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Four Arctic Islands: Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Greenland & Iceland

18 Days FROM AUD 15,400

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This 18-day itinerary introduces you to four unique Arctic regions, as we explore Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen and Greenland, disembarking in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, a city that never sleeps. You will witness spectacular scenery and impressive icebergs, experience traditional Inuit culture and see iconic Arctic wildlife. Spitsbergen abounds with wildlife including polar bears and walrus, and is renowned for its immense beauty. Next stop is the mysterious Jan Mayen, a rarely visited nature reserve north of the Arctic Circle that is rich in birdlife. We then sail to Greenland’s east coast where we explore Scoresbysund, the largest, deepest and one of the world’s most beautiful fjord systems. Here you will visit ancient Thule settlements and remote communities, and encounter musk oxen and maybe Arctic hares. 

Optional Activities : Kayaking Hiking

Trip Code: ACQEFAI

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise

Location: Arctic

Ship: Ocean Adventurer

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to meet your cruise. Contact us today to discuss. 

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • You will have the unique opportunity to explore Scoresbysund, the worlds largest fjord system. 

  • Encounter the unique wildlife of the Arctic including seals, walrus, musk ox, Arctic fox, hares and the legendary polar bear. 

  • Undertake a true expedition experience, travelling to the most remote corners of the world and leaving with a profound sense of understanding and connection to these pristine and unique landscapes. 

CRUISE ITINERARY

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.

Arrive in Oslo, Norway

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.

Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

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 amongst 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!

Exploring Spitsbergen - Day 3 to 6

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, it’s 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.

At Sea - Day 7 & 8

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 Bird Life International for the large numbers of breeding seabirds, Jan Mayen supports colonies of northern fulmars, little auks, glaucous gulls, kittiwakes, and black and Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres).

Exploring Jan Mayen - Day 9 & 10

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 neighbours 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.

Exploring Scoresbysund, Greenland - Day 11 to 15

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.

At Sea - Day 16 & 17

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.

Depart Reykjavik, Iceland
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Pricing & date

Four Arctic Islands: Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Greenland & Iceland from AUD 15,400
Departing Ending Duration
13 Aug 2020 30 Aug 2020 18
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OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaking

Kayaking

Hiking

Hiking

Important Information

  • - Shipboard accommodation
    - All meals whilst on-board including snacks
    - Beer and wine during dinner
    - Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
    - All shore excursions and zodiac cruising (*excluding forward facing zodiac)
    - Guiding and lectures by expedition team and team
    - English-speaking expedition team
    - Free use of rubber boots on land
    - Wind and water resistant expedition jacket
    - All Port taxes
    - Transfer from Longyearbyen town centre to port on embarkation day
    - Group transfer to downtown Reykjavik on disembarkation day
    - Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax
    Exclusions:
    - Airfares to/from embarkation and disembarkation city
    - Visa fees (if applicable)
    - Travel Insurance
    - Personal expenses such as laundry, on-board communication (telephone calls, faxes, email service)
    - Gratuities for the crew (recommended US$15.00 per person per day)
    - Optional Activities whilst on-board

    **Mandatory Transfer Package includes;
    • One night’s pre-expedition hotel night at Oslo airport hotel
    • Charter flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen
    • Arrival transfer in Longyearbyen 
           *Package Price: USD$595 per person
     

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • Please note this itinerary may be subject to change due to weather and ice conditions. 

  • Departure date, season & availability. 

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE