Ice In Its Natural Habitat, A Cruise To Spitsbergen
The 120-passenger MS Expedition is the latest yacht to offer cruises to the remote frozen land of Spitsbergen through Hurtigruten cruises. The MS Expedition is no spring chicken. It was built in Helsingør, Denmark in 1972 but underwent a complete rebuilding and modernization last year. The ship features a panorama lounge, expedition lounge, restaurant, library, bar, fitness room and sauna. All cabins face outside and have their own window. Zodiacs are used for expedition landings as well as for navigating the narrow straits of the arctic landscape for up-close views of the glaciers and wildlife. The frozen ecosystem is rich in natural beauty and supports walrus, polar bears, reindeer, seabirds and geese. Tours of Spitsbergen and surrounded areas are available in nine, 12 and 16-day packages and early booking fares start at $5,686. Dress warm.