Join us for a journey to Svalbard and East Greenland, to see isolated islands, difficult to reach areas and to look for polar bears, walrus and musk oxen. Take advantage of the ship and her Zodiacs to go past spectacular bird cliffs in Bear Island and Svalbard. In Svalbard you will encounter fascinating landscapes, mountains, fjords and glaciers while looking for walrus and polar bears and in East Greenland we will meet the Inuit that still fish and hunt in this harsh but beautiful area.
Throughout the voyage, learn about the geology, wildlife, botany and history of this spectacular region from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.
Bear Island, Norway –
In summer the close to 9 kilometres of cliffs are home to some of the largest bird colonies of the Northern Hemisphere. Common Guillemots, Brünnich’s Guillemots, Little Auks, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Northern Fulmars, and Glaucous Gulls are all found along the cliff. Other species have been observed, including Atlantic Puffins and even Northern Gannets. Weather depending we will take the Zodiacs to explore the rugged coastline which even without birds is quite impressive.
Svalbard Southern Region, Norway –
The flexible itinerary allows us to take advantage of favourable ice and weather conditions. We will enter fjords and will be searching the ice and the shores for seabirds, walruses, seals, and polar bears. Zodiac landings and shore walks will bring us up close to the mystical settings. The Expedition Leader and Captain will determine Silver Explorer’s best course, depending on changing weather, ice conditions and the wildlife we encounter.
Svalbard Northern Region, Norway –
Silver Explorer might be cruising past majestic red Devonian sandstone mountains to reach the end of Liefdefjorden, the 5 kilometre long front of Monacobreen and the neighbouring Seligerbreen, a good place to look for seals, Black-legged Kittiwakes and Ivory Gulls. With the strengthened hull of Silver Explorer, we have the perfect platform to search for walrus and polar bears as we devote time to explore the area north-east of Spitsbergen.
Scoresby Sund, Greenland –
Scoresby Sund is named for the Arctic explorer and whaler William Scoresby who charted the region in 1822. We will explore the largest and longest fjord in the world, seeing spectacular icebergs and fascinating wildlife. We plan to cruise by Zodiac along the coastline to look for polar bear and musk ox, and to land at Danmarksø to see the excellently preserved remains of an Inuit settlement, abandoned about 200 years ago. At Cape Hofmann a tundra walk will give impressive views of the landscape and hopefully Arctic hare and musk ox.
Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland –
The little village of Ittoqqortoormiit is one of very few settlements on the east coast of Greenland. About 550 people are living there -approximately 90 percent of them are native Greenlandic. The visit gives the chance to walk around the village, to learn about the sled dogs and their traditional use, and to visit the beautiful little church. The native hunters of Ittoqqortoormiit are allowed to kill 35 polar bears each year and musk ox wool, polar bear claws and other native products are made into souvenirs for sale.
- Meet the inhabitants of Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the few settlements in East Greenland.
Wildlife Watch List:
- Polar bear; Svalbard reindeer; Arctic fox; Artic hare; musk oxen
- Bearded seals, ringed seal, and walrus
- Humpback whales, minke whales, beluga whales and possibly narwhal (Scoresby Sund)
- Birds of note: Barnacle Goose, Common Eider, Black-legged Kittiwake, Herring Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Ivory Gull, Great Skua, Arctic Skua, Razorbill, Common Guillemot, Black Guillemot, Brünnich’s Guillemot, Atlantic Puffin, Snow Bunting, Arctic Tern, Northern Gannet, Northern Fulmar
Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
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