Spitsbergen Hiking Tour and Indian Summer

on board „Cape Race“

Spitzbergen Wanderreise

This nature cruise on board the stylish „Cape Race“ offers travellers the rare opportunity to explore the northwest of Spitsbergen off the beaten track, intensively and in a small group (max. twelve participants). Certainly the right choice for travellers who already know the archipelago, but also an ideal trip for those who want to explore remote regions in the far north of Spitsbergen with plenty of time for hiking and wildlife watching.

Fuchs Spitzbergen

In the early Arctic autumn, it already gets dark again at night, and the now lower sun casts a fascinating light on the autumnally glowing vegetation and landscape – ideal conditions for photography!

At this time of year of the „Indian Summer“ there are also very good chances of observing female polar bears with their cubs. Although the breeding season is already over, many young birds can still be seen on the water and in the air, and Arctic foxes roam along the shore sections in search of food.
The trip does not follow a set itinerary – possible wildlife sightings and current ice and weather conditions will determine the itinerary. The manageable size of the tour group allows for exciting activities, which will also include numerous and extensive hikes.

On board the small and manoeuvrable „Cape Race“ you will experience the Arctic world at close quarters. Landings can be made quickly, flexibly and without long waiting times. And due to the shallow draft of the expedition ship, remote regions become accessible that are denied to larger ships.

Since 2019, mare has been offering expeditions with the ship MS „Cape Race“ in cooperation with Leguan Reisen. With a maximum of 12 passengers, every journey on this small, very seaworthy and environmentally friendly ship with its detailed charm from the tramp shipping era becomes a very personal experience.


A special concern of the owner and marine biologist Nikolaus Gelpke is to bring man and nature closer together in a sustainable and respectful way. Therefore, a scientific concept is always pursued on the voyages with the „Cape Race“. Guided by an expert expedition leader, you look and listen, for example, into the ice depths of the Arctic with the help of a professional ROV camera and an underwater microphone, admire plankton samples under the microscope, determine relevant environmental factors such as salinity, temperature or nutrients or take depth samples with a water sampler. On these trips, you will also gain knowledge about the fascinating polar ecosystem in just a few hours.


The planned itinerary

Day 1 (14.09.23): Oslo
A scheduled flight from Germany, Austria or Switzerland takes you to Oslo, where you spend one night at the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel.

Day 2 (15.09.23): Longyearbyen
In the morning, continue your flight to Longyearbyen, where you will be met at the airport and taken to embarkation on board the „Cape Race“. If there is still some time left (depending on arrival), you will have the opportunity to explore Longyearbyen. The Svalbard Museum is certainly worth a visit and an ideal introduction to the days to come.

Day 3-9 (16.09.- 23.09.23): Northwest Spitsbergen
Like a “real” expedition, we will explore the north-west of Spitsbergen in the coming days. We do not follow a fixed itinerary, but arrange the days flexibly, depending on weather and ice conditions. Animal observations from sea and land and hikes in the autumnal glowing landscape are the focus of the trip.

The following places may be among our destinations in the coming days

Vesle (“little”) Raudfjord – Alicehamna
The lonely bay Alicehamna is located in the east of the Raudfjord. Here you will find the Raudfjordhytta, an old trapper’s hut built in 1927 by Sven Olsen, who spent many years in the Raudfjord. On this side of the Raudfjord there are beautiful hiking opportunities, e.g. to Solanderfjellet, which at 334 metres above sea level offers a fantastic view over the fjord with its majestic mountains and glaciers.

Even though Germany played only a minor role in whaling in the far north, the name “Hamburgbukta” is a reminder of former whalers from Hamburg who used this sheltered bay as a base station. The entrance to the small bay, which lies about 3 kilometres south of the Magdalenenfjord, is only about 100 metres wide and 2 metres deep, so it is only accessible to small ships. Remains of old huts and graves here are reminders of the long-gone days of whaling.

Bockfjord, warm springs
Glaciers and sharp mountain peaks in the west, rounded red sandstone in the east and the extinct volcano Sverrefjellet together form a contrasting landscape panorama in the southern part of the Bockfjord. The 506-metre-high extinct volcano Sverrefjellet probably erupted under the glacial ice a few 100 000 years ago. This relatively recent volcanic activity is still noticeable today in the form of a few small warm springs.

Danskøya (Kobbefjord)
Kobbefjord (“Seal Bay”) is located in the west of the rocky island of Danskøya. In the 17th century, Danish whalers maintained a whaling station in Kobbefjord. In addition to the remains of whaling, Postholmen, a skerry at the entrance to Kobbefjorden, reminds us of an old tradition: passing ships deposited their mail on a nearby headland, and those who passed by here on their way south took it with them to Norway.Beverlysund

Day 11-12: (24.09.- 25.09.23): Disembarkation Longyearbyen, return journey.
Disembarkation in the morning and transfer to Longyearbyen airport. Return flight to Oslo and from there on to your home airport.

This is the planned itinerary for the nature cruise. The local weather conditions at the time of the cruise have a decisive influence on the actual itinerary. As with all nature cruises (especially in Arctic waters), the route and landings are influenced by weather and ice conditions; the itinerary and programme are therefore expressly subject to change.

10 days
9 nights
Triple cabin shower/WC Double cabin
double bed
Double cabin
twin bed
Single cabin
14.09.2023 – 25.09.2023
(MARE 18-23)
€ 8.399,- € 8.675,- € 8.675,- € 9.775,-

Services included in the cruise price

  • Nature cruise programme on board the „Cape Race“, as described
  • Scheduled flights with Lufthansa / Scandinavian Airways from / to Germany, Switzerland or Austria in economy class via Oslo and Tromsö to Longyearbyen and backOvernight stay (including breakfast) in Oslo at the Hotel Radisson SAS Airport Oslo on the outward and return journey
  • Full board on board incl. soft drinks
  • Shore excursions with rubber dinghies, German-speaking tour guide
  • Guide, airport taxes

Not included in the cruise price

  • Arrival and departure programme (Notes: We are also happy to offer this trip as a complete programme, i.e. including the arrival and departure at daily updated prices!)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • All costs for medical tests (e.g. COVID-19) or vaccinations required either by an authority or by the tour operator before, during or after the trip.

Mobility notice
We are obliged to point out that this trip is generally not suitable for people with reduced mobility. In individual cases, please contact us.

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  • German-speaking guided nature cruise
  • Travel date 2023: 14.09. - 25.09.2023
  • Embarkation: Longyearbyen
  • Disembarkation: Longyearbyen
  • Duration of stay on board: 9 nights
  • Maximum number of participants: 12 passengers