A 9-day itinerary for an unforgettable Svalbard adventure! At this time of the year the midnight sun reigns supreme, the bird colonies are teaming with life and the peaks of the dramatic mountain ranges are covered beautifully with snow. You will start your expedition from Longyearbyen, before exploring Svalbard – the Arctic Pearl that has fascinated explorers for centuries. Enjoy the region’s remarkable wildlife and keep a look out for the majestic polar bears.
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:
Prins Karls Forland
The island is home to many sea birds and harbour seals. You will observe a magnificent and snow-covered mountain chain spreading across this narrow strip of land.
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.
Svalbard offers its visitors countless spectacular fjords. During your journey, you will explore a number of them – such as Liefdefjorden, which means “The fjord of love” and is lined with snow-covered mountain peaks. There, the expedition team will 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 are lucky, you could see the rare king eider. In Krossfjorden, the pristine landscape will reveal the beautifully sculptured front of the 14th of July Glacier, and a 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 the favourite spot for seals, and the bird cliffs are always 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.
In the 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 we 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 1,431 meters. Hornsund is a favourite haunt for some of Svalbard’s polar bears, and bearded seals are often seen resting on the fjord ice.
You will disembark the expedition ship early in the morning, and begin your journey back home.
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