Explorer Voyage 2013
9 days with Hurtigruten Rating:
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DAY 1 Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Norway
Stay overnight at one of our hotels, your evening is at your leisure.
DAY 2 Longyearbyen and Barentsburg, Spitsbergen, Norway
Explore Longyearbyen and its surroundings on our guided bus sightseeing tour before embarkation. Longyearbyen is a Norwegian settlement often referred to as the capital of Svalbard. This is a lively small town, situated amid some incredible Arctic landscape. Barentsburg is a Russian settlement with an exotic collection of Russian artefacts and architecture. This “Company town” was built in 1935 around the entrance to the coal mine.
DAY 3 Hornsund, Spitsbergen, Norway
The landscape of Hornsund is largely alpine with the majestic Hornsundtinden mountain soaring highest of all. Let your imagination run wild while spending the day in these extraordinary surroundings.
DAY 4 Bellsund, Spitsbergen, Norway
In Bellsund we will attempt to land on either Ahlstrands peninsula or in Calypsobyen. Later we may sail towards the beautiful Vårsolbukta, named after the motor cutter “Vaarsol” that was used by the Norwegian Svalbard Expedition in 1914.
DAY 5 Kongsfjord, Spitsbergen, Norway
Kongsfjord is the largest fjord on the northwest coast of Spitsbergen. The landscape varies from large tundra plains to alpine peaks with dramatic glaciers calving into the ocean. At 78º 55’N, Ny Ålesund is the world’s northernmost permanently inhabited community, where a number of countries run their own national research stations. Activity here is particularly high in the summer.
DAY 6 Woodfjord and Liefdefjord, Spitsbergen, Norway
These large fjords in north Spitsbergen are striking in varied landscape. We will cruise towards the Monaco glacier, passing a number of small islets where eider ducks nest during the summer. If we are lucky we might spot a polar bear searching for eggs.
DAY 7 North-west Spitsbergen National Park, Svalbard, Norway
Ice conditions permitting, we hope to cross the 80th parallel and explore a landing site on the North-West Corner. If we are lucky we will spot some of the larger species using these waters as hunting grounds. Keep your eyes open for walrus, whales and polar bears. We hope to reach Moffen, a high latitude islet at 80°N housing a walrus colony and bird sanctuary. The atoll-like shape of the island made it a perfect safe harbour for any early whalers caught in bad weather.
DAY 8 – 9 Isfjord and Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Norway
In central Spitsbergen, Isfjord is the largest fjord system in Svalbard. One of the most prominent mountains here is Alkhornet, where thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots nest during the summer season. In the afternoon our Expedition Team will search for a fitting bay where we can make our last expedition landing and we will wrap things up with some onboard festivities. We call at Longyearbyen after midnight, and our voyage comes to an end.
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Sail along the west coast of Spitsbergen, journey through a landscape of breathtaking fjords and gigantic glaciers, all set before a magical backdrop of jagged mountain peaks. This coastline is surprisingly rich in wildlife and historical remains, offering a fascinating insight into the heroic efforts of the polar explorers of past times.
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Category I cabin onboard ms Fram
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