Arctic Cruise : Sailing Around Spitsbergen, 16 days/15 nights

Ship : Noorderlicht

This two-masted sailing vessel was originally built in 1910 but has since been restored into a unique 20 passenger ship capable of the sailing the world's seven seas. Because of its smaller size of only 20 passengers, you will have a more intimate experience helping with the sails on the vessel and spending lots of time with Zodiac landings and on-shore excursions.

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Twin Shared Facilities

All cabins have upper and lower berths, a cupboard, and a wash basin with hot and cold water.

Twin Shared Facilities
Double Occupancy

$4160.00
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Photo taken during the Arctic Cruise Sailing Around Spitsbergen, 16 days/15 nights aboard the Noorderlicht

This voyage will offer you a trip on a two-mast sailing vessel through Spitsbergen. You will experience the incredible landscapes and rich wildlife as you make various landings ashore to explore this truly impressive region of the world.

Day 01 : Longyearbyen-Alkhornet-Tryghamna

After arriving Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, you may wish to visit the Svalbard Museum with its interesting collection of history pertaining to Spitsbergen, the mining industry, and polar exploration. In the afternoon we will sail for Alkhornet home to a large colony of Kittiwakes. Below the cliffs is a den with Arctic Foxes which scavenge fallen eggs and chicks. We will continue to Tryghamna to visit the remains of the seventeenth century English whaling station and an eighteenth century Russian Pomor station.

Day 02 : Forlandsundet-Fuglehuken

Early in the morning we will leave Tryghamna toward Forlandsundet. As long as the weather is on our side we will go ashore at Fuglehuken where the first Western Europeans set foot on Spitsbergen. Here we will observe the graves of whalers and visit colonies of Common Guillemots, Brünnich's Guillemots, Little Auks and Kittiwakes. Nearby we may have the chance to see Harbour Seals and Walruses.

Day 03 : Smeerenburg

Today we will visit the remains of Smeerenburg, the largest seventeenth century whaling settlement of Spitsbergen. We also plan to land at Ytre Norskoya, home to many graves dating back to the whaling days.

Day 4-15 : Exploring Spitsbergen

We will either continue on to Sorgfjord in search of walruses or to Murchison Bay to visit the Reindeer and a Swedish research station. As we continue through Hinlopen Strait we will be surrounded by icecaps. We will land in Lomfjord, a beautiful fjord surrounded by high mountains. Augustabukta is a lovely bay close to a glacier which is crevasse free, allowing us to walk without difficulty. On a nearby cliff are the rare and beautiful Ivory Gull nests and Black Guillemots. Reindeer, Polar Bears, and Walruses are usually seen in this area as well. We next sail towards the impressive Brasvell Glacier. We may take an excursion to Svartknausflya, a desolate polar desert almost devoid of vegetation. Another option is a visit to Wilhelmøya with its raised beaches littered with sub-fossilized whale skeletons. This is also a popular hangout for polar bears. Sailing through the narrow Heleysundet between Spitsbergen and Barentsøya can only be done against the current, a very spectacular journey. As an alternative, if conditions do not favor us we will sail through Freemansundet. At Kapp Lee, we will walk through beautiful Rosenbergdalen to see Reindeer. For walkers it is great hike from here to Diskobukta. In Diskobukta we plan to visit a large colony of Kittiwakes which nest in a canyon. Arctic Foxes and Polar Bears with young often roam through the canyon scavenging on young birds which fall from the ledges. On the raised beaches there are many sub fossilized whale skeletons. Kong Ludvigøyane is home to various breeding places for Walruses. On the islands there are also remains of the whale, walrus and polar bear hunting periods. Close encounters with polar bears are virtually guaranteed here. Continuing our exploration of southern Spitsbergen, we will sail into the labyrinth of side fjords in Hornsund. Behind Brepollen, a large glacial deposit at the head of the fjord, we will sail along a beautiful glacier front with great opportunity to see Bearded Seals and Polar Bears. The geological formations in this area are very spectacular and colorful. We will also pay a visit to the Polish research station at Isbjørnhamna where the friendly crew will discuss their scientific programs. On our way to Longyearbyen we sail into Bell Sund to reach Midterhuken, with its interesting geological formations and the remains of the seventeenth century English whaling industry. Bell Sund is a good area for observing Belugas. If time allows we will pay a visit to Barentsburg, the only inhabited Russian settlement in Spitsbergen, or to Colesbukta, an abandoned Russian coal mining settlement. From Colesbukta strong walkers may decide to partake in a six hour walk to Longyearbyen to meet the ship in the evening.

Day 16 : Disembarkation

We will arrive in Longyearbyen where we will disembark and fly home.

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