Four Arctic Islands 18 daysAboard: Ocean Adventurer
This very special expedition voyage takes in four of the most iconic islands in the Arctic region. See polar bears, reindeer, walrus and spectacular scenery in Spitsbergen; sail Scoresby Sund, the world’s longest fjord and see wild musk oxen and ancient historical sites in Greenland; explore around the rarely-visited nature reserve on the volcanic island of Jan Mayen; and explore the land of fire and ice that is Iceland. An unforgettable experience travelling from high above the Arctic Circle taking in the very best of the Arctic in all its majestic beauty.
Various departures available. Mentioned activities may not be applicable to all departure dates. Please enquire for full rates and dates.
- Spectacular wildlife viewing, including polar bears and whales
- See the breathtaking Greenlandic fjord system of Scoresby Sund, the Arctic wildlife haven of Spitsbergen and volcanic Jan Mayen in one exciting voyage
- Myriad birdlife
- Kayaking option (fees apply)
- Amazing scenery
- Visit remote inuit communities
- Exciting Zodiac cruises and shore excursions
- Group transfers to and from ship
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Programme of expert lectures
- Guided Zodiac excursions
- Expedition parka
- Loan of rubber boots
- 1 night airport hotel accommodation in Helsinki pre-voyage with breakfast
- Charter flight from Helsinki to Longyearbyen
- Transfers to and from ship
So much to experience
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Take advantage of our vast experience, passion and expertise to help you hand craft the perfect Arctic adventure for you.
Zoe’s abiding love of adventure travel has taken her to some of the most incredible wildlife-rich places on Earth. Her vast experience and genuine desire to share her knowledge makes her an outstanding and invaluable person to help you organise your wildlife adventure trip.
Mike has more than 15 years of experience in the travel industry and continues to be inspired by the people, places and wildlife he discovers. His in-depth personal knowledge of a diverse range of destinations ensures your adventure itinerary will be a holiday like no other.
With a lifetime of unforgettable nature and adventure based travel under his belt, Simon shares his passion, enthusiasm and hands-on experience to help create the perfect itinerary for every client.
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Helsinki to Longyearbyen
Your Arctic expedition will begin in the Finnish capital city of Helsinki where after arriving independently you can make your way to your hotel close to the airport for your included overnight stay. You may wish to arrive a couple of days early to allow time to sample some of this vibrant city’s many delights.
On the morning of day 2 you will join the transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of Svalbard. Upon arrival there will be some time to explore this unique Arctic town before you board your ship and settle in to your comfortable surroundings. As we set sail you will get fantastic views of the mountainous background and dramatic landscapes of this remote settlement. Your experienced expedition crew will brief you on what’s ahead as you embark on your Arctic adventure.
Spitsbergen is the largest of the islands in the Svalbard archipelago, teeming with abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery. You will cruise along the glaciers and fjords in search of sightings of polar bear, walrus, reindeer and various whales. Birding here is fantastic with likely sightings of Arctic terns, skuas, long-tailed ducks, kittiwakes, little auks and the rare ivory gull. If conditions are favourable in this northern Arctic wilderness we may be able to sail within 10 degrees of the North Pole!
Greenland Sea & Jan Mayen
Over the course of the next four days we will be sailing south through the historic Greenland Sea towards your next stop on this exciting itinerary. Take the time to relax and enjoy the comforts of your expedition ship, watch a movie, sip on a cocktail from the bar or take advantage of the free time and collate the many pictures you will no doubt have taken in Spitsbergen. You can join interesting presentations and talks about the wildlife and history of Greenland, whilst on deck the nature experts onboard can help you to identify the seabirds that follow the ship.
On day 9 we will have reached the location of our next adventure…the wild, mysterious and remote volcanic island of Jan Mayen. This impressive nature reserve deep in the North Atlantic Ocean is in fact so remote that very few people have ever been lucky enough to enjoy an exploration here. Weather permitting, we hope to spend two days here enjoying exciting Zodiac cruises for close-up views of the breathtaking Beerenberg volcano and shore visits in search of the island’s abundant birdlife. The birding enthusiasts among us will be on the lookout for the glaucous gulls, Brünnich’s guillemots, kittiwakes, northern fulmars and little auks that are found in great numbers on this BirdLife International designated Important Bird Area.
Sailing into spectacular Scoresby Sund, the birthplace of many icebergs and the longest fjord system in the world, you will experience the unique beauty of this remarkable area. Enjoying daily Zodiac excursions you will visit several locations on Greenland’s remote eastern coast. Explore the remains of ancient Thule settlements and keep an eye out for grazing muskoxen - 40% of the world’s muskoxen population lives here! We hope to enjoy a visit to the remote community of Ittoqqortoormiit to learn all about the traditional way of life here and will keep our eyes peeled for more polar bear observation opportunities.
Time at sea on the Denmark Strait towards Iceland, the final stop on your journey. Spend these days spotting marine mammals and birds from the observation deck or join interesting presentations and lectures about the history of exploration in the Arctic.
Arrival into Reykjavik will signal the end of our Arctic expedition. You may wish to extend your trip with a stay in this unique city and a transfer can be provided to a central downtown location or to the airport for your onward or homeward flights.
A view from Above
Ocean Adventurer (previously known as Sea Adventurer) is a purpose built expedition ship with ice-strengthened hull and first class accommodation and facilities. All 61 cabins have outside views and private facilities, including some with exterior access and outside seating. Public areas include dining room, lounge and presentation room, library, 2 bars, gift shop, clinic and exercise room. Other facilities are satellite communication and massage therapist. There is a forward observation deck and other open deck areas.
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