In open Polarcirkel boats your guide will power towards the mighty Fuglefjella which now seems empty without the thousands of birds that have occupied its walls during the summer. Even so, the cliffs are an impressive sight as they tower over the fjord - a vertical wall 500 metres high. Those with an interest in history should look forward to beach landings where we will look at remains from Svalbard's fascinating coal mining past. In the years after John Munro Longyear started Longyear City, many other nations took an interest in the area.
Gruman, which lies in a ravine in the bird cliffs, is a Russian mining community that was abandoned in 1961. This trip will also visit Hiothhamn, a Norwegian mining town that was last used in 1940.
Please call us on if you wish to book this excursion. Please note this excursion is not bookable as part of our regular Spitsbergen voyage itineraries. It is only applicable to our land-only packages or holidays.