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1 POLAR PIONEERS OF SVALBARD If you crave for the return of spring with blossoming trees, warmth and chirping birds, you should consider a classical journey along the Norwegian coast in summer. An expedition to the high Arctic brings you to latitudes where spring is more winter than the deepest wintertime in most of Europe. Wherever we make landfall you ll have the pleasure of leaving footprints in snow and ice. In Spitsbergen there is midnight sun while the winter still reins - a unique combination that you will experience with no other and nowhere else, as we are the only ones sailing this far north. An expedition to the high north Tromsø is the Gateway to the Arctic, so naturally your expedition starts here. In the middle of the Arctic Ocean you find the very isolated island Bjørnøya where you can join a rare landing. Arriving Spitsbergen, we will make attempts to enter fjords where we can expect fast ice ice that is landlocked. In Longyearbyen you can take part in great winter experiences like dogsledding, ice caving and snow scooter driving. Cruising further north to North West Spitsbergen National Park and Kongsfjorden, you will go ashore on landings and excursions to enjoy a winter scene that is beyond imagination. On the way back to the Norwegian mainland, we arrive at North Cape from the north, something very few people will experience. Being back in Tromsø means that you return to urban civilization, a great contrast to the expedition you have just experienced. Optional tours and activities are available, please contact us for details. ITINERARY DAY 1: Tromsø Tromsø is called the Gateway to the Arctic. When polar explorer Roald Amundsen recruited members for his famous expeditions more than100 years ago, he went to Tromsø. This was the only place he could find men (yes it was mostly men back in those days) with navigational experience from Polar waters. He needed men that knew how to survive in the Arctic with a minimum of means, men that had survived an overwintering in Svalbard by trapping and hunting. Today Tromsø is home to experts on polar operations and academics that investigate global warming the in Arctic. It is a melting pot with indigenous people, locals and people from all over Europe. Tromsø is in short still the Gateway to the Artic and a natural starting point for expeditions heading north just like the one you are about to embark on. DAY 2: Bjørnøya

2 Bjørnøya is the southernmost of the Svalbard group of islands. Its nine inhabitants, all members of a scientific crew, find themselves on a very isolated location in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. This small island is known for having the largest concentration of sea birds on the northern hemisphere. This is where the cold waters from the Arctic Ocean meet warm Gulf Stream currents. When these water masses collide nutrient-rich water is pushed up to the surface, making it an "all-you-can-eat" buffet for 126 different bird spices of birds living here. We will try to make a landing here. DAYS 3-4: Exploring Spitsbergen and the Icy Arctic Ocean Leaving northbound from Bjørnøya we will take advantage of the conditions at hand. On an expedition with MS Fram this means that the Captain and Expedition Leader monitors conditions at hand closely; where is the ice edge, how can we expect the ice drift, where is the ice landlocked, what is the prevailing winds and currents. We obviously have some wishes on where to go, but at this time of the year we have to expect weather and especially ice conditions to be highly variable. We will make attempts to enter fjords where we can expect fast ice ice that is landlocked. This is the platform of which the ringed seal cast (gives birth) to their offspring. We will see them as dark dots on the white floor and we know that we only see a small percentage as many are hiding in snowdrifts. This infinite but temporary real-estate is also a perfect hunting ground for polar bears. As we cruise south, we will try to make another stop at Bjørnøya - at a different place this time. DAY 9: North Cape After exploring Spitsbergen we head back to the Norwegian mainland. Arriving North Cape from the north is something very few people will experience. We will pay a visit to Gjessværstappan, a bird cliff that will be teeming with spring breeding arctic species in a cacophony of sound. DAY 10: Tromsø Disembarking in Tromsø, you will feel like a polar hero. The return to civilization will appear like a great contrast to the expedition you have just experienced. DAY 5: Longyearbyen The climate in Spitsbergen is mild compared to the location. Longyearbyen, as one of the northernmost settlements in the world, benefit from the Golf Stream. Through Spitsbergen Travel, a part of Hurtigruten, we offer great winter experiences like dogsledding, ice caving and snow scooter. Please observe that you should not stray outside the city limits without the company of a guide. DAYS 6-7: Exploring Spitsbergen You will certainly notice how different Barentsburg is from Longyearbyen. Everything here happens around the entrance of the coalmine, and there is very little commercial activity available to visitors. You are invited to see a lively culture show or you can visit the hotel or the museum. Then we will continue even further north to North-West Spitsbergen National Park and towards the second biggest fjord system on the west coast of Spitsbergen; Kongsfjorden/Krossfjorden. Come ashore and enjoy a winter scenery beyond imagination. DAY 8: Bjørnøya

3 YOUR SHIP: MS FRAM YOUR SHIP: MS Fram VESSEL TYPE: Expedition LENGTH: 114m PASSENGER CAPACITY: 276 BUILT/REFURBISHED: 2007 MS Fram is designed for sailing in polar waters, holds the highest safety standards and is the perfect size for optimum nautical manoeuverability and guests' comfort. With space for only 276 guests, you are sure to get to know many of your fellow travellers. You will share stunning sights and memories of a lifetime long after returning home. The Norwegian word Fram means 'forward' - lifting expectations of the voyage at hand. MS Fram was built in 2007 with one mission in mind - to bring her guests closer to nature, wildlife and unforgettable experiences. As well as offering numerous lounges in which to relax, our more active guests can use our well-equipped gym. Meanwhile, on deck, our Jacuzzis guarantee you surreal memories when passing the towering icebergs of Antarctica or Greenland.

4 INSIDE YOUR SHIP Arctic Superior Expedition Suite Polar Inside Polar Outside

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