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North Spitsbergen Arctic Spring

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May 12, 19, 26
June 02, 09
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Cruise to North Spitsbergen, Arctic Spring

The sailing expeditions in Spitsbergen will be carried out by the three-mast sailing vessel Rembrandt van Rijn. This beautiful vessel will bring you to the remotest places around Spitsbergen. Sailing northwards we visit Magdalena fjord, one of the most beautiful places on Spitsbergen, with many impressive glacier faces. During a shore visit we will view the remains of 17th century English whaling activities. We can also visit some big seabird colonies particularly noteworthy for their Little Auk.

Itinerary

 
Day 1     Longyearbyen
On Board the S/V Rembrandt van Rijn
Meals: Dinner

We will embark our vessel in Longyeabyen, in the late afternoon

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 evening we sail, setting course for Trygghamna where we will see the remains of a 17th century English whaling station and an 18th century Pomor hunting station, which we will visit the next morning.

 
Day 2     Spitsbergen
On Board the S/V Rembrandt van Rijn
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Alkhornet

From Trygghamna we walk to Alkhornet a large seabird cliff, where the birds are prospecting their breeding places. Below the cliffs is a den of Arctic Fox, and Reindeer graze on the lush vegetation. In Forlandsundet we visit a haul out place of Walrus at Poolepynten if sea conditions allows, or at Sarstangen.

Highlights:

Arctic Fox

Poolepynten

Sarstangen

 
Day 3     Spitsbergen
On Board the S/V Rembrandt van Rijn
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Fuglefjorden with views on Svitjodbreen and Birgerbukta

Today we sail into Fuglefjorden with views on Svitjodbreen and Birgerbukta, with breeding places for Great Skuas and good chances for bears. In Birgerbukta we find blubber ovens of the Basques. We will try to visit Ytre Norskøya, a small island which was used for many years as a lookout point for Dutch whalers. There we can still follow their tracks to the summit of the island, passing excellent bird cliffs on the way. On shore the remains of 17th century blubber ovens can be found, while Arctic Skua and Common Eider breed among the graves of 200 Dutch whalers.

Highlights:

Hiking & Snowshoeing

Ytre Norskøya

17th century blubber ovens

 
Day 4     Spitsbergen
On Board the S/V Rembrandt van Rijn
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Raudfjord

Raudfjord on the north coast of Spitsbergen is a beautiful fjord with spectacular glaciers. It is also a favourite with Ringed and Bearded Seal, has good seabird colonies, and offers good chances for spotting Polar Bear and Beluga. Jermaktangen, at the fjord’s eastern entrance, is a geography lesson in the erosion of the land by the sea.

Highlights:

Bearded Seal

Raudfjord

 
Day 5     Spitsbergen
On Board the S/V Rembrandt van Rijn
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Reindyrsflya

If sea-ice conditions allow, we may land on the northern-side of Reindyrsflya, the largest tundra area of Spitsbergen. The vast undulating plain is a good grazing area for reindeer and several species of waders also breed here. The area’s lakes offer good chances of spotting Red-throated Diver and King Eider. Alternatively we land at Fuglesangen, where we can sit among the Little Auks.

Highlights:

Little Auk

Svalbard Reindeer

King Eider

 
Day 6     Spitsbergen
On Board the S/V Rembrandt van Rijn
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

14th of July Glacier

In the morning we are at the 14th of July Glacier. Not far from the glacier we see a breeding site for Brünnich’s Guillemot, Razorbill and Puffin. The guano of these bird colonies, the southward exposure and the sheltered situation, give rise to a relatively rich vegetation with many species of flowering plants. In the afternoon we sail to Ossian Sarsfjellet, where we can observe the Kittiwakes and Brünnich’s Guillemots on the cliffs at close quarters. Alternatively we visit Ny Ålesund, the northernmost permanently inhabited village in the world, a centre for polar research and a former starting point for many North Pole expeditions (Amundsen and Nobile for example). Barnacle Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Common Eider, Arctic Tern and several species of wader can be seen at close quarters. The reindeers here are smaller than their mainland relatives and do not form large herds.

Highlights:

Kittiwake

Puffin

Brünnich's Guillemot

 
Day 7     Spitsbergen
On Board the S/V Rembrandt van Rijn
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Gipsvika deep inside Isfjorden

In the morning we find ourselves on Bohemanflya an extensive tundra area with its own avifauna and spectacular geological formations along the coast. At Gipsvika deep inside Isfjorden we will go ashore near the majestic cliff of Templet. It is a stunning area with spectacular mountains eroded into shape in the sedimentary rock from the Upper Carboniferous created around 290 mio years ago.

 
Day 8     Longyearbyen
Meals: Breakfast

Our final morning, we will disembark the ship in the morning in Longyearbyen

Departure by scheduled flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo.

 
Price Includes
All Meals Throughout the Voyage Aboard the Ship Including Snacks, Coffee an
All Shore Excursions and Activities Throughout the Voyage by Zodiac.
Program of Lectures by Noted Naturalists and Leadership by Experienced Expe
Use of Rubber Boots and Snowshoes
Transfers and Baggage Handling Between the Airport, Hotels and Ship Only fo
All Miscellaneous Service Taxes and Port Charges Throughout the Program.
Aeco Fees and Governmental Taxes.
Comprehensive Pre-Departure Material
Price Does Not Include
 Air
 Pre- and Post Land Arrangements.
 Government Arrival and Departure Taxes.
 Baggage, Cancellation and Personal Insurance (Which Is Mandatory).
 The Customary Gratuity at the End of the Voyages for Stewards and Other Ser
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