East Spitsbergen - Arctic Academy

Ortelius Cruise Ship
Ortelius
108 Passengers

This is a voyage includes a group of scientists onboard who will follow-up on the investigations which Dutch researchers began on Edgeøya in the 20th century. The academic voyage is organized by the Dutch University of Groningen to the Island Edgeøya south of Spitsbergen and dedicated to science and research.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Embark in Longyearbyen
Day 2 South Spitsbergen
Day 3 West side of Edgeøya
Day 4 West side of Storfjorden
Day 5 Freemansundet
Day 6 Diskobukta
Day 7 Habenichtbukta
Day 8 Andrétangen
Day 9 Hornsund
Day 10 Disembark in Longyearbyen

Day 1 — Embark in 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.

Day 2 — South Spitsbergen

Landings at the rarely visited coast of South Spitsbergen between Sørkap and Isbukta and sailing by Stellingfjellet the biggest colony of Brünnichs Guillmots in Spitsbergen.

Day 3 — West side of Edgeøya

We cruise north to Diskobukta on the west side of Edgeøya. After a Zodiac cruise through the shallow bay, we land at Blankodden on a beach littered with whale bones and tree trunks, which have drifted here from Siberia.

We can also climb to the rim of a narrow gully which is inhabited by thousands of Kittiwake, together with Black Guillemot and piratical Glaucous Gull.

During the breeding season, the base of the cliffs is patrolled by Arctic Fox and Polar Bear, searching for young birds that have fallen from the nesting ledges. From there we walk to Kapp Lee.

Day 4 — West side of Storfjorden

At the east side of West Spitsbergen (west side of Storfjorden) we will walk to some breeding places of Ivory Gulls in Agardhfjellet at about 1,300 ft (400 m) high. The valley leading to the outcrops with the nests is littered with fossils of Belemnites and Ammonites.

Day 5 — Freemansundet

In Freemansundet we plan to land at Sundneset on the island of Barentsøya to visit an old trapper's hut and then take a brisk walk across the tundra in search of Spitsbergen Reindeer and Barnacle Goose. We also plan a Zodiac cruise near the Freeman glacier and visit again a Kittiwake colony in a canyon.

Day 6 — Diskobukta

At  Diskobukta we make a long inland excursion into the braided rivers, which are easily crossed this late in the season. At Caltex fjellet we will search for breeding places of Ivory Gulls and proceed into Smelledalen with some Pingo’s. Alternatively we land at Plurdalen, and area where 40 years ago extensive explorations for oil were carried out.

Day 7 — Habenichtbukta

At Habenichtbukta  Russian Pomors built their hunting station in which they lived during quite some periods in the 18th and 19th centuries.  We will land in the area and make also an inland excursion in an area with pond and lakes, populated by divers, ducks and geese

Day 8 — Andrétangen

At  Andrétangen we have a good opportunity to observe a herd of Walruses near an old trapper station. Some way inland near a lifted  shore in a surf zone from thousands of year ago we find the skeletons of stranded whales from that time. In the afternoon we land at Kong Ludvigøyane or Tiholmane with again remains of the Pomor period.

Day 9 — Hornsund

We start the day quietly cruising the side fjords of the spectacular Hornsund area of southern Spitsbergen, enjoying the scenery of towering mountain peaks.

Hornsundtind rises to 4,700 ft (1,430 m), while Bautaen shows why early Dutch explorers gave the name ‘Spitsbergen’ - pointed mountains - to the island.

There are also 14 magnificent glaciers in the area and very good chances of encounters with seals and Polar Bear.

We may visit the Polish research station where the friendly staff will give us an insight into their research projects. Behind the station the mountains are home to thousands of pairs of nesting Little Auk.

Day 10 — Disembark in Longyearbyen

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

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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2 windows (minimum) • 1 double bed • 1 single (sofa) bed • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Flatscreen TV • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented) • Refrigerator • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Ample storage space
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3 windows • 2 lower berths • Small sofa • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Flatscreen TV • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented) • Refrigerator • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Ample storage space
   Twin Window
2 windows • 2 lower berths • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Flatscreen TV • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented) • Hair dryer • Ample storage space
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2 portholes • 2 lower berths • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Flatscreen TV • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented) • Hair dryer • Ample storage space • Cabins 337 & 338 have an additional third bed
   Quadruple Porthole
2 portholes • 2 upper / lower berths • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Flatscreen TV • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented) • Hair dryer • Ample storage space