Set in the High Arctic a few hundred miles from the North Pole, the archipelago of Svalbard is a silent wilderness of jaw-dropping beauty. This is a realm of pristine fjords and jagged mountain peaks where polar bears are known to roam. Sailing on an expedition cruise here in summer increases your chances of possibly spotting polar bears along the shores or across the ice. Free from winter’s snow, the tundra should also be painted with patches of colourful arctic flora.
Hurtigruten Expeditions‘ long history and vast experience of sailing the region since 1896 means the Nordic company knows these waters well, from the must-see highlights to the lesser-known gems. Sailing aboard the small ships of either MS Fram (250 passengers) or MS Spitsbergen (180 passengers), your clients will be accompanied by Hurtigruten Expeditions’ expert Expedition Team, there to guide you through the in-depth history and behind-the-scenes science of what makes Svalbard such a fascinating place.
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The premium, small ships MS Fram (fully refurbished this year) and MS Spitsbergen, feature sleek Scandinavian design throughout, with natural materials and hand-picked artwork by local artists that create an intimate atmosphere. Onboard accommodations vary from comfortable Inside Cabins to spacious Expedition Suites with private balconies.
The Panoramic Explorer Lounge is the perfect base to absorb the incredible views of nature and the surroundings while sailing around Svalbard, while large outdoor observation decks with hot tubs enable guests to soak up the raw Arctic wilderness and pristine air.
Your clients can join the Expedition Team on guided tours and hikes handpicked by them based on their deep and extensive knowledge of Svalbard. Safe in their capable hands, explorers will see spectacular fjords, mountains and glaciers at a time when the Midnight Sun is in the sky and Arctic flowers are in bloom.
Svalbard is a unique habitat for birdlife and mammals, including Arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer, and then polar bears at the top of the food chain. The Expedition Team will guide your clients on how they can observe the wildlife that they might encounter with the least amount of impact on their fragile ecosystem. Hurtigruten Expeditions’ guides are equipped with rifles and signal guns to ward off any animals that get too close and to ensure everyone’s safety.
During their expedition, guests will have access to the ship’s Science Center, a treasure trove of information on Svalbard and other destinations. There are advanced microscopes and other science equipment available. They can also get involved in various Citizen Science projects that ask guests to document wildlife they see or make specific observations of the environment.
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