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Arctic Complete: Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland

Reykjavik - Longyearbyen - Example 24 Day Cruise aboard Greg Mortimer
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The best way to explore the wonders of the high Arctic summer is on an exciting expedition cruise. As with the Inuit and Vikings before you, this 24-day Arctic expedition is a sea-based excursion. Explore deep fjords, frigid deserts, wildflower-strewn grassland, and massive glaciers calving into the sea from a vantage point high above the Arctic Circle. Visit abandoned whaling communities on foot or by Zodiac, look for walrus, arctic fox, and reindeer, and marvel at the millions of migratory birds such as tiny auks, guillemots, and puffins. Whales, bearded seals, and possibly ringed seals, are abundant in the oceans. Kayaking, scuba diving, and snorkeling are available on most of these voyages aboard the Greg Mortimer.
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Highlights
  • Discover the diversity of the Spitsbergen Island archipelago
  • Venture to the kingdom of the polar bear, reindeer, walrus, and arctic fox
  • Visit abandoned whaling settlements, trapper camps, and historic sites
  • Explore the coastline, deep fjords & mysterious, fossil-rich desert plains
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Reykjavik

Having made your way to Reykjavik, you will be met by a representative of Aurora Expeditions and transferred to the group hotel. Upon arrival, kindly remind hotel check-in staff to provide you with Aurora Expeditions cabin tags for your luggage. Please clearly label the tags with your name and ship cabin number.
This evening, enjoy a light refreshment as you meet your fellow expeditioners at a Welcome Reception and Pre-Embarkation Briefing. Afterwards, dine at your leisure (dinner not included).
 

Day 2: Reykjavik| Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, your luggage will be collected from the hotel and transferred directly to the port for sanitation, clearance and delivered to your cabin ahead of your arrival on board. Please ensure that your luggage is fitted with cabin tags clearly labelled with your name and cabin number. Any valuables or personal items should be kept on you throughout the day. 

Final, mandatory pre-embarkation health screening and COVID (rapid antigen) testing will be completed before commencing a sightseeing tour of Reykjavik to experience the city’s unique architecture and culture, followed by a transfer to the pier for embarkation in the late afternoon. Settle into your cabin before attending important safety briefings and enjoy the thrill of departure as we ‘throw the lines’ and set sail. 

This evening, get to know your fellow expeditioners and the friendly Expedition Team and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner to celebrate the start of a thrilling adventure.
 

Day 3: Denmark Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the Denmark Strait, we cruise towards Greenland. Behold the whale and the many seabirds that trail our ship, riding in the constant winds. In our lecture theater, enjoy informative and entertaining presentations from our experts on topics such as seabirds, wildlife and ice, or catch up on some rest after busy days of travel.
 

Day 4-10: East Greenland

  • Ship
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners

In the coming days, a host of choices are available to us and, depending on ice and weather conditions, the east coast of Greenland is ours to explore. The members of this experienced Expedition Team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to tailor their voyage to suit the day-to-day conditions. This allows you to make best use of the prevailing weather, ice conditions and the opportunities for wildlife encounters. Attempt up to two landings or Zodiac excursions per day, including cruising along spectacular ice cliffs, following whales feeding near the surface. 

Be prepared to experience ice – and lots of it! East Greenland contains some of the Arctic’s most impressive scenery. Deep fjords and narrow channels, flanked by sharp ice-clad peaks soaring up to 2,000 metres (6,562 feet), and glaciers birthing gigantic icebergs that drift throughout the fjord system, combine to create breathtaking scenes. The tundra landscape is home to musk oxen, arctic hare and reindeer. Throughout the area are ancient Thule archaeological sites, historical trappers’ huts and the cabins of present-day Inuit hunters. A highlight is a visit to the Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit, the most isolated and northernmost permanent settlement in the region and home to approximately 450 inhabitants. The community has an excellent museum, gift shop, an abundance of Greenlandic sled dogs and provides the opportunity to meet the friendly locals.

Explore Scoresbysund, the world’s biggest fjord system and a favorite hunting ground of the local Inuit. Massive glaciers flow into this fjord, the birthplace of hundreds of majestic Greenland icebergs. It is a spectacular place that simply needs to be seen to be believed. North of Scoresbysund lie Kong Oskar and Kaiser Franz Josef fjords, two of the most significant fjord systems in Greenland, each one encompassing several smaller fjords and sounds. Thanks to the fertile volcanic soil and the surrounding mountains offering protection from strong winds, the area is rich in wildlife. You may spot anything from musk ox and arctic foxes to mountain hares, and even reindeer, near the fjord. Look skyward and you could catch a glimpse of birds, including the glaucous gull, black-legged kittiwake, northern fulmar, common raven and common eider.

Attempt to enter Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, a remote and rarely visited fjord system with countless opportunities for exploration, located within the Northeast Greenland National Park. Cruising through Kong Oskar Fjord, marvel at the geological beauty of the mountains. Then, head south along the coast of Liverpool Land, with your passage dependent on ice conditions. 

Stretch your legs on hikes across tundra in search of ancient graveyards, and summer villages occupied 3,000 years ago by Inuit. We may see musk ox, arctic hare and reindeer grazing. The maze of calm, interconnecting waterways in this area provides excellent opportunities for sea kayaking. We will see ring seals, perhaps catch a glimpse of the elusive narwhal, and maybe even a polar bear hunting on pack ice.
 

Day 11-12: Greenland 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 13-23: Svalbard

  • Ship
  • 11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners
Svalbard offers arctic wilderness at its best. For the next 10 days, the experienced Expedition Team will design your itinerary on a day-to-day basis, choosing the best options given the prevailing weather, sea-ice conditions and the possibility of wildlife encounters. 

Phenomenal fjords, magnificent mountains ranges, and a polar desert rich in fossils, set the stage for heroic tales of early exploration. See walrus hauled out on sea ice or on beaches. On land, stretch your legs on walks across tundra carpeted in brightly colored wildflowers. Visit towering cliffs noisy with nesting guillemots and puffins, and scree slopes that hold Svalbard’s largest little auk colonies. Most memorable are encounters with the majestic polar bear on pack ice. Your Expedition Team is just as keen as you are to find them and will be on constant watch to spot these inspiring creatures. 

If you have chosen an optional activity such as kayaking, you will have an opportunity to enjoy that activity when conditions allow. For those who are enthusiastic to participate in a polar plunge, as soon as conditions are suitable, you will hear the announcement to prepare for an exhilarating dip – a memory you will savour for years to come.
 

Day 24: Longyearbyen| Disembark

During the early morning ,cruise back into Longyearbyen. Farewell to your Expedition Team upon disembarkation and enjoy some free time before transferring to the airport to continue your journey.
 

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Greg Mortimer Expedition Cruise
Greg Mortimer Expedition Cruise

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230.34 ft² - 245.41 ft² - 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
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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Balcony Stateroom C
224.97 ft² - 266.95 ft² - 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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254.03 ft² - 266.95 f - 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
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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Balcony Stateroom Superior
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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Junior Suite
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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Captain's Suite
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.
Included
  • 23 Breakfasts, 22 Lunches, 22 Dinners
  • 23 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • All gratuities
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials
  • Medical Expense Coverage and Emergency Evacuation Insurance
  • World-class lecture and expedition team
  • Daily activity options including cultural tours, nature walks, and Zodiac cruises
  • Port Surcharges, Permits, and Landing Fees
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Complimentary Parka 
  • Gratuities to Onboard Crew
  • Beer, House Wine, and Soft Drinks with Dinner 
  • Educational Lectures and Guiding Services from Expedition Team 
  • Access to Onboard Doctor and Basic Medical Services
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Complimentary use of Muck boots during the voyage
  • Mandatory pre-embarkation health screening and COVID test on Day 2
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Airport Departure Tax - Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service)
  • Wifi

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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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