Fjords and Glaciers of Spitsbergen

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen

Svalbard
June - July
7 Nights

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Cruise Overview

Embark on an unforgettable seven-day adventure in the vast expanse of the High Arctic, where Spitsbergen awaits with its stunning landscapes and incredible wildlife.
Your journey begins in Longyearbyen, a charming town nestled amidst colourful wooden homes, serving as a farewell to civilization for the duration of your trip.

As your ship sets sail, you'll be greeted with endless stretches of sea and majestic white-striped mountains that define the region.
Guided by Arctic fulmars, you'll witness the graceful dance of ice formations and navigate through fjords to marvel at towering glaciers teeming with life. Whether aboard the ship or in a Zodiac, you'll be mesmerized by the beauty and fragility of nature.

The majestic polar bear reigns supreme in this remote wilderness, its presence felt but seldom seen. On land, you'll explore the resilient moraine, where moss, lichen, and rare flowers cling to the barren landscape. Here, reindeer, Arctic foxes, and sunbathing walruses share their home, remnants of a time when settlers roamed these lands.

Fjords and glaciers of Spitsbergen cruise map

Cruise Highlights

Cruise Highlights

  • Uncover the rich history of Spitsbergen, intertwined with tales of hunting, fishing, and the bustling mining industry, with the opportunity to explore the historic settlement of Ny-Alesund.
  • Cruise past breathtaking glaciers and towering cliffs, navigating through expansive fjords under the Arctic's ever-changing skies
  • Encounter a wealth of wildlife, including majestic polar bears, elusive Arctic foxes, graceful Svalbard reindeer, and the playful antics of walruses and seals, amidst a backdrop teeming with Arctic seabirds and the occasional sighting of magnificent whales.
  • Set out on exhilarating excursions and shore visits aboard zodiac inflatables, led by a team of seasoned naturalist guides, offering unparalleled insights into the Arctic's diverse fauna.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Longyearbyen
Day 1

Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen is the capital of Norway's Svalbard archipelago and it is located on the main island. It is considered the northernmost territorial capital on Earth. Despite harsh winter temperatures that can drop below -40°C, the scenery of this mining town is awe-inspiring. The glaciers glisten, the mountains sprawl endlessly, and the untouched wilderness surrounds you, making you feel like you're exploring uncharted realms.

Embarkation: from 16:00 to 17:00

Hornsund in Svalbard on an expedition cruise with PONANT
Day 2

Hornsund

Hornsund, a fjord located on the southwestern coast of the island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago, is a haven of pristine Arctic beauty. As one of the largest fjord systems in Svalbard, Hornsund stretches over 30 miles inland, flanked by towering cliffs and dramatic peaks rising abruptly from the icy waters below.

Day 3

Bellsund

Exploring Bellsund reveals a diverse array of habitats, from rugged coastlines and rocky shores to tranquil bays and sheltered inlets. The fjord is a haven for Arctic wildlife, with polar bears, Arctic foxes, and Svalbard reindeer frequently spotted along its shores. Birdwatchers will delight in the sight of seabirds such as Arctic terns, fulmars, and guillemots soaring overhead or nesting on the cliffs.

In addition to its natural beauty, Bellsund is steeped in history, with remnants of past human activity scattered throughout the landscape. Explorers and whalers once frequented these waters, leaving behind traces of their presence in the form of abandoned settlements and mining operations.

Icebreaker cruise to the north pole
Day 4

Heading towards the ice floes

Your skilled captain will navigate the vessel right to the brink of the ice.  Weather permitting and with favorable ice conditions, you'll have the chance to embark on a memorable journey aboard a zodiac dinghy, immersing yourself in the midst of these floating ice slabs.

As you glide through the maze of ice, marveling at their jagged edges and vivid blue hues, some reaching heights of over 2 meters, you'll also have the opportunity to encounter a unique array of wildlife. From seabirds to seals and even the majestic polar bear, these creatures depend entirely on the ice floe for their habitat, adding an extra layer of wonder to your expedition.

polar bear mother and cub in the northwest passage
Day 5

Texas Bar, Liefdefjorden

Despite its somewhat curious name, Texas Bar isn't situated in Texas, nor is it a watering hole. Instead, it's a rather unique spot nestled within the remote reaches of the High Arctic. Once serving as a refuge for trappers on the hunt for Arctic foxes and polar bears, this humble shelter still stands today, offering a glimpse into the region's past with its modest interior, complete with bunk beds and rustic kitchen utensils.

Perched at the entrance of Liefdefjorden, aptly named the "fjord of love," Texas Bar finds itself amidst a serene landscape characterized by rolling hills adorned with vibrant moss, lichen, and delicate blooms. The cliffs, adorned with ever-changing hues and teeming with birdlife, contribute to the area's picturesque charm.

For those eager to explore, a short hike up the slopes presents a breathtaking vista of the Monaco Glacier, located further south, providing a splendid finale to your visit to Texas Bar.

Monaco Glacier on a Svalbard cruise
Day 5

Monaco Glacier

Monaco Glacier, a majestic marvel of nature nestled within the Arctic wilderness, captivates with its awe-inspiring grandeur. Towering ice walls, glistening in shades of blue and white, cascade down from the high peaks, carving a path through the rugged landscape below. 

As one of the largest glaciers in the region, its dynamic presence is a testament to the relentless forces of nature, as it slowly but steadily advances and retreats with the ebb and flow of time. Cracks and crevasses mar its surface, offering a glimpse into the glacier's ancient history and the ever-changing nature of the Arctic environment.

Svalbard
Day 6

Raudfjorden

Raudfjorden, located in the northwestern region of Spitsbergen within the Svalbard archipelago, is a picturesque fjord renowned for its rugged beauty and rich wildlife. Translating to "Red Fjord" in English, Raudfjorden derives its name from the striking red-hued cliffs that line its shores, adding to the dramatic landscape.

The fjord itself stretches inland, providing a sheltered haven for wildlife and serving as a vital feeding ground for marine mammals and seabirds.

Smeerenburg
Day 6

Smeerenburg

Smeerenburg, meaning "Blubber Town" in Dutch, is a historic site located on the northwest coast of Spitsbergen. This remote outpost holds significant historical importance as one of the earliest known whaling stations in the Arctic.

Today, Smeerenburg stands as a testament to the Arctic's rich maritime history, with scattered remnants of its past scattered across the windswept landscape. Visitors to the site can explore the remains of the whaling station, including the crumbling foundations of buildings and the rusting remnants of equipment, providing a glimpse into the harsh realities of life in the Arctic during the age of exploration and

history in Svalbard Ny Alesund
Day 7

Ny-Ålesund

Ny-Ålesund, nestled on the remote and rugged coastline of Spitsbergen, stands as a beacon of scientific research and Arctic exploration. This small and remote settlement holds the distinction of being one of the world's northernmost permanently inhabited communities.

This quaint town served as the launching pad for numerous Arctic expeditions, including those led by the renowned explorer Roald Amundsen.

Day 7

14th of July Glacier

The 14th of July Glacier is a breathtaking testament to the raw power and beauty of nature. Named after Bastille Day, the French national holiday, this glacier commands attention with its towering ice walls and expansive ice fields.

As one of the many glaciers that grace the landscape of Svalbard, the 14th of July Glacier stands out for its sheer size and majesty.Polar bears, Arctic foxes, and seabirds are among the creatures that call this remote corner of the world home, adding to the allure of the glacier's surroundings.

Longyearbyen
Day 8

Longyearbyen

Disembarkation in Longyearbyen marks the transition from the remote wilderness of the Arctic back to civilization. 

Upon arrival in Longyearbyen, travellers are greeted by the sight of colourful wooden buildings nestled amidst snow-covered mountains, a familiar sight for those returning from their Arctic voyage.The end of an expedition in Longyearbyen marks the conclusion of a journey filled with discovery, wonder, and unforgettable experiences.

Disembarkation: 8am

Activities

Activities

Zodiac Cruising 

Svalbard zodiac cruising - Ponant

Join us on daily adventures with our fleet of Zodiacs, expertly piloted by polar guides who will take you to the heart of stunning natural landscapes and wildlife. Enjoy the excitement of shore landings on secluded beaches and cruises through icy waters to explore intriguing sites. Every day promises new adventures and unforgettable encounters with the wild while experiencing the comfort and thrill of our Zodiacs.

Hiking

Amid our shore landings, you'll have the chance to join our seasoned naturalist guides for hiking expeditions of varying difficulty levels based on the ecological resilience of the unique biome. These excursions may range from leisurely coastal strolls to extended treks lasting several hours, taking you to breathtaking viewpoints and historic sites. You'll seize the moment, adapting your journey to the prevailing weather and ice conditions.

Your Ship

Your Ship

Le Lyrial

Ship Highlights

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Medium-sized luxury ship with a relaxed atmosphere

An excellent choice for explorers looking for a 5* luxury expedition cruise with a laid-back atmosphere, excellent dining choices and homely suites on a spacious ship with no more than 200 guests in Antarctica.
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Outstanding expedition experience

Le Lyrial is known for its outstanding expedition experience with a team of expert polar guides and naturalists who take guests exploring by Zodiac daily and offer enriching lectures onboard.
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Eco-friendly with a commitment to sustainability

With a deep commitment to environmental performance, Le Lyrial is a huge advancement in eco cruising with the latest technologies, which include lower emissions and fuel consumption, waste reduction, waste recovery and recycling, an onboard environment officer, and a reduced underwater noise profile to minimize disturbance to wildlife.
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Unique Itineraries to Explore Greenland and the Canadian Arctic

One of the few ships offering in-depth explorations of Baffin island and the Canadian Arctic, Le Lyrial is an excellent choice for guests looking to undertake deeper explorations of the remote Arctic.
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Great Option for Solo Travellers

Le Lyrial offers a selection of no single supplement cabins on select voyages, making it an excellent choice for solo travelers looking to explore the polar regions in a friendly atmosphere.

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