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Svalbard Odyssey

2021 - Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Greg Mortimer
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Revel in the diversity of the Svalbard Island and sail into the kingdom of the polar bear. Explore the coastline against a backdrop of spectacular glacier-covered peaks. Discover deep fjords in the west; mysterious, fossil-rich desert plains in the east; and best of all, seals and whales in the Arctic pack ice. This voyage offers the best chance for seeing reindeers and polar bears, and features wildflower walks across sweeping tundra, trapper camps and historic sites. On foot and by Zodiac, visit abandoned whaling settlements, search for walrus, Arctic fox and reindeer and observe in millions of migratory birds, including little auks, guillemots and puffin. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Kirkenes, Norway | Embark
Days 2-3 : At Sea
Days 4-12 : Svalbard Archipelago
Day 13 : Longyearbyen | Disembark


  • Sail along Spitsbergen’s glacier-filled coastline
  • Spot polar bears, walruses, ringed seals and more
  • Photograph delicate Arctic tundra flowers
  • Look out for large colonies of auklets, guillemots and puffins


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Trip Type

  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Colorful houses of Svalbard Arctic fox during spring in Svalbard Bearded seal in Svalbard, Norway A mother polar bear and her young relax on the Arctic landscape Sailboat in Svalbard, Norway

Day 1 Kirkenes, Norway | Embark

Arrive in Kirkenes, Norway and join a pre-arranged half day excursion prior to boarding the Greg Mortimer late afternoon. Airport transfers will be included if arriving on preferred flights into Kirkenes. You’ll have time to settle into your cabin before important briefings aboard the ship.

Day 2-3 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Over the next two days at sea, enjoy informative and entertaining lectures from the expert expedition team including naturalists and historians before reaching Svalbard’s southeast coast.

Day 4-12 Svalbard Archipelago

  • Ship
  • 9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners
Cruise northwards along the west coast of Spitsbergen. While sailing along the north coast, explore rarely visited places in search of the mighty polar bear.
From Zodiacs, enjoy magnificent views of sweeping glaciers winding their way into the sea. Walk on smoothly raised beach terraces to superb viewpoints or hike in the mountains on the tundra where pretty-colored wildflowers and lichen grow and where reindeer graze.

Visit trapper huts of yesteryear where Russians would hunt and survive the cold harsh winters, all while remaining alert for wandering polar bears and their cubs. It is possible to come face-to-face with the formidable pack ice of the Arctic Ocean, keeping the eyes peeled for walrus. Listen to the cacophony of seabirds and see them feeding. If conditions allow, go to north into the pack ice in hopes of finding polar bears ranging over the frozen landscape on the hunt for seals.

Day 13 Longyearbyen | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark the Greg Mortimer in Longyearbyen after breakfast.  Bid your fellow expeditioners a fond farewell before transferring to the airport.

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Greg Mortimer-Aurora Stateroom Triple
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Aurora Stateroom Triple
6 rooms available. All include en-suite bathrooms, three single beds, porthole window, desk area and 42" flat-screen TV
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Aurora Stateroom Twin
Greg Mortimer features 8 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.


Voyage Inclusions
  • Half day tour or activity in Kirkenes on Day 1 prior to embarking Greg Mortimer OR Group transfer from ship to downtown Kirkenes or to the airport on Day 13
  • Sightseeing tour of Longyearbyen on Day 13 upon disembarkation followed by transfer to the airport OR Group sightseeing tour of Longyearbyen on arrival pre-voyage
  • Onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
  • Access to our onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of muck boots 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, 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, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges
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