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17D14N SVALBARD & LOFOTEN ISLANDS
Tour Code: ECOSRC

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Welcome to a unique experience! Assemble at Changi Airport for our flight to Oslo, the capital of Norway.

 

 

  • Proceed to the city after clearing immigration.
  • Enjoy an orientation tour of Oslo with landmarks such as the Opera House, City Hall and Royal Palace.
  • Spend the afternoon at leisure.
Lunch

 

  • Fly to Longyearbyen located in Spitsbergen, the largest of the Svalbard archipelago.
  • Transfer to the hotel on arrival.
  • Spend some free time exploring the city centre.  Visit the post office to send a post card with a polar bear postmark from latitude 78 degrees.
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  • A short orientation tour introduce the fascinating history and contemporary society in the capital of Svalbard and possibly the world’s northernmost ‘real’ town
  • In the afternoon, transfer to our vessel, the Ocean Atlantic, one of the world’s only ice-class expedition ships built to meet the North Pole pack ice.  The goal of this expedition is to sail as close as possible to the pack ice from the North Pole in the north of Svalbard, the polar bear’s favourite summer residence.   (Note: How fare north we reach and the exact route will depend on the ice conditions while the many amazing locations along the west coast of Svalbard are kept navigable by the warm Gulf Stream).
  • During the short summer, wildlife in Svalbard is busy amassing energy for the icy polar winter.  In the fleet of zodiacs, we are able to view wildlife at close proximity, have frequent shore landings and embark on exploratory mini cruises in the fjords and glacial landscapes.  With luck, we will be able to spot the polar bears as well as walruses, whales and countless arctic sea birds.
  • As we sail out of Advent Fjord, our Arctic adventure commences.
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  • Our visit to Svalbard in the early summer gives us the best opportunities to observe the omnipresent but still elusive polar bear hunting for seals in its prime habitat.  At this time of the year, migrating birds have just arrived and eager to settle and feed to get the best start for the coming hectic summer months.
  • Our first landing will be at NY Alesund, the world’s northernmost settlement which is a research centre, the world’s most northerly post office and a shop that is open for a few hours a day.  The captain will try to get alongside so we can enjoy an easy walk through the area.

 

  • Enter North West Svalbard which was declared a national park in 1973. Start the day with a zodiac cruise in Danskergattet looking for seals before a landing at Smeerenburg, the legendary whaling town of 17th century.
  • If conditions allow, make a landing on Fuglesongen where the largest colony of little auks live.   The arctic fox can often be seen roaming the base of the bird cliffs to feed.

 

  • The ship steers far north towards the edge of polar pack ice (weather permitting) towards 80 degrees north.  This is the kingdom of polar bears!
  • As the pack ice retreats during summer, polar bears ride the floes north as this is where their prey, the seals, resides.  Bears that could not catch the ice moving north are stranded on Svalbard all summer and sustain on berries, eggs and whatever whale cadavers they can find.

 

  • The ship will try to sail as far east as possible to Hinlopen Strait.  Should this still be locked in by coastal ice, we will head towards Wood Fjord and Liefde Fjord.
  • Circumvent the brid rich Andoya in zodiacs and make a landing on Reindyrflya.  Other interesting landings in this fjord system can be Muhamna and the oddly named ‘Teas Bar’.
  • In the afternoon a zodiac cruise along the broad glacier front of Monacobreen gives a unique insight of the glacial forces and the unlimited forms of icebergs.

 

  • Arrive at the west coast of Spitsbergen and Kongsfjorden.  We will anchor behind Blomstrand Peninsula which is actually an island.  Blomstrand Glacier has receded revealing a shallow water strait which we will cruise through on our zodiacs to land on the island.
  • In the afternoon, we venture further north into the fjord system if the ice situation permits for a zodiac cruise along the Lilliehook Glacier front.  Otherwise, we will enjoy a lecture on board.

 

  • The west coast enjoys warmer water coming up from the Atlantic so winter ice should have melted and allows us to enter the southern fjord of Bellsund on our last day of exploration.
  • Bellsund has the richest coal deposit in Svalbard and Svea Mine was formerly the island’s biggest community.
  • Make landings at Varsol Bay where the cliff is populated by hundreds of thousands of little auks.  Reindeers love to graze on the richly fertilized tundra beneath the cliffs.
  • During lunch, cross the fjord along the narrow and long island of Akseloya.  Make a zodiac landing at Calysobyen in Recherche Fjord.  Take a pleasant walk on the tundra behind the former coal mine.

 

  • Disembark from the ship.  Transfer to the airport for our flight to Tromso,  the largest town in North Norway almost 400km north of the Arctic Circle.
  • Transfer to the hotel on arrival.
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  • Enjoy an orientation tour complete with a visit to the Arctic Cathedral with its magnificent stained-glass window depicting Christ descending to earth.
  • Continue to Bergsbotn on the seaward side of Senja where the ocean meets the sky.   This scenic route winds across the hill overlooking the village of Bergsbotn.  Enjoy the grand vista of the Bergsfjord and the surrounding peaks from a viewing platform high above the magnificent surroundings.
  • Drive on the scenic route to Tungeneset on the tip of the promontory.  A walkway leads out over the rocks to provide a view to the Northern Sea in the west and the Oksen Mountain with its sharp peaks in the north.
  • Drive to Senja, Norway’s second largest island located far above the Arctic Circle.  Here, we are greeted by an awe-inspiring mix of sea, mountains, beaches and fishing villages.
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  • Drive towards the Lofoten archipelago, known as Norway’s most picturesque region with towering mountains, dramatic fjords and lush green hillsides.
  • Visit Lofoten’s most famous the fishing village Henningsvaer, also referred to as ‘Venice of the North’. Elegant quayside buildings and rorbu cabins line the main street of its famous harbour.  In winter, it is the centre of the world’s greatest cod fishery.
  • Visit Reine, a tiny but incredibly picturesque fishing village.  With red and white ‘Rorbuer’, historic fishing cabins dotting the shoreline and surrounding peaks of granite shooting out of the Reinefjord, the village has the reputation of being the world’s most beautiful place.
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  • Embark on a Crab Safari by Rib Boat.  Learn about the wildlife from the captain and help to gather the pots laid out the day before.  Return to the restaurant where fresh catch is served for lunch.  .  (Note: All passengers will be outfitted with life vests.  Please wear warm base layers and good shoes.  Route may be altered or cancelled at short notice due to weather conditions or other unforeseen events.)
  • Lofoten Learn about the history of Lofoten at the fantastic Lofotr Viking Museum in Borg.  The reconstructed Long House replicates life on the islands in centuries past.  Tour the replica of a blacksmith’s shop, traditional Viking ships and a small village where people are dressed in period costume to bring the scenes of yesteryear to life.
  • Board a flight back to Oslo.
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  • Enjoy some free time at leisure.
  • In the afternoon, bid farewell to Norway as we transfer to the airport for our flight home.
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We hope that you have had an enjoyable vacation with Dynasty Travel and look forward to bring you to your next holiday destination.

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