Just in time for the reopening of the world, Secret Atlas has created all-new adventure expeditions to the land of the polar bears.
So as we’ve all been watching keenly, the world is reopening after the global pandemic. It’s been a long couple of years for many of us, years spent riding the couch instead of a jet plane, and as that all comes to an end we’re sure you’re keen to make up for lost time. If going off the beaten path now appeals; if making for the wilds suddenly beats the hell out of a beach vacation, a new player in the expedition cruise game might be for you.
Secret Atlas has arrived on the expedition cruise market with the launch of several micro cruises for just 12 lucky souls to the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, one of the most coveted destinations for wildlife lovers and polar junkies.
Designed to create a lower impact on the environment than the much larger ships that are now visiting the polar regions, Secret Atlas’ intimate voyages will appeal to worldly gentlemen wishing to experience an authentic expedition combined with the smallest group sizes in the Arctic and Antarctica.
You’ll explore these other worldly locales aboard ice-strengthened, purpose-built expedition vessels; with greater manoeuvrability than larger cruise ships they allows travellers to gain access to remote corners of the world’s most unspoilt wildernesses, get closer to the magical wildlife that call these destinations home, and visit fascinating historical locations along the way. And, since there is space for all guests in the Zodiacs, allowing everyone to go ashore together, there is minimal waiting around resulting in maximum time to explore the polar environment at a leisurely pace.
Of course, you’ll be in good hands, with Secret Atlas offering one of the best-in-industry guide-to-guest ratios of 1:6, which might come in handy when your life literally depends on their expertise.
Among the new micro cruises is Natural Wonders of Svalbard, a 10-day expedition on board the M/V Villawith departures from Longyearbyen during May, June, July and August and timed to experience the natural phenomenon of 24-hour daylight. One of the best places in the world to see polar bears, Svalbard is also home to walrus, whales, Arctic foxes, native reindeer and a plethora of bird species, making it an attractive destination for wildlife enthusiasts, environmentalists and keen photographers.
In fact, if you fancy yourself as a photographer, Secret Atlas is also offering nine-day Natural Wonders of Svalbard Photo Tours during May 2022 and 2023, accompanied by Chase Teron, a highly experienced Arctic wildlife photographer with a passion for teaching his art. Chase will share his skills and expertise with warmth and enthusiasm to support guests in taking the best wildlife shots possible during their voyage. Photography workshops and feedback sessions are included in the price.
And if your mates are just as keen for the sweat taste of adventure as you, Secret Atlas also offers private groups and families of 12 guests the opportunity to charter one of its micro vessels for a customised, private motor yacht expedition to Svalbard of between eight and 15 days. Available between May and September, the private expeditions feature the excitement of walrus haul-outs, wilderness hikes, calving glaciers, stunning scenery and abundant wildlife, all enjoyed in the company of family and friends. The expeditions are led by a highly experienced team and can be tailored to suit the fitness levels of participants.
Leave the beach for the suckers.
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