Longyearbyen – Westcoast of Spitsbergen – Longyearbyen
BOARDING 24/09 AT 14:00
DISEMBARKATION 02/10 AT 12:00
In the afternoon the Antigua crew welcomes you on board. After settling in your cabin, you get to meet your fellow sailors and the captain will introduce the crew and tell you everything there is to know about life on board. After leaving port, the ship glides through the waters of Isfjord. The route takes us along the west coast of Spitsbergen. The captain and tour leader look for the most beautiful spots for excursions, considering the weather, wind and ice conditions at the time.
We sail along the magnificent coast, riddled with glaciers and the jagged mountain tops that give Spitsbergen its name. In case we need to cover longer distances, we will sail through the night; otherwise we will anchor, sheltered in a fjord. Our land excursions take us to the remnants of different periods of Spitsbergen’s history, for example blubber ovens and the graves near old whaling stations, trapper huts, weather stations and collieries. Famous explorers like Roald Amundsen and Umberto Nobile also left traces of their expeditions.
This sailing trip has an emphasis on photography and is accompanied by a photographer. He organizes various lectures and photo sessions on board and accompanies the practical sessions during the excursions. On board is also an excursion leader, who can tell you everything there is to know about this beautiful area, its history and its flora and fauna. At this time of year the light creates a very special atmosphere. In September the first snow might cover the landscape under a beautiful white blanket and with a bit of luck the northern lights can be spotted.
There will be one or two shore excursions a day, with an emphasis on photography, but also with the space and time to experience this unique environment. With a bit of luck we also get to see whales. In these waters mainly dwarf minke whales and belugas, but also the fin whale. Polar bears can also pop up everywhere, but despite their size these are more difficult spot. The Antigua will sail to the next destination between shore excursions. This time at sea can be enjoyed with a cup of tea in the warm saloon chatting with your fellow travellers, reading a book or even editing your photos.
The Antigua arrives in Longyearbyen the night prior to your disembarkation, which gives you time to discover the city of Longyearbyen on the morning of departure.
For this journey there is no daily itinerary, as we like to keep it flexible in order to anticipate the weather, the location of any whales and other wild animals as we see or hear about them. The crew and the expedition leader coordinate the route in such a way that the best possible route is sailed, the most beautiful photo opportunities are observed and various landing sites are visited. If you require more information in advance, do not hesitate to contact us.
Wind and weather can influence the voyage.
Please, don’t forget your passport or identity card
Luggage preferably in soft travel bags; hard suitcases are difficult to store in the cabins
Expenses on board can be settled at the end of the trip
Unfortunately it isn’t possible to pay by card
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On board the Antigua you are on a very special expedition ship. The three master has a specious center deck which enables you as guest to view the vast wilderness and animals of northernmost regions of Europe. The characteristic sailing ship counts three zodiacs used for excursions.
You’re immediately at home in the comfortable and cosy salon of the ship, a perfect spot to wind down from a day at sea. As in the salon, the standard cabins are mahogany finished. For those who prefer slightly more comfort there are a few larger cabins with loose beds. All cabins have en-suite bathrooms with showers and toilets.
With the Barkentine Antigua you will reach regions where other ships won’t be able to sail. It’s for that reason that guests prefer to embark on our unique expeditions in arctic waters.
Map of the journey
What is included
Accommodation in a two person cabin with shower and toilet
Bed linen and towels
What it does not include
Drinks, except coffee, tea and water
Travel and cancellation insurance
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