ARCTIC

Sailing Spitsbergen

Bearded seal on ice floe in Svalbard
from £1955 7 nights | Mar-Oct Exc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • Mar-Oct

Overview

Climb aboard one of two historic sailing schooners, the Noorderlicht or the Rembrandt van Rijn, to explore jaw dropping landscapes, encounter exceptional wildlife and witness historic remains.

Highlights

  • Photograph fearless Polar bears in their natural environment
  • Keep watch for beluga whales bobbing beneath the surface
  • Visit historic sights and the remains from settlements of the past
  • Sail up spectacular iceberg dotted fjords
  • Autumn departures have good chances of northern lights viewings

Stunning fjords set the scene as Polar bears, beluga whales and Arctic foxes steal the show on this active ice filled adventure.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Embarkation
After arriving in Longyearbyen, the administrative centre of Spitsbergen, you may wish to visit the Svalbard Museum which has an interesting display on the history of Spitsbergen, the mining industry and polar exploration.

Set sail in the afternoon, on course for Alkhornet, a high cliff face. Below the cliffs Arctic foxes and reindeer are often seen. Continue to Trygghamna to visit the remains of a 17th century English whaling station and an 18th century Russian Pomor station.
Days 2-5: Central Spitsbergen
Leave Tryghamna early in the morning and sail to the north side of Bell Sund. Bell Sund is a fjord system with two major branches (Van Mijenfjord and Van Keulenfjord) and one smaller side bay (Recherchefjord). The geology is fascinating and has created some amazing landscapes, such as the long, narrow island of Akseløya that blocks Van Mijenfjord almost completely. In Fridtjofhamna, the calving glacier Fridtjofbreen is surrounded by picturesque mountains.

The rich wildlife of the area has attracted hunters for several centuries - you will walk in their footsteps and see remains of their huts - for example, at Ahlstrandhalvøya. Recherchefjord has one of the highest concentrations of historical sites in Spitsbergen, dating back to 17th century whalers and early 20th century miners. The glacier Recherchebreen ends at a lagoon with many smaller icebergs. Polar bears are likely to be present anywhere in the Bellsund area, and the expedition team will keep a keen watch to find them. Beluga whales are also prevalent in this area.
Day 6: Barentsburg or Colesbukta
Pay a visit to Barentsburg, the only inhabited Russian settlement in Spitsbergen, or to Colesbukta, an abandoned Russian coal mining settlement.
Day 7: Isfjord
Sail into the inner reaches of the Isfjord system, where during the night, with open skies, you will experience temperatures of around minus 10 degrees C, and new ice will be forming on the heads of the fjords.
Day 8: disembarkation
Disembark in the morning in time for your flight home.
Notes

The March, April and May departures of this voyage travel further north instead of heading south. They are unlikely to see the northern lights due to the amount of daylight, but will potentially see bearded seals, puffins, Brunnich's guillemots and walrus. They will operate as follows:

March, April, May & June Itinerary

Day 1 Embark in Longyearbyen
Day 2
Trygghamna & Forlandsundet
Day 3
Fuglefjorden, Birgerbukta & Ytre Norskoya
Day 4 Raudfjord & Jermaktangen
Day 5 Reindyrsflya or Fuglesangen
Day 6 14th of July Glacier or Ny Alesund
Day 7 Bohemanflya
Day 8 Disembark in Longyearbyen


Please note
that all voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions!

Accommodation Options

S/V Noorderlicht

  • Grade:
  • Type: Sailing Ship

A characterful 10-cabin vessel originally built in Germa…

S/V Rembrandt van Rijn

  • Grade:
  • Type: Sailing Ship

A 16-cabin sailing vessel originally built in the early …

Excursions

Snowshoeing

Optional Adventure Activity on selected Arctic Cruises

Prices & Dates

2017 Season

Prices are per person, based on a twin inside cabin without windows/portholes - no other cabin types are available

Departure DateActivitiesDurationVesselPrices from
09 Apr 2017 θ 8 days S/V Noorderlicht £1,986
16 Apr 2017 θ 8 days S/V Noorderlicht £1,986
19 May 2017 θ 8 days S/V Rembrandt van Rijn £2,159
02 Jun 2017   8 days S/V Rembrandt van Rijn £2,159
13 Oct 2017   8 days S/V Noorderlicht £1,857

All cabins have private wash basins but shared bathroom facilities - 4 showers and 5 toilets between 10 cabins

Activity Options
θ Snowshoeing
is available on this voyage: Complimentary on board the S/V Noorderlicht and S/V Rembrandt van Rijn

Inclusions and Exclusions

S/V Noorderlicht

Includes Group transfers between airport and vessel • Shipboard accommodation • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities • All shore landings per the daily program • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.

Excludes Return flights from the UK • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements • Waterproof boots (these are mandatory - specification guidelines will be given) • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Excess baggage charges • Alcoholic and soft drinks, telecommunication charges, and other charges of a personal nature • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • Travel insurance.

S/V Rembrandt van Rijn

Includes Return group transfers between airport and ship • Shipboard accommodation (all cabins have private bathrooms) • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities • All shore landings per the daily program • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.

Excludes Return flights from the UK• Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements • Waterproof boots (these are mandatory - specification guidelines will be given) • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Excess baggage charges • Alcoholic and soft drinks, telecommunication charges, and other charges of a personal nature • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • Travel insurance.

2018 Prices and Dates

2018 Season

Prices are per person, based on a twin inside cabin without windows/portholes - no other cabin types are available on the Noorderlicht, but an upgrade is possible on the Rembrandt van Rijn.

Departure DateActivitiesDurationVesselPrices from
23 Mar 2018 θ 8 days S/V Noorderlicht £2,073
08 Apr 2018 θ 8 days S/V Noorderlicht £2,073
15 Apr 2018 θ 8 days S/V Noorderlicht £2,073
04 May 2018 θ 8 days S/V Rembrandt van Rijn £2,245
11 May 2018 θ 8 days S/V Rembrandt van Rijn £2,245
18 May 2018 θ 8 days S/V Rembrandt van Rijn £2,245
25 May 2018 * θ 8 days S/V Rembrandt van Rijn £2,245
09 Sep 2018   8 days S/V Noorderlicht £2,073
16 Sep 2018   8 days S/V Noorderlicht £2,073
23 Sep 2018   8 days S/V Noorderlicht £2,073
30 Sep 2018   8 days S/V Noorderlicht £2,073
07 Oct 2018   8 days S/V Noorderlicht £2,073
14 Oct 2018   8 days S/V Noorderlicht £2,073

* This departure has a special hiking focus and will offer extended walks on shore.

Activity Options
θ Snowshoeing
is available on this voyage: Complimentary on board the S/V Noorderlicht and S/V Rembrandt van Rijn

Inclusions and Exclusions

S/V Noorderlicht

Includes Group transfers between airport and vessel • Shipboard accommodation • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities • All shore landings per the daily program • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.

Excludes Return flights from the UK • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements • Waterproof boots (these are mandatory - specification guidelines will be given) • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Excess baggage charges • Alcoholic and soft drinks, telecommunication charges, and other charges of a personal nature • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • Travel insurance.

S/V Rembrandt van Rijn

Includes Return group transfers between airport and ship • Shipboard accommodation (all cabins have private bathrooms) • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities • All shore landings per the daily program • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.

Excludes Return flights from the UK• Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements • Waterproof boots (these are mandatory - specification guidelines will be given) • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Excess baggage charges • Alcoholic and soft drinks, telecommunication charges, and other charges of a personal nature • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • Travel insurance.

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