Discover the whaling history, rich wildlife and magnificent landscapes of Spitsbergen on this 9-night expedition through the Svalbard archipelago. Witness beluga whales in the waters near Bourbonhamna, spot bearded and ringed seals while cruising along the base of the Lilliehook Glacier, travel 81 degrees north to see polar bears in Phippsoya and hike to the former whaling station of Smeerenburg. Our high ice classification vessel enables you to venture further than many other expeditions, while onboard polar experts will provide a comprehensive insight into this fascinating destination.
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Embark your ship in Longyearbyen and set sail into Isfjorden during the early evening hours, with the sun still bright in the sky with almost 24 hours of daylight. Meet your Expedition Team during an introductory briefing and get acquainted with your fellow passengers as you enjoy a welcome dinner.
Today we will transit the narrow sound near Bourbonhamna where beluga whales are frequently spotted. Then step ashore to explore an old hunting cabin and whale bones which are now protected by the state as we keep an eye out for wild reindeer which inhabit the region.
Soak up the spectacular views of the Lilliehook Glacier as we explore the surrounding waters by zodiac, with its face stretching almost seven kilometers in length. We’ll be on the lookout for bearded and ring seals which are both known to frequent this fjord, together with a number of different seabird species.
Monaco Glacier and Liefdefjorden
We’ll continue cruising along the north coast of Spitsbergen towards the Monaco Glacier which offers a spectacular setting for kayaking and zodiac excursions. The coastal plain at the mouth of Liefdefjorden is also an outstanding hiking destination and offers a good chance of seeing polar bears which come to feast on ringed seals and bird’s eggs.
Today we will venture 81 degrees north to Phippsoya which lies just 540 nautical miles from the North Pole. We’ll navigate its ice pack in comfort while keeping an eye out for polar bears which frequent this region.
Today we will cruise through Hinlopen Strait which separates Spitsbergen and Nordaustlandet and sail past the bird cliffs of Alkefjellet where 60,000 pairs of Brünnich’s Guillemot nest. We’ll also visit nearby Murchison Fjord to go kayaking or on a zodiac excursion between the two islands, then embark on a hike to soak up the breathtaking vistas.
Jump aboard the zodiacs to explore Fuglesangenoya which is home to a large colony of dovekies. Then hike along the shores to the old whaling station of Smeerenburg (which translates as “Blubber Town”) to witness its old blubber ovens and learn about the importance of the whaling industry in the discovery and exploration of the Svalbard archipelago.
Prince Charles Island
Today we will visit the walrus colony of Prince Charles Island which provides an incredible sight (and smell) on approach. Then spend your final night on board with a special celebratory dinner attended by your Captain to reflect on this incredible expedition.
We will arrive back in Longyearbyen in the morning to disembark the ship and be transferred either into town or to the airport for your return flight home.
Dates & Rates
Allow Charter Flight: $1,995
• Full service of our Adventure Consultants
• Educational presentations from ornithologists, glaciologists, historians, geologists, naturalists and marine mammal experts
• Photography advice and instruction from the resident photographer
• All zodiac and landing excursions
• Zodiac cruising, hiking, guided walks, photography workshops, fitness and yoga
• All meals during the voyage
• Coffee, tea and hot chocolate available anytime
• Access to an English speaking medical advisor
• Access to wellness area (finnish sauna, hot tub, sea water pool, natural essential oils)
• Use of multi-media room
• Expedition gear package for duration of the voyage (windproof/waterproof jacket and bibs, insulated rubber boots, water resistant binoculars, waterproof backpack, trekking poles)
• Sea kayaking excursions (See note below)
• International and National Airfare
• Visa and passport fees, Airport taxes
• Pre and Post cruise hotel accommodations
• Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
• Items of a personal nature
• Personal laundry service
• Postage and telephone calls
• Travel medical insurance, including medical evacuation (Mandatory)
• Trip interruption and cancellation insurance
Note: Sea kayaking excursions are offered at an extra cost of USD $695 (Arctic) and USD $795 (Antarctic) per person. Pre-registration is required at time of booking. Confirmed access to kayak at any offered excursions. Limited to 16 passengers per voyage. Includes high quality kayaking equipment.
Ice-strengthened for Antarctic waters, the RCGS Resolute is a purpose-built polar expedition vessel with a modern layout and design. It boasts a spacious lounge with 180-degree views and a well-stocked library where you can relax with a good book. Grab a drink at one of the two bars and feast on sumptuous meals in one of the two dining rooms, with large picture windows so you won’t miss a thing. Keep fit in the onboard gym and saltwater pool or indulge in a spa, sauna or steam room session in the wellness center.
Each of the spacious cabins feature modern lounge areas, new carpets and high-quality cabinetry, as well as en-suite bathrooms and soft lighting. There is a range of bedding configurations to suit all travelers, with porthole windows or expansive panoramic windows ensuring ocean views. If you want to splurge, opt for the 44-square-meter One Ocean Suite that boasts enough room to entertain other guests.
Shipyard: Rauma, Finland
Length: 122.8 metres
Beam: 18 metres
Draught: 4.97 metres
Gross Tonnage: 8378
Speed (Max): 15 knots
Cruise Speed: 14 knots
Zodiac Boats: 14 Zodiacs onboard
Electrical Supply: 220 Volts/European Pin
Hull Classification: Ice Strengthened
Ice Class: Lloyds 1AS
Vessel Stability: External Stabilization
- 360 degree viewing from outer decks
- Salt wataer plunge pool
- Large relaxation deck
- Hot water jacuzzi
- Wellness centre (massage therapy, Finnish Sauna, steam room)
- Presentation room
- Observation lounge and bar
- Two dining rooms
- Multimedia room and Library
- Spacious cabins (22-44 M Squared)
FAQ & More
Yes! Although these trips are not directed towards children, we love to have families with children on our departures. Please contact us for more information if you are considering traveling with anyone under the age of 16.
Unfortunately, we are not licensed to purchase air but we are happy to recommend our flight broker. When travelling to Antarctica the closest international airports are either Buenos Aires or Santiago with connections to either Ushuaia or Punta Arenas. For our Arctic voyages Edmonton, Alberta or Ottawa, Ontario are the usual arrival and departure cities pre and post charter flight. We charter our own aircraft for travel into the High Arctic in addition to your scheduled air.
We would be happy to arrange airport transfers and pre and post hotel arrangements for you in your arrival or departure destinations.
Trips include all meals/afternoon teas, use of our onboard expedition rubber boots, wet weather gear (you are welcome to bring your own as well), shore excursions, landings, educational presentations, expedition guides, naturalist staff, and hospitality staff, an ER trained English speaking physician, guided hikes/walks, complimentary tea and coffee 24 hours per day, access to our multimedia room and download stations and accommodations on board. Please see our full list of inclusions and exclusions on the trip pages.
We have a dining room, library, lounge, bar area, sauna, multimedia station, open bridge, and excellent outside viewing decks. See our ship details page for more information.
The electrical supply on board is 220 volts 50 Hertz. You will need a European two (round) pin plug adapter, available at duty free or electrical supply shops.
We are happy to offer assistance getting in and out of the Zodiacs and staff will always be on hand. Where there are wet landings you will be required to disembark the zodiac into ankle deep water - making rubber boots a must.
Yes, there is email access available through our satellite communication equipment for an extra charge.
A phone / fax number as well as email address for the ship will be provided to you in your final document package.
High quality insulated rubber boots are available in a large range of sizes. Please just note your size preference when providing final documentation.
Yes, there is an English speaking Doctor on board for every trip.
We have guests from all over the world on these trips. The expedition staff and all safety briefings are conducted in English.
The Antarctic season runs from November through to March and each month offers its own special features. Operating through the whole season allows us the full spectrum for several key reasons, including untouched winter snow, great whale and seal action, good weather, and even a little star gazing. The Arctic season runs from July through to September. We choose our operating dates carefully based on historical patterns in the ice, which allows for optimal viewing for all wildlife (walrus, polar bear, seals, whales) not to mention the access to special landing sites.
We have many guests who come alone and while some choose to purchase the single cabin option, others choose to share; we will pair single travelers of the same gender together at no extra charge.
We try to limit the number of people we carry to a maximum of 96 passengers. We believe that small groups of people are the best way to experience the Polar Regions.
There is storage space for empty luggage in the cabins under your bunk. Alternatively we can stow your baggage safely elsewhere on the ship. There is ample space for your clothing in cupboards and drawers in your cabin.
The ship's crew is Russian and they handle the day to day running of the vessel (engine room, bridge, outer decks, dining room service). The officers and the Captain on the bridge speak English. Some of the crew speak only a little English, but are always willing to use it. All of our expedition staff, who guide the activities and tours speak English as well as various other languages on specialty departures.
Living aboard calls for comfortable and casual attire.
Yes – please pack two or three pairs of gloves. It is important to have spare dry gloves in case one set gets wet.
Your wet gear will dry very quickly in your cabin. There is also a laundry service for an additional fee.
We get off the ship as much as possible, usually two to three times a day when we are around the Antarctic Peninsula coastline. We spend between two and six hours at each location depending on the prevailing conditions.
Travel insurance is mandatory. You must be covered in case of a medical evacuation.
We recommend that you take US dollars for use on board the ship. It is better to carry US dollars cash for any desired tipping. For Arctic departures we recommend carrying some Canadian currency just in case you are tempted to purchase local crafts from skilled artisans. Danish Kroner is used throughout Greenland. ATM machines are available in Illulissaat, Greenland.
Expensive specialty gear is not required, but you should have warm, waterproof clothing available upon your arrival at your Antarctica or Arctic embarkation point. We also offer waterproof jackets, bib pants and rubber/Wellington/gum boots for hire while on board.
A waterproof camera bag is a must. We have them available for purchase/rent as well.
It is not a bad idea to take two cameras - particularly between couples. Bring plenty of film/disk space and extra batteries.
Tipping is a very personal matter, we recommend US $10 per passenger per day that you are on the ship. It is better for the crew if we can give them US dollars cash.
Yes. We have a multimedia download station. Please remember to bring your download cord for your camera (that can be plugged into a USB port). We also have DVDs onto which you can burn your images.
If you feel that you are particularly susceptible to seasickness, then it is a good idea to talk to your own doctor. Come armed with motion sickness tablets. There will be a doctor on board and the ship is equipped with a small treatment facility.