Norwegian Fjords, Bear Island & Svalbard
Norwegian Fjords, Bear Island & Svalbard 13 days aboard Silver Cloud Expedition
From the spectacular beaches of Kristiansund to the pretty painted houses of Lonyearbyen, this is a journey of mighty mountains, rare fauna, deep fjords, picturesque glaciers and massive ice sheets. So much more than a sum of its parts, a flexible itinerary allows for unprecedented wildlife spotting opportunities in the mythic Fjords, which are to be enjoyed in the midnight sun.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
- Extensive wildlife, including polar bears
- Magnificent scenery
- Remote Bear Island
- Beautiful Norwegian fjords
- Historical associations
- Highly qualified expedition team with experts in their field (marine biologists, ornithologists, historians and more)
- Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac®
- Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage, Haglöfs parka for polar expeditions
- Personalised service with a butler for all suites and the highest crew to guest ratio in the industry
- Comfortable amenities with the largest expedition suites at sea
- Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
- Free WIFI throughout the ship
- Onboard Gratuities
ITINERARY12 Nights 13 Days
- Day 1 | Kristiansund
- Days 2-5 | Norwegian Fjords
- Day 6 | Kirkenes
- Day 7 | Bear Island
- Days 8-12 | Spitsbergen Coast
- Day 13 | Longyearbyen
Embark in the afternoon and set sail.
Over these days, we will explore the Vega Archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage site, a myriad of islands scattered in the Norwegian Sea and home to one of Norway’s largest eider duck colonies. We hope to visit the largest egg and eiderdown farm in Helgeland and the Coastal Museum to have a look at their motor collection and later make a brief visit to see the Vega Church in Gladstad. We then head north to cruise Vistenfjord and the Visten National Park, an incredibly varied wilderness, ranging from fjords to vast forests and towering mountains, where we can hike and take Zodiac excursions.
At the very southern end of the Lofoten Islands are bird cliffs that hold Norway’s largest colony of Atlanticpuffins, and also good numbers of kittiwakes, razorbills, black guillemots, shags, northern fulmars and white-tailed eagles. Storm petrels and leach petrels can also be seen, along with whimbrel, red-necked phalarope, Arctic skua, turnstone and Arctic tern. Slightly further north is Værøy and the charming village of Reine, before we head north again to explore the area of Tysfjord by land or Zodiac. This is the narrowest part of Norway and was formerly used by Sami reindeer herders of Sweden and Norway.
Then on to the Gjesværstappan Islands. We will use our Zodiacs to circumnavigate Storstappen, the largest of the islands, looking for European shags, common and Brünnich’s guillemots, black-legged kittiwakes, white-tailed sea-eagles and Europe’s largest Atlantic puffin colony. On the evening of day 5, we round North Cape with its impressive cliffs.
In Kirkenes, we can either drive southward into the Pasvik Valley sitting between Russia and Finland, to go for nature walks to observe the valley’s unique birds and plants, or head west along Munkefjord to visit Neiden, a small village near the Finnish/Norwegian border, and see Neiden church, St. George’s Chapel, and the Neiden Waterfall -and even briefly cross into Finland at Näätämö.
In the afternoon, as Silver Cloud sails through the Barents Sea towards Bear Island, a series of lectures will emphasise the special history and natural history of Norway’s Far North.
Close to 9 kilometres of cliffs are home to some of the largest bird colonies of the Northern Hemisphere. Common and Brünnich’s guillemots, black-legged kittiwakes, northern fulmars, and glaucous gulls are all found along the cliff. Other species have been observed, including Atlantic puffins and northern gannets.
Leaving Bear Island head out on deck to watch for whales -white-beaked dolphins and minke whales are known to frequent the area.
Our flexible itinerary is dependant on ice and weather conditions. We will travel to see walrus haul-outs, might see polar bears, reindeer, Arctic fox, whales or a bearded seal. Also myriad birds. We will go ice cruising by ship and Zodiac and devote at least one day to exploring the pack ice north of Spitsbergen. Conditions permitting, our Expedition Leader may choose to take us out in the Zodiacs for an even closer look.
Here are a few of the places we hope to visit:
Magdalenefjorden - where the remains of blubber ovens and a cemetery can still be seen.
Liefdefjorden - where we may encounter polar bears looking for bird’s eggs.
Monacobreen - for Zodiac cruise along the front of two different glaciers: Monacobreen and Seligerbreen. Monacobreen has a 5 kilometre long front and is a good place to look for seals, Black-legged Kittiwakes and Ivory Gulls.
Fjortende Julibreen – The 14th of July Bay is located at the entrance of Krossfjorden. Here we will go ashore for a hike up to the 14th of July Glacier.
Hornsund – This is the southernmost fjord on the rugged west coast of Spitsbergen Island. Jagged mountain peaks tower above glacier-filled bays. Amidst floating icebergs, we will watch for bearded seals, the beluga whale and the king of the Arctic – the polar bear. Sightings are fairly common as the polar bear’s favourite food, the ringed seal, breeds in the fjord. The surrounding bird cliffs are home to thousands of pairs of nesting Little Auks. We may visit the remains of whaling stations and trappers’ huts.
Arrive and disembark
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We have just returned from our Spitsbergen trip with Wildfoot and had to tell you what an amazing time we had! We saw 6 polar bears including a mother with 2 cubs as well as whales, walruses and lots of birds. The ship (Expedition) was really comfortable and the guides were so helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for making it all so easy.
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We had always wanted to see the Arctic and travelling all the way from Australia needed lots of information. After getting nowhere, we came across Wildfoot and found people who knew what they were talking about! Sara and John were so helpful and made the process easy, suggesting Iceland Greenland and Spitsbergen. This was perfect for us – amazing scenery and lots of wildlife, especially the polar bears in Spitsbergen. Thanks for everything. Ps, the ship was great too!
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Standing on the North Pole has been an ambition of mine since childhood and now I have done it! Thank you for making the process so easy - seeing polar bears and whales too was a real bonus.
The Sea Spirit expedition was excellent and the team organising it all were extremely good. 10 out of 10. Everything went very smoothly. The Iceland extension worked perfectly, all the organisation, connections etc. were excellent
The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
Thanks so much for enabling me to get to places I had always wanted to see from a very young age. “Ace” as my boys used to say!
Just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you very much for all your help in arranging our recent trip to Svalbard. Everything ran smoothly and the trip was a great success. Unfortunately I had to flew back a few days early and missed out on Isfjord Radio, which the rest of the team said was a brilliant place with amazing food, still the Basecamp Hotel and Nordenskiold Lodge were pretty amazing places, so I’m not complaining!
Writing back to tell you that the trip to the Arctic was all that it promised and more. It was a great wild-life sightseeing opportunity and the staff were really good.I had an excellent trip and have thousands of photos to go through.
I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful cruise in the Russian Far East. The landscape and destination were inspiring, we had some excellent wildlife sightings (sea otter, grey whale, Steller's sea eagle, snowy owl and Arctic fox were all firsts for me), and the Heritage team were superb. Rough seas forced a few changes to the itinerary but we also had some fabulous weather. All in all, a thrilling travel experience.Thanks once again for all your efforts
I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.
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