ARCTIC ADVENTURE CRUISE
WITH EXPEDITION SHIP M/S FREYA
AN UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF MIDWINTER ARCTIC, SVALBARD, IT’S ANIMALS AND NATURE UP CLOSE. NOT FAR FROM THE NORTH POLE, WE FIND THE MYTHICAL ARCHIPELAGO OF SVALBARD. VISITING THE HIGH ARCTIC WITH IT’S UNTOUCHED WILDERNESS IS A MAGICAL EXPERIENCE.
JOIN FREDRIK GRANATH, MELISSA SCHÄFER AND EXPEDITIONSRESOR ON AN EXPEDITION INTO THE EXTREME WILDERNESS OF SVALBARD. THE GOAL OF OUR EXPEDITION IS TO EXPERIENCE THE DRAMATIC, RUGGED MOUNTAINS, MIGHTY GLACIERS, BEAUTIFUL FJORDS AND AND ENCOUNTER ALL THE AMAZING WILDLIFE AROUND SVALBARD. THIS IS AN EXCLUSIVE EXPEDITION WITH A SMALL GROUP.
IN APRIL WINTER IS RULING THE ARCHIPELAGO, THE LANDSCAPES ARE STILL COVERED IN SNOW AND THERE IS PLENTY OF DRIFT ICE IN THE FJORDS AND AREAS SURROUNDING THE ISLANDS. OUR SHIP HANDLES THESE WEATHER CONDITIONS WELL AND WE WILL TRAVEL TO THE MOST REMOTE AND UNIQUE AREAS WHERE WE BEST CAN EXPERIENCE THE MAGNIFICENT WORLD OF ICE AND ALL WILDLIFE, OF COURSE INCLUDING THE POLAR BEAR. THIS IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR FOR THE POLAR BEAR, WHEN IT HAS THE ICE IT NEEDS TO HUNT FOR FOOD. HOPEFULLY WE ALSO ENCOUNTER OTHER ANIMALS, LIKE WALRUS, SEALS AND WHEN WE ARE ON LAND, ARCTIC FOX AND REINDEER.
IT IS THE MOST MAGICAL TIME OF THE YEAR. IN EARLY APRIL WE SEE THE LAST DAYS BEFORE THE MIDNIGHT AND, WHEN WEATHER PERMITS IT, BEAUTIFUL COLORS IN THE EVENINGS WITH A LOW SUN AND WARM LIGHT. WITHOUT REAL DARKNESS AT NIGHT WE WILL HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO EXPERIENCE AND PHOTOGRAPH SVALBARD´S NATURE AND WILDLIFE AROUND THE CLOCK.
ONBOARD OUR CHARMING EXPEDITION SHIP M/S FREYA we are comfortably accommodated. During the days, when conditions allow, we leave the ship with our zodiacs to go on land or cruise around in the water, getting close to animals, ice bergs and glaciers. The meals onboard are prepared by our Swedish chef, when it’s possible we can also enjoy late-night barbeques on land or on an ice floe. If someone would like to take a cool swim in the Arctic Ocean there’s a sauna on board where you can get warm afterwards.
M/S FREYA IS THE PERFECT EXPEDITION SHIP. She is small enough to get close to animals and nature, and at the same time she has the strength and power to force her way through close drift ice in a safe way. The ship is newly renovated with spacious twin cabins, a comfortable lounge, a large upper deck and everything we need for a relaxing and exciting expedition.
WHEN WE ARE NOT EXPLORING THE NATURE outside the ship, we enjoy the comfort on deck, looking for polar bears, walrus, seals and other animals, or relax in the comfortable lounge. After exploring the wilderness of Svalbard we return to Longyearbyen the last evening for farewell dinner at restaurant Huset, one of the best restaurants in Norway.
WHEN WE FLY HOME it is difficult to understand how much beauty we have experienced in such short time. One of life’s biggest moments.
IN THE SPRING OF 2017 AND 2018 we made five trips with MS Freya – three private expeditions, and two sold out trips with guests. During these we encountered almost 60 polar bears, and lots of other wildlife, seals, walrus, foxes, as well as even blue whales and orcas. And of course the magical scenery of Svalbard. There are never any guarantees for anything up here though. Nature is the boss. And that is what makes this a true adventure.
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