Longyearbyen / EmbarkArrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago of which West Spitsbergen is the largest island. Before embarking there is an opportunity to stroll around this former mining town, whose parish church and Polar Museum are well worth visiting, while in the surrounding area of Longyearbyen. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden.
Raudfjord or LiefdefjordVisit Raudfjord or Liefdefjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, beautiful fjords dominated by spectacular glaciers and favoured by Ringed and Bearded Seal and where Polar Bear are often seen. In the evening sail by the island of Moffen where a big herd of Walrus can be found.
LaagøyaAt Laagøya, a haul-out place for Walrus, make a landing. Later sail through Beverleysundet named by Parry in 1827 and also sailed by the Swedish-Russian Arc-of-Meridian Expedition in 1898. Push east to reach the area of Nordaustlandet, where the Nobile expedition drifted around in 1928 and where the Italian Sora tried to come to the rescue. There hope to get to Alpinøya, reached by Sora in 1928, and then to the mouth of Finn Malmgrenfjord, and Albertinibukta and to climb Soraberget (205 M) from where you will have a fantastic view on the icecap of Nordaustlandet. Alternatively you will land at Storøya, where again you may meet a group of Walrus.
PhippsøyaToday reach your northernmost point at Phippsøya, in the Seven Islands north of Nordaustlandet. Here you will be at 81 degrees north, just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole. Polar Bear inhabit this region, along with Ivory Gull.
Sailing WestRetrace your voyage to the west, all the time through and along the pack-ice north of Spitsbergen, looking for polar bears and northwest of Spitsbergen, looking for whales.
Disembark in LongyearbyenReturn to Longyearbyen and disembark for the transfer to the airport and the flight to Oslo and home.