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Four Arctic Islands

Duration
18 Days
Prices From:
US$ 18,116

Embark on an Arctic adventure that’s perfect for first-time visitors to the far north. This voyage highlights four stunning locations near the top of the world, including Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, and Greenland, and provides unforgettable encounters with icebergs, glaciers, polar bears, and Inuit culture.


This 18-day Arctic vacation takes you to Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Greenland, and finally Iceland to see polar bears, whales, and icebergs. It features first-class accommodations aboard a sea vessel, shared tours, and is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for nature lovers.

Your journey begins in Oslo, the Norwegian capital, where you’ll have a night to enjoy some of the underrated attractions of this world city. After getting acquainted with Norwegian culture, catch a flight to Longyearbyen on the northern island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard Archipelago. As you fly into this remote town, you’ll enjoy your first views of glaciers, mountains, and icy waters. In Longyearbyen, board the Ocean Adventurer, your 4-star cruise vessel that’ll be your home for the next 16 nights. This ice-strengthened vessel has comfortable rooms, a library, lounge, dining room, and bar, making it ideally-equipped for your adventure in the Arctic.

You’ll have four days to explore Spitsbergen, with each day’s itinerary being determined by weather conditions. You may cruise to the western fjords, spot Svalbard reindeer crossing in front of a glacier, or share the coastline with walruses. You’ll venture to within 10 degrees of the North Pole and have a good chance of seeing lots of birdlife, including Arctic turns, kittiwakes, ivory gulls, and long-tailed ducks.

From Spitsbergen, sail across the Greenland Sea on route to Jan Mayen, the remote northeastern island that is north of the Arctic Circle. During the crossing, you’ll learn about Arctic history and the complicated politics that come into play in this remote region. You’ll also have a good chance of spotting migrating whales and seabirds joining you in the crossing.

Once you reach Jan Mayen, you’ll enter an elite company of Arctic adventurers. This remote northern island is often shrouded in fog and is rarely-visited by humans, aside from the small crew of Norwegian researchers who study the island. You’ll spend two days exploring this frontier on zodiac cruises. You’ll admire the asymmetrical cone of Beerenberg Volcano and watch glaciers calving into the sea. You’ll also enjoy access to the immense amount of bird life in the nature reserve, including fulmars, little auks, glaucous gulls, and Brunnich’s guillemots.

From Jan Mayen, turn west and head to Greensland and the far northern settlements. You’ll explore Scoresbysund, the largest fjord system in the world, where you can take a zodiac out to visit ancient Thule settlements, watch iceberg drifts, and spot mountains rising out of the ocean. At Ittoqqortoormiit, you’ll learn about contemporary life in the far north, which blends ancient Inuit traditions and modern technologies. You’ll also learn about the unique lifestyle of these Greenlanders that are closer to Iceland than the southern settlements on the island. During your five days in Scoresbysund, you’ll meet people and explore the landscape, spotting muskoxen on land and seabirds at sea.

After exploring the far north of Greenland, take the Denmark Strait and cross the waters back to Iceland, where you’ll eventually bid the expedition team farewell and depart in Reykjavik, the capital.


 

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Duration
18 Days
Prices From:
US$ 18,116

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Day 1

Arrive in Oslo, Norway

Your Arctic adventure begins in Oslo, where you may arrive at any time during Day 1 of your itinerary. Upon arriving in this splendid capital city, known for its green spaces and museums, you will check into your included airport hotel.

Duration1 Night
Day 2

Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen's largest settlement. As you embark this afternoon, you'll enjoy great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop for this seaside town.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration16 Nights
Accommodation

Ocean Adventurer

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    Ocean Adventurer


    The new and improved Ocean Adventurer is designed to carry 132 travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world. Originally built in Yugoslavia in 1976, this nimble, ice-strengthened ship has become a passenger favourite over the years.

    The new and improved Ocean Adventurer is designed to carry 132 travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world. Originally built in Yugoslavia in 1976, this nimble, ice-strengthened ship has become a passenger favourite over the years.

    Facilities

    • Activities Desk
    • Bar
    • Dining Room
    • Exercise Room
    • Internet Access
    • Library
    • Lounge

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Day 3

Exploring Spitsbergen

Exploring Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, rewards you with abundant wildlife and austere beauty. Here, you'll visit spectacular glacier fronts and steep-walled fjords, with walrus, polar bears and Svalbard reindeer among your possible wildlife sightings. Birders will be thrilled to see arctic terns, skuas, long-tailed ducks, kittiwakes and ivory gulls. If conditions permit, you could sail within 10 degrees of the North Pole!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Exploring Spitsbergen

Another day exploring Spitsbergen.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Exploring Spitsbergen

Another day exploring Spitsbergen.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Exploring Spitsbergen

Another day exploring Spitsbergen.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

At Sea

While sailing south through the historic Greenland Sea toward Jan Mayen, your Expedition Team will keep you informed with presentations about the storied history and politics of the Arctic, its fascinating wildlife, geology, ecology and climate, and the incredible sights you will soon explore. On deck, you'll learn to identify seabirds "on the wing." The team will also keep a lookout for the whales that frequent the waters here.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

At Sea

Another day at sea.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Exploring Jan Mayen

North of the Arctic Circle, about 280 miles (450 km) east of Greenland and 340 miles (550 km) north of Iceland, is the mysterious Jan Mayen, deep in the North Atlantic Ocean. Often shrouded in thick fog, the small mountainous island was declared a nature reserve in 2010 and is rarely visited, save for the 18 rotating personnel of the Norwegian military and Norwegian Meteorological Institute, who are the only inhabitants.

Landing here will be dictated by the weather and sea. If conditions allow, as we approach, keep watch on deck as the spoon-shaped island's highest summit emerges. At 7,470 feet (2,277 meters) high, the breathtaking Beerenberg volcano features a symmetrical cone shape and impressive glaciers that spill into the sea.

If we're fortunate, we may get a close-up view of the volcano and the stratified cliffs of the spectacular north coast as we Zodiac cruise around the island, searching for wildlife. Designated an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International for the large numbers of breeding seabirds, Jan Mayen supports colonies of northern fulmars, little auks, glaucous gulls, kittiwakes, and black and Brunnich's guillemots (thick-billed murres).

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Exploring Jan Mayen

Another day exploring Jan Mayen.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Exploring Scoresbysund, Greenland

Your tour of Scoresbysund, the largest, deepest and, some say, most beautiful multi-armed fjord system in the world, will offer plenty of opportunities to explore ashore or by Zodiac cruise.

At one moment you'll be stepping back in time, exploring the remains of ancient Thule settlements with views of icebergs and towering mountains rising straight out of the sea, and the next you'll be immersed in contemporary culture, meeting the locals and gaining an appreciation for their way of life in Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland's most remote community. At the mouth of the sound, this remote settlement boasts a blend of traditional and modern lifestyles and is actually closer to Iceland than it is to its nearest Greenlandic neighbors to the southwest. Here, you'll have the chance to support local Inuit artisans by purchasing unique handicrafts.

In terms of wildlife, grazing muskoxen are a possible sight, as 40 percent of the world's muskoxen population lives in this region. Polar bear sightings are also a remote possibility, as are encounters with more elusive arctic wildlife, such as the arctic hare. Seabirds to watch out for nesting atop the steep cliffs of the sound include little auks, fulmars and guillemots.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12

Exploring Scoresbysund, Greenland

Another day exploring Scoresbysund, Greenland.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 13

Exploring Scoresbysund, Greenland

Another day exploring Scoresbysund, Greenland.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 14

Exploring Scoresbysund, Greenland

Another day exploring Scoresbysund, Greenland.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 15

Exploring Scoresbysund, Greenland

Another day exploring Scoresbysund, Greenland.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 16

At Sea

As we cruise south, the Denmark Strait is your pathway toward Iceland. Take in a lecture, share your photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar or watch a movie, there are many things to do during your time at sea. Your Expedition Team will also be on hand to answer any questions and point out wildlife.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 17

At Sea

Another day at sea.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 18

Depart Reykjavik, Iceland

You'll disembark in Reykjavik, Iceland's capital, at the end of your journey. If you have booked post-expedition accommodation, we provide a transfer to a central downtown location.

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2021: Aug 19

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on board throughout your voyage
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
  • A daily program of lectures by noted naturalists
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and Special Guests as scheduled
  • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • An official Expeditions parka to keep
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • A selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard ship
  • Arrival transfer from Longyearbyen airport to your hotel if you arrive one day prior to embarkation
  • On embarkation day transfer from your hotel or Longyearbyen airport to the ship
  • On disembarkation day group transfer from the ship to airport or local designated drop-off location
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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19 Aug 2021
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