Day 2-8 | Exploring Spitsbergen
After the ship sails into the arctic seas, the main focus will be to search for wildlife. The highlights in these days will be constant sightings of rare seabirds, walruses and polar bears hunting for their next meal. You will be able to explore the western Spitsbergen, home to colossal glaciers and remarkable fjords.
Weather in the area is constantly changing and it dictates the itinerary and the destinations you can visit. Expected destinations include 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Alkefjellet and Hinlopen Straight.
The selected destinations are home to plenty of wildlife and are marvels of the Spitsbergen geology and history. Hornsund, for example, is a favored hunting ground of polar bears and Alkefjellet provides them with plenty of meals in the shape of bird eggs. The razor sharp cliffs are also home to the Arctic fox.
One of the most unforgettable moments of the whole trip will be a walrus haul-out. These humungous animals can eat 110 pounds (50 kilos) of shellfish a day! The gentle Svalbard reindeer are also native animals and can often be seen grazing on the coastline of the island.
You can go on hikes on the 14th of July Glacier and see the wondrous wildflowers or behold the massive Monaco Glacier that can truly reveal the expanse of the Arctic.
Smeerenburg is home to the historical site that was built over a century ago to honor the whalers who lost their lives facing the extreme weather and sailing conditions in the Arctic.
Spitsbergen is abundantly blessed with natural beauty. The surprising thing is that the icy cold tundra is home to plenty of flora and fauna in the summer. Every single day will consist of a new and exciting adventure, with a chance to see a new species of a seabird, polar bears in their natural habitat and humungous glaciers.