South Spitsbergen & Aurora Borealis Cruise

Walking through vast arctic landscapes.
Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
A walrus relaxes on the snow.
The beauty of the Aurora Borealis.
Oceanwide Expeditions
Giant whale jaw in the arctic
Rinie Van Meurs-Oceanwide Expeditions
Glaciers and beautiful arctic tundra.
Jan Belgers-Oceanwide Expeditions
Relaxing in the Noorderlicht's lounge.
Jan Belgers-Oceanwide Expeditions
Outside on the deck of the Noorderlicht.
The October Spitsbergen voyages, at the onset of winter, are ideal for observing the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). Don't miss this unforgettable Arctic expedition cruise aboard the sailing vessel, the Noorderlicht.

Day 1

Embark in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

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 high cliff Below the cliffs one often sees Arctic Foxes and Reindeer. Continue to Trygghamna to visit the remains of a 17th century English whaling station and an 18th century Russian Pomor station.

Days 2-5

Bell Sund / Fridtjofbreen

Leave Tryghamna early in the morning and sail to the north side of Bell Sund. Bell Sund is a fjord system with two major branches (Van Mijenfjord, Van Keulenfjord) and one smaller side bay (Recherchefjord). The geology is fascinating and has created amazing landscapes, such as the long, narrow island of Akseloya that blocks Van Mijenfjord almost completely. In Fridtjofhamna, the calving glacier Fridtjofbreen is surrounded by picturesque mountains. The rich wildlife of the area has attracted hunters throughout several centuries - walk in their footsteps and see remains of their huts, for example at Ahlstrandhalvoya. Recherchefjord is one of the places in Spitsbergen with the highest concentration of historical sites, dating back to 17th century whalers and the mining period of the early 20th century. The glacier Recherchebreen ends at a lagoon, likely to be frozen in October, with many smaller icebergs. Polar bears are likely to be present anywhere in the Bellsund area, and keep your eyes open to find them. Belugas (White whales) have also been seen in this area.

Day 6

Barentsburg or Colesbukta

Pay a visit to Barentsburg, the only inhabited Russian settlement in Spitsbergen, or to Colesbukta, an abandoned Russian coal mining settlement.

Day 7

Isfjord

Sail into the inner reaches of the Isfjord system, where during nights with open sky you will experience temperatures of minus 10 degrees C, and new ice will be forming on the heads of the fjords.

Day 8

  • Breakfast

Longyearbyen

Departure by scheduled flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo.
 Twin Non Private
2015-Sep-25
2015-Oct-02
2015-Oct-09
2015-Oct-16
$2,650
2015-Sep-11
2015-Sep-18
$3,000
- 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.
These October Spitsbergen voyages, at the onset of winter, are ideal for observing the splendid Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

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.
- On Spitsbergen voyages: 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 materia

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, Bellsund, Isfjord, Fridtjofbreen Glacier, Barentsburg
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