ITINERARY 1 :
To the heart of Spitsbergen : The Isfjorden and his 10 glaciers
ITINERARY 1 :
D1: Welcoming guests at the end of the day, embarkation and overnight in Longyaerbyen.
D2 to D6: Presentation of the cruise, safety instructions followed by sailing off to conquer the majestic ISFJORDEN. First trekking and meeting with a glaciers ( In may in snowshoes)
We will sail along the coasts of this gorgeous fjord and discover landscapes of a tremendous beauty such as Templefjorden, Dicksonfjorden, Billfjorden, Trygghamna, Hymerbukta, Grondfjorden, yoldiabukten.
Throughout your stay, we will discover imposing glaciers, look for local fauna. We will meet a great variety of birds: Arctic Fulmars, Trydactile Gulls (Black Legged Kittiwakes), Atlantic Puffins, Thick-billedmurres, Black Guillemots, Skuas and Great Skuas, Glaucus Gulls, Ivory Gulls, Eiders, Little Auks, Red-throated Loons ....
We will also be looking for the Arctic Reindeer that regularly shows up. Perhaps we will have the chance to encounter whales: Rorquals, Belugas, Seals and we always hope to cross the road of the Lord of the Arctic: the Polar Bear.
We will visit one mining city still in activity : Barensburg or Pyraminden which is not in activity.
D7: Return to Longyaerbyen, last dinner on board.
D8: Disembarking in the morning.
Typical program of the day: Approximate 2 - 4 hours’ navigation from one stopover to another, sometimes more to reach the northernmost points, discovery of the chosen location, visits to the historical sites or hiking with observations and photography of the fauna, flora. At times, getting close by a glacier with the boat.
The planning and choice of the sites will be made based on meteorological conditions that only the helmsman can appreciate.
It may occur that some destinations cannot be visited.