Magic of the Arctic Boat Safari 3 Days
Experience magnificent Arctic scenery up-close and join us on a summer adventure to beautiful Isfjord Radio at Cape Linnè. We will embark from Longyearbyen by boat, enjoying the fantastic fjord, the bird cliffs and the animal wildlife along the way. Far away from the civilization of Longyearbyen you’ll discover the history, biological diversity and geological conditions which make Isfjord Radio such a fascinating place to visit. The former radio station is situated at the outermost part of the Isfjord with majestic mountains overlooking the Arctic Ocean. Now a boutique hotel, this unique accommodation enjoys a level of quality, luxury and comfort that is unexpected so far into the wilderness.
With excellent wildlife & birdlife opportunities and exploration of Kapp Starostin, the mighty bird cliffs of Alkhornet, Trygghamna, Barentsburg and the fantastic Esmark Glacier in Ymerbukta, this is an excellent opportunity to experience the Arctic wilderness in all its glory.
Please note that activities may vary and weather conditions will dictate the exact itinerary.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
Special Guest Photography GuideChris was 32 when he finally realised he really did want to be a photo-journalist and walked out on his career in IT sales to become a wildlife photographer Read more >
- Boat safari in the Arctic wilderness
- Stay in a luxury expedition lodge at the top of the world
- Fascinating Arctic wildlife including birds, walrus, belugas and the chance of seeing polar bears
- Explore Kapp Starostin, the mighty bird cliffs of Alkhornet, Trygghamna, Barentsburg and the fantastic Esmark Glacier in Ymerbukta
- Full board accommodation
- All activities according to the itinerary
- Transport to and from accommodation
- Loan of rescue suit, hat, gloves & goggles
- Search and rescue insurance
ITINERARY2 Nights 3 Days
Boat Safari from Longyearbyen to Isfjord Radio
Your guide will meet you in the reception of your Longyearbyen hotel at 5pm, where you will receive all of the information about the trip, equipment and outfit details. Transport to the quay, where the polarcircelboat is ready to start the safari tour towards Isfjord Radio. On the way, we have time to enjoy the fantastic fjord scenery, animal wildlife and Arctic seabirds. We spend the late afternoon exploring the great area of Kapp Linné, and learn more about the wildlife at the station, before settling down in your luxury wilderness accommodation. A delicious 3-course dinner will be served in the evening. Accommodation for the next 2 nights in Isfjord Radio Hotel on a full-board basis.
Boat Safari Around the Fjord
Breakfast is served from 8.00 am. After breakfast we will board the boat for an exciting safari to the west side of the fjord. The route will go eastwards along the coastline before crossing Isfjorden at Kapp Starostin and go straight to the mighty bird cliffs of Alkehornet where you will find thousands of nesting birds. In Trygghamna we go ashore and enjoy expedition lunch at the beach. After lunch, we’ll have a closer look at the area before heading to the fantastic Esmark Glacier in Ymerbukta. If we’re lucky, we might observe whales, seals or even get a glimpse of the “king of the Artic”, the polar bear. Upon return to the hotel you can enjoy an exhilarating dip in the icy waters followed by a warm-up in the sauna before your 3-course dinner in the evening. As you settle down for the night in your very comfortable bedroom surrounded by the Arctic silence, you may realise that you’ve just had one of the best days of your life.
Return to Longyearbyen via Barentsburg
Breakfast is followed by a new day of adventure as we say goodbye to Isfjord Radio and pack our bags ready to head to the boat. We will go to Grønfjorden and the Russian settlement Barentsburg. Barentsburg is a mining city with approximately 350 residents and is a fascinating place to visit. We will go ashore and take a tour around the town before a light lunch is served in the brewery. After lunch we head back to the boat and set course towards Longyearbyen, making several interesting stops along the way. We will arrive back in Longyearbyen in the late afternoon.
A view from Above
Isfjord Radio, Spitsbergen
The beautiful eco-lodge of Isfjord Radio offers an unprecedented luxury one might not expect from such a remote location. The only full-scale boutique hotel outside of Longyearbyen, this converted radio station offers high standard accommodation that focuses on quality and comfort with a unique cozy atmosphere. Located 90km west of Longyearbyen this hotel was originally a remote radio station and has now been recently renovated and tastefully decorated to serve as the perfect base for your Arctic adventure.
With 23 rooms and accommodation for 49 guests, what makes this boutique hotel even more special is the fantastic hospitality on offer, including the fully licensed bar and high quality food to warm your insides after a day in the Arctic wilderness. This stylish hotel at the top of the world offers a calm and relaxing atmosphere and even has its own sauna where you can warm up after a day of adventure. With views over the Arctic Ocean towards Greenland you can enjoy a hot chocolate on the terrace as you embrace the Arctic silence or wrap up beside the luxurious fireplace and indulge yourself in the real Arctic experience.
What Our Customers
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
We have just returned from our Spitsbergen trip with Wildfoot and had to tell you what an amazing time we had! We saw 6 polar bears including a mother with 2 cubs as well as whales, walruses and lots of birds. The ship (Expedition) was really comfortable and the guides were so helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for making it all so easy.
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
We had always wanted to see the Arctic and travelling all the way from Australia needed lots of information. After getting nowhere, we came across Wildfoot and found people who knew what they were talking about! Sara and John were so helpful and made the process easy, suggesting Iceland Greenland and Spitsbergen. This was perfect for us – amazing scenery and lots of wildlife, especially the polar bears in Spitsbergen. Thanks for everything. Ps, the ship was great too!
Just wanted to say thank you for suggesting a trip to Franz Josef Land as something different for the Arctic. We had a super trip and really enjoyed the Sea Spirit. Galapagos next!
Standing on the North Pole has been an ambition of mine since childhood and now I have done it! Thank you for making the process so easy - seeing polar bears and whales too was a real bonus.
The Sea Spirit expedition was excellent and the team organising it all were extremely good. 10 out of 10. Everything went very smoothly. The Iceland extension worked perfectly, all the organisation, connections etc. were excellent
The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
Thanks so much for enabling me to get to places I had always wanted to see from a very young age. “Ace” as my boys used to say!
Just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you very much for all your help in arranging our recent trip to Svalbard. Everything ran smoothly and the trip was a great success. Unfortunately I had to flew back a few days early and missed out on Isfjord Radio, which the rest of the team said was a brilliant place with amazing food, still the Basecamp Hotel and Nordenskiold Lodge were pretty amazing places, so I’m not complaining!
Writing back to tell you that the trip to the Arctic was all that it promised and more. It was a great wild-life sightseeing opportunity and the staff were really good.I had an excellent trip and have thousands of photos to go through.
I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful cruise in the Russian Far East. The landscape and destination were inspiring, we had some excellent wildlife sightings (sea otter, grey whale, Steller's sea eagle, snowy owl and Arctic fox were all firsts for me), and the Heritage team were superb. Rough seas forced a few changes to the itinerary but we also had some fabulous weather. All in all, a thrilling travel experience.Thanks once again for all your efforts
I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.
What a great trip! Wildfoot built a great trip for us and every aspect was spot on. Our Iguazu guide was fun, interesting and helpful and all the transfers were timely and comfortable. The Antarctica Trip was superb - WIldfoot had given us the best advice and helped us choose the right ship and tour for what we wanted - A truly memorable Experience Thank You Wildfoot
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