Start this adventure with a guided sightseeing tour of Longyearbyen, followed by a visit to Barentsburg, a Russian settlement. When you arrive in Magdalenefjord, there is a Polarcirkel boat landing to see the remains of blubber ovens, as well as a graveyard from the 17th- to the late-18th-century. If the ice conditions are favorable, it is possible to sail past 80° North and toward Moffen, a known haul-out for walrus. On the southern shore of Kongsfjorden find one of only four permanent settlements on Svalbard: the old coal mining town of Ny-Ålesund - now the northernmost settlement in the world and an advanced High Arctic research facility.
Day 1 : Longyearbyen Day 2 : Longyearbyen | Embark | Barentsburg Day 3 : Magdalenefjord | Northwest Corner Day 4 : Woodfjorden & Liefdefjorden | 80° North & Moffen Day 5 : Kongsfjorden | Ny-Ålesund Day 6 : Longyearbyen | Disembark
Enjoy a lively folklore show in the Russian settlement of Barentsburg
Explore Magdalenefjord and discover its important cultural heritage
View Arctic wildlife, including polar bears, walrus, and birdlife
Enjoy a sightseeing trip in Longyearbyen, ending at the pier where you join the MS Nordstjernen. Your first stop is the Russian settlement of Barentsburg, where there are opportunities to visit the Pomor Museum (optional) and enjoy a lively folklore show. In the afternoon, continue out the Isfjord and head north along the Prins Karls Forland.
Arrive in Magdalenefjord in the morning, where you make your first Polarcirkel boat landing. This area has a long history of exploration. Experience a very important cultural heritage: the remains of four blubber ovens/furnaces found on Gravneset, as well as a graveyard containing about 130 graves dating from the 17th- to the late-18th-century.
Day 4 Woodfjorden & Liefdefjorden | 80° North & Moffen
As you cruise towards the Monaco Glacier, pass a number of small islets where eider ducks nest during the summer. This is a great place for spotting polar bears hunting for eggs. If you're lucky, the ice conditions make it possible to sail past 80° North and toward Moffen, a known haul-out for walrus.
Sail into Kongsfjorden, a 16-mile-long inlet. From here you can see the two glaciers: Kronebreen and Kongsvegen. On its southern shore find one of only four permanent settlements on Svalbard: the old coal-mining town of Ny-Ålesund - now the northernmost settlement in the world with facilities for permanent research institutes from ten countries.
Day 6 Longyearbyen | Disembark
The Spitsbergen adventure is over. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.