Noord Spitsbergen, De Arctische zomer - Birding

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Titel: Noord Spitsbergen, De Arctische zomer - Birding
Reisdatum:
Reiscode: RVR23-22
Duur: 11 nachten
Schip: s/v Rembrandt van Rijn
Inscheping: Longyearbyen
Ontscheping: Longyearbyen
Taal: Duitstalige reisleiding, Engelstalige reisleiding
Meer over: Arctis reizen
Spitsbergen reizen
 
Reisbeschrijving

LET OP: Deze routebeschrijving is slechts een indicatie. Het programma kan variëren afhankelijk van ijs, weer, en wildlife condities. Landingen zijn afhankelijk van de beschikbaarheid van locaties, vergunningen en milieuoverwegingen volgens AECO regelgeving. Officiële vaarschema's en landingsplaatsen worden gepland in samenwerking met AECO vóór de start van het seizoen, maar de expeditieleider bepaalt het definitieve vaarschema. Flexibiliteit is van het grootste belang voor expeditie cruises, en bereidheid om compromissen te sluiten op het gebied van comfort is een basisvereiste aan boord van een historisch zeilschip. Belangrijke informatie over het gebruik van zeilen: Het schip is uitgerust met zeilen om te worden gebruikt in goede omstandigheden (gebaseerd op open zee, waterdiepte, wind, en tijd), maar het gebruik van zeilen is niet gegarandeerd. De kapitein beslist of de zeilen of de motor worden gebruikt. Als de zeilen worden gebruikt, zal de bemanning ze bedienen. Gasten moeten de veiligheidsinstructies van het team opvolgen. De gemiddelde vaarsnelheid van s/v Rembrandt van Rijn is 6,5 knopen.

Deze Noord Spitsbergen zeilreis zeilt in een van de meest afgelegen en extreme gebieden van Europa, het noorden van Spitsbergen. De expeditie bezoekt interessante plekken, zoals 17e -eeuwse walvisvaarders stations en gletsjers, maakt wandelingen over de toendra en gaat op zoek naar bijzondere pooldieren, zoals rendieren, Poolvossen, Kleine alken, Walrussen, walvissen.

Birding: -

We will have at least one dedicated expedition guide in our team who will share their expert knowledge about bird species and who will be available to help you identify, photograph on deck and learn more about the birds that we see. In addition to outdoor sessions, our guide will focus on species and related information on the birds of the Arctic in re-caps and lectures onboard.

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. In the evening you sail for Trygghamna, where you see the remains of a 17th-century English whaling station and 18th-century Pomor hunting station, both of which you can visit the next morning. 

Day 2: Foxes, seabirds, and grazing reindeer

From Trygghamna you walk to Alkhornet, a large seabird cliff where the birds are scouting out breeding places. Below the cliffs is a common place to spot Arctic foxes, and you may also see reindeer grazing on the lush vegetation if there’s not too much snow.

Day 3: Remains of the whalers

You sail into Fuglefjorden amid views of Svitjodbreen and Birgerbukta, both breeding areas for great skuas as well as likely spots to see a polar bear. On Birgerbukta you can see 17th-century Basque ovens once used for cooking whale blubber. The aim next is to visit Ytre Norskøya, a small island that served for many years as a Dutch whaling lookout. Here you can still follow the whalers’ tracks to the summit of the island, passing popular bird cliffs on the way. On shore are the remains of more 17th-century blubber ovens, while Arctic skuas and common eiders breed among the graves of some two hundred Dutch whalers. 

Day 4: Glaciers and Ermaktangen geology

Raudfjorden, on the north coast of Spitsbergen, is a fine place for gazing over the glaciers. It’s also a favorite hangout for ringed and bearded seals, colonies of seabird, and the occasional polar bear and beluga whale. Ermaktangen, at the fjordh coast of Spitsbergen, is a fine place for gazing over the glof the land. 

Day 5: Wide open tundra

If ice conditions permit, you may land on the northern side of Reindyrsflya, the largest tundra area of Spitsbergen. This vast and rolling plain is a popular grazing area for reindeer, and several species of waders also breed here. Similarly, the lakes afford you a good chance of spotting red-throated divers and king eiders. 

Day 6: The massive Monaco Glacier

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 7: Another day in North Spitsbergen

Depending on the weather, we use this day for exploring areas which we have not seen. 

Day 8: On to the little auks

In the morning you land at Fuglesangen, where you can observe spirited communities of little auks. You then sail south to Magdalenafjorden, one of the glacier-filled highlights of Spitsbergen. A shore visit shows you the remains of 17th-century English whaling, and you can also see more large colonies of little auks. 

Day 9: Earth’s northernmost community

You head north for Kongsfjorden and Krossfjorden. The landscape is likely to show signs of winter, the crags and slopes still blanketed with snow. Here there are rich opportunities for snowshoeing – we provide the snowshoes – and visiting places of historic interest: Ny London, where you can see the remains of early 20th-century marble mining, and Ny Ålesund, the northernmost community in the world. There are also research stations and the famous anchor mast of the dirigible Norge, which took the first flight across the North Pole to Nome, Alaska in 1926. Krossfjorden offers views of colossal glaciers and lofty mountain peaks, but ultimately the extent of fjord ice dictates the itinerary here.

Day 10: The past days of polar bear hunting

On your journey south, the goal is a landing at Fuglehuken. Here you see remains from the great era of polar bear hunting. There are also large seabird colonies and a haul-out spot for harbour seals. Alternatively you could land on the coast of Forlandsundet, at Engelskbukta or Sarstangen. Walruses are occasionally seen here, and the tundra is a fine place for a walk.  

Day 11: Wide tundra, towering mountains

The next stop is Bohemanflya, an expansive tundra with its own avifauna (depending on when spring arrives) and spectacular geological formations along the coast. In Gipsvika you can go on shore near Templet, a mountainous location of eroded sedimentary rock from the Upper Carboniferous period – around 290 million years ago.

Day 12: 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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