Ship - Silver Wind

A major upgrade in December 2018 saw Silver Wind looking better than ever. A second refurbishment in November 2021 will see her benefitting from a strengthened to ice-class hull and will make her one of the most adaptable ships in our fleet. Still timelessly elegant, still luxuriously relaxed, her improved cruising versatility means she is able to whizz from the Polar Regions at the ends of the earth to the iconic ports of the Mediterranean with fluid ease. So whether you want to get up close and personal to penguins in Antarctica or laze on the golden sands of the Caribbean, get ready for a wealth of diverse destination experiences, in traditional Silversea comfort.

Highlights:

The Arctic is a destination that will reward you richly. It is the land at the very top of the earth, it is the road less travelled and by far it is one of the most unexplored parts of the world. Leaving the pretty painted houses of Longyearbyen in your wake, embark on the voyage of a lifetime to frozen landscapes and virgin tundra. Gaze amazed at the beauty of this frozen wonderland, scanning the skyline for the King of the Arctic – aka the Polar Bear – during daily Zodiac trips.

 

  • Day 1

    Longyearbyen - NORWAY

    Longyearbyen is the biggest settlement in Svalbard. Seat of the Norwegian administration, it also has the best services and infrastructure in the archipelago. Located deep in the Adventfjord, a sidearm of the Isfjorden (Icefjord), Longyearbyen’s airport can be used all-year round, but its harbor is blocked by ice in winter. Most shops, hotels, restaurants and a hospital are within easy walking distance of the port. One of the most prominent buildings in town is the UNIS center, where several Norwegian universities have joined forces to operate and offer the northernmost higher education to both Norwegian and international students. Adjacent to UNIS, and well worth a visit, is the Svalbard Museum, covering the natural history and exploitation of Svalbard. Remnants of the former mining activity can be seen all around Longyearbyen and even in town.

  • Day 2-4

     Svalbard Northern Region - NORWAY

    Svalbard’s northern region is less influenced by the Norwegian Current coming through the Greenland Sea than the southern region and shows more ice. The northern part of the island of Spitsbergen shows quite a number of impressive fjords, bays and glaciers. The Nordaust Svalbard Nature Reserve includes Spitsbergen’s east coast, the Hinlopen Strait, Nordaustlandet and some islands further east like Kvitoya and Storoya. Several walrus haul-outs, spectacular glaciers, bird cliffs and bird islands, as well as surprising flora in Arctic deserts and the possibility to see polar bears and to visit historically important sites make this an area prone for exploration. Ice conditions will dictate which sites can be seen.

     

    4 Included Shore Excursions 

    Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition Team 

    You will do several Zodiac cruises near some of the most spectacular glaciers in the northern region, in order to give guests the opportunity to admire icebergs, Bergy Bits and glacier fronts from a safe distance. We search for wildlife on these cruises and often are fortunate enough to come across Beluga, Humback Whales and several species of seal.

    Hiking with Silversea Expedition Team

    You will be doing a number of hikes of different lengths that suit a variety of abilities. You will be walking along the Arctic landscapes and tundra to get a little closer to bird cliffs, Arctic Fox, Reindeer and many other species. This happens under the constant watch of our Bear Guards who are always on the look out to protect us from Polar Bears.

    Kayaking with Silversea Expedition Team
    There are daily opportunities to join our experienced Kayaking team for the spectacular privilege of getting out on to kayaks in this region away from the noise and close to the water. Guests may sign up for this amazing experience once on board, should they comply with a few conditions to participate in this adventurous activity

    Expedition activities with Silversea Expedition Team
    There are not many communities to visit in this part of the world, however you will be visiting some landing sites where there are historical remains of whaling and sealing communities in years gone by.

  • Day 5-7

    Svalbard Southern Region - NORWAY

    Svalbard’s Southern Region and specifically Spitsbergen’s west coast is less ice-clogged than the rest of Svalbard due to the moderating influenced of the Gulf Stream. Several fjords cut into the western coast of Spitsbergen and have been used by trappers and hunters, as well as the different mining companies that tried to exploit the riches of the archipelago’s largest island of Spitsbergen. Remains of huts and mines, as well as active commercial and scientific settlements can be found and visited. Depending on the time of the season, glaciers can be visited on foot or by sea. Hornsund will reveal fascinating views of geological formations, craggy mountains, spectacular glaciers and a variety of seabirds and seals.

     

    4 Included Shore Excursions  - Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition Team 

    You will do several Zodiac cruises near some of the most spectacular glaciers in the southern region, in order to give guests the opportunity to admire icebergs, Bergy Bits and glacier fronts from a safe distance. We search for wildlife on these cruises and often are fortunate enough to come across Beluga, Humback Whales and several species of seal.
     

    Hiking with Silversea Expedition Team 

    You will be doing a number of hikes of different lengths that suit a variety of abilities. You will be walking along the Arctic landscapes and tundra to get a little closer to bird cliffs, Arctic Fox, Reindeer and many other species. This happens under the constant watch of our Bear Guards who are always on the look out to protect us from Polar Bears.
     

    Kayaking with Silversea Expedition Team 

    There are daily opportunities to join our experienced Kayaking team for the spectacular privilege of getting out on to kayaks in this region away from the noise and close to the water. Guests may sign up for this amazing experience once on board, should they comply with a few conditions to participate in this adventurous activity.

     

    Expedition activities with Silversea Expedition Team 

    There are not many communities to visit in this part of the world, however you will be visiting some landing sites where there are historical remains of whaling and sealing communities in years gone by

  • Day 8

    Cruise & Explore Bear Island (Svalbard) -NORWAY

    Bear Island is considered Svalbard’s southernmost island, roughly half way between Spitsbergen and Norway’s North Cape. Although the last polar bears were seen in 2004, the name goes back to Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz and his visit in 1596. The island has been used to hunt walrus, for whaling, and even coal mining has taken place. The strategic location on the border of the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea has led to a meteorological station being set up by Norway near Gravodden on Bear Island’s north coast. Some two thirds of the island is a relatively flat plain with shallow freshwater lakes and Ramsar Wetland, while the entire island and the surrounding waters are a Nature Reserve. Bear Island has also been designated an Import Bird Area as it is a staging area for Pink-footed and Barnacle Geese and the steep cliffs south of Sørhamna are home to thousands of breeding seabirds. This is a specially protected area where Zodiacs are allowed to cruise along the cliffs around Kapp Kolthoff. In smaller amounts Atlantic Puffins, Northern Gannets, Glaucous Gulls and Great Skuas are found in between the large Black-legged Kittiwake, Little Auk, Common Guillemot and Brünnich’s Guillemot colonies. The constant battering of the sea has not only created impressive sea caves and tunnels, but unfortunately the Russian vessel Petrozavodsk shipwrecked near Revdalen at the base of the limestone cliffs and the waves are causing a continuous disintegration of the remains of the ship.

  • Day 9

    Skarsvag (Nordkapp) - NORWAY

    For those who like to travel far (very far) off the beaten track, then you have found your Nordic nirvana in Skarsvag. Large, sparsely populated (there are just 60 human year round residents), and a joy to all those who revel in stark, unbridled beauty, Skarsvag also enjoys the auspicious title of being the world’s most northerly fishing village. But rolling hills, prolific birdlife and arctic fjords aside, Skarsvag is above all famous for its proximity to the North Cape. Found on the island of Magerøya, the most northernmost point of Europe above the arctic circle is a bucket list basic. Stand beneath the massive metal globe and gaze out onto the Barents Sea, where the only land between you and the North Pole is the Svalbard archipelago. This is truly the land of the midnight sun – in fact, you are so far north that the sun doesn’t even dip beneath the horizon between May and mid-July. The island’s famous bird cliffs are quite spectacular, and home to thousands of puffins, gannets and cormorants. Those willing to hike to cape Knivskjellodden, the northernmost point on Magerøya, will be rewarded with stunning cliff face views of the North Cape Plateau. Before leaving, head into the impressive North Cape Hall for exhibitions on the North Cape’s history. Travellers have been visiting since 1664, when Italian priest Francesco Negri arrived, so there are some tales to tell! More intriguingly, a tunnel has been hewn into the rock, leading down to the cliff face, complete with a chapel.

    3 Included Shore Excursions  - The North Cape (with Guide)

    Enjoy the awe-inspiring vistas along Europe's far northern shores and enjoy an independent visit at the splendid North Cape. Located on the reaches of Magerøya Island where the Norwegian and Barents Seas meet, the cliffs of Nordkapp rise more than 1,000 feet from the sea waters and are topped by a large, flat plateau.

    Depart the pier and drive 30 minutes to arrive at the North Cape Hall, where there is time to take in its spectacular vista of barren tundra. The North Cape Hall has shopping facilities, post office and a chapel, a bar, restaurants and a cinema with a 225-degree wide-screen.

    Watch an audio-visual presentation of Magerøya and the North Cape, showing the magnitude of the area's breathtaking scenery throughout the four seasons. Adjacent to the cinema there is a Hall of Fame, with models of important events that have taken place at the North Cape Plateau, and Cave of Lights with a terrace offering a nice view of the ocean further north. There is ample time for photo opportunities, shopping, writing and posting cards, or simply finding yourself the perfect overlook to enjoy the breathtaking views.

    Make the return drive to the pier, with a photo stop at the Tufjord viewpoint along the way.

    Kayaking with Silversea Expedition Team

    Today guests can paddle around the most northern tip of Europe with their Kayak Guide, along the rugged coast of northern Norway. You will be on the look out for bird life such as Puffins, Shags, Razor Bills and many more as you admire the spectacular Cliffs of Nordkap from below.

    Expedition activities with Silversea Expedition Team

    You have the opportunity to come ashore today and explore the quaint fishing village of Skarsvag, the most northern town accessible by road in Europe. Enjoy a coffee at the only restaurant in town and admire the reindeer grazing just above the village. Most guests will join a bus tour and head up to the Nordkap View Point and Visitor Center to visit the northern tip of Europe. It is also possible to visit a Sami community on the way, where you get to see Reindeer up close.

    Cruising Along North Cape - NORWAY

    Situated at the very north tip of Norway and inside the Arctic Circle, there is something very special about being (almost) at the top of the world. Called the northernmost point of Europe, the North Cape (Nordkapp in Norwegian) lies about 1,306.3 mi from the North Pole, with no dry land between except for the Svalbald archipelago. Home to where the Atlantic and Arctic oceans meet, this is the true land of the midnight sun – constant spectacular scenic views and 24-hour sunlight lends itself to a sense of giddy informality aboard. Just imagine sipping a chilled glass of champagne at the very top of the world in full daylight at midnight – sensational. Be sure to be on the lookout for hundreds of thousands of puffins, gannets, cormorants, seals, dolphins and whales that make this stretch of chilly water their home. Not forgetting the colourful, compact fishing villages, so at odds with the otherwise this stark, barren landscape.

    Gjesværstappan Islands - NORWAY

    Home more than a million birds that perch atop its cliffs, the Gjesværstappan islands are a marvel of nature. Gjesværstappan is a grouping of nearly one hundred islands and rocks, mostly high, steep-sided islands covered in grass that is nearly covered by seabirds. These islands were designated as a nature reserve in 1983 due to their importance as nesting grounds for many species of seabirds, some of them endangered. A birdwatcher’s paradise, Gjesværstappan is noted as one of the more easily-accessed nesting areas inEurope for viewing Atlantic seabirds. It is comprised of several particularly large, tall islands, including Storstappan (rising 283 meters, or 928 feet, out of the sea), Kjerkestappen (166 meters or 545 feet) and Bukkstappen (92 meters, 302 feet). On Storstappan alone, more than one million nesting birds have been counted, and visitors are not allowed to set foot here between June and August to protect its activity as a nesting and breeding ground. The islands of Gjesværstappan are home to one of the most important colonies of Atlantic Puffins in Norway. Other birds that visitors may see include White-tailed Eagles, Arctic Skuas, Common Eider Ducks, Razorbills, Guillemots (black and common), Great Cormorants, Gannets and other species. Tour the islands from a small water craft (kayak or Zodiac) and prepare to be amazed at the splendor of the dramatic cliffs rising from the sea, vibrant and positively teeming with birdlife.

     

    2 Included Shore Excursions - Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition Team 

    Today will be one of the most spectacular Zodiac cruises anyone can ever do, as we circumnavigate the coastline of Gjesverstaeen Island, a renowned birding reserve. This Island is covered in Puffins, Razor Bills, Cormarant and White Tailed Sea Eagles in their thousands gliding above. Cruise along peacefully, alongside so many of these species that are rafting in the water beside your Zodiac, flying over you or nesting ashore.

    Kayaking with Silversea Expedition Team 

    This will be a spectacular Kayaking experience where you will get up close with several thousand birds during the paddle. Your expert guides will lead you as you circumnavigate the island on this spectacular experience.

  • Day 10

    Tromsø - NORWAY

    Feel your heart flutter, as you catch your first glimpse of that famous emerald haze dancing across the stars, during your visit to this wonderful Arctic gateway. Located in the far north of Norway, a visit to Tromso beckons you to the extremes of this magical country, to explore a fairytale land of jagged mountains, glistening glaciers and husky-pulled sledges. Despite its remote location, you'll discover a perhaps surprisingly cosmopolitan city, with a healthy student population injecting plenty of energy. Sat 250 miles above the Arctic Circle - at 69° north - you can bathe in the midnight sun's glow during summer, before winter brings the thick blackness and starry skies of endless polar nights. The darkness doesn't stop the fun - with a polar night half-marathon taking place in January - but the return of the sun is always a reason for a celebration here. To get the best view over the city, take the cable car to Storsteinen's amazing viewpoint. Magnificent views down over the city, fjord and Tromso's arching bridge will unravel before you. Learn more about northerly traditions, polar expeditions and arctic hunting at the Polar Museum. The Science Centre, meanwhile, explains how humans have harnessed and survived these epic landscapes over the years, and explores Tromso's breathtaking natural spectacle - the northern lights. The city is famed for its extraordinary viewing opportunities, which are often said to be the best in the world. The Alpine Botanic Garden is the most northern such garden on the planet, showcasing some of Norway's hardiest plantlife, which survives and thrives at this nose-bleeding altitude.

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Arrival Date: 

12th July, 2023

 

Departure Date:

 21st July, 2023

 

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