2015 Svalbard Arctic Total Solar Eclipse Overview
|Sunday – Monday||March 15 - 16||Oslo Pre-Nights Option|
|Day 1||Tuesday||March 17||Arrival Oslo, Norway|
|Day 2||Wednesday||March 18||Depart Oslo for Longyearbyen, Svalbard|
|Day 3||Thursday||March 19||Longyearbyen|
|Day 4||Friday||March 20||Total Solar Eclipse – Longyearbyen|
|Day 5||Saturday||March 21||Longyearbyen|
|Day 6||Sunday||March 22||Depart Svalbard for Oslo, Norway|
|Day 7||Monday||March 23||Oslo – Onward|
|Monday – Saturday||March 23 - 28||Add-on - Norwegian Coastal Voyage|
Arrival Oslo, Norway
Upon arrival in Oslo’s Gardermoen airport (code: OSL), and after you pass through immigration it’s an easy three-minute covered walk from the arrivals terminal to our hotel for the night. Take your time getting settled, then drop by the TravelQuest Hospitality Desk, located in one of our hotel’s meeting rooms, for important information on the next morning’s departure to Svalbard. For the rest of the day you’re free to relax in the hotel or discover Oslo, just 20 minutes away by train – or choose among the many other transport options for exploring this fascinating northern capital.
Overnight: Radisson Blu Airport Hotel
Depart Oslo for Longyearbyen, Svalbard
After your morning checkout, it’s once again a quick walk to the departures terminal for our flight to Svalbard. We arrive in mid-afternoon at Longyearbyen Airport, where your TravelQuest representative coordinates the seamless coach transfer to our hotel. En route, a local expert shares important tips on Arctic travel and explains some interesting customs of the local people we’ll meet.
After checking in, join us for a special Wilderness Evening at Camp Barentz, located in the nearby Advent Valley. The camp is an oasis in the wilderness, its open fireplaces adding to the warm, welcoming atmosphere in a unique collection of buildings. Among them are an authentic gamme, a type of house built by native people in northern Norway, as well as a lavvo, the traditional tent of the Sami. The camp also features a replica of the cabin that Willem Barentsz and his crew made from their ship’s timbers when it became stuck in the ice off Novaya Zemlya following their discovery of Spitsbergen.
Our Camp Barentz hosts greet you with a traditional meal followed by coffee and cake. After an expert presentation on the King of the Arctic – the polar bear – you can meet the camp’s friendly huskies and listen as the hosts share their tales of Arctic adventure, along with some incredible photographs. Then it’s time to join your trip astronomer for an evening viewing of the stars and quite possibly the amazing aurora borealis – with plenty of hot drinks, plus a standing invitation to come inside whenever you feel like warming up a little.
Overnight: Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, Spitsbergen Hotel or similar (4 nights)
Total Solar Eclipse – Longyearbyen
After the eclipse we return to our hotel for lunch. The rest of the day you’re at your leisure to enjoy another optional activity or just explore on your own around town. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a celebratory eclipse dinner followed by another night of optional aurora viewing at Camp Barentz.
Today is yours to enjoy Svalbard as you wish. Relax at your lodge with a good book or choose from an array of optional activities (see the box above) that includes everything from ice caving to snowmobile excursions among the fjords and glaciers – or perhaps to an abandoned Russian mining town.
Depart Svalbard for Oslo, Norway
Overnight: Radisson Blu Airport Hotel
Oslo – Onward
IMPORTANT: TravelQuest, working with our partners, makes every effort to follow the published itinerary. However, please keep in mind that it is subject to change at the discretion of expedition staff, depending on weather and other local conditions.
Oslo Pre-Nights Option
Cost: $220 USD per person, per night double occupancy. $345 USD per person, single occupancy and $260 USD per person triple occupancy. Rates include breakfast and tax.
Optional: Norwegian Coastal Voyage Post-tour Add-on
March 23–28, 2015
Experience authentic Norway on an unforgettable coastal journey from Trondheim to Kirkenes. Aboard Hurtigruten’s M/S Trollfjord you can search the Arctic night sky for the greatest lightshow on Earth — the Aurora Borealis, and visit Europe’s most northern point, The North Cape. Space is limited, so book early!
Arrive Trondheim, Norway
Overnight: Rica Hotel Trondheim Nidelven or similar
Embark on the M/S Trollfjord – Depart Trondheim
Overnight: M/S Trollfjord (4 nights)
Bodø – Lofotr Viking Feast
Later this evening, join your fellow travelers for the Lofotr Viking Feast held in the Lofotr Viking Museum – a recreation of the largest Viking building ever found. Here you will enjoy live performances of Viking history and be guests of the Chieftain and Lady of the house for a real Viking feast. Afterwards, you will return by motor coach to your waiting ship in Svolvær.
Tromsø – Polar History Walk
Kirkenes – Tour Ends
PAYMENTS & TERMS
Prices are per person based on double occupancy.
|Category U||Outside cabins, decks 8 & 7. Separate beds, one bed can be turned into a sofa, and table. Upper decks. 118 sq. ft.||$4,670|
|Category Q2||Mini-suites on decks 7 & 6, with view. Seating area, Queen bed, TV and mini-bar. Approximately 200 sq. ft.||$5,520|
|Category MG||Grand Suites on deck 8, with bay window. One room with Queen bed, seating area, TV, stereo, Internet access, mini-bar. Approximately 400 sq. ft.||$6,285|
Single room supplement $840
Note: limited single cabins available. Suites can only be booked in double occupancy. All other categories are subject to availability only.
HURTIGRUTEN’S M/S TROLLFJORD PAGE
In 1893, Captain Richard With’s steamer, DS Vesteraalen, was brought into regular service along the coast of Norway, and Hurtigruten was established. The service offered several weekly departures, first from Trondheim to Hammerfest and later from Bergen to Kirkenes in only seven days. He called this important connection ‘Hurtigruten’ (the fast route).
120 years later, Hurtigruten still carries freight and passengers, but with an added focus on tourism as well. With their extensive maritime expertise, Hurtigruten’s captains ensure that guests and goods are safely carried from port to port. Today, as then, the Hurtigruten ships are a part of Norwegian coastal life.
The emphasis on board this coastal voyage ship is on relaxation and getting away from commercial entertainment, which is so often a part of conventional cruises. Hurtigruten aims only to get closer to unique environments and share the experience with fellow passengers.
Named after the famous Trollfjord, situated between the Vesterålen and the Lofoten Islands. the MS Trollfjord's is one of the newest ships in the Hurtigruten fleet. On board the ship you will enjoy a comfortable interior, with an extensive use of Norwegian wood and stone, a beautiful panorama lounge, and discover original paintings by the Lofoten artist Kaare Espolin Johnsen, paintings that were originally on board the old Hurtigruten ship MS Harald Jarl.
U - Outside cabins, deck 8. Separate beds, one bed can be turned into a sofa, and table. Upper decks. 118 sq. ft.
Q2 – Mini-suites on decks 7 & 6, with view. Seating area, Queen bed, TV and mini-bar. Approximately 200 sq. ft.
MG - Grand Suites on deck 8, with bay window. One room with Queen bed, seating area, TV, stereo, Internet access, mini-bar. Approximately 400 sq. ft.
Passenger Capacity: 822
Gross Tonnage: 16, 140 tons
Overall length: 445 ft
Beam: 71 ft
• Internet café - free wireless internet in public areas, not in cabins
• Panorama lounge
• Mutliple cafés and bars
• Horisont Gallery
• Fitness room
• Elevator serving all passenger cabin decks
• Formal dining room
• Two sun decks
• Laundry rooms with washing machines, dryers and irons.
• Safes at reception area
An $800 USD per person advance payment confirms your space. The balance is due December 17, 2014. Cancellations must be made in writing via email, fax or mail. All advance payments, less a US$150 per person service fee, are refundable through November 21, 2014.There are no refunds after November 21, 2014. We highly recommend that all travelers obtain trip cancellation insurance.
CURRENCY EXCHANGE RATES
All tour prices brochure are based on tariffs, taxes, costs, and United States dollar exchange rates that were in effect at the time of publication. Due to the volatility of currency markets, prices herein are subject to change. You will be advised of details and costs prior to departure.
Add-on trip includes:
• 5 nights accommodation
• Domestic flights from Oslo to Trondheim and Kirkenes to Oslo.
• Meals as noted in itinerary, including water, coffee and tea
• All tours, admissions and transportation as noted in itinerary.
• Airport/hotel and hotel/pier arrival and departure transfers (Trondheim) and pier/airport departure transfers (Kirkenes) for dates of the tour only.
• Passport and visa costs
• Meals not included in the itinerary
• Alcoholic beverages and beverages other than coffee, water and tea
• Tips to driver and guides
• All expenses associated with non-included touring
• Transportation not included in the itinerary
• Items of a personal nature – laundry, phone calls, spa treatments, etc.