Fair Isle-Jan Mayen-Spitsbergen Whale Safari 12-day

Ortelius Cruise Ship
Ortelius
116 Passengers

Travel north from the sub-Arctic to the Arctic while keeping a sharp eye out for wildlife encounters. There are plenty of chances for whale watching and to spot a variety of migrating birds. The expedition crosses paths with dolphins as well as large baleen whales on the way to mysterious Jan Mayen with its massive volcano. You’ll visit a sea-bird paradise, mingle with the local community of Fair Isle and make a stop at Jan Mayen to visit a Norwegian meteorological station. Finally, you’ll sail along the pack ice into the domain of the Polar bear; into Svalbard to visit with its rich wildlife and explore its astounding landscape.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Embarkation in Hansweert (Netherlands)
Day 2 At Sea towards Aberdeen
Day 3 Granite City: Aberdeen
Day 4 Fair Isle, haven for sea-birds
Days 5 & 6 At Sea to the Norwegian island of Jan Mayen
Day 7 Jan Mayen
Days 8 to 10 Whales, Harp Seals, Polar Bears and seabirds
Day 11 Poolepynten
Day 12 Longyearbyen, Sptisbergen, Norway - Disembark

Day 1 — Embarkation in Hansweert (Netherlands)

In Hansweert passengers will board the ship at mid-day.

Day 2 — At Sea towards Aberdeen

We cross the North Sea.

Day 3 — Granite City: Aberdeen

We arrive in Aberdeen, famed as the Granite City and many times a winner of the Britain in Bloom competition. As we reach the North Sea, we see the lighthouse on Girdle Ness to the south, designed by the grandfather of Robert Louis Stevenson.

Passengers for the 10-day trip will join the ship in Aberdeen.

The Scottish waters offer excellent possibilities to spot Minke Whale, White-beaked Dolphin and Harbor Porpoise. Several other cetaceans, including Orca (Killer Whale), are also native to these waters.

Day 4 — Fair Isle, haven for sea-birds

At Fair Isle, in the Shetlands, we are welcomed by the 70 or so inhabitants (famed for their knitwear, examples of which we will see) to be followed by a walk to the bird observatory. Fair Isle is a haven for sea-birds, which are very accessible. We may also see Grey Seals.

Days 5 & 6 — At Sea to the Norwegian island of Jan Mayen

We sail north to the Norwegian island of Jan Mayen, situated 300 nautical miles north-east of Iceland. During our two days at sea there will be plenty of time to watch for the blow of a Minke, Fin or Blue Whale, which could herald a rewarding encounter with these gentle giants. Perhaps we might run into a pod of Orca, who can often be quite curious about boats such as ours.

Day 7 — Jan Mayen

Jan Mayen is a volcanic island of breath-taking beauty and mystique dominated by Mt Beerenberg. From the slopes of the 7,500 ft (2300m) volcano, impressive glaciers spill into the sea. Until recently, the island was off-limits as it is a military base, and was rarely visited by tourists, but with permission from the Norwegian authorities we hope to visit the weather station. We will also walk across the island to Kvalrossbukta to look at the remains of a 17th century Dutch whaling station and a substantial colony of Fulmar.

Days 8 to 10 — At Sea looking for Whales, Harp Seals, Polar Bears and seabirds

In the midnight sun, we sail north along the edge of the sea-ice, looking out for Bowhead Whales, Harp Seals, Polar Bears and a variety of seabirds, until about 79 North, then we will sail west to the edges of the continental shelf off West Spitsbergen, where we have good chances to meet Finn Whales and near the mouths of the big Spitsbergen fjords, Minke Whales.

Day 11 — Poolepynten

We will look for Walrus at Poolepynten. In the evening we could land at Alkhornet another seabird colony, where at the slopes we can find reindeer and Arctic Fox.

Day 12 — Longyearbyen, Sptisbergen, Norway - Disembark

We disembark in Longyearbyen, the administrative centre of Spitsbergen, for independent flights south to Oslo and onward home.

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