Spitsbergen & North East Greenland
Spitsbergen & North East Greenland 14 days aboard MV Plancius
The best of both worlds with time spent along the beautiful west coast of Spitsbergen, with great chances of polar bear sightings and then on to the less-visited northeast coast of Greenland, where you will see different scenery and wildlife, with the highlight of sailing in Scoresby Sund, the longest and most spectacular fjord system in the world. At this time of year, there is a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
Note: this itinerary is conducted on a bilingual basis in English & German
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
- Amazing West Spitsbergen scenery and wildlife - polar bears possible
- Spectacular Scoresby Sund
- Amazing mountain, glacier and tundra landscapes
- Whales, musk oxen and other wildlife
- Northern Lights
- Inuit culture
- Full board accommodation on board
- All zodiac excursions and landings with expert guides
- Programme of expert lectures
- Loan of rubber boots
- Expedition parka
ITINERARY13 Nights 14 Days
- Day 1 | Longyearbyen
- Day 2 | Raudfjord & Moffen Island
- Days 3 - 4 | En route to Greenland
- Day 5 | Myggebugten
- Day 6 | Blomster Bugt
- Day 7 | Segelsallskapets Fjord
- Day 8 | Antarcticahavn
- Day 9 | Scoresby Sund
- Day 10 | Cape Hofmann Halvø
- Day 11 | Sydkap
- Day 12 | Ittoqqortoormiut
- Day 13 | At Sea
- Day 14 | Arrival in Akureyri
Arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Svalbard archipelago. Before embarking, take the opportunity to stroll around this former mining town, whose parish church and Polar Museum are well worth visiting. In the early evening the ship will sail out and along Isfjorden.
Raudfjord & Moffen Island
We sail into the beautiful glacited Raudfjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, where we hope to see ringed and bearded seals, seabird colonies and surprisingly rich vegetation. We have good chances to see polar bears near Hamilton Glacier, or at the head of the fjord. From there we continue to Moffen Island, where there is a walrus haul out.
En route to Greenland
At sea, on our way to Greenland, we may see the edge of the East Greenland sea-ice. We keep watch for whales,and migrating seabirds.
Approaching Greenland we will attempt to sail through the sea ice into Foster Bugt, making our first landing at Myggebugten. Beyond a derelict early 20th century hunters’ hut, there is extensive tundra populated by musk oxen. The small lakes are also home to geese. We sail through Kaiser Franz Joseph Fjord, a magnificent fjord with towering mountains on both sides, its inner reaches choked with huge icebergs. An alternative is Sofia Sund, which is much narrower, and where we can see musk oxen from the ship.
We will land at Blomster Bugt to view some beautiful geological formations. Arctic Hare are usually seen here, and there is a lake with great northern divers and their young. In the afternoon we sail along Teufelschloss and Ella Ø and hope to land at a particularly beautiful spot in the early evening.
We plan to land at a scenic spot where the Berzelius Mountains overlook colourful sedimentary rock. On a walk, we can expect to see musk oxen, Arctic hare and ptarmigan. Later, in Alpe Fjord, we will take a Zodiac cruise around the Gully Glacier as we explore the fjord.
The first half of the day we spend in Antarcticahavn, a wide and extensive valley where we also could see groups of musk oxen. At this time of year the autumnal colours of the sparse vegetation make the landscapes even more beautiful.
Today we reach the Scoresby Sund and sail in the morning along the ragged and glaciated Volquart Boons. Here we may take a Zodiac cruise along one of the glacier fronts and have our first landing near for instance Maane Glacier. Later we land on Danmark Ø where there are the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago. The circular ‘tent rings’ of stones indicate the summer houses, while the winter houses can be seen closer to a small cape. The sites are well preserved, allowing entrances and even bear-proof meat caches to be identified. There are also grave sites. In the evening we continue our sailing through the beautiful fjords to the west, choked with icebergs.
Cape Hofmann Halvø
We go ashore at Cape Hofmann Halvø, a reliable spot for viewing musk oxen. We may also spot rock ptarmigan and great northern diver at sea. The landscape here is particularly beautiful, especially during autumn when the dwarf willow and dwarf birch change colour and the tasty Arctic blueberry and crowberry add their own colourful touch. In the evening we sail through the fjord towards Scoresby Land, enjoying the contrast between the warm autumnal colours of the vegetation on shore, backed by huge dark mountains, and the cold blue of the icebergs.
In Northwest fjord in Scoresby Land in the morning, we encounter huge icebergs, some over 100m high and more than a kilometre in length. Most of the bergs are grounded as the fjord is only about 400m deep here. We land near Sydkap to view the remains of the Thule culture winter houses. As many as 20 people lived in these tiny houses, hunting Greenland whale and using their vertebrae to build the houses. We may also land at Gurreholm on Jameson Land. The landscape here is gently undulating.
In the morning we land at Ittoqqortoormiut, the biggest settlement in the Scoresby Sund with about 500 inhabitants. At the post office you can buy stamps for your postcards, or just wander around to see the sledge dogs and the drying skins of seal, musk oxen and polar bears. After dinner we will sail south passing the amazing landscape of the Blosseville coast.
We will spend the whole day at sea and we will have splendid opportunities to see large whales and seabird migration and, in the night, the aurora borealis.
Arrival in Akureyri
In the morning we arrive in Akureyri and are taken by a chartered bus during a 6 hours drive through north Iceland to our hotel in Reykjavik.
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We have just returned from our Spitsbergen trip with Wildfoot and had to tell you what an amazing time we had! We saw 6 polar bears including a mother with 2 cubs as well as whales, walruses and lots of birds. The ship (Expedition) was really comfortable and the guides were so helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for making it all so easy.
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
We had always wanted to see the Arctic and travelling all the way from Australia needed lots of information. After getting nowhere, we came across Wildfoot and found people who knew what they were talking about! Sara and John were so helpful and made the process easy, suggesting Iceland Greenland and Spitsbergen. This was perfect for us – amazing scenery and lots of wildlife, especially the polar bears in Spitsbergen. Thanks for everything. Ps, the ship was great too!
Just wanted to say thank you for suggesting a trip to Franz Josef Land as something different for the Arctic. We had a super trip and really enjoyed the Sea Spirit. Galapagos next!
Standing on the North Pole has been an ambition of mine since childhood and now I have done it! Thank you for making the process so easy - seeing polar bears and whales too was a real bonus.
The Sea Spirit expedition was excellent and the team organising it all were extremely good. 10 out of 10. Everything went very smoothly. The Iceland extension worked perfectly, all the organisation, connections etc. were excellent
The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
Thanks so much for enabling me to get to places I had always wanted to see from a very young age. “Ace” as my boys used to say!
Just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you very much for all your help in arranging our recent trip to Svalbard. Everything ran smoothly and the trip was a great success. Unfortunately I had to flew back a few days early and missed out on Isfjord Radio, which the rest of the team said was a brilliant place with amazing food, still the Basecamp Hotel and Nordenskiold Lodge were pretty amazing places, so I’m not complaining!
Writing back to tell you that the trip to the Arctic was all that it promised and more. It was a great wild-life sightseeing opportunity and the staff were really good.I had an excellent trip and have thousands of photos to go through.
I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful cruise in the Russian Far East. The landscape and destination were inspiring, we had some excellent wildlife sightings (sea otter, grey whale, Steller's sea eagle, snowy owl and Arctic fox were all firsts for me), and the Heritage team were superb. Rough seas forced a few changes to the itinerary but we also had some fabulous weather. All in all, a thrilling travel experience.Thanks once again for all your efforts
I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.
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