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Spitsbergen - Encounter 2019

June 2019 (10 days)

Dates

19 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019

Tour Leader

To be announced

Single Supplement

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Tour Size

dependent on ship capacity with 1 RWT leader & expedition leaders

Start Location

Longyearbyen

Flight Cost (Approximate)

TBA

Spaces Available

TBA

End Location

Longyearbyen

Type of Tour

Wildlife

Cost

TBA

Key Locations

Coastal and pelagic waters, glaciers, polar tundra, pack ice, historical town of Longyearbyen, spectacular Arctic scenery, glaciers, nesting cliffs, whale graveyard, fjords

Tour Highlights

Polar Bear, Walrus, Arctic Fox, Bearded & Ringed Seal, Humpback, Narwhal, Beluga, Bowhead (Greenland), Northern Minke & Fin Whale, Svalbard Reindeer, Ivory Gull, chances for Ross’ Gull, King Eider, numerous alcids, Snow Bunting, historical town of Longyearbyen, spectacular Arctic scenery, glaciers, nesting cliffs, whale graveyard, fjords

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Our Spitsbergen birding and wildlife cruise is one of those once-in-a-lifetime adventures that cannot come more highly recommended!

We begin our exploration of the Svalbard archipelago in Longyearbyen, capital city of this Norwegian territory. Following our embarkation of the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, our ship and home for the next 9 nights, we sail out of Isfjorden (Ice Fjord) and immediately begin our explorations: from the moment we throw the lines and start our voyage, we find ourselves in the land of the Polar Bear, Beluga, Walrus and Reindeer, while surrounded by towering snow-capped mountains, forbidding glaciers and flower studded tundra – the scenery here is nothing short of breathtaking! Adding life to the vast skies are avian treats including the elegant Ivory Gull, numerous smart looking alcids and the lovely Snow Bunting. This epic high Arctic journey promises a whole host of unforgettable sightings and encounters in one of the most scenically spectacular and pristine parts of our planet!

Please note that a Rockjumper leader may not accompany the expedition unless a minimum of 10 participants are signed up through Rockjumper. In the case that a Rockjumper leader is not on board, the professional expedition staff will take care of all participants signed up through Rockjumper.

Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.

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