for its colony of kittiwakes), and Rindedalen (for a walk in the tundra). Ability to navigate to Diskobukta, although Kapp Lee is more likely as a destination. Kapp Lee is famous for its walruses, the Pomor ruins and the possibility of hiking along Edgeøya.
Navigation in the Hornsund area, characterized by spectacular mountain peaks and 14 active glaciers. Excellent chances to observe polar bears and different species of seals.
Arrive in Bell Dund, one of the largest fjord systems in Svalbard. Ocean currents make this area slightly warmer than other areas in the archipelago, which therefore displays relatively lush vegetation. There are several possibilities for naturalistic and historical excursions. One option is Ahlstrandhalvøya, at the mouth of the Van Keulenfjorden, where stacks of Beluga skeletons, the work of 19th-century whalers, can be found. Fortunately, in this area there will be chances of spotting live ones. Alternatively, while navigating the side fjords of Bellsund, you can explore the tundra where reindeer graze and on whose cliffs the lesser sea magpie nests.
Return to Longyearbyen and disembark. Transfer to the airport and international flight back to Italy or overnight stay in a hotel in Oslo if necessary (not included in the fee).
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
- Arctic ship cruise to Svalbard as per detailed program, quadruple accommodation
- Full board treatment on the cruise ship (including tea and coffee snacks)
- Biologist escort for the entire duration of the trip
- All excursions by boat and on foot
- All ground transfers
- Overnight in Longyearbyen
- Medical insurance - baggage
- Air flight and airport taxes
- All meals not mentioned
- Overnight stay of the last night in Oslo (approx. € 130 / pax.)
- Trip cancellation insurance
- Tips and personal extras and in general what is not included in "Inclusive Services"
The ORTELIUS ship was originally called Marina Svetaeva. Built in Gdynia, Poland in 1989, it served as a special ship for the Russian Academy of Science. Later it was re-assigned and renamed with the name of the Dutch / Flemish cartographer Abraham Ortelius (1527 - 1598), who in 1570 published the first modern Atlas: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum or theater of the world. At the time, his Atlas was the most expensive book ever printed. ORTELIUS is registered in Lloyd's register in London and carries the Dutch flag.
The crew consists of 22 highly experienced nautical people, 19 hotel staff members, eight expedition specialists (an expedition leader, an assistant and six guide-teachers) and a doctor.
The ship offers simple but comfortable cabins and common spaces - 4 quadruple cabins with bunk beds (these can also be used as triple or double cabins) - 26 double cabins with portholes with 2 lower single berths - 12 double cabins with windows and 2 berths lower single - 2 deluxe double cabins with windows and 2 lower single berths - 6 upper cabins with double beds. All cabins are spacious and have private shower and toilet.
The "Ortelius" offers a comfortable hotel standard, with two restaurants, a bar / conference room. Our trips are mainly developed to offer our passengers a quality exploration program, trying to spend as much time as possible on the ground.
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Our trip starts here
Longyearbyen, Svalbard e Jan Mayen
Monday 8 August from 12:00 until Monday 8 August at 12:00
Our trip ends here
Longyearbyen, Svalbard e Jan Mayen
Thursday 18 August from 13:00 until Thursday 18 August at 13:00
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Other important information
TRAVEL DIFFICULTY LEVEL : Activities without particular difficulties, which do not require specific experience but only a minimum of commitment and good physical shape.
DOCUMENTS : Passport or identity card valid for expatriation, which must be valid for the entire period of stay in the country. In some cases (bank transactions, wire transfers, etc.) it is mandatory to show a passport.
CLOTHING: Comfortable and heavy / winter clothing. You dress like in the mountains on the snow. The temperatures are not particularly rigid (oscillating around 0 ° C, but beware of the wind chill!). Long snow pants if you have them. Abound with socks and underwear, pants. preferably thermal underwear. Abound with heavy socks. Sweatshirts and fleece. Pajamas. Winter jacket. Clear glasses if you have them (for the wind). Scarf / scaldotto, cap, gloves suitable for the season. Better to have more gloves (they can get wet). Trekking shoes. NOTE: Expedition boots are provided. GREEN PASS and COVID19 : Due to the current health emergency and the consequent provisions issued by the local authorities, the itinerary may undergo some changes before and / or during the trip. . We advise the kind travelers to bring their own mask. To stay in the structures, to enter some places and to carry out some activities as scheduled, it will be necessary to provide the Green Pass .
CANCELLATION INSURANCE TOPIC : Following the balance, it will be possible to contact the WWF Travel organizer directly and take out cancellation insurance (not mandatory). NB: The coverage of the cancellation policy refers exclusively to the amount of the participation fee.
Cancellations and Refund
For all cetacean watching and research cruises with SKIPPER on board of a SAILBOAT or GOLET the Standard Sailsquare Policies apply..
- If you are more than 45 days away from departure, you can
pay a deposit of about 30% and pay the
balance within 30 days before departure. For this type
of payment there is a handling fee of 25€..
- As long as the Experience is Not Confirmed, you can cancel your reservation at any time and receive a refund of the amount paid.
- If the Experience is Confirmed, you can cancel your reservation up to 30 days before departure and receive a full refund.
- If available for the selected Experience, you can choose our Extended Refund Terms and cancel your booking at any time up to the departure, and receive a refund of the paid amount, upon the occurrence of certain conditions (illness, including Covid-19, work-related reason, domestic emergency, previous medical conditions and many more).
If your vacation is not confirmed, you may pay:
- 30% as a deposit at the time of booking
- The balance when the vacation is confirmed or, 30 days before departure if it is not confirmed before.
If the vacation is confirmed, you can pay:
- 60% as a deposit at the time of booking
- The balance 30 days before departure.
- Unconfirmed vacation: you can cancel when you want: you will receive a full refund of the amount paid, net of any additional services.
- Confirmed vacation: if you cancel your reservation 30 or more days before departure, a penalty of 60% will apply. a 60% penalty. If you cancel less than 30 days days before departure, a penalty of 100% applies.
Knowing what expenses are included and excluded from your booking fee will enable you to have a good idea of the total cost of your chosen experience.
Included in the price.
- Drinks as stated in the programme
- Activities as stated in the programme
- Full board
- Insurance coverages as stated in the programme
- Accommodation as stated in the programme
- WWF guide
- Equipment as per programme
- Local transport as stated in the programme
- Trips as described
- Meals as stated in the programme
To be paid onboard.
In addition to the price, there will be some additional expenses that you will incur during your trip. Expenses have been listed below.
- Flights and transfers from/to the destination
- Meals not listed in the programme
- Airport fee
- Personal extras
- Pernottamento dell’ultima notte ad Oslo (ca. € 130/pax.)
The estimated expenses for the rest of the holiday are approximately > 300€ per person.