The Crown of Norway
Svalbard is the crown of Arctic Norway; a rugged and beautiful island forged by the power of the Arctic Ocean and the vast tundra that supports amazing wildlife.
Longyearbyen and Barentsburg
This Svalbard holiday starts in the `capital´ of the archipelago – historic Longyearbyen, long a coal mining settlement and home to the fascinating Svalbard Museum. After setting sail, we will make a stop in the Russian town of Barentsburg, for a chance to visit the Pomor Museum (optional), before continuing out of Isfjord to head further north.
Crossing 80° N
We sail into Magdalenefjorden and to encounter cultural heritage such as a whaling station from the 16th century. On this Svalbard expedtion, we will scan for dramatic wildlife like walrus as we go as far north towards 80 degrees as the elements allow.
Stunning Fjords and Ny-Ålesund
Woodfjord and Liefdefjord in North Spitsbergen offer beautiful landscape – from plains to extinct volcanoes and even the northernmost hot spring on Earth. As we cruise towards the Monaco glacier, we might get lucky and spot one of the polar bears of Svalbard.
We sail on to Kongsfjord, the largest fjord on the northwest coast, highlighted by the majestic Kongsbreen (King’s glacier). We hope to stop at Ny-Ålesund – one of the world’s northernmost year-round communities. On our way back to Longyearbyen, we will sail into the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard to marvel at the large glaciated valleys.