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Svalbard Odyssey | Greg Mortimer

Valid on selected departures and cabins for 2024 Arctic season 
New bookings only by 30 Jun 2024 
Further T&C's apply, please contact us

12 Days
Save Up To 10%

WAS From USD 12,695   Now From USD 11,426

STYLE: Small Ship Expedition Cruise

Trip Code: ACAESXL

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

Start: Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Finish: Longyearbyen, Svalbard

SHIP: Greg Mortimer

DestinationDestination

Spitsbergen

DestinationDeparture Date

11/08/2024

MealsMeals

Breakfast at hotel & All meals, snacks, tea & coffee onboard. Beer, house wine & soft drinks with dinner

TransportTransport

Group Transfers throughout

TransportAccommodation

Hotel & Cabin On board a Ship



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Included SightseeingIncluded Sightseeing

Half day Longyearbyen tour, Daily Excursions in location, Zodiac Cruising, Onboard Expert Lectures & Briefings by the Experienced Expedition Team

 

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather & ice conditions 

OVERVIEW

BOOK AND SAVE: Up to 10% off* & receive an Air Credit of AUD$3750 per person!**


On this 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 we travel, we’ll 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.
 

 

*Save up to 10% on selected departures and cabins. Discounts are subject to availability and are available until 30 Jun 24 unless withdrawn prior. Discounts are not combinable with any other promotions except back-to-back voyage or loyalty discounts. Discounts and pricing are subject to change and may be withdrawn or varied at any time. Price based on triple share cabin.

**Air Credit of AUD$3,750 per person only valid on new bookings and must be booked by 30 June 2024, unless sold out prior. Promotion is subject to availability at the time of booking and capacity controlled. Offer can be withdrawn at any time and not redeemable for cash. Offers vary per departure and voyage. Air credit will be applied to booking as a discounted amount. Not combinable with solo offers. Please contact us for more details and to check current availability. 
 

PLEASE NOTE: Pricing is subject to change and availability at the time of booking. Contact us for more information.

ITINERARY

Arrival and Overnight in Longyearbyen

Welcome to Svalbard! Having found your own way to Longyearbyen, you will be met by a representative at the airport 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.

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?

  • Venture close to 80° north, searching for polar bears on pack ice

  • Discover the thrill of seeing walrus, seals, whales, reindeer, arctic fox, guillemots and puffins

  • Cruise along blue glacier fronts and through stunning fjords

  • Enjoy tundra hikes amid stunningly beautiful scenery

Greg Mortimer

Greg Mortimer

Built to world-class polar standards, the Greg Mortimer is a state of the art, custom-built expedition ship. 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 an average of 132 passengers in a range of 76 well-appointed suites and staterooms. All feature private bathrooms, with the majority of suites and staterooms having panoramic windows and 85% of cabins also offering 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.

The Greg Mortimer operates with low energy consumption, high fuel-efficiency and a streamlined design to deliver a reduction in emissions. The ship can also utilise virtual anchoring to hold its position using a combination of GPS, steering technology, propellers and thrusters. This protects the sea floor and minimises the damage caused by conventional anchors.

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 | Greg Mortimer from USD 11,425
Departing Ending Duration
11 Aug 2024 22 Aug 2024 12

Important Information

  • Inclusions

    Transfer from airport to hotel on Day 1.
    One night’s hotel accommodation including breakfast, in Longyearbyen on Day 1.
    Sightseeing tour of Longyearbyen on Day 2, prior to embarkation.
    Transfer from pier to airport in Longyearbyen on Day 12.
    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 Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages.
    All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises.
    Educational lectures and guiding services provide 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.
    Wi-Fi. Please note we travel to remote regions and therefore the connection can be unreliable.
     

    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)
  • Subject to availability upon request. Contact us for more details. 

  • Prices are based on per person, may be based on quad/triple/twin share.

    Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change at any time. 

    Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions

  • Departure date, fuel surcharges, cabin category, currency fluctuations, seasonality and availability.