The Arctic is not a huge desert of ice, but a surprisingly rich Polar region with the diversity of flora and fauna. Make sure yourself.
Arrive to Longyearbyen and embark to the expedition vessel in the evening. Longyearbyen is the biggest town in Svalbard archipelago and the home for about 2000 people. There is the polar night from the mid-October till the mid-February and the polar day from the mid-April till the mid-August. You can find everything that you need for everyday life and tourism in the town, including bank, shop, post office, hospital, library, cafés and restaurants, as well as tourist information, accommodations of various service class, cinema, night club and sports centre.
During the tour you will explore the nature of archipelago when visiting ice covered seas, fjords and glaciers. Enjoy spotting polar bears, seals and walrus hauled out on ice floes or on sandy beaches, as well as the bird cliffs filled with thousands of murres, kittiwakes and glaucous gulls. Reindeer here are much smaller than their southern relatives, however, still carry impressive antlers. You will see the Arctic flowers nearing or at the peak of their bloom and find out about their adaptation to this harsh environment.
This is also the land of history - from whaling to reaching for the pole, to trapping, coal mining and war. This territory was of the significance during the World War II and served as a strategic point when providing the Allies, as well as was the apple of discord between Russia and Norway during the Cold War.
Krossfjord, Konigsfjord, Monaco Glacier, Hinlopen Strait, Northeast Land, Edgeoya, Hornsund and Bellsund are just few of the places you may visit, because this tour has no strong itinerary. It may depend on the weather conditions and the expedition spirit. The distances in archipelago are not big and you will not cross into the ocean, so the waters there are usually calm. In the end of the tour you will return to Longyearbyena and have the airport transfer according to your flight.
NB! Please check the hotel notice board for trip information and group meeting time.