The North Spitsbergen
cruise sails to some of the remotest locations of
northern Europe. The expedition gives you the
opportunity to spot historic whaling remains, glaciers,
a variety of Arctic birds including the Little Auk, and
All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary
depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife
conditions. Flexibility is paramount for expedition
cruises. Willingness to compromise on comfort is a basic
requirement on board a historic sailing vessel.
Important information about the sailing program: The
boat is equipped with sails to be used in good
conditions (based on open sea, water depth, wind, and
time). This is not guaranteed. The captain decides
whether to use the sails or the engine. There is no
claim to one or the other propulsion method. If sails
are used, the crew operates them. Guests follow the
safety instructions of the team. Average cruising speed
for s/v Rembrandt van Rijn is 6.5 knots.
Day 1: Largest Town on the
You touch down in
Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen,
the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy
strolling around this former mining town, whose parish
church and Svalbard Museum make for fascinating
attractions. Though the countryside appears stark, more
than a hundred species of plant have been recorded in
it. In the evening you sail for Trygghamna, where you
see the remains of a 17th century English whaling
station and 18th century Pomor hunting station, both of
which you can visit the next morning.
Day 2: Foxes, Seabirds, and
From Trygghamna you walk to
Alkhornet, a large seabird cliff where the birds are
scouting out breeding locations. Below the cliffs is a
common place to spot Arctic foxes, and you may also see
reindeer grazing on the lush vegetation. In
Forlandsundet you visit a walrus haul-out location at
Poolepynten, if sea conditions allow.
© Christophe Gouraud - Oceanwide Expeditions
Day 3: Remains of the
You sail into Fuglefjorden
amid views of Svitjodbreen and Birgerbukta, both
breeding areas for great skuas as well as likely spots
to see a polar bear. On Birgerbukta you can see 17th
century Basque ovens once used for cooking whale
blubber. The aim next is to visit Ytre Norskøya, a small
island that served for many years as a Dutch whaling
lookout. Here you can still follow the whalers’ tracks
to the summit of the island, passing popular bird cliffs
on the way. On shore are the remains of more 17th
century blubber ovens, while Arctic skuas and common
eiders breed among the graves of some two hundred Dutch
Day 4: Jermaktangen Geology
Raudfjorden, on the north
coast of Spitsbergen, is a fine place for gazing over
the glaciers. It’s also a favorite hangout for ringed
and bearded seals, colonies of seabird, and the
occasional polar bear and beluga whale. Jermaktangen, at
the fjord’s eastern entrance, is a geology lesson in the
sea’s erosion of the land.
Day 5: Wide Open Tundra
If ice conditions permit,
you may land on the northern side of Reindyrsflya, the
largest tundra area of Spitsbergen. The vast and rolling
plain is a popular grazing area for reindeer, and
several species of waders also breed here. Similarly the
lakes afford you a good chance of spotting red-throated
divers and king eiders.
Day 6: On to the Little
In the morning you land at
Fuglesangen, where you can observe the spirited
communities of little auks. You then sail south to
Magdalenafjorden, one of the glacier-filled highlights
of Spitsbergen. A shore visit shows you the remains of
17th century English whaling, and you can also see more
large colonies of little auks.
Day 7: Earth’s Northernmost
Today you reach Ny Ålesund,
the northernmost community in the world and a center for
polar research. This was a former starting point for
many North Pole expeditions, such as those of Roald
Amundsen and Umberto Nobile. You can see barnacle and
pink-footed geese, common eiders, Arctic terns, and
several species of wader at close quarters here. The
reindeer are smaller in this area than their mainland
relatives, and do not form large herds.
Day 8: Life Near the
After sailing from Ny
Ålesund to the Fourteenth of July Glacier, you embark on
a Zodiac cruise. Not far from the glacier is a breeding
site for Brünnich’s guillemots, auks, and puffins. The
guano, shelter, and southward location of these colonies
lead to relatively rich vegetation that includes many
species of flowering plant.
© Franco Banfi - Oceanwide Expeditions
Day 9: Past Days of Polar
On your journey south, the
goal is a landing at Fuglehuken. Here you see remains
from the great era of polar bear hunting. There are also
large seabird colonies and a haul-out spot for harbour
seals. Alternatively you could land on the coast of
Forlandsundet, at Engelskbukta or Sarstangen. Walruses
are occasionally seen here, and the tundra is a fine
place for a walk.
Day 10: There and Back
Every adventure, no matter
how grand, must eventually come to an end. You disembark
in Longyearbyen for your flight home, but with memories
that will accompany you wherever your next adventure
Included in this voyage
Voyage aboard the indicated
vessel as indicated in the itinerary
throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks,
coffee and tea.
All shore excursions and activities
throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
Program of lectures
by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced
Free use of snowshoes.
and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and
ship only for those passengers on the group flights to
and from Longyearbyen.
All miscellaneous service
taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
fees and governmental taxes.
Excluded from this voyage
Any airfare, whether on
scheduled or charter flights
Pre- and post- land
Passport and visa expenses.
Government arrival and departure taxes.
Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is
Excess baggage charges and all items of a
personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges
and telecommunication charges.
The customary gratuity
at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service
personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).
Price:- From $3,850 per person. Please contact
us for departure dates and availability