Spitsbergentrips

As soon as you take the first step on board from the Meander, an unforgettable adventure begins. The Meander is a comfortable ship fully equipped for the arctic sea. Relax on deck with a lovely sea breeze, anchor in a cove in front of a glacier or take the Zodiac to the beach for walking in amazing nature. Everything is possible on your trip. And when you enjoy the panorama around you at the end of the day, you are already dreaming about the adventures of the next day. Let the elements lead you and expect the most unexpectable. Enjoy the challenging nature of Spitsbergen, we will take you on a journey that you won’t forget.

Are you looking for an active sailing trip in an amazing area like Spitsbergen? Then come along on the Meander. Help set sail, steer the ship, doe fantastic walks and listen to many interesting stories during lectures on board. We will have a day to day planning of the trip that we always get the best out of the day. If this suits you, come along and have the time of your life.

On the Meander we offer 4 double standard cabins with shared showers/toilets and double comfort cabins with private shower/toilet. Our cook on board will make daily varied meals for you. On deck, our crew will show you how to set the sails, navigate and steer the ship. They wil bring you with zodiacs to shore to explore the landscape. 

Included in the travel price:

• Stay in a double cabin with shared shower/toilet or comfort cabin with private shower/toilet
• Bed linen and towels
• Full board on board
• Port dues
• Guide / Expeditionleader

Not included in the travel price:

• Transfer costs
• Drinks, except coffee, tea and water
• Travel and cancellation insurance

Other information:

• Don’t forget your passport or ID card
• Luggage preferably in a travel bag; hard suitcases are difficult to store in the cabins
• Expenses on board can be settled at the end of the trip
• It is NOT possible to pay with card on board

Spitsbergentrips 14 days from Longyearbyen to Longyearbyen
(18.06.2022 - 02.07.2022) Practical information - Date: 18.06.2022 (14:00) - 02.07.2022 (12:00) - Duration: On request - Service: full board - Price: standard cabine € 3.550,- p.p. / comfort cabine € 3.850,- p.p. - Embark: Longyearbyen  - Disembark: Longyearbyen 14:00 - Airports:
Longyearbyen 12:00 - Main languge spoken on Bord: English
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Spitsbergentrips 7 days fom Longyearbyen to Longyearbyen
(03.07.2022 - 10.07.2022)

Practical information 
- Date: 03.07.2022 (14:00) - 10.07.2022 (12:00)
- Service: full board 
- Price: standard cabine € 2.250,- p.p. / comfort cabine € 2.550,- p.p.
- Embark: Longyearbyen 
- Disembark:  Longyearbyen 14:00
- Airports: Longyearbyen 12:00
- Main languge spoken on Bord: English 

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Travel description 14 days Spitsbergen

Day 1

Embarkation in Longyearbyen

Welcome to Longyearbyen, welcome to the Meander! You are welcome on board from 2 p.m., where your holiday will start right away. You wil get your cabin, the ship wil be explained with regard to safety and behavior on board. The ship departs in the evening or the next morning depending on the weather en the wind.

Day 2

Forlandsundet, Ny-Ålesund

We leave the Icefjords and sail through the Forlandsundet. If the weather permitting, we will land at Fuglehuken, where Willem Barentsz was the first traveler to set foot in Spitsbergen in 1596. Here we also find the graves of whalers and visit several colonies of birds. We may encounter seals and walruses, which can be found here regularly.

Day 3

Smeerenburg and Ytre Norskøya

Almost every day on this trip, attempts are made to land at most interesting places. The expedition staff will accompany you and tell you more about these places. They are armed on shore at all times, because of the danger to polar bears in Spitsbergen. The areas you visit are uninhabited, so there are most of the time no jetties to dock the ship. A zodiac is used to land in otherwise inaccessible places. On this day, it is possible to visit the remains of Smeerenburg, the largest whaling station on Spitsbergen in the 17th century. In the 17th and 18th centuries, whales were hunted fanatically. A well-known whaler-captain, who later became the Netherlands’ greatest naval hero, was Michiel de Ruyter. We can also land on Ytre Norskøya and possibly the Zeeland Uytkijk, where we find many graves from the glory days of whaling.

Day 4-14

Spitsbergen how it used to be.

We sail either to Sorgfjord, where we have a good chance of seeing walruses, or to Murchison Bay, where we can find a dry tundra, the home to many reindeer. There is also a Swedish research station here. If the wether will allow it, there may also be a possibility to reach the Van Dongen bend. This bend, named after the Dutch polar hero Sjef van Dongen, is located in the far northeast. Van Dongen took part in the rescue expedition that had to rescue polar explorer Umberto Nobile after he crashed with his Zeppelin. You will hear the story of this spacial journey on board. The film about the life of Sjef van Dongen will also be shown there. By the way, two books about this hero were published in 2015.

But we may well have to deviate from our plans. The definitive itinerary will be made on the ship, when ice, wind direction and weather can be better predicted. The ideal itinerary would take us via Ny Alesund and Smeerenburg, the Sorgfjord and the seven islands in the far north on the northern side of Nordauslandet. Then we make a long and beautiful sea day along the glacier fjord to the end on the south side of the Hinlopenstrait. From there we can travel along the east coast and return to where we started: in Longyearbyen, the start and end point of your trip around Spitsbergen. If that doesn’t work, the second option is to return from the Hinlopenstraat, because here are always risks that the round cannot be completed. But don’t worry, a return trip back from the Hinlopenstraat is also a great route and we always avoid repetition. Enough fjords on the way! Docks along the way depending on weather and ice conditions, and of course the chance to spot polar bears.

We hope to be able to show as much as possible of the arctic wildlife: whales, arctic foxes, walruses, birds and of course the polar bear. Our crew will do the best to visit the best places to see them; But of course we cannot give a guarantee on seeing the wildlife.
In your time on sea you can be together with your fellow travelers in the warm salon while enjoying a cup of tea.
When the Meander arrives in Longyearbyen again, it is definitely nice spending some time in Longyearbyen.

We do not work with a daily itinerary from the program, because we like to be able to be flexible related to the weather and the location of any whales and other wildlife. The crew and the expedition leader coordinate the route in such a way that the best possible route wil be sailed.
Weather and wind can affect the travel program.

Travel description 7 days Spitsbergen

In the afternoon you will come on board with us and the crew wil be ready to welcome you. After an introduction about the ship, behaviour on board and safety, the ropes can be untied and the journey begins. The Meander sails from Longyearbyen out of the beautiful Icefjord, what a great start. Our journey goes along the fjords from the west coast of Spitsbergen, either north or south. Always depending on where the wind, weather and ice conditions lead us.

On this 7 day trip you will explore the west coastal area of Spitsbergen. If possible, we will sail from one spot to the next along the coast of Spitsbergen. There are daily landings with the two zodiacs in the fjords , at a glacier or on the tundra. Of course the expedition leader wil be armed on shore to protect for the local polar bears! The expedition leader gives detailed explanations about the course of the journey, lectures and answers questions during a conversation outside on deck.

Heading north.
At Gravneset you can sail past a historic place, where Willem Barentsz came first and gave Spitsbergen its name. In Smeerenburg you can find the remains of the illustrious whaler’s village from the 17th century. The countless graves remind us of a dangerous and rough existence. Places such as Sallyhamna, the Magdalenafjorden, the Cross and Kongsfjorden await us with fantastic panoramas and unforgettable impressions.

When we sail south from the Ijsfjorden, the Bellsund with the beautiful Reserchebreen, lots of history and animals are waiting for you. Further south you can find the Hornsund with an incomparable glacier world and beautiful mountains. Sometimes it is also possible to visit the southern cape, where beautiful walks and atmospheric places await us.

During our journey along the beautiful coastline of Spitsbergen we pass glaciers and jagged mountain peaks. Occasionally and if the weather permits, we also sail through the night to wake up the next day in a beautiful bay and go ashore again. The best thing is a trip on Svalbard with enough time to enjoy and not to let the shore illness ,stress’ arise. The evening behind the anchor in a beautiful bay with a view over a glacier, a nice glass of wine or a book on deck… That is the magic of Spitsbergen on sailingship Meander.

We hope to be able to show as much as possible of the arctic wildlife: whales, arctic foxes, walruses, birds and of course the polar bear. Our crew will do the best to visit the best places to see them; But of course we cannot give a guarantee on seeing the wildlife.
In your time on sea you can be together with your fellow travelers in the warm salon while enjoying a cup of tea.
When the Meander arrives in Longyearbyen again, it is definitely nice spending some time in Longyearbyen.

We do not work with a daily itinerary from the program, because we like to be able to be flexible related to the weather and the location of any whales and other wildlife. The crew and the expedition leader coordinate the route in such a way that the best possible route wil be sailed.
Weather and wind can affect the travel program.