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 surrounds of Longyearbyen, more than 100 species of plant have been recorded. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden.
Wildlife on the Western Coast
Visit Raudfjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, a beautiful fjord dominated by spectacular glaciers and favoured by Ringed and Bearded Seals and where Polar Bears are often seen.
In the evening sail by the island of Moffen where a big herd of Walrus can be found.
Laagøya & PhippsøyaAt Laagøya, a haul-out place for Walrus will be a landing. Later sail through Beverleysundet named by Parry in 1827 and also sailed by the Swedish-Russian Arc-of-Meridian Expedition in 1898. Today you will 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 bears inhabit this region, along with ivory gulls.
Nordaustlandet & AlpinøyaPush 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 ice-cap of Nordaustlandet. Alternatively we will land at Storøya, where again we may meet a group of Walruses.
KvitøyaToday hope to get to the rarely visited Kvitøya farthest to the east, close to the Russian territory. The island is dominated by an ice-cap, which leaves a small area bare of ice and snow. Land at the western tip at Andréneset, where the Swedish explorer André and his companions perished in 1898. Try to get to Kraemerpynten in the east, where an enormous group of Walruses resides.
Retracing the voyageRetrace your voyage to the west, but now all the time through and along the pack-ice north of Spitsbergen. Your ship may sail north of Phippsøya, in the Seven Islands, 81 degrees north, just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole. Polar bears inhabit this region, along with ivory gulls.
Prins Karls Forland - LongyearbyenYour ship is still at the ice, northwest of Spitsbergen and will later turn south, where you will travel in a good area for whales.
Longyearbyen / DisembarkReturn to Longyearbyen and disembark for the transfer to the airport and the flight to Oslo and home.