|Thurs||11.07||Pick-up service at home and flight from Luxembourg airport to Oslo via Amsterdam. After a city tour in Oslo, Check-in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.|
|Fri.||12.07||Early in the morning, chsrter flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen. Transfer to the port and embarkation on the SILVER CLOUD|
|Sat. - Thues.||13. - 16.07||The SILVER CLOUD is cruising in front of the nothern part of the island Svalbard. Zodiac excursions inclusive.|
|Wed. - Fri.||17. - 19.07||The SILVER CLOUD is cruising in front of the southern part of the island Svalbard. Zodiac excursions inclusive.|
|Sat.||20.07||Bear Island/Svalbard (Norway)|
|Sun.||21.07||Gjesvaerstappan Islands (Norway)|
|Sun.||21.07||Skarsvag/North Cape (Norway)|
|Mon.||22.07||Disembarkation after breakfast and transfer to the airport. Return flight via Oslo and Frankfurt to Luxembourg. Transfer to your residence.|
Longyearbyen is the biggest settlement in Svalbard. Seat of the Norwegian administration, it also has the best services and infrastructure
in the archipelago. Located deep in the Adventfjord, a sidearm of the Isfjorden (Icefjord), Longyearbyen’s airport can be used all-year round,
but its harbor is blocked by ice in winter. Most shops, hotels, restaurants and a hospital are within easy walking distance of the port. One
of the most prominent buildings in town is the UNIS center, where several Norwegian universities have joined forces to operate and offer
the northernmost higher education to both Norwegian and international students. Adjacent to UNIS, and well worth a visit, is the Svalbard
Museum, covering the natural history and exploitation of Svalbard. Remnants of the former mining activity can be seen all around
Longyearbyen and even in town.
Saturday - Friday, 13. - 19.07.2019
There are several deep fjords and prominent glaciers in the northern reaches of Svalbard, as well as the northern hemisphere’s widest
glacier front. Ice conditions will dictate how much can be accessed in terms of cruising bird islets like the Andøyane Islets or approaching
glaciers like Monaco Glacier and Seliger Glacier. The Northern Region is also known to have several walrus haul-outs and areas defined
as “Arctic Desert%u201D. Walks and hikes ashore to have a closer look at flora and wildlife are a possibility in the spectacular Northern
Region of Svalbard.
Svalbard’s Southern Region and specifically Spitsbergen’s west coast is less ice-clogged than the rest of Svalbard due to the moderating
influenced of the Gulf Stream. Several fjords cut into the western coast of Spitsbergen and have been used by trappers and hunters, as well
as the different mining companies that tried to exploit the riches of the archipelago’s largest island of Spitsbergen. Remains of huts and
mines, as well as active commercial and scientific settlements can be found and visited. Depending on the time of the season, glaciers
can be visited on foot or by sea. Northern places like Magdalenefjorden and Hornsund will reveal fascinating views of geological
formations, craggy mountains, spectacular glaciers and a variety of seabirds and seals.
Bear Islands (Norway)
Almost half way between Tromsø and Svalbard is isolated Bear Island – considered the southernmost island of the Svalbard Archipelago.
The unglaciated island is an impressive Nature Reserve of steep, high cliffs that are frequented by seabirds, specifically at the southern tip.
Brünnich’s Guillemots, Common Guillemots, Black Guillemots, Razorbills, Little Auks, Northern Fulmars, Glaucous Gulls, Black-legged
Kittiwakes, and even Atlantic Puffins and Northern Gannets nest along the cliffs south of Sørhamna. Because of the large numbers of birds
and the isolated location, Bear Island has been recognized as an Important Bird Area. It was once a hotspot for whaling and walrus
hunting, and at one stage even mining. Bear Island received its name because of a polar bear encountered by early explorer Willem
Barentsz. Today polar bears rarely visit the island and its only settlement is a meteorological station manned all-year round on the north
Gjesvaerstappan Islands (Norway)
Almost a hundred islands and rocks make up the Gjesv%u04D5rstappan Nature Reserve, one of Europe’s largest and most accessible
nesting areas for Atlantic seabirds. Less than 10 nautical miles from Nordkapp more than one million nesting birds have been counted on
Storstappen, the largest of the islands, and the minor islands next to it. One of the most significant Atlantic Puffin colonies in North Norway
is found in this nature reserve. Zodiacs and kayaks are the best way to look for the Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Black and Common
Guillemots, Northern Gannets, White-tailed Eagles, and Arctic Skuas, Common Eider Ducks, Common Shags and Great Cormorants as
well as various other species.
Skarsvag/North Cape (Norway)
For those who prefer comfort, the Silver Cloud will anchor off Skarsvag, the “most northerly fishing village in the world%u201D, and,
weather conditions permitting, head ashore via Zodiac. We will travel by coach to the North Cape where you can admire the glorious
scenery, stop in at the visitor’s centre and take photos at the famed globe monument. On a clear day the panorama is quite spectacular. On
the return to Silver Cloud we will watch for reindeer grazing on the surrounding hillsides.