polar bears, reindeer, walruses and arctic fox
to the world's most northerly settlement and be just 540 miles from the
geographic North Pole
extraordinary bird cliffs with puffins, nesting guillemots, kittiwakes
and little auks, plus ground nesting barnacle and pink-footed geese, as
well as arctic terns
historic whaling sites and mining villages, even remains from the era
of polar bear hunting
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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.
The 2022 & 2023
Summer Solstice Voyages (Jun 20, 2022 & Jun 20, 2023 Sailings):
Midnight Sun, and 24-hour day
The midnight sun is a phenomenon that occurs during the Arctic summer,
when the sun is visible for a full 24 hours in fair weather. The 2023
summer solstice in Longyearbyen falls on Tuesday, 21 June, at 16:57 pm.
The term solstice (Latin solstitium) means
“sun-stopping” and describes the point on the
horizon at which the sun appears to rise and set, stopping and
reversing directions after this day. On the solstice, the sun does not
rise precisely in the east but rather north of east, then later sets to
the north of west, making the sun visible for a longer period of time.
It will not be until late August that the sun fully goes down again,
and then only for a few minutes.Join us in experiencing this
fascinating phenomenon during this voyage through the Arctic wilderness
1: Largest town, biggest island
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.
2: Route to Raudfjorden
to Raudfjorden, on the north coast of Spitsbergen, you 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.
3: The massive Monaco Glacier
on the weather, you could sail into Liefdefjorden and cruise within
sight of the 5-kilometer-long (3.1 miles) face of the precipitous
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, an alternate route along the west coast of
Spitsbergen can be implemented.
4: Highlights of Hinlopen
you sail into Hinlopen Strait, home to bearded seals, ringed seals, and
polar bears. At the entrance there is even the possibility to spot blue
whales. After cruising among the ice floes of
Lomfjordshalvøya in the Zodiacs, you can view the bird
cliffs of Alkefjellet with their thousands of
Brünnich’s guillemots. On the east side of Hinlopen
Strait, you may attempt a landing on Nordaustlandet. Here reindeer,
pink-footed geese, and walruses are likely sights. You can take an
alternate route if ice prevents entry into Hinlopen.
5: Stop at the Seven Islands
northernmost point of your voyage may be north of Nordaustlandet, in
the Seven Islands. Here you reach 80° north, just 870 km (540
miles) from the geographic North Pole. Polar bears inhabit this region,
so the ship may park for several hours among the pack ice before
wheeling around west again.
6: Sailing the continental shelf
retracing your route west, keep watch for polar bears and elusive
Greenland (bowhead) whales. About 40 nautical miles west of
Spitsbergen, you sail the edge of the continental shelf. Here fin
whales forage during the summer in the upwelling zones (where cold,
nutrient-rich water wells up from below the sea’s surface)
that run along the Spitsbergen banks. At the mouth of Kongsfjorden, you
have a good chance of sighting minke whales.
7: Reindeer, foxes, and so many seabirds
sometimes haul out in Forlandsundet, your next stop. Alternatively, you
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. You arrive in Longyearbyen later at night.
8: There and back again
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.
Please Note: The Jun
17 - 24, 2021 voyage will experience the Summer Solstice
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 Saturday, 20 June 2020,
23:43 in Longyearbyen. “Solstice” (Latin:
“solstitium”) means sun-stopping.
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.
Summer Solstice when the midnight sun has its highest position above
the Northern horizon in Spitsbergen.
Ortelius (Expedition, 108-guests)
Ortelius offers a comfortable hotel standard, with a u-shaped, a bar and a lecture room. Our voyages are primarily developed to offer our passengers a quality exploratory wildlife program, trying to spend as much time ashore as possible. As the number of passengers is limited to approximately 116 on the Ortelius, flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities. Ortelius carries 10 zodiacs
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in this voyage
from this voyage
aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee
shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced
use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for
those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen.
miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
fees and governmental taxes.
airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
and post- land arrangements.
and visa expenses.
arrival and departure taxes.
cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry,
bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other
service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).
up Svalbard (Jun 20, 2022 Sailing only)