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Svalbard Odyssey & Oslo Package | Greg Mortimer

Available until 28 Feb 2023 unless sold out prior.

13 Days
From AUD 13,495

Trip Code: ACAEGCS

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

Start: Oslo

Finish: Spitsbergen

SHIP: Greg Mortimer

DestinationDestination

Oslo, Spitsbergen, Svalbard

DestinationDeparture Date

28/05/2023, 22/07/2023

MealsMeals

All meals onboard your expedition ship and breakfast on day 1 and 2 

TransportAccommodation

Cabin on board a ship & hotel



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OVERVIEW

EXCLUSIVE PACKAGE - HUGE SAVINGS!!

INCLUDES INTERNAL FLIGHTS OSLO TO LONGYEARBYEN AND 1N STAY IN OSLO

Soak in the beauty of Oslo, with a 1 night stay and some time to experience the architecture and culture of this fascinating city. We have included 1 night of accommodation in the city centre. 

You will then fly to the city of Longyearbyen (Airfares included), gateway to Svalbard to board your expedition ship. Spend a night in the city prior to embarkation. 

On your 12 day adventure, enjoy the best of Svalbard, a world of endless daylight where polar bear sightings quicken your pulse, guillemot cries echo from sea cliffs and beluga whales rise from the sea. As you cruise aboard the Greg Mortimer, explore tundra adorned with wildflowers and look out for arctic foxes, the long summer days giving us plenty of daylight for kayaking, hiking, or discovering historic camps of explorers and hunters. We’ll have opportunities to look for the famed Northern Lights as well, often seen in the Svalbard region. 

As you travel, the ship will push through pack ice to find walrus and bearded seals, or simply enjoy breathtakingly beautiful Norwegian fjords. The epic mountain ranges, unique wildlife, and Arctic wilderness of Spitsbergen are yours to discover on this fascinating expedition.

Package offer includes:

  • 1 night in Oslo in a 4* hotel with Breakfast
  • Economy flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen return 
  • Aurora Expeditions Svalbard Odyssey cruise, which includes a 1 night stay in Longyearbyen 

 

The package price is based on 28 May 23 departure in a B category cabin. An exclusive discount is also available for a 23rd of July 23 departure, please ask us for pricing and more information. Cabin upgrades are available on request. Price is per person and based on twin share. Offer is only available as part of the Great Chimu Sale from 16 Jan-28 Feb 2023 or until sold out. 
Any offers are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change, availability will be confirmed at time of booking. Prices are subject to change based on currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, airfares and other external factors. Further conditions may apply, contact us for more information.

ITINERARY

Arrival and overnight in Oslo

Welcome to Oslo, the capital of Norway, which sits on the country’s southern coast at the head of the Oslofjord. It’s known for its green spaces and museums. Many of these are on the Bygdøy Peninsula, including the waterside Norwegian Maritime Museum and the Viking Ship Museum, with Viking ships from the 9th century. The Holmenkollbakken is a ski-jumping hill with panoramic views of the fjord. It also has a ski museum.

On arrival please make your way to your centrally located hotel by train or local taxi where you will overnight. The remainder of your day is free to explore at leisure.

Fly from Oslo to Longyearbyen

Today you will make your way to the airport in time for your onward flight to Longyearbyen. On arrival into Longyearbyen where you will be met by a representative of Aurora Expeditions and transferred to our group hotel. Upon arrival, kindly remind hotel check-in staff to provide you with Aurora Expeditions cabin tags for your luggage. Make sure to clearly label the tags with your name and ship cabin number for the next day.

This evening, you will meet your fellow expeditioners at a Welcome Reception and pre-embarkation briefing while enjoying a light refreshment.

NOTE: Sometimes our ship is unable to dock in Longyearbyen port due to space and capacity. In these instances, we reach the ship by Zodiac. Please ensure that you keep your wet-weather gear in your hand luggage to use in the Zodiacs, if the situation arises. Please ensure your cabin luggage tag is completed clearly showing your cabin number and name. Our crew will deliver your luggage directly to your cabin.

The remainder of your time is at leisure. All meals today are at your own expense.

Embarkation from Longyearbyen

This morning, your luggage will be collected from your hotel and transferred directly to the port for sanitisation, clearance and delivered to your cabin ahead of your arrival on board. Please ensure that your luggage is fitted with cabin tags clearly labelled with your name and cabin number. Any valuables or personal items should be kept on you throughout the day.  Enjoy breakfast in the hotel.

After completing our final, mandatory pre-embarkation health screening and COVID (rapid antigen) testing, enjoy a sightseeing excursion of Longyearbyen before transferring to the pier for embarkation in the late afternoon. Settle into your cabin before attending important safety briefings and enjoy the thrill of departure as we ‘throw the lines’ and set sail.

This evening, get to know your fellow expeditioners and our friendly Expedition Team and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner to celebrate the start of a thrilling adventure.

Sail out of the beautiful Isfjorden, escorted by gliding fulmars and perhaps the occasional puffin. Find a spot in one of the observation areas to watch seabirds, including graceful ivory gulls, kittiwakes and guillemots. They rise and fall skilfully, using the air currents created by the ship to gain momentum.

Svalbard Archipelago - Day 3 to 11

Svalbard offers Arctic wilderness at its best. Our experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design our day-to-day itinerary, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, sea-ice conditions and wildlife encounters.

Phenomenal fjords, magnificent mountains ranges and a polar desert rich in fossils set the stage for heroic tales of early exploration. See walrus hauled-out on sea ice or on beaches. On land, stretch our legs on walks across tundra coming out in brightly-coloured wildflowers. We visit towering cliffs noisy with nesting guillemots and puffins, and scree slopes that hold Svalbard’s largest little auk colonies. Most memorable are encounters with the majestic polar bear on pack ice. Your expedition team is just as keen as you to find them— they will be on constant watch to spot these inspiring creatures.

If you have chosen an optional activity such as kayaking, you’ll have the option to enjoy the activity when conditions allow. For those who are enthusiastic to participate in a polar plunge, as soon as conditions are suitable, you’ll hear the announcement to prepare for an exhilarating plunge, a memory you’ll savour for years to come.

Disembarkation In Longyearbyen

During the early morning we cruise back into Longyearbyen. Farewell your expedition team before further enjoying explorations of fascinating Longyearbyen to learn the town’s history, its geology, flora, fauna and the modern community that call the place home. Visit Svalbard Museum and Galleri Svalbard, Office of the Governor, Svalbard Church, Nybyen (new town), some of the town’s mines including Santa Claus Mine, and make a quick photo stop at the famous beware of polar bear street sign. Afterwards, transfer to the airport to continue your journey.

At the conclusion of the voyage, we do not recommend booking flights departing prior to 12.00 pm on the day of disembarkation in case there are delays.

Important note: In the spirit of expedition travel, we encourage exploration and adventure offering flexibility in challenging environments. This itinerary is only a guide and is subject to change due to weather, sea, pack-ice and other conditions beyond our control.

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WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Exclusive package with huge savings that gives you the chance to explore the beauty of Svalbard and the cosmopolitan city of Oslo. 

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

Svalbard Odyssey & Oslo Package | Greg Mortimer from AUD 13,495
Departing Ending Duration
28 May 2023 09 Jun 2023 13
22 Jul 2023 03 Aug 2023 13

Important Info

  • Inclusions

    • 1 night of accommodation at a 4* central hotel in Oslo with breakfast 
    • Return economy class flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen
    • Transfer from Longyearbyen airport to hotel on Day 2
    • Welcome Reception/pre-embarkation briefing on Day 2
    • One night’s hotel accommodation in Longyearbyen including breakfast on Day 2
    • Mandatory pre-embarkation health screening and COVID test on Day 3
    • Group sightseeing tour of Longyearbyen prior to embarkation on Day 3
    • Group transfer from ship to airport in Longyearbyen on Day 13
    • On-board 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  
    • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team 
    • Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult)
    • A 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 crew 
       

    Exclusions

    • International or domestic flights, unless specified in the itinerary  
    • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary 
    • Airport arrival or departure taxes 
    • Passport, visa, and vaccination charges 
    • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges 
    • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary 
    • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary 
    • 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 cruise/airfare availability.