Isfjorden in Autumn Sailing Adventure 8 Days aboard SV Noorderlicht
This unique sailing itinerary aboard a traditional two-masted schooner focuses on the beautiful Isfjorden area of Spitsbergen, Svalbard’s largest island. Deep in the heart of the Arctic, the Isfjorden area offers spectacular scenery with striking geological formations, sparkling blue glaciers and snow-fringed mountains. Visit delightful landing sites, Russian ghost towns and wintry shorelines whilst searching for Arctic birdlife and wildlife such as Arctic foxes and reindeers. This is also the perfect time of year for optimal chances of witnessing the eerie green auroras of the northern lights.
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 >
- Enchanting scenery of snow-fringed mountains, imposing glaciers and Svalbard’s second largest fjord
- Myriad birdlife and wildlife including Arctic fox, whales and Svalbard reindeers
- Sail aboard a beautiful traditional two-masted schooner
- Exciting Zodiac excursions, walks and shore visits
- Good chances of seeing the Northern Lights!
- Full board accommodation on board with all meals, snacks and hot drinks
- All zodiac excursions and landings with expert guides
- Programme of expert lectures
ITINERARY7 Nights 8 Days
- Day 1 | Longyearbyen
- Day 2 | Trygghamna & Barentsburg
- Days 3 - 4 | Borebukta & Sveabreen
- Days 5 - 6 | Isfjord & Pyramiden
- Days 7 - 8 | Skansbukta & Longyearbyen
Your unique Arctic sailing trip will begin in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Svalbard archipelago, where after having arrived independently you can enjoy a stroll around this former mining town before making your way to the port to embark your ship in the afternoon. After settling in to your historic schooner ship and meeting your new shipmates we will set sail through Isfjorden in the early evening towards Trygghamna. As we sail you may spot the first minke whale of your voyage, and upon arrival in Trygghamna we will stop here for the evening and enjoy our first night on board.
Various flight and land package options are available for transport to and from Longyearbyen, please enquire for full details.
Trygghamna & Barentsburg
This morning we will make our first of many land visits as we head for an exploration of the mountain-fringed bay of Trygghamna. There are many options for discovery here including a visit to the remains of an ancient Pomor house and a former English whaling station. There will also be the chance to walk along the base of the Alkhornet Mountain where there will be excellent seabird observations as well as the possibility of seeing Arctic foxes and reindeer.
After exploring around Trygghamna we will move on to Svalbard’s second-largest town, the Russian mining town of Barentsburg, to visit the Barentsburg Pomor Museum. You will also be able to visit the world’s northernmost brewery and see the historic statue of Lenin here.
Borebukta & Sveabreen
As we continue our exploration of the remarkable Isfjord area the next two days will take us to some of the most impressive glacial landscapes in the region. On the morning of day 3 we will enjoy a cruise around the jagged blue glacier front of Borebukta, an exciting experience that will be sure to fill your cameras, before moving on to discover the striking geological formations found in Bohemanflya.
Day 4 will bring more fascinating scenery as we visit Nordfjord to see Sveabreen, one of the most impressive glacier fronts in the Isfjord. In the afternoon we will make our way to the head of Dickson Fjord. One of the highlights of this thrilling sailing cruise will be the opportunity to witness the Northern Lights from your ship in the Arctic wilderness. As we have reached the northernmost point of our voyage, this location will offer the optimal position for experiencing this remarkable natural phenomenon.
Isfjord & Pyramiden
On day 5 we will enjoy a relaxing day at sea sailing the length of the Isfjord to see its enchanting landscapes of ice, sea and snow. This day discovering Svalbard’s second largest fjord is likely to be one to remember as you spend some time out on deck looking for whales in the waters below and filling your cameras with magnificent landscape photography.
If your cameras haven’t already had enough action on day 5 then day 6 is sure to impress even further as we sail to the enormity of Arctic ice that is the glacier front of Nordenskiöld…an awe-inspiring sight! Changing focus from scenery to history, our next stop will be the deserted Soviet settlement of Pyramiden where you can enjoy a walk around this haunting throwback to the past to learn all about how the town’s resident coal miners lived many years ago.
Skansbukta & Longyearbyen
The last adventure on your Arctic sailing trip will take you to see the beautiful geological formations of the valley of Skansbukta where the multicoloured peaks of the impressive cliffs slope down to a narrow beach where you will find many different remains of earlier human activity. An enjoyable afternoon will be spent here before getting back on board to begin our sail back to Longyearbyen.
On the morning of day 8 your exciting Spitsbergen sailing voyage will come to an end and after breakfast you will disembark and bid a fond farewell to your expedition team and new-found friends. You may wish to spend some further time here exploring this unique Arctic town or enjoying some of the many extra excursions and activities that are on offer here. Please enquire for details of the land-based activities that we would be happy to arrange for you. Otherwise, it’s sadly time to make your way to the airport for your onward or homeward flights, filled with memories of the adventure of a lifetime.
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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