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Jewels of the Arctic

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Greg Mortimer
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One of the most-anticipated voyages each year, the Jewels of the Arctic will change you forever: while cruising the icy waters of the Greenland Sea between Norway and Iceland, keep an eye out for whales, sea ice and countless sea birds. Your days will be jam-packed with once-in-a-lifetime moments: you will Zodiac cruise amongst gigantic icebergs, revel in gorgeous tundra walks, spot Arctic foxes, musk ox, walrus, and polar bears. Greenland’s breathtaking mountainous landscapes will leave you speechless as the voyage goes along, and Inuit communities will make you feel at home whilst you stop by their small settlement, Ittoqqortoormiit. These are the jewels of the Arctic!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Kirkenes, Norway | Embark
Days 2-3 : Crossing of the Barents Sea | Svalbard
Days 4-5 : Greenland Sea
Days 6-8 : Greenland
Days 9-11 : Greenland
Day 12 : Greenland
Days 13-14 : Denmark Strait
Day 15 : Disembark | Reykjavik, Iceland

Highlights

  • Sail along East Greenland’s magnificent coastline
  • Tour along the world’s largest icebergs in Scoresby Sund
  • Indulge in friendly Inuit communities and their culture
  • Enjoy viewing musk ox, Arctic fox and reindeer on tundra walks

Ship

Greg Mortimer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Exploring Greenland Arctic puffins Polar bear in the Arctic Colorful homes in Longyearbyen, Svalbard Walrus in the Arctic

Day 1 Kirkenes, Norway | Embark

Arrive in Kirkenes, on the northern coast of Norway. Late afternoon board the Greg Mortimer.

Day 2-3 Crossing of the Barents Sea | Svalbard

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
During the crossing of the Barents Sea, enjoy informative lectures from your team of experts. Arrive in Svalbard in the afternoon of Day 3 for your first activity in South West Nordauslandet.

Day 4-5 Greenland Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Crossing the Greenland Sea, your expert naturalists and guest lecturers entertain you with fascinating talks on plants, animals and early explorers like Nansen, Andrée and Scoresby. Keep an eye out for fin whales, encroaching sea ice and seabirds. Relax and prepare for a landing, if conditions permit, on Greenland’s northeast coast, home to polar bear, Arctic hare and musk oxen.

Day 6-8 Greenland

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
An ice cap covers 81 per cent of Greenland and pack ice, even in summer, may fill northern bays. Ashore, cosy trappers’ huts beckon from across the tundra, where musk ox, Arctic hare and eider ducks roam in Kejser Franz Josef Fjord. Lively cascades at Kap Humboldt provide a microclimate for spectacular hanging gardens. Kong Oskar Fjord offers spectacular glacier-carved mountains.

Day 9-11 Greenland

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
In Scoresby Sund, the world's biggest fjord system, massive glaciers calve explosively, creating giant icebergs. Near Rode Island, our Zodiacs weave through a maze of grounded icebergs, some more than 30 metres high, sculpted with deep green tunnels and aquamarine lakes. Enjoy a warm Ittoqqortoormiit welcome from Inuit happy to share their culture. Our kayakers find ideal paddling conditions, winding their way through interconnected waterways, watching for polar bears and narwhals.

Day 12 Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail south along the Blosseville Coast, search for musk ox and narwhals and marvel at the mountain scenery that dominates the skyline. If weather permits, head for Rømer Fjord, a deep waterway with stunning mountain views.

Day 13-14 Denmark Strait

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sail across Denmark Strait, reflecting on your rich experiences and enjoying the antics of northern fulmars, black-backed gulls, dolphins, orcas and other whales. On your final night reflect on the rich experiences you've had and celebrate with your fellow passengers.

Day 15 Disembark | Reykjavik, Iceland

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark the Greg Mortimer and transfer to downtown Reykjavik or seabirds airport.

Greg Mortimer

Per person starting at
$8,400
Greg Mortimer-Aurora Stateroom
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Aurora Stateroom
Greg Mortimer features 15 porthole rooms, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action. *6 of these cabins are available as triple cabins on select departures.
Balcony Stateroom C
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Balcony Stateroom C
14 rooms available. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups.
Balcony Stateroom B
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Balcony Stateroom B
22 rooms available. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups.
Greg Mortimer Balcony Suite
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Balcony Stateroom A
22 rooms available. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups.
Balcony Suite
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Balcony Suite
With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Greg Mortimer's two Balcony Suites are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear. Featuring private balconies, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area, these will sell out quickly!
Greg Mortimer- Junior Suite
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Junior Suite
The Greg Mortimer's four Junior Suites take in some impressive scenery from their vantage points on Deck 7. When you aren't enjoying a landing, you can relax in the suites' separate lounge area, or just watch the world float by from the private balcony.
Greg Mortimer- Captain's Suite
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Captain's Suite
The largest of all the rooms, the Greg Mortimer's singular Captain's Suite will take you to the polar regions in ultimate style and comfort. Complete with large lounge area, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite.

Notes

Voyage Inclusions
  • Group transfer from ship to downtown Reykjavik or airport
  • Fully-serviced accommodation in your chosen stateroom
  • Daily shore excursions, guided walks, Zodiac cruises
  • An experienced team of destination specialists and activity leaders
  • An informative and entertaining lecture program by our team of experts
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner including house wines, beers and soft drinks, afternoon tea and snacks
  • 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
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
  • Complimentary use of gumboots
  • Complimentary use of fitness centre
  • Complimentary access to on board expedition doctor and medical clinic
  • Personalised photo book (post voyage)
  • Entry fees to historic or tourist sites
  • Port, pilotage charges and landing fees
Voyage Exclusions
  • Flights to and from your voyage
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels or meals not included in voyage itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the voyage itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking or polar snorkelling
  • Any items of a personal nature including: Alcoholic beverages or soft drinks outside of meal times, gratuities, laundry
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