Your expedition is spent exploring the coast, moving generally in a clockwise direction. There will be ample time for shore excursions where you can simply sit on the beach and take it all in, or enjoy energetic hiking, wildlife spotting, or stunning zodiac cruises.
Since the itinerary is difficult to predict due to ever-changing ice conditions, we have provided some samples of possible excursions you may undertake. You won’t have time to visit all these spots, but no matter where you end up, it’s guaranteed that your explorations will be extraordinary. You may also visit locations not named, should their beauty or interest warrant it.
14TH OF JULY GLACIER/NY ÅLESUND
This is an almost certain destination. Lying on the west coast of Spitsbergen, we’ll drop anchor before breakfast in the 14th of July Glacier. Following a briefing on landing procedures and polar bear precautions, you’ll board zodiacs and cruise near the glacier's spectacular ice-cliff face.
Later, you’ll visit the settlement of Ny Ålesund, one of the northernmost communities in the world. Ny Ålesund serves as a base station for international Arctic research, with a population of approximately eighty scientists and support staff. Everyone will have a chance to visit the station shop, where you can send mail from the most northerly mailbox in the world!
Bird-watchers should see Arctic terns, Arctic and long-tailed skuas, purple sandpipers and chicks, common eiders, barnacle geese, long-tailed ducks, kittiwakes, glaucous gulls, and snow buntings. Reindeer are often seen on the periphery of the community.
You’ll get a taste of some remarkable Arctic history as you stand near the mast used by the famous airships Norge and Italia. The Norwegian Roald Amundsen used the Norge in 1926 to fly over the North Pole from Ny Ålesund to Alaska. A few days earlier an American named Richard Byrd had also undertaken the journey and later returned claiming to have reached the pole before Amundsen.
Next, it was the Italian’s turn. Umberto Nobile decided to mount an airship expedition from Ny Ålesund with the Italia in 1928. However, this ended in disaster when the airship crashed on the pack-ice north of Spitsbergen. Many expeditions were sent out to find and rescue Nobile and his crew, including Roald Amundsen, who disappeared during the search.
Meals: Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners