From  £2475
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Board the majestic SV Rembrandt Van Rijn
  • Journey around the north coast of West Spitsbergen
  • Venture into beautiful fjords
  • Visit the remains of a 17th-century English whaling station
  • See the impressive bird cliff of Templet
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Arctic Cruises - North Spitsbergen Voyage

8 Day Tour, from £2475 per person
Itinerary Dates
2019
01 May  -  08 May
15 May  -  22 May
22 May  -  29 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 largest settlement and the administrative centre of the Svalbard archipelago. Before boarding the S/V Rembrandt Van Rijn stroll around this former mining town and perhaps visit its parish church and Svalbard Museum. In the early evening, sail out of Isfjorden, where you might spot the first minke whale of your voyage, and head towards Trygghamna bay. (D)

DAY 2
TRYGGHAMNA & ALKHORNET CLIFF
TRYGGHAMNA & ALKHORNET CLIFF

Today visit the remains of a 17th-century English whaling station and the 18th-century Pomor hunting station. Walk to Alkhonet cliff and see thousands of seabirds nesting on the cliff. On your way back to the S/V Rembrandt Van Rijn you might also spot Arctic foxes and grazing reindeer. (B,L,D)

DAY 3
NY LONDON & NY ALESUND
NY LONDON & NY ALESUND

Head north to Kongsfjorden and Krossfjorden and enjoy majestic views of glaciers and mountain peaks. Unearth research stations and the famous anchor mast of the dirigible Norge, which took the first flight across the North Pole to Alaska in 1926. See Ny London, the remains of an early 20th-century marble mining, and Ny Ålesund, the northernmost permanently inhabited village in the world and a centre for polar research. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
KONGSFJORDEN & KROSSFJORDEN AREA
KONGSFJORDEN & KROSSFJORDEN AREA

Continue exploring West Spitsbergen. (B,L,D)

DAY 5
FORLANDSUNDET STRAIT
FORLANDSUNDET STRAIT

Sail south through the Forlandsundet strait between the main island of Spitsbergen and Prins Karls Forland. Spot walruses and seals at Poolepynten, a headland at the eastern coast of the Prins Karls Forland. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
ISFJORDEN
ISFJORDEN

Reach Isfjorden and stop at Ymerbukta bay where you may embark on a walk in this mountainous area. Explore some of the extensive tundra before sailing to Ekmanfjorden. Continue to Gipsvika and step ashore to venture close to the impressive bird cliff of Templet. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
ISFJORDEN
ISFJORDEN

Continue sailing through Isfjorden. (B,L,D)

DAY 8
FLY TO THE UK
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 £2475 per person

Price Includes

  •     Shipboard accommodation
  •     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
  •     Use of snowshoes
  •     Transfers from/to airport

 

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

2019 from prices per person:



  •     Twin Private Inside Cabin: from £2475
  •     Twin Private Porthole Cabin: from £2845
  •     Triple Private Porthole Cabin: from £2340
Itinerary Dates  
01 May 2019
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08 May 2019
15 May 2019
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22 May 2019
22 May 2019
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29 May 2019

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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