Svalbard Research Expedition
Dates: 7th - 22nd July
Start and end point: Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Prices: Individual crew place £3950. Whole boat charter (max 4 persons) £15,180
Availability: 4 places remaining
Longyearbyen, Svalbard to Tromso, Norway
7th July - 22nd July 2019
7th July: 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 nearly 80 degrees north. Dinner will be provided onboard on the first evening, a great opportunity to get to know your fellow crew mates.
8th July: Setting sail
Following initial briefings on safety and our scientific projects 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 a research expedition yacht. There will also be opportunity to simply soak up the stunning scenery of the polar landscape.
9th - 20th July: Svalbard research objectives
Now we embark on our research and clean up objectives proper. Exactly where we go and which project we undertake will depend on the weather conditions that day. Each day we will aim to complete one or more of the expedition objectives:
Conduct marine litter surveys on 9 remote, previously un-recorded beaches in Svalbard for inclusion in the Marine Conservation Association database
Remove marine litter from arctic beaches
Log marine litter in the open ocean with the University of Georgia Marine Debris Tracker project
Take open ocean trawl net samples to monitor microplastics in the Barent’s Sea
Conduct marine mammal surveying on Svalbard coasts and Barent’s Sea
Re-create weather measurements recorded in old whaling ship logs to illustrate climate change on a human scale
Plankton levels recorded for the University of Plymouth's Secci disk project
Use photography to share a powerful message of how plastic pollution is affecting wildlife in the polar regions.
Obtain unique footage and produce a documentary film of the expedition
During the expedition we will explore the specular western coast of Svalbard. 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 with bearded seals, walrus and possibly even beluga whales inhabiting it’s waters and will always be keeping a careful eye out for polar bears.. Ashore you may see reindeer and we will never be far from the prolific bird life of the islands. Navigating carefully when we encounter ice and seeking out a good anchorages which will allow us to get ashore for beach cleans as well as to get a good nights sleep.
21st July: Return to Longyearbyen
We will spend our final day revelling in the polar world of Svalbard and filling our memory cards with final pictures before heading into port in Longyearbyen. We will moor up for the night and enjoy our final evening onboard celebrating the part that we have all played in protecting the arctic, leaving it cleaner, having increased our knowledge base about the challenges it is facing and spreading the word about it’s future protection.
22nd July: Leaving the boat
Breakfast will be provided on board with the final chance to swop stories, research notes, photos and contact details before either heading home or arranging your own extra days experiencing 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.