12 Days North (82 Degree) & Around Spitsbergen – Kvitøya , Full Spitsbergen Circumnavigation with a visit to Kvitøya

Start Point

Longyearbyen

End Point

Longyearbyen

Days

12 days & 11 nights

Price Per Person

USD 0.00 Twin/USD 0.00 Single

Tour Description

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Our newest, most advanced vessel is the world’s first-registered Polar Class 6 cruise ship, exceeding all the latest green requirements of the Polar Code , The chances that we can reach Kvitøya and complete a full Svalbard circumnavigation (based on our experiences from 2013—2017) are about 70%. In case we cannot complete a full circumnavigation, we may make a circumnavigation of Spitsbergen through Hinlopen Strait. All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The onboard expedition leader determines the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. The average cruising speed for m/v Hondius is 10.5 knots.

Hotel comfort, expedition class

Hondius offers high-quality accommodation for 176 passengers in one spacious suite (35 square meters, 377 square feet), six grand suites with balconies (27 square meters, 291 square feet), eight junior suites (19 to 20 square meters, 205 to 215 square feet), eight superior cabins (20 to 21 square meters, 215 to 226 square feet), 11 twin deluxe cabins, (19 to 21 square meters, 205 to 226 square feet), 14 twin window cabins (12 to 14 square meters, 129 to 151 square feet) as well as 28 twin porthole cabins, two triple porthole cabins, and four quadruple porthole cabins that vary in size from 12 to 18 square meters, or 129 to 194 square feet. The passenger capacity certificate for Hondius is 196 persons. One deck consists of a large observation lounge and separate lecture room, which are reserved for a wide variety of interactive workshops, exhibitions, and performances particular to Hondius. Though elegantly designed in stylish mid-century modern décor, this vessel holds true to Oceanwide’s distinctive cozy and informal atmosphere.

 

Day 1 Largest town, biggest island

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Enjoy strolling around this former mining town
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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.

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Day 2 Cruising Krossfjorden

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Heading north along the west coast-Krossfjorden , board the Zodiacs for a cruise near the towering blue-white face of the Fourteenth of July Glacier , See the breeding ground for barnacle geese.
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Heading north along the west coast, you arrive by morning in Krossfjorden. Here you might board the Zodiacs for a cruise near the towering blue-white face of the Fourteenth of July Glacier.

On the green slopes near the glacier, colorful flowers bloom while flocks of kittiwakes and Brünnich’s guillemots nest on the cliffs.

You have a good chance of spotting an Arctic fox scouting for fallen chicks, or a bearded seal paddling through the fjord.

In the afternoon you sail to Ny Ålesund, the northernmost settlement on Earth.

Once a mining village served by the world’s most northerly railway – you can still see its tracks – Ny Ålesund is now a research center.

Close to the community is a breeding ground for barnacle geese, pink-footed geese, and Arctic terns.

And if you’re interested in the history of Arctic exploration, visit the anchoring mast used by polar explorers Amundsen and Nobile in their airships, Norge (1926) and Italia (1928).

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Day 3 Stop at the Seven Islands

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Packed ice of wildlife , Seven Islands , Here you reach 80° north , see the Polar bears and walrus
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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 and walrus inhabit this stark desolate landscape.

Later in the day the ship may roam for several hours among the pack ice in search of wildlife.

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Day 4 – 5 Northward into the ice

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Spent navigating at sea , close to the ice edge as possible
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This voyage will push farther north, aiming at approximately 82° latitude.

Though the ice situation cannot be predicted and the expansion varies from year to year, it is the intention of this voyage to come as close to the ice edge as possible.

These days will be spent navigating at sea, with no landings or Zodiac cruises planned.  

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Day 6 The great glacier front of Schweigaardbreen

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Glacier front of Schweigaardbreen , We will make make a Zodiac cruise near Storøya, where you might encounter walruses.
Today's Highlights

Pushing east to Nordaustlandet, you reach the area where the Italian captain Sora tried to rescue the Nobile Expedition in 1928.

The focus here is the great glacier front of Schweigaardbreen, though you may also land at Firkantbukta, getting the chance to gain some altitude and take a few higher-elevation photos.

Alternately, you could make a Zodiac cruise near Storøya, where you might encounter walruses.

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Day 7 Ice cap at Kvitø

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You will visit Kvitøya close to Russian territory , other highlight today is Kræmerpynten, where a sizable group of walruses reside
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Today you try to reach the rarely visited Kvitøya, far to the east and close to Russian territory.

The enormous ice cap covering this island leaves only a small area bare.

You close to Russian territory, where the Swedish explorer S. A. Andrée and his companions perished in 1897.

Another objective for the day is Kræmerpynten, where a sizable group of walruses reside.

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Day 8 The longest glacier in Spitsbergen

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Nunatak area surrounded by glaciers , You then may pass by Bråswellbreen, part of the largest ice cap in Europe
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South of Nordaustlandet you may land on Isisøya, formerly a Nunatak area surrounded by glaciers but now an island surrounded by the sea.

You then may pass by Bråswellbreen, part of the largest ice cap in Europe and famed for its meltwater waterfalls.

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Day 9 Barentsøya’s many bounties

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Zodiac Landing in Freemansundet, though polar bears , Kapp Lee is a walrus haul-out, Pomor ruins, and the chance for hikes along Edgeøya
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The plan is to make landings in Freemansundet, though polar bears sometimes make this impossible.

Potential stops on Barentsøya include Sundneset (for an old trapper’s hut), Kapp Waldburg (for its kittiwake colony), and Rindedalen (for a walk across the tundra).

You might also cruise south to Diskobukta, though Kapp Lee is more likely your destination.

On Kapp Lee is a walrus haul-out, Pomor ruins, and the chance for hikes along Edgeøya. 

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Day 10 Land of the pointed mountains

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Southern Spitsbergen, taking in the spire-like peaks , you will experience 14 sizable glaciers in this area as well as opportunities for spotting seals, beluga whales, and polar bears.
Today's Highlights

You start the day by cruising the side fjords of the Hornsund area of southern Spitsbergen, taking in the spire-like peaks:

Hornsundtind rises 1,431 meters (4,695 feet), and Bautaen is a perfect illustration of why early Dutch explorers named this island Spitsbergen, meaning “pointed mountains.”

There are 14 sizable glaciers in this area as well as opportunities for spotting seals, beluga whales, and polar bears.

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Day 11 Bell Sund’s flora, fauna, and haunting history

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Bell Sund a largest fjord systems , see wildlife and experience the history
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Today you find yourself in Bell Sund, one of the largest fjord systems in Svalbard.

The ocean currents make this area slightly warmer than other areas in the archipelago, which shows in the relatively lush vegetation. Here there are excellent opportunities to enjoy both history and wildlife.

A possibility is Ahlstrandhalvøya, at the mouth of Van Keulenfjorden, where piles of beluga skeletons can be found.

These remains of 19th-century whale slaughter are a haunting reminder of the consequences of rampant exploitation.

Fortunately, belugas were not hunted into extinction, and you have a good chance of coming across a pod.

Alternately, while cruising the side fjords of Bellsund, you can explore tundra where reindeer like to feed as well as rock slopes where little auks are breeding.

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Day 12 There and back again

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End of your tour
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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.

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Included in this tour

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In This voyage
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  • 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.
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Excluded in this tour

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In This voyage
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  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre- and post- land arrangements.
  • Transfers to / from the vessel outside Spitsbergen.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore.
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory).
  • 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).
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Map of North (82 Degree) & Around Spitsbergen – Kvitøya

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Find your way
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About this ship M/V Hondius

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Enjoy the polar regions as much as possible with M/V Hondius.
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Our newest, most advanced vessel is the world’s first-registered Polar Class 6 cruise ship, exceeding all the latest green requirements of the Polar Code

Hondius is the first-registered Polar Class 6 vessel in the world, meeting the latest and highest Lloyd’s Register demands for ice-strengthened cruise vessels. Hondius also exceeds the requirements of the Polar Code as adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), allowing you to enjoy the polar regions as much as possible while impacting them as little as possible. Upon completion, Hondius will be the most flexible, advanced, innovative ice-strengthened vessel in the polar regions. It is optimized for exploratory voyages that provide you the utmost first-hand contact with the Arctic and Antarctica.

 

Windows Info Info

  • 1 window
  • 2 single beds
  • Small sofa
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Wardrobe
  • Safe

Hotel comfort, expedition class

Hondius offers high-quality accommodation for 176 passengers in one spacious suite (35 square meters, 377 square feet), six grand suites with balconies (27 square meters, 291 square feet), eight junior suites (19 to 20 square meters, 205 to 215 square feet), eight superior cabins (20 to 21 square meters, 215 to 226 square feet), 11 twin deluxe cabins, (19 to 21 square meters, 205 to 226 square feet), 14 twin window cabins (12 to 14 square meters, 129 to 151 square feet) as well as 28 twin porthole cabins, two triple porthole cabins, and four quadruple porthole cabins that vary in size from 12 to 18 square meters, or 129 to 194 square feet. The passenger capacity certificate for Hondius is 196 persons. One deck consists of a large observation lounge and separate lecture room, which are reserved for a wide variety of interactive workshops, exhibitions, and performances particular to Hondius. Though elegantly designed in stylish mid-century modern décor, this vessel holds true to Oceanwide’s distinctive cozy and informal atmosphere. 

Swift & safe ship-to-shore operations

It is our philosophy to keep sea time short so that we can focus instead on fast, effective access to shore and near-shore activities. To give you the maximum contact with the nature and wildlife you traveled so far to see, we employ a tough fleet of rigid-hull inflatable Zodiac boats that guarantee swift and safe landing operations for all passengers at the same time. Hondius has two separate gangways and a sheltered indoor Zodiac embarkation platform that can also be used for special outdoor activities, such as kayaking. 

Passengers: 174 in 82 cabins
Staff & crew: 72
Length: 107.6 meters
Breadth: 17.6 meters
Draft: 5.30 meters
Ice class: Polar Class 6 (equivalent 1A-Super)
Displacement: 5,590 tonnes
Propulsion: 2 x ABC main engines; total 4,200 kW
Speed: 15 knots
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Good to know before you go

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know more is beter
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Age and nationality

Passengers on a typical voyage range from in their 30s to their 80s, with the majority usually between 45 ― 65. Our expeditions attract independent travelers from around the globe who are characterized by a strong interest in exploring remote regions. The camaraderie that develops on board is an important part of the Oceanwide experience, and many passenger groups include several nationalities.

What to wear

In keeping with the spirit of expedition, dress on board is informal. Bring casual and comfortable clothing for all activities, and keep in mind that much of the scenery can be appreciated from deck ― which can be slippery. Bring sturdy shoes with no-slip soles, and make sure your parka is never far away in case one of our crew shouts “Whales!” over the loudspeaker and you have to dash outside in a moment’s notice. Opt for layers, as it is comfortably warm aboard the ship though often cold on deck.

How to pay

Refreshments and souvenirs will be charged to your cabin. The day before departure you can settle your bill with the hotel manager, paying by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) or cash (euro, or in some cases dollar). We cannot, however, accept checks. Though the prices and standard currency on board is in the euro, other currencies may be accepted at the discretion of the hotel manager, at prevailing rates.

Electric current

The electrical supply aboard ship is 220v, 60Hz. Electrical outlets are standard European with two thick round pins, so some passengers may need a 220v/110v converter.

Gratuities

The customary gratuity to the ship’s service personnel is made as a blanket contribution at the end of the voyage and is divided among the crew. Tipping is a personal matter, and the amount you wish to give is at your sole discretion. As a generally accepted guideline, we suggest 8 ― 10 euros per passenger per day. It is better for the crew if you give cash.

Non-smoking policy

We have a non-smoking policy inside all our vessels, though you can smoke in certain designated areas. We ask that you please respect the wishes of non-smokers.

Your physical condition

You must be in good overall health and be able to walk several hours per day. The expedition is ship-based and physically not very demanding, but we spend as much time as possible on shore. You are, however, welcome to remain aboard the ship if you prefer. To join most excursions you must be able to get up and down the steep gangway ― from the ship to the water level ― to board the Zodiacs. Staff will assist you in and out of the boats, and boarding will become progressively easier with practice, but conditions on shore can be slippery and rocky. Remember, you will be traveling in remote areas without access to sophisticated medical facilities, so you must not join this expedition if you have a life-threatening condition or need daily medical treatment. 

 

 

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2020-05-14 2021-03-30 Available