Svalbard – Spitsbergen Encounter, 10 Days, Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Spitsbergen and Svalbard archipelago are dream destinations for wildlife and birdlife enthusiasts. Thanks to the expert guides, you will also get the most informative lesson on glaciology. The region was famous with whalers in the 17th and 18th centuries. The islands are now famously known for being breeding grounds for hundreds of species of seabirds, marine life, and the endangered polar bear. The expedition ship chosen for this voyage is the Akademik loffe, which is built for remote Arctic exploration. The ship has a high ice classification, allowing it go further to the north along the edge of the ice pack. Getting to the extreme north is worth it as you will encounter the elusive polar bear hunting for prey to help it survive the Arctic summer. Polar experts will be along for the whole journey and will be presenting comprehensive facts and background about the expedition.

Stunning landscapes, historic sites, wildlife colonies and vibrant native flora are all that await you on your shore excursions. You will be able to take long or short hikes, cruises in Zodiacs around breathtaking shores and there is sea kayaking as well. The adventure will take you to the western and northern coast of Spitsbergen and to the permanent ice pack; areas which are famous for having a high concentration of wildlife, historical significance and picturesque views in the archipelago.