11 April 2019Return to Svalbard
It is getting much more difficult to visit the Svalbard Archipelago, north of Norway, because cruise ships carrying heavy fuel oil are only allowed into the capital of Longyearbyen and the surrounding fjord of Isfjorden. For most ships that effectively means just one port of call, but Saga Cruises have come up with the clever idea for 2020 of visiting the 'ghost town' of Pyramiden and the former Soviet mining base of Barentsburg, which also lie beside Isfjorden, as well as the capital. That was too good an opportunity for us to miss, and we look forward to working with Saga again, after too long a break, on their new ship Spirit of Discovery.
The cruise, appropriately called ARCTIC EXPEDITION, sails from Dover on July 7th 2020, with stops in Stavanger and a welcome overnight to enjoy the 'Midnight Sun' in Tromsø, before the three Svalbard visits. We then return, via Mo i Rana and Bergen, to Dover on July 23rd. There's more information on my Cruise Bookings page.