North or Around Spitsbergen
The name Spitsbergen means "jagged peaks" and was given by the Dutch explorer, Willem Barents, who discovered the island while searching for the Northern Sea Route in 1596. Today, it is a vast wilderness that is home to an incredible array of flora and fauna, with its location just some 900kms south of the North Pole. The exhilaration of sighting a Polar Bear roaming the ice in search of food, watching the playful activities of Grey Seals or observing a group of walrus, are just some of the highlights found on this voyage. Zodiacs will ferry us from our ice-strengthened vessels to shore to walk amongst the tundra, up to high points where there are sweeping views across the vast glaciated inland, and down to the iceberg-strewn bay where our ship is dwarfed by the monumental landscape. The island’s bird life is prolific, with colonies of Little Auks, Black Guillemots, Brünnich’s Guillemots, Puffins and Arctic Skuas accessible to visitors. Dramatic cliffs, fjords, glaciers and an abundance of wildlife make this an unforgettable experience in the land of the midnight sun.
|DAY 1||Embark Longyearbyen|
|DAYS 2/9||Cruise Spitsbergen. The ice conditions will determine the sailing plan, either the North or around Spitsbergen itinerary|
|DAY 10||Disembark Longyearbyen where trip concludes|