This 10-day expedition takes you on a full circumnavigation of Spitsbergen, Svalbard, in the Arctic Circle. Led by an expert team of guides, you'll have the opportunity to participate in a unique shore cleaning initiative, while also seeing a variety of Arctic wildlife, including polar bears, walruses, and seabirds. You'll also visit historical sites such as trapper's huts and whaling stations, and experience the unique geology and landscape of the Arctic.
Longyearbyen is the administrative centre of Spitsbergen - the largest of the Svalbard islands. This former mining city is a fascinating place to stroll around. The parish church and Svalbard Museum are both interesting attractions. The landscape may appear barren, but it is home to more than 100 species of plants. Early evening, the ship leaves Isfjorden. You might see the first Minke Whale of the voyage.
You may reach the northernmost part of your journey north of Nordaustlandet in Seven Islands. You will reach 80deg North, only 870km (540 miles), from the geographical North Pole. This region is home to polar bears, and the ship will park in the pack ice for a few hours before turning around again.
You can stay in the area for a second night when the sea ice edge is at least ten miles from the Seven Islands. This usually happens in August. You can also visit Sorgfjord (mostly during July), where walruses are found near the graves 17th century whalers. You can get close to ptarmigan families by taking a nature walk. The opposite side of the Fjord also makes for a lovely excursion.