Explore the spectacular Arctic Ocean around world
famous Norway fjords on this exciting Wilderness
Medicine CME Course.
Arctic Exploration and Scuba Diving
June 22-29, 2017
Approved for 16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
Explore the spectacular Arctic Ocean around
world famous Norway fjords on this exciting
Wilderness Medicine CME Course.
Scuba dive, snorkel, kayak, hike and cruise around
massive icebergs, spot the endangered polar bear, and
explore pristine polar landscapes against the backdrop
of glacier covered peaks.
Your home for the week will be the Plancius, a
state of the art 287 foot polar ship, specially
designed for polar cruising and outfitted for diving
in polar regions. While there will be many
incredible diving and snorkeling opportunities,
non-divers will enjoy the amazing landscapes and
wildlife, kayaking and deep blue waters, hiking
across sweeping tundra, and learning about the
interesting history of the area.
Sailing along the pack-ice of North Spitsbergen
(Norway) provides spectacular opportunities to spot
the Kings of the Arctic: Polar Bears, Walruses, and
Whales. Wildlife lovers will also delight in the
abundance of seals, birds (including Ivory Gull,
Pink-Footed Goose), and suprisingly rich vegetation.
Divers and snorkelers will cherish the deep blue
colors of underwater ice and marine life that
includes: seals, sea butterflies, kelp walls, crabs,
sea snails, hedgehogs, starfishes, and many Arctic
fish. Wilderness and Travel Medicine CME lectures in
the evening will round out the memorable arctic
Wilderness Medicine in the Arctic Trip Highlights:
Your All Inclusive Trip Includes:
- Experience a spectacular Arctic landscape and
- An opportunity to see endangered polar
bears, walruses, whales, seals, and abundant
bird and marine life.
- From the comfort of a specialized polar
ship, cross into territory that relatively few
humans experience beyond 80 degrees North.
- Stay active with world famous Scuba diving,
snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, birding, and
- No shortage of learning opportunities with
an on board naturalist, historian, geologist,
and wilderness and travel medicine expert.
- Trip sponsorship by Diving Unlimited
International: the world's leader in cold water
Pricing (per person):
- All meals, snacks, non-alcoholic drinks and
accommodations on Plancius. Price varies depending
on cabin selection
- All transfers from hotel in Longyearbyen to
ship for departure and from ship to airport in
Longyearbyen upon return
- One night hotel in Longyearbyen prior to
departure on June 21st.
- All activities including diving, snorkeling,
kayaking and special lectures. Use of tanks and
weights included for divers.
- All land based activities conducted from the
ship including photo seminars and guided hikes
Additional CME cost: $695
(Approved for 16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)
- Quad Occupancy: $4799
- Triple Occupancy: $5299
- Twin Occupancy Window: $6899
- Twin Occupancy Deluxe: $7799
- Superior Suite (Twin Occupancy): $8999
Day by Day Itinerary
ARCTIC EXPLORATION AND SCUBA DIVING
WILDERNESS AND TRAVEL MEDICINE CME CONFERENCE:
Day 1: Arrive in Longyearbyen, Norway.
Enjoy the incredible arctic island and
administrative capital of the Spitsbergen
archipelago. Stroll around this former mining town,
whose parish church and Polar Museum are well worth
visiting. Group introductions in the evening.
Day 2: Embarkation and departure from
Before embarking there is an
opportunity to spend more time in and around
Longyearbyen, where more than 100 species of plants
have been recorded. In the early evening the ship
will sail out of Isfjorden, where in the mouth of
the fjord we may see our first Minke Whale.
Day 3: Sail to Raudfjord on the north coast
of West Spitsbergen
Raudfjord is a
beautiful fjord dominated by spectacular glaciers
and favored by Ringed and Bearded Seal. The cliffs
and shoreline of the fjord also support thriving
seabird colonies and a surprisingly rich vegetation,
which flourishes in sheltered spots. Polar bear are
often seen here. Excellent chance for diving around
icebergs and with seals.
Day 4: Monaco Glacier
will veer near the massive 5km long face of the
world famous Monaco Glacier. The waters of the
glacier front are a favorite feeding spot for
thousands of Kittiwake. Polar Bear may be seen on
the glacier, providing wonderful opportunities for
photography. Icebergs from the very active glacier
are common and provide great dive spots.
Day 5: Sail into Hinlopen Strait, home to
the Bearded Seal
Bearded Seal, Ringed
Seal, Polar Bear, Ivory Gull, and Blue Whale
flourish in this area of the Arctic. We'll navigate
the ice floes of Lomfjordshalvoya in our zodiacs and
explore the bird cliffs of Alkefjellet with
thousands of Brunnich's Guillemot. On the east side
of Hinlopen Strait, we'll attempt a landing at
Palanderbukta on Nordaustlandet, home to reindeer,
Pink-footed Goose, breeding Ivory Gull, and Walrus.
Diving around the cliffs is awe inspiring with
thousands of diving birds all around you.
Day 6: Sail toward the North Pole
We'll continue our journey to Seven Islands north of
Nordaustlandet - just 540 miles from the geographic
North Pole. We will try reach our northernmost point
at Phippsoya, 81 degrees North. Polar Bear inhabit
this region, along with Ivory Gull. This is a
special opportunity to watch changing and melting
ice in action.
Day 7: Polar Bears and Westward Bearing
Retracing our route westwards along the pack ice,
we'll keep our eyes peeled for Polar Bear and the
elusive Greenland Whale (Bowhead). About 40 nautical
miles west of Spitsbergen we sail along the edge of
the continental shelf, where Fin Whale forage in
summer in the upwellings along the Spitsbergen
banks. The mouth of the Kongsfjorden also offes good
chances to see Minke Whale. Good diving
opportunities often exist among the fjords.
Day 8: Sail into St. Johns Fjord or to
Seabirds nest on its cliffs
and Arctic Fox search the cliff base for fallen eggs
and chicks, while Spitsbergen Reindeer graze the
relatively luxuriant vegetation. At nighttime we
arrive in Longyearbyen. Plenty of dive sites to
choose from here with the chance of seeing the
walrus in the water as well.
Day 9: Travel home to share your
Arctic adventure with friends and family, or extend
your travels in Scandinavia.
||KAREN B. VAN HOESEN, MD, FACEP:
Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director, UCSD Diving Medicine
Center, University of California San Diego School of Medicine.
||MICHAEL A. LANG, BSc, PhD,
Co-Director, Center of Excellence in Diving, Dept. of Emergency
Medicine, University of California San Diego School of Medicine.
||FAITH ORTINS - An experienced
polar diver with years of expedition experience and a well-known
expert in cold water diving.
For detailed itinerary or to register for
Arctic Exploration and Scuba Diving
Bio Bio Expeditions at 1(800)246-7238
or email Faith