Iceland, Jan Mayen, Svalbard - Antarctic Cruise

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Embark on a journey from the vibrant moss-covered landscapes and lively bird colonies of Iceland to the austere and stunning volcanic scenery of Jan Mayen. Follow the ice edge to reach the Arctic paradise of Svalbard, crossing the Arctic Circle and aiming for N80˚ latitude. On our cutting-edge vessel, we eagerly observe whales' tail flukes and breath blows, and keep a constant watch for majestic polar bears amid the pack ice. Zodiac excursions unveil glacier-filled fjords and walruses on ice floes. Join a guided hike across the Arctic tundra or partake in a kayak adventure along towering bird cliffs if you've enrolled in the kayak program. Enjoy the breathtaking contrasts of the Arctic landscape throughout this extraordinary journey.

13 Day Artic Itinerary

Day 1: Reykjavik

Upon reaching Reykjavik, a representative will greet you and transfer you to the group hotel. Upon arrival, receive luggage cabin tags; ensure clear labeling with your name and ship cabin number. Enjoy leisure time and dine independently in the evening (dinner not included).

Accommodation: Fosshotel Reykjavik (or similar)

Day 2: Embarkation

This morning, ensure your cabin luggage has tags labeled with your name and cabin number. Luggage will be collected from your hotel, cleared at the port, and delivered to your cabin. Keep valuables with you. Check out, enjoy a panoramic tour of Reykjavik, then transfer to the pier for boarding. After settling into your cabin, attend important safety briefings. In the evening, join the Welcome Dinner to meet the expedition team and crew.

Day 3, 4 & 5: Westfjords

Over the next three days, we explore the Westfjords region, featuring breathtaking landscapes with dramatic fjords, ancient glaciers, and imposing table mountains plunging into the sea. In true expedition style, we maintain a flexible itinerary, allowing for spontaneity based on the unpredictable weather conditions. The Hornstrandir peninsula, one of Iceland's most remote and pristine areas, showcases deep fjords, towering bird cliffs, and stunning natural beauty, providing opportunities for wildlife encounters. Patreksfjordur offers a shore excursion to Latrabjarg cliffs, Europe's largest bird cliff, home to millions of seabirds. Visiting places like Isafjordur and Djupavik offers kayaking, walks, hikes, and the chance to explore local culture and abandoned herring museums.

Day 6: At Sea

We cruise through the Denmark Strait to Jan Mayen Island, accompanied by seabirds, with a vigilant eye for whales. Engage in enlightening lectures, connect with fellow expeditioners, stay active in the gym, or indulge in a massage at the wellness center.

Day 7: Jan Mayen

The approach to Jan Mayen is breathtaking, with the impressive 2,277-meter Beerenberg volcano, the northernmost active volcano globally, last erupting in 1985. The northern part of the island is ideal for spotting whales and dolphins, featuring remarkable glaciers reaching the sea. If weather permits, we'll attempt a landing at Kvalrossbukta, a sheltered bay on the west coast, used for supplying the weather station Olonkinbyen. With favorable conditions, we aim to visit the Norwegian station at Olonkinbyen, embark on a three-hour hike (weather permitting) to the island's other side, where the vessel awaits in Kvalrossbukta, and Zodiacs will transport us back to the ship.


Day 8 & 9: At Sea

The waters surrounding Jan Mayen provide fantastic whale-watching chances, with possibilities of encountering bottlenose, fin, and maybe bowhead whales in the pack ice. Heading towards Svalbard, we venture north, following the path of Dutch explorer Willem Barents, who first explored Spitsbergen and the Barents Sea, named in his honor. With the harp seal breeding season underway, we anticipate observing them on sea ice. As we near Svalbard, our attention turns to spotting polar bears engaged in hunting activities on the pack ice.

Day 10, 11 & 12: Svalbard

Svalbard offers Arctic wilderness at its best. The members of the experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to tailor the day-to-day itinerary, choosing the best options, based on the prevailing weather, sea-ice conditions and the possibility of encounters with wildlife.

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, we stretch the legs on walks across tundra carpeted in brightly coloured wildflowers. We visit towering cliffs noisy with nesting guillemots, and scree slopes that hold Svalbard’s largest little auk colonies. Most memorable will be encounters with the majestic polar bear on pack ice. Your expedition team is just as keen as you are to find them – they 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 13: Longyearbyen

In the early morning, we sail into Longyearbyen. Bid farewell to your expedition team and then immerse yourself in the exploration of captivating Longyearbyen. Delve into the town's history, geology, flora, fauna, and its vibrant modern community. Explore key sites like Svalbard Museum, Galleri Svalbard, Office of the Governor, Svalbard Church, Nybyen (new town), various mines including Santa Claus Mine, and snap a quick photo at the renowned "beware of polar bear" street sign. Subsequently, transfer to the airport to continue your journey.

Note: Following the voyage, it's advisable not to schedule flights departing Longyearbyen before 12.00 pm on the disembarkation day due to potential delays.

Itinerary Map

Iceland, Jan Mayen, Svalbard

13 Day Artic Itinerary Highlights

  • Experience Iceland's young and stunning volcanic terrain.
  • Journey across the Arctic Circle to Svalbard via Jan Mayen Island.
  • Discover Svalbard's mesmerizing landscapes, wildlife, and adventures.
  • Explore the remote Jan Mayen Island with Mount Beerenberg, the world's northernmost active volcano.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 12 Dinners
  • 13 Lunches
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13 Day Artic cruise activities

Sea Kayaking
Under full instruction from your sea kayaking guide, experience true tranquillity as you paddle through clinking ice floes and realise the enormity of the surrounding scenery. Look out for breaching whales, lounging seals and penguins zipping alongside your kayak. Some experience is required.
Ice Camping
Camp out on the ice and experience the silence which blankets the continent by night. This is your chance to completely connect with this ethereal ice world – wrap up warm and embrace the Antarctic elements.
Get a spring in your step when you slip on a pair of snowshoes in Antarctica. Enabling you to easily scale gentle slopes, this unique activity allows you to access hard to reach places and seek out the most impressive views.
Learn to capture wildlife and landscape shots in a small group photography program, including critiquing sessions and editing classes. Plus, Explorer Boat excursions with a dedicated photography expert on landings.
Explorer Boats
Achieve the best views and photographs from a forward facing Explorer Boats. They allow you to sit comfortably and securely while crackling through the ice-strewn waters. Look out for wildlife such as penguins, seals and whales as you cruise.
It doesn’t get more serene than complimentary yoga classes to the tune of glacial scenery. Join the most unique exercise setting in the world after a day of exploration. Classes are regular but are dependent on weather conditions and swell.
Iceland, Jan Mayen, Svalbard
13 Days
From $14,695.00 per person

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