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Central Spitsbergen - Nooderlicht

8 Days FROM USD 3,100


Enjoy the solitude of the Arctic Autumn on this incredible expedition to Central Spitsbergen. On this 8 day small ship expedition adventure you will experience the incredible highlights of Spitsbergen at the onset of Winter. Discover beautiful fjord regions and the incredible history of the people who loved there. You will have the opportunity to go whale spotting, zodiac cruise near incredible sea bird cliffs and even have the potential to see unique Arctic wildlife including Arctic reindeer and potentially the elusive polar bear.

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ACOWNCS

Travel Style: Small Ship Expedition Cruise

Location: Spitsbergen

Ship: Noorderlicht

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to meet your cruise. Contact us today to discuss


  • Experiencing the Arctic offers incredible natural sights as the onset of Winter looms. 

  • This expedition perfectly combines incredible natural sites, wildlife viewing opportunities and the unique whaling and hunting history of the Arctic.

  • Travelling during late September you will have a greater chance to see the incredible beauty of the Northern lights.


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 early evening the ship sails out of Isfjorden, where you might spot the first minke whale of your voyage. 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.

Embarkation in Longyearbyen

Leaving Trygghamna early in the morning, you sail to the north side of Bellsund. Here you find a fjord system with two major branches: Van Mijenfjord and Van Keulenfjord – and one smaller side bay, Recherchefjord. The geology has created particularly unique landscapes here, such as the long and narrow island of Akseloya, which blocks Van Mijenfjord almost completely. In Fridtjovhamna, the calving glacier Fridtjovbreen is surrounded by picturesque mountains.

The rich wildlife of this area has attracted hunters throughout the centuries. At Ahlstrandhalvøya you can walk in the hunters’ footsteps, examining the remains of their huts. Recherchefjord has one of the highest concentration of historical sites in all of Spitsbergen, ranging from 17th century whaling culture to the mining period of the early 20th century. The glacier Recherchebreen ends at a lagoon, likely to be frozen in October, and several smaller icebergs. Polar bears are commonly sighted all over Bellsund, so keep your eyes open for them and for the belugas that frequent this area.

Glacial Fjords and Historic Finds - Day 2 to 5

You next pay a visit to Barentsburg, the only inhabited Russian settlement in Spitsbergen. An alternative is Colesbukta, an abandoned Russian coal mining settlement.


Sailing into the inner reaches of the Isfjord system, you can see the new ice that is forming on the heads of the fjords. You may also experience temperatures as low as -10° C (14° F).

Inner Isfjord

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. You disembark in Longyearbyen, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Disembarkation in Longyearbyen

Pricing per person & date

Central Spitsbergen - Nooderlicht from USD 3,100
Departing Ending Duration
06 Sep 2021 13 Sep 2021 8
13 Sep 2021 20 Sep 2021 8
20 Sep 2021 27 Sep 2021 8

Important Information

  • Cabin accommodation on board your vessel
    All meals whilst on board
    Guiding and lectures by experienced expedition team
    All scheduled landings and excursions by zodiac
    Complimentary use of rubber boots for duration of voyage 


    International flights
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Travel and medical insurance
    Optional activities not mentioned as included
    Staff gratuties 
    Personal expenses such as laundry and on board communication

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request. Contact us for more details.

  • Please note this itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions.

  • Departure dates, seasonality and availability.



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