In the afternoon the Antigua crew welcomes you on board. After settling in your cabin, you get to meet your fellow sailors and the captain will introduce the crew and tell you everything there is to know about life on board. After leaving port, the ship glides through the waters of Isfjord. The route takes us along the west and north coast of Spitsbergen. The captain and tour leader look for the most beautiful spots for excursions, considering the weather, wind and ice conditions at the time.
If the winds are favorable, the sails of the impressive three-master are set and you are more than welcome to join the crew in doing so. We sail along the magnificent coast, riddled with glaciers and the jagged mountain tops that give Spitsbergen its name. The ship of course has a motor as well, so if the winds are unfavorable or even absent, we can still reach our next destination. In case we need to cover longer distances, we will sail through the night; otherwise we will anchor, sheltered in a fjord.
Our land excursions take us to the remnants of different periods of Spitsbergen’s history, for example blubber ovens and the graves near old whaling stations, trapper huts, weather stations and collieries. Famous explorers like Roald Amundsen and Umberto Nobile also left traces of their expeditions.
The more experienced walkers can make a longer walk on the tundra or go on a gentle mountain climb to a beautiful view point. In general the land excursions last between two and three hours. Because there is still a al lot of snow in May the tracks will be adjusted to match the snow conditions. The snow and ice give a special charm to an already spectacular landscape.
On the tundra close encounters with reindeer and polar fox are very likely. The Arctic Bird breeding season is also starting up, so there are several species of birds to be spotted. At several places we might encounter walruses. Seals, like bearded seal and ringed seal may be expected almost everywhere. Of course we will take the time watch the animal kingdom at it's best, on land as well as on sea.
We can't promise of course, but with a bit of luck whales will show themselves. These waters are mainly inhabited by minke whales and belugas as well as fin whales. Polar bears can be found anywhere, but despite their huge size, can be difficult to spot.
We sail deep into fjords towards the fascinating glacier snouts and will glide past the varied and marvelous arctic landscapes on our way. The Midnight sun will shine 24 hours a day and the Artic Animal world is deligently at work (breading season)
After 9 days in the wild we return to Longyearbyen
Expedition leader: Sarah Gerats
The price includes accommodation in twin cabins with shower and toilet. Towels and bed linen are provided and all additional shipping costs and port fees are paid for. The full board consists of a breakfast buffet, a lunch buffet, an afternoon coffee break and dinner. In addition to the afternoon coffee break, coffee and tea are freely available all day.
Transfer costs and drinks (other than coffee and tea)
Recommendations for your trip:
Sporty casual clothing (suitable for wind, weather and rain), possibly a bathing suit. We recommend using soft travelbags, instead of hard case cases, as they are not suitable for stowing in the cabins. Remember to take your passport/ identity card and cash to settle your onboard account at the end of the trip. Card payment is not provided for.