Embark on a 12-day expedition cruise aboard the MV Plancius. From Vlissingen to explore the North Sea's wonders. Witness diverse marine life, from dolphins to majestic whales. Visit Fowlsheugh's seabird cliffs or the vibrant Ythan Estuary. Explore Fair Isle's serene charm, known for its knitwear. Journey to the remote Norwegian island of Jan Mayen, a haven for whales. Discover its volcanic terrain and historic sites. Sail through sea ice near Spitsbergen, encountering bowhead whales and seals. Enjoy the rich wildlife of Forlandsundet, home to walruses, Arctic foxes, and reindeer.
Discover over 100,000 pairs of seabirds at Fowlsheugh or witness the teeming wildlife at Ythan Estuary
Experience the beautiful knitwear of Fair Isle and observe accessible seabird breeding grounds
Explore Jan Mayen and keep a lookout for minke, fin, orca, and blue whales
Witness the stunning beauty of Forlandsundet and its fascinating wildlife
Passengers who boarded in Vlissingen will be offered an excursion by bus to Fowlsheugh, a seabird cliff south of Aberdeen. Over 100,000 pairs of seabirds of different species can be seen here. Alternatively, you can join an excursion to the Ythan Estuary, where the beaches are teeming with harbor seals, gray seals, and birds that keep to the shorelines. Both outings are included in the price of the booking.
Plan to stay the day on Fair Isle, an island in the Shetlands whose seventy-odd inhabitants are known for their beautiful knitwear. This is a fantastic location with accessible seabird breeding grounds, and you may even spot grey seals.
You sail north to the Norwegian island of Jan Mayen, 300 nautical miles northeast of Iceland. Your two days at sea do not pass idly, however. Keep a close lookout for any spouts of water from the surrounding seas, heralding the arrival of a minke, fin, orca, or blue whale.
Jan Mayen is a stark volcanic island crowned by the snow-capped summit of Mt. Beerenberg. From the slopes of this imposing 2,300-meter-high (7,545-foot) volcano, broken glaciers grasp out into the frigid sea. With permission from the Norwegian authorities, you can now visit the weather station. You can also walk to the remains of a 17th-century Dutch whaling station amid the thick moss beds of this stark volcanic landscape.
Basking in the midnight sun, you sail north along the edge of the sea ice in search of bowhead whales, harp seals, polar bears, and a variety of seabirds. You then change direction after about 79° north, cutting east to the rocky edges of the continental shelf of west Spitsbergen. Here you have a good chance of seeing fin whales and, near the glacial mouths of the gaping Spitsbergen fjords, surfacing minke whales.
Forlandsundet, between the main island of Spitsbergen and the narrow Prins Karls Forland, is a place of great beauty and fascinating wildlife. Walruses sometimes haul out here. Alternatively, you might sail into St. Johns Fjord or head south to the mouth of Isfjorden, landing at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on these cliffs, Arctic foxes search below for fallen eggs and chicks, and reindeer graze the sparse vegetation.
Day 12: Longyearbyen | Disembark
Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. You disembark in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.
- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
- Single occupancy: All cabins 1.7 times the share twin price
-Children between the ages of 3-15 will be discounted 40% in triple or quad cabins, one child per cabin.
- Due to the extreme nature of itinerary destinations, travel insurance is mandatory for all cruises aboard the Plancius - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.
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