Aboard the M/S Origo
Enjoy your days exploring the arctic aboard the M/S Origo. You are now in a part of the world where you are totally dependent on the ice and weather conditions. The exact itinerary depends on these factors and on the wildlife encountered. The ambition is to make landings or cruises every day with the Zodiacs.
Here are some examples of places you may visit:
Prins Karls Forland
This narrow strip of land is covered by a magnificent and snow-covered mountain chain. The island is also home to many seabirds and harbor seals.
Two of the most courageous attempts to reach the North Pole started on the island of Danskøya. Swedish balloonist Andrée made an attempt with a hydrogen balloon and American journalist Wellman started with an airship. There are still interesting remnants from these expeditions left on this site.
Svalbard offers the visitor countless spectacular fjords. During your journey you will explore a few of them such as: Liefdefjorden, meaning “The fjord of love”, is lined with snow-covered mountain peaks. Here, you can cruise along the face of the spectacular Monaco Glacier. Many common eiders and pinkfooted geese nest in the area, and with a bit of luck, you’ll can see the rare king eider. In Krossfjorden, revel in the beautifully sculptured front of the 14th of July Glacier to the raucous greeting of the large number of kittiwakes and Brünnich’s guillemots nesting on the nearby cliffs. Dominated by beautiful glaciers, Raudfjorden is an area of immense natural beauty and a favorite spot for seals. In addition, the bird cliffs here are bursting with activity. The scientific village of Ny-Ålesund, situated in Kongsfjorden, is the point from which Amundsen and Nobile started their heroic expeditions to the North Pole.
North Spitsbergen & Hinlopen Strait
North of Spitsbergen, you might meet the edge of the pack ice where few ships venture. Marvel at the silence and grandeur of this icy landscape. Chances of meeting polar bears increase as you sail along the ice floes. If the ice allows, you’ll enter Hinlopen Strait to see Alkefjellet: an impressive, basaltic cliff, which is home to an estimated 60,000 pairs of Brünnich’s guillemots. You may also continue into the beautiful bay Palanderbukta on Nordaustlandet.
Please note: The exact route and activities will depend on ice, weather conditions and wildlife. Vega Expeditions will always strive to maximize your experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!
ABOARD THE M/S ORIGO Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner