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Akademik Sergey Vavilov: Spitsbergen

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Scandinavian built for the Russian Academy of Science, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov was designed to travel quietly, during hydro-acoustic research. She is exceptionally stable, yet maneuverable. She accommodates 110 guests in 72 cabins in a variety of categories, with private, semi-private, and shared facilities, all with exterior views. Amenities include a sauna and plunge pool. This ship has one elevator between passenger deck levels and the Bridge level.

2015 Itineraries, Dates & Fees

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Off the Beaten Track

By bringing the ‘Off the Beaten Track’ approach from Antarctica to our Arctic 2014 program, One Ocean Expeditions has yet again redefined the adventurous spirit of activity in the Polar Regions. Introducing an option for full day sea kayaking, snowshoeing (Svalbard) and enhanced photography these activities are sure to bring out the most adventurous spirit to play and explore both Spitsbergen and the Canadian Arctic.


Spitsbergen Explorer

We begin our exploration of the Svalbard archipelago in Longyearbyen, capital city of this Norwegian Territory. Following our embarkation of the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, our home for the next nine nights, we sail out of Isfjorden (Ice Fjord) and begin our exploration down the west coast and around the southern end of Spitsbergen, the larger of the two principle islands that make up the bulk of the Svalbard archipelago. From the moment we throw the lines and start our voyage we are in the land of the polar bear, beluga, walrus and reindeer so keep your eyes peeled for wildlife.

 

Spitsbergen Encompassed

Spitsbergen and the Svalbard archipelago offer a tremendous wildlife and bird-life experience, as well as a fascinating lesson in glaciology. The islands are the northernmost inhabited places on the planet and would be permanently locked in ice, if not for the moderating influence of the Atlantic Gulf Stream current. First used as a whaling base in the 17th and 18th centuries, the islands are now celebrated as a breeding ground for many seabirds, along with marine mammals and the elusive polar bear. Our expedition ship is the renowned Akademik Sergey Vavilov, perfectly suited for remote exploration. As we explore the waterways of Svalbard, we enjoy frequent stops at well known wildlife sites, places of historic interest and witness glaciers, ice filled bays, fascinating plant life, all the while soaking up the stunning beauty that surrounds us.


Spitsbergen Encounter

We begin our exploration of the Svalbard archipelago in Longyearbyen, capital city of this Norwegian Territory. Following our embarkation of Akademik Sergey Vavilov, our home for the next nine nights, we sail out of Isfjorden (Ice Fjord) and begin our exploration up and around the northwest coast of Spitsbergen, the larger of the two principal islands that make up the bulk of the Svalbard archipelago. From the moment we throw the lines and start our voyage we are in the land of the polar bear, beluga, walrus and reindeer so keep your eyes peeled for wildlife.


Spitsbergen in Focus: Photographic Symposium

Spitsbergen and the Svalbard archipelago is a remote island chain situated between Norway and the North Pole. These wild and remote islands offer a tremendous wildlife and bird-life experience, as well as a fascinating lesson in glaciology. First used as a whaling base in the 17th and 18th centuries, the islands are now celebrated as a breeding ground for many seabirds, along with marine mammals and the elusive polar bear. Our 10-night itinerary allows for a thorough exploration of the western and northern coastline of the island of Spitsbergen, the largest of the islands that make up the Svalbard archipelago. As we voyage up the coastline we make frequent stops at well-known wildlife sites, places of historic interest and witness glaciers, ice filled bays and fascinating plant life, while soaking up the stunning landscapes that surrounds us. A further highlight of this departure will be the shipboard photography symposium open to all guests. In addition to our regular program of presentations on history, ornithology, geology and the natural world, this unique voyage will have a major focus on photography, with four professional photographers on staff and a professional water color artist.