Arctic wildlife from Kapp Waldburg on Barentsøya, Svalbard

Arctic wildlife from Kapp Waldburg on Barentsøya, Svalbard

Kittiwakes Bird Rocks • Arctic Foxes • Reindeer

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Arctic – Svalbard Archipelago

Barentsøya Island

Kapp Waldburg

The fourth largest island in the Svalbard archipelago bears this name Barentsøya. It is located in the southeast of the archipelago, between the main island of Spitsbergen and the third largest island Edgeøya. Cruise ships can, for example, land at Kapp Waldburg, in the south-east of Barentsøya.

The main attraction of Kapp Waldburg is the resident kittiwake colony: hundreds of breeding pairs nest in the rocks and raise their chicks. Tourists can take a walk to the bird cliffs and also have the best chance of spotting arctic foxes along the way. Reindeer are also native to Barentsøya.

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The young arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) on the Arctic island of Barentsøya in the Svalbard archipelago is looking for food at the Kapp Waldburg bird rock.

To reach Kapp Waldburg from Barentsøya, the captain must steer the ship into the narrow Freemansundet, a strait between the islands Barentsøya and Edgeøya. Such an excursion is only possible in summer (possibly from mid-July or usually in August) because then there is no drift ice blocking the sea road.

On our expedition with the Sea Spirit, we were particularly lucky during our shore leave at Kapp Waldburg: In addition to the large bird colony, we were able to observe young foxes playing and even a hunting arctic fox. As a bonus, the day gave us three relaxed reindeer up close. The AGE™ experience report “Cruise Spitsbergen: From foxes and reindeer to the northernmost city in the world” takes you on this exciting journey to Svalbard.

Our Svalbard travel guide will take you on a tour of the various attractions, sights and wildlife viewing.

Tourists can also discover Spitsbergen with an expedition ship, for example with the Sea Spirit.
Read more about Alkefjellet, the bird cliff in Hinlopenstrasse with around 60.000 breeding pairs.
Explore the arctic islands of Norway with the AGE™ Svalbard Travel Guide.


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information through Poseidon Expeditions or on the Cruise ship Sea Spirit as well as personal experiences when visiting Kapp Waldburg on Barentsøya in Svalbard on June 26.06.2023th, XNUMX.

Sitwell, Nigel (2018): Svalbard Explorer. Visitor's Map of Svalbard Archipelago (Norway), Ocean Explorer Maps

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