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 and participate in the obligatory lifeboat drill. Departure from Longyearbyen is normally around 6:00 p.m.
Day 2 - 9
Sail to 80 degrees north, well beyond the Arctic Circle, around the island of Spitsbergen, where snow-draped mountains rise high above the pack ice. It is the wildlife that makes this expedition so intoxicating: huge 200,000-strong colonies of Little auk thronging the cliffs and shores, kittiwakes next to the cobalt blue glaciers, walrus wallowing in the shallows, Arctic foxes, whales and, of course, one of the ultimate wildlife sightings, the mighty Polar bear, frequently seen hunting in its frosty backyard on ice floes.
We arrive back into Longyearbyen early this morning and on disembarking after breakfast you are either transferred to your hotel or the airport.