Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- A choice of departures
- Departures from May to July
- Sail onboard a schooner with capacity for 33 people
- Hiking & snowshoeing
- Opportunity to be hands-on and help with the sailing of the ship
Day 1: 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 early evening, you'll set sail out of Isfjorden, where you might spot the first minke whale of the voyage. Into the evening you'll set course for Trygghamna, seeing the remains of a 17th century English whaling station and an 18th century Pomor hunting station, both of which you will visit the next morning.
Day 2: Alkhornet
From Trygghamna you walk to Alkhornet, a large seabird cliff where the birds are scouting out breeding spots. Below the cliffs is a common place to catch a glimpse of Arctic foxes, and you may also see reindeer grazing on the lush vegetation if thereâs not too much snow.
Day 3: Ytre NorskÃ¸ya
You'll sail into Fuglefjorden amid views of Svitjodbreen and Birgerbukta, both breeding areas for great skuas as well as likely spots to see a polar bear. On Birgerbukta you can see 17th-century Basque ovens once used for cooking whale blubber. The next aim is to visit Ytre NorskÃ¸ya, a small island that served for many years as a Dutch whaling lookout. Here you can still follow the whalersâ tracks to the summit of the island, passing popular bird cliffs on the way. On shore are the remains of more 17th-century blubber ovens, while Arctic skuas and common eiders breed among the graves of some two hundred Dutch whalers.
Day 4: Raudfjorden and Ermaktangen
You'll reach Raudfjorden, on the north coast of Spitsbergen. It's a fine place for gazing over the glaciers and also a favourite hangout for ringed and bearded seals, colonies of seabird, and the occasional polar bear and beluga whale. Ermaktangen, at the fjord coast of Spitsbergen, presents further great views of the vast land.
Day 5: Reindyrsflya
If ice conditions permit, you may land on the northern side of Reindyrsflya, the largest tundra area of Spitsbergen. This vast and rolling plain is a popular grazing area for reindeer, and several species of waders also breed here. Similarly, the lakes afford you a good chance of spotting red-throated divers and king eiders.
Day 6: Monaco Glacier
Depending on the weather, you could sail into Liefdefjorden and cruise within sight of the 5-kilometer-long (3.1 miles) face of the precipitous Monaco Glacier. The waters in front of this glacier are a favourite feeding spot for thousands of kittiwakes, and the base of the ice is a popular polar bear hunting ground. If ice conditions prevent sailing here early in the season, an alternate route along the west coast of Spitsbergen can be implemented.
Day 7: Fuglesangen and Magdalenafjorden
In the morning you land at Fuglesangen, where you can observe spirited communities of little auks. You then sail south to Magdalenafjorden, one of the glacier-filled highlights of Spitsbergen. A shore visit shows you the remains of 17th-century English whaling, and you can also see more large colonies of little auks.
Day 8: Kongsfjorden and Krossfjorden
You head north for Kongsfjorden and Krossfjorden. The landscape is likely to show signs of winter, the crags and slopes still blanketed with snow. We aim to visit places of historic interest: Ny London, where you can see the remains of early 20th-century marble mining, and Ny Ã lesund, the northernmost community in the world. There are also research stations and the famous anchor mast of the dirigible Norge, which took the first flight across the North Pole to Nome, Alaska in 1926. Krossfjorden offers views of colossal glaciers and lofty mountain peaks, but ultimately the extent of fjord ice dictates the itinerary here.
Day 9: Fuglehuken
On your journey south, the goal is a landing at Fuglehuken. Here you see remains from the great era of polar bear hunting. There are also large seabird colonies and a haul-out spot for harbour seals. Alternatively you could land on the coast of Forlandsundet, at Engelskbukta or Sarstangen. Walruses are occasionally seen here, and the tundra is a fine place for a walk.
Day 10: Bohemanfiya and Gipsvika
The next stop is Bohemanflya, an expansive tundra with its own avifauna (depending on when spring arrives) and spectacular geological formations along the coast. In Gipsvika you can go on shore near Templet, a mountainous location of eroded sedimentary rock from the Upper Carboniferous period â around 290 million years ago.
Day 11: Disembark
Disembark in Longyearbyen, as the adventure reaches it's end.
NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expeditionary cruise.
What our customers think of North Svalbard Sailing Expedition
Watching two Arctic fox kits play and eat for more than a half hour.
Travelled: June 2022
Travelled: June 2022
About The Ship
- Sail in Arctic waters aboard a three-masted schooner built over 100 years ago
- Massive appeal for active travellers and avid sailors alike
- Sail with just 33 guests with a professional crew of 12
- Arctic travel doesn’t get much more exclusive than this
- Enjoy land-based excursions accompanied by your expeditionary staff
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.
Departures up to and including 22nd May 2023 are 8 days / 7 nights
Departures from 29th May 2023 onwards are 11 days / 10 nights
The 18-Jun-2023 departure is a special Summer Solstice voyage
Single Supplement And Child Policy
Single supplement: There is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin. For those who want their own cabin, the single supplement in a twin cabin is 1.7 times the cost of sharing with another passenger.
- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodation during the voyage on full board basis
- All shore excursions and zodiac activities
- Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
- Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites
- Flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation
- Any additional services before and after your voyage
- Transfers not specific to the itinerary
- Travel insurance
- Optional adventure activities
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Items of a personal nature: laundry, beverages, etc
- Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
- Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)