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Sailing & Exploring Isfjorden, Svalbard

  • Vessel: Noorderlicht
  • Where: Svalbard,Norway
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Embark: Longyearbyen - 3 September 2022, 16:00
  • Disembark: Longyearbyen - 10 September 2022, 09:00
Single berth in Twin Cabin £2,050 £512.50
Single berth in twin cabin (single occupancy)£3,075 £768.75

Discover the Arctic wonders of the glaciers, wilderness & wildlife of Svalbard from the water.

Join Noorderlicht in Svalbard to discover the Arctic circle with a sailing holiday adventure to remember.

Day 1: Embarkation in Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen is the largest inhabited settlement in Spitsbergen and the world’s most northerly inhabited town with more than 1000 inhabitants. Discover the fascinating history of the island as you join Noorderlicht on the ‘floating pier’. After a welcome from the captain, the mooring lines will be cast off and you will receive a safety briefing from the crew. Afterwards, you will enjoy a delicious first dinner on board, while the ship sets course towards Gipsvika bay.

Day 2: Visit the mysterious ghost town of Pyramiden

Wake up in Gipsvika Bay and get ready to head ashore and explore the pebble beach where we can find various cultural relics, left behind by the old mining company.

Once back aboard, set the sails to head deeper into the Isfjord towards the Russian settlement of Pyramiden. The town is named after the pyramid-shaped mountain next to the town which was founded by the Swedish in 1910.

Day 3: Gems of nature: Nordenskiöldbreen & Skansbukta

In the morning we will take a tour make through the ghost town where you will notice that the communist-style is still present. There is a large statue of Lenin’s head on the main square, there are inscriptions in Russian and some old installations belonging to the former coal mine.

After everyone is safely back on board, we continue the journey towards the glacier Nordenskiöldbreen, one of the largest glaciers in the Isfjord. Although the glacier has receded markedly in recent years, it is still very impressive. Keep an eye out for polar bears that have shown themselves here repeatedly in recent years!

In the evening we will arrive in beautiful Skansbukta where we will look for a safe anchorage for the night in the sheltered bay.

Day 4: Past historic Kapp Thorsden towards Trygghamna

Jump ashore to explore Skansbukta and walk among the impressive cliffs, where we find the remains of the gypsum mine that once was active here.

Once back on board, we set sail in the direction of Trygghamna and past Kapp Thorsden, a location where a lot of scientific research and mineral extraction has taken place. At this cape, we also find the oldest house of Spitsbergen, the Svenskehuset from 1872. Our expedition leader can certainly tell you more about this as the ship sails past the cape. In the evening we will drop anchor in the sheltered bay of Trygghamna.

Day 5: Visit to bird cliff Alkhornet & a Soviet-style town: Barentsburg

After breakfast, we will visit ashore at Trygghamna, where we find the oldest traces of human activity in Svalbard. After the Western Europeans left, the Russian Pomors took over this area. Their activity was focused mainly on hunting walruses for their products and hides. The remains of this 18th-century Pomor (Russian hunters) hunting station can still be found here. The tundra at the bottom of the cliff receives nutrients from the sea birds and provides meadows for reindeer, nesting sites for geese and shelter for Arctic foxes & Polar bears.

Depending on the availability of a berth in the port of Barentsburg, we will sail towards the Russian mining settlement after a hot lunch. From the dock where our ship is moored, we will first have to climb some 140 wooden steps before we enter the main street. Here we will see that the Soviet period has left its mark. There is a life-size bust of Lenin in the middle of the town, billboards with photos of workers and modernist Soviet buildings.

Day 6: Colesbukta – Borebukta

In the morning will sail for Colesbukta, a former port that shipped and transported coal from the Soviet settlement of Grumantbyen where the remains of the once-thriving coal industry can be found. Here we will visit the abandoned hut of the Russian geologist Vladimir Rusanov. Weather permitting, we will spend the rest of the day sailing to Borebukta. We will try to get as close to the northwestern end as possible to get a look at the steep glacier front of the Borebreen. We then continue to the west side of the bay, close to the Nansenbreen, where we will anchor for the night.

Day 7: Sailing towards Longyearbyen

In the morning we hope to make a final landing in Cape Bohemanflya, before sailing back to Longyearbyen.

Day 8: Goodbye Noorderlicht!

After a hearty breakfast, you can disembark by 09:00.

As with all Nooredrlicht’s sailing holidays, your ticket price includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks and Tea/Coffee. All cabins are private twin cabins with shared bathrooms. 

Simply click “Enquire Now” to reserve your berth for five days whilst you sort your travel plans. No booking form or deposit is required until you are ready to book! Upon booking, Noorderlicht requires a 50% deposit with the remaining balance due 90days before departure. Noorderlicht is giving full refunds in the event of Coronavirus restrictions that mean they are unable to sail.


VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
Sailing & Exploring Isfjorden, Svalbard3 September 20228£2,050Enquire now
Sailing & Exploring Isfjorden, Svalbard10 September 20228£2,050Enquire now
Sailing & Exploring Isfjorden, Svalbard17 September 20228£2,050Enquire now
Sailing & Exploring Isfjorden, Svalbard24 September 20228£2,050Enquire now


Guest berths: 20 Rig: Schooner

Originally built in 1910, Noorderlicht has a colourful history and has spent much of her life sailing the Baltic Sea and exploring Svalbard. With various refits, hull extensions and rigging reconfigurations, she now sails as a graceful two-masted schooner taking guests on bucket-list sailing holidays in the Arctic.

With comfortable accommodation for up to 20 guests in private twin cabins, Noorderlicht offers guests whale watching and wildlife expeditions exploring the Arctic waters of Northern Norway & Svalbard. Her size and draft mean she can reach some of the most remote areas of Svalbard so she is a great way to discover the hidden gems that this breathtaking part of the world has to offer.

Low impact and environmental travel go hand-in-hand with Noorderlicht’s ethos. Her ability to set sail and explore this part of the world is the best way enjoy the beautiful unspoiled nature.

In the early 90’s she was refitted to become a charter vessel and so her accommodation below decks was given careful consideration. She has ten comfortable twin cabins that all share four bathrooms. The galley and downstairs seating area sits in the middle of the ship with another seating area and bar in the deck-house.

Noorderlicht is sailed by her loving owners along with a friendly crew who are all well trained to sail the wilderness of Svalbard. They invite guests to get involved with sailing Noorderlicht but it is certainly not mandatory!

Deck plan

Noorderlicht deck plan More about Noorderlicht


  • Are all meals included?

    Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.

  • Can you cater for dietary needs?

    We can cater for Vegetarian, Dairy and Gluten free but sorry no vegans.

  • What language is spoken onboard?


  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    10 x Twin Cabins with shared bathrooms

  • How many toilet/showers does she have?

    4 Shower rooms and an extra single toilet

  • Is there WIFI?

    No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.

  • Can I charge my phone/Camera?

    Yes, please bring european adaptors

  • Are there life jackets provided?


  • Are Waterproofs provided?


  • Do I need sailing experience?

    No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure.

  • Will I be sea sick?

    Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.


From: Longyearbyen

To: Longyearbyen


Fly from most UK airports to OSLO, Norway where you can continue to Harstad-Navik, Evenes Airport. SAS airlines offer affordable flights.

You can then catch the airport bus to Harstad which is about a 50-minute journey.

Noorderlicht will be moored on the quay near Havnegata, 9404 Harstad, Norway.

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