2023 Svalbard | Spitsbergen 8 days Arctic Fall (2) FULLY BOOKED
Join the Reade Swan // Noorderlicht to Spitsbergen and explore the magnificent Whales, Northern Lights, Iceberg and Polar bears.
Spitsbergen | Svalbard Whales and Northern Lights
Isfjorden - a journey through the cultural history and heritage of Spitsbergen. Explore the magnificent SVALBARD, whales and Northern Lights
Day 1: Embarkation in Longyearbyen
Our sailing ship Noorderlicht will be waiting for you at the so-called ‘floating pier' where you can embark from 16:00. The ship sets course towards Gipsvika bay where it will anchor for the night.
Day 2: Visit the mysterious ghost town of Pyramiden
We will execute the first zodiac landing in Gipsvika. After the landing, we will sail deeper into the Isfjord towards the Russian settlement of Pyramiden.
Day 3: Gems of nature: Nordenskiöldbreen & Skansbukta
In the morning we will make a tour make through the ghost town where you will notice that the communist style is still present. We continue the journey towards the glacier Nordenskiöldbreen, one of the largest glaciers in the Isfjord. In the evening we will arrive in beautiful Skansbukta where we will look for a safe anchorage for the night in the sheltered bay.
Day 4: Past historic Kapp Thorsden towards Trygghamna
In the morning we plan a landing at Skansbukta. While we set course in the direction of Trygghamna we sail past Kapp Thorsden. In the evening we will drop anchor in the sheltered bay of Trygghamna.
Day 5: – Borebukta
We will try to get as close to the northwestern end as possible to get a look at the steep glacier front of the Borebreen. We then continue to the west side of the bay, close to the Nansenbreen, where we will anchor for the night.
Day 6: Visit to bird cliff Alkhornet & a Soviet style town: Barentsburg
After breakfast we will visit Trygghamna. Depending on the availability of a berth in the port of Barentsburg, we will sail towards the Russian mining settlement after a hot lunch.
Day 7: Sailing towards Longyearbyen
In the morning we will organize a final landing at Colesbukta. We will spend the rest of the day sailing back to Longyearbyen.
Day 8: Goodbye Reade Swan // Noorderlicht
After a hearty breakfast, you are kindly requested to disembark by 09:00.
PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. Landings are subject to site availabilities, permissions, and environmental concerns per AECO regulations. Official sailing plans and landing slots are scheduled with AECO prior to the start of the season, but the expedition leader determines the final plan. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises