- Largest town, biggest island
- From Arctic mountains to mining towns
- Sculptures of ice and stone
- Northern fjords and northern lights
- The inner reaches of Isfjord
- Glaciers and ghost towns
- The layered peaks of Skansbukta
- Journey’s end in Longyearbyen
- All itineraries are for guidance only.
- Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions.
- Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.
- The boat is equipped with sails to be used in good conditions (based on open sea, water depth, wind, and time).
- Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
- All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea included in package price.
- All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
- Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes and Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation are included in package price.
- Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program and Comprehensive pre-departure material are inclusive.
- Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post-land arrangements are not included in package.
- Passport and visa expenses; Government arrival and departure taxes not included.
- Meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended); excess baggage charges are not included.
- All items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard are not included in package price.
Embark on a scenic exploration of the deep Arctic, visiting the mountain-fringed bay of Trygghamna, the jagged blue glacier front at Borebukta, and the icy panorama of Isfjord, Svalbard’s second largest fjord – along with stops at Russian ghost towns, geological wonders, and wintry shorelines sparkling under the eerie green auroras of the northern lights.
Day 1 – Largest town, biggest island:
Your voyage begins in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy strolling around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum make for fascinating attractions. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plant have been recorded in the surrounding area. In the early evening the ship sails out of Isfjorden, where you might spot the first whale of your voyage.
Day 2 – From Arctic mountains to mining towns:
Your aim for the morning is Trygghamna. From this mountain- fringed bay, you may make excursions to a former English whaling station, the remains of a Pomor house, and the base of Alkhornet Mountain. In addition to the seabirds, you might see Arctic foxes and reindeer here. Later that afternoon, you sail to the Russian mining town of Barentsburg, Svalbard’s second-largest town. Here you’ll encounter the world’s northernmost brewery, a heated seawater swimming pool, a historic statue of Lenin, the must-see Barentsburg Pomor Museum – and some very friendly Russians.
Day 3 – Sculptures of ice and stone:
The goal is to spend the morning exploring the jagged blue glacier front at Borebukta, our first close encounter with the glaciated interior of Spitsbergen. You may also pay a visit to the east coast of Bohemanflya in the afternoon, a peninsula with striking geological formations.
Day 4 – Northern fjords and northern lights:
Your next morning introduces you to another glacier front: Sveabreen in Nordfjord, the most impressive in the Isfjord area. Afternoon finds you at the head of Dickson Fjord, the northernmost point of the voyage. This fjord branch also happens to be the place with the most stable weather and optimal conditions for seeing the northern lights.
Day 5 – The inner reaches of Isfjord:
This day is reserved for sailing the extent of Isfjord, Svalbard’s second largest fjord and a vast panorama of snow, ice, slopes, and sea. Depending on the conditions, you’ll then sail into one of the other nearby fjords for further Arctic exploration.
Day 6 – Glaciers and ghost towns:
The morning’s mission is to visit the glacier front of Nordenskiöld, an enormity of Arctic ice that has every reason to leave you breathless. On the agenda for the afternoon is Pyramiden, a deserted Soviet settlement that provides a hauntingly complete time capsule detailing how its resident coal miners lived many years ago.
Day 7 – The layered peaks of Skansbukta:
On the second-to-last day, you tour the valley of Skansbukta and its beautiful geological formations. Enjoy the splendor of these stratified multicolored peaks, each one rising out of wide slopes of sediment like the guard towers of some ancient, eroded castle. Your return to Longyearbyen is planned for the early evening.
Day 8 – Journey’s end in Longyearbyen:
Every adventure, no matter how great, must eventually come to an end. You disembark in Longyearbyen, taking home a wealth of memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.