Wonders of the West Coast of the Spitsbergen to King’s Bay
D1: Welcoming guests at the end of the day, embarkation and overnight in Longyaerbyen.
D2: Introduction to the cruise and safety instructions, followed by the discovery of the majestic Isfjorden fjord; first stopover in the beautiful bay of Colesbukta, a former Russian mining city.
D3 to D9: We sail along the west coast until reaching King’s bay.
Throughout your cruise, we will discover many glitzy glaciers such as "the King’s Bay", "Lillehookbreen", "Dahlbrebukta" ....
We will encounter a great variety of birds: Arctic Fulmars, 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 and will meet the amazing Morses of Poolypynten or Sarstanger. Perhaps we will have the chance to see polar foxes, seals and whales such as the Rorquals, Belugas, and we will most certainly come across the Lord of this region: the Polar Bear.
We will discover many historical sites such as the remnants of polar expeditions dating from the early 20th century, former whaling sites of the 17th, 18th century, a former German meteorological station dating from the last world war, former trappers' huts and we will make a stopover at the NY ALESUND international scientific city.
D9 to D10: Return to the magnificent Isfjorden Fjord, stopover at Trygghamna or Hymerbukta and finally visit the Russian mining town in Barensburg, still in activity.
D11: Arrival at Longyarbyen last dinner on board
D12: Disembarking early in the morning.
Typical program of the day: Approximate 2 - 4 hours’ navigation from one stopover to another, sometimes more; discovery of the chosen location, visits to the historical sites or hiking with observations and photography of the fauna and 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.