Long Arctic days
With 19 hours of daylight in Svalbard this time of year, we have plenty time to make the most of our Arctic adventure – and the sunsets are spectacular! We aim to take you well above the 80th parallel and place you closer than 600 nautical miles from the Geographical North Pole.
This expedition cruise starts in Longyearbyen, a prime destination for adventurous travelers. This Norwegian settlement is a unique place. Despite the fact that life is dominated by the power of the Arctic wilderness, a surprisingly rich cultural life thrives in the town.
During this cruise, you will see some of the most spectacular fjords of Spitsbergen – one of the last largely untouched wilderness in Europe. Traversing the large fjord east of Spitsbergen will give you spectacular views of the island's east coast, with its hundreds of glaciers and mountains. If we are lucky, we'll encounter marine mammals such as seal and walrus, and wherever there is ice, there is a chance of spotting polar bears!
More Polar Bears than Humans
The Svalbard archipelago currently has a human population of 2,500 – and 3,000 polar bears! These solitary marine mammals roam wherever they can expect to find food, and use drift ice as a platform when at sea. On very rare occasions, dead whales or walrus drift ashore on Svalbard beaches, attracting all kinds of wildlife – including polar bears. While we often observe bears on our expedition cruises, as with all things in nature, there are no absolute guarantees. The presence of polar bears in the area can affect our landings or activity schedule.
After our circumnavigation of Svalbard, we sail toward Bjørnøya and aim to make a landing on this small island situated halfway between North Cape and the Svalbard archipelago.
Edge of the Continent
We will also go ashore in Skarsvåg. The North Cape, at the very northern tip of Europe, has been a great adventure destination for travelers for centuries. Take in the view and stand atop the steep cliff that towers over 1,000 feet above the Arctic Ocean, marking the end of the continent.
The charming fishing village of Sommarøy is our last stop before we end our cruise in Tromsø, starting point for some of history's greatest expeditions.