Up To 20% Discount!
No Single Supplement With Cabin Mate Finder!
Spitsbergen Odyssey 12 DaysAboard: Greg Mortimer
Board a new custom-built polar vessel and sail into the kingdom of the polar bear as you join this exciting expedition around the island of Svalbard. Exploring around the stunning coastline of Spitsbergen you will enjoy spectacular glacier covered peaks, deep fjords, mysterious, fossil-rich desert plains and an abundance of Arctic wildlife. This voyage offers excellent chances of seeing reindeers and polar bears, and features wildflower walks across sweeping tundra, trapper camps and historic sites. On foot and by Zodiac, you will visit abandoned whaling settlements, search for walrus, Arctic fox and reindeer and observe the millions of migratory birds, including little auks, guillemots and puffin that make these lands their home.
Various departures available. Please enquire for full rates and dates.
- Sail along Spitsbergen’s glacier-filled coastline & experience almost 24-hours of exquisite Arctic sunlight
- Spot polar bears, walruses, ringed seals, whales, large colonies of auklets, guillemots, puffins and more
- Visit abandoned whaling stations and trappers huts
- Photograph delicate Arctic tundra flowers
- Exciting kayaking, scuba diving and snorkelling options
- Resident photography guide
- Full board accommodation on board ship with daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
- Wines, beers and soft drinks with dinner
- Group transfers to and from ship
- One night hotel stay in Oslo pre-voyage with breakfast included
- Group sightseeing tour of Longyearbyen pre-voyage
- Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
- Zodiac landings and excursions
- Programme of expert lectures
- Loan of rubber boots
- Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
Up To 20% Discount!
Book select dates now and receive a 10% discount off standard cabins, or up to 20% off premium cabins!
Offer applicable when booked before 1st November 2022
Applies to new bookings in select cabins on select departure dates. Discount may fluctuate depending on cabin selected and may be withdrawn at any time. Full terms & conditions apply. / Available on selected dates/vessels.
No Single Supplement With Cabin Mate Finder!
Solo travellers willing to share a cabin with a carefully selected co-traveller will pay no single supplement! Or just a 50% supplement if you prefer a single occupancy room!
Offer applicable when booked before 8th June 2023
Sharing travellers will be paired with a roommate of the same sex. Sharing places are subject to availability and will rely on being matched to a suitable roommate. / Available on selected dates/vessels.
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Oslo to Longyearbyen
Having arrived independently to Oslo, Norway’s vibrant capital city, you will check in at the Radisson Blu Oslo Airport Hotel for your included overnight stay. This evening you will meet your fellow travellers and some of your expedition team at the welcome meeting in the hotel.
After a good night’s rest, it will be time to fly to Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Svalbard archipelago. Please note: the flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen is not included in the cost of your package.
Upon arrival in Longyearbyen you will be met by a tour representative and will join your fellow travellers for a sightseeing tour around the town, including a stop at the local museum. In the late afternoon you will join your transfer to the port for embarkation.
As you get your bearings and settle into your comfortable cabin, the ship will set sail out of the beautiful Isfjorden and deep into the Arctic wilderness. You may wish to spend some time on deck watching as the seabirds follow the ship, before joining the captain for your four-course welcome meal.
Over the course of the next 9 days you will sail aboard your expedition vessel to discover the unique landscapes, untouched beauty and iconic wildlife of Spitsbergen and the Svalbard archipelago. Weather dependent, you will attempt to circumnavigate around the entirety of the archipelago, but this cannot be guaranteed. Each day your experienced captain and crew will assess the weather and ice conditions and plot a course for thrilling adventures and unforgettable sights.
What can be guaranteed is sightings of phenomenal fjords, magnificent mountains, rich tundra, and a variety of wildlife. As you sail through the snowscapes you can expect encounters with walrus, seals and whales, as well as an abundance of birdlife. But the main goal will be to spot the iconic Polar bears that call these lands their home. Your captain will aim to take you to the areas where Polar bear sightings are most frequent so that you can see their majesty up-close (but not too close!).
Throughout your time here you will enjoy thrilling Zodiac cruises across the fronts of stunning glaciers and fjords, take walks across the tundra to look for reindeer and wild flowers, visit ancient whaling stations and ruins, and learn all about the area’s fascinating history and geology from your expert team. For those who choose to add kayaking to their package, there will be numerous opportunities to get paddling.
Unforgettable places you are likely to visit on this exciting Arctic cruise might include Kongsfjorden, the former mining settlement of Ny-Ålesund, Nordvesthjørnet, Raudfjorden, Magdalenefjorden, Virgohamna, Ytre Norskøya, Woodfjorden, Liefdefjorden, Moffen Island, Barentsøya and Edgeøya. If a circumnavigation is possible you may also visit the iconic areas of Hornsund & Bellsund.
On the morning of day 12 your ship will sail back into Longyearbyen where your Arctic cruise adventure comes to an end. After disembarkation, a transfer will be provided either to the airport or to a downtown location should you wish to extend your stay here. Various additional Arctic activities are available in Longyearbyen so please enquire for details should you wish to extend your adventure.
A view from Above
The brand new (2018-19) “Greg Mortimer” is a purpose-built expedition vessel capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves, and has been built to world-class polar standards. The Greg Mortimer redefines expedition cruising for the future, utilising the ULSTEIN X-BOW, a cutting edge nautical technology which allows for gentle travel and motion at sea, reduced vibrations, improved comfort and safety on board, virtual anchoring, lower fuel consumption and lower air emissions. Robust, powerful, and built with passengers’ comfort and safety at the forefront of design, the Greg Mortimer features a modern ice-strengthened hull at ice class 1A, four sea-level launching platforms for fast and efficient access to Zodiacs, a custom-built activity platform, the most up-to-date and concise safety features including the latest ‘return to port’ technology, and has been built to meet and exceed the strict environment standards of the Polar Code, for non-intrusive and low-impact voyages. For exceptional at sea wildlife and scenery viewing opportunities the ship has custom-built hydraulic platforms offering unobstructed views, an indoor observation lounge, side viewing platforms and an outdoor top deck which allows for 360-degree views. With space for 120 passengers the ship has 80 well designed staterooms with en-suite bathrooms, ranging from porthole to balcony categories, a large dining room/restaurant with family style dining, a spacious lecture room, a well stocked library, Wellness Centre complete with gym equipment, sauna and spa, a multimedia room and a fully-stocked medical centre.
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