Iceland, Greenland & The Great Polar Bear... July 2020 Ultimate Arctic

Fly, Expedition Cruise & tour on this 24 night Arctic extravaganza with the new ship GREG MORTIMER in July/Aug 2020

Date: 24 Jul–20 Aug 2020

Ship: Greg Mortimer

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AU $20,645AU $20,645AU $26,145

Expedition Highlights:

  • Get up-close with Spitsbergen`s dramatic fjords
  • Sail along East Greenland`s magnificent coastline
  • The world`s largest icebergs in Scoresby Sund
  • Musk ox, Arctic fox and reindeer on tundra walks
  • Friendly Inuit communities share their culture
  • Sail along ringed seals, walrus and polar bears

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Twin Aurora stateroom was $20,995 - NOW from $20,645*pp

Twin Balcony stateroom was $22,495 - NOW from $20,645*pp ** same price as Ocean View! **

Twin Balcony Suite was $25,295 - NOW from $23,445*pp

Twin Junior Suite was $27,995 - NOW from $26,145*pp

Single sole use Aurora stateroom was $26,695 - NOW from $26,095*

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ICELAND, GREENLAND & THE GREAT POLAR BEAR Fly, Cruise & Tour package prices include:

  • Return economy class airfare** from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Longyearbyen and ex Reykjavik on return inc tax
  • 1 nights accommodation at the Radisson Blu Polar hotel Longyearbyen (or similar) including breakfast
  • One way shared coach transfer from Longyearbyen hotel to port
  • 13 night EXPEDITION cruise aboard the NEW Greg Mortimer ship from Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) to Reykjavik (Iceland) including: All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage | All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises | Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team | Access to ship`s on-board doctor and basic medical services | A custom-designed polar expedition jacket to keep | Free gumboot hire during the voyage | Comprehensive pre-departure information | Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking) | All entry fees to historic landing sites | All port taxes and charges
  • One way shared coach transfer from Reykjavik port to hotel
  • 2 nights accommodation in Reykjavik pre-tour
  • 8 night `Iceland Complete` escorted group tour round trip from Reykjavik including: 8 nights accommodation (Reykjavik, Vik, Hofn, Egilsstadir, Myvatn, Akureyri & Borgarnes) | 7 breakfasts & 5 dinners | Transport throughout | Visits and entry to listed monuments and museums (see day to day itinerary below) | Services of a guide/driver throughout
  • One way transfer from Reykjavik hotel to airport

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Day to Day Itinerary:

(ports and visits subject to local conditions and weather and may be changed by the cruise line or operator without notice)

CRUISE ITINERARY:

DAY 1 LONGYEARBYEN

We board the ship in the late afternoon and sail down magnificent Isfjorden.

DAYS 2 - 3 SPITSBERGEN

Spitsbergen`s northwest coast features calving icebergs, historic whaling stations and trappers camps. Brunnich`s guillemots, little auks and kittiwakes nest in their thousands. Reindeer roam tundra dotted with wildflowers like saxifrage, moss campion and bell-heather. Zodiac to gain fantastic views of ice cliffs, including Monacobreen, one of Spitsbergen`s largest glaciers. In the north, we look for walrus and possibly polar bears.

DAYS 4 - 5 GREENLAND SEA

Crossing the Greenland Sea, our expert naturalists and guest lecturers entertain us with fascinating talks on plants, animals and early explorers like Nansen, Andree and Scoresby. We keep an eye out for fin whales, encroaching sea ice and seabirds. Relax and prepare for a landing, if conditions permit, on Greenland’s northeast coast, home to polar bear, Arctic hare and musk oxen.

DAYS 6 - 8 GREENLAND

An ice cap covers 81 per cent of Greenland and pack ice, even in summer, may fill northern bays. Ashore, cosy trappers’ huts beckon from across the tundra, where musk ox, Arctic hare and eider ducks roam in Kejser Franz Josef Fjord. Lively cascades at Kap Humboldt provide a microclimate for spectacular hanging gardens. Kong Oskar Fjord offers spectacular glacier-carved mountains.

DAYS 9 - 11 GREENLAND

In Scoresby Sund, the world`s biggest fjord system, massive glaciers calve explosively, creating giant icebergs. Near Rode Island, our Zodiacs weave through a maze of grounded icebergs, some more than 30 metres high, sculpted with deep green tunnels and aquamarine lakes. Enjoy a warm Ittoqqortoormiit welcome from Inuit happy to share their culture. Our kayakers find ideal paddling conditions, winding their way through interconnected waterways, watching for polar bears and narwhals.

DAY 12 GREENLAND

Sail south along the Blosseville Coast, search for musk ox and narwhals and marvel at the mountain scenery that dominates the skyline. If weather permits, we head for Romer Fjord, a deep waterway with stunning mountain views.

DAY 13 DENMARK STRAIT

We sail across Denmark Strait, reflecting on our rich experiences and enjoying the antics of northern fulmars, black-backed gulls, dolphins, orcas and other whales.

DAY 14 REYKJAVIK

Arrive early morning in Reykjavik. After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow expeditioners before your coach transfer to downtown Reykjavik hotel.

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TOUR ITINERARY:

Day 1 - Reykjavik

You will be transferred to the group hotel in Reykjavik.

Day 2 - Geysir & Vik (B,D)

Enjoy a short city tour of Reykjavík before arriving at the village of Hverageroi to explore Gullfoss, the `Golden Waterfall`, and the nearby Geysir hot spring area. Admire the south shore`s beautiful scenery on the journey Dyrholaey nature reserve and the village of Vík.

Overnight: Vik area

Day 3 - Vik & Hofn (B,D)

Cross Eldhraun, the world`s largest lava mass, before reaching small village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Continue to Skaftafell National Park and Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, the birthplace of icebergs.

Overnight: Hofn area

Day 4 - East Fjords & Egilsstadir (B,D)

Drive from Hofn through Almannaskaro pass. Continue to the East Fjords, where towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea. Explore Petra`s renowned stone collection.

Overnight: Egilsstadir area

Day 5 - Lake Myvatn Area (B,D)

Explore the highland desert plateau Moorudalsoræfi. On the way, stop at Dettifoss, Europe`s most powerful waterfall. Visit Namaskaro pass with its boiling mud pools and explore the Lake Myvatn area, including the pseudo craters at Skutustaoir and Laxa salmon river.

Overnight: Myvatn area

Day 6 - Lake Myvatn & Akureyri (B)

Start the day by exploring the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Travel towards the bustling northern port of Akureyri, stopping at the magnificent Godafoss waterfall and Laufas turf farm.

Overnight: Akureyri area

Day 7 - Skagafjordur & Borgarnes (B,D)

Visit Skagafjorour to see the unique Icelandic horse before travelling through Hrutey Island, a protected nature reserve. Cross the Holtavorouheioi plateau through Borgarfjorour to beautiful Borgarnes.

Overnight: Borgarnes area

Day 8 - Borgarfjordu, Thingvellir & Reykjavik (B)

Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in the world. Admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls, before continuing over the Kaldidalur mountain pass. The journey continues to Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland’s largest lake and Thingvellir NP, the ancient site of the world`s first outdoor parliament.

Overnight: Reykjavik

Day 9 - Reykjavik (B)

This morning your tour will end and you will be transferred to the airport

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication 11May18). Lead fares based on twin share Aurora Stateroom cabins for outside, Balcony staterooms for Balcony and Junior Suite for Suite. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. A good level of mobility is required to participate in this cruise and travel insurance is MANDATORY (but not included). Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Voyage Exclusions (does not include): Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary (ie from Longyearbyen airport to hotel) | Visa, passport and vaccination fees | Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges | Hotels or meals not included in itinerary | Optional activity surcharges | Any optional excursions not included in the itinerary | All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities and email or phone charges. Offer includes Pick your Polar Perk promotional offer which has already been factored into prices listed here. Offer ends 30May18 or until sold out/withdrawn.

27 nights From AU $20,645 per person, twin share