Trip Information

Duration
9 Days
Departs
July 2021
Ship
Silver Cloud
From
£6935 per person

This Expedition Includes

  • Guided small-group excursions
  • Complimentary parka, water-bottle and backpack
  • Premium dining and beverages
  • In-suite mini-bar
  • Onboard gratuities

Expedition Highlights

  • Explore both the southern and northern regions of the Svalbard archipelago
  • From Kirkenes, take a trip to The Pasvik Valley; one of Europe’s last great wildernesses
  • Zodiac excursions provide the opportunity to see rare birds and search polar bears.
  • Spend a day in Tromsø; renowned as the “Paris of the North”

Itinerary Summary

Embarking Silver Cloud in Longyearbyen, you’ll then sail for Svalbard’s northern region, where deep fjords and prominent glaciers await.

Next, it’s on to Svalbard’s southern region, a less ice-clogged area that was once heavily used by hunters and mining companies.

Day seven of your Silver Cloud expedition cruise sees you arrive at the isolated Bear Island, where its Nature Reserve is frequented by many varieties of seabirds.

Kirkenes is your next port of call and here you will have the option to join a group heading south and into the Pasvik Valley, which sits between Russia and Finland and is home to Norway’s highest concentration of brown bears.

On day nine, Silver Cloud will spend the morning at anchor off Skarsvag, allowing you to head ashore via zodiac – if the weather allows. See the famed globe monument before re-boarding your expedition vessel and heading for the Gjesværstappan Islands, one of Europe’s largest and most accessible nesting areas for Atlantic seabirds.

Day ten completes your voyage and you will disembark Silver Cloud in Tromsø.

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Trip Schedule

  • Day 01 Longyearbyen
  • Day 02-04 Svalbard Northern Region
  • Day 05-06 Svalbard Southern Region
  • Day 07 Cruise & Explore Bear Island
  • Day 08 Kirkenes
  • Day 09 Skarsvag (Nordkapp)/Gverstappen Islands
  • Day 10 Tromsø

About Your Ship

A ship with an illustrious history in the luxury cruise market, the 260-guest capacity Silver Cloud recently underwent an extensive refurbishment programme to transform her into a an ice-class ship. Offering itineraries in the Arctic, Antarctic and on the Norway’s rugged coastline, she is the perfect choice should you be looking to enjoy exciting experiences ashore and a sophisticated onboard experience.

Silver Cloud is equipped with 18 Zodiacs – more than similarly sized ships – which means landings and excursions can be co-ordinated swiftly and efficiently, weather permitting. Owing to the challenge of getting even a small expedition ship close to a landing zone in polar waters these large, inflatable rubber boats are essential.

Onboard, you will find Silver Cloud has a delightfully warm, yet spacious interior. An all-suite ship with more than 75% of the accommodation options offer a private veranda. The suite grades range from the quiet sanctuary of the Vista Suite to the grandeur and opulence of the Owner’s Suite.

Dining on Silver Cloud is certainly an one-of-a-kind experience. She offers the only Relais & Chateaux restaurant in Antarctica, Le Champagne, where the menu combines seasonally prepared dishes and the freshest locally-sourced ingredients. The other dining venues onboard Silver Cloud include the Italian restaurant, La Terraza and a Pool Bar & Grill; a more relaxed affair where seafoods and prime cuts are cooked to order.

Although much of the time on your Silver Cloud expedition will be spent exploring ashore or by Zodiac, there will also be ample time to relax and enjoy the ship’s luxurious surroundings and facilities. With amenities akin to that of a boutique hotel, Silver Cloud has a heated outdoor swimming pool, whirlpools, a fitness centre, beauty salon, spa and internet cafe.

Other public spaces include a panoramic lounge, which proffers stunning ocean views; a show lounge and a top-deck observation lounge which is the ideal place for pre and post-dinner drinks.

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