Skip to main content

Arctic Complete

Overview

EARLY BIRDS ON SALE - Book and save up to 20% OFF* Arctic 2021  voyages

Embark on an incredible 25 day journey to witness the very best of the Arctic. On board the Greg Mortimer you will experience the Arctic in an immense entirety, as you visit Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland. Explore incredible scenery, from towering bird cliffs to immense glaciers. Kayak through the worlds largest fjord system. Undertake hikes through tundra-covered valleys where only the harshest, most resilient and surprisingly beautiful flora survive. Immerse yourself in the unique history of the Inuit communities. Encounter an incredible array of wildlife including whales, walrus, reindeer and even polar bears. Explore the Arctic like never before!

Optional Activities : Kayaking Photography Stand-up Paddle Boarding Snorkelling

Trip Code: ACAEAC

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise

Location: Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

Ship: Greg Mortimer

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

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Undertake this voyage on board the Greg Mortimer, a state of the art vessel purpose-built for expedition cruising. 

  • You will be able to explore Scoresbysund, the largest fjord system in the world. 

  • Encounter unique species of wildlife including, walrus, reindeer, whales and polar bears. 

  • Experience the very best of the European Arctic, including Greenland, Spitsbergen and Iceland. 

CRUISE ITINERARY

Arrive in Kirkenes, Norway and join a pre-arranged half day excursion or activity prior to boarding the Greg Mortimer late afternoon. Airport transfers will be included if arriving on preferred flights into Kirkenes. You’ll have time to settle into your cabin before our important briefings.

Embarkation in  Kirkenes

Over the next two days at sea, enjoy informative and entertaining lectures from our expert expedition team including naturalists and historians before reaching Svalbard’s southeast coast.

At Sea - Day 2 & 3

Cruise northwards along the west coast of Spitsbergen. As we sail along the north coast, we explore rarely visited places in search of the mighty polar bear.

From Zodiacs we enjoy magnificent views of sweeping glaciers winding their way into the sea. We may walk on smooth raised beach terraces to a superb viewpoint or hike in the mountains on the tundra where pretty-coloured wildflowers and lichen grow and where reindeer graze.

We may visit trapper huts of yesteryear where Russians would hunt and survive the cold harsh winters, all while remaining alert for wandering polar bears and their cubs. We might come face-to-face with the formidable pack ice of the Arctic Ocean, keeping our eyes peeled for walrus. We will listen to the cacophony of sea birds and see them feeding. If conditions allow, we may push north into the pack ice in hopes of finding polar bears ranging over the frozen landscape on the hunt for seals.

Svalbard Archipelago - Day 4 to 12

Stretch your legs and explore Longyearbyen, gateway to Svalbard. Often, a Svalbard voyage will start or end here, but on this unique voyage it is a midway point.

This Norwegian settlement is a unique little town. While the arctic environment is dominant, it is also a surprisingly cosmopolitan place, with art galleries, pubs, long wine lists at restaurants, stores and a mini-mall. Longyearbyen is often called an antidote to the stress of modern day life and is a prime destination for adventure travellers.

Longyearbyen

Relax while crossing the Greenland Sea to Greenland, photographing seabirds, searching for pack ice, polar bears and enjoying informative talks. Use this time to reflect on the amazing memories you have made so far with your fellow passengers.

Greenland Sea - Day 14 to 16

We may visit Kaiser Franz Joseph, Kong Oscar Fjord and aim to reach Scoresbysund, the world’s largest fjord and birthplace of the famous big Greenland icebergs. We hope to visit the remote Inuit community of Ittoqqortoormiit. We will keep a sharp eye out for musk ox, arctic hare and seals and if we are extremely lucky, we may see polar bears or narwhals.

Greenland - Day 17 to 23

We continue on with our Arctic adventure and cruise across Denmark Strait on our way to Iceland. We take time to reflect on our various experiences, gaze at northern fulmars and black-backed gulls, and spot dolphins and whales from the ship’s bow.

Denmark Strait

Disembark the Greg Mortimer in the northern town of Akureyri, then enjoy a scenic transfer to downtown Reykjavik.

Reykjavík is home to a wealth of cultural institutions such as museums, galleries, and the Hallgrímskirkja church. Leisure possibilities inside the city include parks, gardens, and thermal baths. You can also take advantage of Reykjavík’s wide range of shopping possibilities, excellent dining options, and famous nightlife. And of course the entire country of Iceland is accessible through day tours or longer journeys by rental car. The options for additional adventures are endless!

Disembarkation in Reykjavik
DOWNLOAD ITINERARY PDF

Pricing & date

Departing Ending Duration
18 Aug 2021 11 Sep 2021 25
Enquire Now

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaking

Kayaking

Photography

Photography

Stand-up Paddle Boarding

Stand-up Paddle Boarding

Snorkelling

Snorkelling

Important Information

  • Cabin accommodation on board Greg Mortimer 
    All meals whilst on board
    All scheduled landings/excursions
    Guiding and lectures by English-speaking expedition leader and team
    All port fees
    All landing fees
    Complimentary polar expedition jacket
    Complimentary boot rental during cruise
    Comprehensive pre-departure info

    Exclusions

    Airfares to and from embarkation/disembarkation city 
    Visa fees (if applicable)
    Travel insurance
    Personal expenses such as laundry, on board communication
    Gratuities for the crew
    Pre or post cruise travel expenses 
    Optional activities 

  • 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. 

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.