DAY 4 (June 18, 2019): Svalbard
In the morning, we will board a private charter flight to Longyearbyn, Svalbard. Longyearbyn is the capital city of Svalbard. The Svalbard Islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Here, you will find untouched arctic wilderness and unique wildlife in a setting that is both rugged and fragile at the same time.
Upon landing, we will trek across the Tundra with our ClimateForce Team in search for Polar Bears. This will get us prepared for the adventure that awaits as this afternoon we board our Expedition ship. As you travel through the Arctic, observe the picturesque glaciers and rocky isles. While adjusting to life at sea, ponder the importance of our mission to save the planet from climate change.
DAY 5 (June 19, 2019): Hornsund, Spitsbergen
Enjoy waking up to the blue sky, crisp air, and icy surroundings as Svalbard’s largest island, Spitsbergen, greats you with mystery and delight. Discover the intricate system of Hornsund, a 12 km wide fjord cutting directly through gagged edged mountain formations that date all the way back to the Precambrian eon. Ride zodiacs right up to the sheer vertical cliffs that flank both sides of the fjord. Take in the majestic scenery on kayaks as you witness the breathtaking glacial ice machine that protrudes 70 meters high from the ocean’s crest.
Guests from the Lindblad Expedition ship National Geographic Explorer kayaking near Monaco Glacier on Spitsbergen Island in the Svalbard Archipelago in the summer months.
DAY 6 (June 20, 2019): Storfjorden Straight and Edgeøya
During the night, make your way around the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen, north through the Storfjorden straight towards anchor position in Edgeøya. Greet the morning with resident walruses and reindeer as you begin your operation riding zodiacs towards the shore. Share the beaches with a gregarious walrus population, as they digest the thousands of clams they’ve eaten on the Storfjorden sea floor that morning.
DAY 7 (June 21, 2019): Spitsbergen Island Sailing Towards Kongsfjord
Awake to the balmy gulf stream waters along the west coast of Spitsbergen as you make your way towards the northern shores of Krossfjord. Keep an eye out for humpbacks, and blue whales as you enjoy lunch while nestled between dominant glaciers on either side of the ship. Anchor in an area known as “Stefan’s Garden” where cliffs face generally southward and are thereby exposed to direct sunlight 24 hours per day.
DAY 8 (June 22, 2019): Woodfjorden and Journey Towards 80º North
Sail through the enormous trifurcated fjord system known as Woodfjorden. Heavily eroded mountains decorated with herringbone patterns of vertical snow-filled valleys, red sandstone and glaciers, this is without a doubt one of the most impressive sceneries in the entire Archipelago. Witness first-hand the monumental Monacobreen Glacier as your expedition leader discusses the sheer extent of ice-loss while we head towards the 80 degrees north latitude.
Kitiwakes (Rissa tridactyla), Monoco Glacier, Liefdefjord, Svalbard Archipelago, Norway
DAY 9 (June 23, 2019): Explore the Pack Ice
Today we venture to the Arctic Circle! At about 80 degrees north latitude, Svalbard’s northernmost tips sit only 700 miles from the North Pole. And, with some precise maneuvering from our captain, our expedition searches for the epicenter of Arctic wildlife: the polar bear.
You have now seen for yourself the effects of climate change in the Arctic and, to a larger degree, the planet. Your expedition leaders will teach you more about the actions you can take, equipping you with the tools you need to help make real change in the world. You will start to learn more about how to take the message beyond the confines of our ship and cement this trip as a life-changing experience to change the world.
DAY 10 (June 24, 2019): Sail back to Longyearbyen
As we turn our bow back towards Longyearbyen, we bid farewell to the kings and queens of the pack ice. We sail south, possibly stopping one more time in North Spitsbergen to observe wildlife.
As you continue back through the Arctic Ocean, while the end of the expedition may seem near, this is really only the beginning of your new life as an explorer and a member of the ClimateForce team. Your trip leaders will help develop your ideas of possible solutions to the problems we face as a species and help you reflect on your plans for the future.
DAY 11 (June 25, 2019): Longyearbyen
It is time to return to the world beyond this icy landscape. You leave with the understanding that we can work together for the betterment of mankind.
Disembark in Longyearbyen and take a short bus ride to Camp Barentz in the nearby Advent Valley for a taste of Arctic culture. Here, you’ll discover a collection of buildings including an authentic gamme, a traditional round building with an open fire in the center, and a lavvo, the traditional tent of the Sami people.
DAY 12 (June 26, 2019): Oslo, Norway
This morning, gather for one last breakfast to say our goodbyes. Exchange emails, if you’d like, with your fellow explorers and take a moment to reflect on a magical journey on this final day in Norway.