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Svalbard: Arctic Fjords and Autumn Chills

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*Departure: May 15 – May 22, 2019 
*Prices are based on sharing berth accommodation – additional cabin/price options listed below

8 days spent in Svalbard’s Arctic wonderland 

Visiting 1 country: Svalbard

 

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

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PLEASE NOTE:  At the end of a long Arctic winter, spring is starting to awaken. The climate, however, still clings to the cold: snow-covered mountains, snow-swept shores, temperatures around –4° C (25°F). It’s a good time to experience the last of winter scenery, and with a little luck, also see some polar bears, walruses, and seals.
Bird Note: It is still somewhat quiet on the cliffs, as this time of year the cliff-nesting birds are only just picking out their places for breeding, which happens later in June. All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Willingness to compromise on comfort is a basic requirement on board a historic sailing vessel.
Important information about the sailing program: The boat is equipped with sails to be used in good conditions (based on open sea, water depth, wind, and time). This is not guaranteed. The captain decides whether to use the sails or the engine. There is no claim to one or the other propulsion method. If sails are used, the crew operates them. Guests follow the safety instructions of the team. Average cruising speed for s/v Rembrandt van Rijn is 6.5 knots.

 

Day 1: Largest town, biggest island

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. In the evening you sail for Trygghamna, where you see the remains of a 17th-century English whaling station and 18th-century Pomor hunting station, both of which you can visit the next morning.

Day 2: Foxes, seabirds, and grazing reindeer

From Trygghamna you walk to Alkhornet, a large seabird cliff where the birds are scouting out breeding places. Below the cliffs is a common place to spot Arctic foxes, and you may also see reindeer grazing on the lush vegetation if there’s not too much snow.

Day 3 – 4: Earth’s northernmost community

You head north for Kongsfjorden and Krossfjorden. 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, and Ny Ålesund, the northernmost community in the world. There are also research stations and the famous anchor mast of the dirigible Norge, which took the first flight across the North Pole to Nome, Alaska in 1926. Krossfjorden offers views of colossal glaciers and lofty mountain peaks, but ultimately the extent of fjord ice dictates the itinerary here.

Day 5: Walrus watching, seal seeing

Cutting south between the main island of Spitsbergen and Prins Karls Forland, you may encounter walruses at Poolepynten, a common haul-out site. You also have views of St. Johnsfjorden, near Gaffelbreen. The winter ice may not have loosened its grip on the water here, and seals (ringed and bearded) could be numerous in the area.

Day 6 – 7: Wide tundra, tall mountains

You now double back into Isfjorden and venture to Ymerbukta, possibly embarking on a walk in this mountainous area. Here you find an expansive tundra with its own avifauna, depending on when spring arrives, as well as spectacular geological formations along the coast. Further northeast, near Ekmanfjorden, you have the chance for another hike. Common to this area are numerous glaciers that terminate near or in the sea. In Gipsvika you can go on shore near the cliff of Templet, a mountainous location of eroded sedimentary rock from the Upper Carboniferous period – around 290 million years ago.

Day 8: There and back again

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.

NOTE: This expedition offers hiking and ski mountaineering (the latter at an additional cost), and both groups (hikers and skiers).

The expedition will operate in the same region and give hikers and skiers ample time to enjoy their outings under competent leadership. NB: Deviating program will be announced by the expedition leader .

Additional information

Country

Svalbard

Duration

1 Week +

Travel Style

EPIC JOURNEYS: ADVENTURES & EXPEDITIONS

inclusions

Included in this voyage

  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • Free use of snowshoes.
  • Transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

Excluded from this voyage

  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre- and post- land arrangements.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore.
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory).
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Highlights & Encounters

  • Arctic Fox
  • Arctic Tern
  • Bearded Seal
  • Hiking
  • Polar Bear
  • Ski Mountaineering
  • Snowshoeing
  • Walrus

Cabin & Prices

Triple Private Porthole

  • 1 porthole
  • 1 upper/lower berth + 1 lower berth
  • Private shower and toilet
  • Ample storage space

Sharing berth

2730 EUR

Share your cabin with others for the best price

Complete cabin

8190 EUR

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

 

 

Twin Private Inside

  • 1 upper / lower berth
  • Private shower and toilet
  • Ample storage space

Sharing berth

2910 EUR

Share your cabin with others for the best price

Single cabin

4940 EUR

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

Complete cabin

5810 EUR

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

 

Twin Private Porthole

  • 1 porthole
  • 1 upper / lower berth
  • Private shower and toilet
  • Ample storage space

Sharing berth

3350 USD

Share your cabin with others for the best price

Single cabin

5690 USD

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

Complete cabin

6690 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Additional Info

Duration: 7 nights
Ship: s/v Rembrandt van Rijn
Embarkation: Longyearbyen
Disembarkation: Longyearbyen
Language: English speaking voyage

Vessel Information

 

s/v Rembrandt Van Rijn

s/v Rembrandt Van Rijn was built as a herring lugger early last century. The vessel was rebuilt as a three-mast passenger sailing schooner in the Netherlands in 1994.

​History

S/V ‘Rembrandt Van Rijn’ was built as a herring lugger early last century. The vessel was rebuilt as a three-mast passenger sailing schooner in he Netherlands in 1994 and sailed in Spitsbergen (1994 – 1996) and in Galápagos (1998 – 2001). The vessel underwent a complete rebuilding and refurbishment program until 2011. The communication and navigation equipment has been completely renewed according to the latest SOLAS regulations

activities

 

Snowshoeing
FREE

Take a casual stroll along the Polar shores, or challenge yourself with a more advanced trek.
We offer a variety of snow-shoeing treks to suit your experience and your desired level of activity. No snow-shoeing experience? No problem! We’ll get you suited up and get you marching across the pristine snows of the Arctic or Antarctic landscapes in no time at all.

 

 

 

Hiking
FREE

Adventure inland at your own pace
It’s said that there’s really no better way to get to know a new place than to explore it on foot. That’s why we offer a variety of hikes of various difficulties allowing you to choose anything between a hard day’s hike and an easy stroll that lets you take in the sights.

 

 

Ski Mountaineering
470 USD

Adventurous? On the hunt for a new challenge? Ski mountaineering trips are designed with you in mind.
Follow the lead of official mountain guides as you ski your way up alpine terrains. You’ll explore rugged peaks and majestic mountains in a rugged fjord system. Along the way you’ll have the chance to spot out whales, seals, and a wide variety of seabirds.

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