North Spitsbergen, Along the Pack Ice, Bowhead Whales and Polar Bears, Summer Solstice

This expedition focuses on spotting whales, polar bears, birds and other Arctic wildlife while enjoying the 24-hour daylight of the Arctic summer

Cruise route
Titel: North Spitsbergen, Along the Pack Ice, Bowhead Whales and Polar Bears, Summer Solstice
Reisdatum:
Reiscode: JNS03-23
Duur: 7 nachten
Schip: m/v Janssonius
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.

Search for whales, polar bears, birds and other exotic wildlife among the Arctic sea ice while enjoying the 24-hour daylight which provides excellent conditions for outdoor photography and activities.

Workshop: Sounds of whales and seals

In this engaging audio workshop, we will provide you the theoretical background of various acoustic tools that we will help you use to locate and interpret the songs of whales and seals. This fun and informative workshop covers both the theory and practice of analyzing marine mammal sounds, requiring you to bring no additional equipment.

2023 summer solstice: 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 of Svalbard.

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: Walrusses, seals & sea birds

After an exciting sailing through straits and fjord we arrive late morning at Smeerenburg, where a large group of Walrusses often lays at its haul-out place. It is also a rare opportunity to see Harbour Seals on rocky islets. Smeerenburg was an important whaling station in the 17th century. Later on the day we land at Fuglesangen, where we have a great opportunity to sit among hundreds of nearby Little Auks. In the evening we make a short landing in Birgerbukta, where the Basq whalers had their station, and continue into the splendid Raudfjord.

Day 3: Route to Raudfjorden

Raudfjord, with glacier fronts, is a good area for meeting Polar Bears and Bearded Seals on fjord ice, which is still unbroken. In Hamiltonbukta is an impressive colony of Brünnichs’s Guiillemots. Later we visit Ytre Norskøya, a small island which was used for many years as a lookout point for Dutch whalers. There we can still follow their tracks to the summit of the island. On shore the remains of 17th century blubber ovens can be found near about 200 graves. The north side of the island offers the rare opportunity to see Puffins near their breeding places. There is also a small colony of Kittiwakes. From there we sail northwest to the edge of the pack-ice.

Day 4 - 6: Along the ice edge in search of Bowhead Whales, Seals & Polar Bears

At sea sailing from 80 N to 76 N along and in the outer fringes of the ice edge looking for Bowhead Whales, Harp Seals, Hooded Seals, Polar Bears and migrating seabirds like Little Auks, Brünnich’s Guillemots, and Kittiwakes. On previous voyages in this area we have sometimes seen up to hundred Bowhead Whales. On the last day, at open sea we have good chances for Northern Bottlenose Whales and the first Fin Whales of the season.

Day 7: Bell Sund’s flora, fauna, and haunting history

Bellsund is a fjord system with two major branches (Van Mijenfjord, Van Keulenfjord) and a side bay (Recherchefjord). The geology is fascinating and has created amazing landscapes, such as the long, narrow island of Akseløya that blocks Van Mijenfjord almost completely. The rich wildlife of the area has attracted hunters throughout several centuries, including English whalers, who also wintered there. - we will walk in their footsteps and see remains of their huts. We see often Polar Bears and we have also seen Beluga (white whales) in this area. Much is depending on the fjord –ice how far we can sail into these fjords.

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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Workshop Sounds of whales and seals

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Workshop Sounds of whales and seals

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4-persoons hut met patrijspoort

  • 2 patrijspoorten
  • 2 stapelbedden
  • Kleine sofa
  • Privé douche & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Bureau & stoel
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
  • Haardroger
  • Kabinet
  • Garderobe
  • Deze hut is geschikt voor families met kinderen, of passagiers die geen aparte hut of meer luxueuze hutten vereisen.

Complete cabin

16000 USD

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4000 USD

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3-persoons hut met patrijspoort

  • 2 patrijspoorten
  • 1 stapelbed + 1 apart bed
  • Kleine sofa
  • Privé douche & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Bureau & stoel
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
  • Haardroger
  • Kabinet
  • Garderobe
  • Deze hut is geschikt voor families met kinderen, of passagiers die geen aparte hut of meer luxueuze hutten vereisen.

Complete cabin

15000 USD

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5000 USD

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2-persoons hut met patrijspoort

  • 2 patrijspoorten
  • 2 bedden
  • Kleine sofa
  • Privé douche & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Bureau & stoel
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
  • Haardroger
  • Kabinet
  • Garderobe

Complete cabin

11200 USD

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Single cabin

9520 USD

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5600 USD

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2-persoons hut met raam

  • 1 raam
  • 2 bedden
  • Kleine sofa
  • Privé douche & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Bureau & stoel
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
  • Haardroger
  • Kabinet
  • Garderobe
  • Houd er rekening mee dat het zicht vanuit sommige ramen gedeeltelijk kan worden belemmerd vanwege de ontwerpvereisten van het schip

Complete cabin

12100 USD

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Single cabin

10285 USD

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6050 USD

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2-persoons deluxe hut

  • 2 ramen
  • 2 bedden
  • Sofa
  • Privé douche & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Bureau & stoel
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
  • Koffie & thee apparaat
  • Badjas
  • Haardroger
  • Kabinet
  • Garderobe

Complete cabin

12800 USD

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Single cabin

10880 USD

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6400 USD

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Superior

  • 2 ramen
  • 1 2-persoons bed
  • Sofa
  • Privé douche & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Bureau & stoel
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
  • Koffie & thee apparaat
  • Badjas
  • Haardroger
  • Kabinet
  • Garderobe

Complete cabin

14600 USD

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Single cabin

12410 USD

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Junior Suite

  • 1 dubbele raam
  • 1 tweepersoonsbed
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Privé douche & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Bureau & stoel
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
  • Koelkast
  • Koffie & thee apparaat
  • Badjas
  • Haardroger
  • Kabinet
  • Garderobe

Complete cabin

15500 USD

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Single cabin

13175 USD

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Grand Suite with private balcony

  • 1 double window
  • 1 double bed
  • Sofa
  • Private balcony
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Bathrobe
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Wardrobe

Complete cabin

18000 USD

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Single cabin

15300 USD

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