East Spitsbergen with Kerry Newell

East Spitsbergen – Summer Solstice with Special Guest Kerry Newell

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17 JUN, 2024 | Up to 7 nights

East Spitsbergen – Summer Solstice with Special Guest Kerry Newell

Aboard: M/V Hondius

Join renowned wildlife artist Kerry Newell on this very special voyage to discover the enchanting coastlines and fascinating, seldom visited regions of eastern and southern Spitsbergen. This unique itinerary offers you the once-in-a-lifetime chance to uncover Spitsbergen’s outstanding natural beauty in the company of one of the UK’s most revered wildlife artists, who will not only offer you tuition time, but will also be creating a new masterpiece right in front of your eyes as you journey through these wildlife-rich lands.

Sailing during the high Arctic summer solstice, on this authentic Spitsbergen cruise experience you can enjoy exciting Zodiac excursions, twice daily landings accompanied by Arctic experts, extended hikes through the region’s magnificent landscapes, an informative lecture and presentation programme, and thrilling wildlife observation opportunities. Discover a world of spectacular scenery, search for sightings of polar bears and indulge in the adventure of a lifetime!

Highlights

  • Discover Spitsbergen in the company of revered wildlife artist Kerry Newell who will be offering tuition and creating a special piece that will be auctioned onboard, with the proceeds going to WWF
  • Enjoy spectacular scenery throughout from amazing glaciers to icy fjord systems and mystical tundra
  • Experience the high Arctic summer solstice and sail under the Midnight Sun
  • Visit fascinating historical sites and bountiful seabird colonies
  • Good chances of spotting whales, seals, and possibly even polar bears

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation on board with all meals, snacks and hot drinks
  • All zodiac excursions and landings with expert guides
  • Programme of expert lectures
  • Loan of rubber boots

Your Special Guest Guide

Kerry Newell

Kerry Newell

Renowned Wildlife Artist

'My earliest memories are of hazy sunny days spent either in my parent's garden, or over the fields beyond, always with a canine companion or two in tow. Even at an early age I felt an urge to record the flora and fauna of my surroundings. Over time I began to hone my skills, always striving for a better understanding of the natural world and a more accurate portrayal within my art.

Having been, as some would say, self-taught, I never felt the need or desire to pursue a more formal art education. I felt then, as I do now, that with patience, practise and 'nature' as my inspiration, anything is possible.'


My artistic journey began to gather momentum through commissioned works and later demonstrating for art material manufacturers. It was whilst demonstrating that I fell in love with encouraging and inspiring others to begin their artistic journeys. I've now been teaching, through workshops and private tuition, for over 20 years, and can truly say that it's been a most rewarding experience so far. And so that's where I find myself now, spontaneously creating when inspired and sharing my passions of the natural world and art with others. For life is a privilege and a life spent creating is a blessing.'

Our popularitinerary Suggestions

All our itinerary holidays are fully customisable

Longyearbyen
1Day

Longyearbyen

Your special East Spitsbergen Summer Solstice cruise 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 into your cabin and exploring your new surroundings, the ship will depart in the early evening. As we sail out of Isfjorden we recommend spending some time on deck where you may spot the first minke whale of your voyage following the ship in the waters below.

Various flight and land package options are available for transport to and from Longyearbyen, please enquire for full details.

Hornsund
2Day

Hornsund

We now start our adventure in earnest as we begin our sail southwards. As with all Arctic expeditions, flexibility in our route will be key, with weather and sea conditions often dictating plans. Each day your highly experienced expedition crew and captain will determine the optimum route for adventures and wildlife observations, with each day bringing new opportunities for exciting Zodiac cruises, shore landings and hikes to magnificent viewpoints.

Our first stop is likely to take us to the magnificent Hornsund area where we will cruise along the side fjords enjoying the scenery of towering spire-like mountain peaks of up to 4,695 feet. This area perfectly demonstrates why the early Dutch explorers that we will have already learned so much about named this island Spitsbergen, meaning “pointed mountains”. Enjoy some time on deck with your cameras in hand as we sail by 14 sizeable glaciers, and we will have a fair chance of encountering seals and polar bears here. The nearby cliffs of Sofiakammen are also home to thousands of pairs of nesting kittiwakes and little auks, and in the evening, we might see thousands of harp seals rutting on ice floes at Sørkapp.

Edgeøya
3Day

Edgeøya

Next up we will navigate through the drift ice of Storfjorden on a lookout for the harp seals that are often spotted here, before landing at the northern bank of Rosenberdalriver on the northwest of Edgeøya Island. Having landed on the raised beach, you will have the opportunity to take a walk to Rosenbergdalen to see the large numbers of reindeer that are often found grazing here.

We then plan to walk to Stretehamna to see a large haul-out of walruses that reside here near a trapper’s cabin built in 1905, passing by a cliff filled with nesting black guillemots on our way. You will also be able to see the remains of a 19th-century Pomor house and the bones of walruses hunted in previous centuries.

Barentsøya
4Day

Barentsøya

We now move on to Freemansundet and the island of Barentsøya where we plan to land at Sundneset to enjoy a walk across the tundra in search of Barnacle Goose and Spitsbergen Reindeer as well as visiting an old trapper's hut. Another highlight today will be a Zodiac cruise to the Freeman glacier where a large Kittiwake colony is found.

Agardhfjellet
5Day

Agardhfjellet

Our next stop will take us to Agardhfjellet on the eastern side of West Spitsbergen where some extended walks up to heights of 400m will take us to the breeding places of Ivory gulls and reward with excellent views over the valley which is littered with fossils of Belemnites and Ammonites.

South Spitsbergen
6Day

South Spitsbergen

As we make our way back along the south coast of Spitsbergen, our aim will be to land at the mountain of Stellingfjellet, near the largest colony of Brünnich’s guillemots in the archipelago. We will then make our way to the rarely visited bay of Isbukta to make a landing to discover this fascinating and remote area of South Spitsbergen.

Bell Sund
7Day

Bell Sund

The last region on our thrilling Spitsbergen cruise will be Bellsund, one of the largest fjord systems in Svalbard. We plan to land at Ahlstrandhalvøya, at the mouth of Van Keulenfjorden to enjoy a walk to see the lush vegetation that is found here owing to the ocean currents which make this area relatively warmer than other areas in the archipelago. Here we will see the piles of beluga skeletons that remain as a haunting reminder of the whale slaughtering that happened here in the 19th century. Thankfully, these magnificent marine animals were not hunted to extinction and we have good chances of coming across a pod here. We also hope to take a Zodiac cruise along the side fjords of Bellsund to explore the tundra and search for sightings of reindeer and little auks.

Longyearbyen
8Day

Longyearbyen

Returning to Longyearbyen marks the conclusion of your thrilling Arctic cruise. Following breakfast, you'll disembark, saying goodbye to your expedition team and newfound friends. You might opt to extend your stay, exploring this distinctive Arctic town or partaking in the additional excursions and activities available. Feel free to inquire about the details of our land-based activities, which we'd be delighted to organise for you. Alternatively, it's time to head to the airport for your onward or homeward flights, carrying cherished memories from this unforgettable adventure.

A view from Above

All Aboard

M/V Hondius
Luxury vessel

M/V Hondius

A brand-new (2019) deluxe vessel that has been built to the very highest Polar Class for ice-strengthened vessels. The first civilian vessel in the world to receive a Polar Class 6 notation and designed to fully comply with the mandatory requirements of the Polar code, the M/V Hondius leads the way for both safe ship operation and protection of the Polar environment.

Providing deluxe accommodation for up to 170 passengers, the M/V Hondius offers one of the highest comfort experiences of all vessels which operate in the Polar Regions. The accommodation onboard is provided in numerous suites of varying sizes, from the Hondius Suite to quadruple porthole cabins, with all cabins having either a balcony, large windows or portholes. Each cabin has been custom-designed and impeccably outfitted in a stylish décor.

The M/V Hondius has been designed to offer a deluxe feel whilst still maintaining a sense of cosy camaraderie, with welcoming communal, observation and dining areas. An entire deck has been dedicated to space for lectures and presentations, and every element of the vessel has been thoroughly thought-out to provide the very best passenger experience.

The vessel features a sheltered Zodiac boarding zone making joining and returning from land-based excursions fast and easy, and has been built to exceed the latest Green requirements imposed by the International Maritime Organisation to ensure that your trip causes as little impact as possible on the areas you will visit.

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Sheena’s abiding love of adventure travel has taken her to some of the most incredible wildlife-rich places on Earth. Her vast experience and genuine desire to share her knowledge makes her an outstanding and invaluable person to help you organise your wildlife adventure trip.

Simon Rowland Senior Travel Expert

As Senior Travel Expert, Simon has an absolute wealth of experience in adventure travel in some of the most fascinating places in the world. With in-depth knowledge and fantastic organizational skills, Simon’s first-hand experience and genuine passion drive him to work to create your perfect itinerary.

Michael Gardiner Senior Travel Expert

Mike has more than 15 years of experience in the travel industry and continues to be inspired by the people, places and wildlife he discovers. His in-depth personal knowledge of a diverse range of destinations ensures your adventure itinerary will be a holiday like no other.

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