6* Silversea Svalbard & Arctic

Cruise the unspoiled landscapes of the Arctic on this extraordinary voyage. Observe rare seabirds on Zodiac® trips along remote stretches of water and search for Polar Bears during an ice cruise. The coastal waters provide fantastic opportunities to see walruses, while the terrain provides spectacular views of the surrounding valleys.

This stunning 6* cruise takes you deep into the Arctic to the remote islands of Svalbard, home to Polar Bears. Spend 9 days cruising the Arctic from Longyearbyen in Svalbard, exploring the sea ice, and cruising to the northern tip of Norway visiting Kirkenes and Tromso.

This holiday also includes 1 night in a hotel pre-cruise and 1 night in a hotel post cruise in Oslo, Svalbard or Tromso depending on daily flight itinerary. Please call for further details.

DESTINATION Arctic, Svalbard & Norway
FROM Dublin / Longyearbyen
DATE 17th July 2018
DURATION 11 Nights
PRICE From €10,599 pp

Cruise the unspoiled landscapes of the Arctic on this extraordinary voyage. Observe rare seabirds on Zodiac® trips along remote stretches of water and search for Polar Bears during an ice cruise. The coastal waters provide fantastic opportunities to see walruses, while the terrain provides spectacular views of the surrounding valleys.

Flight Times:

OUTBOUND TBA
RETURN TBA

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Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Dublin to Norway:

Your expedition to the Arctic begins. Depending on the flight schedule you will have an overnight stay in a hotel in either the Norwegian capital Oslo or Longyearbyen on Svalbard.

Day 2: Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway:    Depart  16.00

You will complete your journey to Svalbard and board the 6* Silversea Silver Cloud, you home for the next 8 nights.

Longyearbyen is the biggest settlement in Svalbard. Seat of the Norwegian administration, it also has the best services and infrastructure in the archipelago. Located deep in the Adventfjord, a sidearm of the Isfjorden (Icefjord), Longyearbyen’s airport can be used all-year round, but its harbor is blocked by ice in winter. Most shops, hotels, restaurants and a hospital are within easy walking distance of the port. One of the most prominent buildings in town is the UNIS center, where several Norwegian universities have joined forces to operate and offer the northernmost higher education to both Norwegian and international students.

Day 3-5: Svalbard Northern Region:    Depart  17.00

There are several deep fjords and prominent glaciers in the northern reaches of Svalbard, as well as the northern hemisphere’s widest glacier front. Ice conditions will dictate how much can be accessed in terms of cruising bird islets like the Andøyane Islets or approaching glaciers like Monaco Glacier and Seliger Glacier. The Northern Region is also known to have several walrus haul-outs and areas defined as “Arctic Desert”. Walks and hikes ashore to have a closer look at flora and wildlife are a possibility in the spectacular Northern Region of Svalbard.

Day 6-7: Svalbard Southern Region:   Arrive 09.00 Depart 17.00

Svalbard’s Southern Region and specifically Spitsbergen’s west coast is less ice-clogged than the rest of Svalbard due to the moderating influenced of the Gulf Stream. Several fjords cut into the western coast of Spitsbergen and have been used by trappers and hunters, as well as the different mining companies that tried to exploit the riches of the archipelago’s largest island of Spitsbergen. Remains of huts and mines, as well as active commercial and scientific settlements can be found and visited. Depending on the time of the season, glaciers can be visited on foot or by sea.

Day 8: Cruise & Explore Bear Island:    Arrive  06.30   Depart  12.00

Almost half way between Tromsø and Svalbard is isolated Bear Island – considered the southernmost island of the Svalbard Archipelago. The unglaciated island is an impressive Nature Reserve of steep, high cliffs that are frequented by seabirds, specifically at the southern tip. Brünnich’s Guillemots, Common Guillemots, Black Guillemots, Razorbills, Little Auks, Northern Fulmars, Glaucous Gulls, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and even Atlantic Puffins and Northern Gannets nest along the cliffs south of Sørhamna. Because of the large numbers of birds and the isolated location, Bear Island has been recognized as an Important Bird Area. It was once a hotspot for whaling and walrus hunting, and at one stage even mining.

Day 9: Kirkenes, Norway:    Arrive  14.30   Depart  18.30

Once we arrive in Kirkenes –the end of the famous Hurtigruten-Coastal/Postal service- one option will be to drive southward into the Pasvik Valley sitting between Russia and Finland. There we can go for nature walks to observe the valley’s unique birds and plants. The Pasvik Valley is one of the last wilderness areas in Europe and has Norway’s highest concentration of brown bears. The tour also includes a visit to Høyde 96, a former military observation tower dating from the Cold War affording good views of the Pasvik Valley. Another option might be heading west along Munkefjord to visit Neiden, a small village near the Finnish/Norwegian border, and see Neiden church, St.

Day 10: Skarsvag & Gjesværstappan Islands, Norway:    

For those who prefer comfort, the Silver Cloud will anchor off Skarsvag, the “most northerly fishing village in the world”, and, weather conditions permitting, head ashore via Zodiac. We will travel by coach to the North Cape where you can admire the glorious scenery, stop in at the visitor’s centre and take photos at the famed globe monument. On a clear day the panorama is quite spectacular. On the return to Silver Cloud we will watch for reindeer grazing on the surrounding hillsides.

Gjesværstappan Islands is a group of steep-sided islands located near the northernmost point of Norway and includes three main islands: Stortstappen, Kjerkestappen and Bukkstapen. These three islands dramatically jut out of the ocean, covered in as much grass as they are occupied by birds. Extreme in its varied beauty and wildlife on land and sea, Gjesværstappan Nature Reserve (which makes up most of the Gjesværstappan Islands) is one of Europe’s most accessible and largest nesting areas for Atlantic seabirds.

Day 11: Tromsø, Norway:   Arrive  08.30

Tromsø surprised visitors in the 1800s: they thought it very sophisticated and cultured for being so close to the North Pole—hence its nickname, the Paris of the North. It looks the way a polar town should—with ice-capped mountain ridges and jagged architecture that is an echo of the peaks. The midnight sun shines from May 21 to July 21, and it is said that the northern lights decorate the night skies over Tromsø more than over any other city in Norway. Tromsø is home to only 69,000 people, but it’s very spread out—the city’s total area, 2,558 square km (987 square miles), is the most expansive in Norway. The downtown area is on a small, hilly island connected to the mainland by a slender bridge.

Following breakfast, you will begin your journey back to Dublin. Depending on the flight schedule you will have a night in a hotel in Tromso or a flight to Oslo and a night in an Oslo hotel.

Day 12: Norway to Dublin:

Following a night in a hotel you will be transferred to the airport for your flight(s) to Dublin.

1-night in a hotel pre-cruise in Oslo or Longyearbyen depending on flight schedule (call for details).

8-nights on board the 6* Silversea Silver Cloud.

1-night in a hotel post-cruise in Tromsø or Oslo depending on flight schedule (call for details).

After extensive refurbishment, Silver Cloud will be the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessel in expedition cruising. Her large suites, her destination itineraries and her unparalleled service make her truly special. Her five dining options will tantalise your taste buds and as 80% of her suites include a veranda, watching a breaching whale or a few cavorting penguins has never been so personal. Broad sweeping decks with multiple open spaces and a swimming pool complete what is surely the most distinctive expedition ship sailing today.

A limited number of guests, particularly with just 200 in polar waters, mean that Silver Cloud has the highest space to guest and crew to guest ratios in expedition cruising. With her 18 zodiacs, possibilities are almost limitless with ship-wide simultaneous explorations. Finally, a team of 19 passionate and dedicated experts are always at hand to ensure your voyage is enhanced every step of the way.

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Dates & Prices

DATE PRICE STATEROOM
18 July 2018 €10,599 Vista Suite Book Now
18 July 2018 €12,179 Veranda Suite Book Now
18 July 2018 €12,899 Single Vista Suite Book Now

Price inclusions

  • Return flights from Dublin to Longyearbyen, Svalbard (indirect)
  • All transfers airport / hotel / port
  • 1-night in a hotel pre-cruise in Oslo or Longyearbyen depending on flight schedule
  • 8 nights on board 6-star Silver Cloud based on two sharing
  • Highly qualified expedition team with experts in their field (marine biologists, ornithologists, historians and more)
  • Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac®
  • Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage, parka for polar expeditions
  • Personalised service with a butler for all suites and the highest crew to guest ratio in the industry
  • Fine dining even in the most remote places on the planet
  • Comfortable amenities with the largest expedition suites at sea
  • Inclusive room service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
  • Free WIFI* throughout the ship
  • Onboard Gratuities
  • Exclusive partnership with The Royal Geographical Society
  • Butler service in every suite – all guests
  • All onboard entertainment
  • 1-night in a hotel post-cruise in Tromsø or Oslo depending on flight schedule
  • One check-in bag of 20kg per person
  • Taxes and gratuities

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit of 25%
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit or charge card
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, speciality coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • Gratuities always included in your fare with Silversea
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.
  • Silversea Terms and Conditions apply