The Svalbard Archipelago’s rugged glaciers and frozen tundras are a fragile and remote area of vast environmental significance, while Spitsbergen is the largest island. Due to the extraordinary nature of the region, the sailing and expedition schedule is flexible. Your experienced Captain and Discovery Leader will use their expertise to design this section of your voyage from day to day. Making the most of the long hours of daylight, weather and ice conditions to give you the best experience possible in this extraordinary part of the world.
You will enjoy daily Scenic Discovery excursions by Zodiac, kayak and on nature walks to get right up close to the majestic Arctic scenery, tundra landscapes, and wildlife and marine life that surrounds you. Your Scenic Eclipse voyage is in a prime time for wildlife spotting, and there will be opportunities to be on the lookout for the dominant predators of the region including the Polar bear. Marine species include the carefully protected walrus with its characteristic tusks and several species of whales. Once hunted almost out of existence in a region now transformed into a dedicated conservation area, your encounters with these giants of the sea will be a memory to treasure. There will be the chance to cruise the secluded bays, stunning fjords and sparkling glaciers of this unique and special destination. (B/L/D)