The first days are spent exploring the Longyearbyen settlement and the Russian settlement of Barentsburg. Then it's time to see some amazing fjords and the Monaco Glacier, and if the ice conditions are favorable, sail past 80° North and toward Moffen, an island which often hosts walrus. The Kongsfjorden is the largest fjord on the northwest coast, where the landscape varies from large tundra plains to alpine peaks with dramatic glaciers tumbling into the ocean. Calling on Ny-Ålesund, see an area that was once a coal mining community that is now an advanced High Arctic research station. Before ending this adventure in Longyearbyen, sail in the Isfjord.
Day 1 : Longyearbyen Day 2 : Longyearbyen | Embark | Barentsburg Day 3 : Woodfjorden & Liefdefjorden | 80° North & Moffen Day 4 : Kongsfjorden | Ny-Ålesund Day 5 : Isfjorden | Disembark | Longyearbyen Day 6 : Longyearbyen
Visit the Russian settlement of Barentsburg and enjoy a lively show
Watch for Arctic wildlife, including walrus and polar bears
Explore the vast fjord systems of Spitsbergen
Sail past 80° North, if ice conditions are favorable
Enjoy a sightseeing trip in Longyearbyen, ending at the pier where you join the MS Nordstjernen. Your first stop is the Russian settlement of Barentsburg, where there are opportunities to visit the Pomor Museum (optional) and enjoy a lively folklore show. In the afternoon, continue out the Isfjord and head north along the Prins Karls Forland.
Day 3 Woodfjorden & Liefdefjorden | 80° North & Moffen
The day is spent cruising towards the Monaco Glacier, passing a number of small islets where eider ducks nest during the summer. If you are lucky, you may spot a polar bear searching for eggs. If the ice conditions are favorable, sail past 80° North and toward Moffen, an island that often hosts walrus.
This is the largest fjord on the northwest coast. You might also visit a large adjacent fjord called Krossfjorden. The landscape varies from large tundra plains to alpine peaks with dramatic glaciers tumbling into the ocean. At the end of the fjord you can see the majestic Kongsbreen. Later on call on Ny-Ålesund. Previously a coal-mining community, it now houses an advanced High Arctic research station.
Located in central Spitsbergen, the Isfjord is the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard. Spend the morning sailing towards Longyearbyen. As you sail into the outer parts of the Isfjord, the landscape changes. Marvel at the large U-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area some ten thousand years ago. Upon arrival in Longyearbyen you have the rest of the day at your disposal. A farewell dinner is served at the hotel.
Day 6 Longyearbyen
The Spitsbergen adventure is over. Transfer to the airport for the flight back home.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.