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Longyearbyen to Reykjavik - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Albatros
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This 11-day itinerary gives a generous sampling of the four unique Arctic regions. This epic journey combining the four islands of Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Greenland, and Iceland showcases the uniqueness and splendor of Arctic nature.
The goal of this Albatros expedition is to sail as close as possible to the pack ice from the North Pole the polar bear´s favorite summer residence. How far north we reach and the exact route up there will depend on the ice conditions. However, the many amazing locations along the west coast of Svalbard are for sure kept navigable by the warm Gulf Stream. On our way to Greenland, we will cruise along the pack ice before continuing to the enigmatic Jan Mayen island. From here it is onwards to Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresbysund) and the deep fascinating fjord system behind it. Crossing the Denmark Strait to the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik before disembarking right in the city center.
 
Exploring GreenlandKayak quiet waters as you sail to remote polar regionsView of Reykjavik from the Church TowerIttoqqortoormiit Village, GreenlandVisit the colorful town of Longyearbyen in the far northHomes in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, NorwayExplore Reykjavik on your Arctic voyageSun shining on the ice
Highlights
  • Explore the wildlife haven of Svalbard, volcanic Jan Mayen, and the breathtaking Greenlandic fjord
  • Immerse yourself in the icy realm of the Arctic in Zodiacs or by kayak
  • Visit the legendary whaling town of 17th century
  • Explore the enigmatic volcanic island of Jan Mayen
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Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Longyearbyen | Embark

Upon arriving in Longyearbyen, a short city tour will introduce you to the fascinating history and contemporary society in the Capital of Svalbard – possibly the northernmost ‘real’ town in the world.

Our vessel is docked close to the town center. After boarding and a welcome drink, the Expedition Leader will provide information about the voyage, the ship's daily routines, and the various security and safety procedures. Before sailing, there will be a mandatory safety drill. The Captain then takes the ship out of Advent Fjord and our Arctic adventure commences.

Day 2: Kongsfjorden, NY Alesund

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During the ‘night’ (what is night, when the sun never sets?), we have passed Prins Karls Forland and have arrived in the magnificent Kongsfjord.  Our first landing will be at Ny Ålesund. This settlement is in fact further north than Longyearbyen, making it THE northernmost town. But… is a group of scientific stations, a post office and a single shop open for a few hours a real town? You will have to judge for yourself. The setting is nice, the scientific projects are very interesting, and so is the town's history. The Captain will try to get alongside, so we can enjoy an easy walk through the area.

In the afternoon, we continue further north into the fjord system and depending on the ice situation, we may do a Zodiac cruise along the Lilliehöök Glacier front… or enjoy a lecture. With some arctic luck, we will be able to navigate past the magnificent scenery in the bay of Fjortende Juli, where the glacier Fjortende Juli-breen calves into the fjord. A fitting end to a day full of scenic views and arctic wildlife.

Day 3: Smeerenburg | Ytre Norsk√łya

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We have now entered northwest Svalbard, which was declared a national park in 1973. The day could begin with a Zodiac cruise in Danskergattet, looking for seals in Virgohamna, before crossing from Danskøya to Amsterdamøya to make a landing at Smeerenburg, the legendary whaling town of 17th century. 200-plus men were living – and quite often dying – here in the heyday of blubber production. 
 
There are several interesting places to visit in this northwestern corner of Spitsbergen. If conditions allow we’ll make a landing on Ytre Norskøya, where whalers would have their lookout posts. 

Day 4: Cruising towards the Pack Ice

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During the night the ship will steer towards the edge of the polar pack ice. How close, only time and weather will tell, but the main target for us is just the ‘edge’.This is the kingdom of the polar bear! As the pack ice retreats during summer, polar bears ride the floes north, as this is where their prey - the seals - resides. Bears who for unfortunate reasons do not ‘catch’ the ice moving north, are stranded on Svalbard all summer and will have to sustain on berries, eggs and whatever whale cadavers they can find. A hard life indeed!

During the day, lectures on polar mammals, environment and/or culture can be enjoyed onboard. Should we get into the pack ice where the sea usually is calm, a Zodiac cruise will be arranged.

At the end of the day, we will start cruising towards Jan Mayen.

Day 5-6: Jan Mayen

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Listen to a lecture from our experienced expedition staff, see a film about Arctic nature – or go out on deck to catch glimpses of migrating birds and hopefully some whales.
 
Approximately in the middle of the North Atlantic lies the enigmatic volcanic island of Jan Mayen. And if not exactly in the middle, at least it is located precisely on the Mid Atlantic Ridge, the reason for its volcanic existence. And enigmatic it is, not only because of its isolation but also due to the almost perpetual clouds and fog that hovers above it. Jan Mayen belongs to Norway, and the mountain Beerenberg is one of the higher of Norway’s 300 summits above 2,000 meters.
 
The island is inhabited by only 18 persons, running the meteorological station and the Norwegian Defense. We will try to go ashore at the narrowest part of the island, from either south or north, depending on the prevailing wind and surf. The volcanic origin is visible all over with cinder cones, lava flows and the Mount Fuji-like appearance of Beerenberg looming above. After a pleasant stroll on the narrow isthmus, we board the Zodiacs, to continue our voyage west.

Day 7-8: Ittoqqortoormiit | Scoresby Sund

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
We will scout after wildlife along the pack ice and cruise into the fjords in the most unique and unspoiled nature of North-East Greenland. We will try to make landings at Bear Island and Cape Brewster. We will visit Ittoqqortoormiit. With only 470 inhabitants it is one of the most isolated towns in Greenland only accessible by helicopter and boat in a short time in the summer.

The town is located at the longest fjord in the world, Scoresby Sund. We will explore this fjord and hope to be able to offer kayaking and landings weather and ice conditions permitting.

Day 9-10: Blosseville Coast | At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Possibly the most dramatic coast outside of Antarctica, the Blosseville is guarded by Greenland’s highest mountains and steepest fjords – and a belt of pack ice which before global warming would keep out any adventurous sailor for years. The recent decade has had warmer summers and much less ice which enables ice-strengthened vessels, such as ours, to venture along the coast, on the lookout for stunning wildlife, abandoned Inuit settlements and otherworldly landscapes.
On our last day of this remarkable voyage, we set course for Iceland and its capital of Reykjavík. 

Day 11: Reykjavik | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
In the morning our captain maneuvers our ship alongside the port of Reykjavik. It’s time to say farewell to the crew and begin the homeward journey.

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Balcony Stateroom 24 m2. Located on decks 4 & 6. They have a private balcony, a double bed or two single beds, a bathroom and a sofa that can be used as a bed for a child if traveling as a family. If you desire to book two staterooms with connecting doors, this is also a possibility within this category.
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Balcony Suite 28 m2. Located on decks 4 & 6. 4 suites that feature double or twin beds a seating area, bathroom, and a private balcony. Include VIP services
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INCLUSIONS
  • 11-day/10-night cruise with Ocean Albatros in a shared exterior double stateroom with bathroom/toilet
  • Charter flight Oslo-Longyearbyen.
  • English-speaking expedition team.
  • Nature hikes and Zodiac cruises as per itinerary, when conditions permit
  • Guided walk in Longyearbyen and Ny Ålesund and Ittiqqortoormiit
  • Information briefings and lectures by the expedition team
  • Full board on the ship
  • Free coffee, tea and afternoon snacks on the ship
  • Taxes, tariffs and AECO fees
  • Guiding and lectures by our experienced expedition leader and team
  • Special photo workshop
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails
  • Digital visual journal link after the voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more!

EXCLUSIONS
  • Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Single room supplement and stateroom upgrades
  • Meals not on board the ship
  • Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
  • Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 14 per person per day)
  • Travel & cancellation insurances
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned under ’Inclusions

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