high arctic adventure greg mortimer

High Arctic Adventure (Svalbard & Franz Josef Land)

  • Overview
    Combine Svalbard Odyssey and Franz Josef Land Explorer into one adventure for a complete exploration of the High Arctic. Enjoy peak summer in Svalbard, with 24-hour daylight, long tundra walks, reindeer, spectacular bird cliffs, and polar bears. Dogsled or fish in Longyearbyen, then sail for wild Franz Josef Land. Be one of the few to experience its wildlife, mysterious landscapes and exploration history. Highlights - Paddle kayaks near Svalbard’s magnificent glacier fronts* - Photograph reindeer feeding on dwarf tundra plants - Zodiac beneath sea cliffs alive with nesting seabirds - Encounter polar bears on land and ice - Explore rarely visited islands of Franz Josef Land *surcharge applies
    Duration: 25 days
    Passengers: 120 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
    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 - Longyearbyen; Embarkation Day

      Enjoy a guided group tour of Longyearbyen, Svalbard's capital, before boarding the Greg Mortimer to sail north and perhaps Zodiac cruise Lilliehöökbreen glacier fronts.

    • Day 3/6 - Northwest Spitsbergen

      Explore the northwest’s glorious Magdalenefjörden, whaling history of Smeerenburg, guillemots and walrus in Hamiltonbukta and much more.

    • Day 7/10 - Spitsbergen

      Sail north past Moffen Island (walrus) into pack ice where we may spot polar bears, before turning south through Hinlopen Strait then southwest coast.

    • Day 11/12 - Spitsbergen

      Retrace route with fresh Spitsbergen landings. Back in Longyearbyen, enjoy a dog sledding or Arctic fishing, before continuing to Franz Josef Land in the evening.

    • Day 13/20 - Franz Josef Land

      Sail across Barents Sea to explore central islands of Franz Josef Land.

    • Day 21/24 - Franz Josef Land

      Rarely attempted landings in Franz Josef Land’s easternmost islands before returning to Zodiac cruise and walk on Svalbard’s northwest coast.

    • Day 25 - Longyearbyen; Disembarkation

      Arrive in Longyearbyen in the morning, bid new friends goodbye and transfer to airport for onward flights and adventures. Itinerary and map are a guide only. Itinerary is 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.

  • Adventure Activities

    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.

    USD$ 856 per person

    Polar Snorkelling

    Discover the underwater world of Antarctica and the Arctic!

    Witness wildlife and scenery unlike any other place on earth. Through crystal clear waters you'll discover the amazing mobility and speed of penguins entering and exiting from the ice, marvel at beautifully sculpted icebergs below the water and witness marine life such as crustaceans, isopods, starfish and nudibranchs!

    USD$ 850 per person

    Polar Scuba Diving

    To participate in our polar diving activity, all divers must be a trained, certified scuba divers with proof of certification beyond entry level, i.e. Advanced Diver certification or equivalent rating issued by a recognised scuba training organisation.

    In addition to this, it is extremely important that adequate training and experience is gained in dry-suit diving, and in the use of other new and unfamiliar equipment to be used in polar waters. To ensure your safety and enjoyment and to avoid any unnecessary problems on the trip, recent diving experience and proof of a minimum of 20 logged dives using a dry-suit is required prior to joining the voyage.

    USD$ 734 per person

    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.

  • Inclusions

    Expedition Gear

    Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage, Haglöfs parka for polar expeditions

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - Medical services on board
    - Professional produced voyage log
    - All shore excursions and lectures in the itinerary
    - Comprehensive pre-departure material
    - All meals and accommodation during the voyage
    - Group sightseeing tour in Longyearbyen on arrival
    - Service taxes and port charges

    Not included in your Expedition

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


    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
    Technical Specs
    Year built: 2019
    Length: 104m
    Width: 18
    Draft: 5
    Tonnage: 7400
    Registry: Bahamas
    Elec Outlets: 220V 2 Round plug
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We understand that the trip of a lifetime takes planning, so we make the financial commitments easy to manage.

  • Confirm your booking today with just USD$ 1,000 per passenger.
  • Pay your 25% deposit 5 day later.
  • Final payment due 120 days prior to departure.
greg mortimer stateroom cabin


02 Jul 2020 - 26 Jul 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.
USD$ 12,580pp
USD$ 12,580pp
greg mortimer balcony stateroom cabin

Balcony Stateroom

02 Jul 2020 - 26 Jul 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.
USD$ 14,144pp
USD$ 14,144pp
greg mortimer balcony suite cabin

Balcony Suite

02 Jul 2020 - 26 Jul 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!
USD$ 17,612pp
USD$ 17,612pp
greg mortimer junior suite cabin

Junior Suite

02 Jul 2020 - 26 Jul 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.
USD$ 20,808pp
USD$ 20,808pp
greg mortimer Captain's suite cabin

Captain's Suite

02 Jul 2020 - 26 Jul 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.
USD$ 24,004pp
USD$ 24,004pp