The autumn in Svalbard offers beautiful colors, a warm light, and spectacular sunsets. The ice in the eastern parts of the archipelago has usually retreated at this time, which offers good opportunities to explore the more seldom-visited parts around Nordaustlandet. With ten nights on board the M/S Sjoveien, there is plenty of time for grand nature experiences and wildlife encounters.
Day 1 : Embark in Longyearbyen Days 2-10 : Svalbard Day 11 : Disembark in Longyearbyen
Embark on daily Zodiac cruises in search of Arctic wildlife
Cruise along Svalbard's impressive fjords and glaciers
Discover Eastern Svalbard and the glaciers of Nordaustlandet
Explore Southwest Spitsbergen and the grand fjords of Hornsund
You are now in a part of the world which is totally dependent on the ice and weather conditions. Your exact itinerary depends on these factors and on the wildlife you encounter. The ambition is to make landings or cruises every day with the Zodiacs. Here are some examples of places you may visit:
The scientific village of Ny-Ålesund is situated in Kongsfjorden. It was from here that Amundsen and Nobile started their heroic expeditions to the North Pole. Two other courageous attempts to reach the North Pole started on the island of Danskøya. Swedish balloonist Andrée made an attempt with a hydrogen balloon and American journalist Wellman started with an airship. There are still interesting remnants from these expeditions left on this site.
Svalbard offers the visitor countless spectacular fjords. During your journey explore a few of them such as: Liefdefjorden, meaning “the fjord of love," is lined with snow-covered mountain peaks and here, hope to cruise along the face of the spectacular Monaco Glacier. In Krossfjorden, revel in the beautifully sculptured front of the 14th of July Glacier to the raucous greeting of kittiwakes and Brünnich’s guillemots on the nearby cliffs. Raudfjorden is an area of immense natural beauty and dominated by beautiful glaciers. It is also a favorite spot for seals.
Hinlopen Strait and Alkefjellet
If the ice allows, enter Hinlopen Strait. Here is Alkefjellet, an impressive, basaltic cliff, which is the home to an estimated 200,000 Brünnich’s guillemots. You may also continue into the beautiful bay Palanderbukta on Nordaustlandet.
The island of Nordaustlandet is covered by an enormous ice cap and fascinates naturalists as well as historians. There are huge glacier fronts here, intersected by hundreds of waterfalls.
Barentsøyaand Edgeøya offer magnificent landscapes and vast tundra. Chances to encounter walruses, arctic fox, and Svalbard reindeer are good here.
The grand fjords of Hornsund offer spectacular glaciers and a breathtaking landscape of towering mountain peaks, often reaching above the clouds. On a clear day you can see the summit of the highest mountain, Hornsundtind, measuring 1431 meters. Hornsund is a favorite haunt for some of Svalbard’s polar bears and bearded seals are often seen resting on the fjord ice.
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Twin Cabin with portholes
Located on the lower deck, four cabins featuring twin beds, portholes, and private facilities.
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Twin Cabin with windows
Located on the main deck, two larger cabins featuring twin beds, windows, and private facilities.
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Double Cabin Superior
Located on the main deck is one large superior cabin with a double bed, windows, and private facilities. Another superior cabin is located on the upper deck.
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Twin Cabin for single use
Located on the lower deck, available for single occupancy.
Please note: Your exact route will depend on ice, weather conditions and wildlife. The places mentioned are just examples of some of the many sites Svalbard has to offer. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!
10 nights on board M/S Sjøveien
All meals on board
1 Expedition Leader and 1 guide
Guiding ashore and talks on board
All excursions and activities
Comprehensive information material before the expedition
Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.