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2016 - "Clean the Arctic!" Special tour where we clean the Svalbard coast, with M/V Ortelius, 8 days (OTL08-16)

Garbage from the ocean is piling up on the shores of Spitsbergen. This litter is hazardous for the animals, who get entangled in fish nets and if feeding on it they die. Supported by AECO and with contribution of the Governor of Spitsbergen we will clean the shores of West Spitsbergen with the help of our passengers, who will get equipment and instructions. We aim for four days of cleaning activities and four days with special focus on Polar Bears. Local weather, snow and ice conditions may influence the precise day by day program. The price have been subsidized with 15% and now we double that to 30%! We shall fill the boat!

Read more about the ship we travel with (in Swedish)M/S Ortelius

 Travel date (OTL08-16)
  2016: 29 June - 8 July

The tour will operate subject to a minimum of 70 participants.

 Price (Euro) per person:
 
Cabin Price Euro
Quadruple with porthole 3700€ 3150€ 2590€
Triple with porthole 4500€ 3850€ 3150€
Twin with porthole 5250€ 4500€ 3680€
Twin with window 5650€ 4800€ 3690€
Twin Delux 6050€ 5150€ 4220€
Twin- and Double Superior *) 6800€ 5800€ 4760€
Single cabin 1,7 x cabin price hyttpris
*) The Superior cabin has one double bed and a sofa that can be turned to a single bed. The cabin has at least 2 windows  
   

NB! FUEL SURCHARGE: It is agreed that if fuel prices will exceed US Dollar 120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure we reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of EURO 18 per passenger per night, to be paid by the customer.

 

 Price include
  9 nights onboard M/V Ortelius.
All meals during the voyage.
Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
 Price do not include
  • Any air fare
Customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for stewards and other service personnel aboard
Expenses in bar and shop
• Travel insurance (mandatory)
• Cancellation insurance

Program
NB!
This is a plan and the program can, due to weather, ice conditions or other circumstances. Flexibility is the key for a successful expedition!

Day 1: Embarkation and departure from Longyearbyen
Arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago of which West Spitsbergen is the largest island. Before embarking there is an opportunity to stroll around this former mining town, whose parish church and Polar Museum are well worth visiting, while in the surrounding area of Longyearbyen. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden.

Day 2 - 5: Cleaning beaches on the NW Spitsbergen coast line
We will aim at cleaning several beaches on the NW Spitsbergen coast line during the first days as this area is the most exposed to the inflow of garbage. Coordination with the Governor of Svalbard will decide which areas are best served by being cleaned during these days in order to optimize the effort.

Day 3-4: 2nd and 3rd day of cleaning activities
We sail through Beverleysundet named by Parry in 1827 and also sailed by the Swedish-Russian Arc-of-Meridian Expedition in 1898. We push east to reach the area of Nordaustlandet, where the Nobile expedition drifted around in 1928 and where the Italian Sora tried to come to the rescue. There we could get to Alpinøya, reached by Sora in 1928, and then to the mouth of Finn Malmgrenfjord, and Albertinibukta and to climb Soraberget (205 M) from where we have a fantastic view on the icecap of Nordaustlandet; alternatively we will land at Storøya, where again we may meet a group of Walrus.

Day 6: East towards the Seven Islands
It is time to put effort into the search for Polar bears in the pack ice to the north. We will locate the ice edge and where possible enter the ice in search for this animal. Our venture may take us east towards the Seven Islands at approximately 80°40 N where a landing can be attempted if the conditions are right.


Polarber in the pack ice
Photo: Mikael Grönvik, Grönlandsresor

Day 7: Zodiac to the cliffs of Alkefjellet with thousands of Brünnich’s Guillemot
Depending on the ice conditions we will enter Hinlopen Strait between the largest two islands in the Svalbard archipelago and pay a visit by Zodiac to the cliffs of Alkefjellet with thousands of Brünnich’s Guillemot. The Swedish-Finnish station of Kinnvika which goes back to 1957 on the northwest of Nordaustlandet offers some great walking opportunities in a Polar desert environment which is so typical for the High Arctic. From here the views of Murchison Fjord makes you appreciate why the Russian Pomor hunters also established themselves in the area.


Alkefjellet

Day 8: Keeping watch for Polar bears and seals
Retracing our route westwards takes us through and along the pack ice, keeping watch for Polar bears and seals such as Harp seal. Off the coast of West Spitsbergen we often encounter Blue and Fin Whale who forage in the upwelling along the Spitsbergen banks during summer.

Day 9: We plan to visit a known Walrus haul out site at Poolepynten
We sail on a southern course around the long island of Prins Karls Forland and plan to visit a known Walrus haul out site at Poolepynten. In the afternoon we aim to land at Alkhornet, a prominent cliff with a large colony of Brünnich’s guillemot and Kittiwake’s. The vegetation is lush due to the constant fertilising from the cliffs. Svalbard Reindeer and geese take advantage of this while Arctic foxes utilize the food source that a large bird cliff offers.

Day 10: Arrival and disembarkation in Longyearbyen
Return to Longyearbyen and disembark for the transfer to the airport and the flight back home.

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Foto: Rinie Van Meurs

Foto: Rinie van Meurs
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Foto: Marloes Tiggeloven


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