19044
Norway
Expedition to the Top of the World: Wildlife of Arctic Svalbard
Set sail from the northernmost town in the world to a realm of unique wildlife, fascinating lectures, spectacular vistas and rare animal encounters alongside naturalists and experts.
Program No. 19044RJ
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13 days
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13 days
12 nights
31 meals
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Getting There
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DAY
1
Depart US
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive in Longyearbyen
Longyearbyen, Svalbard
D
Spitsbergen Hotel

Afternoon: Flights arrive in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Your afternoon is free to unpack and relax at the hotel. In the late afternoon, meet your group leader and fellow travelers for a program orientation.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.

DAY
3
Longyearbyen / Embark the MS Expedition
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,D
M/S Expedition

Activity note: While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. On the first day on board, the Expedition Leader will give you an expedition overview.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Longyearbyen is the largest settlement on the archipelago of Svalbard with a population of about 2,060 people and about as many snowmobiles. This morning, meet with your group leader at the hotel for a brief presentation on Svalbard, and what you will see and experience during your expedition. Later, walk into town to see the Svalbard Museum (approximately 1 mile). Since opening in 1979, the goal of this unique museum is to help locals and visitors understand the relationship between nature, culture, landscape, human activity, technology and the environment in the Arctic. Following the visit you will have some free time to independently explore Longyearbyen.

Lunch: Lunch on your own. There are several cafes and restaurants in town where you can sample local specialties, such as reindeer.

Afternoon: Meet back at the hotel. Transfer to embark the MS Expedition. Embarkation will begin at 4:00 pm. Please note that you will not be able to embark the ship before this time.

Dinner: On board the ship.

DAY
4
Svalbard Archipelago / Spitsbergen
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Each day will be planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. Distances are relatively short in the Archipelago and as there are no ocean crossings, the seas are normally calm.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Svalbard is one of the few places on the planet that offers such a wealth of diversity of natural and cultural history sites. During the next nine days you will visit ice covered seas, fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery and glaciers flowing into the sea around you. You will spend time steaming through the ice in search of polar bears hunting seals. Ivory gulls will be a highlight for the birders, while keeping a constant lookout for walrus hauled out on ice floes or on sandy beaches. Visit, ice permitting, spectacular bird cliffs filled with thousands of murres (guillemots) as well as kittiwakes and glaucous gulls. A little auk colony will also be on your agenda. Your shore stops will be highlighted by tundra flowers. You will have the opportunity to observe and discuss some of their adaptations to what is considered a harsh environment. At one or more stops, you may even see Svalbard's unique species of reindeer. They are much smaller than their southern relatives, but still carry impressive antlers. There is also the possibility of seeing arctic foxes. Svalbard is also a land of history; from whaling to reaching for the pole, to trapping, coal mining and war, you will visit some of these historic sites. Cruise in Zodiacs along the ice edge viewing seals or walrus, in fjords with glaciers spilling down to the sea or in front of specatcular seabird cliffs. You will have opportunities to walk on shore, observe and photograph the Arctic flora and fauna. Since you are in the land of the polar bear, your expedition staff will carry rifles and flare guns on shore for your protection.

Dinner: On board the ship.

DAY
5
Svalbard Archipelago / Spitsbergen
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Each day will be planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. By not having a set itinerary, we take on an expedition spirit and are free to take advantage of the best that Svalbard has to offer. On board the ship, a team of naturalists, historians and other experts will present an in-depth educational program on Svalbard and the Arctic.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Krossfjord, Konigsfjord, Monaco Glacier, Hinlopen Strait, Northeast Land, Edgeoya, Hornsund, and Bellsund are just a few of the places we may visit.

Dinner: On board the ship.

DAY
6
Svalbard Archipelago / Spitsbergen
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Each day will be planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. By not having a set itinerary, we take on an expedition spirit and are free to take advantage of the best that Svalbard has to offer. On board the ship, a team of naturalists, historians and other experts will present an in-depth educational program on Svalbard and the Arctic.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Krossfjord, Konigsfjord, Monaco Glacier, Hinlopen Strait, Northeast Land, Edgeoya, Hornsund, and Bellsund are just a few of the places we may visit.

Dinner: On board the ship.

DAY
7
Svalbard Archipelago / Spitsbergen
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Each day will be planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. By not having a set itinerary, we take on an expedition spirit and are free to take advantage of the best that Svalbard has to offer.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Krossfjord, Konigsfjord, Monaco Glacier, Hinlopen Strait, Northeast Land, Edgeoya, Hornsund, and Bellsund are just a few of the places we may visit.

Dinner: On board the ship.

DAY
8
Svalbard Archipelago / Spitsbergen
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Each day will be planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. By not having a set itinerary, we take on an expedition spirit and are free to take advantage of the best that Svalbard has to offer.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Krossfjord, Konigsfjord, Monaco Glacier, Hinlopen Strait, Northeast Land, Edgeoya, Hornsund, and Bellsund are just a few of the places we may visit.

Dinner: On board the ship.

DAY
9
Svalbard Archipelago / Spitsbergen
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Each day will be planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. By not having a set itinerary, we take on an expedition spirit and are free to take advantage of the best that Svalbard has to offer.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Krossfjord, Konigsfjord, Monaco Glacier, Hinlopen Strait, Northeast Land, Edgeoya, Hornsund, and Bellsund are just a few of the places we may visit.

Dinner: On board the ship.

DAY
10
Svalbard Archipelago / Spitsbergen
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Each day will be planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. By not having a set itinerary, we take on an expedition spirit and are free to take advantage of the best that Svalbard has to offer.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Krossfjord, Konigsfjord, Monaco Glacier, Hinlopen Strait, Northeast Land, Edgeoya, Hornsund, and Bellsund are just a few of the places we may visit.

Dinner: On board the ship.

DAY
11
Svalbard Archipelago / Spitsbergen
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Each day will be planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. By not having a set itinerary, we take on an expedition spirit and are free to take advantage of the best that Svalbard has to offer.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Krossfjord, Konigsfjord, Monaco Glacier, Hinlopen Strait, Northeast Land, Edgeoya, Hornsund, and Bellsund are just a few of the places we may visit.

Dinner: On board the ship.

DAY
12
Svalbard Archipelago / Spitsbergen
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Each day will be planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. By not having a set itinerary, we take on an expedition spirit and are free to take advantage of the best that Svalbard has to offer.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Krossfjord, Konigsfjord, Monaco Glacier, Hinlopen Strait, Northeast Land, Edgeoya, Hornsund, and Bellsund are just a few of the places we may visit.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner on board the ship.

DAY
13
Disembark, Depart Longyearbyen, Arrive USA
In Flight
B

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Disembarkation of the ship and transfer to the airport for flights returning to North America. NOTE: There will be an early morning disembarkation for those passengers with flights departing Longyearbyen on early morning flights (2:30 a.m. arriving home the same day) In this case, you will enjoy a continental breakfast prior to disembarkation. Safe travels. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!