Summary : Embark on a voyage featuring the spectacular scenery, culture, history and wildlife of Iceland, Jan Mayen and Spitsbergen. Observe beautiful fjords flanked by steep mountains. Watch for polar bear, reindeer, arctic fox, walrus and much more on this trip of a lifetime with an included photography program. Keep an eye out for a variety of seabirds as well as whales as you sail through picturesque bays. Along the journey, your team of expert guides and lecturers will provide context to the sites and bring alive the region's remarkable natural history.
Activities : Birding, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography
$6,395 to $15,795
Welcome to Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland and starting point of your expedition. After arriving, you are free to explore this fascinating city. Your hotel for the night is included in the price of the voyage.
In the afternoon, board the expedition ship Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come.
Your expedition day in the Westfjords area reveals the rare beauty of this part of Iceland - only about 10% of Iceland's visitors ever see this region. Taking advantage of favorable conditions, the best places to discover breathtaking coastal fjords, jagged bird cliffs, and tiny fishing villages will be chosen by your expedition team.
The tiny island of Grimsey lies exactly on the Arctic Circle. Grimsey is remarkable for majestic basalt rocks and bird colonies where one can see Atlantic puffins, known also as the "clowns of the sea".
Jan Mayen hosts the landscapes of breathtaking beauty and the northernmost subaerial active volcano on the planet – the Beerenberg. The island is wild and uninhabited not including members of Norwegian weather station. The signboard at the entrance door says (translated from the Norwegian): “Theory is when you understand everything but nothing works. Practice is when everything works but nobody understands why. On this station, we combine theory and practice in a way that nothing works and nobody understands why”. Northern fulmars, Kittiwakes, and Brünich’s guillemots breeding on steep cliffs and slopes represent the birdlife of Jan Mayen.
Lectures by invited speakers prepare you for encountering unique Arctic wildlife and the awe-inspiring landscapes of Spitsbergen.
This is a real expedition in a true High Arctic wilderness. As such, the route and exploration opportunities here are heavily dependent on the weather and sea ice conditions encountered. Your experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented to them by Nature in this wild and remote corner of the Arctic.
Polar bears and other quintessential Arctic wildlife can be spotted in and around Svalbard. Discover incredible scenery, and walk in the footsteps of historic polar expeditions.
Explore spectacular fjords, coasts, and islands in the western part of Svalbard. This area contains the archipelago’s most impressive scenery and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Deep fjords and narrow channels are flanked by jagged snowy mountain peaks. Immense tidewater glaciers calve icebergs into turquoise waters. Fields of flowering tundra are home to grazing reindeer and playful Arctic fox. Bountiful inshore and offshore waters are home to walrus and a wide variety of whales. The whole area is alive with migratory birds, including numerous rare species, taking advantage of summer’s fecundity in 24-hour daylight.
To complete the Arctic experience explore places rich with history such as remnants of whaling camps, coal mining operations, trappers’ cabins, staging areas for historic attempts to discover the North Pole, and even an abandoned polar research station.
Human habitation in this area can be found only at Ny Ålesund, a former mining town that is now home to an international community of Arctic researchers. This is one of the world’s most northerly settlements, complete with museum, gift shop, and post office.
The days are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by experts, and enough stunning scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and delight your senses.
After breakfast, say farewell in the town of Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Norwegian territory of Svalbard. A group transfer is provided to the airport or to the town center if you wish to spend more time here.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions—and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.
Bilingual Departure: English/German
Space is limited. Sign up at the time of booking to secure your spot. You must book your spot before you join the vessel for your voyage. Weather permitting, sea kayakers will have the opportunity to paddle through scenic Arctic waterways. Participants must be at least 18 years old, in good health, have appropriate physical fitness, and have previous kayaking experience.
An expert photographer will be on hand to answer your questions and give advice, both in the form of on-board lectures and workshops on shore. Explore the key elements of photography in a fun and relaxed setting, with plenty of opportunities for questions and feedback. Learn how to see light in a new way and experiment with the techniques of composition and framing.
One pre-voyage night hotel in Reykjavik; group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation; group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation; shipboard accommodations; Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of US $150,000 per person (for those 85 years of age and younger); scheduled landings/excursions; meals on board ship; coffee/tea station 24 hours on ship; welcome and farewell cocktail on ship; a pair of rubber boots on loan for shore landings; expedition parka (yours to keep); port fees; pre-departure materials; digital Voyage Log. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; visa and passport fees; luggage, medical and trip cancellation insurance; excess baggage charges; soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those mentioned as included; kayaking; personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunications charges (telephone, faxes, and e-mail service); gratuities to shipboard personnel; fuel surcharge may apply.
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