The transfer to the ship takes place in the afternoon. Once on board there is a get together for introductions to the expedition team, to learn about the ship and its layout, talk about the itinerary for the next 10 days and participate in the obligatory lifeboat drill. Departure from Longyearbyen is normally around 6:00 p.m.
Day 2 - 8
This itinerary focuses on a constant search for wildlife. The expedition will be highlighted by encounters with colonies of rare seabirds, hauled-out walrus and hunting Polar bears. We'll explore a large part of western Spitsbergen, which is also home to huge glaciers and impressive fjords. The destinations visited on this voyage will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing and appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen.
We arrive back into Longyearbyen early this morning and disembark after breakfast.