Svalbard

Land of the midnight sun

Escape to the furthest reaches of the earth in the Arctic North to experience an untouched wilderness and unique wildlife in a setting both rugged and fragile. More polar bears than people live here among snowy peaks,  gleaming glaciers, vast ice fields and blue-tinged icebergs, ever lit by the midnight sun during summer.

wake up to a world of blue and white. watch polar bears hunt for seals. Cruise bays backdropped by glaciers. spot Arctic foxes, seabirds and reindeers from the decks of your yacht.  take Zodiac safaris around icebergs. 

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Svalbard Airport

Longyearbyen

day 1

Svalbard Airport - Longyearbyen

Svalbard Airport - Longyearbyen

top of the world

After a short flight from mainland Norway, board your yacht for an unforgettable charter. Our start point is in Svalbard’s main settlement of Longyearbyen, located on the west coast of Spitsbergen Island. Settle in onboard and stroll around this former mining town before setting sail.

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Longyearbyen

Hornsund

day 2

Longyearbyen - Hornsund

Longyearbyen - Hornsund

fjord discovery

Known as the most beautiful fjord in Spitsbergen, Hornsund is the southernmost fjord on the Island, cutting approximately 25 km deep into the land. Cruise bays backed by glacial valleys leading to high mountain peaks. Look for Arctic foxes, seabirds and reindeers, common sights in this area

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Hornsund

Edgeøya

day 3

Hornsund - Edgeøya

Hornsund - Edgeøya

polar bear patch

The third largest island in the Svalbard Archipelago, Edgeøya forms part of the Søraust-Svalbard Nature Reserve and is home to reindeer and their mighty predator, polar bears. Herds of walrus are frequently spotted here. Rarely visited, the island's eastern side is almost entirely covered in ice.

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Edgeøya

Hinlopen Strait

day 4

Edgeøya - Hinlopen Strait

Edgeøya - Hinlopen Strait

iceberg trip

As we come around the northeastern tip of Spitsbergen, ice conditions permitting, cruise through the Hinlopen Strait, which separates Spitsbergen from Nordaustlandet. Dotted with icebergs, this scenic strait is the perfect spot for a Zodiac cruise, and harp and bearded seals, polar bears and seabirds are often seen here. Go ashore to walk amongst the Arctic flowers and take in the incredible beauty of this remarkable region.

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Hinlopen Strait

Lågøya Island

day 5

Hinlopen Strait - Lågøya Island

Hinlopen Strait - Lågøya Island

walrus hangout

Go ashore on Lågøya Island, known for its large walrus haul-out. Observe these enormous creatures relaxing on the shore. Ever curious, the walrus will often approach Zodiacs as they pass, offering excellent views. In the afternoon, cruise by Zodiac along the pack ice edge in the hope of encountering polar bears as they hunt for seals and reindeers.

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Lågøya Island

Liefdefjorden

day 6

Lågøya Island - Liefdefjorden

Lågøya Island - Liefdefjorden

photo opportunities

Enter this spectacularly scenic fjord and board Zodiacs for a cruise through the ice fields leading up to Monaco Glacier. Spot more polar bears, often seen in this region. Conditions permitting, head ashore to hike the glacier or walk along the shoreline. Bring your camera to spy Arctic foxes, whales, ringed seals or thousands of kittiwakes around this stunning fjord.

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Liefdefjorden

Danskøya & Amsterdamøya

day 7

Liefdefjorden - Danskøya + Amsterdamøya

Liefdefjorden - Danskøya + Amsterdamøya

historical islands

Head ashore to the islands of Danskøya & Amsterdamøya to discover the history of this area. Danskøya Island was the launch site for a failed attempt by Salomon Andrée and two companions to reach the North Pole by hydrogen balloon in 1897. Amsterdamøya Island was a Danish and Dutch whaling station in the early 1600s and is now the habitat of nesting Arctic terns.

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Danskøya & Amsterdamøya

Longyearbyen

day 8

Danskøya + Amsterdamøya - Longyearbyen

Danskøya + Amsterdamøya - Longyearbyen

disembarkation

Disembark the yacht for transfer to Longyearbyen, and your flight back to civilisation after a magical week under the midnight sun.

adventure into the extreme and encounter extraordinary wildlife and stunning icy worlds.
Tamsin Vaughan Adventure Charter Specialist