Central Spitsbergen– Spitsbergen, Arctic Ocean –8 days / 7 nights, S/V Noorderlicht, Longyearbyen - Bell Sund - Barentsburg - Fridtjofbreen - Recherchefjord - Isfjord - LongyearbyenThe 'Noorderlicht' was originally built in 1910 in Flensburg, Germany as a three-masted schooner. For most of her existence she served as a light-vessel on the Baltic. In 1991 the present owners purchased the hull and re-rigged and refitted her thoroughly, under the rules of "Register Holland". The 'Noorderlicht' now has a well-balanced two-masted schooner rig and is capable of sailing the seven seas. The qualified captains have a great experience of the oceans. Together with the rest of the crew, they will do everything possible to ensure that you have a wonderful and unforgettable journey.
|Operation||September 16 - October 14, 2016|
|Departure||NOO24, September 16 - September 23, 2016, LYR - LYR, 7 nights
NOO26, September 30 - October 7, 2016, LYR - LYR, 7 nights
NOO27, October 7 - October 14, 2016, LYR - LYR, 7 nights
|Price||from $2,650 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
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
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
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)
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||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.
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.
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s/v Noorderlicht deck plan
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Day 1 ARRIVAL LONGYEARBYEN After arriving in Longyearbyen, the 'capitl' (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 afternoon we sail, setting course for Alkhornet, a high cliff. Below the cliffs we often see Arctic Fox and reindeer. We continue to Trygghamna to visit the remains of a 17th century English whaling station and an 18th century Russian Pomor station.
The highlights of Day 1: Arctic Fox / Svalbard Reindeer
Day 2 - 5 SAILING IN THE FJORDS We leave Tryghamna early in the morning and sail to the north side of Bell Sund. Bell Sund is a fjord system with two major branches (Van Mijenfjord, Van Keulenfjord) and one smaller side bay (Recherchefjord). The geology is fascinating and has created amazing landscapes, such as the long, narrow island of Akseløya that blocks Van Mijenfjord almost completely. In Fridtjofhamna, the calving glacier Fridtjofbreen is surrounded by picturesque mountains. The rich wildlife of the area has attracted hunters throughout several centuries - we will walk in their footsteps and see remains of their huts - for example, at Ahlstrandhalvøya.
Recherchefjord is one of the places in Spitsbergen with the highest concentration of historical sites, dating back to 17th century whalers and the mining period of the early 20th century. The glacier Recherchebreen ends at a lagoon, likely to be frozen in October, with many smaller icebergs. Polar Bear are likely to be present anywhere in the Bellsund area, and we will keep a keen watch to find them. We have also seen Beluga (white whales) in this area.
The highlights of Day 2 - 5: 17th century whalers and the mining period of the early 20th century
Day 6 BARENTSBURG We will pay a visit to Barentsburg, the only inhabited Russian settlement in Spitsbergen, or to Colesbukta, an abandoned Russian coal mining settlement.
The highlights of Day 6: Visit to Barentsburg
Day 7 ISFJORD We sail into the inner reaches of the Isfjord system, where during nights with open sky we will experience temperatures of minus 10 degrees C, and new ice will be forming on the heads of the fjords.
Day 8 DEPARTURE LONGYEARBYEN Departure by scheduled flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo.
The autumn Spitsbergen voyages, at the onset of winter, are ideal for observing the Aurora Borealis, the magical Northern Lights.