From  £2480
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Board the majestic SV Rembrandt Van Rijn
  • Journey around the north coast of West Spitsbergen
  • Venture into beautiful fjords
  • Spot Polar bears and beluga whales
  • See the impressive bird cliff of Templet
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Arctic Cruises - North Spitsbergen Voyage

8 Day Tour, from £2480 per person
Itinerary Dates
2018
04 May  -  11 May
11 May  -  18 May
18 May  -  25 May

Aboard the SV Rembrandt Van Rijn, get to know some of the most northerly reaches of Europe on an arctic journey around the north coast of West Spitsbergen. Slip past stark pack-ice, venture into beautiful fjords whose cliffs are lined with thriving seabird colonies and skirt around spectacular glaciers home to seals. This tour offers a great chance for spotting polar bears in the wild. 

Please note that itinerary, landings and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions and are subject to the decisions of the Expedition Leader and the Captain of the vessel. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed. 

 

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO LONGYEARBYEN
FLY TO LONGYEARBYEN
Arrive in Longyearbyen, the ‘capital’ of Spitsbergen, and spend time exploring before boarding the Rembrandt to set sail in the evening for Trygghamna. (D)
DAY 2
ALKHORNET
ALKHORNET
In Trygghamna see the remains of a 17th century English whaling station before walking to Alkhonet, where thousands of birds breed on the cliff. (B,L,D)
DAY 3
FUGLEFJORDEN
FUGLEFJORDEN
Sail into Fuglefjorden and enjoy views of Svitjodbreen and Birgerbukta that include breeding places for Great Skuas and a good chance for spotting polar bears. If conditions allow, visit Ytre Norskøya, a small island which was used for many years as a lookout point for Dutch whalers. Here you can still follow their tracks to the summit of the island, passing excellent bird cliffs on the way. (B,L,D)
DAY 4
RAUDFJORD
RAUDFJORD
On the north coast of Spitsbergen, Raudfjord is a beautiful fjord boasting spectacular glaciers. It is also a favourite haunt of ringed and bearded seal and offers good chances for spotting polar bear and beluga whales. (B,L,D)
 
DAY 5
REINDYRSFLYA
REINDYRSFLYA
If sea-ice conditions allow, land on the northern side of Reindyrsflya, the largest tundra area of Spitsbergen. Reindeer often graze on the vast undulating plain and several species of waders use the area as a breeding ground. The lakes here offer good chances of spotting red-throated diver and king eider. (B,L,D)
 
DAY 6
14TH OF JULY GLACIER
14TH OF JULY GLACIER
In the morning, reach the vast 14th of July Glacier. An important breeding site for guillemot, razor-bill and puffin lies not far from here. In the afternoon, sail to Ossian Sarsfjellet, where it is possible to observe the kittiwakes and guillemots on the cliffs at close quarters. Alternatively, today may be spent visiting Ny Alesund; the northernmost permanently inhabited village in the world is a centre for polar research and a former starting point for many North Pole expeditions (Amundsen and Nobile for example). (B,L,D)
 
DAY 7
GIPSVIKA DEEP INSIDE ISFJORDEN
GIPSVIKA DEEP INSIDE ISFJORDEN
Spend the morning exploring some of the extensive tundra area of Bohemanflya, a beautiful region which boasts its own birdlife and spectacular geological formations along the coast. Step ashore at Gipsvika deep inside Isfjorden to venture close to the impressive bird cliff of Templet. (B,L,D)
DAY 8
FLY TO THE UK
In the morning, disembark the ship in Longyearbyen and transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

8 day tour, from £2480 per person

Price Includes


  • Shipboard accommodation
  • Transfers from/to airport
  • Meals as specified (B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner)
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff

 

Price Excludes

  • International flights*
  • Meals ashore

*Icelandair fly from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Belfast.  Other carriers fly from Luton, Stansted, Bristol and Edinburgh


 


Price Notes

Prices:
Twin Private Inside Cabin: from £2480
Twin Private Porthole Cabin: from £2815
Triple Private Porthole Cabin: from £2335

Itinerary Dates  
04 May 2018
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11 May 2018
11 May 2018
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18 May 2018
18 May 2018
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25 May 2018

MV Rembrandt Van Rjin

The Rembrandt van Rijn measures 49,50 meters in length, 7 meters in width and has a draft of 2,8 meters. The average cruising speed on engines is 6,5 knots. It has an experienced crew of 12 persons on board including 2 tour guides. The ship can accommodate a maximum of 33 passengers in 16 cabins: 1 Triple Private cabin (with shower and toilet and porthole), 6 Twin Private Inside cabins (with shower and toilet, no porthole), 9 Twin Private cabins (with shower and toilet and porthole).

 

 

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