Spitsbergen and Polar Bears- An Arctic Spitsbergen Adventure (Monday Departures)
6 days with Hurtigruten Rating:
Day 1: Longyearbyen
On arrival at Svalbard Airport Longyearbyen in the evening, you will be met by one of Spitsbergen Travel's guides. Look for a sign with 'Hurtigruten/Spitsbergen Travel' and 'MS Nordstjernen.' The transfer guide will take you to the Spitsbergen Hotel, where you will stay for the night.
Day 2: Longyearbyen and Barentsburg
In Longyearbyen, you'll find all the amenities of a modern small town - situated in a fantastic Arctic landscape. The history of Longyearbyen is filled with tradition of cola mining; remnants from the early mining ventures can be seen everywhere.
You will be taken on a guided sightseeing trip including a visit to the Svalbard Musuem. This fantastic museum is really worth visiting as it will provide you with a great deal of background information on all the wonders you will experience on board MS Nordstjernen. This tour ends at the pier where you will join the MS Nordstjernen. Your first visit is to the Russian settlement of Barentsburg, where there will be opportunities to visit the Pomor Museum (optional) and enjoy a lively folklore show. After this visit we will continue out of the Isfjord and head north along the Prins Karls Forland.
Day 3: Woodfjorden and Liefdefjorden, passing Magdalenfjorden at nightNorth Spitsbergen offers a strikingly varied landscape - from the largest flat plain on Svalbard; Reinsdyrflya (the reindeer plain), to the red stone of Devonian geology, remnants of volcanoes and even the nothernmost hot spring on earth. The day will be spent cruising towards the Monaco Glacier, passing a number of small islets where eider ducks nest during the summer. If we are lucky, we may spot a polar bear searching for eggs here. Be on the lookout for the arched back of the occasinoal Minke whale and bearded seals sunbathing on ice floes close to the glacier front. If the ice conditions are favourable we will sail past 80 degress North and towards Moffen, an island which is often host to walrus.
Day 4: Krossfjorden and Kongsfkorden, Ny-Ålesund
Also known as King's Bay, this is the largest fjord on the North West coast of Spitsbergen. A large side fjord called Krossfjorden may also be visited during this day. The landscape varies from large tundra plains to alpine peaks, with dramatic glaciers tumbling into the ocean. Look out for the mountain Mitra - named for a 'Mitre' or a Catholic bishop's hat - located on the northern shore of the entrance to Kongsfjorden. At the end of the fjord, you see the majestic Kongsbreen (King's Glacier) with the three characteristic nunataks: Nora, Dana and Svea - named after the three Scandinavian countries.
At 78° 55' N, Ny-Ålesund is one of the world's northernmost year-round communities. Previously a coal mining community, Ny-Ålesund is now an advance High Arctic research station. In the age of early polar exploration, Ny-Ålesund was the starting point for numerous expeditions towards the North Pole. Names like Amundsen, Ellsworth and Nobile are strongly linked to this place and you can still see the mast that the airship 'Norge' was moored to before her departure on the first eve transpolar flight. A number of countries run their own national research stations here, and there is a lot of activity here in the summer.
Day 5: Isfjorden and LongyearbyenLocated in central Spitsbergen, the Isfjord is the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard. We will spend the morning sailing towards Longyearbyen.
One of the most prominent mountains in the outer part of the fjord is Alkhornet, where thousands of Brünnich's Guillemots nest during the summer season. As we sail into the innter parts of the Isfjord, the landscape changes. Marvel at the large U-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area some ten thousand years ago.
On arrival in Longyearbyen we collect you from the pier for transportation to Spitsbergen Hotel where you have the rest of the day at your own disposal. A farewell dinner will be served at the hotel.
Day 6: Longyearbyen
The Spitsbergen Adventure is over and it's time to say goodbye. An early morning transfer bus will take you to the airport for your flight. We hope you will have some fantastic memories to take home with you!
All This Included
This summer, experience a special trip, on board the MS Nordstjernen. The Arctic Spitsbergen Adventure Voyage is the essential Spitsbergen experience. Focusing on the Northwest Spitsbergen National Park, we will experience some extraordinary Arctic landscape, glaciers and bird cliffs. We will attempt to reach as far north as the 80th parallel - this is the only place on earch it is possible in open water.
We encourage our guests to enjoy the crisp, clean air out on deck - watch the Northern Fulmars sailing in the slipstream of the ship or join the interesting landings in small boats with our expert guides who will provide an insight into the areas we visit and share some amazing local stories.
Here, above the Arctic Circle, we will experience the Midnight Sun, with long days and light nights. If we are really lucky, we might just see the King of the Arctic - the Polar Bear.
Category I cabin onboard ms Nordstjernen
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