North Spitsbergen - Aurora Borealis Cruise

Rinie van Meurs
Purple Saxifrage on a Arctic hillside
Walking through vast arctic landscapes.
Oceanwide Expeditions
Giant whale jaw in the arctic
Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
Travelers find a walrus on a zodiac trip through the arctic.
Leica Akademie-Oceanwide Expeditions
A single home in the desolate arctic.
Jan Belgers-Oceanwide Expeditions
Relaxing in the Noorderlicht's lounge.
Jan Belgers-Oceanwide Expeditions
Outside on the deck of the Noorderlicht.

Day 1

    Longyearbyen / Embark

    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 set sail, setting course for Alkhornet. Below the cliffs you often see Arctic Foxes and Reindeer. Continue to Tryghamna to visit the remains of a 17th century English whaling station and an 18th century Russian Pomor station.

    Day 2


      Leave Tryghamna early in the morning and sail through the Forlandsundet. Weather permitting go ashore at Fuglehuken where the first Western Europeans (the expedition of Willem Barentsz) set foot on Spitsbergen. Here you can see the graves of whalers. Nearby you may be able to visit a haul-out of Harbour Seals and Walruses.

      Days 3-5

        Ny Ålesund / Blomstrandhalvøya

        Visit Ny Ålesund, the northernmost permanently inhabited village in the world, a center for polar research and a former starting point for many North Pole expeditions (Amundsen and Nobile for example). The Reindeers here are smaller than their mainland relatives and do not form large herds. At Blomstrandhalvøya see the remains of a marble mine. This area was a peninsula, but by the retreat of the glaciers it has become an island. A climb to the top of the islands gives a breathtaking view across Kongsfjord with a series of glacier fronts. The 14th July Glacier is another great landscape. Though late in autumn you will still see Eider Ducks, several species of seabirds, waders and Snow Buntings.

        Days 6-7

          Sailing South

          On your way south, sail into Engelskbukta and St Johnsfjorden or Sarstangen and Poolepynten, where Walruses are often hauled out. From there sail into Isfjord where you may make a landing with a walk at Bohemanneset. In the evening head back to Longyearbyen.

          Day 8

            Longyearbyen / Disembark

            Departure by scheduled flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo.

            - 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.

            Cruise fare includes:
            - 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.
            - 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 material.

            Not included in cruise fare:
            - 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 strongly recommended)
            - excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
            - 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 world fuel prices will reach or exceed US Dollar $120 per Barrel 90 days prior to 2013 departures, Noorderlicht reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US Dollar 25 per passenger per night.
            Arctic, North America, Europe, Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Svalbard, Canada, Longyearbyen, Ny Alesund, Forlandsundet, Blomstrandhalvoya, Engelskbukta, Poolepynten, Isfjord, Western Europe, Scandinavia
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