Your journey begins in Longyearbyen, the largest town on Svalbard, and takes you to some of the archipelago's most stunning and remote locations. You'll sail through fjords with towering glaciers, seabird colonies, and the possibility of seeing polar bears. You'll also visit the bird cliffs of Alkefjellet and Nordaustlandet, where you can see reindeer, pink-footed geese, and walruses. At the Seven Islands, you'll reach 80deg north, just 870 km (540 miles) from the geographic North Pole. And you'll sail along the continental shelf, where you can see polar bears and elusive Greenland whales. Your journey ends back in Longyearbyen, filled with memories of an unforgettable Arctic adventure.
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.