The midnight sun reigns supreme, the bird colonies are teeming with life, and the peaks of the dramatic mountain ranges are beautifully snow-covered. The ice still keeps the island of Svalbard in its grip and you can admire the ever-changing ice formations. Spring has arrived and summer is just around the corner. This Arctic pearl has fascinated explorers for centuries, starting with Willem Barentzs, who discovered the main island Spitsbergen in 1596. Enjoy everything the beautiful Arctic landscape has to offer on this 8-day expedition aboard the M/S Sjoveien.
Cruise fjords, glaciers, and outlying islands in search of Arctic wildlife
Embark on daily Zodiac cruises and explore Svalbard's land and wildlife
Explore the historically fascinating capital of Svalbard, Longyearbyen
See remains of courageous attempts to reach the North Pole
Start your adventure in Svalbard by exploring Longyearbyen. In the afternoon embark the expedition ship M/S Sjøveien and sail out through Isfjorden. You are now in a part of the world which is totally dependent on the ice and weather conditions. Your exact itinerary depends on these factors and on the wildlife encountered. The ambition is to make landings or cruises every day with Zodiacs. Here are some examples of places you may visit:
Prins Karls Forland
This narrow strip of land is covered by a magnificent and snow-covered mountain chain. The island is also home to many seabirds and harbour seals.
Two of the most courageous attempts to reach the North Pole started on the island of Danskøya. Swedish balloonist Andrée made an attempt with a hydrogen balloon and American journalist Wellman started with an airship. There are still interesting remnants from these expeditions left on this site.
Svalbard offers the visitor countless spectacular fjords. During your journey explore a few of them such as: Liefdefjorden, meaning “the fjord of love”, is lined with snow-covered mountain peaks and here, hope to cruise along the face of the spectacular Monaco Glacier. Many common eiders and pink-footed geese nest in the area and if you're lucky, you can see the rare king eider. In Krossfjorden, revel in the beautifully sculptured front of the 14th of July Glacier and the raucous greeting of the large number of kittiwakes and Brünnich’s guillemots nesting on the nearby cliffs. Raudfjorden is an area of immense natural beauty dominated by beautiful glaciers. It is also a favorite spot for seals and the bird cliffs are bursting with activity. The scientific village of Ny-Ålesund is situated in Kongsfjorden. It was from here that Amundsen and Nobile started their heroic expeditions to the North Pole.
North of Spitsbergen you might meet the edge of the pack ice. Not many ships venture here and you can marvel at the silence and grandeur of this icy landscape. Chances of meeting polar bears increase as you sail along the ice floes.
The grand fjords of Hornsund offer spectacular glaciers and a breathtaking landscape of towering mountain peaks, often reaching above the clouds. On a clear day you can see the summit of the highest mountain Hornsundtind, measuring 1431 meters. Hornsund is a favorite haunt for some of Svalbard’s polar bears and bearded seals are often seen resting on the fjord ice.
Day 9: Disembark in Longyearbyen
Early in the morning, disembark the expedition ship and begin your journey back home.
Please note: The itinerary is for guidance only. Our exact route will depend on ice, weather conditions, wildlife, and government regulations. The places mentioned are just examples of some of the many sites Svalbard has to offer. We always strive to maximize your experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!
The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.