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North Spitsbergen - M/V Plancius

trip overview

Location Norway, Arctic
Activity Cultural Immersion, Multisport
Price Adult from USD $ 3,900
Departures Year-Round
Duration 8 days
Lodging Guesthouses, B&Bs/Inns
Ability Level Moderate
Minimum Age  
Group Size    Max 114
Interest Couples, Groups, Solo Travelers


Discover deep fjords, ice-blue glaciers and sculpted icebergsWildlife spotting; sea birds, walrus, seals and polar bearKayaking and snow-shoining options available

Arctic Wilderness - SpitsbergenOur aim is to sail to the remote Polar Regions in order to experience the Arctic wilderness, drift ice, flora and fauna. Our final itinerary is dependant on weather and ice conditions, which have to be assessed during the voyage. The Gulf Stream has allowed the island's 400 km long western coastline to become incredibly rich in animal and plant life, while the remote east is forever under the grips of the arctic winter environment. Our specialist guides will ensure we get the most out of the experience, as well as recounting tales of Svalbard's cultural and exciting polar explorative heritage - traces of this rich history can be found on several of the excursions when we go ashore.The Realm of the Polar BearThe further north that we sail, the more ice we will meet, and this ice will gradually build up into large ice floes with seals resting on them. This is polar bear country, where the bears hunt for food, here is your best chance of seeing the 'King of the Arctic' in his natural habitat.M/V PlanciusThe M/V Plancius was built as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy. She was re-launched in 2009 after an extensive refitting and renovation programme and is an ice-strengthened vessel suitable for Polar waters. 110 passengers can be accommodated in 3 categories of cabin (all with private facilities) spread over 5 decks. Public areas include a restaurant/lecture room on deck 3 and an observation lounge (with bar) on deck 5 with large windows as well as open deck areas. The vessel is equipped with 10 Zodiacs (sturdy inflatable boats) for excursions and 2 gangways ensure a swift disembarkation. M/V "Plancius" is comfortable and nicely decorated, but it is not a luxurious vessel - primarily defined by an exploratory educational travel programme, spending as much time ashore as possible. M/V Plancius is a member of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO). The ship meets and exceeds the latest SOLAS, ISM & MARPOL regulations for safety and the environment.

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Explore has been running small group adventures throughout the world since 1981. Their experience, knowledge and well established close personal contacts in all the countries in which they operate, makes them one of the world's most trusted adventure tour operators.

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