Start your North Spitsbergen
cruise with a trek around historic Longyearben, then
join our expedition to the north of the island to take
in the fantastically beautiful landscapes, the thousands
of seabirds, and of course the star of the show, the
All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary
depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The
on-board expedition leader determines the final
itinerary. Average cruising speed for m/v Ortelius is
Day 1: Largest Town on the
You touch down in
Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen,
the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy
strolling around this former mining town, whose parish
church and Svalbard Museum make for fascinating
attractions. Though the countryside appears stark, more
than a hundred species of plant have been recorded in
it. In the early evening the ship sails out of
Isfjorden, where you might spot the first minke whale of
Day 2: Route to Raudfjorden
Sailing to Raudfjorden, on
the north coast of West Spitsbergen, you take in an
expansive fjord spilling with glaciers – and maybe even
visited by ringed and bearded seals. The cliffs and
shoreline of this fjord also support thriving seabird
colonies, rich vegetation, and the possibility of polar
Day 3: The Massive Monaco
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 favorite 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 4: Hinlopen Highlights
Today you sail into Hinlopen
Strait, home to bearded and ringed seals as well as
polar bears. At the entrance there is even the
possibility to spot blue whales. After cruising among
the ice floes of Lomfjordshalvøya in the Zodiacs, you
then view the bird cliffs of Alkefjellet with their
thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots. On the east side of
Hinlopen Strait, you may attempt a landing on
Nordaustlandet. Here reindeer, pink-footed geese, and
walruses are likely sights. As with Liefdefjorden, you
can take an alternate west Spitsbergen route if ice
prevents entry into Hinlopen.
Day 5: Stop at the Seven
The northernmost point of
your voyage may be north of Nordaustlandet, in the Seven
Islands. Here you reach 80° north, just 540 miles from
the geographic North Pole. Polar bears inhabit this
region, so the ship may park for several hours among the
pack ice before wheeling around west again.
Day 6: Sailing the Shelf
While retracing your route
west, keep watch for polar bears and elusive Greenland
(bowhead) whales. About 40 nautical miles west of
Spitsbergen, you sail the edge of the continental shelf.
Here fin whales forage during the summer in the
upwelling zones – this is where cold, nutrient-rich
water wells up from below the sea’s surface – that run
along the Spitsbergen banks. At the mouth of
Kongsfjorden, you have a good chance of sighting minke
Day 7: Reindeer, Foxes, and
Walruses sometimes haul out
in Forlandsundet, your next stop. Alternatively, you
might sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of
Isfjorden, landing at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on these
cliffs, Arctic foxes search below for fallen eggs and
chicks, and reindeer graze the sparse vegetation. You
arrive in Longyearbyen later that night.
Day 8: Journey’s End in
Every adventure, no matter
how grand, must eventually come to an end. You disembark
in Longyearbyen for your flight home, but with memories
that will accompany you wherever your next adventure
Included in this voyage
Voyage aboard the indicated
vessel as indicated in the itinerary
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
Free use of rubber boots and
Transfers and baggage handling between
the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers
on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen.
miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout
AECO fees and governmental taxes.
Comprehensive pre-departure material.
Excluded from this voyage
Any airfare, whether on
scheduled or charter flights
Pre- and post- land
Passport and visa expenses.
Government arrival and departure taxes.
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).
Price:- From $3,900 per person. Please contact
us for departure dates and availability