Longyearbyen / EmbarkAfter 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 set sail, setting course for Alkhornet. Below the cliffs you often see Arctic Foxes and Reindeer. Continue to Tryghamna to visit the remains of a 17th century English whaling station and an 18th century Russian Pomor station.
ForlandsundetLeave Tryghamna early in the morning and sail through the Forlandsundet. Weather permitting go ashore at Fuglehuken where the first Western Europeans (the expedition of Willem Barentsz) set foot on Spitsbergen. Here you can see the graves of whalers. Nearby you may be able to visit a haul-out of Harbour Seals and Walruses.
Ny Ålesund / BlomstrandhalvøyaVisit Ny Ålesund, the northernmost permanently inhabited village in the world, a center for polar research and a former starting point for many North Pole expeditions (Amundsen and Nobile for example). The Reindeers here are smaller than their mainland relatives and do not form large herds. At Blomstrandhalvøya see the remains of a marble mine. This area was a peninsula, but by the retreat of the glaciers it has become an island. A climb to the top of the islands gives a breathtaking view across Kongsfjord with a series of glacier fronts. The 14th July Glacier is another great landscape. Though late in autumn you will still see Eider Ducks, several species of seabirds, waders and Snow Buntings.
Sailing SouthOn your way south, sail into Engelskbukta and St Johnsfjorden or Sarstangen and Poolepynten, where Walruses are often hauled out. From there sail into Isfjord where you may make a landing with a walk at Bohemanneset. In the evening head back to Longyearbyen.
Longyearbyen / DisembarkDeparture by scheduled flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo.