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Fjords and Glaciers of Spitsbergen

8 Days FROM USD 7,580

Overview

Uncover the wonders of the far north on this incredible 8 day expedition to the heart of Spitsbergen. Departing from Longyearbyen you will cruise south as you discover Hornsund, one of the islands most stunning fjords. From here you will sail to the Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park where you will be immersed in the deep history of former whalers who had previously settled these sites - what remains now is an eerie sighting of graves which mark the last known remnants of these former expeditions. You will then explore the quaint town of Ny Alesund, the  northernmost town in the world. This former mining settlement and now international research station is often used as a launch pad for expeditions into the North Pole.

A journey among fjords, glaciers and incredible tundra vistas this is a unique exploratory adventure to the exciting sights of the Far North. Stalk the trail of walrus and search for the elusive polar bear, dart in zodiacs to rocky shores and near immense glaciers - Each adventure here is its own unique expedition. 

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ACPOFSP

Travel Style: Small Ship Expedition

Location: Spitsbergen

Ship: LE BOREAL

Flights: Local charter flights included in cruise package.

CRUISE ITINERARY

Your cruise package includes a flight a morning flight from Paris to Longyearbyen. Please note we highly recommend you arrive in Paris the day before this flight. You will have a meet and greet at the airport before a transfer to the pier for embarkation.

Longyearbyen is the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, located on Svalbard’s main island, and is the northernmost territorial capital on the planet. With winter temperatures dropping to below 40°C, the landscapes of this mining town are simply breathtaking. The glaciers, the mountains stretching as far as the eye can see and the untouched nature, make you feel like you’re in completely unexplored territory.

Fly  Paris to Longyearbyen

Nestling between millennial glaciers and carved mountains, and considered to be “the crown of Arctic Norway”, Spitsbergen is a place that never sees the night. Your ship will take you closer to this fascinating archipelago and, more particularly, the Hornsund fjord. Considered to be Svalbard’s southernmost fjord, it is especially reputed to be its most stunning: at the end of its vast bay, 8 great glaciers slowly make their way down to the sea before giving way to the many icebergs elegantly drifting along its cold and mysterious waters.

Hornsund

You will head to the Bellsund fjord to follow in the footsteps of the first explorers who came from the Norwegian coast, or those of the many fur traders seeking game and trophies. Boasting an astonishingly rich wildlife, the arms of the fjord separate to form two lush valleys. Give free rein to your imagination in the heart of this majestic natural environment where time seems to stand still.

Bellsund Fjord

Your captain will sail right up to the limit of the ice, to the edge of the ice floe. Weather conditions and state of the ice allowing, you will be able to go out in a Zodiac® dinghy for a unique experience in the middle of these floating slabs of ice. In addition to this grandiose journey through the middle of these floes with their cut and blue-tinged edges, sometimes over 2 metres thick, it is also often an opportunity to see a particular kind of fauna, totally dependent on the ice floe: birds, seals and polar bears.

At Sea

Makeoyane is a small archipelago in the heart of the Woodfjorden, whose names is a reference to the large quantities of driftwood washing up on the beaches. It is located at the intersection between the Bockfjorden and the Liefdefjorden which leads to the Monaco Glacier, one of the most beautiful in Spitsbergen. As you sail around these little islands, you will be able to observe Arctic terns whose eggs sometimes attract polar bears.

Located to the North-West of the Svalbard archipelago, the Monaco Glacier is probably one of Spitsbergen’s most beautiful and majestic. Named in honour of Prince Albert I of Monaco, a sailor, it stands as an impenetrable, blue-tinged jagged wall, the last glacier before reaching a latitude of 80° North. Imagine the sound of the ice cracking as it breaks free and crashes into the transparent water. And to make the magical landscape even more perfect, you might be lucky enough to spot bears and whales, as these two animals have a special fondness for this area.

Makeoyane and Monaco Glacier

Raudfjorden means “red fjord”, from the colour of the sandstone of the surrounding mountains. Along the west coast of this 20 km fjord, dissected by many shallow bays, you will be able to admire some of Spitsbergen’s most spectacular ice formations. At the extremity of the fjord, two offshoots lead to the magnificent glaciers of Chauveaubreen and Raudfjordbreen which is 3 km wide. To the east, Alicehamna Beach in Bruceneset Bay has seen trappers, fishermen and explorers arrive for centuries, as evidenced by the “Raudfjordhytta” - the cabin of a Swedish trapper built in 1927.

Located at the far north-west of the Svalbard archipelago, at the intersection of oceanic and Arctic influences, Smeerenburg is a former Dutch whaling colony on the southern part of Amsterdam Island. In a landscape of hills with steep slopes, plateaux, lakes and lagoons, you will anchor at a sandy beach. Dotted with driftwood and the remains of ovens that were used to melt the whale blubber, this is one of Spitsbergen’s most important archaeological sites. At the height of the whaling activity, 200 men worked here and several are buried here.

Raudfjorden and Smeerenburg

During your cruise, discover Ny-Alesund, a former mining town that has been transformed into a scientific base. Founded in 1916, this small town was the departure point for many Arctic expeditions, including those of the famous explorer Roald Amundsen. Don't miss a visit to the museum and its famous post office, considered to be the most northerly in the world!

Very close to the former mining town of Ny-Ålesund, set off to discover Kings Bay. Your ship will sail in one of the most beautiful fjords in Svalbard: Kongsfjorden (the fjord of the King), a gateway to grandiose landscapes. Here, the snow-capped mountains are reflected in the water where superb icebergs try to outdo each other in their beauty, a delight for photographers. Seals, reindeer, barnacle geese and black guillemots frequent these places that have a unique atmosphere. Once you arrive at the end of the fjord, admire the Kongsbreen (glacier of the King) and its three characteristic rocky points, which take their names from three Scandinavian countries: Svea (Sweden), Dana (Denmark) and Nora (Norway).

Ny Alesund and Kongsfjorden

Your journey will come to an end once you arrive in Longyearbyen. Please note disembarkation is scheduled for approximately 8 am.

From here you will board your return charter flight to Paris.

Please note: We highly recommend you spend the night in Paris after this flight.

Disembarkation in Longyearbyen and Fly Paris
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Pricing per person & dates

Fjords and Glaciers of Spitsbergen from USD 7,580
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Important Information

  • Cabin accommodation on board ship 
    All meals whilst on board
    Charter flight Paris/Longyearbyen on Embarkation Day
    Charter flight Longyearbyen/Paris on Disembarkation Day
    Transfers to/from airport to vessel
    Guiding and lectures by experienced expedition crew

    EXCLUSIONS

    International flights
    Pre and post land arrangements and accommodation in Paris
    Any optional activities not mentioned in itinerary
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Travel insurance

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available on request. Please contact us for more information.

  • Please note this expedition may be subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions.

  • Departure date, seasonality and availability

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