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Central Spitsbergen Arctic Autumn

This voyage takes place during the northern autumn and we set sail from Longyearbyen out of Isfjorden. Visits to Trygghamna, Barentsburg and the inner reaches of Isfjord system are fhighlights of our trip. Our small group of 20 passengers will sail aboard the basic but comfortable schooner, the Noorderlicht. Manned by a skilled crew and expert naturalist/expedition leader, this voyage involves some participation with the handling of sails, taking the helm or being on watch during the night. These voyages are dependent on the weather and the sea conditions, therefore the itinerary is only an outline.

Inclusions

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
Specialist expedition staff
Cabin accommodation on cruise
All activities while on cruise including zodiac excursions, lectures and guide services
Use of all ship facilities and public areas
Medical kit
Port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities
Hightlights
Look for Polar Bear, whales and arctic reindeer
Participate as a crewing member on board a traditional schooner
Spectacular fjords and historical villages
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
8
Price From
AUD $3,150
Start Location
Longyearbyen, Arctic
End Location
Arctic
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Polar, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
07 Sep 202014 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $3,150
14 Sep 202021 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $3,150
21 Sep 202028 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $3,150
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
On arrival in Longyearbyen 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. Arctic Fox can often be found below the cliffs where they scavenge off fallen bird eggs and chicks. We continue to Trygghamna to visit the remains of a 17th century English whaling station and an 18th century Russian Pomor station.
Days 2-5
Leaving Trygghamna early in the morning, you sail to the north side of Bellsund. Here you find a fjord system with two major branches: Van Mijenfjord and Van Keulenfjord – and one smaller side bay, Recherchefjord. The geology has created particularly unique landscapes here, such as the long and narrow island of Akseløya, which blocks Van Mijenfjord almost completely. In Fridtjovhamna, the calving glacier Fridtjovbreen is surrounded by picturesque mountains. The rich wildlife of this area has attracted hunters throughout the centuries. At Ahlstrandhalvøya you can walk in the hunters’ footsteps, examining the remains of their huts. Recherchefjord has one of the highest concentration of historical sites in all of Spitsbergen, ranging from 17th century whaling culture to the mining period of the early 20th century. The glacier Recherchebreen ends at a lagoon, likely to be frozen in October, and several smaller icebergs. Polar bears are commonly sighted all over Bellsund, so keep your eyes open for them and for the belugas that frequent this area.
Day 6
Today we visit Barentsburg, the only inhabited Russian settlement in Spitsbergen. Here we revel in stories of how the local miners survive the polar winter. There is for instance, a swimming pool filled with heated sea water.
Day 7
We sail into the inner reaches of the Isfjord system along some beautiful glacier fronts, where during nights with open sky we will experience temperatures of -10 degrees Celsius. The first new ice will be forming on the heads of the fjords.
Day 8
This morning we disembark in Longyearbyen after breakfast.