South Spitsbergen - Sailing Voyage

South Spitsbergen - Sailing Voyage– Spitsbergen, Arctic Ocean –8 days / 7 nights, Longyearbyen - Bellsund - Recherchefjorden - Mariasundet - Kapp Linné - Ymerbukta - Esmarkbreen11 nights sailing expeditions in Spitsbergen aboard the two-mast sailing vessel Noorderlicht. This beautiful vessel will bring you to the remotest places around Spitsbergen. Sail from Longyearbyen into Bellsund fjord system with two major branches, the Van Mijenfjord and Van Keulenfjord and one smaller bay, the Recherchefjord. Visit the calving glacier Fridtjofbreen, historical sites, abandoned whaling stations, islands rich in Arctic wildlife.

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Operation June 14 - June 21, 2015
Departure June 14 - June 21, 2015
Price from $3,050 per person, Twin Share 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
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.
Sailing voyages will operate subject to a minimum of 14 participants on Noorderlicht.
Tour Options Pre-and Post nights in Longyearbyen
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Day 1 ARRIVAL LONGYEARBYEN - SAILING 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 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.

Day 2 - 3 BELLSUND - RECHERCHEFJORD 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. We have also seen Beluga (white whales) in this area.

Day 4 - 6 HORNSUND - ISBJØRNHAMNA 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.

On Sofiakammen we can come quite close to colonies of Kittiwakes and Brünnichs Guillemots. 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.

Day 7 ISFJORD On our return voyage we sail into the inner reaches of the Isfjord system, or pay a visit to the Russian settlement Barentsburg.

Day 8 LONGYEARBYEN DEPARTURE 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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