Jewels of the Arctic

Cruises, Escorted
Small ship Expedition Cruise from Longyearbyen
14 days
30 Aug 2021
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Discover the wonders of Svalbard’s Northwest coast, Greenland’s spectacular East coast and a touch of Iceland. Zodiac cruise amongst gigantic icebergs, revel in gorgeous tundra walks, spot arctic foxes, musk ox, walrus and polar bear.

Expedition Highlights:
-Visit the world’s largest National Park in North East Greenland, and the world’s largest fjord system, Scoresbysund
-Cruise among the fantastic shapes and colours of Greenland’s famous giant icebergs
-Celebrate near-endless sunlight under the glistening midnight sun
-Visit a small isolated Greenlandic village, Ittoqqortoomiit

In true expedition style we encourage exploration and adventure, offering flexibility in challenging environments in a way that puts you among the action to see and do as much as possible. This itinerary is only a guide and subject to change due to ice and weather conditions.

Day 1 Longyearbyen Arrival / Embark the Greg Mortimer
Group transfer from Longyearbyen airport and a guided tour of colourful Spitsbergen’ capital Longyearbyen en-route to the pier. Board the Greg Mortimer late afternoon.

Days 2 to 4 Svalbard Archipelago
Over the next three days, the Svalbard Archipelago is ours to explore. If conditions allow, push North to the pack ice in hopes of finding polar bear ranging over the frozen landscape on the hunt for seals. Our experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design our voyage from day to day. This allows us to make best use of the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. Because we are so far North we will experience nearly 24 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish. We will generally make landings or Zodiac excursions a few times a day; cruising along spectacular ice cliffs, following whales that are feeding near the surface, making landings for hikes. There are many exciting places we can choose to visit; a sample of some of the places where your expedition leader may choose to land, hike, photograph or view spectacular wildlife and scenery include: Isfjorden; Kongsfjorden (King's Bay); Nordvesthjornet and Raudfjorden; Magdalenefjorden; Smeerenberg; Woodfjorden, Liefdefjorden and Bockfjorden; Moffen Island and Sjuøyane (Seven Islands).

Days 5 to 6 Greenland Sea
As we cruise West across the Greenland Sea we may encounter whales feeding in the productive waters of the north. Sightings of fin whales are common and blue whales have been seen in more recent years. As we begin to approach Greenland we will likely encounter the East Greenland pack ice, and if we are lucky we will see polar bears hunting for prey. The strong icy currents have isolated East Greenland from the Polar Basin, attracting large numbers of fish, seals and whales.

Days 7 to 11 East Coast of Greenland including Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord and Scoresbysund
We may visit Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, Kong Oskar Fjord and aim to reach Scoresbysund, the world’s largest fjord and birthplace of the famous Greenland icebergs. We hope to visit the remote Inuit community of Ittoqqortoormiit We will keep a sharp eye out for musk oxen, Arctic hare and seals, and maybe if we are very lucky even a polar bear or narwhal.

Day 12 Denmark Strait
Cross the Denmark Strait, watching Northern fulmars, orcas and dolphins, reflecting on the rich experiences and sharing final night celebrations on board.

Day 13 Akureyri / Disembark the Greg Mortimer / Reykjavik
During the early morning we arrive into the northern Icelandic town of Akureyri. Farewell your expedition team and fellow expeditioners. Disembark and transfer to Reykjavik downtown. Check in to your centrally located hotel for overnight accommodation.

Day 14 Reykjavik - Keflavik Departure
Arrangements end with coach transfer to Keflavik Airport.

Maximum number of passengers: 126

2021 Departure: 30 August only

Includes: group transfer from Longyearbyen airport to pier (Day 1); pre-voyage group sightseeing tour upon arrival in Longyearbyen (Day 1); overnight hotel accommodation with breakfast in Reykjavik (Day 13); transfer from Akureyri pier to Reykjavik downtown (Day 13); coach transfer to Keflavik airport (Day 14); onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service; all meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage; beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner; all shore excursions and Zodiac cruiseseducational lectures and guiding services from expedition team; access to onboard doctor and basic medical services; 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket; complimentary use of muck boots during the voyagecomprehensive pre-departure information; a printed photo book produced with photos from your voyagePort surcharges, permits and landing fees. 

Excludes: optional activities; private airport arrival transfer; Longyearbyen Classic Break package pre-tour; Reykjavik Classic Break post tour- please enquire. Also excludes anything else not shown as included in itinerary. Gratuities for crew will automatically be added to your on-board bill, please advise at the time of settlement if you would like this to be removed. 

Optional activities: The following activity packages are available on this expedition at an additional cost and may require previous experience. These must be pre-booked/pre-paid at time of booking.

Sea Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, you'll glide between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife.

Photography FREE All of our expeditions and itineraries offer fantastic photography experiences. However, on selected expeditions, a photography expert will offer lectures and presentations.

Scuba Diving in Greenland Go beyond the average adventure and delve deep into the waters of Antarctica and the Arctic exploring dive sites where no one has gone before. Available to experienced dry-suit divers only.

Snorkelling in Greenland No experience needed! This is your chance to don a dry-suit and take the ultimate plunge into the icy waters of Antarctica and the Arctic for an up-close underwater experience. Not for the faint-hearted!

Rock Climbing in Greenland Experienced climbers can explore the remote and rugged summits of East Greenland on a rock climbing adventure!

Stand-Up Paddleboarding For the ideal vantage point to view wildlife in the world’s most beautiful places – just add a board and paddle.

About the vessel, Greg Mortimer
This 104m ship is purpose-built for expeditions to world-class polar standards and capable of negotiating strong winds/waves. Accommodating 100 landing passengers plus kayakers and divers (in the polar regions), with an average of 120 per voyage, the ship is not only bigger to contend with adverse weather conditions, but its added creature comforts make for a more enjoyable journey out on the open ocean.

Nordic Travel is 100% Australian owned and operated

Please note the price for this cruise varies according to your choice of cabin. Please contact us for further details. 

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