About the High Arctic: Svalbard Odyssey + Franz Josef Land Itinerary
Combine Svalbard Odyssey and Franz Josef Land back-to-back, for a complete adventure exploring the High Arctic. Enjoy peak summer in Svalbard, with 24-hour daylight, long tundra walks, reindeer, spectacular bird cliffs, and polar bears. Dog sled 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 • Discover unique stone spheres in alien-looking landscapes
Day 1: Embarkation in Longyearbyen
Enjoy a guided group tour of colorful Longyearbyen. Late afternoon sees us warmly welcomed on board the Greg Mortimer.
Days 2 to 6: North West Svalbard
Explore the northwest’s glorious Magdalenefjorden, whaling history of Smerrenburg, guillemots and walrus in Hamiltonbukta and much more.
Days 7 to 10: South East Svalbard
Sail north past Moffen Island, sight of impressive walrus haul outs, and then into pack ice where we may spot polar bears. Turn south down through Hinlopen Strait.
Day 11: Longyearbyen
We arrive back in Longyearbyen, and say goodbye to some, while welcoming new friends on board. Today there’s a choice of dog sledding, sustainable Arctic fishing or fossil hunting before we board the Greg Mortimer for the second half of our High Arctic adventure.
Days 12 & 13: Barents Sea
Enjoy a series of entertaining and informative on board lectures as we cross the Barents Sea, cruising north towards Franz Josef Land.
Days 14 to 22: Franz Josef Land
From mysterious Bell Island to majestic Champ Island, we explore the central-most of the 191 islands in the archipelago. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sightings including the elusive bowhead whale and the Arctic’s top predator, the polar bear. We discover new landings as we make our way west to Prince George Land and Alexandra Land. Cliff around the islands host massive nesting colonies of seabirds such as guillemots, dovekies, and kittiwakes. 85% of the archipelago is dominated by gigantic tidewater glaciers and towering icebergs.
Days 23 & 24: Barents Sea
After final landings in Franz Josef Land, we clear Russian customs and relax on your return crossing of Barents Sea to Svalbard. We may enjoy a possible landing or two as we round Svalbard’s northwest coast and sail south looking out for walrus and various whales
Day 25: Longyearbyen
Back in Longyearbyen, it’s time to say goodbye to new friends and end our Arctic adventure. Transfer to the airport for homeward flights or onward journeys.
Welcome Aboard the Greg Mortimer
At just 340 feet (104 meters) long, the Greg Mortimer carries a maximum of 120 expeditioners to the polar regions. As one of the smallest ships in the polar expedition cruising fleet, its size and modern ice-strengthened hull (Class 1A, one category below a full ice-breaker) give you the ability to explore those places that larger ships can’t reach.
Exclusively designed for expedition cruising, the Greg Mortimer provides an authentic, small-ship experience. Thanks to its unique, patented X-Bow®, it is capable of fast, comfortable transit speeds with less fuel consumption and reduced emissions.
Designed to the latest Polar Code for non-intrusive, low-impact voyages, the Greg Mortimer features:
• Fuel-efficient Ulstein X-Bow®
• Reduced air emissions and light pollution
• Virtual anchoring for protection of the sea floor
• Reduced onboard plastic use
• Onboard water production
• Strict, onboard waste management
Year built: to be completed in 2019
Breadth: 18.2 m
Cruising Speed: 12 Knots
Full Speed: 15.5 Knots
Gross tonnage: 7400
Cabins & Amenities
The Greg Mortimer offers eighty comfortable staterooms ranging from porthole to balcony categories, all with en suite bathrooms and plenty of storage space. All staterooms feature twin or king bedding configuration, 80% include a private balcony, and 60% can accommodate a third person.
- Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner including house wines, beer and soft drinks, afternoon tea and snacks
- Pre-dinner drinks including canapés and bar snacks
- 24-hour complimentary coffee, tea and snacks
- Captain’s Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
- Large dining room/restaurant with family style dining
- Two bars/lounges
- Wellness Center (Gym, Massage Room, Sauna & Spa)
- Observation points: Indoor 180-degree lounge, Outdoor 360-degree open deck & 270-degree open sundeck
- Two hydraulic viewing platforms
- Open bridge policy
- Fleet of 15 zodiacs
- Spacious Lecture Room
- Flights included for Fly/Cruise itineraries
- All Antarctic voyages include one night’s pre-voyage accommodation and arrival airport transfer (on selected preferred flights)
- Single costs are 1.7 times the twin rate in all cabin categories
- Please note that evacuation insurance is mandatory on all cruises.
- Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.
- Kayaking $1,080 (Antarctica) & $1,280 (South Georgia/Antarctica)
- Camping Free of Charge
- Photography Free of Charge
- Snowshoeing $280
- Ski Touring $1,800
- Climbing $1,800
- South Georgia Alpine Crossing $1,280 (by ski on Nov 29th & by foot on Mar 14th)
$6,400 – $12,100
$8,800 – $16,700
$8,200 – $15,600