Day 1: Embarkation and exploration of Tromsø
Tromsø lies far above the arctic circle and is called the Gateway to the Arctic, being the starting point for many polar expeditions. For us it is also the beginning of our expedition to Spitsbergen.
The embarkation starts at 4 p.m. Then, making use of a 24-hour polar day we set off to Longyearbyen, to meet the North. There we see reindeer walking in the streets, try local bear and catch breath before a long journey.
Day 2-4: Tromsø – Bjørnøya – Sørkapp
We set off to the North for a real sailing adventure leaving behind hospitable Norwegian fjords. Although with every mile we approach the North there is more and more sun. We stay one-on-one with the sea, leaving land behind the stern.
If conditions allow, we will approach the Bear Island, the most southern part of the Svalbard archipelago, being an invitation to further journey.
We set off looking for high snow-covered mountains ahead of the bow. When we see them, we can be sure we are in the region of Sørkapp, a little island near the southern part of Spitsbergen. From this time on beautiful landscapes accompany us to the end. After almost 100 Nm, i.e. about 600 Nm from Tromsø, we sail into Hornsund, where in a picturesque fjord there is a Polish Polar Station. We ask for permit and visit this hospitable place.
Having taken a rest we continue to the north and after 80 Nm we sail into Isfjorden, in the direction of Longyearbyen. There is the first real marina there, showers, mainland and a visit in a local pub. A toast to „those on the land”, because the ones on the sea apparantly have succeeded again. We do not stay in Longyearbyen longer than necessary. An invitation to the Arctic Land is ahead of us.
We devote our remaining time to intense exploration of Spitsbergen. Depending on the weather, ice conditions and the participants’ physical condition we choose the option: the North or Isfjorden. In the first option we head for Ny-Ålesund and, if there are adequate conditions, go further to the north. In the other option we slowly explore wild fjords, glaciers, Pyramiden, looking for whales and polar bears. This way or the other – it is still beautiful and spectacular.
Day 15: Longyearbyen
Every journey must come to an end. This final day is the time for last Longyearbyen walks, saying goodbye and returning home.
In the case of stormy conditions on the way Tromsø – Spitsbergen and a few-day lack of possibility of sailing to the open sea, we will try to sail towards Nordkapp, visiting Skjervøy, Hasvik, Havøysund on the way. Such situation may shorten the stay in Spitsbergen.
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03.06 - 17.06.2020 (15 days)
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