DURATION:10 Days/ 9 NightsREGION:ArcticSHIP:Akademik Ioffe / Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Spitsbergen and the Svalbard archipelago offer a tremendous wildlife and birdlife experience, as well as a fascinating lesson in glaciology. First used as a whaling base in the 17th and 18th centuries, the islands are now celebrated as a breeding ground for many seabirds, along with marine mammals and the elusive polar bear. The Akademik Sergey Vavilov and Akademik Ioffe are perfectly suited for remote
polar exploration. With high ice classifications, these ships are able to push further to the north, along the edge of the ice pack. It is here that frequent encounters with the icon of the Arctic occur – the polar bear – hunting for seals and other protein sources to sustain them through the Arctic summer. Throughout this journey enjoy a comprehensive series of presentations by polar experts, providing an excellent background to the expedition.
We have multiple departure dates for this cruise. Select a year and month to view itineraries for alternative departure dates.
Akademik Ioffe / Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Operated by: One Ocean Expeditions
Akademiks Ioffe and Sergey Vavilov are purpose built oceanographic vessels featuring complex internal stabilisers and powerful engines and accommodate just 96 guests. Combined with multi-pitch propulsion and bow and stern thrusters these vessels offer exceptional maneuverability. Expansive observation decks featuring 360 degree views make them the perfect platform for operation in Antarctica and the High Arctic.
Although built as research vessels, both ships offer modern conveniences, are comfortable, safe and ice strengthened (rated Lloyds 1A). From small group sessions to briefings for all expeditioners, there are public spaces onboard ideally suited for each and every need.
A separate lounge and bar, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge.
The sumptuous meals prepared by the culinary team are enjoyed in the dining room, which can host all passengers in a single seating and will keep you feeling healthy and strong for the myriad activities offered throughout the voyage.
Other facilities include the theatre-style presentation room, gift-shop, fitness room, massage room, hot water spa, sauna and plunge pool. There’s also a dedicated expedition ‘mud-room’ where you prepare for your off-ship excursions.
The following additional options may be added to your cruise.
Sea Kayaking in the Arctic
Pre-registration required at time of booking. Confirmed access to either a double or single kayak at any offered excursion location. Limited to 16 passengers per voyage. Includes high quality kayaking equipment and services of three kayak guides.
Your cruise price includes:
- Shipboard accommodation
- All meals on board throughout the voyage
- Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
- All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions)
- Leadership throughout the voyage by the experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
- All port fees
- Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
- Pre-departure materials
Your cruise price does not include:
- Flights, pre- and post- cruise accommodation
- Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
- Travel Insurance (highly recommended - SAVE 20% when purchased with your expedition)
- Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations
- Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges
- Staff gratuities
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Please note: This cruise is sold in USD
SPECIAL OFFER - Book by 31 May 2017 and receive a USD $1,000 Air Credit.
This itinerary may change due to unstable weather conditions and wildlife movements in these remote regions of the world. Changes may occur due to ‘Force Majeure’, weather, ice conditions or other circumstances beyond the cruise line's control or which simply cannot be foreseen and/or changes to excursions and landings.
A single supplement of 50% applies sole use of cabins, and 100% for sole use of suites.