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North Spitsbergen Arctic Summer

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June 16, 27
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Cruise to North Spitsbergen, Arctic Summer

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 Magdalenafjord, 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.

Highlights:

• Svalbard Museum

• Trygghamna

• 17th century English whaling station

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

Walk to Alkhornet a large seabird cliff

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.

Highlights

• Birds of Spitsbergen

• Walrus

• Alkhornet

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

We will try to visit Ytre Norskøya

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

• Ytre Norskøya

• Arctic Skua

 
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

• Ringed Sea

 
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.

Highlights

• Svalbard Reindeer

• Reindyrfla

• King Eider

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

We sail into Liefdefjorden and look Worsleyneset where King Eiders and Grey Phalaropes nest. Chances that fjord-ice is blocking our way to the front of Monacobreen and to the Warm springs in Bockfjord are there, but the life along the edge of the fjord ice is spectacular (chances for Bearded Seals, Polar Bears, foraging seabirds)

Highlights

• Monaco Glacier

• King Eider

• Grey Phalarope

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

Fuglesangen & Magdalenafjorden

In the morning we land at Fuglesangen, where we can sit near the Little Auks. Sailing southwards we visit Magdalenafjorden, 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.

Highlights

• Little Auk

• Magdalenafjord

 
Day 8     Spitsbergen
On Board the S/V Rembrandt van Rijn
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Today we will 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

• Barnacle Goose

• Svalbard Reindeer

• Pink-footed Goose

 
Day 9     Spitsbergen
On Board the S/V Rembrandt van Rijn
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

14th of July Glacier

In the morning we sail from Ny Ålesund to the 14th of July Glacier where we cruise in zodiacs. Not far from the glacier we see a breeding site for Brünnich’s Guillemot, Auk 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.

Highlights

• Zodiac Cruising & Shore program

• Puffin

• Brünnich's Guillemot

 
Day 10     Spitsbergen
On Board the S/V Rembrandt van Rijn
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

We are on the lookout for Walrus, on Forlandsundet, or Sarstangen

On our way south, we will try to make a landing on Fuglehuken, where we see many remains form the Polar Bear hunting era. There are large seabird colonies and a haul out place for harbour seals. Alternatively we land on the coast of Forlandsundet at Engelskbukta or Sarstangen. Occasionally Walrus are hauled out here. The tundra offers some great walking in a beautiful setting.

Highlights

• Walrus

• Sarstangen

 
Day 11     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 their own avifauna and spectacular geological formations along the coast. In Gipsvika deep inside Isfjorden were 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.

Highlights

• Shore based walking

• Isfjord system

 
Day 12     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
Free Use of Snow Shoes.
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
 Any Airfare Whether on Scheduled or Charter Flights.
 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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