Around Spitsbergen Sailing

Around Spitsbergen Sailing– Spitsbergen, Arctic Ocean –16 days / 15 nights, Longyearbyen - Forlandsundet - Smeerenburg - Hinlopen Strait - Kapp Lee - Hornsund - LongyearbyenThe s/v Noorderlicht 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 around Spitsbergen. There will be daily excursions on land and ample time will be devoted to wildlife, vegetation, geography and history.

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Operation July 26 - August 25, 2016
Departure NOO20 July 26 - August 10, 2016, 15 nights
NOO22 August 25 - September 9, 2016, 15 nights
Price from $6,250 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
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)
$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.

Single occupancy: All cabin types at 1.7 times the share price.

It is agreed that if fuel prices will exceed US Dollar 120 per Barrel Brent 120 days prior to departure Oceanwide Expeditions reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US Dollar 25 per passenger per night, to be paid by the contracting party of Oceanwide Expeditions.
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Day 1 ARRIVAL LONGYEARBYEN 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 where we will see the remains of a 17th century English whaling station and an 18th century Pomor hunting station, which we will visit the next morning.

Day 2 ALKHORNET - FUGLEHUKEN From Tryghamna we walk to Alkhornet a large seabird cliff. Below the cliffs is a den of Arctic Fox which scavenge off fallen eggs and chicks. Reindeer graze on the lush vegetation. At noon we sail through the Forlandsundet. Weather permitting we will go ashore at Fuglehuken where the first Western Europeans (the expedition of Willem Barentsz) set foot on Spitsbergen. Here, near another big bird-cliff, we can see the graves of whalers. Nearby we may be able to visit a haul-out of Harbour Seal and Walrus.

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

Day 3 YTRE NORSKØYA - SMEERENBURG Today we visit the remains of Smeerenburg, the largest 17th century whaling settlement on Spitsbergen. We also land on Ytre Norskøya where there are many graves dating from whaling days.

Day 4 - 15 HINLOPEN STRAIT - BRASVELL GLACIER - KAPP LEE Today we sail either to Sorgfjord, where we have a good chance of seeing Walruse or to Murchison Bay, on the north side of which there is an extensive dry tundra, home to many reindeer. There is also is a Swedish research station here.

As we continue through Hinlopen Strait we are surrounded by icecaps. We will land in Lomfjord, a beautiful fjord surrounded by high mountains. Augustabukta is a lovely bay close to a glacier which is crevasse-free, allowing us to walk without difficulties. On a nearby cliff the rare and beautiful Ivory Gull nests, together with Black Guillemot, Reindeer, Polar Bear and Walrus are usually seen in this area.

Next we sail towards the impressive Brasvell glacier. We may take an excursion on Svartknausflya, a desolate polar desert almost devoid of vegetation, or visit Wilhelmøya, which has raised beaches littered with sub fossilised whale skeletons, and where encounters with Polar Bear are likely. Sailing through the narrow Heleysundet between Spitsbergen and Barentsøya can only be done against the current, a very spectacular journey.

As an alternative, if conditions do not favour us, we will sail through Freemansundet. At Kapp Lee, we walk in beautiful Rosenbergdalen to see reindeer. In Diskobukta we visit a large colony of Kittiwake which nest in a canyon. Arctic Fox and Polar Bear with young, often roam through the canyon, scavenging on young, flightless birds which fall from the ledges. On the raised beaches there are many sub fossilised whale skeletons.

Continuing our exploration of southern Spitsbergen, we sail into the labyrinth of side fjords in Hornsund. Behind Brepollen, a large glacial deposit at the head of the fjord, we will sail along a beautiful glacier front with good chances of seeing Bearded Seal and Polar Bear. The geological formations in this area are very spectacular and colourful. We will also pay a visit to the Polish research station at Isbjørnhamna, where the friendly crew will discuss their scientific programs.

On our way to Longyearbyen we sail into Bell Sund to reach Ahlstrandhalvøya, with its interesting geological formations and the remains of the 20th century Beluga hunting. It is still a good area for observing Beluga. If time allows we will pay a visit to Barentsburg, the only inhabited Russian settlement in Spitsbergen, or to Colesbukta, an abandoned Russian coal mining settlement.

Day 16 DEPARTURE LONGYEARBYEN Departure by scheduled flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo.

Please note: The chances that we can complete a full Spitsbergen Circumnavigation (based on our experiences from 1992 until 2012) are about, 30 % in the first half of July, 60 % in the second half of July, 90% in the first half of August, 95% in the second half of August. In case we cannot complete a full circumnavigation we will mostly resort to a program in Northeast or Southeast Spitsbergen.

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