North Spitsbergen Cruise

Leica Akademie-Oceanwide Expeditions
A single home in the desolate arctic.
Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
Travelers find a walrus on a zodiac trip through the arctic.
Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
A walrus relaxes on the snow.
Rinie Van Meurs-Oceanwide Expeditions
Glaciers and beautiful arctic tundra.
Rinie van Meurs
Polar bear relaxing on an iceberg.
Jan Belgers-Oceanwide Expeditions
Relaxing in the Noorderlicht's lounge.
Jan Belgers-Oceanwide Expeditions
Outside on the deck of the Noorderlicht.
The sailing expeditions in Spitsbergen and Norway will be carried out by the two-mast sailing vessel Noorderlicht. This beautiful vessel will bring you to the remotest places around Spitsbergen & the Lofoten on this Arctic expedition cruise to North Spitsbergen.

Day 1

    Embark in Longyearbyen / Whaling Station at Trygghamna

    After arriving in Longyearbyen, the ‘capital’ (actually the administrative center) of Spitsbergen, you may wish to visit the Svalbard Museum which has an interesting collection on the history of Spitsbergen, the mining industry and polar exploration. In the afternoon sail, setting course for Alkhornet, a seabird cliff with a large colony of Kittiwakes. Below the cliffs is a den with Arctic Foxes which scavenge off fallen eggs and chicks. Continue to Tryghamna to visit the remains of a 17th century English whaling station and an 18th century Russian Pomor station.

    Day 2

      Fuglehuken

      Leave Tryghamna early in the morning and sail through Forlandsundet, the sea passage that divides the island of Prins Karls Forland from the mainland. Weather permitting, go ashore at Fuglehuken, where the expedition of Willem Barentsz landed on Spitsbergen and in doing so became the first Europeans to set foot on the islands. Here see the graves of whalers and observe impressive colonies of Common Guillemots, Brünnich´s Guillemots, Little Auks and Kittiwakes. Nearby, Harbour Seals and Walruses often haul out and prove popular subjects for photography.

      Day 3

        Ny Ålesund

        Today visit Ny Ålesund, the northernmost permanent settlement in the world, a center for polar research and a former starting point for many North Pole expeditions, including those of Amundsen and Nobile. The local bird life has adapted itself to human presence and is exceptionally tame. Barnacle Geese, Pink-footed Geese, Common Eiders, Arctic Terns and several species of wader can be observed and photographed at close quarters. Reindeer can also be seen in the vicinity - they are smaller than their mainland relatives and do not form large herds.

        Day 4

          14th July Glacier

          In the morning sail from Ny Ålesund to the 14th July Glacier where you will take to the Zodiacs for a spectacular cruise along its front. Not far from the glacier visit an accessible breeding site for Brünnich's Guillemots, Little Auks and Puffins. The guano of these bird colonies, the southward exposure and the sheltered situation, give rise to a relatively rich vegetation with many species of flowering plants.

          Day 5

            Magdalenafjord

            Sailing northwards visit Magdalenafjord, one of the most beautiful places on Spitsbergen, with many impressive glacier fronts. During a shore visit view the remains of 17th century English whaling activities. Birdwatchers will not be disappointed as there are substantial seabird colonies here, particularly noted for their Little Auks.

            Day 6

              Ytre Norskoya

              Today a visit to Ytre Norskøya will be attempted, a small island which was used for many years as a lookout point for Dutch whalers. There you can still follow their tracks to the summit of the island, passing excellent bird cliffs on the way. On shore the remains of 17th century blubber ovens can be found, while Arctic Skuas and Common Eiders breed among the graves of 200 Dutch whalers.

              Day 7

                Raudfjord - Jermaktangen

                Raudfjord on the north coast of Spitsbergen is a beautiful fjord with spectacular glaciers. It is also a favourite with Ringed and Bearded Seals, has good seabird colonies, and offers good chances for spotting Polar Bear and Belugas. Jermaktangen, at the fjord’s eastern entrance, is a geography lesson in the erosion of the land by the sea.

                Day 8

                  Reindyrfla

                  If sea-ice conditions allow, you may land on the northern-side of Reindyrfla, the largest tundra area of Spitsbergen. The vast undulating plain is a good grazing area for Reindeer and several species of waders also breed here. The area’s lakes offer good chances of spotting Red-throated Divers and King Eiders.

                  Day 9

                    Smeerenburg

                    Today visit the remains of Smeerenburg, the largest 17th century whaling settlement on Spitsbergen, and, if permission is obtained, Danskøya, where many historical remains are to be found of the 19th century expedition by the Swedish explorer Andree, who tried to reach the North Pole in a balloon.

                    Days 10-11

                      Forlandsundet - Longyearbyen

                      On your way south, try to make a landing on the coast of Forlandsundet at Engelsbukta or Sarstangen, where Walruses are often hauled out. From there head straight for Longyearbyen, but if time allows your ship could call at Colesbukta, from where fit walkers can walk to Longyearbyen in around six hours, joining the rest of the party when the ship arrives later in the day.

                      Day 12

                        Longyearbyen / Disembark

                        Departure by scheduled flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo.
                        - Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy.
                        - Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate.
                        - Due to the extreme nature of itinerary destinations, travel insurance is mandatory for all cruises aboard the Noorderlicht - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.
                        All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

                        Fares include:
                        - Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
                        - All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
                        - All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
                        - Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
                        - Transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen.
                        - All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
                        - AECO fees and governmental taxes.
                        - Comprehensive pre-departure materials

                        Not included:
                        Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post land arrangements; transfers to / from the vessel outside Spitsbergen; passport and visa expenses; Government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

                        Please note: It is agreed that if fuel prices will exceed US Dollar 120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure Noorderlicht reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US Dollar 25 per passenger per night.
                        Places
                        Arctic, Europe, Norway, Longyearbyen, Ny Alesund, 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Ytre Norskøya Island, Raudfjord, Trygghamna, Forlandsundet, Fuglehuken, Magdalenafjord
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