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 starts in Longyearbyen, a prime destination for adventure travelers. This Norwegian settlement is a unique place, where 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 voyage, you will see some of the most spectacular fjords of Spitsbergen in one of the last largely untouched wildernesses in Europe. Traversing the large fjord east of Spitsbergen will give you spectacular views of the island's east coast with hundreds of glaciers and mountains. If we are lucky, we'll encounter marine mammals like seal and walrus, and wherever there is ice, there is a strong chance of spotting polar bears!
More polar bears than humans
The Svalbard Archipelago currently hosts about 2,500 humans and 3,000 polar bears. These solitary marine mammals roam wherever they can expect to find food, and favour drift ice for use 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 expeditions, as with all things in nature, there are no absolute guarantees. The presence of polar bears in the area can affect our landing or activity schedules.
After our circumnavigation of Svalbard, we sail towards Bjørnøya and aim to make a landing on this small island situated halfway between North Cape and Svalbard.
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 307 metres above the Arctic Ocean, marking the end of the continent.
The charming fishing village of Sommarøy is our last stop before we end our voyage in Tromsø, starting point for some of history´s great expeditions.