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North Spitsbergen - 'Basecamp' - Cleaning the Shores, free kayaking, snowshoe/hiking, photo workshop

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Titel: North Spitsbergen - 'Basecamp' - Cleaning the Shores, free kayaking, snowshoe/hiking, photo workshop
Reisdatum:
Reiscode: OTL05-21
Duur: 7 nachten
Schip: m/v Ortelius
Inscheping: Longyearbyen
Ontscheping: Longyearbyen
Taal: Engelstalige reisleiding
Meer over: Arctis reizen
Spitsbergen reizen
 
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LET OP: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife. The on-board expedition leader determines the final itinerary. Itineraries may mention places that require permission to land, which must be granted by the relevant national authorities. Such permission is not granted prior to the publishing of these itineraries. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Average cruising speed for m/v Ortelius 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.

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

Sailing 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.

Day 3: Exploring the North West

Depending 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.

Day 4: Rugged Raudfjorden

Today 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.

Day 5: The stunning sights of Liefdefjorden

The 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.

Day 6: North Spitsbergen splendors

While 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.

Day 7: Forlandsundet or St. Johns Fjord

Walruses 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.

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.

Cleaning the shores of Spitsbergen: -

Interested in doing something good for the enviroment?

We welcome you to participate in our ongoing effort to remove plastic waste and other rubbish from the shores of Spitsbergen.

Garbage from the ocean, such as fishing gear and plastic litter, piles up on these shores. This litter is hazardous to the animals, which get entangled in fish nets and sometimes ingest micro-plastics that can lead to starvation and suffocation.

Supported by AECO and the governor of Spitsbergen, we enjoy cleaning the beaches of Svalbard with our passengers. All participants will be assisted by our guides and provided with collection bags. About 50 passengers will clean in the morning while the other 50 have their excursion in another area. Then in the afternoon, the groups switch roles. And if we cannot clean a certain area because of roaming bears or other concerns, we will find an alternate area.

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.

m/v Ortelius

Ons ijsversterkte schip m/v Ortelius is een uitstekend schip voor expeditie reizen in het noordpoolgebied en Antarctica. Naar schip »

OPTIONELE ACTIVITEITEN WAARAAN U KUNT DEELNEMEN

Hiking

Gratis
Hiking

Kajakken

Gratis
Kajakken

Foto Workshop

Gratis
Foto Workshop

Sneeuwschoenwandelen

Gratis
Sneeuwschoenwandelen

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
15800 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Sharing berth
3950 USD

Share your cabin with others for the best price

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
16500 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Sharing berth
5500 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
11000 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Single cabin
9350 USD

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

Sharing berth
5500 USD

Share your cabin with others for the best price

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
11900 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Single cabin
10115 USD

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

Sharing berth
5950 USD

Share your cabin with others for the best price

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
12600 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Single cabin
10710 USD

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

Sharing berth
6300 USD

Share your cabin with others for the best price

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
14300 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Single cabin
12155 USD

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

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