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Excursion 5: Rib Boat Adventure to Bird Island
Tour Code: LYN-008
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 2 hours)

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Ride an inflatable craft along a picturesque fjord to a line of sheer cliffs, where you will see thousands of seabirds nesting in the rocks and flying overhead.

After departing from the pier, you will drive a short distance to the RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) station for a brief orientation. To make your upcoming ride in the open boat even more enjoyable, you will don specially made clothing that’s ideal for this environment.

Then, it’s off into Isfjorden, one of the largest, most scenic fjords on Norway’s northern Svalbard archipelago. You will cruise toward the precipitous rocky cliffs that face the open sea and support a stunning variety of seabirds. It’s here that ocean water and fresh glacial water mix, producing an enormous amount of plankton. Crustaceans feed on the plankton, fish feed on the crustaceans, and the thousands of seabirds feast on both of them.

Among the most recognizable birds are black-and-white Little Auks and Atlantic Puffins, which are surprisingly fast flyers and can reach speeds up to 55 mph. You also might spot Northern Fulmars, which are relatives of albatrosses, and Black-legged Kittiwakes, a graceful gull named for its loud, nasal ‘kitti-wake’ call. The juveniles of the species have a distinctive black zig-zag pattern across the wings. One of the larger birds that breeds here is the Barnacle Goose, which makes odd barking sounds.

Your total time on the water is approximately ninety minutes, after which you’ll find yourself back at the RIB station and then transfer back to the pier.

Please note: This tour is mostly seated with limited walking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, those with back problems or pregnant women. Guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. The tour is not recommended for those who are prone to motion sickness. Warm, layered clothing that is wind and water-proof; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, water-proof walking shoes are recommended. The minimum age to participate in this tour is 8 years old.

NOTICE: All Oceania Cruises shore excursion fares are listed per person, and are subject to change and availability. Some tours are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time without prior notice. Tour departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. While Oceania Cruises makes every effort to adhere to the specifics mentioned in each shore excursion description, circumstances may require otherwise. All shore excursion information contained on this website is subject to change without notice at Oceania Cruises’ discretion. Oceania Cruises is not responsible or liable for typographical error, omissions or misprints.

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