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Combine Svalbard Odyssey and Franz Josef Land Explorer into one adventure for a complete exploration of the High Arctic. Enjoy peak summer in Svalbard, with 24-hour daylight. long tundra walks, reindeer, spectacular bird cliffs, and polar bears. Dog sled or fish in Longyearbyen, then sail for wild Franz Josef Land. Be one of the few to experience its wildlife, mysterious landscapes and exploration history. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Longyearbyen | Embark
Days 2-6 : North West Svalbard
Days 7-8 : North East Svalbard
Days 9-10 : Barents Sea
Days 10-12 : Kirkenes
Days 13-21 : Franz Josef Land
Days 22-24 : Barents Sea
Day 25 : Kirkenes | Disembark

Highlights

  • Cruise around Svalbard's magnificent glacier fronts
  • Photograph reindeer feeding on dwarf tundra plants
  • Zodiac beneath sea cliffs alive with nesting seabirds
  • Encounter polar bears on land and ice

Ship

Greg Mortimer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Bearded seal in Svalbard, Norway Mysterious natural round stones of Franz Josef Land Polar bear in the Arctic Colorful homes in Longyearbyen, Svalbard Franz Josef Land scenery Cruising the arctic waters in the Zodiac Walruses relaxing in the water

Day 1 Longyearbyen | Embark

Enjoy a guided group tour of Longyearbyen, Svalbard's capital, before boarding the Greg Mortimer to sail north

Day 2-6 North West Svalbard

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Explore the northwest's glorious Magdalenefjorden, whaling history of Smerrenburg, guillemots and walrus in Hamiltonbukta and much more.

Day 7-8 North East Svalbard

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Along the northeast coast of Spitsbergen you enter a different world – a polar desert. If ice conditions allow, you will pass south through the narrow Hinlopen Strait. Between the islands of Barentsøya and Edgeøya, cross a major polar bear migration route and the beautiful fertile plains of Sundeneset.

Day 9-10 Barents Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Enjoy a series of entertaining and informative on board lectures as you cross the Barents Sea, cruising north towards Franz Josef Land.

Day 10-12 Kirkenes

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Stop in Kirkenes then sail to neighboring Murmansk, Russia, for clearance before setting off on your adventures to Franz Josef Land.

Day 13-21 Franz Josef Land

  • Ship
  • 9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners
From mysterious Bell Island to majestic Champ Island, explore the central-most of the 191 islands in the archipelago. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sightings including the elusive bowhead whale and the Arctic's top predator, the polar bear. Discover new landings as you make your way west to Prince George Land and Alexandra Land. Cliff around the islands host massive nesting colonies of seabirds such as guillemots, dovekies, and kittiwakes. 85% of the archipelago is dominated by gigantic tidewater glaciers and towering icebergs.

Day 22-24 Barents Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
On leaving Franz Josef Land, crossing the Barents Sea is again an opportunity to see whales (possibly the elusive bowhead whale) and large numbers of seabirds. From Murmansk sail overnight to Kirkenes, Norway, (approx. 12 hours).

Day 25 Kirkenes | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark this morning after breakfast, transfer to the airport for homeward flights or onward journeys.

Greg Mortimer

Per person starting at
$13,900
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 and from airport to ship in Longyearbyen
  • Group sightseeing tour on arrival in Longyearbyen (pre-voyage)
  • Day 11 choice of Arctic activity: dog sledding tour in Spitsbergen; Arctic sustainable fishing tour in Spitsbergen, fossil hunting with pack dogs
  • Full-day use at Radisson Polar Blu hotel in Longyearbyen including light snacks and refreshments, tea and coffee, free WiFi, and lunch
  • Onboard 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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