An 8 day sailing expedition on the historic schooner Rembrandt van Rijn exploring spectacular and icy Svalbard
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.
Rates, Share and Sole Use policy
All rates are quoted per person, based on shared occupancy. If you are travelling alone and wish to share, you will be matched with another person of the same gender at the shared rate.
Reservations require a deposit of 20% at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card. Bookings within 60 days of departure require full payment.
Balances are due 60 days prior to departure.
All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations received 90 days or more prior to departure, are refunded less a fee of 20 % of the total price. If cancellation is received between 89 days and 60 days prior to departure, are refunded less a fee of 50 % of the total price. If cancellation occurs less than 59 days up to and including the day of departure: 100 % of the total price. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance.
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Day 1: Embark in Longyeabyen
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. Embark in the
afternoon and 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.
Day 2: Alkhornet
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.
Day 3: Fuglefjorden
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 8: Longyearbyen
Our final morning, we will disembark the ship in the morning in
Departure by scheduled flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo.
PLEASE NOTE: A typical itinerary to North Spitsbergen is
illustrated right. All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs
may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the
availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The
final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on
board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.