North Spitsbergen - Basecamp - Summer Solstice, Free kayaking, hiking, photo workshop & Cleaning the Shores

The best activity voyage in the Arctic

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Titel: North Spitsbergen - Basecamp - Summer Solstice, Free kayaking, hiking, photo workshop & Cleaning the Shores
Reisdatum:
Reiscode: OTL05-22
Duur: 7 nachten
Schip: m/v Ortelius
Inscheping: Longyearbyen
Ontscheping: Longyearbyen
Taal: Engelstalige reisleiding
Meer over: Arctis reizen
Spitsbergen reizen
 
Reisbeschrijving

LET OP: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. Landings are subject to site availabilities, permissions, and environmental concerns per AECO regulations. Official sailing plans and landing slots are scheduled with AECO prior to the start of the season, but the expedition leader determines the final plan. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. The average cruising speed of our vessel is 10.5 knots.

The North Spitsbergen Basecamp cruise offers you a myriad of ways to explore and enjoy this Arctic Region. This expedition allows you to hike, snowshoe, kayak, and learn to take perfect pictures of the polar flora and fauna.

“Solstice”: -

The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon that occurs in the summer months. The sun is visible for the full duration of 24 hours, given fair weather. June Solstice (Summer Solstice) is on Tuesday , 21 June 2022, 11:13  in Longyearbyen.

“Solstice” (Latin: “solstitium”) means sun-stopping. The point on the horizon where the sun appears to rise and set, stops and reverses direction after this day. On the solstice, the sun does not rise precisely in the east, but rises to the north of east and sets to the north of west, meaning it's visible in the sky for a longer period of time. It won´t be before late August that the sun will go down for a few minutes.

Join us in experiencing the summer solstice during this adventurous Arctic voyage, when the midnight sun reaches its highest position above the ruggedly scenic wilderness of Svalbard (Spitsbergen).

Background on Basecamp cruises: -

Our Basecamp voyages focus on land and near-shore activities with minimal disturbance to local wildlife. If time and conditions permit, the expedition team will also look for wildlife opportunities whenever possible.

By definition, a basecamp is a temporary camp from which expeditions or other outdoor activities can be carried out. During our designated Basecamp cruises, the ship navigates to carefully chosen areas around North Spitsbergen, staying in fewer locations than during our regular trips so that it can serve as a comfortable hub for multiple outdoor activities. 

Hikers (H) can embark on vigorous walks in the backcountry, photographers (P) can capture the dramatic surroundings in pictures, and kayakers (K) can explore waterways through which the ship cannot always sail. Passengers who do not wish to engage in these activities can enjoy Zodiac excursions and easy-to-moderate shoreline walks that focus on wildlife. 

All activities are free of charge. 

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.

Day 2: Kongsfjorden and Blomstrandhalvøya

On the first day of our activity program, we will slowly ease into things. Blomstrandhalvøya is located on the northern side of the fjord, which will offer shelter and room to change plan in case the weather changes. In the afternoon, you visit Ny Ålesund, one of the northernmost settlements on Earth. Once a mining village served by the world’s most northerly railway – you can still see its tracks – Ny Ålesund is now a research center.

Close to the community is a breeding ground for barnacle geese, pink-footed geese, and Arctic terns. And if you’re interested in the history of Arctic exploration, visit the anchoring mast used by polar explorers Amundsen and Nobile in their airships, Norge (1926) and Italia (1928). In the evening, we head north along the west coast and spend the night in the sheltered surroundings of Krossfjorden.

Day 3: Exploring the North West

Next to our activities, we will next head toward Amsterdamoya, where you have the chance to hike past the remains of a 17th-century whaling station. You can also enjoy the beautiful panorama of Smeerenburgsleta. In the afternoon, we make for the islands around Fair Haven.

Day 4: Rugged Raudfjorden

At Raudfjorden, on the north coast of Spitsbergen, you can take in an expansive fjord spilling with glaciers – and maybe even visited by ringed and bearded seals. The cliffs and shoreline of this fjord also support thriving seabird colonies, rich vegetation, and the possibility of polar bears. Here we will find the right balance between safe activities and wildlilfe watching.

Day 5: The stunning sights of Liefdefjorden

Depending on the weather, you could sail into Liefdefjorden and cruise within sight of the 5-kilometer-long (3.1 miles) face of Monaco Glacier. The waters in front of this glacier are a favorite feeding spot for thousands of kittiwakes, and the base of the ice is a popular polar bear hunting ground. If ice conditions prevent sailing here early in the season, we may use an alternate route along the west coast of Spitsbergen. Near the area of Texas Bar and Hornbaekpollen, there are also some great hikes.

Day 6: North Spitsbergen splendors

This is our reserve day for activities around North Spitsbergen. Weather and wildlife permitting, we will choose the right location for another day of splendid outdoor adventures.

Day 7: Forlandsundet or St. Johns Fjord

Forlandsundet, between the main island of Spitsbergen and the narrow Prins Karls Forland, is a place of great beauty and fascinating wildlife. Walruses sometimes haul out here, and seabirds can be found around Fuglehuken. You may also see walrus populations around Sarstangen and Poolepynten. Alternatively, we might sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden, landing at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on these cliffs, Arctic foxes search below for fallen eggs and chicks, and reindeer graze the sparse vegetation. We will arrive in Longyearbyen later that night.

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.

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OPTIONELE ACTIVITEITEN WAARAAN U KUNT DEELNEMEN

Hiking

Gratis
Hiking

Kajakken

Gratis
Kajakken

Foto Workshop

Gratis
Foto Workshop

Cleaning the shores

Gratis
Cleaning the shores

Hutten & prijzen

4-persoons hut met patrijspoort

Windows Windows Info Info
  • 2 patrijspoorten
  • 2 stapelbedden
  • Privé douche & toilet
  • Bureau & stoel
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
  • Haardroger
  • Voldoende bergruimte
Complete cabin
15400 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Sharing berth
3850 USD

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3-persoons hut met patrijspoort

Windows Windows Info Info
  • 2 patrijspoorten
  • 1 stapelbed + 1 apart bed
  • Privé douche & toilet
  • Bureau & stoel
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
  • Haardroger
  • Voldoende bergruimte
Complete cabin
15900 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Sharing berth
5300 USD

Share your cabin with others for the best price

2-persoons hut met patrijspoort, dek 4

Windows Windows Info Info
  • 2 patrijspoorten
  • 2 bedden
  • Privé douche & toilet
  • Bureau & stoel
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
  • Haardroger
  • Voldoende bergruimte
Complete cabin
10600 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Single cabin
9010 USD

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

Sharing berth
5300 USD

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2-persoons hut met raam

Windows Windows Info Info
  • 2 ramen
  • 2 bedden
  • Privé douche & toilet
  • Bureau & stoel
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
  • Haardroger
  • Voldoende bergruimte
Complete cabin
11500 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Single cabin
9775 USD

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

Sharing berth
5750 USD

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2-persoons deluxe hut

Windows Windows Windows Info Info
  • 3 ramen
  • 2 lage bedden
  • Privé douche en toilet
  • Bureau & stoel
  • Kleine sofa
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
  • Koelkast
  • Koffie & thee apparaat
  • Haardroger
  • Ruime opbergruimte
Complete cabin
12200 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Single cabin
10370 USD

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

Sharing berth
6100 USD

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Superior

Windows Windows Info
  • Minimaal 2 ramen
  • 1 2-persoons bed
  • 1 éénpersoons (bank) bed
  • Privé douche & toilet
  • Bureau & stoel
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
  • Koelkast
  • Koffie & Thee zetter
  • Haardroger
  • Voldoende bergruimte
Complete cabin
13800 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Single cabin
11730 USD

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

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