PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Willingness to compromise on comfort is a basic requirement on board a historic sailing vessel. Important information about the sailing program: The boat is equipped with sails to be used in good conditions (based on open sea, water depth, wind, and time). This is not guaranteed. The captain decides whether to use the sails or the engine. There is no claim to one or the other propulsion method. If sails are used, the crew operates them. Guests follow the safety instructions of the team. Average cruising speed for s/v Noorderlicht is 6 knots.
Day 1: Largest town, biggest island
Your voyage begins 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 the surrounding area. In the early evening the ship sails out of Isfjorden, where you might spot the first whale of your voyage.
Day 2: From Arctic mountains to mining towns
Your aim for the morning is Trygghamna. From this mountain-fringed bay, you may make excursions to a former English whaling station, the remains of a Pomor house, and the base of Alkhornet Mountain. In addition to the seabirds, you might see Arctic foxes and reindeer here. Later that afternoon, you sail to the Russian mining town of Barentsburg, Svalbard’s second-largest town. Here you’ll encounter the world’s northernmost brewery, a heated seawater swimming pool, a historic statue of Lenin, the must-see Barentsburg Pomor Museum – and some very friendly Russians.
Day 3: Sculptures of ice and stone
The goal is to spend the morning exploring the jagged blue glacier front at Borebukta, our first close encounter with the immense Arctic inland ice. You may also pay a visit to the east coast of Bohemnaflya in the afternoon, a peninsula with striking geological formations.
Day 4: Northern fjords and northern lights
Your next morning introduces you to another glacier front: Sveabreen in Nordfjord, the most impressive in the Isfjord area. Afternoon finds you at the head of Dickson Fjord, the northernmost point of the voyage. This fjord branch also happens to be the place with the most stable weather and optimal conditions for seeing the northern lights.
Day 5: The inner reaches of Isfjord
This day is reserved for sailing the extent of Isfjord, Svalbard’s second largest fjord and a vast panorama of snow, ice, slopes, and sea. Depending on the conditions, you’ll then sail into one of the other nearby fjords for further Arctic exploration.
Day 6: Glaciers and ghost towns
The morning’s mission is to visit the glacier front of Nordenskiöld, an enormity of Arctic ice that has every reason to leave you breathless. On the agenda for the afternoon is Pyramiden, a deserted Soviet settlement that provides a hauntingly complete time capsule detailing how its resident coal miners lived many years ago.
Day 7: The layered peaks of Skansbukta
On the second-to-last day, you tour the valley of Skansbukta and its beautiful geological formations. Enjoy the splendor of these stratified multicolored peaks, each one rising out of wide slopes of sediment like the guard towers of some ancient, eroded castle. Your return to Longyearbyen is planned for the early evening.
Day 8: Journey’s end in Longyearbyen
Highlights you might experience
s/v Noorderlicht is well suited for sailing among small islands and offers good open-deck viewing areas, also when under sail. Full ship info >>
Cabins & Prices
- 1 upper / lower berth
- Shared shower & toilet
- Wash basin
- Storage space
- Frosted glass in the cabin ceilings which provides some daylight into the cabins.
- All cabins have shared shower & toilet facilities
- s/v Noorderlicht has 4 showers and 5 toilets onboard which are conveniently located
Share your cabin with others for the best price
Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).
Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.