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Scotland to Svalbard via Jan Mayen

From Scotland to Svalbard via Jan Mayen 11 Days

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May Only | 10 nights

Single Cabins Available

From Scotland to Svalbard via Jan Mayen 11 Days

Aboard: Ocean Albatros Ocean Atlantic

This fantastic North Atlantic and Arctic Islands expedition cruise will see you discover the lush green Shetland isles, the beautiful Faroe Islands, the incredibly remote Jan Mayen Island and the iconic Arctic icescapes of Svalbard in one unforgettable journey. Search for sightings of seabirds, whales, walrus, reindeer, and maybe even Polar Bears as you enjoy a journey of true discovery. Spectacular and contrasting landscapes abound at every turn, from rolling green hills and looming volcanoes to awe-inspiring glaciers and picture-postcard fjords. Exciting Zodiac cruises will allow you to view wildlife at close proximity and enjoy exploratory mini cruises in the scenic bays, whilst shore visits accompanied by your expert guides will see you enjoy nature walks whilst learning all about these remarkable lands.

This trip operates on various dates aboard 2 different vessels. 10 day and 11 day itineraries available. Please enquire for full rates and dates.

Highlights

  • Explore around the iconic Arctic lands of Spitsbergen
  • Discover the remote and rarely-visited volcanic lands of Jan Mayen
  • Visit the beautiful North Atlantic islands of the Shetlands and Faroe Islands
  • Incredible scenery throughout
  • Good chances of seeing Polar bears
  • Get up-close to Arctic wildlife including reindeer, walrus, Arctic fox, seals and whales
  • Myriad birdlife
  • Enjoy thrilling Zodiac cruises, and hikes and nature walks on land
  • Travel with a dedicated expedition photographer who will provide lectures and tips for capturing the perfect pictures
  • Optional excursion packages in the Shetlands and Faroe Islands (costs apply)
  • Kayaking options available (costs may apply)

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation on board ship with all meals, tea, coffee and snacks
  • Flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo at the end of the voyage
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails
  • Zodiac cruises, nature walks and hikes as per itinerary
  • Informative lecture and presentation programme
  • Post-voyage digital journal link with images and voyage log from your trip

Single Cabins Available

This vessel offers single occupancy cabins, which is a perfect option for solo travellers. Travelling alone is often the best way to see the world. No responsibilities, no difficult choices and no trying to please anyone else…just you, your itinerary and your adventurous spirit!

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Aberdeen
1Day

Aberdeen

Your North Atlantic Islands and Arctic expedition cruise begins in the Scottish city of Aberdeen where having arrived independently you will board your ship in the afternoon. After settling in to your comfortable cabin and enjoying a welcome cocktail, there will be voyage and safety briefings before your captain steers the ship through the mouth of the Dee River towards the North Sea.

Shetland Islands
2Day

Shetland Islands

The first stop of your trip will bring you to the beautiful Shetland Islands, the northernmost part of Britain, where we will make land at Lerwick, the archipelago’s main town. Located approximately 300 km north of the mainland of Scotland, the islands have a fascinating history and a rich culture which combines a mixture of British charm and Scandinavian heritage.

An optional bus excursion is available today which will take you for a scenic drive through the town and towards Scalloway for views of the imposing Scalloway Castle. After driving through the scenic “Black Gates” you will arrive at the famous Clickimin Broch where you can enjoy some exploration and learn about life in the Iron Age, before returning to Lerwick for some time at your leisure.

Please note, the excursion today is part of an excursion package that is not included in the price of your voyage. Please enquire for pricing and bookings. Should you wish to not join the excursion you can enjoy a free day of exploring the town at your own pace.

Faroe Islands
3Day

Faroe Islands

This morning we arrive off the coast of the Faroe Islands and make our way to Tórshavn, perhaps the smallest capital in the world. This bustling settlement, with its delightful shops and cafes, is a delight to explore and photo opportunities are endless, including the famous grass-roofed Parliament on Tinganes.

Today’s optional bus excursion will allow you to get an insight into the archipelago’s history as you take an incredibly scenic, yet often foggy, drive to Kirkjubøur, the most important historical site on the islands. In medieval times Kirkjubøur was the Episcopal centre of the Faroe Islands and we will learn all about its past and present as we explore around. We will also visit the ruins of the impressive Magnus Cathedral and the St. Olav church – the only remaining medieval church on the Islands, before returning to Tórshavn for some time at your leisure.

Please note, the excursion today is part of an excursion package that is not included in the price of your voyage. Please enquire for pricing and bookings. Should you wish to not join the excursion you can enjoy a free day at your own pace to maybe take a relaxing stroll through the old citadel near the harbour and visit the Art museum and the Nordic House.

At Sea - Jan Mayen - At Sea
4 - 6Days

At Sea - Jan Mayen - At Sea

Day 4 will be spent at sea sailing towards Jan Mayen. Whilst at sea you can enjoy the informative and entertaining lecture and discussion programme delivered by your team of onboard experts, spend time on deck looking for seabirds and whales following the ship, or simply relax in the comfort of your ship in preparation for the adventures ahead.

On day 5 we will arrive at the enigmatic and rarely-visited volcanic island of Jan Mayen which is home to the imposing Beerenberg mountain and is inhabited by only 18 people, all of whom work in the meteorological station and the Norwegian Defence. Often shrouded in mist, the island is a spectacular sight. We will hope to go ashore to explore around and learn more about its volcanic geology, passing by lava flows and cinder cones as the looming mountain provides an unforgettable backdrop.

Day 6 will be spent at sea sailing towards Svalbard and beautiful Spitsbergen, its largest and most impressive island.

Kongsfjorden, Svalbard
7 - 8Days

Kongsfjorden, Svalbard

By the afternoon of day 7 we will have arrived in Svalbard and will begin our exploration of Spitsbergen. As with all Arctic expeditions, our exact route in Svalbard will be dictated by weather and ice conditions, with your experienced captain and crew charting the perfect course each day for unforgettable sights and adventures. This itinerary describes the expected route but may be subject to change.

Day 7 will likely be spent sailing close to the ice edge in search of our first sightings of Polar bears. Should be lucky enough to spot some hunting for seals along the pack ice, it is guaranteed to be a sight you won’t forget!

On day 8 we will reach the beautiful Kongsfjord area to land at the famous former mining settlement of Ny Ålesund for an enjoyable walk to learn about the history and scientific importance of this area. There will also be chance to visit the world’s northernmost Post Office.

Continuing our exploration around Kongsfjorden we will be on the lookout for Polar bears and a host of migrating birds. We then plan to anchor behind Blomstrand Peninsula. As we will immediately see, the name is a little misleading. Blomstrand is now an island - the Blomstrand Glacier has receded, revealing a shallow water strait. We will cruise through this on our Zodiacs and make a landing on the island.

Smeerenburg - Ytre Norskøya
9Day

Smeerenburg - Ytre Norskøya

In Northwest Svalbard today we plan to Zodiac cruise in Danskergattet and look for seals in Virgohamna before making our way to Amsterdamøya to land at the legendary 17th century whaling town of Smeerenburg, and the old lookout area of Ytre Norskøya.



Prince Karls Forland
10Day

Prince Karls Forland

Overnight we will have sailed into Forlandssundet which separates Spitsbergen from Prince Karls Forland and is an excellent place to spot (and smell!) walruses, who haul out here in large numbers. We will visit Poolepynten for a close-up look at these iconic animals before sailing into the exceptionally scenic Isfjord area to search for more wildlife sightings and discover even more unforgettable landscapes. We will arrive into Longyearbyen late this evening.

Longyearbyen
11Day

Longyearbyen

Arrival in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of Svalbard, signals the end of your fantastic itinerary. After breakfast this morning it will sadly be time to bid farewell to the crew as you disembark in Longyearbyen and transfer to the airport for your included flight to Oslo.

A view from Above

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Ocean Albatros
Luxury  first class vessel

Ocean Albatros

The brand-new (November 2022) Ocean Albatros has been built to the highest Polar code 6 and Ice class 1A and is the ideal vessel for small-ship cruising due to its sturdy construction and X-Bow®-Infinity class, which provides high stability in rough weather and allows for the smoothest movements on high waves. Designed to surpass environmentally friendly standards, the Ocean Albatros is part of the Green Initiative Program and is a low-energy vessel with 4 diesel engines and 2 electro engines, all controlled electronically to optimize speed and fuel consumption. The ship will have more than a 50% lower carbon footprint than traditional expedition vessels. The vessel also features a Solas 2012 classification which facilitates a safe return to port. The 95 very comfortable and stylishly furnished staterooms and suites, which are split into 9 different categories with varying features, all offer unobstructed sea views and the majority of these also offer a private balcony. 12 dedicated solo travel cabins are also available without a single supplement. The communal areas on board this high-end vessel include 2 restaurants, an Albatros Nordic Bar, a fantastic panorama sauna, open-air swimming pool with lounging deck and jacuzzis, an open deck dining area, wellness area with gym and Polar spa, an observation lounge, boutique giftshop and a modern lecture theatre.

Ocean Atlantic
Mid range vessel

Ocean Atlantic

The newly renovated (2016) Ocean Atlantic expedition ship is the perfect vessel for comfortable cruising through the Polar waters, with an international ice class rating of 1B, high manoeuvrability, elegant communal areas and good quality accommodation for up to 198 passengers. Each of the private staterooms feature either windows or portholes and have been stylishly appointed to offer comfort and space. Each room has its own private bathroom facilities, individual temperature controls and a TV. The bright and spacious restaurant offers 4-star international cuisine surrounded by sea views, whilst the professionally staffed bar is the perfect spot to relax with a drink after a long day of exploration. On the observation deck you will find an open-air swimming pool and jacuzzi, and below deck you will find a gym and a sauna. The ship also features a library, panorama lounge and a lecture theatre.

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