greg mortimer three arctic islands cruise

Arctic Complete - Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

  • Overview

    Combine Jewels of the Arctic with Svalbard Odyssey for a complete exploration of the European Arctic’s west side. From Reykjavik, embark on a voyage for Greenland’s unforgettable fjords, towering icebergs, Inuit culture, musk oxen and Arctic hare. Enjoy Svalbard’s tundra in late season bloom, access to Hinlopen Strait bird cliffs, walrus and polar bears. Highlights - Photograph dazzling, towering icebergs in Scoresbysund - Climb to Greenland’s beautiful, rarely trodden summits - Paddle kayaks beneath soaring, buzzing bird cliffs* - Search pack ice for polar bears and seals - Visit Ittoqqortoormiit, East Greenland's remote Inuit village *surcharge applies

    Duration: 24 days
    Passengers: 120 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Reykjavik, Iceland
    Disembarkation Point: Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Cruise only
    Single Supplement: 1.25x - 2.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1/2 - Reykjavik; Embarkation Day

      In Reykjavik, make your own way to the pier in late afternoon to be welcomed on board the Greg Mortimer. Cross Denmark Strait, watching for northern fulmars, orcas and dolphins.

    • Day 3/6 - Scoresbysund

      Explore Scoresbysund, cruise Bear Islands, paddle spectacular Ø Fjord and visit Inuit centre at Ittoqqortoormiit.

    • Day 7/9 - Kong Oscar Fjord

      Enter Kong Oscar Fjord for spectacular landscapes, possible landings at flower-rich Botanikerbugt and historic Ella Island.

    • Day 10/12 - At sea

      Relax while crossing the Greenland Sea to Svalbard, photographing seabirds, searching for pack ice, polar bears and enjoying informative talks.

    • Day 13/17 - Spitsbergen

      Spectacular calving glaciers of Magdalenefjörden; historic whaling sites; photographing reindeer, tundra wildflowers, seabirds, walrus and possibly polar bears. Enter pack ice, where polar bears stalk seals, walrus haulout on Moffen Island.

    • Day 18/22 - Spitsbergen

      Attempt to navigate Hinlopen Strait, visit the raucous guillemot cliff at Alkefjellet, perhaps land on Barentsøya and Edgeøya islands. Explore deep fjords of Hornsund and Bellsund, with stunning glaciers, arctic fox, Norwegian reindeer and walrus.

    • Day 23/24 - Longyearbyen; Disembarkation

      Cruise glorious aIsfjorden before returning to Longyearbyen where we disembark and transfer to the airport. Itinerary and map are a guide only. Subject to ice and weather conditions.

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your captain and expedition leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Highlights & Activities

    Rock Climbing in Greenland

    Explore the remote and rugged summits of East Greenland, scaling sheer granite cliffs and glacial remnants in pursuit of breathtaking views of Scoresby Sund’s ice-filled fjords.

    Experienced climbers will relish the chance to explore up and along the rarely-scaled peaks that dominate the landscape. And when you reach the top? A view that few people on earth will ever lay eyes on!

    AUD 1,520 per person

    Sea Kayaking

    One of the most exhilarating ways to experience Antarctica and the Arctic.

    The experience of sea kayaking in the humbling wilderness of Antarctica or the European Arctic is guaranteed to stir your soul. Paddle between brash ice and icebergs of all shapes and sizes, skim past penguin rookeries or under soaring bird cliffs, or drift quietly as you watch wildlife unobtrusively, absorbing the majestic scenery.

    AUD 1,520 per person

    Endless Arctic nights

    Svalbard is the Arctic North as you always dreamed it existed. This wondrous archipelago is a land of dramatic snow-drowned peaks and glaciers, of vast icefields and forbidding icebergs, an elemental place where the seemingly endless Arctic night and the perpetual sunlight of summer carry a deeper kind of magic. One of Europe's last great wildernesses, this is also the domain of more polar bears than people, a terrain rich in epic legends of polar exploration.

    The Polar Bear

    To many people, the polar bear is the Arctic. The sight of such an impressive silky white bear wandering the frozen Arctic seas in search of seals symbolizes the cold, isolated nature of the Arctic so well. Polar bears are marine mammals because they spend so much of their lives away from land. In the high Arctic where there is always some sea ice to travel on, polar bears range over ice floes in the pack ice hunting seals all summer. In some areas (e.g. southern Hudson Bay, southern Svalbard) they are simply forced to come ashore. Polar bears rarely venture inland.

    Scoresby Sund

    Sailing deep into Scoresby Sund, towering mountains and unforgettable landscape make for a dramatic couple of days. However, it is icebergs on a grand scale that are sure to impress us the most. Scoresby Sund icebergs are often some of the most dramatic and intricately shaped, set against Greenland’s incredible mountains, there are few landscapes like this!

  • Inclusions

    Expedition Gear

    Complimentary custom-designed polar expedition jacket and use of gumboots during voyage

    Transfers

    Arrival and departure transfers are provided in Longyearbyen and Reykjavik

    Sightseeing tours

    On arrival there is a sightseeing tour of Longyearbyen, we will also enjoy a day dog sledding around Spitsbergen's interior

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - Group transfer to/from airport to Polar Pioneer in Longyearbyen
    - Group sightseeing tour in Longyearbyen on arrival
    - Dog sledding day in Longyearbyen
    - All meals and accommodation during the voyage
    - All shore excursions and lectures during the voyage
    - Comprehensive pre-departure information
    - Medical services on board
    - Port taxes & entry fees
    - Professional produced voyage log

    Not included in your Expedition

    - International and internal flights that are not specified
    - Travel insurance (mandatory)
    - Items of a personal nature such as; Beverages / Laundry / Medical expenses / Gratuities / Internet & Wifi
    - Optional excursion and activities not included in the voyage itinerary
    - Mandatory expedition gear not provided
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  • Vessel

    GREG MORTIMER

    The Greg Mortimer, named after the Australian adventurer and Polar tourism pioneer (Greg Mortimer OAM), this unique vessel utilises some of the latest advancements in naval design & technology to revolutionise the small ship expedition cruising experience. The X-BOW makes sailing smoother and faster while protecting the vulnerable environments visited using a virtual anchoring system. Shore excursions are made easier, with four sea-level Zodiac loading decks & a specially-crafted activity platform, designed in close consultation with our world-renowned expedition & activity leaders. Unlike many new ships, the Greg Mortimer is not striving for absolute luxury. It will of course, be brand new, modern and comfortable in every way, but will stay true to a relaxed, comfortable and homely style of travel, purely focused on the expedition and destination. Ship Features: - Highly qualified and experienced expedition team and international crew - X-BOW® hull, designed to offer faster and more comfortable travel enabling the ship to pierce through waves and maintain speed of travel, lower fuel consumption and reduced air pollution emissions - All cabins feature twin or king bedding configuration and private bathroom. 80% of cabins include a private balcony. 60% of cabins can accommodate a third person - Purpose-built activities preparation areas including four Zodiac launching platforms for fast and safe transition off the ship as you embark on multiple daily excursions - Observation lounge and viewing platforms offer spectacular panoramic views of scenery and wildlife. - State-of-the-art lecture theatre, two hot tubs/plunge pools, art room, library, gym, wellness centre and more!

    Features & Facilities
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 4
    Guests #: 120
    Crew #: 62
    Ice Class: 1A
    Speed: 12
    Refurbished:
    Technical Specs
    Year built: 2019
    Length: 104m
    Width: 18
    Draft: 5
    Tonnage: 7400
    Registry: Bahamas
    Elec Outlets: 220V 2 Round plug
Check Voyage Dates, Pricing and Availability
greg mortimer stateroom cabin

Stateroom

08 Aug 2020 - 31 Aug 2020
​Greg Mortimer features 15 porthole rooms, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action.
AUD 17,900pp
AUD 17,900pp
greg mortimer balcony stateroom cabin

Balcony Stateroom

08 Aug 2020 - 31 Aug 2020
With 58 rooms available, the Greg Mortimer's Balcony Staterooms are the most abundant cabin category on board. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups.
AUD 20,100pp
AUD 20,100pp
greg mortimer antarctica cruise single cabin

Stateroom - Single

08 Aug 2020 - 31 Aug 2020
​Greg Mortimer features 15 porthole rooms, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action.
AUD 22,375pp
AUD 22,375pp
greg mortimer balcony suite cabin

Balcony Suite

08 Aug 2020 - 31 Aug 2020
With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Greg Mortimer's two Balcony Suites are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear. Featuring private balconies, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area, these will sell out quickly!
AUD 25,100pp
AUD 25,100pp
greg mortimer junior suite cabin

Junior Suite

08 Aug 2020 - 31 Aug 2020
The Greg Mortimer's four Junior Suites take in some impressive scenery from their vantage points on Deck 7. When you aren't enjoying a landing, you can relax in the suites' separate lounge area, or just watch the world float by from the private balcony.
AUD 29,500pp
AUD 29,500pp
greg mortimer Captain's suite cabin

Captain's Suite

08 Aug 2020 - 31 Aug 2020
The largest of all our rooms, the Greg Mortimer's singular Captain's Suite will take you to the polar regions in ultimate style and comfort. Complete with large lounge area, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite, you'll need to get in early to secure this suite.
AUD 34,000pp
AUD 34,000pp