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West Spitsbergen Expedition: Noorderlicht.Tundra Travel

This Spitsbergen cruise includes 11 nights aboard Noorderlicht, a small sailing yacht which just carries 20 passengers. We will the west and north coast of Spitsbergen, the biggest island of the Svalbard archipelago.

West Spitsbergen Expedition: Noorderlicht.

Day 1 West Spitsbergen Sailing Expedition aboard Noorderlicht:

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 afternoon we sail aboard Noorderlicht, setting course for Alkhornet, a seabird cliff with a large colony of Kittiwakes. Below the cliffs is a den with Arctic Foxes which scavenge off fallen eggs and chicks. We continue to Tryghamna to visit the remains of a 17th century English whaling station and an 18th century Russian Pomor station.


Day 2 West Spitsbergen Sailing Expedition aboard Noorderlicht:

We leave Tryghamna early in the morning and sail aboard Noorderlicht through the Forlandsundet. Weather permitting we will go ashore at Fuglehuken where the first Western Europeans (the expedition of Willem Barentsz) set foot on Spitsbergen. Here we can see the graves of whalers and visit colonies of Common Guillemots, Brünnich´s Guillemots, Little Auks and Kittiwakes. Nearby we may be able to visit a haul-out of Harbour Seals and Walruses.


Day 3 West Spitsbergen Sailing Expedition aboard Noorderlicht:

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). The local bird life has adapted itself to the human presence and is exceptionally tame. Barnacle Geese, Pink-footed Geese, Common Eiders, Arctic Terns 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.


Day 4 West Spitsbergen Sailing Expedition aboard Noorderlicht:

In the morning we sail aboard Noorderlicht from Ny Ålesund to the 14th July Glacier where we cruise in zodiacs. Not far from the glacier we will visit an accessible breeding site for Brünnich’s Guillemots, Auks and Puffins. 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.


Day 5 West Spitsbergen Sailing Expedition aboard Noorderlicht:

Sailing northwards we visit the Magdalenafjord, one of the most beautiful places on Spitsbergen, with many impressive glacier fronts. 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 Auks.


Day 6 West Spitsbergen Sailing Expedition aboard Noorderlicht:

Today 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 Skuas and Common Eiders breed among the graves of 200 Dutch whalers.


Day 7 West Spitsbergen Sailing Expedition aboard Noorderlicht:

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


Day 8 West Spitsbergen Sailing Expedition aboard Noorderlicht:

If sea-ice conditions allow, we may land on the northern-side of Reindyrfla, 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 Divers and King Eiders.


Day 9 West Spitsbergen Sailing Expedition aboard Noorderlicht:

Today we visit the remains of Smeerenburg, the largest 17th century whaling settlement on Spitsbergen, and, if we obtain permission, Danskøya where many historical remains are to be found of the 19th century expedition by the Swedish explorer Andree, who tried to reach the North Pole in a balloon.


Day 10 &11 West Spitsbergen Sailing Expedition aboard Noorderlicht:

On our way south, we will try to make a landing on the coast of the Forlandsundet at Engelsbukta or Sarstangen or Poolepynten, where Walruses are often hauled out. From there we head straight for Longyearbyen, but if time allows we could call at Colesbukta, from where good walkers may walk to Longyearbyen in six hours.


Day 12 West Spitsbergen Sailing Expedition aboard Noorderlicht:

Departure by scheduled flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo. End of our West Spitsbergen Sailing Trip.



West Spitsbergen Sailing Expedition Dates and Rates 2016:






08/06/16 19/06/16
11/12 Fully booked





Fully booked





3.600 €


All rates are quoted per person in EURO, based on twin occupancy.


Single occupancy: All cabins 1.7 times the share price.



West Spitsbergen Sailing Expedition Includes:

Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.

All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.

Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes aboard Plancius.

All shore excursions and activities throughhout the voyage by Zodiac.

Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.

All miscelaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.

Comprehensive pre-departure material.



West Spitsbergen Sailing Expedition Excludes:

Any airfare.

Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (mandatory).

Pre and post land arrangements.

Transfers airport – hotel – pier.

Passport and visa expenses.

Government arrival and departure taxes.

Meals ashore.

Excess baggage charges and telecommunication charges.

Customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Fuel surcharge.

Any other service not specified in paragraph "West Spitsbergen Sailing Expedition Includes".

Our exact route will depend on ice, weather conditions and wildlife. The places mentioned above are just examples of some of the many sites Svalbard has to offer. We always strive to maximise your experience, but remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

Wildlife and good weather conditions are not guarantee.

Tour duration:

12 days, 11 nights

Official spoken language:

English and Spanish

Group size:

Minimum 10, maximum 33 passengers.

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