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Iceland, Jan Mayen & Svalbard | Sylvia Earle

15 Days FROM USD 11,321 25 % off!

Overview

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From the lush green mosses and bustling bird cliffs of Iceland to the stark, sublime volcanic beauty of Jan Mayen and following the ice edge to the Arctic wonderland of Svalbard, you’ll delight in the breathtaking contrasts as you sail across the Arctic Circle to the High Arctic attempting to reach N80˚ latitude. Departing from Reykjavik and arriving into Longyearbyen, this 15 day adventure through Arctic tundra and ice showcases unbelievable fjords, waterfalls, and wildlife, including the beloved puffins of the Westfjords region. 

From the comfort of our state-of-the art vessel, we keep a close watch for tail flukes as whales prepare to dive or a pronounced blow as they surface for breath, and our binoculars are constantly focused on the pack ice looking for the majestic polar bears. Zodiac excursions reveal glacier-filled fjords and walruses hauled out on ice floes. Stretch your legs on guided hikes across arctic tundra or sign up for a guided kayak along towering bird cliffs.

From elusive wildlife to spectacular volcanoes and glaciers, this exciting Arctic cruise will inspire and awe. 

*Pay no solo supplement for a single person booking. Limited offer – available until allocation exhausted.   Offer valid for new bookings from 14 Nov – 31 Dec 2022 for selected departures and select Arctic 2023 voyages. Eligible on all cabin types EXCLUDING Captain’s Suite, Junior Suites or Triple share cabins, availability subject to change at time of booking. Not applicable to transfer packages, and optional adventure activities. Any offers below are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change, availability will be confirmed at time of booking. Not combinable with any other promotion (except Loyalty and Back to Back). Prices are subject to change based on currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, and other external factors. Further conditions may apply, contact us for more information.

 

Optional Activities : Kayaking

Trip Code: ACAEIJS

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise

Location: Iceland, Jan Mayen, Svalbard

Ship: Sylvia Earle

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to meet your cruise. Contact us today to discuss.

CRUISE ITINERARY

Having made your way to Reykjavik, you will be met by a representative of Aurora Expeditions and transferred to our group hotel. Upon arrival, you will be provided with Aurora Expeditions cabin tags for your luggage. Please clearly label the tags with your name and ship cabin number.

Enjoy free time, and in the evening, dine at your leisure (dinner not included).

Arrive in Reykjavik

This morning, please ensure your cabin luggage is fitted with cabin tags clearly labelled with your name and cabin number. Your luggage will be collected from your hotel and transferred directly to the port for clearance and delivered to your cabin ahead of your arrival on board. Please keep any valuables or personal items with you throughout the day.

Check out and enjoy a classic tour of Reykjavik on a panoramic tour to experience the city's unique architecture and culture before transferring to the pier for embarkation.

After boarding, there’s time to settle into your cabin before our important safety briefings.

This evening, meet your expedition team and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.

Embarkation in Reykjavik

One third of Iceland’s coastline is in the Westfjords, and the entire peninsula is carved and cut by long fjords. The Westfjords region is home to Látrabjarg; the westernmost point in Europe, and one of the continent’s most remarkable seabird breeding cliffs, a delight for bird-lovers. It is one of the best places in Iceland to photograph puffins, an opportunity you’ll have on a shore excursion from Patreksfjordur.

We plan to explore the Westfjords region, featuring outstanding landscapes with jaw-dropping views of dramatic fjords carved by ancient glaciers, sheer table mountains that plunge into the sea and pristine North Atlantic vegetation. The region features attractive towns such as Isafjordur, the famous Dynjandi waterfall, and spectacular fjords offering kayaking excursions, hiking trails, and birdwatching.

In true expeditionary style, we keep our itinerary flexible to allow for spontaneity based on weather and sea conditions. We plan to visit Hornstrandir peninsula, one of Iceland’s remotest and most pristine regions filled with many deep and dramatic fjords, towering bird cliffs, stunning natural beauty and opportunities for wildlife encounters. Enjoy the bountiful silence and magnificent landscapes seen only by the few adventurers that make their way here.

Westfjords, Iceland - Days 3-5

We sail across the Denmark Strait to Jan Mayen Island accompanied by sea birds while keeping a close watch for whales. Enjoy informative and entertaining lectures and presentation from our team of experts, get to know your fellow expeditioners, stay active at the gym or treat yourself to a massage in the wellness centre.

At Sea

The approach to Jan Mayen is spectacular. The huge 2,277-metre (7,470 foot) Beerenberg volcano is the northernmost active volcano in the world, and it 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 favourable, 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. We hope to land on front of the Norwegian station at Olonkinbyen, stop to visit the weather station before embarking on a three-hour hike (weather permitting) to the other side of the Island where our vessel will be waiting for us in Kvalrossbukta, and our trusty Zodiacs will transport us back to the ship.

Jan Mayen

The sea around Jan Mayen offers excellent whale-watching opportunities (bottlenose, fin, and perhaps bowhead whales in the pack ice). Sail towards Svalbard, searching for the ice edge as we continue north, retracing the route of Dutch explorer Willem Barents who discovered Spitsbergen and the Barents Sea, named after him. It is breeding season for the harp seals, and we hope to see them breeding on sea ice. As we approach Svalbard, our focus will be on spotting polar bears hunting on the pack ice.

At Sea - Days 8-9

Svalbard offers Arctic wilderness at its best. The members of our experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to tailor our day-to-day itinerary, choosing the best options, based on the prevailing weather, sea-ice conditions and the possibility of encounters with wildlife.

Phenomenal fjords, magnificent mountains ranges, and a polar desert rich in fossils, set the stage for heroic tales of early exploration. See walrus hauled-out on sea ice or on beaches. On land, we stretch our legs on walks across tundra carpeted in brightly coloured wildflowers. We visit towering cliffs noisy with nesting guillemots, and scree slopes that hold Svalbard’s largest little auk colonies. Most memorable will be encounters with the majestic polar bear on pack ice. Your Expedition Team is just as keen as you are to find them – they will be on constant watch to spot these inspiring creatures.

If you have chosen an optional activity such as kayaking, you will have an opportunity to enjoy that activity when conditions allow. For those who are enthusiastic to participate in a polar plunge, as soon as conditions are suitable, you will hear the announcement to prepare for an exhilarating dip – a memory you will savour for years to come.

Svalbard Archipelago - Days 10-14

Farewell your expedition team, before further enjoying explorations of fascinating Longyearbyen to learn the town’s history, its geology, flora, fauna and the modern community that call the place home. Visit Svalbard Museum and Galleri Svalbard, Office of the Governor, Svalbard Church, Nybyen (new town), some of the town’s mines including Santa Claus Mine, and make a quick photo stop at the famous beware of polar bear street sign. Afterwards, transfer to the airport to continue your journey.

Disembark in Longyearbyen
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Pricing per person & date

Iceland, Jan Mayen & Svalbard | Sylvia Earle from USD 11,321
Departing Ending Duration
13 Jun 2023 27 Jun 2023 15

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaking

Kayaking

Important Information

  • Inclusions

    • All airport transfers mentioned in the itinerary.
    • One night’s hotel accommodation including breakfast, in Reykjavik on Day 1. 
    • Half-day tour of Reykjavvik on Day 2, prior to embarkation. 
    • Onboard accommodation during voyage, including daily cabin service. 
    • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage. 
    • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner. 
    • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell receptions including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages. 
    • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises. 
    • Educational lectures and guiding services provided by Expedition Team. 
    • Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consultation). 
    • One 3-in-1 waterproof, polar expedition jacket. 
    • Complimentary use of Muck Boots during the voyage. 
    • Comprehensive pre-departure information. 
    • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees.
    • Gratuities for ship’s crew and local guides.
       

    Exclusions

    • International or domestic flights – unless specified in the itinerary. 
    • Transfers – unless specified in the itinerary. 
    • Airport arrival or departure taxes.
    • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination fees and charges. 
    • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges. 
    • Hotel accommodation and meals – unless specified in the itinerary. 
    • Optional excursions and optional activity surcharges. 
    • All items of a personal nature, including but not limited to alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, wi-fi, email or phone charges. 
  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details. 

  • Itinerary subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions. 

  • Departure date, season and availability.

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Sustainability

Chimu Adventures is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

We ensure that we have as little negative impact on the wildlife as possible and minimise disturbances. We also encourage the education and visitation of protection and conservation services, specifically associated with the area. You will also find that we visit many locations and landmarks of which we encourage you to explore yet advise you to remain culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in pre-departure information and en-route by guides and staff. Furthermore, in our further efforts of supporting the communities, a percentage of the funds generated from your tour (10%) will go back to our charities and assist us supporting the next generation and the environment they live in.

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

For more information visit our sustainability page.

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