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This Spitsbergen cruise includes 5 or 7 nights aboard Noorderlicht, a small sailing yacht which just carries 20 passengers. We will sail the west and north coast of Spitsbergen searching for the northern lights.

Spitsbergen Northern lights: Noorderlicht.

Day 1 Spitsbergen Northern Lights 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, setting course for Alkhornet, a high cliff. Below the cliffs we often see Arctic Foxes and Reindeer. We continue to Trygghamna to visit the remains of a 17th century English whaling station and an 18th century Russian Pomor station.

 

Day 2 – 5 Spitsbergen Northern Lights aboard Noorderlicht.

We leave Tryghamna early in the morning and sail to the north side of Bell Sund. Bell Sund is a fjord system with two major branches (Van Mijenfjord, Van Keulenfjord) and one smaller side bay (Recherchefjord). The geology is fascinating and has created amazing landscapes, such as the long, narrow island of Akseloya that blocks Van Mijenfjord almost completely. In Fridtjofhamna, the calving glacier Fridtjofbreen is surrounded by picturesque mountains. The rich wildlife of the area has attracted hunters throughout several centuries - we will walk in their footsteps and see remains of their huts, for example at Ahlstrandhalvoya. Recherchefjord is one of the places in Spitsbergen with the highest concentration of historical sites, dating back to 17th century whalers and the mining period of the early 20th century. The glacier Recherchebreen ends at a lagoon, likely to be frozen in October, with many smaller icebergs. Polar bears are likely to be present anywhere in the Bellsund area, and we will keep our eyes open to find them. We have also seen Belugas (White whales) in this area.

 

Day 6 Spitsbergen Northern Lights aboard Noorderlicht.

We will pay a visit to Barentsburg, the only inhabited Russian settlement in Spitsbergen, or to Colesbukta, an abandoned Russian coal mining settlement.

 

Day 7 Spitsbergen Northern Lights aboard Noorderlicht.

We sail into the inner reaches of the Isfjord system, where during nights with open sky we will experience temperatures of minus 10 degrees C, and new ice will be forming on the heads of the fjords.

 

Day 8 Spitsbergen Northern Lights aboard Noorderlicht.

Departure by scheduled flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo. End of Spitsbergen Northern Lights aboard Noorderlicht.

 

 

Spitsbergen Northern Lights aboard Noorderlicht Dates and Rates 2015:

 

Code

Start

End

Nights/Days

Rate

NOO15

02/10/15

09/10/15

09/10

1.950 €

NOO16

09/10/15

16/10/15

07/08

1.950 €

NOO17

16/10/15

23/10/15

07/08

1.950 €

 

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

 

Single occupancy: All cabins 1.7 times the share price.

 

 

Spitsbergen Northern Lights aboard Noorderlich includes:

Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.

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

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.

 

 

Spitsbergen Northern Lights aboard Noorderlicht 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 “Spitsbergen Northern Lights aboard Noorderlicht”.

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.

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Tour duration:

8 days/7 nights

Official spoken language:

English

Group size:

Minimum 10, maximum 20 passengers.

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