Embark on a 3-day sailing expedition in Isfjorden and get a proper taste of the Arctic. Leaving Longyearbyen on Friday we venture into Svalbard second biggest fjord, Isfjorden for a taste of the Polar regions. Depending on the weather and wind conditions, we either search the different fjord arms of Isfjorden.
Isfjorden is full of beautiful glacier fronts, bird cliffs and arctic wildlife. The gulf stream keeps the fjord ice-free for large parts of the year, although sometime the same stream carries tons of drift ice into the fjord. Million years of geological history is visible, and over 400 hundred years of human presence has put its mark on the landscape.
We navigate through wildlife hotspots, but as always luck comes with hard work. Along the way we keep our eyes and ears open to find the best wildlife viewings, as the migratory pattern changes throughout the season and even the day. Over the last years more whales are visiting Svalbard, so we might even see the 200 tons blue whales gliding in the water, where the sound of the blow takes your breath away. Many of us have the Big Five of Svalbard on our bucket list. Therefore keep scanning to spot the Polar Bear, Walrus, Arctic Fox, Svalbard Reindeer and Ivory gull. What will we see this weekend?
Our crew loves sailing and is eager to teach you too. With the help of our professional team, you can become a true seaman yourself! Linden is made for the Arctic waters and sails graceful. Later we gather for the captain’s welcome dinner as we continue to sail towards our next destination.
Meet your guide at Basecamp Hotel in Longyearbyen who will take you to our wooden three-masted Schooner Linden. If you have extra luggage, you can leave this in the luggage storage at the Basecamp hotel. We will gather in the ship lounge for some snacks and a safety briefing. This is a good time to get to know the staff and your fellow voyagers. Checking the last ice charts and the weather, your Captain and Expedition Leader will finalise our route. If the wind is favourable it’s time to hoist the sails and head into the pristine arctic waters!
This morning you wake up surrounded by wild landscape and glimmering glaciers. First the surreal scene appears silent, but you will discover there is a constant fizz, snap and pop of melting ice releasing trapped air bubbles. Millions upon millions of bubbles are continually released as the glacier melts away underneath the ocean surface. And then it happens. The glacier calves with loud roars and tumbles down into the ocean.
After a hearty and healthy breakfast, we land and hike into the land, in search of geological clues, patterns and fossilized wildlife. Svalbard is a geological hotspot without much vegetation displaying several billion years of history. One treasure trophy found here was a 15-meter-long fossilized Jurassic pliosaurus, the most fearsome carnivorous marine reptile ever to have existed on Earth.
You wake up to the sound of careful sea along the ship side, and to the last day of exploring Isfjorden. On the journey you will meet towering bird cliff greets us and we head ashore. Thousands of female Brunnich's Guillemots are to lay a single egg each on the narrow cliff ledges above us, and these big black and white auks busy around and fill the air. As we hike across the tundra we need to watch out as the Arctic skuas don’t want us near their nests. The Svalbard reindeer is rather interested in getting a closer look at us. With a bit of luck on our side, we may find the Arctic fox foraging for birds and eggs below the cliffs.
Back on the ship, we enjoy lunch before we head back to civilization. Even when closing the settlement, keep your eyes for white flashes of up to 4,5 meters of lean blubber crossing our paths. There are groups of white beluga whales in the fjord as we get close to Longyearbyen to drop you off!
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In Spitsbergen, weather conditions can change quickly. We can meet heavy winds, storms, and thick fog. This means we might need to make changes to the planned route, and this can cause us not to arrive at the original planned destination.
We will sail through some areas with high density of wildlife, but we cannot guarantee any wildlife encounters, as the migratory patterns changes throughout the season and from day to day.
Our aim is to sail as much as possible, but the weather conditions will determine where and how we go. The Captain in cooperation with the Expedition Leader will make the final decision about when and if to set sail.