Single Cabins Available
Four Arctic Islands - Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Greenland & Iceland – 12 DaysAboard: Ocean Albatros Ocean Atlantic
Combining four of the Arctic’s most impressive, fascinating and beautiful islands in one show-stopping itinerary, this epic journey will see you discover a world of Arctic wonders. From the thrill of searching for Polar bears in the Svalbard pack-ice to exploring along the world’s longest fjord in Greenland, this unforgettable trip offers up more memorable experiences than you could imagine. With a visit to the wild and remote volcanic island of Jan Mayen in between, your exciting expedition will finish in Iceland, the land of fire and ice.
Travelling in the company of an experienced crew who know these lands like no one else, you will be on a constant lookout for iconic Arctic wildlife including whales, seals, walrus and a myriad of birds, and gain a true insight into the history of, and the way of life in, these far northern reaches.
This trip operates on various dates aboard 2 different vessels. 11 day and 12 day itineraries are available. Mentioned activities may not be applicable to all departure dates. Please enquire for full rates and dates.
- Discover the wonders of Northwest Spitsbergen, Svalbard’s largest island
- Visit the remote and rarely-visited volcanic lands of Jan Mayen
- Explore around Greenland’s Scoresby Sund, the world’s longest fjord
- Visit remote settlements and learn about life this far north
- Good chances of seeing Polar bears
- Search for other iconic Arctic wildlife including walrus, whales, seals and a myriad of birdlife
- Incredible scenery throughout
- 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
- Kayaking and snowshoeing options available (select departures - costs apply)
- Full board accommodation on board ship with all meals, tea, coffee and snacks
- Flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen at the start 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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Oslo to Longyearbyen
Your included flight from Oslo will bring you to Longyearbyen today, the administrative capital of the Svalbard archipelago, where you will board your vessel and begin your Arctic adventure. After a welcome drink and time to familiarise yourself with the ship, there will be voyage and safety briefings before your captain steers the ship out of Advent Fjord and into the wilderness.
Please note: Your flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen is included in the price of your expedition.
Ny Ålesund & Lilliehöök Glacier
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.
Heading north, overnight we will have passed Prins Karls Forland to 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.
On the opposite side of the fjord we find the abandoned marble mining settlement of Ny London where we can take a walk amongst the ruins of workshops, locomotives and cranes that signify the mining rush of days past.
In the afternoon we will sail further north into the fjord system where we will hope for our first Zodiac cruise along the impressive Lilliehöök Glacier front. We will also hope to navigate past the beautiful scenery in the bay of Fjortende Juli, where the glacier Fjortende Juli-breen calves into the fjord.
Smeerenburg - Ytre Norskøya
In Northwest Svalbard today we plan to 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.
Towards the Pack Ice
Overnight the captain will have steered far north towards the edge of the polar pack ice, pushing as northernly as possible with the goal of reaching 80 degrees north. This portion of the trip offers the best possibilities of spotting Polar bears and as we spend the day sailing through the icy seas and floes we will be on a constant lookout for sightings of the “King of The Arctic”. We will also hope for a memorable Zodiac cruise today.
Later this evening we will steer away from Svalbard and begin our journey across the sea towards Jan Mayen.
At Sea & Jan Mayen
Days 5 & 6 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 7 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.
After a day of exploration we will get back onboard to continue towards Greenland.
East Greenland - Scoresby Sund
On the morning of day 8 we will awake along the pack ice of North East Greenland and begin our exploration of Scoresby Sund, the world’s longest fjord. Our 2 days here will allow us ample time to soak up the unique and unspoiled nature of Greenland, enjoying as many landings and Zodiac cruises as possible, surrounded by the most unforgettable scenery. Possible landing sites here include Cape Brewster and Bear Island, as well as a visit to the picturesque settlement of Ittiqqortoormiit, one of Greenland’s most remote towns.
Blosseville Coast - Towards Iceland
We will now spend a day sailing along the incredibly beautiful Blosseville Coast, soaking up possibly the most dramatic coastline outside of Antarctica. As we sail surrounded by majestic mountains and steep fjords and cliffs, we will be on a constant lookout for wildlife, abandoned Inuit settlements and incredible scenic photo opportunities.
By day 11 we will have bade farewell to Greenland and will be sailing towards the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik.
Arrival into the vibrant and culture-rich Icelandic capital of Reykjavik will sadly signal the end of our Arctic voyage. After breakfast it will be time to disembark and bid a fond farewell to your crew and new-found friends. There are multiple options available in Reykjavik for extra adventures and we recommend booking a few extra days here to experience some of Iceland’s most famous sights. We will be happy to help you to arrange any post-voyage excursions or stays so please let us know if we can be of any assistance.
A view from Above
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.
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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