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North Atlantic Expedition

Reykjavík - Longyearbyen - Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Albatros
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Embark in Reykjavik onboard the Ocean Albatros on this 12-day cruise from Reykjavík to Longyearbyen and begin the trip towards the high Arctic as you depart from Iceland’s volcanic wonderland. Along the way, there are planned landings at an incredible three Arctic islands: Iceland (Grimsey), Jan Mayen, and Spitsbergen. The first days will take you by the ragged cliffs of Iceland's western and northern coasts, including planned visits to the famed "Iceland in miniature", Snaefellness, and the large fjord, Ísafjarðardjúp. When approaching Svalbard, scout for sea mammals and even seal-hunting polar bears on the pack ice. Enjoy the beauty of Svalbard on this high Arctic adventure voyage among whales, walruses, and millions of sea birds.
View of Reykjavik from the Church TowerColorful homes in Longyearbyen, SvalbardLongyearbyen, SvalbardVisit the colorful town of Longyearbyen in the far north
  • Enjoy the beauty of Svalbard, and see whales, walruses, and sea birds
  • Visit the famed “Iceland in miniature”, Snaefellness
  • Scout for sea mammals and seal-hunting polar bears on the pack ice
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Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Reykjavík, Iceland | Embark

The journey begins in Iceland where MV Ocean Albatros is moored in Reykjavik. Boarding is in the afternoon, where the cabins are designated. After the mandatory security review and drill, set course north towards Iceland's west coast.

Day 2: Iceland | Snaefellsnes

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In the morning, sail along the 100-kilometer long peninsula Snaefellsnes, which with its dramatic cliff coast, hardened lava floods, sandy beaches and volcanic peaks, is a picture of Iceland in mini-format.

Round the nest on the peninsula and can enjoy the view of the nearly 1,500-metre-high snow-covered volcano, Snæfellsjökull, which was the center of Jules Verne's novel, "The Journey To The Center Of The Earth". The volcano with the almost perfect cone shape and the surrounding area became in 2001 the Snæfellsjökull National Park.

Attempt a landing at Snaefellsnes. 

In the afternoon, pass Iceland’s westernmost point and the huge bird cliffs of Latraberg.

Day 3: Iceland | Isafjordur

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In the morning, sail around Iceland's rugged West Fjords, possibly into Isafjardardjúp to enjoy the view of the steep mountains and see the terrific aerobatics of the Arctic terns.

During the day, leave Isafjardardjúp and sail towards the West Fjords, which always offer one unforgettable experience after another. Finish the day sailing along the coast of Hornstrandir, the northernmost part of the West Fjords. From here, there are only 300 kilometers to the eastern coast of Greenland. In 1975, the area was converted into nature reserves and currently has some of the strictest rules to protect the peculiar and fragile nature. Along the coast, there are good opportunities to see whales and seals, and the mountainside is alive with rich bird life. Continue to pass Hornvik Bay, which is considered one of the most beautiful places in Iceland, where you can see two of the largest bird cliffs in Europe where millions of seabirds breed.
Continue along the northern coast towards Siglufjordur and Grimsey.

Day 4: Iceland | Grimsey | Siglufjordur

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In the afternoon, arrive at the island of Grimsey, which is located about 40 kilometers from the mainland and is the only part of Iceland with an Arctic designation. The Polar Circle crosses the island at 66 ° 33 'N, and gives the island one full day of 24-hour sunlight every year in June.

Over 100 inhabitants reside on the little rocky island, all living close to the harbor in the only city on the island. The fishing banks in the surrounding seas make the economy flourish, the port is expanded, and there is a small airport with daily flights to the mainland and a school for the children. The island has been inhabited right back from the settlement of Iceland and is mentioned in the sagas as an important land, rich in fish and birds.

The seabirds far exceed the number of inhabitants on Grímsey, and bird cries can be heard 24 hours a day over the bright Arctic summer. Up to 36 different species breed on the island and have their nests on the rocks. One of Iceland's largest tern colonies is here, and it is said that the runway must be cleared for terns before the aircraft can land.

Attempt landing by Zodiacs to experience the local life and explore the island's bird life.

Day 5: At sea

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During the voyage, the lecturers onboard will make inspiring and enriching presentations about Arctic history and nature, wildlife and climatology.

Day 6: Jan Mayen | Beerenberg Volcano

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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. 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. 

Day 7: At sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Listen to a lecture from the experienced expedition staff, see a film about Arctic nature, or go out on deck to catch glimpses of migrating birds and hopefully some whales.

Day 8: Svalbard

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Get closer to the islands of Svalbard, but first spend some time southwest of the islands - around the continental shelf. This area is rich in krill and gives the best chance of spotting whales feasting.

During the night the ship will sail north along the coast of Spitsbergen.

Day 9: Ny Ålesund

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Enter the beautiful Kongs Fjord, renowned for its former mining settlement and captivating beauty. The first destination is Ny Ålesund - a scientific research centre situated even further north than Longyearbyen, though it can be argued whether this constitutes an actual town. The captain will do their best to bring the boat close to the shore, allowing you to explore the area on foot.

The next destination is the abandoned marble mining settlement of Ny London. It experienced a brief but eventful existence, beginning in a flurry of mining activity reminiscent of the Klondike Gold Rush before being crippled by wars and financial losses just nine years later. See the remains of workshops, locomotives, and cranes that tell the story of the ambitious yet failed enterprise.

Day 10: Smeerenburg

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Enter North West Svalbard, which was declared a national park in 1973. The day could begin with a 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 the 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, the ship will make a landing on Ytre Norskøya, where whalers would have their lookout posts.

Day 11: Isfjorden | Longyearbyen

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Located on the west side of Spitsbergen, Isfjorden is the second-longest fjord of the Norwegian archipelago, Svalbard. At the fjord entrance stand Alkhornet and Daudmannsøyra, a coastal plain. Parts of Isfjorden is included in the Nordre Isfjorden Land National Park of Norway. It is surrounded by several large settlements in Svalbard, including Barentsburg, Longyearbyen (on the Adventfjorden) and Pyramiden.

aim to have a final landing along the coast, before navigating towards Longyearbyen. The ship might land at Longyearbyen by evening.
Remnants of former mining stations can be seen along the way.

Day 12: Longyearbyen | Disembark

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Early in the morning, the ship is at anchor outside Longyearbyen. After breakfast and farewell greetings to the expedition team and crew, disembarkation will take place.


Ocean Albatros

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Ocean Albatros Category G Stateroom
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Category G
Single Stateroom (Porthole) - 14 m2 Standard single Stateroom onboard, located on deck 3. This is a conveniently located State Room close to the Mudroom which facilitates access to the Zodiacs during embarkation and disembarkation to begin your adventures.
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Category F
Triple Stateroom (Porthole) - 22 m2 There are four Triple Staterooms on board Ocean Albatros featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms. Triple staterooms are normally with twin beds however a double bed can be accommodated.
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Category E
French Balcony Suite - 16 m2 The French Balcony Suite is a standard Stateroom with a French balcony, a double bed, floor-to-ceiling windows and a bathroom. All French Balcony Suites are located on Deck 7.
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Category D
Albatros Stateroom (Porthole) - 22 m2 The standard Stateroom on Ocean Albatros is close to the Mudroom and has quick access to the Zodiac platforms for disembarkation during landings. This is very convenient if you have more limited mobility and would like a short distance to the Zodiacs. The State Rooms are perfect for those who wish a comfortable base during their stay onboard Ocean Albatros. The standard State Rooms all have a double bed or 2 single beds and a bathroom. The State Rooms are located on deck 3 and 4.
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Category C
Balcony Stateroom - 24 m2 The most abundant type of Stateroom on Ocean Albatros located on decks 4 & 6. They have a 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.
Ocean Albatros Category B Suite
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Category B
Balcony Suite approximately - 32 m2 Ocean Albatros has 6 Balcony Suites on board located on decks 4 & 6. The suites feature double or twin beds and a seating area, bathroom, and a large balcony. The balcony suites can host 2 people.
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Category A
Junior suite - 42 m2 The 4 junior suites aboard Ocean Albatros have a great view from their location high up on the ship on deck 7. The suites feature a double bed or twin beds, sofa bed, seating area, a spacious bathroom and a private balcony. The suite can accommodate up to 3 people.
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Premium Suite
Premium suite - 45 m2 – FS (Freydis Suite) The second largest of all the staterooms on board the Ocean Albatros is the Premium Suite. This 2-bedroom suite features a double bed (or twin beds), a sofa bed, table and chair, a balcony and a spacious bathroom. Located on deck.4. This category is available upon request. Please refer to Albatros Expeditions for price.
Ocean Albatros Family Suite
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Family Suite
Family suite - 52 m2 – BS (Brynhilde Suite) The largest of all the staterooms on board the Ocean Albatros is the Premium Suite. The Double-Bedroom, Family Suite is going to be located on Deck 7, featuring two interconnecting French Balcony Suites, accommodating up to 5 people on two double beds and a sofa bed. This category is available upon request. Please refer to Albatros Expeditions for price.


Kayaking activities available on both Arctic and Antarctic voyages. 
Although kayaking opportunities are possible in most locations during each excursion in the Antarctic region, weather, sea, and ice conditions will dictate the when and where to ensure your safety and improve your experience.
In order to sign up for this activity, you need to have previous kayaking experience and attend a mandatory safety briefing by the Kayak Master. The cost is $250/person per outing and it can only be booked onboard.
  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktails   
  • Digital visual journal link after voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more.
  • English-speaking expedition team
  • Information briefings and lectures by expedition team
  • Special photo workshop
  • Near-port walks with the expedition team
  • Dinner drink package
  • Free coffee, tea, and afternoon snacks on the ship
  • Taxes, tariffs, and landing fees
  • Nature hikes and Zodiac cruises per itinerary
  • Flight: Longyearbyen-Oslo
  • Local transport in Longyearbyen on day 12
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
  • Anything not mentioned under 'inclusions'
  • Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals not on board the ship
  • Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 14 per person per day)
  • Emergency Evacuation insurance of at least $200,000 per passenger is required. Please bring a copy of your insurance onboard.
  • Transfer to the ship in Reykjavik
  • International flight to Reykjavik/Keflavik


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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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