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Homes in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway

From Svalbard to Iceland - Three Arctic Islands

Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Atlantic
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Enjoy the immense beauty of the Arctic on this adventure cruise among whales, walruses, polar bears and millions of sea birds. Experience high summer in the Arctic with Ocean Atlantic - one of the few ice-class expedition ships built to withstand the North Pole’s pack ice. The goal of this expedition is to sail as close as possible to the pack ice from the North Pole the polar bear´s favorite summer residence.

 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Longyearbyen | Embark
Day 2 : Ny Ålesund
Day 3 : Bellsund
Day 4 : Hornsund
Days 5-6 : At Sea
Days 7-9 : North-East Greenland | Bear Island | Ittiqqortoormiit
Days 10-11 : At Sea
Day 12 : Reykjavík | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Longyearbyen, a short city tour will introduce you to its fascinating history
  • Admire Bellsund with some of the richest coal layers in Svalbard
  • Discover Hornsund often called ‘Svalbard in a nutshell’
  • Scout after wildlife along the pack ice & cruise into North-East Greenland

Ship

Ocean Atlantic

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Homes in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway Polar bears in the Arctic Sailboat in Svalbard, Norway One of Greenland's many glaciers Street view of old town Reykjavik
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Day 1 Longyearbyen | Embark

Upon arriving in Longyearbyen, a short city tour will introduce you to the fascinating history and contemporary society in the Capital of Svalbard – possibly the northernmost ‘real’ town in the world.

The Ocean Atlantic is docked close to the town center. After boarding and a welcome drink, the Expedition Leader will provide information about the voyage, the ship's daily routines, and the various security and safety procedures. Before sailing, there will be a mandatory safety drill. The Captain then takes the ship out of Advent Fjord and our Arctic adventure commences.

Day 2 Ny Ålesund

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During the ‘night’ (what is night, when the sun never sets?), we have passed Prins Karls Forland and have arrived in the magnificent Kongsfjord. Our visit to Svalbard is in the early summer and this is both the challenge and gift of this special voyage. Winter ice will possibly block the inner waters of many fjords, but this will give us the best opportunities to observe the omnipresent – but still elusive – polar bear, hunting for seals in its prime habitat. At this time of year the migrating birds have just arrived. They are all eager to settle and feed to get the best start for the coming hectic summer months.

Our first landing will be at Ny Ålesund. This settlement is in fact further north than Longyearbyen, making it THE northernmost town. But… is a group of scientific stations, a post office and a single shop open for a few hours a real town? You will have to judge for yourself. The setting is nice, the scientific projects are very interesting, and so is the town history. The Captain will try to get alongside, so we can enjoy an easy walk through the area.

Day 3 Bellsund

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bellsund has some of the richest coal layers in Svalbard and Svea Mine far into the fjord was formerly one of the biggest communities on the island. But prices went down, and the coal mine is currently being dismantled.

Stay in the fjord entrance and make landings at the Vårsol Bay. The biggest attraction here is the little auk cliff. Tundra is richly fertilized by hundreds of thousands of little auks, which the Svalbard reindeer love to graze. We will go for a nice walk along the beach – and spot remains from early industrial eras.

During lunch, cross the fjord along the 4 km long (but quite narrow) island of Akseloya. Make a Zodiac landing at Calypsobyen in Recherche Fjord. Coal was extracted here in the early 1900s, but the enterprise never attained full production. Today, Calypsobyen offers an exciting landing that gives visitors a glimpse of the era of Neo-Industrialism, when all opportunities for profit were tried out. A pleasant walk can be made on the tundra behind the buildings.

Day 4 Hornsund

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Hornsund is often called ‘Svalbard in a nutshell’ because of the abundance of dramatic terrains and rich wildlife. We will try and go ashore in Gåshamna, which has remains of trappers, Russian settlers and blubber boilers.

In the afternoon, head out to open sea towards Greenland.

Day 5-6 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Listen to a lecture from our experienced expedition staff, see a film about Arctic nature – or go out on deck to catch glimpses of migrating birds and hopefully some whales.

Day 7-9 North-East Greenland | Bear Island | Ittiqqortoormiit

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Scout after wildlife along the pack ice and cruise into the fjords in the most unique and unspoiled nature of North-East Greenland. We will try to make landings at Bear Island and Cape Brewster. Visit Ittiqqortoormiit. With only 470 inhabitants it is one of the most isolated towns in Greenland only accessible by helicopter and boat in a short time in the summer.

The town is located at the longest fjord in the world, Scoresby Sund. Explore this fjord and hope to be able to offer kayaking and landings, weather and ice conditions permitting.

Day 10-11 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Possibly the most dramatic coast outside of Antarctica, the Blosseville is guarded by Greenland’s highest mountains and steepest fjords – and a belt of pack ice which before global warming would keep out any adventurous sailor for years. The recent decade has had warmer summers and much less ice which enables ice to strengthen vessels as Ocean Atlantic to venture along the coast, on the lookout for stunning wildlife abandoned Inuit settlements and landscape of another world.

On the last day of this remarkable voyage, set course for Iceland and its capital of Reykjavík.  

Day 12 Reykjavík | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
In the morning Ocean Atlantic goes alongside in the port of Reykjavik. It’s time to say farewell to the crew and begin the homeward journey.
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Notes

Included
- 5-13 nights voyage according to program
- Accommodation in shared inside and outside cabins
- English-speaking expedition team
- Shore landings by Zodiac
- Information briefings and lectures by the expedition team
- Full board on the ship + free coffee and tea on the ship
- Boots in all assorted sizes, suitable for shore landings
- Port fees, AECO fees, taxes, and tariffs

Excluded
- Flights to/from departure port 
- Hotel accommodations
- Travel insurance & cancellation insurance
- Single cabin supplement and cabin upgrades
- Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
- Beverages (other than coffee, tea, and ice water)
- Tips for ship crew
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