The Svalbard Archipelago is one of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas with rugged glaciers and frozen tundras waiting to be explored. Due to her size, unique technological capabilities and environmental controls, your Discovery Yacht will take you on an in-depth exploration of this fragile region of vast environmental significance with minimal impact. Owing to the extraordinary nature of this region, the sailing and expedition schedule is flexible. Your experienced Captain and Discovery Leader will carefully plan each day’s activities based on the conditions.
Discovery: Your cruise includes a vast range of tailored Scenic Discovery excursions and getting out into the big wild will be a highlight. Equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs, kayaks, and a submarine (additional cost and subject to regulatory approval), daily excursions to discover the wildlife, marine life and their predators will take you to places of your wildest dreams. Scenic Eclipse cruises in the prime time for wildlife spotting, and there will be many opportunities to be on the lookout for the dominant predators including Polar bear, who number as many as 3,000 animals, as well as the Arctic fox. Marine species include the carefully protected walrus with its characteristic tusks and several species of whale. Once hunted almost out of existence in a region now transformed into a dedicated conservation area, your encounters with these giants of the sea will be a memory to treasure. Your crew will navigate close to some of the most beautiful glaciers such as the Monacobreen Glacier on Svalbard, and the 14th of July Glacier in northwestern Spitsbergen where, if conditions are favourable, the chance to witness a glacier calving will be a highlight. There will be the chance to cruise some secluded bays and stunning fjords like Hornsund on the western side of the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen Island as well as spotting the many species of birdlife that are present during the short Arctic summer. Each day the Discovery Leaders will schedule activities so that while on board, you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied including entertaining presentations, documentaries and more. There will also be time for you to relax in your suite, watch the live streaming on your TV from the exterior cameras, and tempt your palate as you explore the extensive range of dining options.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner