The masted Rembrandt van Rijn small sailing ship navigates the calm ocean in the arctic circle near spitsbergen
Two walruses sit on sea ice in the ocean in spitsbergen
Passengers aboard a zodiac boat take a photo of a polar bear walking on the pack ice in the arctic circle in spitsbergen
people hike on the tundra to look at the scenery and snow-capped mountains of spitsbergen
A group of white reindeer walk through ice and water in spitsbergen
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Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

Sailing Spitsbergen

At the end of a long winter, Arctic spring begins to awaken on North Spitsbergen. The climate, however, still clings to the cold, with snow-covered mountains, snow-swept shores and temperatures around 25°F (–4° C). It’s a good time to experience the last of winter scenery and with luck, see Arctic animals like polar bears, walruses and seals.

The 8-day Sailing Spitsbergen small ship cruise begins and ends in Longyearbyen, Norway. Highlights include visiting the Svalbard Museum in Longyearbyen, a former mining town and now administrative capital of Spitsbergen, the largest island of Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. Spot minke whales while sailing Isfjorden and tour historic whaling and hunting stations at Trygghamna. Witness large seabirds decide upon their breeding site along the cliffs of Alkhornet and gawk at the foraging animals like arctic foxes and reindeer grazing below.

Snowshoe around historic Ny London to see the remains of early 20th-century marble mining and Ny Ålesund, the northernmost community in the world. Hike the tundra of Ymerbukta and glaciated Ekmanfjorden, depending on when spring arrives, otherwise view the fascinating geological coastal formations by Zodiac and ship. Delight as walruses haul out to sea at Poolepynten and ringed and bearded seals hunt in the icy water near Gaffelbreen.

This unique Arctic sailing is aboard the 2-masted, 20-guest Noorderlicht or the 3-masted, 33-guest Rembrandt van Rijn. Both schooners are well suited for Arctic adventures while sailing the Svalbard archipelago. Hoisting traditional sails while exploring remote areas in search of Arctic wildlife, geology and history makes both ships ideal accommodations. Both vessels are an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter cruises due to their adventurous nature and intimate size.

In addition to the main 8-day Sailing Spitsbergen Arctic sailing voyage, there is an 11-day North Spitsbergen, Arctic Summer itinerary that sails to the north coast of Spitsbergen when the icepack allows; an 8-day Central Spitsbergen, Arctic Autumn itinerary that sails south to Bellsund, where centuries-old hunting huts can be explored; and an 8-day Isfjorden Adventure, Late Arctic Autumn & Aurora itinerary that explores the glacial interior of Spitsbergen with opportunities to see the northern lights, the enormity of Arctic ice, striking geological formations, an historical Soviet settlement and more. Contact AdventureSmith Explorations to learn your best options for Sailing Spitsbergen.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Arctic cruises.



Itinerary

8-Day North Spitsbergen Arctic Spring Itinerary

The 8-Day North Spitsbergen, Arctic Spring Cruise begins and ends in Longyearbyen, Norway, with a focus on the Western shores of Spitsbergen. Departures are during Arctic spring, when dense pack ice enables polar bears to roam more easily.

Route map of Sailing Spitsbergen Arctic small ship voyage, operating roundtrip from Longyearbyen, Norway with stops along Spitsbergen's western shores including Trygghamna, Alkhornet, Kongsfjorden, Krossfjorden, Prins Karls Forland, Poolepynten, Isfjorden, Ymerbukta, Ekmanfjorden & Gipsvika.
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Day 1
Embark Longyearbyen, Norway

Touch down in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, the largest island of Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. Stroll around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum make for fascinating attractions. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plants have been recorded in it. Early this evening, sail out of Isfjorden and perhaps spot the first minke whales of the voyage. Then sail for Trygghamna to see the remains of a 17th-century English whaling station and 18th-century Pomor hunting station, both of which are visited the next morning.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht, Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Trygghamna & Alkhornet

From Trygghamna, walk to Alkhornet, a large seabird cliff where the birds are scouting out breeding places. Below the cliffs is a common place to spot Arctic animals like arctic foxes, seabirds and reindeer grazing on the lush vegetation, if there’s not too much snow.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht, Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 4
Kongsfjorden & Krossfjorden

Sail north for Kongsfjorden and Krossfjorden. The landscape is likely to show signs of winter, the crags and slopes still blanketed with snow. Enjoy rich opportunities for snowshoeing and visiting places of historic interest: Ny London, where there are remains of early 20th-century marble mining, and Ny Ålesund, the northernmost community in the world. There are also research stations and the famous anchor mast of the dirigible Norge, which took the first flight across the North Pole to Nome, Alaska, in 1926. Krossfjorden offers views of colossal glaciers and lofty mountain peaks, but ultimately the extent of fjord ice dictates the itinerary.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht, Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Prins Karls Forland & Poolepynten

Cutting south between the main island of Spitsbergen and Prins Karls Forland, encounter walruses at Poolepynten, a common haul-out site. Take in the views of St. Johnsfjorden near Gaffelbreen. The winter ice may not have loosened its grip on the water here and Arctic animals like ringed seals and bearded seals could be numerous in the area.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht, Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 6 - 7
Isfjorden, Ymerbukta, Ekmanfjorden & Gipsvika

The ship doubles back into Isfjorden and ventures to Ymerbukta, offering a possible walk in this mountainous area. Explore the expansive tundra with its own avifauna, depending on when spring arrives, as well as spectacular geological formations along the coast. Farther northeast, near Ekmanfjorden, have the chance for another hike where numerous glaciers terminate near or into the sea. In Gipsvika, hop on shore near the cliff of Templet, a mountainous location of eroded sedimentary rock from the Upper Carboniferous period—around 290 million years ago.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht, Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Longyearbyen, Norway

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. Disembark in Longyearbyen, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Voyage aboard the indicated vessel in the itinerary; all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea; 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 snow shoes; transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotel and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; AECO fees and governmental taxes; comprehensive pre-departure material.

Exclusions

Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post-cruise land arrangements; transfers to/from the vessel outside Spitsbergen; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges, telecommunication charges and personal gear; the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The main Sailing Spitsbergen cruise begins and ends in Longyearbyen, Norway (LYR). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Longyearbyen by 3:00pm on day 1 of the itinerary. Embarkation time is between 4:00 and 5:00pm on day of departure, with a 6:00pm departure. Transfers in Longyearbyen are provided on specified group flights. Travelers arriving on independently arranged flights should make their own way to the port on day of embarkation and to the airport upon disembarkation. Disembarkation is after breakfast on day 8 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Longyearbyen no earlier than 2:30am on day 8.  If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Depending on itinerary, season and weather conditions, adventure activities may include hiking, snowshoeing, alpine skiing, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, glacier viewing, whale watching and polar animal observation. Every day there will be excursions on land, weather and ice permitting. The landings will take 3 to 6 hours per day over untracked area. According to circumstances (the weather, the ice-situation or the passengers’ wishes) the program can sometimes be adjusted. Ample time will be devoted to wildlife, vegetation, geography and history.

Snowshoeing (with rentals) is an additional included, optional activity, offered on select departures:

2021 Season:
May 14 – May 21, 2021 – Rembrandt van Rijn
May 21 – May 28, 2021 – Rembrandt van Rijn

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x the per-person Twin or Superior listed rates. Single travelers wishing to book on a “sharing basis” may do so at no additional cost in Twin, Triple or Quadruple categories upon availability.

Families & Children

Upon request (some voyages may be excluded), children under 16 years old with parents may receive a 40% discount in triple cabins (1 child sharing with 2 parents/adults). Parents are entirely responsible for their children at all times, on land and on board; there is no onboard day care or nursery facility.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $100,000 per person. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditionswildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

11-Day North Spitsbergen Arctic Summer Itinerary

The 11-Day North Spitsbergen Arctic Summer Cruise begins and ends in Longyearbyen, Norway, and sails to some of the remotest locations of northern Europe. The expedition offers the opportunity to spot historic whaling remains, glaciers, a variety of Arctic birds including the Little Auk, and polar bears.

Route map of North Spitsbergen Arctic Summer small ship cruise, operating round-trip from Longyearbyen, Norway.
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Day 1
Embark Longyearbyen, Norway

Touch down in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, the largest island of Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. Stroll around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum make for fascinating attractions. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plants have been recorded in it. Early this evening, sail out of Isfjorden and perhaps spot the first minke whales of the voyage. Then sail for Trygghamna to see the remains of a 17th-century English whaling station and 18th-century Pomor hunting station, both of which are visited the next morning.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht, Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Trygghamna & Alkhornet

From Trygghamna, walk to Alkhornet, a large seabird cliff where the birds are scouting out breeding places. Below the cliffs is a common place to spot Arctic animals like arctic foxes, seabirds and reindeer grazing on the lush vegetation, if there’s not too much snow.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht, Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Fuglefjorden & Ytre Norskoya

Sail into Fuglefjorden amid views of Svitjodbreen and Birgerbukta, both breeding areas for great skuas as well as likely spots to see a polar bear. On Birgerbukta, see 17th-century Basque ovens once used for cooking whale blubber. The aim next is to visit Ytre Norskøya, a small island that served for many years as a Dutch whaling lookout. Follow the whalers’ tracks to the summit of the island, passing popular bird cliffs on the way. On shore are the remains of more 17th-century blubber ovens, while Arctic skuas and common eiders breed among the graves of some two hundred Dutch whalers.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht, Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Raudfjorden & Ermaktangen

Raudfjorden, on the north coast of Spitsbergen, is a fine place for gazing over the glaciers. It’s also a favorite hangout for ringed and bearded seals, colonies of seabird, and the occasional polar bear and beluga whale. Ermaktangen, at the fjord coast of Spitsbergen, is a fine place for gazing over the glof, the land.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht, Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Reindyrsflya

If ice conditions permit, land on the northern side of Reindyrsflya, the largest tundra area of Spitsbergen. This vast and rolling plain is a popular grazing area for reindeer, and several species of waders also breed here. Similarly, the lakes afford a good chance of spotting red-throated divers and king eiders.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht, Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Liefdefjorden & Monaco Glacier

Depending on the weather, possibly sail into Liefdefjorden and cruise within sight of the 3.1-miles-long face of the precipitous Monaco Glacier. The waters in front of this glacier are a favorite feeding spot for thousands of kittiwakes, and the base of the ice is a popular polar bear hunting ground. If ice conditions prevent sailing here early in the season, an alternate route along the west coast of Spitsbergen can be implemented.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht, Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Fuglesangen & Magdalenafjorden

In the morning, land at Fuglesangen to can observe spirited communities of little auks. Then sail south to Magdalenafjorden, one of the glacier-filled highlights of Spitsbergen. A shore visit reveals the remains of 17th-century English whaling and more large colonies of little auks.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht, Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Kongsfjorden & Krossfjorden

Head north for Kongsfjorden and Krossfjorden. The landscape is likely to show signs of winter, the crags and slopes still blanketed with snow. Aim to visit places of historic interest: Ny London to see the remains of early 20th-century marble mining and Ny Ålesund, the northernmost community in the world. There are also research stations and the famous anchor mast of the dirigible Norge, which took the first flight across the North Pole to Nome, Alaska in 1926. Krossfjorden offers views of colossal glaciers and lofty mountain peaks, but ultimately the extent of fjord ice dictates the itinerary here.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht, Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Fuglehuken or Forlandsundet

On today’s journey south, the goal is a landing at Fuglehuken to see remains from the great era of polar bear hunting. There are also large seabird colonies and a haul-out spot for harbour seals. Alternatively, land on the coast of Forlandsundet at Engelskbukta or Sarstangen. Walruses are occasionally seen here, and the tundra is a fine place for a walk.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht, Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Bohemanflya & Gipsvika

The next stop is Bohemanflya, an expansive tundra with its own avifauna (depending on when spring arrives) and spectacular geological formations along the coast. In Gipsvika, go on shore near Templet, a mountainous location of eroded sedimentary rock from the Upper Carboniferous period – around 290 million years ago.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht, Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Disembark Longyearbyen, Norway

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. Disembark in Longyearbyen, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Voyage aboard the indicated vessel in the itinerary; all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea; 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 snow shoes; transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotel and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; AECO fees and governmental taxes; comprehensive pre-departure material.

Exclusions

Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post-cruise land arrangements; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges, telecommunication charges and personal gear; the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The 11-Day North Spitsbergen, Arctic Summer Cruise begins and ends in Longyearbyen, Norway (LYR). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Longyearbyen by 3:00pm on day 1 of the itinerary. Embarkation time is between 4:00 and 5:00pm on day of departure, with a 6:00pm departure. Transfers in Longyearbyen are provided on specified group flights. Travelers arriving on independently arranged flights should make their own way to the port on day of embarkation and to the airport upon disembarkation. Disembarkation is after breakfast on day 11 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Longyearbyen no earlier than 2:30am on day 8. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Depending on itinerary, season and weather conditions, adventure activities may include hiking, snowshoeing, alpine skiing, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, glacier viewing, whale watching and polar animal observation. Every day there will be excursions on land, weather and ice permitting. The landings will take 3 to 6 hours per day over untracked area. According to circumstances (the weather, the ice-situation or the passengers’ wishes) the program can sometimes be adjusted. Ample time will be devoted to wildlife, vegetation, geography and history.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x the per-person Twin or Superior listed rates. Single travelers wishing to book on a “sharing basis” may do so at no additional cost in Twin, Triple or Quadruple categories upon availability.

Families & Children

Upon request (some voyages may be excluded), children under 16 years old with parents may receive a 40% discount in triple cabins (1 child sharing with 2 parents/adults). Parents are entirely responsible for their children at all times, on land and on board; there is no onboard day care or nursery facility.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $100,000 per person. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

8-day Central Spitsbergen Arctic Autumn Itinerary

The 8-Day Central Spitsbergen Arctic Autumn Cruise begins and ends in Longyearbyen, Norway, and offers the chance to explore both the beautiful fjord region as well as the history of the people who have lived and worked here. The expedition is also a wonderful way to enjoy the wildlife in its natural habitat and one of the great attractions in the Arctic: The Northern Lights.

Route map of Central Spitsbergen Arctic Autumn small ship cruise, operating round-trip from Longyearbyen, Norway.
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Day 1
Embark Longyearbyen, Norway

Touch down in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, the largest island of Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. Stroll around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum make for fascinating attractions. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plants have been recorded in it. Early this evening, sail out of Isfjorden and perhaps spot the first minke whales of the voyage. Then sail for Trygghamna to see the remains of a 17th-century English whaling station and 18th-century Pomor hunting station, both of which are visited the next morning.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht

Meals

dinner

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Days 2 - 5
Exploring Bellsund

Leaving Trygghamna early in the morning, sail to the north side of Bellsund, to visit a fjord system with two major branches: Van Mijenfjord and Van Keulenfjord, and one smaller side bay, Recherchefjord. The geology has created particularly unique landscapes here, such as the long and narrow island of Akseløya, which blocks Van Mijenfjord almost completely. In Fridtjovhamna, the calving glacier Fridtjovbreen is surrounded by picturesque mountains.

The rich wildlife of this area has attracted hunters throughout the centuries. At Ahlstrandhalvøya, walk in the hunters’ footsteps, examining the remains of their huts. Recherchefjord has one of the highest concentrations of historical sites in all of Spitsbergen, ranging from 17th century whaling culture to the mining period of the early 20th century. The glacier Recherchebreen ends at a lagoon, likely to be frozen in October, and several smaller icebergs. Polar bears are commonly sighted all over Bellsund, so keep an eye out for them and for the belugas that frequent this area.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Barentsburg or Colesbukta

Next, pay a visit to Barentsburg, the only inhabited Russian settlement in Spitsbergen. An alternative is Colesbukta, an abandoned Russian coal mining settlement.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Inner Reaches of Isfjord

Sail into the inner reaches of the Isfjord system, where new ice forming on the heads of the fjords. Temperatures may drop to as low as -10° C (14° F), depending on how clear the sky is.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Longyearbyen, Norway

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. Disembark in Longyearbyen, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Voyage aboard the indicated vessel in the itinerary; all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea; all shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac; program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff; transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; AECO fees and governmental taxes; comprehensive pre-departure material.

Exclusions

Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post-cruise land arrangements; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges, telecommunication charges and personal gear; the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The 8-day Central Spitsbergen, Arctic Autumn Cruise begins and ends in Longyearbyen, Norway (LYR). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Longyearbyen by 3:00pm on day 1 of the itinerary. Embarkation time is between 4:00 and 5:00pm on day of departure, with a 6:00pm departure. Transfers in Longyearbyen are provided on specified group flights. Travelers arriving on independently arranged flights should make their own way to the port on day of embarkation and to the airport upon disembarkation. Disembarkation is after breakfast on day 11 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Longyearbyen no earlier than 2:30am on day 8. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Depending on itinerary, season and weather conditions, adventure activities may include hiking, snowshoeing, alpine skiing, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, glacier viewing, whale watching and polar animal observation. Every day there will be excursions on land, weather and ice permitting. The landings will take 3 to 6 hours per day over untracked area. According to circumstances (the weather, the ice-situation or the passengers’ wishes) the program can sometimes be adjusted. Ample time will be devoted to wildlife, vegetation, geography and history.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x the per-person Twin or Superior listed rates. Single travelers wishing to book on a “sharing basis” may do so at no additional cost in Twin, Triple or Quadruple categories upon availability.

Families & Children

Upon request (some voyages may be excluded), children under 16 years old with parents may receive a 40% discount in triple cabins (1 child sharing with 2 parents/adults). Parents are entirely responsible for their children at all times, on land and on board; there is no onboard day care or nursery facility.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $100,000 per person. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

8-Day Isfjorden Adventure Late Arctic Autumn & Aurora Itinerary

The 8-Day Isforden Adventure Arctic Autumn & Aurora Cruise begins and ends in Longyearbyen, Norway. This exploration of the deep Arctic visits the mountain-fringed bay of Trygghamna, the jagged blue glacier front at Borebukta, and the icy panorama of Isfjord, Svalbard’s second largest fjord – along with stops at Russian ghost towns, geological wonders, and wintry shorelines sparkling under the eerie green auroras of the Northern Lights.

Route map of Isfjorden Adventure Late Arctic Autumn small ship cruise, operating round-trip from Longyearbyen, Norway.
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Day 1
Embark Longyearbyen, Norway

The voyage begins in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy strolling around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum make for fascinating attractions. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plant have been recorded in the surrounding area. In the early evening the ship sails out of Isfjorden, where it’s possible to spot the first whale of the voyage.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht

Meals

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Day 2
Trygghamna & Barentsburg

The aim for the morning is Trygghamna. From this mountain-fringed bay, make an excursion to a former English whaling station, the remains of a Pomor house, and the base of Alkhornet Mountain. In addition to the seabirds, look for Arctic foxes and reindeer. Later this afternoon, sail to the Russian mining town of Barentsburg, Svalbard’s second-largest town, to encounter the world’s northernmost brewery, a heated seawater swimming pool, a historic statue of Lenin, the must-see Barentsburg Pomor Museum, and some very friendly Russians.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Borebukta & Bohemanflya

The goal is to spend the morning exploring the jagged blue glacier front at Borebukta, the first close encounter with the glaciated interior of Spitsbergen. Perhaps pay a visit to the east coast of Bohemanflya in the afternoon, a peninsula with striking geological formations.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Sveabreen & Dickson Fjord

This morning introduces another glacier front: Sveabreen in Nordfjord, the most impressive in the Isfjord area. This afternoon is spent at the head of Dickson Fjord, the northernmost point of the voyage. This fjord branch also happens to be the place with the most stable weather and optimal conditions for seeing the northern lights.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Inner Reaches of Isfjord

This day is reserved for sailing the extent of Isfjord, Svalbard’s second largest fjord and a vast panorama of snow, ice, slopes, and sea. Depending on the conditions, perhaps sail into one of the other nearby fjords for further Arctic exploration.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Nordenskiold & Pyramiden

The morning’s mission is to visit the glacier front of Nordenskiöld, an enormity of Arctic ice that has every reason to leave you breathless. On the agenda for the afternoon is Pyramiden, a deserted Soviet settlement that provides a hauntingly complete time capsule detailing how its resident coal miners lived many years ago.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Skansbukta

On this second-to-last day, tour the valley of Skansbukta and its beautiful geological formations. Enjoy the  splendor of these stratified multicolored peaks, each one rising out of wide slopes of sediment like the guard towers of some ancient, eroded castle. Return to Longyearbyen in the early evening.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Longyearbyen, Norway

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. Disembark in Longyearbyen, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Voyage aboard the indicated vessel in the itinerary; all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea; 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 snow shoes; transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotel and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; AECO fees and governmental taxes; comprehensive pre-departure material.

Exclusions

Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post-cruise land arrangements; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges, telecommunication charges and personal gear; the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The 8-Day Isfjorden Adventure, Late Arctic Autumn & Aurora Cruise begins and ends in Longyearbyen, Norway (LYR). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Longyearbyen by 3:00pm on day 1 of the itinerary. Embarkation time is between 4:00 and 5:00pm on day of departure, with a 6:00pm departure. Transfers in Longyearbyen are provided on specified group flights. Travelers arriving on independently arranged flights should make their own way to the port on day of embarkation and to the airport upon disembarkation. Disembarkation is after breakfast on day 11 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Longyearbyen no earlier than 2:30am on day 8. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Depending on itinerary, season and weather conditions, adventure activities may include hiking, snowshoeing, alpine skiing, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, glacier viewing, whale watching and polar animal observation. Every day there will be excursions on land, weather and ice permitting. The landings will take 3 to 6 hours per day over untracked area. According to circumstances (the weather, the ice-situation or the passengers’ wishes) the program can sometimes be adjusted. Ample time will be devoted to wildlife, vegetation, geography and history.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x the per-person Twin or Superior listed rates. Single travelers wishing to book on a “sharing basis” may do so at no additional cost in Twin, Triple or Quadruple categories upon availability.

Families & Children

Upon request (some voyages may be excluded), children under 16 years old with parents may receive a 40% discount in triple cabins (1 child sharing with 2 parents/adults). Parents are entirely responsible for their children at all times, on land and on board; there is no onboard day care or nursery facility.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $100,000 per person. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

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Apr 10 - Apr 17, 2021
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Apr 17 - Apr 24, 2021
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Apr 24 - May 01, 2021
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May 01 - May 08, 2021
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May 08 - May 15, 2021
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May 14 - May 21, 2021
Rembrandt van Rijn • 8 days
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May 15 - May 22, 2021
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May 21 - May 28, 2021
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May 22 - May 29, 2021
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May 28 - Jun 07, 2021
Rembrandt van Rijn • 11 days
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May 29 - Jun 08, 2021
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Jun 07 - Jun 17, 2021
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Jun 08 - Jun 18, 2021
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Jun 17 - Jun 27, 2021
Rembrandt van Rijn • 11 days
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Jun 18 - Jun 28, 2021
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Jun 28 - Jul 08, 2021
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Jul 07 - Jul 17, 2021
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Jul 17 - Jul 27, 2021
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Sep 06 - Sep 13, 2021
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Sep 13 - Sep 20, 2021
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Sep 20 - Sep 27, 2021
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Sep 27 - Oct 04, 2021
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Oct 04 - Oct 11, 2021
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Oct 11 - Oct 18, 2021
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