Circumnavigation of Spitsbergen on Ocean Nova
Svalbard has a mild climate compared to other land areas on the same latitude. This is thanks to the Gulf Current. The average temperature in Longyearbyen in July is +6°C.
During winter thick ice and snow blanket the archipelago, but when warmer weather arrives, the ice loses its grip and the rugged coasts become possible to navigate by vessel. Millions of seabirds arrive to their traditional nesting sites, and the archipelago teems with life.
The beginning of the season (June, early July) is characterised by a lot of snow and a wonderful purity. It is still spring in the Arctic, polar bear cubs and seals can sometimes be seen on the ice of the fjords in front of the glaciers. The mighty pack ice is not far away. Summer arrives in the middle of the season (July). The ice loosens its grip around the islands and this makes it possible to get further east. Whales are more frequently seen in the waters and more and more snow-free areas become accessible for walks. Colourful flowers are in bloom.
Autumn arrives in Svalbard in August. The light is beginning to become gentle and soft and it is now that the snow-free landscape can be seen most clearly. After mid-August you may be able to see the Ivory Gull’s chicks, while some birds are preparing to migrate. The ice has pulled further away and it may be possible to get all the way around Spitsbergen. Groups of harp seals can be seen and close encounters with walrus females with cubs are not uncommon.
Circumnavigation of Spitsbergen on Ocean Nova itinerary:
Vessel Type: Expedition
Length: 73 meters
Beam: 11.0 m
Draft: 4.0 m
GRT: 2,118 tons
Speed: 11 knots
Ice Class: Ice 1B, E0 (Hull Ice 1A)
Capacity: 84 (in twin & triple Cabins)
The ice-strengthened expedition ship Ocean Nova was built in Denmark in 1992 with high ice class to serve Greenland’s west coast. In 2004 to 2005 she was completely refurbished and has now a career as a small and comfortable expedition ship. The Ocean Nova accommodates 86 passengers in single, double and triple cabins, all with sea-view and private facilities. The double cabins have either two lower beds or upper and lower beds. The triple cabins have upper and lower beds. In your cabin you will also find a desk with chair and ample storage space for clothes and equipment.
In the dining room you are treated to delicious meals in between landings and in the panorama lounge you can enjoy a drink with a breathtaking view of the surrounding polar landscape. This is where PolarQuest’s on board specialists entertain and educate you with lectures on polar biology, history, geology and conservation. There is also a library with panoramic views and a good selection of polar books. On board there is a satellite phone, gym and medical doctor. Passengers are welcome on the bridge around the clock and there is always something to see or search for from the spacious observation decks. The ship has North European officers and there is a friendly and informal atmosphere on board. Travelling with this small expedition ship offers an entirely different experience and perspective than you can get on a larger and more conventional cruise ship.