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Four Arctic Islands | Ocean Albatros

11 Days
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WAS From USD 9,790   Now From USD 8,322

STYLE: Expedition Cruise

Trip Code: ACABFARI

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

SHIP: Ocean Albatros

DestinationDestination

Spitsbergen, Greenland, Iceland

DestinationDeparture Date

19/07/2023

TransportAccommodation

Cabin on board ship



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OVERVIEW

This 11 day Arctic cruise is designed to showcase the uniqueness and splendour of the Arctic environment. Your adventure visits the four islands of Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Greenland, and Iceland in July, with the height of summer providing endless sunshine for sightseeing and wildlife watching.

You'll enjoy the immense beauty of the Arctic on this adventure cruise among whales, walruses, polar bears and millions of sea birds. This trip departs from capital of Svalbard, Longyearbyen, before visiting Arctic highlights like Lilliehöök Glacier and North West Svalbard, home to icebergs, fjords, and historic whaling towns. Included on your cruise are onboard lectures to educate you about the climate, wildlife, and history of this unique region. 

They'll also be plenty of time to cruise near the polar pack ice, the perfect environment for polar bears, who catch a ride on the icebergs while hunting for seals. Then, we'll have the opportunity to see Ittoqqortoormiit, the most isolated town in Greenland, located within the world's longest fjord. It's great for kayaking, if weather conditions are right. 

Your vessel, the Ocean Albatros, is one of the few ice-class expedition ships built to withstand the North Pole’s pack ice.

Note: Arrival charter flight is included from Oslo to Longyearbyen.

ITINERARY

Arrival & Embarkation in Longyearbyen

After we arrive in Longyearbyen off our flight from Oslo, we take a short city tour to introduce you to the fascinating history and contemporary society in the Capital of Svalbard – possibly the northernmost ‘real’ town in the world.
Once on board, you will be given a welcome drink, and the Expedition Leader will provide information about the voyage, the ship's daily routines and the various security and safety procedures. Before we can set sail, we also need to do a mandatory safety drill. The Captain will then takes the ship out of Advent Fjord and our Arctic adventure commences.

Kongsfjorden, Ny Alesund and Lilliehook Glacier

During the ‘night’ (what is night, when the sun never sets?), we have passed Prins Karls Forland and have arrived in the magnificent Kongsfjord. Our first landing will be at Ny Ålesund. This settlement is in fact further north than Longyearbyen, making it THE northernmost town. But… is a group of scientific stations, a post office and a single shop open for a few hours a real town? You will have to judge for yourself. The setting is nice, the scientific projects are very interesting, and so is the town history. The Captain will try to get alongside, so we can enjoy an easy walk through the area.

In the afternoon, we continue further north into the fjord system, and depending on the ice situation, we may do a Zodiac cruise along the Lilliehöök Glacier front… or enjoy a lecture.
With some arctic luck we will be able to navigate past the magnificent scenery in the bay of Fjortende Juli, where the glacier Fjortende Juli-breen calves into the fjord. A fitting end to a day full of scenic views and arctic wildlife.

Smeerenburg and Ytre Norksoya

We have now entered North West Svalbard, which was declared a national park in 1973. The day could begin with a Zodiac cruise in Danskergattet, looking for seals in Virgohamna, before crossing from Danskøya to Amsterdamøya to make a landing at Smeerenburg, the legendary whaling town of 17th century. 200-plus men were living – and quite often dying – here in the heyday of blubber production.

There are several interesting places to visit in this northwestern corner of Spitsbergen. If conditions allow we’ll make a landing on Ytre Norskøya, where whalers would have their lookout posts.

Pack Ice & Polar Bear Country

During the night the ship will steer towards the edge of the polar pack ice. How close, only time and weather will tell, but the main target for us is just the ‘edge’.This is the kingdom of the polar bear! As the pack ice retreats during summer, polar bears ride the floes north, as this is where their prey - the seals - resides. Bears who for unfortunate reasons do not ‘catch’ the ice moving north, are stranded on Svalbard all summer, and will have to sustain on berries, eggs and whatever whale cadavers they can find. A hard life indeed!

During the day, lectures on polar mammals, environment and/or culture can be enjoyed on board. Should we get into the pack ice where the sea usually is calm, a Zodiac cruise will be arranged.

At the end of the day, we will start cruising towards the Jan Mayen.

At sea & Jan Mayen - Day 5 to 6

Listen to a lecture from our experienced expedition staff, see a film about Arctic nature – or go out on deck to catch glimpses of migrating birds and hopefully some whales.

Approximately in the middle of the North Atlantic lies the enigmatic volcanic island of Jan Mayen. And if not exactly in the middle, at least it is located precisely on the Mid Atlantic Ridge, the reason for its volcanic existence. And enigmatic it is, not only because of its isolation but also due to the almost perpetual clouds and fog that hovers above it. Jan Mayen belongs to Norway, and the mountain Beerenberg is one of the higher of Norway’s 300 summits above 2,000 meters.

The island is inhabited by only 18 persons, running the meteorological station and the Norwegian Defense. We will try to go ashore at the narrowest part of the island, from either south or north, depending on the prevailing wind and surf. The volcanic origin is visible all over with cinder cones, lava flows and the Mount Fuji-like appearance of Beerenberg looming above. After a pleasant stroll on the narrow isthmus we board the Zodiacs, to continue our voyage west.

Ittiqqortoormiit & Scorebysund Day 7 to 8

We will scout after wildlife along the pack ice and cruise into the fjords in the most unique and unspoiled nature of North East Greenland. We will try to make landings at Bear Island and Cape Brewster. We will visit Ittoqqortoormiit. With only 470 inhabitants it is one of the most isolated towns in Greenland only accessible by helicopter and boat in short time in the summer.
The town is located at the longest fjord in the world, Scoresby Sund. We will explore this fjord and hope to be able to offer kayaking and landings weather and ice conditions permitting.

Blosseville Coast & at sea to Iceland - Day 9 to 1

Possibly the most dramatic coast outside of Antarctica, the Blosseville is guarded by Greenland’s highest mountains and steepest fjords – and a belt of pack ice which before global warming would keep out any adventurous sailor for years. The recent decade has had warmer summers and much less ice which enables ice strengthened vessels, such as ours, to venture along the coast, on lookout for stunning wildlife, abandoned Inuit settlements and otherworldly landscapes.

On our last day of this remarkable voyage we set course for Iceland and its capital of Reykjavík.

Disembarkation in Reykjavik

In the morning our captain manoeuvres our ship alongside the port of Reykjavik. It’s time to say farewell to the crew and begin the homeward journey.

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Ocean Albatros

Ocean Albatros

Deploying in November 2022 the Ocean Albatros will feature the latest in X-Bow hull technology. With a total of 95 comfortable staterooms and suites, all with unobstructed views, the Ocean Albatros will be one of the most popular expedition vessels in polar waters. Featuring two restaurants, a wellness area, Nordic bar, an open deck dining facility, modern lecture lounge and a number of other state-of-the-art amenities, the Albatros will provide the ultimate expedition experience. Boasting 50% less emissions than traditional polar vessels, the Albatros provides peace of mind in regard to comfort and sustainability for our guests.  The Albatros will also come with a unique panorama sauna and a total of 12 dedicated solo travel cabins without single supplement.

Ice Class: Length: 104.4m
Breadth: 18.4m Max
Draft: Cruising
Speed:
Electricity: Passenger
Capacity:
189

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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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Departing Ending Duration From Price
19 Jul 2023 29 Jul 2023 11 USD 8,322
Cabin Type From Price
CAT G - Single Stateroom Porthole SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT F - Triple Stateroom Porthole SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT E - French Balcony Suite SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT D - Porthole Stateroom SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT C - Balcony Stateroom SAVE UP TO 15% OFFUSD 8,322
CAT B - Balcony Suite SAVE UP TO 15% OFFUSD 9,342
CAT A - Balcony Junior Suite SAVE UP TO 15% OFFUSD 12,572
CAT FS - Freydis Premium Balcony Suite SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
CAT BS – Brynhilde 2BR French Balcony Suite SOLD OUTSOLD OUT

Important Info

  • All meals during cruise

    Accommodation in shared inside/outside cabins

     English speaking expedition team

     Shore landings by Zodiac

     Complimentary use of boots

     all port fees taxes and tariffs

    Charter flight Oslo to Longyearbyen 

     

    EXCLUSIONS

    International flight

    Travel Insurance

    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable)

    Tips and gratuities

    Any activities not mentioned as included in itinerary

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

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

  • Departure date, seasonality and availability