This amazing boat trip will take you all the way up north to the former mining town Ny-Ålesund, commonly known as the gateway to the Arctic. Many famous adventurers started their expeditions from here, for example, Roald Amundsen, who was the first person to explore the North and the South Pole. Today, it is home to a small community of just under 40 people, many of whom are seasonal researchers at the town's international research institutions.
You will be picked up from your hotel for this day trip and brought to the harbor where we will start our adventure. After the safety instruction, it's time to board the boat and head out to Isfjorden and sail up north.
During the journey through Forlandssundet, you will pass Poolepynten which is the home of a local walrus colony during the summer months. If the weather conditions are good, you will have a short stop here in order to take a closer look at these funny two-tonne mammals.
After another 3-4 hours gliding through the Arctic sea, you will get to Kongsfjorden, where you will get the chance to see the "Tre Kroner" if the weather allows it. These are three rocks known as Nunataks that stick out of the great Kongbreen glacier. Once we arrive at Ny-Ålesund, you will go ashore and discover the town and its history. This guided tour will take you around the town's many charms, from the mast where adventurer Roald Amundsen attached his Airship before heading to the North Pole, to the northernmost shop in the world. You will also visit the northernmost post office, where you can stamp your passport and send postcards to friends and family closer to the equator. At the end of our tour, you will find a nice spot on the island to enjoy your lunch.
Whether you're an adventurer on a mission to reach the furthest parts of the world, an amateur scientist with a fascination for ongoing climate, marine biology, or Arctic research, or a simple romantic with a curiosity for remote communities in breathtaking nature, this is the trip for you!
The Guide of this tour recommends wearing long woolen underwear, an insulating layer, and additional wind and waterproof shell layer.
The guide requires a minimum of 7 people on this trip. That means that there need to be at least 7 individual bookings for this activity.
Please be aware that the guides of this tour can never guarantee to see wildlife. However, it's a popular spot for walruses and your experienced guides for this tour will make sure you get an authentic and unique experience out there in the Arctic! Also, the final destinations can change due to weather conditions. Unfortunately, the weather forecasts are never 100% reliable within this region, therefore, be prepared that the route might be flexible.
Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.
The only locations the instructor can pick up in Longyearbyen is as follows:
Radisson BLU Polar hotel
Coal Miners Cabin
Mary Ann´s Polarrigg
Svalbard hotel – Polfareren
Svalbard hotel – The Vault
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