1. Day: Longyearbyen
Individual travel to Longyearbyen. Transfer from the airport to the cruise ship. Until embarkation, you will some spare time available, which you can use to explore Longyearbyen, the “capital” and administrative center of Spitsbergen. The harbor is ice-free throughout the year. The most important source of income for the locals is the mining industry, which is why you will find various mines at the mountain sides bordering the city. A small museum gives you an impression on the history, flora and fauna of Spitsbergen. In the evening, we are departing. “Cast of, full steam!”
2.-7. Day: Ski & Sail
In the course of the travel on our comfortable three-mast schooner SV Rembrandt Van Rijn, we will explore the impressive wide regions of Kongsfjorden, Isfjord and Prins Karls Forland. The experienced crew will inform you about wildlife, plants and geography of the Arctic. Additionally, there will be excursions onshore and ski tours every day (if the weather conditions allow it) to the most beautiful places and peaks of Spitsbergen, of course accompanied by our certified UIAGM mountain guide. The schedule of a typical day consists of ski touring with ascents to mountains with an average hight of 700-850 m and runs in an open rough terrain (the actual cumulated vertical meters can exceed 1000 m over the course of a day). An exact routing of the ship and the ski tours cannot be determined in advance. Weather, sea disturbances and possible avalanche hazard will define the final course of the program in order to use the conditions as good as possible.
8. Day: Disembarkation
In the morning in Longyearbyen. Transfer to the airport an individual journey home.