Iceland, Jan Mayen and Svalbard
Iceland, Jan Mayen and Svalbard 11 Days aboard Greg Mortimer
This fantastic expedition will take you to three of the The Arctic’s most spectacular areas, covering the staggering beauty of Iceland’s Westfjords, the remote and seldom-visited volcanic island of Jan Mayen, and the wilderness wonderland of Svalbard. Exploring each day by ship, Zodiac boat or on foot, you will come up-close to dramatic landscapes, glacier-filled fjords, remarkable bird cliffs, and an abundance of Arctic wildlife and birdlife. Travelling in the company of expert guides, you will discover a world of unique geology and fascinating history, all while searching for the Polar bears, walrus, whales and seabirds that abound in these areas.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
- Discover three fantastic Arctic destinations in one brilliant voyage
- Visit Iceland’s exceptionally beautiful Westfjords region
- Be amongst the very few people to have ever visited the remote volcanic island of Jan Mayen
- Explore along Svalbard’s spectacular northwest coast
- Search for an abundance of wildlife including Polar bears, whales, walrus and myriad seabirds
- Sail within 965 kilometres (600 miles) of the North Pole
- Exciting hiking and kayaking options available
- Full board accommodation on board ship with daily breakfast,
lunch and dinner including house wines, beers and soft drinks, and afternoon
tea and snacks
- Group transfers from ship including post-voyage tour of Longyearbyen
- Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
- Pre-dinner drinks including canapes and bar snacks
- Zodiac landings and excursions
- Programme of expert lectures
- Loan of rubber boots
- Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
ITINERARY10 Nights 11 Days
- Day 1 | Reykjavik - Embark
- Days 2 - 3 | West and North-West Iceland
- Day 4 | At Sea
- Day 5 | Jan Mayen
- Days 6 - 7 | At Sea
- Days 8 - 10 | North Svalbard & Northwest Spitsbergen
- Day 11 | Longyearbyen - Disembark
Reykjavik - Embark
Your thrilling Arctic cruise begins in Reykjavik, the enthralling capital of Iceland. After having arrived independently you will make your way to the port to board your expedition vessel in the late afternoon. After settling in to your comfortable cabin on this brand new ship there will be time to explore your new surroundings before joining your new shipmates and expedition team for a welcome cocktail and dinner attended by the captain. In the evening we will cast off towards the Westfjords.
We recommend arriving in Reykjavik a day or two earlier to explore the wonders of this magical city. Should you require any advice on where to visit, where to stay or how to get there please feel free to ask one of our friendly destination experts.
West and North-West Iceland
This morning we will have arrived in the spectacularly beautiful Westfjords region of Iceland which covers almost one third of Iceland’s coastline. The enchanting landscape of this wonderful peninsula is characterised by scenic fjords and imposing cliffs, and we will spend two days exploring around some of the area’s most fascinating destinations. Places we are likely to visit include Látrabjarg, the westernmost point in Europe, where we can enjoy a thrilling Zodiac cruise along one of the continent’s most remarkable seabird breeding cliffs in search of unparalleled sightings of an abundance of birds including huge numbers of colourful puffins.
Next we will visit the small town of Ísafjörður, which despite its small size is actually the largest town in the Westfjords. We hope to take a walk around this town that has a population of just over 2600 people to learn about its thriving salt fishing industry and see its interesting wooden houses and picturesque landscape.
Our last stop in Iceland will involve another Zodiac cruise, this time along the shoreline of the Hornstrandir nature reserve which is home to good numbers of seals, birds and Arctic foxes. Subject to approval from the park ranger we hope to park the Zodiacs to enjoy a gentle hike around the reserve in search of wildlife observations.
Having enjoyed an action-packed exploration of Iceland, we will now spend a relaxing day at sea sailing towards the remote Jan Mayen Island. As we sail your programme of informative and interactive presentations and talks will keep you entertained, and we recommend spending some time on deck or in the observation lounges looking out for seabirds and whales following the ship. Alternatively you could relax with a good book from the well-stocked library, enjoy a massage in the wellness centre, work out in the onboard gym, or chill out with a drink in the beautiful bar and lounge areas.
The first glimpse of the spectacular Beerenberg volcano, the world northernmost active volcano, will herald our arrival to the exceptionally remote and visually stunning Jan Mayen Island. As we approach the island make sure to spend some time on deck or in one of the observation lounges looking out for the whales and dolphins that are frequently found in these waters, and marvelling at the impressive glaciers that dot the landscape.
If weather conditions are favourable we hope to make land in front of the Norwegian weather station at Olonkinbyen on the eastern side of the island to visit the station and enjoy a three hour hike across the island to Kvalrossbukta, a relatively sheltered bay on the island’s west coast. The expedition ship will be waiting for us here and a Zodiac cruise will bring us back out to sea to reboard the ship.
After an energetic exploration of Jan Mayen Island we will spend two days at sea sailing towards the wilderness wonderland of Svalbard. Although this will be a great time to relax and recharge, there will be plenty to keep you entertained as we sail. The seas surrounding Jan Mayen are often frequented by various whale species including bowhead, fin and bottlenose, so this will be a great time to enjoy some onboard whale spotting, and as we sail closer to Svalbard we are likely to see harp seals breeding on the ice. We will also be keeping a keen eye out for our first observations of polar bears as we reach the ice edge.
As we sail your onboard lecture and presentation programme will continue, covering everything from Arctic wildlife and geology to historic polar expeditions including that of Dutch explorer Willem Barents who discovered Spitsbergen and the Barents Sea, travelling in almost the exact route as we will have travelled. There will also be bio-environmental and safety briefings for your time in Svalbard.
North Svalbard & Northwest Spitsbergen
Welcome to the pristine wilderness of the Svalbard archipelago, a land of enchanting landscapes, spectacular glaciers and intriguing Arctic wildlife. As with all polar expeditions, our itinerary here will be flexible and dictated by weather and ice conditions. Each day your captain and crew will choose the best course to offer the best scenic and wildlife experiences possible. Exploring by Zodiac and on foot, you will have the opportunity to get up-close to some of the world’s most remarkable scenery.
As we arrive in the archipelago we plan to cross 80° North to reach Moffen Island, keeping a constant lookout for polar bears on the pack ice. This area is famous for its large walrus colony so seeking this out will be high on the agenda.
Exploring around Spitsbergen, the archipelago’s largest island, we hope to sail by two giant glaciers into the incredibly scenic Kongsfjorden, before enjoying a hike on the lush Spitsbergen tundra and a Zodiac cruise along the remarkable bird cliffs near the 14th July Glacier. Other areas we hope to visit include Smeerenberg on Amsterdamøya where we will visit the remains of a 350-year-old Dutch whaling settlement, keeping an eye out for the Arctic foxes and Polar bears that can often be found here, and Ytre Norskya where we can enjoy a hike to a fantastic vantage point that will reward with beautiful views over the north coast of Spitsbergen and perhaps even to the North Pole! We also hope to visit Raudfjord to discover the area’s fascinating geology, glaciers and bird cliffs.
Longyearbyen - Disembark
Your thrilling Arctic cruise will end in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of Svalbard, where after disembarkation in the morning you can enjoy an included tour of this impressive High Arctic town. After your tour a group transfer will be provided to the airport, or should you wish to stay longer and explore more of this unique area then there are ample extra excursions and options available. Please enquire for more details.
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We have just returned from our Spitsbergen trip with Wildfoot and had to tell you what an amazing time we had! We saw 6 polar bears including a mother with 2 cubs as well as whales, walruses and lots of birds. The ship (Expedition) was really comfortable and the guides were so helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for making it all so easy.
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The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
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Writing back to tell you that the trip to the Arctic was all that it promised and more. It was a great wild-life sightseeing opportunity and the staff were really good.I had an excellent trip and have thousands of photos to go through.
I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
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