Day 1: Longyearbyen
We arrive in Longyearbyen, embark our expedition ship in the afternoon and sail out through the spectacular Isfjorden.
Day 2 – 10: Western Spitsbergen, Svalbard
We are now in a part of the world where we are totally dependent on the ice and weather conditions. Our exact itinerary depends on these factors and on the wildlife we encounter. Our ambition is to make landings, hikes or cruises every day with our Zodiacs. Here are some examples of places we may visit:
Isfjorden offers plenty of great landings sites, perfectly suitable for refreshing hikes. One possible shorter hike takes us to Svenskhuset, the isolated wooden house where 17 seal hunters died in the winter of 1872 – 73.
Prins Karl’s Forland
This narrow strip of land is covered by a magnificent, snow-covered mountain chain. The island is home to many seabirds and harbour seals. It also invites to great hiking opportunities.
The scientific village of Ny-Ålesund is situated in Kongsfjorden. It was from here that Amundsen and Nobile started their heroic expeditions to the North Pole. Ny-Ålesund might also be the starting or end point for one of our hikes. In Kongsfjorden we also find Olssønfjellet and if weather permits, we can enjoy a mountain top tour.
A bit north lies Danskøya, the starting point for two other courageous attempts to reach the North Pole. Swedish explorer Andrée made an attempt with a hydrogen balloon and American journalist Wellman started with an airship. There are still interesting remnants from these expeditions left on this site.
The magnificent fjords of Svalbard
Svalbard offers the visitor countless spectacular fjords, home to an abundance of wildlife. Below, we have listed some of the fjords and glaciers that we might explore with ship or Zodiac during our journey:
In Krossfjorden we revel in the beautifully sculptured front of the 14th of July Glacier.
Liefdefjorden, meaning “The fjord of love”, is lined with snow-covered mountain peaks and here we hope to cruise along the face of the spectacular Monaco Glacier.
Raudfjorden is an area of immense natural beauty – dominated by beautiful glaciers. It is also a favourite spot for seals. The fjord offers many excellent hiking opportunities, up to Richardvatnet or Rabotryggen just to mention a few.
The majestic Hornsund consists of several magnificent fjords along the west coast of Spitsbergen, where enormous glaciers calve out shimmering blue ice. This is one of the favourite haunts for some of Svalbard’s polar bears and if lucky we can spot one of them on the fjord ice.
Day 11: Longyearbyen
Early morning we disembark our expedition ship and begin our journey back home.
Please note: Our exact route and program route will depend on ice, weather conditions and wildlife. We always strive to maximize your experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!