West Spitsbergen - Aurora Borealis Cruise

The beauty of the Aurora Borealis.
Arctic village
Charming port city
Jan Belgers-Oceanwide Expeditions
Sight-seeing in the arctic.
Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
Travelers find a walrus on a zodiac trip through the arctic.
Jan Belgers-Oceanwide Expeditions
Relaxing in the Noorderlicht's lounge.
Jan Belgers-Oceanwide Expeditions
Outside on the deck of the Noorderlicht.
The October Spitsbergen voyages, at the onset of winter, are ideal for observing the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). Explore the season's display aboard this expedition Arctic cruise on the sailing vessel, the Noorderlicht.

Day 1

    Arrive Longyearbyen

    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. Stay the night in Longyearbyen.

    Day 2


      In the early morning sail, setting course for Alkhornet, a high cliff. Below the cliffs see 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 3


        Leave Tryghamna early in the early morning and pay a visit to Barentsburg, the only inhabited Russian settlement in Spitsbergen. It is interesting to experience how the miners live through the polar winter. There is for instance a swimming pool filled with heated sea water.

        Day 4


          Sail into the inner reaches of the Isfjord system to Ekmanfjord along some beautiful glacier fronts, where during nights with open sky experience temperatures of minus 10 degrees Celcius. The first new ice will be forming on the heads of the fjords.

          Day 5

            Kap Thordsen

            At Kap Thordsen, visit the well-preserved Swedish House, built in 1872 by Nordenskiöld, where in 1872-73, 17 winterers died of lead poisoning. Same evening arrive in Longyearbyen.

            Day 6

              Return Home

              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.

              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 programme.
              - 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; and 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 90 days prior to departure, Noorderlicht reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US Dollar 25 per passenger per night.