North Spitsbergen, Arctic Spring - Hiking Special

Hondius Expedition Cruise Ship
Hondius
174 Passengers
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Sailing along the pack-ice of North Spitsbergen, will give us the best opportunities to spot the King of the Arctic. We sail to Raudfjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, a beautiful fjord dominated by spectacular glaciers and favored by Ringed and Bearded Seal. The cliffs and shoreline of the fjord also support thriving seabird colonies and a surprisingly rich vegetation, which flourishes in sheltered spots. Polar bear are often seen here.

The focus of this voyage will be on hiking on shore:
Hikers can choose from various hiking options which suite their fitness and ability level best.

On offer are very easy beach hikes (good for photographers who need time for photography), easy/short hikes, medium/extended hikes, challenging/long hikes.

Our hiking guests will be split into groups under the guidance of experienced and competent guides. The formation of walking groups will take place on site, taking into account the interests and physical condition of the guests. The hikes cannot be determined in advance because prevailing weather conditions influence the layout of the final program.

The route map in the day-by-day description outlines a possible (but not final) itinerary that serves as a rough guide. The program (walking on land) and the itinerary of the ship (at sea) will be adapted to the prevailing weather, sea, pack ice, and snow conditions. The daily program may vary considerably from the route described. Availability of landing sites and the presence of polar bears also play a role in the selection of daily outings. The program will be adapted in case of interesting wildlife observations.

The final decision about hikes will be made by the expedition leader. For the hiking program, we will be using snowshoes which will be available onboard for all passengers (free rental). With snowshoes it is easier and safer to walk on snowy surfaces.

At the end of a long Arctic winter, spring is starting to awaken. The climate, however, still clings to the cold: ice-covered mountains, snow-swept shores, temperatures around 25°F (–4° C). It’s a good time to experience the last of the winter scenery, and with a little luck, also see some polar bears, walruses, and seals into the bargain.

Bird note: It is still somewhat quiet on the cliffs, as this time of year the cliff-nesting birds are only just arriving to pick out their breeding places. By May all the nesting birds will have arrived, and the breeding will take place later in June.

Day 1 — Embarkation and departure from Longyearbyen

You touch down 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 it. In the early evening, the ship sails out of Isfjorden, where you might spot the first minke whale of your voyage. We head north for Kongsfjorden and Krossfjorden.

Day 2 — Kongsfjorden, Blomstrandhalvøya and Krossfjorden

On the first day of our activity program, we will slowly ease into things. Blomstrandhalvøya is located on the northern side of the fjord, which will offer shelter and room to change plan in case the weather changes. The landscape is likely to show signs of winter, the crags and slopes still blanketed with snow. Here there are rich opportunities for snowshoeing – we provide the snowshoes – and visiting places of historic interest: Ny London, where you can see the remains of early 20th-century marble mining.

In the afternoon, you visit Ny Ålesund, one of the northernmost settlements on Earth. Once a mining village served by the world’s most northerly railway – you can still see its tracks – Ny Ålesund is now a research center. Close to the community is a breeding ground for barnacle geese, pink-footed geese, and Arctic terns. And if you’re interested in the history of Arctic exploration, visit the anchoring mast used by polar explorers Amundsen and Nobile in their airships, Norge (1926) and Italia (1928). In the evening, we head north along the west coast and spend the night in the sheltered surroundings of Krossfjorden. Krossfjorden offers views of colossal glaciers and lofty mountain peaks, but ultimately the extent of fjord ice dictates the itinerary here.

Day 3 — Exploring the North West

Next to our activities, we will next head toward Amsterdamoya, where you have the chance to hike past the remains of a 17th-century whaling station. You can also enjoy the beautiful panorama of Smeerenburgsleta. In the afternoon, we make for the islands around Fair Haven. Ytre Norskoya is home to a small rookery of puffins, Brünnich’s guillemots, and other wildlife. Nearby Fuglesangen may also offer the chance to see little auks flying overhead as they return to their nests among the rocks.

Days 4 — Rugged Raudfjorden

At Raudfjorden, on the north coast of Spitsbergen, you can take in an expansive fjord spilling with glaciers – and maybe even visited by ringed and bearded seals. The cliffs and shoreline of this fjord also support thriving seabird colonies, rich vegetation, and the possibility of polar bears. Here we will find the right balance between safe activities and wildlife watching.

Day 5 — The stunning sights of Liefdefjorden

Depending on the weather, you could sail into Liefdefjorden and cruise within sight of the 3.1 mile-long (5-km) face of 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, we may use an alternate route along the west coast of Spitsbergen. Near the area of Texas Bar and Hornbaekpollen, there are also some great hikes.

Day 6 — North Spitsbergen splendors

This is our reserve day for activities around North Spitsbergen. Weather and wildlife permitting, we will choose the right location for another day of splendid outdoor adventures.

Day 7 — Forlandsundet or St. Johns Fjord

Forlandsundet, between the main island of Spitsbergen and the narrow Prins Karls Forland, is a place of great beauty and fascinating wildlife. Walruses sometimes haul out here, and seabirds can be found around Fuglehuken. You may also see walrus populations around Sarstangen and Poolepynten. Alternatively, we might sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden, landing at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on these cliffs, Arctic foxes search below for fallen eggs and chicks, and reindeer graze the sparse vegetation. We will arrive in Longyearbyen later that night.

Day 8 — Arrival and disembarkation in Longyearbyen

Even the greatest journeys eventually come to an end. Today you disembark in Longyearbyen, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife. The on-board expedition leader determines the final itinerary. Itineraries may mention places that require permission to land, which must be granted by the relevant national authorities. Such permission is not granted prior to the publishing of these itineraries. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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1 double window • 1 double bed • Sofa Bed • Private balcony with sliding door • Private shower & toilet • Flat screen TV • Desk & chair • Telephone and WiFi • Refrigerator • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Cabinet • Wardrobe • Safe
Six Suites on Deck 7, 290 ft² (27 m²) with balcony
   Junior Suite
1 double window • 1 double bed • Private shower & toilet • Flat screen TV • Desk & chair • Telephone and WiFi • Refrigerator • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Cabinet • Wardrobe • Safe
Eight Suites on Deck 7, 205-225 ft² (19-20 m²)
   Superior
2 windows • 1 double bed • Sofa Bed • Private shower & toilet • Flat screen TV • Desk & chair • Telephone and WiFi • Refrigerator • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Cabinet • Wardrobe • Safe
Eight Cabins on Deck 6, 215-225 ft² (20-21 m²)
   Twin Deluxe
2 windows • 2 single beds • Sofa • Private shower & toilet • Flat screen TV • Desk & chair • Telephone and WiFi • Refrigerator • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Cabinet • Wardrobe • Safe
Eleven Cabins on Deck 6, 205-225 ft² (19-21 m²)
   Twin Window
1 window • 2 single beds • Small sofa • Private shower & toilet • Flat screen TV • Desk & chair • Telephone and WiFi • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Cabinet • Wardrobe • Safe
Fourteen Cabins on Deck 4, 130-150 ft² (12-14 m²)
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2 portholes • 2 single beds • Small sofa • Private shower & toilet • Flat screen TV • Desk & chair • Telephone and WiFi • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Cabinet • Wardrobe • Safe
Twenty-Nine Cabins on Deck 3, 130-200 ft² (12-18 m²)
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