Summary : Set sail from Iceland on a journey to the high Arctic lands of Svalbard learning about the Global Conveyor Belt and the importance of this area on global climate and temperature. Along the way, visit Jan Mayen, one of the most isolated islands on the planet. Weather permitting, cross the 80th parallel spotting walrus, whales and polar bears.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking
$4,737 to $7,817
Embark the vessel and set sail for one of the most diverse and isolated islands on earth, Jan Mayen.
The capital of the Westfjords region of Iceland, with a population of about 4,100, Isafjordur is the largest town in the Westfjords. For centuries it was a major center of commerce and trading, all based on fish. Take a stroll around this cozy town and enjoy its diverse architecture. You'll find the country's oldest dwelling here, along with other fine examples of timber houses built by wealthy foreign traders in the 18th century. Isafjordur offers a wide range of optional excursions of various levels of difficulty.
Heading north, cross the open sea following the currents commonly known as the Global Conveyor Belt which transport warmer waters towards the North Pole. This phenomenon is immensely important for the global climate and how temperatures are distributed on the globe. Your team of experts will invite you to the lecture halls where climate related themes will prevail.
Head towards Jan Mayen, the most isolated island in the Northern Hemisphere. The closest other land masses are Iceland at 600 km to the southwest, and Norway at almost 1,000 km to the east. Weather permitting, set foot on this remote outpost, an experience of a lifetime!
This is a day to let the experiences from yesterday dwell and to prepare for Spitsbergen, the next highlight of the voyage. Head to the lecture hall to learn more about why Spitsbergen is a symbol for climate change and why it is considered a global thermometer.
Situated at 78º 55’ N, Ny Ålesund is one of the world’s most northerly permanently-occupied communities and an important field station for marine biologists, oceanographers and climatologists. Enjoy the small visitor’s center with a good muliti-media show, in addition to the northernmost post office in the world.
Dependent on ice conditions, attempt to cross the 80th parallel. In the beginning of last century, up until less than a couple of decades ago, a plan to get this far north would have been inconceivable at this time of the year. However, times have changed and ice conditions as well. Some of the larger species use these waters as hunting grounds, so keep your eyes open for walrus, whales and polar bears.
Isfjorden is the largest fjord complex in Svalbard, almost slicing the island in half. Sailing into the fjord, you are presented with the spectacular site of towering cliffs that lie beneath a moving blanket of seabirds–like the Brunnich Guillemot and the Kittiwake.This afternoon there is a fitting finale for your incredible journey, a final expedition landing followed later by festivities and an outdoor BBQ on the deck.
Disembark the vessel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Oslo.
The above itinerary is a guide only, as the exact program depends on weather and ice conditions and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $100,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage forr trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
Multilingual Departures: English/Norwegian/German (All Departures)
Depending on weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for kayaking during the voyage. Duration is 2-4 hours. Basic kayak experience required. Includes kayaking gear.
Onboard cabin accommodations; transfer from ship to airport in Longyearbyen; one-way flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo; lectures, shore landings and guides; coffee and tea; Suite-M and Grand Suite-MG include select complimentary beverages for lunch and dinner: beer and a selection of wines by the glass - no spirits; wind/water-resistant jacket. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare and transfers except as mentioned above; travel insurance; luggage handling; passport and visa expenses; optional excursions and gratuities; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks except as mentioned; items of a personal nature such as laundry; fuel surcharge may apply.