Heading north along the west coast, we will arrive by morning in Krossfjorden, where we will get on the Zodiacs for an exhilarating cruise along the sculpted front of the 14th of July Glacier. On the surprisingly fertile slopes near the glacier, a colourful variety of flowers bloom, whilst large numbers of Kittiwakes and Brünnich’s Guillemots nest on the nearby cliffs. There is also a good chance of spotting Arctic Foxes patrolling the base of the cliffs, and Bearded Seals who cruise this scenic fjord.
In the afternoon we will sail to Ny Ålesund, the world’s most northerly permanently inhabited settlement. Once a mining village - served by the world’s most northerly railway, which can still be seen - Ny Ålesund is now a research centre. Close to the village is a breeding ground for Barnacle Geese, Pink-footed Geese and Arctic Terns. Visitors interested in the history of Arctic exploration will want to walk to the anchoring mast used by Amundsen and Nobile in the airship Norge in 1926, and Nobile in the airship Italia in 1928, before their flights to the North Pole.