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Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Noorderlicht
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Explore the remote fjords and sprawling tundra of Spitsbergen aboard the two-mast sailing vessel, the Nooderlicht. Bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts can enjoy the endless opportunities to see incredible bird and marine life including, puffins, guillemots, walrus, seals, whales and more. Adventures on the tundra bring more chances to observe wading birds, reindeer, and the elusive arctic fox. This 8-day arctic cruise showcases the unique scenery, geology and wildlife of Spitsbergen. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
Day 2 : Forlandsundet
Day 3 : 14th of July Glacier
Day 4 : Ny Ålesund
Day 5 : Poolepynten
Days 6-7 : Isfjorden
Day 8 : Disembark in Longyearbyen

Highlights

  • Watch seals and walrus haul out onto ice floes at the mouths of the fjords
  • Navigate through narrow waterways and elaborate fjord systems
  • Walk over the gentle hills of Spitsbergen's tundra as reindeer graze nearby
  • Observe puffin, guillemot, and seabird activities on steep shoreline cliffs

Ship

Noorderlicht

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Walking through vast arctic landscapes. A walrus relaxes on the snow. The beauty of the Aurora Borealis. Giant whale jaw in the arctic Glaciers and beautiful arctic tundra.

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. Sail in the afternoon, setting course for Alkhornet, a prominent cliff at the mouth of Isfjorden. 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.

Day 2 Forlandsundet

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart from Trygghamna early in the morning and sail north into Forlandsundet. Aim to land in Steinpyntvika or Tordenskjoldbukta to take a walk on the tundra. Numerous eiders, ducks, waders, and geese gather in this area to begin nesting as soon as the snow has melted. Arctic fox are often prowling the tundra to take advantage of the newly-ound surplus of food. In the afternoon, venture further north and pass by the narrow passage between West Spitsbergen and Prins Karls Forland. Arrive at Krossfjorden in the night and drop anchor in the beautiful 14th of July Bukta.

Day 3 14th of July Glacier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The 14th of July Bukta offers a great variety of birdlife with a small bird cliff where puffins and Brünnich’s guillemot are beginning to gather for their breeding season. Barnacle and pink-footed geese are also common here along with bearded seals that often haul out on ice floes near the calving front of the spectacular 14th of July Glacier.

In the afternoon, visit Ny London, the site of one of the most interesting mining endeavours of the early 20th century. Here the failed enterprise to mine marble unfolded during the optimistic days before WWI. Reindeer roam the tundra now and there may be a chance to see long-tailed skua along with incredible views towards the interior of Kongsfjorden.

Day 4 Ny Ålesund

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up alongside the pier in Ny Ålesund and enjoy exploring the old mining settlement. Now the northernmost settlement in the world, Ny Ålesund is home to numerous scientific stations. History permeates the settlement as it was an important launch site in the race to reach the North Pole by air in the 1920s, a feat that was accomplished by Amundsen, Ellsworth, and Nobile in the dirigible Norge in 1926. The anchor mast of the airship is still standing on the tundra to this day.

Day 5 Poolepynten

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The long narrow spit of Sarstangen on West Spitsbergen Island, or alternatively Richard Laguna on Prins Karls Forland, offers a good opportunity to see the iconic walrus. In the later afternoon visit Poolepynten, which is also an excellent place to see walrus hauled out on land.

Day 6-7 Isfjorden

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sail into the inner reaches of the Isfjorden system marveling at its spectacular scenery and geology. Many of the smaller fjord arms may still be locked in ice so you experience expedition cruising at its best.

Day 8 Disembark in Longyearbyen

  • 1 Breakfast
Depart by scheduled flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo.

Noorderlicht

Per person starting at
$3,050
Noorderlicht
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Twin Non Private
The ‘Noorderlicht’ provides accommodation for 20 travellers in comfortable twin cabins. All cabins have upper and lower berths, a cupboard and wash basin with hot and cold water. Shared shower (4) and toilet (5) facilities are conveniently located.

Notes

- 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.

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 program
- AECO fees and governmental taxes
- Comprehensive pre-departure materials

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
- 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.

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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