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Svalbard Odyssey

12 Days FROM USD 12,895

Overview

BOOK AND SAVE: Up to 20% off select cabins and departures on board Greg Mortimer* 

Embark on an extraordinary voyage to the incredible Svalbard. On board the Greg Mortimer you will spend 11 days reveling the incredible diversity of the region. Explore incredible coastline against a backdrop of snow covered peaks. Immerse yourself in the raw history of the region as you visit abandoned whaling settlements. Search for unique wildlife including walrus, arctic fox, reindeer and a vast array of migratory bird including, auks, gillemots and puffin. 

*Offers aboard the Greg Mortimer end 31 October 2021 subject to availability. Not combinable with any other promotion. Applies to voyage only; cabins limited. Subject to availability and currency fluctuations. Further conditions apply, contact us for more information.

Optional Activities : Kayaking, Photography, Snorkelling

Trip Code: ACAESOD

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise

Location: Arctic, Spitsbergen

Ship: Greg Mortimer

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

CRUISE ITINERARY

Upon check-in at Radisson Blu Oslo Airport hotel, reception staff will provide you with Aurora Expeditions cabin tags. Please fill out the luggage tags clearly, showing your name and cabin number to allow us to deliver your luggage to your cabin ahead. At our voyage briefing, enjoy a welcome drink and meet fellow expeditioners, before spending the night in preparation for your flight to Longyearbyen.

Note: Flights between Oslo and Longyearbyen are not included. Please contact Aurora Expeditions or your travel agent if you would like assistance in booking these flights.

Arrival and Overnight in Oslo

Fly to Longyearbyen (flight ticket not included in voyage fare), and upon arrival, you will be met by a representative of Aurora Expeditions to commence a tour of Longyearbyen.

On the drive to Camp Barentz located in Advent Valley, your guide will give you an introduction to Longyearbyen’s fascinating history. At Camp Barentz enjoy a presentation in the large ‘lavvo’ - a traditional building common in northern Norway. You will also have the opportunity to meet the friendly huskies and perhaps pick up some souvenirs. A visit to the Svalbard museum is included back in town before embarking the vessel in the late afternoon.

You’ll have time to settle into your cabin prior to the compulsory briefings. Your voyage commences, cruising out of the beautiful Isfjorden, escorted by gliding fulmars and perhaps the occasional puffin. Find a spot in one of the observation areas watching seabirds, including graceful ivory gulls, kittiwakes and guillemots. They rise and fall skilfully, using the air currents created by the ship to gain momentum.

NOTE: Sometimes our ship is unable to dock in Longyearbyen port due to space and capacity. In these instances, we reach the ship by Zodiac. Please ensure that you keep your wet-weather gear in your hand luggage to use in the Zodiacs, if the situation arises. Please ensure your cabin luggage tag is completed clearly showing your cabin number and name. Our crew will deliver your luggage directly to your cabin.

Fly to Longyearbyen and Embark

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

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, stretch our legs on walks across tundra coming out in brightly-coloured wildflowers. We visit towering cliffs noisy with nesting guillemots and puffins, and scree slopes that hold Svalbard’s largest little auk colonies. Most memorable are encounters with the majestic polar bear on pack ice. Your expedition team is just as keen as you 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’ll have the option to enjoy the activity when conditions allow. For those who are enthusiastic to participate in a polar plunge, as soon as conditions are suitable, you’ll hear the announcement to prepare for an exhilarating plunge, a memory you’ll savour for years to come.

Svalbard Archipelago - Day 3 to 11

During the early morning we cruise back into Longyearbyen. 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.

At the conclusion of the voyage, we do not recommend booking flights departing prior to 12.00 pm on the day of disembarkation in case there are delays.

Important note: In the spirit of expedition travel, we encourage exploration and adventure offering flexibility in challenging environments. This itinerary is only a guide and is subject to change due to weather, sea, pack-ice and other conditions beyond our control.

Disembarkation In Longyearbyen
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Pricing per person & dates

Svalbard Odyssey from USD 10,316
Departing Ending Duration
19 Jun 2022 30 Jun 2022 12
29 Jun 2022 10 Jul 2022 12
09 Jul 2022 20 Jul 2022 12

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaking

Kayaking

Photography

Photography

Snorkelling

Snorkelling

Important Information

  • Cain accommodation on board Greg Mortimer
    One night hotel accommodation in Radisson Blu Oslo Airport hotel including breakfast
    Group arrival transfer from airport to the Greg Mortimer on Day 2
    Group sightseeing tour of Longyearbyen on day 2 prior to embarkation 
    Group transfer from ship to airport in Longyearbyen on day 12 
    All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage 
    Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner 
    All shore excursions  
    Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult)
    A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket 
    Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage 
    Port surcharges, permits and landing fees  
    Comprehensive pre-departure information 

    EXCLUSIONS

    International or domestic flights. Flight between Oslo and Longyearbyen (in both directions) is not included in the voyage price 
    Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary 
    Airport arrival or departure taxes 
    Passport, visa, and vaccination charges 
    Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges 
    Hotels and meals not included in itinerary 
    Optional excursions not included in the itinerary 
    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 undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.

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