The voyage will set out to North Spitsbergen where one can find favoured hunting grounds for polar bears, whilst walruses can be spotted at various haul-out sites. There will also be opportunities to encounter a number of seal species, including bearded, harp and ringed. Of birdlife, the ptarmigan is particularly interesting as it is one of the few birds capable of enduring the harsh Arctic Winter.
The majority of the voyage will be spent amidst Spitsbergen’
Aqua-Firma and its team of polar experts have previously run a succession of successful voyages to Spitsbergen and are fully experienced in both Arctic sailing and diving. Among the expedition team onboard this exclusive sailing voyage are Aqua-Firma’s very own Marine Scientist and polar expert Charlotte Caffrey, who has herself explored large areas of the world above water and below. Although there will not be any diving under the ice on this trip, there will be a series of evening talks and lectures, including photo details from Charlotte’s diving in the Arctic and Antarctica. Throughout the expedition, the expert expedition staff onboard will be on hand to offer their own personal experience of the Arctic, as well as sharing their knowledge about its wildlife, marine life, geology and history. Depending on weather conditions at the time, passengers may also have the opportunity to try their hands at hoisting the ship’s sails, an opportunity not to be missed.
This stunning vessel offers 16 comfortable cabins, with a choice of double or twin berths and even family units, all fully equipped with en suite facilities. With her three observation decks, she is an incredible ship from which to experience the local wildlife. Her lower decks provide the best vantage points to view mammals such as polar bears, which will be out on the ice with their cubs during September. Meanwhile, her upper decks are ideally suited for scanning the waters below for emerging marine life and looking out for harbour and bearded seals, which can usually be spotted lying on the edge of ice floes. The ship also boasts two onboard zodiacs, enabling passengers to explore the Arctic Wilderness in greater depth and ride to the shore, where a number of treks will be undertaken and various wildlife encounters can be sought.
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Notes to Editors
1. Aqua-Firma specialises in expert led tailor made and small group exploration of wilderness and wildlife where land meets water. Their modes of exploration include inspiring combinations of:
a. Polar sailing and small ship voyages
b. Wildlife & marine life safaris
c. Expert led photography holidays
d. Canoe and lodge safaris
e. Rafting expeditions
f. Yacht charters
g. Conservation in action experiences
h. Snorkelling & scuba diving
i. Family adventures
2. Aqua-Firma is the only travel company to offset the carbon emissions of its clients' polar voyages, and flights booked through the company in joining its polar journeys. Aqua-Firma does this via a Rainforest4Climate programme set up in partnership with Rainforest Concern. This month the company will be donating £4,000 towards the purchase and protection of cloud forest in the Neblina Reserve of Rainforest Concern’s Choco-Andean Rainforest Corridor.
3. 2011 Voyage Dates: Sept 10th - Sept 21st
Price: £2360 p/p in twin and double en-suite cabins
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Aqua-Firma is a travel company driven by a long developed passion for exploring and conserving the best of our planet's wilderness and wildlife - in particular where land and water meet. The areas surrounding the great oceans, rivers, lakes and icecaps can provide some of the most dramatic encounters with wildlife and the natural world.
Our experiences have been created with the input of marine and environmental scientists, professional sailors and divers, conservationists and leading naturalist guides; people who have a passion to communicate the environments they know best. The result is the opportunity to experience wilderness locations in ways which are invigorating, enlightening and responsible.