Edgeoya, Arctic Academy Cruise

Rinie Van Meurs-Oceanwide Expeditions
Glaciers and beautiful arctic tundra.
Rinie van Meurs
Polar bear relaxing on an iceberg.
Leica Akademie-Oceanwide Expeditions
A single home in the desolate arctic.
North Atlantic Island
Erwin Vermeulen
A herd of walrus keeping watch
Monica Salmang-Oceanwide Expeditions
Ortelius' dining area.
Monica Salmang-Oceanwide Expeditions
The bar and observation lounge aboard the Ortelius.
Embark on this 10-day voyage to discover Spitsbergen and its neighboring island, Edgeoya, where you can have the chance to encounter the Kings of the Arctic: walrus, reindeer, and numerous bird species. Also keep your eyes out for the surprisingly beautiful flora of this Arctic region.

Day 1

Embark in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

Arrive 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. In the early evening the ship sails out of Isfjorden.

Day 2

Sørkap and Isbukta

Land at the rarely visited coast of South Spitsbergen, between Sørkap and Isbukta, and sail by Stellingfjellet, the biggest colony of Brünnichs guillmots in Spitsbergen.

Day 3

West side of Edgeøya

Cruise north to Diskobukta on the west side of Edgeøya. After a Zodiac cruise through the shallow bay, land at Blankodden on a beach littered with whale bones and tree trunks, which have drifted here from Siberia. You can also climb to the rim of a narrow gully which is inhabited by thousands of kittiwakes, together with black guillemots and piratical glaucous gulls. During the breeding season, the base of the cliffs is patrolled by Arctic fox and polar bear, searching for young birds that have fallen from the nesting ledges. From there, walk to Kapp Lee.

Day 4

East side of West Spitsbergen

At the east side of West Spitsbergen (west side of Storfjorden), walk to some breeding places of ivory gulls in Agardhfjellet at about 400 m high. The valley leading to the outcrops with the nests is littered with fossils of Belemnites and Ammonites.

Day 5

Barentsøya

In Freemansundet plan to land at Sundneset on the island of Barentsøya to visit an old trapper's hut, and then take a brisk walk across the tundra in search of Spitsbergen reindeer and barnacle goose. Also plan for a zodiac cruise near the Freeman glacier and visit a kittiwake colony.

Day 6

Diskobukta

At Diskobukta make a long inland excursion into the braided rivers, which are easily crossed this late in the season.

At Caltex fjellet, search for breeding places of ivory gulls and proceed into Smelledalen with some Pingo’s. Alternatively land at Plurdalen, an area where 40 years ago extensive explorations for oil were carried out.

Day 7

Habenichtbukta

At Habenichtbukta Russian Pomors built their hunting station in which they lived during periods in the 18th and 19th centuries. Land in the area and make an inland excursion to ponds and lakes, populated by divers, ducks and geese - See more at: http://www.oceanwide-expeditions.com/trips/trip/otl14-15-around-spitsbergen/itinerary/#sthash.YaJuc7g3.dpuf

Day 8

Andrétangen

At Andrétangen you have a good opportunity to observe a herd of walruses near an old trapper station. Inland, near a lifted shore in a surf zone from thousands of years ago, you can find the skeletons of stranded whales from that time. In the afternoon land at Kong Ludvigøyane or Tiholmane to explore remains of the Pomor period.

Day 9

Hornsund

Start the day quietly cruising the side fjords of the spectacular Hornsund area of southern Spitsbergen, enjoying the scenery of towering mountain peaks. Hornsundtind rises to 1,431m, while Bautaen shows why early Dutch explorers gave the name ‘Spitsbergen’ - pointed mountains - to the island. There are also 14 magnificent glaciers in the area and very good chances of encounters with seals and polar bear. You may visit the Polish research station where the friendly staff offers insight into their research projects. Behind the station the mountains are home to thousands of pairs of nesting little auk.

Day 10

  • Breakfast

Disembark in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

Return to Longyearbyen and disembark for the transfer to the airport and the flight to Oslo and home.
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Hiking Option: Complimentary
*Please note this is a bilingual English-Dutch departure*
- 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 Ortelius - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.
Please Note: 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.
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Arctic, Europe, Norway, Longyearbyen, Hornsund, Kong Ludvigøyane, Isbukta, Sorkap, Diskobukta, Kapp Lee, Agardhfjellet, Sundneset (Barentsøya), Plurdalen, Habenichtbukta
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