About the Spitsbergen & East Greenland Itinerary
This fantastic expedition cruise takes you from high above the Arctic Circle in Spitsbergen, Norway to Scoresby Sund, Greenland, ending in fascinating Iceland. Iconic arctic animals such as the polar bear, musk ox, reindeer and walrus are commonly seen. From active volcanoes to massive glaciers to the best sites for wildlife spotting, this adventure takes in varied destinations.
Your journey begins in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of Svalbard, Norway. You will board your ship and sail out in the evening.
Your journey continues as you explore Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. The flexible itinerary allows the expedition to take advantage of the current conditions to maximize flora and fauna sightings. You might be lucky enough to see polar bears and reindeers among the glaciers. Seals and Arctic foxes are common sightings around the island! Your ship will have smaller Zodiacs to explore the island up-close.
As your ship makes its way to Greenland be sure to watch out for whales and other sea mammals! While at sea you can enjoy lectures, a drink at the bar, and socializing with other passengers. There is plenty to do as you make your way across the Greenland Sea.
As the largest national park in the world, Northeast Greenland National Park provides endless opportunities for scenic photography and exploration. Weather permitting voyages in Zodiacs will allow you to step foot in this wilderness and explore glaciers and inlets.
In addition to the amazing wildlife and natural scenery, you will hopefully have the chance to see the settlement of Ittoqqortoomiit, an isolated settlement with less than 500 inhabitants and only accessible by boat for several months of the year.
Be sure to check the sky at night for Northern lights!
Continue to enjoy lectures, bird-watching, and whale-sightings as you head to Iceland across the Denmark Sea.
Disembark in Iceland.
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
$13,700 – $25,900
$8,800 – $16,700