as close as possible to the pack ice from the North Pole the polar
bear's favorite summer residence
along the pack ice before continuing to Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresbysund)
and the deep fascinating fjord system behind
the Denmark Strait to the capitol of Iceland, Reykjavik before
disembarking right in the city center
DATES / RATES
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||Category G||Category F||Category E||Category D||Category C||Category B||Category A||Premium Suite|
|Jul 18, 2020||Jul 29, 2020||7,900||5,200||5,500||6,300||6,800||9,700||10,700||11,700|
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||(Starting from)|
|Jul 18, 2020||Jul 29, 2020||7,900||6,800||11,700|
1: LONGYEARBYEN, BOARDING OCEAN ATLANTIC
arriving to Longyearbyen, a short city tour will introduce you to the
fascinating history and contemporary society in the Capital of Svalbard
– possibly the northernmost ‘real’ town
in the world.
vessel, Ocean Atlantic, is docked close to the town center. After
boarding and a welcome drink, the Expedition Leader will provide
information about the voyage, the ship's daily routines and the various
security and safety procedures. Before sailing, there will be a
mandatory safety drill. The Captain then takes the ship out of Advent
Fjord and our Arctic adventure commences.
2: KONGSFJORDEN, NY ÅLESUND AND NY LONDON.
the ‘night’ (what is night, when the sun never
sets?), we have passed Prins Karls Forland and have arrived in the
magnificent Kongsfjord. Our visit to Svalbard is in the early summer
and this is both the challenge and gift of this special voyage. Winter
ice will possibly block the inner waters of many fjords, but this will
give us the best opportunities to observe the omnipresent –
but still elusive – polar bear, hunting for seals in its
prime habitat. At this time of year the migrating birds have just
arrived. They are all eager to settle and feed to get the best start
for the coming hectic summer months.
first landing will be at Ny Ålesund. This settlement is in
fact further north than Longyearbyen, making it THE northernmost town.
But… is a group of scientific stations, a post office and a
single shop open for a few hours a real town? You will have to judge
for yourself. The setting is nice, the scientific projects are very
interesting, and so is the town history. The Captain will try to get
alongside, so we can enjoy an easy walk through the area.
3: BELLSUND, SPITSBERGEN, WITH VÅRSOL BAY AND CALYPSOBYEN.
has some of the richest coal layers in Svalbard and Svea Mine far into
the fjord was formerly one of the biggest communities on the island.
But prices went down, and the coal mine is currently being dismantled.
will stay in the fjord entrance and make landings at the
Vårsol Bay. The biggest attraction here is the little auk
cliff. Tundra is richly fertilized by hundreds of thousands of little
auks, which the Svalbard reindeer love to graze. We will go for a nice
walk along the beach – and spot remains from early industrial
lunch, we’ll cross the fjord along the 4 km long (but quite
narrow) island of Akseloya. We will make a Zodiac landing at
Calypsobyen in Recherche Fjord. Coal was extracted here in the early
1900s, but the enterprise never attained full production. Today,
Calypsobyen offers an exciting landing that gives visitors a glimpse of
the era of Neo-Industrialism, when all opportunities for profit were
tried out. A pleasant walk can be made on the tundra behind the
4: HORNSUND, SOUTH SVALBARD.
is often called ‘Svalbard in a nutshell’ because of
abundance of the dramatic terrains and rich wildlife. We will try and
go ashore in Gåshamna, which has remains of trappers, Russian
settlers and blubber boilers.
the afternoon we will head out to open sea towards Greenland.
5-6: TOWARDS ITTIQQORTOORMIIT NORTH EAST GREENLAND
to a lecture from our experienced expedition staff, see a film about
Arctic nature – or go out on deck to catch glimpses of
migrating birds and hopefully some whales.
7-9: SCOUTING THE PACK ICE AND THE FJORD OF SCOREBYSUND, NORTH EAST
will scout after wildlife along the pack ice and cruise into the fjords
in the most unique and unspoiled nature of North East Greenland. We
will try to make landings at Bear Island and Cape Brewster. We will
visit Ittiqqortoormiit. With only 470 inhabitants it is one of the most
isolated towns in Greenland only accessible by helicopter and boat in
short time in the summer.
town is located at the longest fjord in the world, Scoresby Sund. We
will explore this fjord and hope to be able to offer kayaking and
landings weather and ice conditions permitting.
10-11: BLOSSEVILLE COAST. AT SEA TOWARDS ICELAND
the most dramatic coast outside of Antarctica, the Blosseville is
guarded by Greenland’s highest mountains and steepest fjords
– and a belt of pack ice which before global warming would
keep out any adventurous sailor for years. The recent decade has had
warmer summers and much less ice which enables ice strengthen vessels
as Ocean Atlantic to venture along the coast, on lookout for stunning
wildlife abandoned Inuit settlemenst and landscape of another world.
our last day of this remarkable voyage we set course for Iceland and
its capital of Reykjavík.
12: REYKJAVÍK ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION
the morning Ocean Atlantic goes alongside in the port of Reykjavik.
It’s time to say farewell to the crew and begin the homeward
OCEAN ATLANTIC (Expedition, 198-guests)
Ocean Atlantic is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising in Antarctic waters! Newly renovated in 2016 and with an international ice class rating of 1B, she is one of the strongest ships operating in Antarctica. Her high maneuverability, shallow draft and strong engines allow for extended voyages into isolated fjords, creating exciting adventures for any Antarctica traveler. Ocean Atlantic is newly renovated (2016) with elegant common areas and accommodation for 198 passengers. The ship was built in 1985 and underwent an extensive rebuild in 2010.
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cruise with Ocean Atlantic in shared exterior double cabin with
hikes and Zodiac cruises as per itinerary, when conditions permit
walk in Longyearbyen and Ny Ålesund and Ittiqqortoormiit
briefings and lectures by expedition team
board on ship
coffee, tea and afternoon snacks on the ship
tariffs and AECO fees
and lectures by our experienced expedition leader and team
and farewell cocktails
visual journal link after voyage, including voyage log, gallery,
species list and more!