Four Arctic Islands

This epic journey combining the four islands of Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Greenland and Iceland showcases the uniqueness and splendor of the Arctic nature.


Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland
© Agustin Ullmann

Enjoy the immense beauty of the Arctic on this adventure cruise among whales, walruses, polar bears and millions of sea birds around the North Pole’s pack ice.

Duration: 11 - 12 days*
Starts: Longyearbyen
Ends: Reykjavík
Language: English Speaking Voyage

*There is a similar program one day shorter


Included


The goal of this expedition is to sail as close as possible to the pack ice from the North Pole the polar bear´s favorite summer residence. How far north you reach and the exact route up there will depend on the ice conditions. On your way to Greenland you will cruise along the pack ice before continuing to the enigmatic Jan Mayen island. From here it is onwards to Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresbysund) and the deep fascinating fjord system behind. Crossing the Denmark Strait to the capitol of Iceland, Reykjavik before disembarking right in the city center.

Itinerary

© Markus Eichenberge
© Agustin Ullmann

DAY 1 | LONGYEARBYEN, BOARDING THE SHIP
Upon arriving to Longyearbyen, a short city tour will introduce you to the fascinating history and contemporary society in the Capital of Svalbard – possibly the northernmost ‘real’ town in the world.
Your vessel, Ocean Atlantic, is docked close to the town center. After boarding and a welcome drink, the Expedition Leader will provide information about the voyage, the ship's daily routines and the various security and safety procedures. Before sailing, there will be a mandatory safety drill. The Captain then takes the ship out of Advent Fjord and your Arctic adventure commences.

DAY 2 | KONGSFJORDEN, NYÅLESUND AND LILLIEHÖÖK GLACIER
During the ‘night’ (what is night, when the sun never sets?), you have passed Prins Karls Forland and have arrived in the magnificent Kongsfjord. Your first landing will be at Ny Ålesund. This settlement is in fact further north than Longyearbyen, making it THE northernmost town. But… is a group of scientific stations, a post office and a single shop open for a few hours a real town? You will have to judge for yourself. The setting is nice, the scientific projects are very interesting, and so is the town's history. The Captain will try to get alongside, so you can enjoy an easy walk through the area.

In the afternoon, you continue further north into the fjord system, and depending on the ice situation, you may do a Zodiac cruise along the Lilliehöök Glacier front… or enjoy a lecture.
With some arctic luck you will be able to navigate past the magnificent scenery in the bay of Fjortende Juli, where the glacier Fjortende Juli-breen calves into the fjord. A fitting end to a day full of scenic views and arctic wildlife.


DAY 3 | FORMER WHALING STATION AT SMEERENBURG AND YTRE NORSKØYA
You have now entered North West Svalbard, which was declared a national park in 1973. The day could begin with a Zodiac cruise in Danskergattet, looking for seals in Virgohamna, before crossing from Danskøya to Amsterdamøya to make a landing at Smeerenburg, the legendary whaling town of the 17th century. 200-plus men were living – and quite often dying – here in the heyday of blubber production.

There are several interesting places to visit in this northwestern corner of Spitsbergen. If conditions allow, you'll make a landing on Ytre Norskøya, where whalers would have their lookout posts.

DAY 4 | CRUISING TOWARDS THE PACK ICE, POLAR BEAR COUNTRY
During the night the ship will steer far north towards the edge of the polar pack ice. How far north only time and weather will tell, but the main target is just the ‘edge’, possibly at 80 degrees north! This is the kingdom of the polar bear! As the pack ice retreats during summer, polar bears ride the floes north, as this is where their prey - the seals - resides. Bears who for unfortunate reasons do not ‘catch’ the ice moving north, are stranded on Svalbard all summer, and will have to sustain on berries, eggs and whatever whale cadavers they can find. A hard life indeed!

During the day, lectures on polar mammals, environment and/or culture can be enjoyed on board in the Viking Theater. Should you get into the pack ice where the sea usually is calm, a Zodiac cruise will be arranged.

At the end of the day, you will start cruising towards the Jan Mayen.

DAY 5-6 | TOWARDS JAN MAYEN
Listen to a lecture from the experienced expedition staff, see a film about Arctic nature – or go out on deck to catch glimpses of migrating birds and hopefully some whales.

DAY 7 | SHORE LANDING ARE MADE BY ZODIACS ON JAN MAYEN, AT THE FOOT OF THE 2200 METER BEERENBERG VOLCANO
Listen to a lecture from the experienced expedition staff, see a film about Arctic nature – or go out on deck to catch glimpses of migrating birds and hopefully some whales.

Approximately in the middle of the North Atlantic lies the enigmatic volcanic island of Jan Mayen. And if not exactly in the middle, at least it is located precisely on the Mid Atlantic Ridge, the reason for its volcanic existence. And enigmatic it is, not only because of its isolation but also due to the almost perpetual clouds and fog that hovers above it. Jan Mayen belongs to Norway, and the mountain Beerenberg is one of the higher of Norway’s 300 summits above 2,000 meters.

The island is inhabited by only 18 persons, running the meteorological station and the Norwegian Defense. It will tried to go ashore at the narrowest part of the island, from either south or north, depending on the prevailing wind and surf. The volcanic origin is visible all over with cinder cones, lava flows and the Mount Fuji-like appearance of Beerenberg looming above. After a pleasant stroll on the narrow isthmus you board the Zodiacs and Ocean Atlantic to continue the voyage west.

DAY 8-9 | SCOUTING THE PACK ICE, ITTIQQORTOORMIIT AND THE FJORD OF SCOREBYSUND, NORTH EAST GREENLAND
You will scout after wildlife along the pack ice and cruise into the fjords in the most unique and unspoiled nature of North East Greenland. You will try to make landings at Bear Island and Cape Brewster. You will visit Ittiqqortoormiit. With only 470 inhabitants it is one of the most isolated towns in Greenland only accessible by helicopter and boat in short time in the summer.
The town is located at the longest fjord in the world, Scoresby Sund. You will explore this fjord and hope to be able to offer kayaking and landings weather and ice conditions permitting.


DAY 10-11 | BLOSSEVILLE COAST: AT SEA TOWARDS ICELAND
Possibly the most dramatic coast outside of Antarctica, the Blosseville is guarded by Greenland’s highest mountains and steepest fjords – and a belt of pack ice which before global warming would keep out any adventurous sailor for years. The recent decade has had warmer summers and much less ice which enables ice strengthened vessels as Ocean Atlantic to venture along the coast, on lookout for stunning wildlife, abandoned Inuit settlements and otherworldly landscapes.

On your last day of this remarkable voyage, the course is setted for Iceland and its capital of Reykjavík.

DAY 12 | REYKJAVÍK ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION
In the morning Ocean Atlantic goes alongside in the port of Reykjavik. It’s time to say farewell to the crew and begin the homeward journey.

Itinerary

DAY 1 | LONGYEARBYEN, BOARDING THE SHIP
Upon arriving to Longyearbyen, a short city tour will introduce you to the fascinating history and contemporary society in the Capital of Svalbard – possibly the northernmost ‘real’ town in the world.
Your vessel, Ocean Atlantic, is docked close to the town center. After boarding and a welcome drink, the Expedition Leader will provide information about the voyage, the ship's daily routines and the various security and safety procedures. Before sailing, there will be a mandatory safety drill. The Captain then takes the ship out of Advent Fjord and your Arctic adventure commences.

DAY 2 | KONGSFJORDEN, NYÅLESUND AND LILLIEHÖÖK GLACIER
During the ‘night’ (what is night, when the sun never sets?), you have passed Prins Karls Forland and have arrived in the magnificent Kongsfjord. Your first landing will be at Ny Ålesund. This settlement is in fact further north than Longyearbyen, making it THE northernmost town. But… is a group of scientific stations, a post office and a single shop open for a few hours a real town? You will have to judge for yourself. The setting is nice, the scientific projects are very interesting, and so is the town's history. The Captain will try to get alongside, so you can enjoy an easy walk through the area.

In the afternoon, you continue further north into the fjord system, and depending on the ice situation, you may do a Zodiac cruise along the Lilliehöök Glacier front… or enjoy a lecture.
With some arctic luck you will be able to navigate past the magnificent scenery in the bay of Fjortende Juli, where the glacier Fjortende Juli-breen calves into the fjord. A fitting end to a day full of scenic views and arctic wildlife.


DAY 3 | FORMER WHALING STATION AT SMEERENBURG AND YTRE NORSKØYA
You have now entered North West Svalbard, which was declared a national park in 1973. The day could begin with a Zodiac cruise in Danskergattet, looking for seals in Virgohamna, before crossing from Danskøya to Amsterdamøya to make a landing at Smeerenburg, the legendary whaling town of the 17th century. 200-plus men were living – and quite often dying – here in the heyday of blubber production.

There are several interesting places to visit in this northwestern corner of Spitsbergen. If conditions allow, you'll make a landing on Ytre Norskøya, where whalers would have their lookout posts.

DAY 4 | CRUISING TOWARDS THE PACK ICE, POLAR BEAR COUNTRY
During the night the ship will steer far north towards the edge of the polar pack ice. How far north only time and weather will tell, but the main target is just the ‘edge’, possibly at 80 degrees north! This is the kingdom of the polar bear! As the pack ice retreats during summer, polar bears ride the floes north, as this is where their prey - the seals - resides. Bears who for unfortunate reasons do not ‘catch’ the ice moving north, are stranded on Svalbard all summer, and will have to sustain on berries, eggs and whatever whale cadavers they can find. A hard life indeed!

During the day, lectures on polar mammals, environment and/or culture can be enjoyed on board in the Viking Theater. Should you get into the pack ice where the sea usually is calm, a Zodiac cruise will be arranged.

At the end of the day, you will start cruising towards the Jan Mayen.

DAY 5-6 | TOWARDS JAN MAYEN
Listen to a lecture from the experienced expedition staff, see a film about Arctic nature – or go out on deck to catch glimpses of migrating birds and hopefully some whales.

DAY 7 | SHORE LANDING ARE MADE BY ZODIACS ON JAN MAYEN, AT THE FOOT OF THE 2200 METER BEERENBERG VOLCANO
Listen to a lecture from the experienced expedition staff, see a film about Arctic nature – or go out on deck to catch glimpses of migrating birds and hopefully some whales.

Approximately in the middle of the North Atlantic lies the enigmatic volcanic island of Jan Mayen. And if not exactly in the middle, at least it is located precisely on the Mid Atlantic Ridge, the reason for its volcanic existence. And enigmatic it is, not only because of its isolation but also due to the almost perpetual clouds and fog that hovers above it. Jan Mayen belongs to Norway, and the mountain Beerenberg is one of the higher of Norway’s 300 summits above 2,000 meters.

The island is inhabited by only 18 persons, running the meteorological station and the Norwegian Defense. It will tried to go ashore at the narrowest part of the island, from either south or north, depending on the prevailing wind and surf. The volcanic origin is visible all over with cinder cones, lava flows and the Mount Fuji-like appearance of Beerenberg looming above. After a pleasant stroll on the narrow isthmus you board the Zodiacs and Ocean Atlantic to continue the voyage west.

DAY 8-9 | SCOUTING THE PACK ICE, ITTIQQORTOORMIIT AND THE FJORD OF SCOREBYSUND, NORTH EAST GREENLAND
You will scout after wildlife along the pack ice and cruise into the fjords in the most unique and unspoiled nature of North East Greenland. You will try to make landings at Bear Island and Cape Brewster. You will visit Ittiqqortoormiit. With only 470 inhabitants it is one of the most isolated towns in Greenland only accessible by helicopter and boat in short time in the summer.
The town is located at the longest fjord in the world, Scoresby Sund. You will explore this fjord and hope to be able to offer kayaking and landings weather and ice conditions permitting.


DAY 10-11 | BLOSSEVILLE COAST: AT SEA TOWARDS ICELAND
Possibly the most dramatic coast outside of Antarctica, the Blosseville is guarded by Greenland’s highest mountains and steepest fjords – and a belt of pack ice which before global warming would keep out any adventurous sailor for years. The recent decade has had warmer summers and much less ice which enables ice strengthened vessels as Ocean Atlantic to venture along the coast, on lookout for stunning wildlife, abandoned Inuit settlements and otherworldly landscapes.

On your last day of this remarkable voyage, the course is setted for Iceland and its capital of Reykjavík.

DAY 12 | REYKJAVÍK ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION
In the morning Ocean Atlantic goes alongside in the port of Reykjavik. It’s time to say farewell to the crew and begin the homeward journey.


© Markus Eichenberge
© Agustin Ullmann


INCLUSIONS

• 12-day/11-night cruise with Ocean Atlantic in shared exterior double cabin with bathroom/toilet
• English-speaking expedition team.
• Nature hikes and Zodiac cruises as per itinerary, when conditions permit
• Guided walk in Longyearbyen and Ny Ålesund and Ittiqqortoormiit
• Information briefings and lectures by expedition team
• Full board on ship
• Free coffee, tea and afternoon snacks on the ship
• Taxes, tariffs and AECO fees
• Guiding and lectures by our experienced expedition leader and team
• Special photo workshop
• Welcome and farewell cocktails
• Digital visual journal link after voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more!

EXCLUSIONS

• Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
• Single room supplement and cabin upgrades
• Meals not on board the ship
• Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
• Tips for the crew
• Travel & cancellation insurances
• Personal expenses
• Anything not mentioned under ’Inclusions’


Dates & Rates


Ship: Ocean Atlantic | Date: 23 Jul 2022 - 03 Aug 2022 || Including flight from Oslo - Longyearben   More info about this Ship
Cat. G
8.990-
Cat. F
4,990-
Cat. E
5,690-
Cat. D
6,590-
Cat. C
7,290-
Cat. B
10,890-
Cat. A
12,590-
Premium
13,190-
Ship: Ocean Albatross | Date: 19 Jul 2023 - 29 Jul 2023 || Including flight from Oslo - Longyearbyen   More info about this Ship
CAT G - Single
9,990-
CAT F -Triple
6,790-
CAT E
8,990-
CAT D
8,790-
CAT C
9,790-
CAT B2
10,990-
CAT B1
12,790-
CAT A
14,790-
Premium Suite
17,590-

* The prices are per person expressed in US Dollars.
** All prices will be re-confirmed by email at the time of booking.
NOTE: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

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