North Spitsbergen Sailing

North Spitsbergen Sailing– Spitsbergen, Arctic Ocean –12 days / 11 nights, s/v Noorderlicht, Longyearbyen - Forlandsundet - Ny Ålesund - 14th July Glacier - Magdalenafjord - Norskøya - Raudfjord - Forlandsundet - LongyearbyenSpitsbergen is an Arctic archipelago about 650 kilometres (400 miles) north of Norway. The archipelago ranges from Bear Island to Rossøya. It is by far the largest wilderness area of Europe. The 'Noorderlicht' is a well-balanced two-masted schooner rig. The captains have a great experience of the oceans. Together with the crew, they will do everything possible to ensure that you have a wonderful and unforgettable journey.

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Operation June 30 - July 11, 2016
Departure NOO18, June 30 - July 11, 2016
Price from $4,800 per person, Twin Shared Inside
Included Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
Free use of rubber boots and snow shoes on Plancius and Ortelius
On Spitsbergen voyages: Transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen
On Northeast Greenland voyages: Transfer and baggage handling between ship in Akureyri and hotels in Reykjavik by coach (5 hours)
On Scoresby Sund voyages: Transfers and baggage handling between Reykjavik hotels and ship in Akureyri by coach (5 hours) and vice versa
On Rembrandt voyages: Transfers and baggage handling between airport and ship in Greenland harbours on the chartered group flights
All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
AECO fees and governmental taxes
Comprehensive pre-departure material
Not Included Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
Pre- and post land arrangements; transfers to/from the vessel outside Spitsbergen
Passport and visa expenses
Government arrival and departure taxes
Meals ashore
Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory)
Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
Customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)
Service fee $25
Please Note Maximum of 14 participants on the s/v Noorderlicht.

All rates are quoted per person in US Dollar, based on twin occupancy. US Dollar rates apply for all sales outside Europe. 5% Discount will be granted for bookings for one or more consecutive voyages. Please note that all dates & rates are subject to change. All voyages will operate subject to a minimum of 70 participants on Plancius, 60 participants on Ortelius, 24 participants on Rembrandt, and 14 participants on Noorderlicht.

Single occupancy: All cabin types at 1.7 times the share price.
More Information North Spitsbergen sailing map
s/v Noorderlicht deck plan
World Travel Award

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Day 1 LONGYEARBYEN - TRYGHAMNA After arriving in Longyearbyen, the 'capital' (actually the administrative centre) of Spitsbergen, you may wish to visit the Svalbard Museum which has an interesting collection on the history of Spitsbergen, the mining industry and polar exploration. In the evening we sail, setting course for Trygghamna with the remains of a 17th century English whaling station and an 18th century Pomor hunting station, which we will visit next morning.

Day 2 TRYGHAMNA - ALKHORNET - FORLANDSUNDET From Tryghamna we walk to Alkhornet, a large seabird cliff. Below the cliffs is a den with Arctic Fox which scavenge off fallen eggs and chicks. Reindeer graze on the lush vegetation. In Forlandsundet we visit a haul out place of Walrus.

The highlights of Day 2: Seals & Walrus / Arctic Fox

Day 3 NY ÅLESUND Today we will visit Ny Ålesund, the northernmost permanently inhabited village in the world, a centre for polar research and a former starting point for many North Pole expeditions (Amundsen and Nobile for example). The local bird life has adapted itself to the human presence and is exceptionally tame. Barnacle Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Common Eider, Arctic Tern and several species of wader can be seen at close quarters. The reindeers here are smaller than their mainland relatives and do not form large herds.

The highlights of Day 3: Common Eider and Arctic Tern

Day 4 NY ÅLESUND - 14TH OF JULY GLACIER In the morning we sail from Ny Ålesund to the 14th of July Glacier where we cruise in zodiacs. Not far from the glacier we will visit an accessible breeding site for Brünnich's Guillemot, Auk and Puffin. The guano of these bird colonies, the southward exposure and the sheltered situation, give rise to a relatively rich vegetation with many species of flowering plants.

The highlights of Day 4: Sailing from Ny Ålesund to the 14th of July Glacier

Day 5 MAGDALENAFJORD Sailing northwards we visit Magdalenafjord, one of the most beautiful places on Spitsbergen, with many impressive glacier faces. During a shore visit we will view the remains of 17th century English whaling activities. We can also visit some big seabird colonies particularly noteworthy for their Little Auk.

Day 6 YTRE NORSKØYA Today we will try to visit Ytre Norskøya, a small island which was used for many years as a lookout point for Dutch whalers. There we can still follow their tracks to the summit of the island, passing excellent bird cliffs on the way. On shore the remains of 17th century blubber ovens can be found, while Arctic Skua and Common Eider breed among the graves of 200 Dutch whalers.

Day 7 RAUDFJORD - JERMAKTANGEN Raudfjord on the north coast of Spitsbergen is a beautiful fjord with spectacular glaciers. It is also a favourite with Ringed and Bearded Seal, has good seabird colonies, and offers good chances for spotting Polar Bear and Beluga. Jermaktangen, at the fjord's eastern entrance, is a geography lesson in the erosion of the land by the sea.

The highlights of Day 7: Polar Bear spotting / Bearded Seals on ice floes

Day 8 REINDYRFLA TUNDRA If sIf sea-ice conditions allow, we may land on the northern-side of Reindyrfla, the largest tundra area of Spitsbergen. The vast undulating plain is a good grazing area for reindeer and several species of waders also breed here. The area's lakes offer good chances of spotting Red-throated Diver and King Eider.

The highlights of Day 8: Island of Moffen with Walrus

Day 9 SMEERENBURG - DANSKØYA Today we visit the remains of Smeerenburg, the largest 17th century whaling settlement on Spitsbergen, and, if we obtain permission, Danskøya where many historical remains are to be found of the 19th century expedition by the Swedish explorer Andree, who tried to reach the North Pole in a balloon.

Day 10 & 11 FORLANDSUNDET - ENGELSBUKTA - LONGYEARBYEN On our way south, we will try to make a landing on the coast of the Forlandsundet at Engelsbukta or Sarstangen or Poolepynten, where Walrus are often hauled out.

From there we head straight for Longyearbyen, but if time allows we could call at Colesbukta, from where good walkers may walk to Longyearbyen in six hours.

Day 12 ARRIVAL - DISEMBARKATION LONGYEARBYEN Departure by scheduled flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo.

All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

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