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East Greenland Explorer | Greg Mortimer

14 Days
Save Up To 25%

WAS From AUD 20,195   Now From AUD 15,146

STYLE: Expedition Cruise

Trip Code: ACAEGX

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

SHIP: Greg Mortimer

DestinationDestination

Greenland, Iceland

DestinationDeparture Date

15/08/2023

TransportAccommodation

Cabin on board ship



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OVERVIEW

On this exciting 14 day adventure, explore Scoresbysund, the world’s largest fjord system, where dramatic cliffs soar skyward, where jagged mountain ranges sweep across the horizon and where countless glaciers forge their way to the sea. On this cruise, we’ll show you some of the best that Greenland and Iceland have to offer, from the vibrant energy of Reykjavik to the serene, remote beauty of the Arctic through the Denmark Strait, with ample daylight for maximizing our time. 

As we explore remote landing sites, zodiac excursions reveal steep-sided fjords filled with dazzling icebergs calved from Greenland’s enormous ice cap. Keep your eyes peeled for blows and tail flukes as whales surface for air or prepare for another deep dive. On guided hikes, marvel at the brilliantly colourful sedimentary rocks created by nature’s artistic hand, and stride across vibrant arctic tundra keeping a close watch for musk oxen and perhaps catch a glimpse of the elusive Arctic fox.

Departing from and returning to Reykjavik, this incredible expedition will immerse you in the beauty of East Greenland.

 

ITINERARY

Reykjavik

Having made your way to Reykjavik, you will be met by a representative of Aurora Expeditions and transferred to our group hotel. Enjoy free time and dine at your leisure (dinner not included).

Embarkation

This morning, please ensure your cabin luggage is fitted with cabin tags clearly labelled with your name and cabin number. Your luggage will be collected from your hotel and transferred directly to the port for clearance and delivered to your cabin ahead of your arrival on board. Please keep any valuables or personal items with you throughout the day.

At Sea

As we cross the Denmark Strait to Greenland, we begin our series of informative and entertaining onboard lectures from our team of experts. Learn about sea ice, history of European exploration and wildlife of Greenland, the world’s largest island.

East Greenland

As we approach East Greenland we may encounter pack ice and perhaps catch our first glimpse of seals and a variety of seabirds including northern fulmar and migratory Brünnich's guillemot. This stretch of coastline is ripe for exploration, with its many secrets locked in place by drift ice for up to eight months each year.

Denmark Strait

We sail back Iceland through the Denmark Strait. Keep a lookout for whale blows and the many seabirds that trail our ship in the ever-present Arctic winds. Enjoy the time to reflect on your recent adventures, share and exchange photos, and breathe in the fresh ocean air. As we near Iceland, we re-enter an inhabited world as we encounter fishing vessels working the coastal waters.

Disembark Reykjavik

After breakfast, bid farewell to the expedition team, crew and newfound friends as you disembark in Reykjavik, where the voyage ends. A transfer is included to your hotel or to Keflavik airport.

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Greg Mortimer

Greg Mortimer

Built to world-class polar standards, the Greg Mortimer is a state of the art, custom-built expedition ship. Due to be launched in 2019, this modern, robust and powerful 104-metre ship is at the cutting edge of nautical technology. With its patented Norwegian-designed X-BOW, the Greg Mortimer is capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves, and the most adverse weather conditions. 

Named after Aurora’s co-founder, the Greg Mortimer carries up to 120 passengers in a range of well-appointed suites and staterooms. All feature private bathrooms, with the majority of suites and staterooms having panoramic windows and private balconies. There are twin and double bed configurations available, ample storage, international power outlets and a daily cabin service. The ship itself features unique viewing platforms that fold out hydraulically to give unobstructed views. The ship carries 15 Zodiacs that are launched from specially designed launching platforms to ensure fast and easy boarding for shore landings and Zodiac cruises. Itineraries aboard the Greg Mortimer also offer a range of optional activities including kayaking, diving, climbing and ski touring, and the ship’s design includes a spacious prep and loading platform.

 

Ice Class: Length: 104.4m
Breadth: 18.4 metresMax
Draft: Cruising
Speed: 15.5 Knots
Electricity: 220V, 50HZ AC Passenger
Capacity:
160 (120 in polar regions)

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Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

Standard

Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.

Superior

Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.

Deluxe

Luxurious properties with impeccable facilities and service.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Optional Activities vary for each itinerary. Limited spaces available. Contact your Destination Specialist for pricing & availability.

Kayaking

Experience the unforgettable thrill and serenity of kayaking in Antarctica as part of a small, expertly guided paddling group.

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Pricing per person & date

East Greenland Explorer | Greg Mortimer from AUD 15,146
Departing Ending Duration
15 Aug 2023 28 Aug 2023 14

Important Info

  • Inclusions

    • All airport transfers mentioned in the itinerary. 
    • One night’s hotel accommodation including breakfast, in Reykjavik on Day 1.  
    • Half-day tour of Reykjavik on Day 2, prior to embarkation.  
    • Onboard accommodation during voyage, including daily cabin service.  
    • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage.  
    • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner.  
    • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell receptions including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages.  
    • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises.  
    • Educational lectures and guiding services provided by Expedition Team.  
    • Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consultation).  
    • One 3-in-1 waterproof, polar expedition jacket.  
    • Complimentary use of Muck Boots during the voyage.  
    • Comprehensive pre-departure information.  
    • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees. 
    • Gratuities for ship’s crew and local guides. 
       

    Exclusions

    • International or domestic flights – unless specified in the itinerary.  
    • Transfers – unless specified in the itinerary.  
    • Airport arrival or departure taxes. 
    • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination fees and charges.  
    • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges.  
    • Hotel accommodation and meals – unless specified in the itinerary.  
    • Optional excursions and optional activity surcharges.  
    • All items of a personal nature, including but not limited to alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, wi-fi, email or phone charges. 
  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details. 

  • Itinerary subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions. 

  • Departure date, season and availability.