A 9-day itinerary to explore Svalbard and its wonderful landscapes in springtime. You’ll navigate through narrow fjords, and witness the archipelago come to life. Polar bears will venture out for the first time, while wonderful birdlife will be returning to their summer nests. Svalbard is teeming with life, which makes spring a perfect time to visit the archipelago and its stunning landscapes.
Day 1: Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Day 2–8: Expedition
Day 9: Longyearbyen
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You will arrive in Longyearbyen and be transferred to your hotel.
You will have the morning to explore Longyearbyen and discover what life is like in this remote part of the world. In the afternoon, you will board the expedition ship and sail out through Isfjorden. The exact route of the expedition cruise will be dependent on the ice and weather conditions, but the itinerary will offer landings or cruises every day with the ship’s fleet of Zodiacs, as well as giving you the opportunity to encounter fascinating Arctic wildlife. Here are some examples of places we may visit:
The cliffs of Alkhornet mountain present a spectacular landmark at the entrance of Isfjorden. You will approach the shore for a closer look, admiring the rich and diverse birdlife flying over your head and nesting in the area. Enjoy soaking in the beautiful views of the tundra and watching the thousands of birds that call it home, including Brünnich’s guillemots, glaucous gulls and kittiwakes.
Kongsfjorden and Krossfjorden
Kongsfjorden is situated near the village of Ny-Ålesund and is a popular destination for cruise ships. Great explorers such as Amundsen and Nobile began their journey to the North Pole from here. At nearby Krossfjorden, you will stand in awe of the 14th of July Glacier – an impressive 10-mile glacier surrounded by imposing mountains, with an impressive number of kittiwakes and Brünnich’s guillemots nesting across the nearby cliffs.
This area is dominated by mighty glaciers and bird cliffs bursting with activity. Raudfjorden is a region of immense natural beauty, and is a favourite spot for seals so you’ll be sure to see many of them resting on the pack ice and taking advantage of the springtime!
Danskøya is a small island in the northwest corner of Spitsbergen, from which Swedish explorer Andrée made a courageous attempt with a hydrogen balloon, and American journalist Wellman with an airship, to reach the North Pole. There are still interesting remnants from these expeditions left on this site.
The best attraction at the beautiful Vårsolbukta, in Bellsund, is the tens of thousands of little auks nesting in the area. Go ashore a take some time to explore this pristine part of Svalbard.
Hornsund is the place where you are most likely to spot polar bears feeding on the fjord ice. But you will also be amazed by the landscapes, as the west coast of Spitsbergen is filled with glaciers calving out impressive icebergs, immense valleys and high mountain ranges, making a visit to Hornsund truly special.
You will disembark the expedition ship early in the morning, and begin your journey back home.
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