Northern Lights Adenture tour

Northern Lights Adenture tour

Tour Experience

Cruise in the Arctic and enjoy the landscape and wildlife of Spitsbergen and a chance to see the Northern Lights

Available

Set departures from September to October

Location

Central Spitsbergen

This Northern Lights Adventure sets sail from central Spitsbergen, as we explore the stunning Fjord region and get to grips with the history of the people who once called home.

Come and explore the unique and wonderful article wildlife here, such as polar bears, Beluga whales, Arctic foxes and a rich diversity of birdlife. We'll explore the mining town of Longyearbyen, visit a 17th century old whaling station and the glacial fjords that Norway is famous for.

You'll get to experience the rich history of Recherchefjord and the Recherchebreen glacier nestled between the Martinfjella and Observatoriefjellet Mountains. We'll make our way to Barentsburg as well, the only Russian inhabited settlement in Spitsbergen before visiting Colesbukta, an abandoned Russian coal mining settlement located at the at the southern side of Isfjorden, in Nordensköld.

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INCLUDED

  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
  • All transport in private vehicles
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material

EXCLUDED

  • International flights (can be arranged on request)
  • Arrival/departure airport transfers (will be included if booking the group flight into and out of Longyearbyen)
  • Hotel accommodation in Longyearben if required
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Optional activities
  • Departure taxes
  • Meals, drinks & snacks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any other items not mentioned in the itinerary

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1, The largest town on the largest island

After landing at the airport in Longyearbyen, if you have booked the group flight, one of our staff members will meet you to start your Northern Lights adventure. If you have booked your own flight, airport arrival and departure transfers are available on request. The small, mining town of Longyearbyen is the administrative center of Spitsbergen and the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago.
Today you’ll have the chance to explore this former mining town, a parish church and the Svalbard Museum. As the evening comes along, we’ll take to the water and sail towards the bay of Trygghamna, visiting the remains of a 17th century English whaling station and 18th century Pomor hunting station.
We’ll overnight in Trygghamna, its name which literally means safe harbour in English.
| OVERNIGHT
Expedition vessel
| MEALS
Dinner
| EXTRAS
Longyearbyen return flights

DAY 2, Glacial Fjords, historical finds

Your day starts early as we say goodbye to Trygghamna and set sail to the north side of Bellsund, a 20-kilometre long sound situated on the west coast of Spitsbergen and forms part of the Svalbard Archipelago.
Bellsund is home to a fjord system with two major branches Van Mijenfjord and Van Keulenfjord – and one smaller side bay, Recherchefjord – which is named after the French cruiser La Recherche, which visited Spitsbergen in 1838 and 1839.
The geology has created particularly unique landscapes here, such as the long and narrow island of Akseløya, which blocks Van Mijenfjord almost completely.
| OVERNIGHT
Expedition vessel
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Exploring Fridtjovhamna and the largest glacier north of Nordensköld

Today you’ll sail to Fridtjovhamna, to explore a calving glacier called Fridtjovbreen in the in Nordensköld Land at Spitsbergen. Stretching for about 14 kilometres, Fridtjovbreen is the largest glacier north of Nordensköld and gets its name from a hunting vessel used during the Torell expedition to Spitsbergen. The rich wildlife of this area has attracted hunters throughout the centuries.
| OVERNIGHT
Expedition vessel
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Journeying through Ahlstrandhalvøya

Today you’ll explore Ahlstrandhalvøya, which forms a series of small peninsulas with adjacent islets on the southern side of Van Keulenfjord.
Here at Ahlstrandhalvøya, you can walk in the hunters’ footsteps, examining the remains of their huts. You’ll find large piles of Beluga whale bones on its beach, the consequences summer-hunting of yesteryear.
Ahlstrandhalvøya is also a great place for birdwatching, boast a rich diversity of birdlife. It’s also an important feeding area for barnacle geese and female common eider. Other species of birds that you can find here include waders, ruddy turnstones, purple sandpipers, sanderling and grey phalaropes.
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.
| OVERNIGHT
Expedition vessel
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Beluga whales and polar bears

Let’s explore the Recherchebreen glacier, which is about 16 kilometres long and ends at a lagoon, nestled between the Martinfjella and Observatoriefjellet Mountains.
You have the opportunity to spot polar bears here, which are commonly sighted all over Bellsund, as well as Beluga whales, which are frequent visitors in its waters.
| OVERNIGHT
Expedition vessel
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Russian waypoints

Our next stop is a visit to Barentsburg, the only Russian inhabited settlement in Spitsbergen. It’s about 60 kilometres from Longyearbyen, and is the home of the Barentsburg Pomor Museum, created by the Dutch in the 1920’s features the history of Pomor trade with mainland Russia, Russian mining and history of Svalbard.
You also have the option of visiting Colesbukta, an abandoned Russian coal mining settlement located at the at the southern side of Isfjorden, in Nordensköld.
| OVERNIGHT
Expedition vessel
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Chasing the Arctic chill

Today we’ll set sail to the inner reaches of the Isfjord fjord system in Svalbard. Here, you’ll see new ice forming on the heads of the fjords.
It can get quite chilly though, so dress warmly. Temperatures can drop to as low as -10° C (14° F), depending on how clear the sky is.
| OVERNIGHT
Expedition vessel
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Bon Voyage!

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end. You’ll say goodbye to Longyearbyen and, if you have booked the group flight, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight back home. The memories of your Northern Lights Adventure will stay with you forever though!
| OVERNIGHT
Expedition vessel
| MEALS
Breakfast
| EXTRAS
Longyearbyen return flights

DURATION

8 days

Price

A$4161

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