Due to shorter days in the high latitudes and darkening evening skies, this voyage follows the coastlines of the Arctic Circle, navigating the Norwegian and Greenland seas, and discovering remote islands and villages. As night descends, we eagerly gaze skywards, anticipating the enchantment of the northern lights. This breathtaking natural phenomenon presents a surreal display of vibrant hues—blue, green, pink, and violet—that gracefully dance across the night sky. Regions near the Arctic Circle, including northern Norway, Iceland, and Greenland, stand among the world's finest locations to witness this captivating light show.
In the morning, ensure your cabin luggage has clearly labeled tags with your name and cabin number. Your luggage will be picked up from the hotel, transferred to the port for clearance, and delivered to your cabin before your boarding. Keep valuables with you throughout the day. After a relaxed breakfast, check out, and embark on a Kirkenes excursion. In the late afternoon, transfer to the pier for boarding. Settle into your cabin, attend safety briefings, and experience the excitement of departure. In the evening, join the Welcome Dinner to acquaint yourself with fellow expeditioners, the friendly team, and crew, marking the beginning of an exciting adventure.
Experience the crossing to Jan Mayen, accompanied by seabirds and the possibility of whale sightings. Engage in informative talks from our expert team, connect with fellow expeditioners, stay active in the gym, or indulge in a relaxing massage at the wellness center. Keep an eye on the night skies for a chance to witness the northern lights.
The approach to Jan Mayen is breathtaking with the towering Beerenberg volcano, the world’s northernmost active volcano. The northern part of the island offers opportunities for whale and dolphin sightings, showcasing impressive glaciers that extend to the sea. If weather conditions permit, we aim to land at Kvalrossbukta, a sheltered bay on the west coast, often used to resupply the Norwegian weather station at Olonkinbyen. Our plan includes landing in front of the station, allowing us to explore before embarking on a three-hour hike (weather permitting) back to the Greg Mortimer in Kvalrossbukta, where Zodiacs will transport us back to the ship.
In the upcoming days, we'll explore the Westfjords region, characterized by stunning landscapes featuring dramatic fjords carved by ancient glaciers, towering table-top mountains plunging into the sea, and pristine North Atlantic vegetation. The flexible itinerary includes visits to charming towns like Isafjordur, the renowned Dynjandi waterfall, and picturesque fjords ideal for kayaking, hiking, and birdwatching. We plan to venture into the remote Hornstrandir peninsula, offering deep fjords, towering bird cliffs, breathtaking natural beauty, and chances for wildlife encounters. Húsavik awaits, known as Iceland’s whale-watching capital, promising magical encounters with the diverse whale species frequenting the area.
In the early morning, we sail into Reykjavik, and disembark around 8:00 am. Bid farewell to your expedition team and fellow passengers as you proceed with your onward journey. For your convenience, consider a transfer to Keflavik airport or your centrally located hotel.
Note: We advise against booking flights departing before 12:00 pm on the day of disembarkation, as delays may occur at the end of the voyage.