Tromso to Spitsbergen Midnight Sun 7 DaysAboard: MS Roald Amundsen
This short but sweet Arctic expedition offers a fantastic chance to sample some of Norway’s highlights. Sailing from Tromsø you will get a taste of the stunning Norwegian Fjord coastline before stepping foot on the northernmost point of mainland Europe and visiting the wild and remote Bjørnøya Island. If that wasn’t enough, it’s then time to head deep into the wintry wilderness as you explore the beautifully rugged coastline and narrow fjords of western Spitsbergen. With excellent opportunities for spotting Polar bears and other intriguing Arctic wildlife, activity options including Zodiac excursions, kayaking and hiking, and some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet this is an ideal itinerary for those short on time but big on ambition. Add in 24 hours of sunlight and you certainly have an expedition of a lifetime!
- Explore Tromsø, North Cape, Bjørnøya and Spitsbergen
- Take part in Expedition days in Spitsbergen
- Great chances of seeing polar bears
- Enjoy 24 hours of daylight with the Midnight Sun
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Economy flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo
- Transfers in Longyearbyen
- Wind and water-resistant jacket
- Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
- Professional English-speaking Expedition team that provide lectures as well as accompanying landings and activities
- Free tea and coffee
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Tromsø - Embark
Our adventure will begin in Tromsø, the starting point for so many great adventures that have come before us. Known as the Gateway to the Arctic, Tromsø is a delightful place to visit and we recommend arriving a day or two early to have the chance to explore. Embarkation will begin in the afternoon and after settling into your cabin and exploring your new surroundings you may want to spend some time on deck soaking up the beautiful scenery as we make our way towards the North Cape.
In the early hours of day 2 we recommend having your cameras ready as your ship sails past the spectacular North Cape cliff offering you a stunning view of this famous landmark on the northernmost tip of mainland Europe. A short time later we will arrive at Skarsvåg, the world's northernmost fishing village which lies along the northern coast of the island of Magerøya.
Today you can join an optional excursion to the North Cape to experience the feeling of standing at the edge of the world and to see the famous statue that marks this important spot. There is also a museum here which is worth a visit, and enough breathtaking scenery to fill your cameras.
As we cross the Arctic Ocean towards the wintery wilderness of Svalbard we will stop halfway to step ashore on wild Bjørnøya (Bear Island), home to the largest concentration of sea birds on the Northern Hemisphere. Bjørnøya is the southernmost island of the Svalbard Archipelago and with a population of just 9 people the 126 different bird species more than outnumber the human inhabitants on these remote and rugged lands.
As we arrive in the pristine wilderness of Svalbard the landscapes will astound and the wildlife will impress as we explore along the beautiful west coast of Spitsbergen. Cruising northbound your captain will assess the ice and weather conditions to chart the course most likely to bring unforgettable experiences and wildlife encounters, with our first stop likely to be Hornsund where you will have the chance to explore the ice-filled fjord by small boat, or land to hike to a viewpoint overlooking the glacier. There are good chances of observing Polar bears here, but like most things in a true wilderness, there are no absolute guarantees.
Throughout your time here we hope to make a number of landings to bring you up close to what this remarkable area has to offer and one of the highlights will be a visit to Kongsfjorden. Kongsfjorden is considered one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, framed by stunning mountain formations, and we hope to go on shore here to visit the picturesque former mining settlement of Ny-Ålesund.
Isfjord & Longyearbyen to Oslo
Our final adventure will be in the scenic Isfjord, the most extensive fjord system in Svalbard. Here we may spend some time exploring the fjord looking for the large populations of Svalbard Reindeer and the thousands of Brunnich's guillemots which nest in the Alkehornet peak during the summer season. This delightful area offers excellent photographic opportunities with U-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area some ten thousand years ago, and as we make our way back to Longyearbyen our cameras will be as full as our memory banks.
We will arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of Svalbard, in the late evening and disembark to make our way to the airport for our included overnight flight to Oslo. We will arrive back in Oslo in the early morning of day 7.
A view from Above
Launched in 2018, The Roald Amundsen is a state of the art vessel that features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid propulsion technology. Combined with the advanced construction of the hull and effective use of electricity on board, fuel consumption and CO2-emissions are reduced by 20 percent.
The future of shipping will be silent and emission free. MS Roald Amundsen leads the way towards an even more sustainable way of travelling. Sailing on electrical power is not only a great benefit for the environment, but it will also enhance the impact of experiencing nature for the guests. The ship is specially constructed for voyages in polar waters and serve as a comfortable basecamp at sea – bringing adventurers from all over the world to the most spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way.
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