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Scotland, Faroes, Jan Mayen & Svalbard

Example 16 Day Cruise aboard Greg Mortimer
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Encompassing some of the wildest, most rugged outliers of the North Atlantic Ocean and the High Arctic Archipelago of Svalbard, this distinctive 16-day voyage offers a fascinating journey through time. Embark the Greg Mortimer to discover the captivating archaeological sites of the Orkney Islands and teeming bird cliffs in the Faroe Islands. Then forge northwards to Jan Mayen, where the northernmost active volcano in the world towers above an arctic wilderness, and search for polar bears hunting on pack ice near Svalbard. Experience unspoiled, raw arctic wilderness at its best. Take in vivid memories of majestic mountains of jagged peaks, iridescent sea ice, countless glaciers, and superb wildlife-viewing opportunities.
A group of puffins rest on the rocksLight of the Faroe Islands Enjoy views of Beerenberg, the highest peak on Jan MayenA mother polar bear and her cub relax on the iceAn arctic fox searches the rocks of the ArcticA walrus floats on the iceGrass covers the houses of the Faroe Islands, blending them into the landscape.
Highlights
  • Enjoy a clifftop walk across lush green hills to view nesting birds
  • Discover the rich history of Kirkwall and visit Skara Brae
  • Visit the remote, sublime and seldom-seen island of Jan Mayen
  • Explore the arctic wonderland of Svalbard searching for polar bears & walruses
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Aberdeen, Scotland

Arrive in Aberdeen and transfer to our group hotel. Upon check-in at Sandman Signature hotel, the reception staff will provide you with Aurora Expeditions cabin tags. Please fill out the luggage tags clearly, showing your name and cabin number to allow us to deliver your luggage to your cabin. At tonight’s voyage briefing, enjoy a welcome drink and meet fellow expeditioners.

Day 2: Aberdeen | Embark

After check-out, discover Aberdeen on a sightseeing tour before transferring to the pier, where our expedition team welcomes you aboard the Greg Mortimer at approximately 4.00 pm. Settle into your cabin before important briefings. Set sail for the Orkney Islands in the evening, and meet your expedition team and crew at Captain's Welcome Dinner.

Day 3: Kirkwall | Orkneys

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover the rich history in Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands. Initial impressions are misleading, as the harbor area looks modern, but the narrow winding streets and lanes of the old town, which have remained relatively unchanged over the centuries are appealing. Explore magnificent St Magnus Cathedral built from red and white sandstone and considered the finest medieval building in the north of Scotland before popping across the road to Tankerness House and Gardens, a restored 16th-century former manse, now housing the Orkney Museum featuring archaeological artifacts from Neolithic times to the Vikings. The exhibition is a great way to whet your appetite for the archaeological gems you will find on the mainland including the unique and well-preserved 5,000-year-old semi-subterranean village of Skara Brae.

Day 4-6: Faroe Island

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
In the middle of the North Atlantic, barely visible on most world maps, you will find the Faroe Islands, an archipelago consisting of 18 islands with a population of only 50,000. The Faroe Islands are built up of layers of volcanic basalt and are tilted with the eastern shores sloping into the sea and the western coasts rising up in soaring and spectacular cliffs. With their breathtaking beauty, steep mountains covered in soft green grass, deep fjords, long summer nights, unique culture, and humble, friendly, and welcoming people, the islands are the perfect destination for travelers wanting something dramatically different from the mainstream.

Discover a few of the gems of the Faroe Islands including Tórshavn, Kirkjubour, Mykines, and Vestmanner. In Torshavn, possibly the smallest capital in the world, wander the narrow streets of this windswept town, built on a hillside with colorful contemporary houses and old traditional timber dwellings all painted red and with characteristic grass roofs, white-framed windows, and black wood. You may see the oddest array of sheep lining the steep hillsides - black ones, brown ones, and even piebald ones! Perhaps catch a glimpse of Faroese ponies with their spectacular flaxen manes and coats varying from a palomino color to rich chestnut. The town’s history can be traced back to around 900 AD when the first Viking settlers arrived here by longboat from Norway.
 

Day 7-8: Crossing to Jan Mayen

  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Enjoy sailing to Jan Mayen Island accompanied by sea birds while keeping a lookout for whales. Enjoy a presentation from our team of experts, get to know your fellow expeditioners, stay fit at the gym or treat yourself to a massage in the wellness center.

Day 9: Jan Mayen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The approach to Jan Mayen is spectacular. The huge Beerenberg volcano (2,277 m/ 7,470 ft altitude) is the world’s northernmost active volcano and last erupted in 1985. The northern part of the island is a great place to look for whales and dolphins and contains impressive glaciers, some of which reach the sea. If the weather is friendly, we will try to land at Kvalrossbukta, a relatively sheltered bay on the island’s west coast. This is one of the landings used to supply the weather station Olonkinbyen, situated on the eastern side of the island. We hope to land in front of the Norwegian station at Olonkinbyen, stop to visit the weather station before embarking on a three-hour hike (weather permitting) to the other side of the Island where the Greg Mortimer will be waiting for us in Kvalrossbukta, and our trusty Zodiacs will transport us back to the ship.

Day 10-11: Sea Crossing to Svalbard

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The sea around Jan Mayen offers excellent whale-watching opportunities (bottlenose, fin, and perhaps bowhead whales in the pack ice). Sail towards Svalbard, searching for the ice edge as we continue north, retracing the route of Dutch explorer Willem Barents who discovered Spitsbergen and the Barents Sea, named after him. You may see harp seal pups on the pack ice growing quickly, while their mothers hunt for food. As we approach Svalbard, all eyes will be focused on spotting polar bears in the pack ice.

Day 12-15: Svalbard

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Svalbard offers unspoiled, raw arctic wilderness at its best. With majestic mountains of jagged peaks, iridescent sea ice, countless glaciers, and superb wildlife-viewing opportunities. Our experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design our voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions, and wildlife opportunities.

Cruise along phenomenal fjords stretching towards magnificent mountain ranges discover a polar desert with creamy colored slabs of rock, rich in fossils, hear heroic tales of early explorers contrasted with visits to cultural remains from the time of European whaling mainly Russian and Norwegian, witness walrus colonies hauled-out on sea ice or on beaches. While ashore we aim to stretch our legs, hiking on lush tundra where brightly-colored summer wildflowers and lichen grow, and where reindeer graze, observe the towering cliffs alive with nesting sea birds, including Svalbard’s largest little auk colony. Without a doubt, our goal is to encounter the majestic polar bear on pack ice, and the expedition team is just as keen as you to find them— they are on constant watch to spot these dazzling creatures.
If you have chosen an optional activity such as kayaking, you’ll have the option to enjoy the activity whenever conditions allow, and of course, keen polar plungers will have the chance to fully immerse themselves in polar waters - conditions permitting!

Day 16: Longyearbyen | Disembark

During the early morning, we cruise back into Longyearbyen. Farewell, your expedition team and enjoy a town tour before transferring to the airport in the afternoon for your onward journeys. On the tour of Longyearbyen, you will learn about the town’s history, geology, flora, and fauna on this half-day excursion, by bus. You will visit Svalbard Museum and Galleri Svalbard, and take in the main sights of Longyearbyen including Office of the Governor, Svalbard Church, Nybyen (new town), a few of the town’s mines such as Santa Claus Mine, and a quick photo stop at the famous beware of a polar bear street sign. After the tour, you will be transferred to the airport.

NOTE: At the conclusion of the voyage, we do not recommend booking flights departing prior to 12.00 pm on the day of disembarkation in case there are delays.

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170 ft² - 245.41 ft² - 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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259.41 ft² - 301.39 ft² - 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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303.54 ft² - 432.70 ft² - 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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The Greg Mortimer's four Junior Suites take in some impressive scenery from their vantage 418.71 ft² - 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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478.99 ft² - 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

NOTE: At the conclusion of the voyage, we do not recommend booking flights departing prior to 12.00 pm on the day of disembarkation in case there are delays.
Important note: In the spirit of expedition travel, we encourage exploration and adventure offering flexibility in challenging environments. This itinerary is only a guide and is subject to change due to weather, sea, pack-ice and other conditions beyond our control. 
Inclusions
  • Transfer from airport to hotel on day 1
  • One night’s hotel accommodation in Aberdeen on day 1 including breakfast
  • Half-day city tour in Aberdeen followed by a transfer to the pier on day 2
  • Half day city tour in Longyearbyen upon disembarkation followed by a transfer to the airport on day 16
  • 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
  • Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult)
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port surcharges, permits, and landing fees
  • Gratuities for ship crew
Exclusions
  • International or domestic flights, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity fees 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, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges.

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