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8 days - Explore by tall ship Northern Spitsbergen

The sailing expeditions in Spitsbergen will be carried out by the three-mast sailing vessel Rembrandt van Rijn. This beautiful vessel will bring you to the remotest places around Spitsbergen. Sailing northwards we visit Magdalenafjord, one of the most beautiful places on Spitsbergen, with many impressive glacier faces. During a shore visit we will view the remains of 17th century English whaling activities. We can also visit some big seabird colonies particularly noteworthy for their Little Auk.

Deckplan
Click to view deck plan for the Rembrandt Van Rijn

Highlights include

  • Walk to Alkhornet a large seabird cliff, where the birds are prospecting their breeding places
  • Sail into Fuglefjorden with views on Svitjodbreen and Birgerbukta, with breeding places for Great Skuas and good chances for bears
  • See the beautiful fjord of Raulford with glaciers with a good chance to see Polar Bears
  • Only 33 passengers in 16 cabins
Day 1
Embark in Longyearbyen
Day 2
Alknornet
Day 3
Fuglefjorden with views on Svitjodbreen and Birgerbukta
Day 4
Raudfjord
Day 5
Reindyrsflya
Day 6
14th of July Glacier
Day 7
Gipsvika deep inside Isfjorden
Day 8
Disembark in Longyearbyen
Start/End Place
Longyearbyen, Svalbard tours
Country Visited
Svalbard tours
Duration
8 Days
Group Size
34
Suitability
Easy
Code
DBWS05

Details

Transportation

Aboard S/V Rembrandt Van Rijn.

S/V ‘Rembrandt Van Rijn’ was built as a herring lugger early last century. The vessel was rebuilt as a three-mast passenger sailing schooner in The Netherlands in 1994 and sailed in Spitsbergen (1994 – 1996) and in Galápagos (1998 - 2001). The vessel underwent a complete rebuilding and refurbishment program in 2011. The communication and navigation equipment has been completely revamped according to the latest SOLAS regulations.

The Rembrandt van Rijn measures 56 metres in length (168 ft.), 7 meters in width and has a draft of 2, 5 meters. The maximum engine speed is 9 knots. She has an experienced crew of 10 on board including two tour guides. The ship can accommodate a maximum of 34 passengers in 17 twin cabins (1 Twin Shared cabin with porthole (shared shower and toilet), 6 Twin Private Inside cabins (with shower and toilet, no porthole), 10 Twin Private cabins (with shower and toilet and porthole).

A spacious restaurant on board the vessel allows all passengers to have their meals at the same time. The vessel furthermore consists of a separate bar including a reading table. The ship is well suited for expedition cruising among small islands and offers good open deck viewing areas, even when under sail. The two inflatable rubber crafts (zodiacs) enable landing and wildlife viewing opportunities in otherwise inaccessible areas.

Included
  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • Transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
Not Included
  • Pre- and post land arrangements
  • Transfers to / from the vessel outside Spitsbergen
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory)
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
  • Customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)
  • Meals ashore
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights

Itinerary

Day 1 - Embark in Longyearbyen

After arriving in Longyearbyen, the ‘capital’ (actually the administrative centre) of Spitsbergen, you may wish to visit the Svalbard Museum which has an interesting collection on the history of Spitsbergen, the mining industry and polar exploration. In the evening we sail, setting course for Trygghamna where we will see the remains of a 17th century English whaling station and an 18th century Pomor hunting station, which we will visit the next morning.

Meals
1 Dinner

Day 2 - Alknornet

From Trygghamna we walk to Alkhornet a large seabird cliff, where the birds are prospecting their breeding places. Below the cliffs is a den of Arctic Fox, and Reindeer graze on the lush vegetation. In Forlandsundet we visit a haul out place of Walrus at Poolepynten if sea conditions allows, or at Sarstangen.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 3 - Fuglefjorden with views on Svitjodbreen and Birgerbukta

Today we sail into Fuglefjorden with views on Svitjodbreen and Birgerbukta, with breeding places for Great Skuas and good chances for bears. In Birgerbukta we find blubber ovens of the Basques. We will try to visit Ytre Norskøya, a small island which was used for many years as a lookout point for Dutch whalers. There we can still follow their tracks to the summit of the island, passing excellent bird cliffs on the way. On shore the remains of 17th century blubber ovens can be found, while Arctic Skua and Common Eider breed among the graves of 200 Dutch whalers.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 4 - Raudfjord

Raudfjord on the north coast of Spitsbergen is a beautiful fjord with spectacular glaciers. It is also a favourite with Ringed and Bearded Seal, has good seabird colonies, and offers good chances for spotting Polar Bear and Beluga. Jermaktangen, at the fjord’s eastern entrance, is a geography lesson in the erosion of the land by the sea.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 5 - Reindyrsflya

If sea-ice conditions allow, we may land on the northern-side of Reindyrsflya, the largest tundra area of Spitsbergen. The vast undulating plain is a good grazing area for reindeer and several species of waders also breed here. The area’s lakes offer good chances of spotting Red-throated Diver and King Eider. Alternatively we land at Fuglesangen, where we can sit among the Little Auks.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 6 - 14th of July Glacier

In the morning we are at the 14th of July Glacier. Not far from the glacier we see a breeding site for Brünnich’s Guillemot, Razorbill and Puffin. The guano of these bird colonies, the southward exposure and the sheltered situation, give rise to a relatively rich vegetation with many species of flowering plants. In the afternoon we sail to Ossian Sarsfjellet, where we can observe the Kittiwakes and Brünnich’s Guillemots on the cliffs at close quarters. Alternatively we visit Ny Ålesund, the northernmost permanently inhabited village in the world, a centre for polar research and a former starting point for many North Pole expeditions (Amundsen and Nobile for example). Barnacle Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Common Eider, Arctic Tern and several species of wader can be seen at close quarters. The reindeers here are smaller than their mainland relatives and do not form large herds.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 7 - Gipsvika deep inside Isfjorden

In the morning we find ourselves on Bohemanflya an extensive tundra area with its own avifauna and spectacular geological formations along the coast. At Gipsvika deep inside Isfjorden we will go ashore near the majestic cliff of Templet. It is a stunning area with spectacular mountains eroded into shape in the sedimentary rock from the Upper Carboniferous created around 290 million years ago.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 8 - Disembark in Longyearbyen

Our final morning, we will disembark the ship in the morning in Longyearbyen. Departure by scheduled flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

All prices listed are per person. Please ask us about early bird fares or discounts. Family Triple Private Porthole can be shared with others of the same gender. Family Triple includes ample storage space, 1 porthole, 2 berths, private toilet and shower. Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7 x the per person rate).

Dates
Start Date
End Date
Price
Status
Accommodation
15 May 2020
22 May 2020
15 May 2020
22 May 2020
EUR 2,650
On request
Family Triple Total
15 May 2020
22 May 2020
15 May 2020
22 May 2020
EUR 2,800
On request
Inside (No Window)
15 May 2020
22 May 2020
15 May 2020
22 May 2020
EUR 3,250
On request
Outside (Window)
22 May 2020
29 May 2020
22 May 2020
29 May 2020
EUR 2,650
On request
Family Triple Total
22 May 2020
29 May 2020
22 May 2020
29 May 2020
EUR 2,800
On request
Inside (No Window)
22 May 2020
29 May 2020
22 May 2020
29 May 2020
EUR 3,250
On request
Outside (Window)

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