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Arctic and Greenland

Tromsø to Longyearbyen - Voyage Number : 6444
DEPARTURE
Jun 30 2020
DURATION
9 DAYS
SHIP
Silver Cloud

Itinerary & Excursions

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Tromsø surprised visitors in the 1800s: they thought it very sophisticated and cultured for being so close to the North Pole—hence its nickname, the Paris of the North. It looks the way a polar town should—with ice-capped mountain ridges and jagged architecture that is an echo of the peaks. The midnight sun shines from May 21 to July 21, and it is said that the northern lights decorate the night skies over Tromsø more than over any other city in Norway. Tromsø is home to only 69,000 people, but it's very spread out—the city's total area, 2,558 square km (987 square miles), is the most expansive in Norway. The downtown area is on a small, hilly island connected to the mainland by a slender bridge. The 13,000 students at the world's northernmost university are one reason the nightlife here is uncommonly busy.

Almost half way between Tromsø and Svalbard is isolated Bear Island – considered the southernmost island of the Svalbard Archipelago. The unglaciated island is an impressive Nature Reserve of steep, high cliffs that are frequented by seabirds, specifically at the southern tip. Brünnich’s Guillemots, Common Guillemots, Black Guillemots, Razorbills, Little Auks, Northern Fulmars, Glaucous Gulls, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and even Atlantic Puffins and Northern Gannets nest along the cliffs south of Sørhamna. Because of the large numbers of birds and the isolated location, Bear Island has been recognized as an Important Bird Area. It was once a hotspot for whaling and walrus hunting, and at one stage even mining. Bear Island received its name because of a polar bear encountered by early explorer Willem Barentsz. Today polar bears rarely visit the island and its only settlement is a meteorological station manned all-year round on the north side.

Southern Svalbard is home to Hornsund and Bellsund, two of the southernmost and most spectacular fjords on the rugged west coast of Spitsbergen Island. Jagged mountain peaks tower above glacier-filled bays. Amidst floating icebergs, it is possible to watch for bearded seals, beluga whales and the king of the Arctic – the polar bear. Sightings are fairly common as are the polar bears’ favorite foods; the ringed and bearded seals. The surrounding bird cliffs are home to thousands of pairs of nesting seabirds. Destinations like Bamsebu and Gnalodden hold the remains of whaling stations and trappers’ huts ready for exploration. Spots including Burgerbukta and Recherchebreen offer incredible glaciers, mountains, and opportunities for Zodiac cruising in search of wildlife and definitively Arctic scenery. Meanwhile, the knobby peak of Alkhornet is known for fabulous natural history walks, breathtaking views and sightings of reindeer and Arctic fox. Southern Svalbard offers many options for exploration.
Southern Svalbard is home to Hornsund and Bellsund, two of the southernmost and most spectacular fjords on the rugged west coast of Spitsbergen Island. Jagged mountain peaks tower above glacier-filled bays. Amidst floating icebergs, it is possible to watch for bearded seals, beluga whales and the king of the Arctic – the polar bear. Sightings are fairly common as are the polar bears’ favorite foods; the ringed and bearded seals. The surrounding bird cliffs are home to thousands of pairs of nesting seabirds. Destinations like Bamsebu and Gnalodden hold the remains of whaling stations and trappers’ huts ready for exploration. Spots including Burgerbukta and Recherchebreen offer incredible glaciers, mountains, and opportunities for Zodiac cruising in search of wildlife and definitively Arctic scenery. Meanwhile, the knobby peak of Alkhornet is known for fabulous natural history walks, breathtaking views and sightings of reindeer and Arctic fox. Southern Svalbard offers many options for exploration.
Southern Svalbard is home to Hornsund and Bellsund, two of the southernmost and most spectacular fjords on the rugged west coast of Spitsbergen Island. Jagged mountain peaks tower above glacier-filled bays. Amidst floating icebergs, it is possible to watch for bearded seals, beluga whales and the king of the Arctic – the polar bear. Sightings are fairly common as are the polar bears’ favorite foods; the ringed and bearded seals. The surrounding bird cliffs are home to thousands of pairs of nesting seabirds. Destinations like Bamsebu and Gnalodden hold the remains of whaling stations and trappers’ huts ready for exploration. Spots including Burgerbukta and Recherchebreen offer incredible glaciers, mountains, and opportunities for Zodiac cruising in search of wildlife and definitively Arctic scenery. Meanwhile, the knobby peak of Alkhornet is known for fabulous natural history walks, breathtaking views and sightings of reindeer and Arctic fox. Southern Svalbard offers many options for exploration.
A flexible itinerary allows us to take advantage of favorable ice and weather conditions to travel through the northern stretches of Svalbard to points visited by famous polar explorers such as Andrée, Amundsen and Nobile. Destinations might include the narrow waterways and striking mountains of Krossfjord and Raudfjord. The ship may visit the historic settings of Ny Alesund, Ny London or Amsterdamoya. And of course, we hope to see distinctly Arctic wildlife from walrus hauled out in noisy groups on remote shorelines, to reindeer grazing alpine slopes, and from ptarmigan in their camouflaged hiding places, to mighty polar bears striding the shores in search of their next meal.
A flexible itinerary allows us to take advantage of favorable ice and weather conditions to travel through the northern stretches of Svalbard to points visited by famous polar explorers such as Andrée, Amundsen and Nobile. Destinations might include the narrow waterways and striking mountains of Krossfjord and Raudfjord. The ship may visit the historic settings of Ny Alesund, Ny London or Amsterdamoya. And of course, we hope to see distinctly Arctic wildlife from walrus hauled out in noisy groups on remote shorelines, to reindeer grazing alpine slopes, and from ptarmigan in their camouflaged hiding places, to mighty polar bears striding the shores in search of their next meal.
A flexible itinerary allows us to take advantage of favorable ice and weather conditions to travel through the northern stretches of Svalbard to points visited by famous polar explorers such as Andrée, Amundsen and Nobile. Destinations might include the narrow waterways and striking mountains of Krossfjord and Raudfjord. The ship may visit the historic settings of Ny Alesund, Ny London or Amsterdamoya. And of course, we hope to see distinctly Arctic wildlife from walrus hauled out in noisy groups on remote shorelines, to reindeer grazing alpine slopes, and from ptarmigan in their camouflaged hiding places, to mighty polar bears striding the shores in search of their next meal.
A flexible itinerary allows us to take advantage of favorable ice and weather conditions to travel through the northern stretches of Svalbard to points visited by famous polar explorers such as Andrée, Amundsen and Nobile. Destinations might include the narrow waterways and striking mountains of Krossfjord and Raudfjord. The ship may visit the historic settings of Ny Alesund, Ny London or Amsterdamoya. And of course, we hope to see distinctly Arctic wildlife from walrus hauled out in noisy groups on remote shorelines, to reindeer grazing alpine slopes, and from ptarmigan in their camouflaged hiding places, to mighty polar bears striding the shores in search of their next meal.

Longyearbyen is the biggest settlement in Svalbard. Seat of the Norwegian administration, it also has the best services and infrastructure in the archipelago. Located deep in the Adventfjord, a sidearm of the Isfjorden (Icefjord), Longyearbyen’s airport can be used all-year round, but its harbor is blocked by ice in winter. Most shops, hotels, restaurants and a hospital are within easy walking distance of the port. One of the most prominent buildings in town is the UNIS center, where several Norwegian universities have joined forces to operate and offer the northernmost higher education to both Norwegian and international students. Adjacent to UNIS, and well worth a visit, is the Svalbard Museum, covering the natural history and exploitation of Svalbard. Remnants of the former mining activity can be seen all around Longyearbyen and even in town.

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