These days are spent exploring the coast, moving generally in a clockwise direction. There will be ample time for shore excursions, where we can simply sit on the beach and take it all in or enjoy energetic hiking, wildlife spotting or stunning Zodiac cruises. Since our itinerary is difficult to predict due to ever-changing ice conditions, we’ve provided some samples of possible excursions we may undertake from Day 2 through to Day 10. We may not have time to visit all these spots, but no matter where we end up, it is guaranteed that our explorations will involve many memorable moments. We may also visit other locations should their beauty or interest warrant it.
POSSIBLE LANDINGS AND
This cliff is a seabird centre,
where brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres) raise their young. An
estimated 100,000 breeding pairs raise their young here in the basalt cliffs.
The birds do not build nests, rather they lay an egg on the bare ledge.
This is a well-known walrus
haul out. The pink colour to a walrus’ hide as it lies in the sun is caused by
blood pumped to the skin’s surface to aid cooling, similar to that of a hippopotamus
In 1906, His Serene Highness
Prince Albert I of Monaco visited Lilliehöök Glacier to conduct scientific
investigations. His great-great-grandson visited the glacier 100 years later.
He, too, was part of a scientific investigation, this time to further our
understanding of the Arctic clam, a species that lives for more than a century.
The growth rings of a single clam’s shell contain evidence of the chemicals
encountered by the clam. Scientists can determine the variations of the water’s
temperature and pollutant content by studying the shell.
Eighteen hundred people inhabit
the administrative capital of Svalbard, which is situated on the shore of Isfjorden.
The settlement was founded in 1905 by John Munroe Longyear, the majority owner
of the Arctic Coal Company of Boston.
Prince Albert I of Monaco, a pioneer of oceanography, led an expedition to
Svalbard in 1906. His team used sophisticated photographic techniques to
understand the shape and position of several glacier fronts. Monaco Glacier honours
the expedition, the prince and the principality over which he reigned.
This is the second-largest
island in the entire Svalbard Archipelago. The largest glacier in Europe is
located on the island, which is a known habitat for reindeer and walrus.
On the western coast, this bay
stretches south and east from the Wahlenberg Fjord. This is a typical Polar
desert scene where the ‘ice bear’ can sometimes be seen roaming in search of food.
& MARTENSØYA, SEVEN ISLANDS
This small archipelago is the
northernmost land in Svalbard. Englishmen left their mark during a survey of
the islands in the 1780s. The party named the islands after themselves, with
the smallest and least significant island being named Nelsonøya, after the
IMPORTANT REMINDER Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and
excitement – of expedition travel. When travelling in extremely remote regions,
your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide
route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll
experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be