Arctic Discovery

Greg Mortimer Luxury Expidition Cruise Ship
Greg Mortimer
120 Passengers
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This voyage combines remote wilderness with remote urbanity giving you a genuine glimpse of life in the Arctic. Kayak in small bays witnessing calving glaciers, marvel at sculpted icebergs, world’s largest fjord, volcanoes, polar bears, reindeer, musk oxen and Inuit communities. This expedition will leave you with spectacular photos and a lifetime of stories to share.

Highlights
• Look out for polar bears hunting seals
• Visit the world’s largest fjord system, Scoresbysund
• Kayak through brash ice near calving glaciers
• Zodiac cruise intricate maze of Trollfjord, Norway
• Explore picturesque Norway's Lofoten Islands
• Visit remote and volcanic Jan Mayen island

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Embark Longyearbyen
Days 2 & 3 West Coast of Spitsbergen
Days 4 & 5 Greenland Sea
Days 6 to 12 East Greenland
Day 13 At Sea
Day 14 Jan Mayen
Day 15 At Sea
Days 16 to 20 Norwegian Coast
Day 21 Disembark Bergen, Norway

Day 1 — Embark Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

Arrive in Longyearbyen, where you will be met by a representative. Learn about the town’s history, geology, flora and fauna on a this half day excursion, by bus. You will visit Svalbard Museum and Galleri Svalbard, and take in the main sights of Longyearbyen including Office of the Governor, Svalbard Church, Nybyen (new town), a few of the town’s mines such as Santa Claus Mine, and a quick photo stop at the famous beware of polar bear street sign. After the tour you will be transferred to the port to embark the Greg Mortimer where you’ll have time to settle into your cabin. Your voyage commences, cruising out of the beautiful Isfjorden, escorted by gliding fulmars and perhaps the occasional puffin. Find a spot on one of the observation areas watching for seabirds, including graceful ivory gulls, kittiwakes and guillemots. They rise and fall skillfully, using the air currents created by the ship to gain momentum.

Days 2 & 3 — East Greenland

Cruise northwards along the west coast of Spitsbergen, stopping at intriguing places like Kongsfjorden or Magdalenefjorden. Kongsfjorden (Kings Bay) is incredibly scenic, the fjord is headed by two giant glaciers. There’s ample time ashore for hiking on the lush tundra amongst the summer flowers and observing the remarkable bird cliffs near the 14th July Glacier, where even a few puffins nest between the cracks in the cliffs.

We keep watch for polar bears and Arctic fox and feel a sense of history at the 350-year-old remains of a Dutch whaling settlement, Smeerenberg on Amsterdamøya. The name Smeerenberg literally means blubber town in Dutch. It is a place of extraordinary legends, of thousands of men living there during the 1630s, a town complete with shops, gambling dens and the like. However, in reality, only 400 men and fifteen ships visited Smeerenberg during its peak in the 1630s for whaling purposes.

Days 4 & 5 — Greenland Sea

As we cruise southwest across the Greenland Sea – the main outlet of the Arctic Ocean – we may encounter pack ice and, if we are lucky, we will see polar bears hunting for prey. The strong icy currents have isolated East Greenland from the Polar Basin, attracting large numbers of fish, seals and whales. Climatic conditions and the concentration of ice in the vicinity often create thick morning fog that vanishes with the onset of the midday sun. Our experts will inform and entertain us with fascinating discussions on plants, animals, ice, and early explorers like Nansen, Andree and Scoresby.

As we approach East Greenland we may encounter more pack ice where we may see seals and a variety of seabirds, including northern fulmars and migratory Brünnich's guillemots. Conditions permitting, there will be a good chance for kayakers to launch their sea kayaks today. The rest of the group may have the opportunity to make our first landing on the Greenland coast, weather permitting. This stretch of coastline is ripe for exploration, with its many secrets locked in place by drift ice for up to eight months each year. Home to polar bear, snowy owl and musk ox, it's the world's largest national park, covering 375,000 square miles; most of which is inland ice and the rest a composite fjord landscape.

Days 6 to 12 — East Greenland

As we approach the East Coast of Greenland, we will undoubtedly encounter some of the sea ice that streams down the coast from the north. We’ll keep a sharp eye out for polar bears who frequent the drifting ice. Weather and sea ice conditions permitting we may enter Northeast Greenland National Park as far north as Dove Bay, a beautiful, remote and seldom visited location along the coast. If so we may search for the evidence of a Paleo-Eskimo settlement near Haystack Mountain. Or perhaps we will make our landfall on Clavering Island where we may visit Eskimonaes, the original headquarters of the famous Sirius Patrol.

We will attempt to enter Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, a remote and rarely-visited fjord system with countless opportunities for exploration that lies within the North East Greenland National Park. Cruising through Kong Oskar Fjord we will marvel at the geological beauty of the mountains. We will then head south along the coast of Liverpool Land, with our passage dependent on ice conditions. We aim to reach Scoresbysund, the world’s largest fjord and a favorite hunting ground of the local Inuit. Massive glaciers dump into this fjord, the birthplace of the famous big Greenland icebergs. We hope to visit the remote Inuit community of Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresby Town) and to hike across the tundra in search of ancient graveyards and summer villages occupied 1,500 years ago by Paleo-Eskimos. This area provides excellent opportunities for sea kayaking in its maze of calm, interconnecting waterways. If we are lucky we may see musk oxen, Arctic hare and seals, and maybe if we are extremely lucky even a polar bear or narwhal. Other landings along the coast may include:

Cape Humboldt, a beautiful bay on Ymer Island. There is a good chance to take a tundra walk and witness musk oxen graze. We will also keep a lookout for Arctic fox and ptarmigan and the elusive Gyrfalcon. A lone trapper's hut looks over the bay and magnificent icebergs.

Sefstrom Glacier fans out and blocks nearly half of the rugged Alpefjord. Zodiac access allows us to observe the dynamics of a glacier face and to cruise the beautiful hanging gardens with Arctic flora growing in the autumn light.

Ittoqqortoormiit is Scoresbysund’s colorful Inuit community of approximately 500 people. You are free to explore the village, the fascinating museum or sit quietly in the beautiful Lutheran Church. The people are friendly, and the young children vie for our attention from underneath their Arctic seal skin and fox-fur jackets.

Sydkap in Scoresbysund offers good walking and delightful views across the sound. Kayakers will have good opportunities to explore the lonely beaches. It has always been an important hunting site for the indigenous people and it contains many ancient gravesites.

Røde Ø (Red Island) has one of the best iceberg cruises you can find at either pole. We will cruise among the beautifully carved blue icebergs with a fantastic contrasting red island as a background.

Hare Fjord
The scenery here is breathtaking. Walk across the tundra alongside a ravine or Zodiac cruise where you might find musk ox, along with flitting shore birds, seals and a variety of colors in the lush Arctic tundra. Kayakers can enjoy sublime paddling in one of the most remote fjords in the world. Nearby is the spectacular and impressive Ø Fjord, a perfect place for small ship cruising.

Nordvest Fjord
If mountains rising 3,900 ft straight out of the water wasn’t enough, how about the fjord itself, descending to 5,000 ft? There are also countless icebergs pouring out of the Daugård-Gensen Glacier. A great place for kayaking and Zodiac cruising with plenty of gorgeous bergs while the glacier itself, seemingly small from a distance, proved to be a formidable river of ice snaking down the valley.

Eskimobugt
No one can state the exact age of the neo-Eskimo site at Eskimobugt, but it may only be a few hundred years old. Subterranean winter houses designed with a tunnel that faces the sea where occupants would crawl through to the stand-up living chamber; at the opposite end is the sleeping platform. The walls were erected with carefully laid stones while the roof structure would be built from whatever material was available - driftwood, walrus bone, and available skin covering. Fire hearths were created by laying rocks in a circle with a bed of white quartzite stones. Learn from our historian about the incredible resourcefulness of the Inuit people whose men travelled formidable distances by kayak to hunt, and whose women crafted sophisticated garments from animal skins and fur – a people for whom survival in such extremes was paramount. Hiking here offers panoramic views, sightings musk ox and, occasionally Arctic hare.

Skipperdalen
See some of the most striking sedimentary sandstone, shale and siltstone formations imaginable. The alternating colors and patterns in the layers of rocks defied belief, and the layers of sediment here are estimated to have taken about 4,000 years to be laid down. You can also find the remains of a simple but highly effective wooden fox trap in use by Norwegian trappers in both Greenland and Svalbard from the early 1900s to 1960s. Skippendalen is also a marvelous place to hike and paddle in kayaks.

Other possible landing points in the area include: Rypefjord, Nordenskjöld glacier & Blomsterbugten, Alpenfjorden, FjordFonfjord, Bjorn Oya, Milne Land, Hekla Havn, Denmark Island

Day 13 — At Sea

During our sea crossing to Jan Mayen Island, our experts will offer informative and entertaining talks and presentations about Arctic exploration and to prepare you for your visit to Jan Mayen, one of the world’s most remote and fascinating volcanic islands. You may wish to enjoy a remedial massage in the wellness centre, soak in the hot tub, or organize your photos freeing space on your memory card for the coming days.

Day 14 — Jan Mayen

The approach to Jan Mayen is spectacular. The huge volcano (7,500 ft altitude) is the world’s northernmost active volcano, and last erupted in 1985. The northern part of the island is a great place to look for whales and dolphins, and contains impressive glaciers, some of which reach the sea. If the weather is friendly, we will try to land at Kvalrossbukta, a relatively sheltered bay on the island’s west coast. This is one of the landings used to supply the weather station Olonkinbyen, situated on the eastern side of the island. If conditions allows, we may walk from Kvalrossbukta to Olonkinbyen (approximately three hours walk to visit the station). Our Zodiacs will be waiting for us at a small bay to transport us back to the ship.

Day 15 — At Sea

We continue our voyage east, sailing to the Norwegian coast. Our expedition team will share their knowledge of Norwegian maritime history and fascinating Norse culture through informative talks and lectures.

Days 16 to 20 — Norwegian Coast

Lofoten is a Norwegian archipelago known for its dramatic scenery, with mountain peaks such as the Svolværgeita rising from the sea and reaching up into the sky. The archipelago offers superb opportunities for kayaking excursions through the fjords to spot seals, sea eagles and even whales. Leknes and Svolvær are the two main ports - wildly beautiful places of marsh and rock, green fields and still lakes, dramatic mountains and white sandy beaches by crystal-clear seas. Lofoten is dotted with picturesque villages and fish-drying racks, as stockfish-dried cod has been the main export since the Middle Ages.

Learn about Norway’s oldest export produce at the Lofoten Stockfish Museum, enjoy a Zodiac cruise through spectacular Trollfjord, a mile-long, 330-ft-wide gorge with steep mountains of up to 3,300 ft surrounding the fjord, perhaps visit Norway’s oldest and best-preserved fishing village at Nusfjord.

Sailing south, we hope to stop at Reine, one of the most picturesque fishing villages in Lofoten, with red and white fishermen’s huts dotting the shoreline surrounded by soaring granite peaks rising out of Reinefjorden. Further south, we may land at Torget Island to inspect the bizarre rock formation - Torghatten, a legendary hole in the mountain supposedly created by a troll's arrow. En route to Bergen, we may also visit the charming fishing villages of Sor-Gjaeslingan.

As we head farther down the coast, we may visit the beautiful and historic stave church at Kvernes or the scenic former fishing village of Grip along the outer coast. The island of Runde is one of Norway’s premier seabird nesting islands and is home to several sea eagles as well.

Day 15 — Disembark Bergen, Norway

Disembark in historic Bergen, located in the heart of the Fjord Norway region in the southwest coast. It’s the country’s second-largest city and is surrounded by mountains and fjords including Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest. Bergen is also rated as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy and is therefore an ideal place to relax after your voyage.  Bid a fond farewell to your fellow expeditioners as we all continue our onward journeys. Your voyage includes a transfer to Bergen airport.

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Optional Activities: Kayaking- West Greenland Explorer ($900), Iceland circumnavigation ($900), Iceland, Jan Mayen, Svalbard ($940), Svalbard Odyssey ($1,150), Franz Josef Land ($1,190), Jewels of the Arctic ($1,150), Arctic Complete ($1,830), Arctic Discovery ($940). Photography Free. Alpine Trekking- Arctic Complete & Arctic Discovery ($1,150). Snorkeling- Svalbard Odyssey to Kirkenes & Franz Josef Land ($600), Jewels of the Arctic ($630).

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480 Sq Ft / 44.5 m² including balcony
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Twin or double bed • Private en-suite • Full size window • Desk area • Closet space • Private balcony • Room-controlled thermostat • Safe for storing valuables • Separate lounge area • 42" flat-screen TV
         Junior Suite *
420 Sq Ft / 38.9 m² including balcony
Deck 7
Twin or double bed • Private en-suite • Full size window • Desk area • Closet space • Private balcony • Room-controlled thermostat • Safe for storing valuables • 42" flat-screen TV • Separate lounge area
         Balcony Stateroom Superior
328-433 Sq Ft / 30.5-40.2 m² including balcony
Deck 4 & 6
Twin or double bed • Private en-suite • Full size window • Desk area • Closet space • Private balcony • Room-controlled thermostat • Safe for storing valuables • 42" flat-screen TV
         Balcony Stateroom-A, Balcony Stateroom-B, Balcony Stateroom-C
225-337 Sq Ft / 20.9--31.3 m² including balcony
Decks 4 & 6
Twin or double bed • Private En-suite • Floor to ceiling window • Desk area • Closet space • Private balcony • Room-controlled thermostat • Safe for storing valuables • 42" flat-screen TV
Many "B" staterooms are fitted with interconnecting features making them great for families or groups
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170-245 Sq Ft / 15.8-22.8 m²
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Twin or double bed (Three twin beds in Triple) • Private En-suite • Porthole window • Desk area • Closet space • Room-controlled thermostat • Safe for storing valuables • 42" flat-screen TV

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• 1 free bottle of champagne per suite