Arctic Magic

Summer adventure to beautiful Isfjord Radio
5 days
Jun - Sep
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Experience magnificent Arctic scenery close up, on a summer adventure to tbeautiful Isfjord Radio at Cape Linnè. Travel by boat from Longyearbyen into an area far away from civilization, where you’ll discover history, biological diversity and unique geological conditions. Stay 2 nights at Isfjord Radio, a former radio station situated at the outermost part of the Isfjord, with majestic mountains overlooking the Arctic Ocean, and now a small hotel. Enjoy a level of quality and comfort that is unexpected so far into the wilderness.

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Day 1 Longyearbyen Arrival
On arrival in Longyearbyen take the coach transfer to your hotel. Time to explore the town- perhaps visit the Svalbard Museum, the North Pole Expedition Museum and the Svalbard Kirke, or browse the shops for a unique souvenir. Overnight at Basecamp Hotel in Longyearbyen. 

Day 2 Longyearbeyn-Kapp Line, Isfjord Radio
Day at leisure. This afternoon meet your guide in the hotel lobby at about 17:00 pm. After a briefing about the trip, equipment and outer clothing, transfer to the quay, where the polar circle boat is waiting to start the safari tour towards Isfjord Radio. On the way, we have time to enjoy the fantastic fjord scenery, wildlife and Arctic seabirds. We spend the rest of afternoon exploring the great area of Kapp Linné, and learn more about the wildlife at the station. Overnight at Isfjord Radio including 3-course dinner.

Isfjord Radio was built in 1933 as an outpost for radio operators. Today it is a modern luxury hotel, surrounded by rough coastal landscape. Just as the original residents of the outpost did decades ago, you'll gather around the table for dinner for some amazing tastes from the Arctic: smoked seal, whale, halibut with roe butter and reindeer sausage. Most of the meat here is hunted by one of the three trappers left in Spitsbergen; then prepared in Isfjord Radio's kitchen.

Day 3 Coastline, Kapp Starostin, Esmark Glacier, Bird Cliffs of Alkehornet
This morning at  10:00 am we’ll board the boat for an exciting safari to the west side of the fjord. The route will go towards east along the coastline before crossing Isfjorden at Kapp Starostin and straight to the mighty bird cliffs of Alkehornet with thousands of nesting birds. In Trygghamna we go ashore and enjoy an expedition lunch on the beach. After lunch, we’ll have a closer look at the area before heading to the fantastic Esmark Glacier in Ymerbukta. If we are lucky, we might observe whales, seals or even get a glimpse of “king of the Artic”, the polar bear. Overnight at  Isfjord Radio including 3-course dinner.

Day 4  Russian Settlement of Barentsburg & Further Exploring: Return to Longyearbyen
Breakfast is followed by a new day of adventure.  We leave Isfjord Radio and head to the boat. First we head to Grønfjorden and the Russian settlement Barentsburg, a mining city with approximately 350 residents and a fascinating place to visit. We go ashore and take a tour around the town before enjoying a light lunch, served in the brewery. After lunch we head back to the boat and set course towards Longyearbyen, with several interesting stop along the way - your guide will determine where the best places are to stop. We arrive in Longyearbyen during the mid to late afternoon. Overnight  at Basecamp Hotel in Longyearbyen. 

Day 5  Departure
Arrangements end after breakfast with coach transfer to the airport.

Departures 2017: every Sunday and Thursday from June to September 

Includes: return coach transfers airport/hotel, 4 nights accommodation (2 nights at Basecamp Hotel with breakfast and 2 nights at Isfjord Radio with dinner and breakfast), light lunch Days 2 & 3, transport from your accommodation in Longyearbyen on Day 2 and return to your accommodation on Day 4, transport by polar circle boat during safari, guide services from 17:00hrs Day 2 to late afternoon Day 4, outer wear for use on boat, hat, gloves & goggles, search and rescue insurance.

Excludes:  drinks with meals at Isfjord Radio.

If you have less time to spend in Spitsbergen, take a look at our tour Taste of the Arctic 4 days which has just 1 night at Isfjord Radio.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2450.00
Single AUD$ 2966.00

Includes: return coach transfers airport/hotel, 4 nights accommodation (2 nights at Basecamp Hotel with breakfast and 2 nights at Isfjord Radio with dinner and breakfast), light lunch Days 2 & 3, transport from your accommodation in Longyearbyen on Day 2 and return to your accommodation on Day 4, transport by polar circle boat during safari, guide services from 17:00hrs Day 2 to late afternoon Day 4, outer wear for use on boat, hat, gloves & goggles, search and rescue insurance.

The prices shown are based on a minimum of 4 guests being booked on the tour- if there are less than 4 persons, the prices will vary.

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