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Arctic Sailing Voyage - Around Spitsbergen
     


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These 15 night Around Spitsbergen sailing voyages provide our longest exploration of the Svalbard Archipelago with its mountains, fjords, glaciers and spectacular wildlife. These voyages are planned for late July, through August and into September when sea ice has receded sufficiently to permit access to the east coast - an area, which for most of the year is blocked by ice. This timing provides the best chance to fully circumnavigate Spitsbergen, with opportunities to observe enigmatic Arctic wildlife including walruses, reindeer, Arctic foxes and polar bears.

Of marine life, past voyages have enjoyed sightings of the ghostly white form of beluga whales, as well as fin whales, minke whales, sei whales and even the rare bowhead whale. Seals are common and species include the bearded and ringed seals.

An abundance of migratory seabirds reside in Spitsbergen during the High Arctic Summer. Species include Arctic and pomarine skuas, rare Ross's gulls and countless little auks and guillemots; many of which are stacked on precipitous cliffs. Whilst exploring these vast colonies, we can look out for the Arctic foxes which raise their young close to nesting areas which provide an ideal source of food for them and their cubs. You can hope for some wonderful opportunities to photograph Arctic scenery and wildlife throughout the. You will also be able to take hikes on land (often twice in a day), with visits to cultural and historical sites forming an integral aspect of the trip. Your expedition leader and knowledgeable skipper are passionate about both the history and nature of this polar environment and are always on hand to offer a comprehensive guiding experience.

Spitsbergen is the largest island in the Svalbard Archipelago - an area of highly contrasting land and seascapes and these Around Spitsbergen voyages gives you the broad experience of what the region has to offer under sail. On the western coasts of the island group, where the waters and tundra vegetation are influenced by the Gulf Stream, stunning glaciers plummet into deep fjords. The eastern side of Spitsbergen is littered with fields of floating ice and it is here where you most may feel in the midst of remote Arctic wilderness.

Your base throughout the voyage is a handsome one hundred year old sailing schooner, reminiscent of the kind of ship Arctic explorers in the late Eighteenth Century might have used to explore this polar wilderness. With only 20 passengers onboard, this charismatic vessel boasts comfortable cabins, hot showers, central heating, good food and two beautifully wood-paneled salons to relax in. The spacious pilot house provides excellent all round visibility and with ample space onboard it is always possible to find your own peace and place from which to absorb the sheer drama and scale of this Arctic wilderness. Sailing takes place only when wind and sea conditions allow and you may participate in sailing the vessel if you wish, or simply relax and enjoy the activity.

For those keen on photography, an Around Spitsbergen Voyage provides the greatest variety of landscapes, for which the ship herself is a wonderful subject. This is our longest midsummer voyage which means that  you will  have the greatest amount of time afloat for chance encounters with Arctic wildlife.

As a fully ATOL bonded travel company, Aqua-Firma Worldwide have the expertise to arrange international flights, hotels, extended stays in Oslo and additional day trips in Spitsbergen before or after your voyage. These include sea kayaking, trekking, learning to dog sled on wheels and fossil hunting.

Photographs kindly provided by Jan Belgers, Troels Jacobsen, Charlotte Caffrey, Rolf Stange, Richard Escott & Ralph Pannell

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