Dates: 23rd June - 4th July
Start and finish port Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Expedition location: Coastal Svalbard
23rd June: Joining the expedition
You will join our expedition yacht in Longyearbyen. Despite being the most northerly city in the world, Longyearbyen is easily access by air with several flights a day from mainland Norway. You will be met at the yacht by your skipper who will give you a warm welcome, and most likely a cup of tea. You will then have the opportunity to settle in and be shown around the boat as well as to explore the town and get your first taste of life at 78 degrees north. Dinner will be provided onboard on the first evening, a great opportunity to get to know your fellow crew mates.
24th June: Setting sail
Following initial safety briefings we will be heading out of port and setting sail for the first time. The sheltered and spectacular Isfjorden provides the perfect opportunity to get used to the boat, the skipper will take you through everything that you need to know about how sailing and life work onboard an expedition yacht. There will also be opportunity to simply soak up the stunning scenery of the polar landscape.
25th June - 26th June: Exploring Isfjorden
We will aim to voyage to a new area each day, experiencing the joy of traveling by water, before finding a sheltered anchorage to enjoy the surroundings, try our luck at some fishing or venture ashore to explore further. We will need to take care at all times when we are exploring ashore and keep our eyes peeled for polar bears. The following includes some of the highlights of an expedition to Svalbard, encompassing stunning natural scenery, cultural heritage and history as well as the areas unique wildlife and flora. The exact itinerary that we follow will be chosen each day to make the best use of the weather conditions. Having just a few guests onboard means that we can choose the areas that we explore based on your interests.
Highlights of Isfjorden include dramatic mountain ranges, interesting walking trails and a historic abandoned Russian mining town, walking through the deserted streets and buildings of the town it feels as though the occupants left just yesterday. The cliffs bordering Isfjorden are home to a multitude of sea birds including, puffins, guillemot and the little auk, only seen in the far north.
27th June - 28th June: Forlandsund and Kongsfjord
This area is often referred to as the most spectacular on Svalbard and for good reason. With narrow fjords and glaciers craving their dramatic icebergs into the ocean, it is arctic beauty at it’s most magnificent. The nutrient rich waters of this area mean that it is a great place for wildlife watching with bearded seals, walrus and possibly even beluga whales inhabiting it’s waters. Ashore you may see reindeer and we will never be far from the prolific bird life of the islands. Kongsfjord is also home to the only ‘town’ in Svalbard outside Longyearbyen., Ny Alesubd Ny Alesund is a former mining town that now houses an international polar research station and was the departure point for the airship “Norge” before Admundsen set off to fly over the north pole.
29th June - 30th June: The rugged north
Beyond Ny Alesund, Svalbard takes on an even more remote and wild nature. In this rugged land of rock and ice we will monitor conditions carefully as we explore the wild glaciers of the frozen north.
1st - 2nd July: Travelling south
We must now turn our bows southwards and start the return trip to Longyearbyen. There will still be plenty of wonderful scenery and wildlife to enjoy on the journey as we swop stories with our crew mates about our favourite experiences.
3rd July: Arrival in Longyearbyen
This will be you final opportunity to fill your memory cards with the spectacular Svalbard scenery as we travel up Isfjorden to the main town of Longyearbyen. We will moor up for the night in Longyearbyen and enjoy our final evening onboard with a nice dinner and time to swop stories, highlights and pictures from the expedition.
4th July: Leaving the boat
Breakfast will be provided on board with the final chance to swop stories, photos and contact details before either heading home or arranging your own extra days experiencing high arctic life in Longyearbyen.
Please note that the itinerary provided above is provide to illustrate the general areas the we will visit on the expedition. The exact itinerary that we follow will be chosen each day by your skipper in order to make the best use of the weather conditions. Since we operate with just a small number of guests onboard, we can tailor the areas that we explore based on your interests.