Svalbard Odyssey to Kirkenes

Greg Mortimer Luxury Expidition Cruise Ship
Greg Mortimer
120 Passengers
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Svalbard Odyssey reveals the diversity of this island archipelago and takes us into the kingdom of the polar bear. We explore the coastline, with no open sea crossings, against a backdrop of spectacular peaks. We discover fjords in the west; mysterious, fossil-rich desert mountains in the east; and best of all seals and whales in the Arctic pack ice. This voyage offers the best chance for seeing reindeer and polar bears, and features wildflower walks across sweeping tundra, trapper camps and historical remains of whaling stations.

Voyage Highlights
• Witness spectacular mountains rising directly out of the sea
• Cruise past brilliantly blue glaciers and through stunning fjords
• Venture close to 80° North looking for polar bears in pack ice
• Discover the Arctic's other wildlife: walrus, seals, reindeer, Arctic fox, seabirds and whales
• Walk across the tundra to enjoy the exquisite micro-flora
• Visit historic sites; museums, whaling settlements, geology and fossils
• Enjoy a great variety of diverse terrain: icecaps, tundra, polar desert and rocky hillsides
• Celebrate near-endless sunlight under the glistening midnight sun

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Embark Longyearbyen
Days 2 & 3 Northwest coast of Spitsbergen
Days 4 to 6 Northern flanks of Spitsbergen and Nordauslandet
Days 7 to 9 Hinlopen Strait, East coast of Spitsbergen and Edgeøya
Day 10 At Sea
Day 11 Disembark Kirkenes

Day 1 — Embark Longyearbyen

Arrive in Longyearbyen, where you will be met by an expedition representative and taken on a sightseeing tour to explore the remote outskirts and ‘Capital’ of Spitsbergen, including a stop at the local museum. After the tour you will be transferred to the port in the late afternoon to embark the Greg Mortimer. You’ll have time to settle into your cabin prior to the important pre-departure briefings. 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 skilfully, using the air currents created by the ship to gain momentum.

Days 2 & 3 — Northwest Coast of Spitsbergen

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. In reality, only 400 men and fifteen ships visited Smeerenberg during its peak in the 1630s for whaling purposes.

Days 4 to 6 — Northern flanks of Spitsbergen and Nordauslandet

As we work our way along the north coast we explore rarely-visited places such as Woodfjorden and Leifdefjorden in search of the mighty polar bear. From Zodiacs we enjoy magnificent views of sweeping glaciers winding their way into the sea. We may walk on smooth raised beach terraces to a superb viewpoint or hike in the mountains on the tundra where pretty colored wildflowers and lichen grow and where reindeer graze. We may visit trapper huts of yesteryear where Russians and Pomors would hunt and survive the cold harsh winters, all while remaining alert for wandering polar bears and their cubs. We might come face-to-face with the formidable pack ice of the Arctic Ocean, keeping our eyes peeled for walrus feeding on clams or hauled out on the beach in wallows. We will listen to the cacophony of sea birds and see them feeding. If conditions allow, we may push north into the pack ice in hopes of finding polar bears ranging over the frozen landscape on the hunt for seals. We may also Seven Island, the northernmost islands in Svalbard where Polar Bears and walrus are common - if pack ice allows.

Days 7 to 9 — Hinlopen Strait, East Coast of Spitsbergen and Edgeøya

Along the northeast coast of Spitsbergen we enter a different world – a polar desert. If ice conditions allow we will pass south through the narrow Hinlopen Strait. The strait is flanked by creamy colored slabs of rock that are rich in fossils, as we will discover for ourselves when we go ashore. We may visit Alkefjellet in the Strait, where a series of one-hundred-meter-high dolerite towers are home to nearly a million nesting Brünnich’s guillemots – the penguins of the north – that occupy every available nook and cranny. Elsewhere we seek out eider ducks and geese and hope to spot Arctic fox and the beautiful ivory gulls.

As the Greg Mortimer passes between Spitsbergen and the smaller islands of Barentsøya and Edgeøya, we cross a major polar bear migration route and the beautiful fertile plains of Sundeneset. The spongy ground is richly covered with bright green mosses, a variety of delicate and colorful flowers, particularly the yellow marsh (bog) saxifrage, various mushrooms, fungi, clear bubbling streams and small tarns. Tiny (micro) flowers such as Mouse Ears grow in Spitsbergen creating fairy like mossy rock gardens. We explore this beautiful terrain on foot, marveling at the contrast between the colorful soft ground and the barren, rocky terrain from further north. Reindeer antlers lie scattered along the ground. We will do one last landing around Edgeøya on day 9 before starting the crossing of the Barents Sea, during these last day we may cruise in the pack ice again looking for our last polar bear.

Day 10 — At Sea

Crossing the Barents Sea to Kirkenes offers some good opportunities to encounter whales and certainly plenty of opportunities to photograph sea birds. You may enjoy final presentations from our team of experts, spend your time editing photos or simply relaxing.

Day 11 — Disembark Kirkenes

During the early morning we cruise into the Bokfjord towards Kirkenes. Farewell your expedition team and fellow expeditioners as we all continue our onward journeys. A transfer is included to the airport.

Note: Please refer to this itinerary as a guide only as changes may occur due to unpredictable sea and weather conditions.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Optional Activities: Kayaking $1,150 ('Svalbard Odyssey', 'Jewels of the Arctic', 'East Greenland Explorer'), $1,190 ('Orkneys, Faroes, Jan Mayen & Svalbard', 'FJL Explorer'), $1,830 ('Arctic Complete'), $1,270 ('Inuit Arctic and Beyond'), Photography Free, Climbing $1,050 ('Jewels of the Arctic', 'East Greenland Explorer' & 'Arctic Complete'), Standup Paddleboarding $500 (('Jewels of the Arctic', 'East Greenland Explorer' & 'Arctic Complete'), Snorkeling $590 (Aug 18th, 30th & Sep 10th).

Note: "Inuit Arctic and Beyond" is open for 160 passengers instead of the usual 120.

A $15 per person per day gratuity for the crew is automatically added to your onboard account. It is at your discretion if you would like to remove the tip (or increase/decrease the amount) when you settle your account. It is not necessary to tip the expedition team members.

Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance Required. All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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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
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• 1 free bottle of champagne per suite