Overview

The 12-day Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic expedition gives you great chances to connect with unique arctic wildlife. The archipelago is home to the iconic Polar Bear, as well as a number of whales, Walrus, Svalbard Reindeer and tens of thousands of seabirds. Exploring the tundra is a breath-taking experience - the natural beauty of the landscape is exhilarating, surprisingly colourful and so striking.

If there is such a thing as a “classic Arctic” expedition cruise, this is it. You’ll get all the best of Spitsbergen, by exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some northern outlying areas for Polar Bears and Walrus. You’ll come across colonies of seabirds numbering into the thousands and search for a number of whales and seals. Packed with options for snowshoeing and sea-kayaking, this is the perfect expedition for exploring the “wildlife capital of the Arctic". The Arctic has been inspiring explorers for centuries, and our expeditions offer the chance for you to discover why. We’re excited to host you on your unforgettable adventure!

Discount offer valid for new bookings made between June 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021.

Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations. Rockjumper have taken an allotment on this cruise rather than chartering the cruise in its entirety. A Rockjumper leader may not accompany the expedition unless a minimum of 12 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.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Ivory, Ross's (Rare), Iceland & Glaucous Gulls, Little Auk, Snow Bunting, Atlantic Puffin, Brunnich’s & Black Guillemots, Black-legged Kittiwake, Long-tailed Duck, King Eider, Sabine's Gull, Pink-footed Goose
Top Mammals
Polar Bear, Walrus, Arctic Fox, Bearded & Ringed Seals, Humpback, Beluga, Bowhead (Greenland), Northern Minke & Fin Whales, Svalbard Reindeer
Habitats Covered
coastal and pelagic waters, glaciers, polar tundra, pack ice
Expected Climate
temperate to subzero, sunny and calm conditions expected
Max Group Size
dependent on ship capacity
Tour Pace & Walking
easy pace, mostly undemanding walks, some wet zodiac landings
Accommodation
comfortable expedition cruise ship
Ease of Birding
easy
Number of Species Expected
30 - 35
Other Attractions
historical town of Longyearbyen, spectacular Arctic scenery, glaciers, nesting cliffs, whale graveyard, fjords
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
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Expert guiding by Keith and Glen Valentine, aided by fabulous local talent, ensured we saw the maximum number of endemics and other birds and mammals. Perhaps more importantly, these two brothers enjoyed their time together and provided a warm, friendly and caring environment in which we all had a good time with lots of laughs, and looked out for each other to ensure everyone got on the birds and did not falter on a tough hike or challenging car ride.

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André, who escorted us on four drives, is a superb tracker with great knowledge of the reserve and its denizens. He is also an expert on the birdlife of southern Africa and was able to bring the bush to life for us with knowledge of all that we saw.

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Andre, our guide, has such an infectious nature, which had a huge positive effect on our stay. His incredible knowledge of birds was indeed humbling. A birder's paradise and a guide passionate about birds and nature - what more could one ask for?

Expert guiding by Keith and Glen Valentine, aided by fabulous local talent, ensured we saw the maximum number of endemics and other birds and mammals. Perhaps more importantly, these two brothers enjoyed their time together and provided a warm, friendly and caring environment in which we all had a good time with lots of laughs, and looked out for each other to ensure everyone got on the birds and did not falter on a tough hike or challenging car ride.

Adam Walleyn did a fantastic job organising the rest of the tour when Erik had to leave due to illness. I really appreciated his hard work and determination; for example: even though he had never been to Samoa before, his logistical work enabled us to get great views of some very difficult and unexpected species (Samoan Triller, Blue-grey Noddy).

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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