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Example 23 Day Cruise aboard Greg Mortimer
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This combination of the popular Arctic itineraries (Spitsbergen Odyssey and Jewels of the Arctic) will allow you to experience the best of the European Arctic over 23-days. Starting on Spitsbergen, you’ll explore its coastline of calving glaciers, towering bird cliffs and pack ice and spot walruses, reindeer and even polar bears! After crossing the Greenland Sea, your ship will follow East Greenland’s coastline filled with the largest fjord system in the world, calving icebergs, friendly native communities and untouched tundra-covered valleys, before reaching its finishing point, Iceland.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavik, Iceland | Embark
Day 2 : Denmark Strait
Day 3 : Greenland | Blosseville Coast
Days 4-6 : Greenland | Scoresby Sund
Days 7-9 : Greenland | Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord
Days 10-11 : Greenland Sea
Days 12-13 : Spitsbergen | Greenland Sea
Day 14 : Longyearbyen
Days 15-16 : Southern Spitsbergern
Days 17-18 : South East Spitsbergen
Days 19-21 : North West Spitsbergen
Day 22 : West Spitsbergen
Day 23 : Longyearbyen | Disembark

Highlights

  • Take a Zodiac cruise beneath buzzing seabird high cliffs
  • Explore Scoresby Sund, the world’s largest fjord system
  • Indulge in the Inuit communities as they share their Arctic lifestyle
  • Explore Spitsbergen’s stunning northwest coast

Ship

Greg Mortimer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Walrus Sailboat in Svalbard, Norway Arctic Polar Bear Exploring Greenland Polar bear in the Arctic

Day 1 Reykjavik, Iceland | Embark

Embark on your ship to begin your Arctic adventure.

Day 2 Denmark Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue your Arctic adventure and cruise across Denmark Strait on your way north. Gaze at northern fulmars and black-backed gulls, and spot dolphins and whales from the ship’s bow. 

Day 3 Greenland | Blosseville Coast

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Keep watch for musk ox and narwhals as we sail along the breathtaking mountains of the Blosseville Coast, before our attempt to cruise through Rømer Fjord.

Day 4-6 Greenland | Scoresby Sund

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Reach Scoresby Sund, the world’s largest fjord. The huge Greenland icecap continuously sweeps down gigantic glaciers, making it the birth place for some of the world’s largest icebergs! Zodiacs take you through an incredible maze of icebergs, as you head to the shores for some exciting tundra hikes, and a visit to Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the rare villages of the East Greenland coast.

Day 7-9 Greenland | Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
When going to Greenland for the first time, seeing ice is often an awe-inspiring moment. Even in summer time, bays and inlets can still be frozen. However the experienced Captain and team of expedition experts know alternative options to keep you busy with exploration! In Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, enjoy walks across the tundra as we visit old trapper’s huts and observe musk ox, Arctic fox and eider ducks; spend some time admiring the stunning hanging gardens of Kap Humboldt; Kong Oskar Fjord provides gorgeous glacier-carved mountains as a delightful backdrop.

Day 10-11 Greenland Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As you set sail across the Greenland Sea, search for fin whales, pack ice and sea birds. Your expert naturalists and guest lecturers provide you with great interpretation of the Arctic’s flora and fauna as well as early explorers’ epic adventures through illustrated talks.

Day 12-13 Spitsbergen | Greenland Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As you head back north, enjoy the last moments in Spitsbergen. Cruise past calving glaciers and land ashore to learn about the area’s rich history and observe Spitsbergen’s fascinating wildlife. (Note: as this expedition is a combination of two itineraries, these days may stop at some places already visited on the voyage’s first leg.)

Day 14 Longyearbyen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A midnight cruise of Isfjorden returns us to Longyearbyen, where you’ll enjoy a day dog sledding around Spitsbergen interior before setting off again this afternoon on the next leg of your Arctic adventure.

Day 15-16 Southern Spitsbergern

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Ice conditions and weather changes dictate our expedition plans. You may be able to reach South Cape and head north toward Hornsund and Bellsund, two magnificent deep fjords boasting superb glaciers and wildlife. In case ice stops us, we’ll change your itinerary and spend more time exploring the jewels of Spitsbergen’s north and west coasts.

Day 17-18 South East Spitsbergen

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Air and sea temperatures start lowering due to the frigid Arctic currents around Spitsbergen’s northeast, creating a landscape eroded by severe frost. Even at summer time, there’s a chance pack ice could bar the way, but the Russian crew and expedition team ensure you reach the highlights of the European Arctic. You’ll attempt to sail through the narrow Hinlopen Strait, where you’ll Zodiac cruise along the busy bird cliffs of Alkefjellt as well as walk along the east coast's polar desert, filled with stunted glaciers and exposed fossil fields.

Day 19-21 North West Spitsbergen

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
As you continue your adventure along Spitsbergen’s northwest coast in to the Arctic Ocean, whales, pack ice and maybe even polar bears keep us on alert. Continue south into Woodfjorden, search for ringed, bearded and harp seals and keep an eye out for fascinating walrus haul outs on the beaches. With almost 24-hour daylight, enjoy tundra walks and take the time to observe at the microflora. Depending on ice conditions, you may cross latitude 80° North – a cause for celebration.

Day 22 West Spitsbergen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Awake as your ship sails along Spitsbergen’s west coast and its outstanding aqua-blue ice cliffs. The nutrient-rich Gulf Stream provides us with relatively mild temperatures, a delight for Atlantic puffins and Brünnich’s guillemots that have settled on these cliffs. Embark on a thrilling tundra hike, keep an eye out for reindeer and Arctic fox and gaze at the majestic glaciers from our Zodiacs. You can also attempt to explore the remains of the 350-year-old Dutch whaling settlement.

Day 23 Longyearbyen | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast and begin your jorney home.

Greg Mortimer

Per person starting at
$13,500
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 to/from ship to Longyearbyen airport
  • Group transfer to/from downtown Reykjavik to ship
  • On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
  • Access to onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of gumboots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees
Voyage Exclusions
  • International or domestic flights, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges.
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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