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In our Arctic cruise 2019, we are going to touch base at 80 degrees north, the island of Spitsbergen which is in the Svalbard archipelago off the coast of Norway, very close to the North Pole.
We are going to take you to Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago off the coast of Norway, which is close to the North Pole. On the map it is midway between the North Pole and Norway.
This a 7 Nights / 8days journey which starts and ends in Paris.
We board the ship from Longyearbyen, the largest town and capital of Spitsbergen that is also a fishing village. But ours is a Paris to Paris package so the journey begins from there.
On a scheduled flight from Europe, Longyearbyen would take 15 hours whereas on our private chartered flight you will reach in 4 hours.
Contrary to belief, it is not cold all the time throughout the year. June-July are peak summer months in the Svalbard, Arctic with 24 hours of daylight.
June is the ideal time to visit the Svalbard archipelagos in Arctic, with temperatures ranging from 0 to 5° C. As we enter into the Arctic summer in June you will enjoy magnificent views of the Midnight Sun as the sun doesn’t set and you experience day light for 24 hours.
Dress in layers, enough to insulate yourself, but don’t overdress also to an extent that your body temperature exceeds. Protect your head, feet, fingertips and nose from frostbite as these are sensitive to extremities in the weather.
You will be given a Polar Parka suited to your size for you to keep you warm for all the excursions and a pair of boots as well. On board our luxury cruise, temperatures are regulated to the best of your comfort.
The Arctic Circle is approximately at a latitude of 66.5 degrees north from the equator. This means that this journey takes us beyond the Arctic Circle, further up toward the North Pole at 80 Degrees North.
There are 40 different ethnic people living in the Arctic.
Longyearbyen, the capital of Spitsbergen, is the northernmost inhabited town in the Arctic with over 2000 people living their daily lives there. You can expect to encounter some indigenous tribes on your journey to Svalbard.
Yes, a population of over 20,000 polar bears abound in the Arctic. Known as the Lord of the Arctic, witnessing the polar bear is a rare sight and a bucketlist item for globetrotters. Spitsbergen in the month of June is the ideal destination to spot these Great Bears.
In the beginning of the journey we touch base at Hornbreen. The glacier debouches into Hornsund where you will be met by the Great Bears of the land. Since we are taking you beyond Longyearbyen, to the ice floes further north, chances of catching a glimpse of this much sought after animal is more.
Yes, a burst of colours on the fjords and bergs of the Arctic, the largest colony of puffins live in the Arctic.
Large bird cliffs can be spotted in Bellsund in Svalbard, where huge colonies of these puffins abound.
The highlight of this journey will be spotting the Lord of the Arctic, the Polar Bear. This journey is a unique wildlife safari as you can look forward to seeing reindeers, walruses, seals, arctic foxes, arctic terns, whales, puffins.
Spitsbergen is the Wildlife Capital of the Arctic and that is exactly where you are going so you can expect an enthralling wildlife expedition on this luxury cruise.
No, penguins are endemic to the Southern Hemisphere, not the Arctic.
There are 1,700 species of plants on the Arctic tundra, including flowering plants, dwarf shrubs, herbs, grasses, mosses, and lichens. Permafrost, a layer of soil and partially decomposed organic matter, is frozen year-round.
The surprise element of the Arctic summer is the vibrant colorful wild flowers adding life to the blue landscape; it is indeed rare to sight an iced caped mountain with a burst of wild flowers.
Since the Arctic and also the southern polar regions receive almost no precipitation, rain or snow, they are the coldest deserts in the world. The Arctic receives almost as less rain as the Sahara. It is always frozen as it is so cold that the snow that falls doesn’t melt.
The Arctic Ocean is the least saline of all oceanic waters due to low evaporation levels and limited connectivity to surrounding waters with higher salinities. As known, water bodies with higher component of salt freezes more quickly. This is why the Arctic Ocean is frozen throughout the year.
In the summers when we visit around mid June, the ice melts enough for ships to be able to navigate the still icy waters and explore the unique wildlife of the land.
The best time to visit the Arctic is between May and September. In June, 24 hours of daylight is guaranteed and this allows us to make atleast two landings on the shores of Svalbard in Arctic.
There are many way to reach The Arctic. Paris is the gateway to the Svalbard archipelagos, in the northern Arctic regions and hence is the best route to take for our journey. You will reach the Arctic through Paris for our exclusive curation of 80 Degrees North.
Cruising into Svalbard, you will witness glaciers and ice structures that have been in existence for years, some of which stretch as long as 20km and few of them have identified names. The icy structures in this region are a unique form of art. The varied wild life and the Lord of the Arctic, the Polar Bears endemic to the region, makes the place unique.
A journey to Svalbard in the Arctic will require you to apply for the Schengen Visa and we, at The Q, can assist you with the same.
Your journey to Svalbard will require you to take a flight to Paris after which you will join the group on a chartered flight to Longyearbyen- the capital of Spitsbergen. From India the airfare ranges between INR 50,000 to INR 1,50,000 depending on choice of economy/ business class.
The expected cost is around INR 15,80,000 per couple for an Albatross Room (194 sq ft)
Children below 6 are not permitted to join us on board. Any child above this age can cruise along with you to the Arctic.
Yes, our experience designers and travel experts can surely present other options to you subject to availability.
Apart from luxury polar cruises, The Q also handcrafts experiences customized to your interests so a unique journey can be put together by our team of experience designers. Being a luxury travel organization, we maintain certain standard of services. We believe that no two travellers can be the same. Hence at the helm of the organization, team members worth 50 years of differentiated experience in tourism and travel, curate not only group journeys but individual travel too.