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Greg Mortimer, Svalbard Odysey ex Longyearbyen to Kirkenes

10 Night Cruise sailing from Longyearbyen to Kirkenes aboard Greg Mortimer.

Wednesday, 14th July 2021
Greg Mortimer
Aurora Expeditions
Pricing is From and Per Person
Cabin Twin Triple Quad Single

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10 Night Cruise sailing from Longyearbyen to Kirkenes aboard Greg Mortimer.

Day 1 Arrival Longyearbyen. Embark the Greg Mortimer
Arrive in Longyearbyen, where you will be met by a representative of Aurora Expeditions to commence a tour of Longyearbyen.

On the drive to Camp Barentz located in Advent Valley, your guide will give you an introduction to Longyearbyen’s fascinating history. At Camp Barentz enjoy a presentation in the large ‘lavvo’ - a traditional building common in northern Norway. You will also have the opportunity to meet the friendly huskies and perhaps pick up some souvenirs. A visit to the Svalbard museum is included back in town before embarking the vessel in the late afternoon.

You’ll have time to settle into your cabin prior to the compulsory briefings. Your voyage commences, cruising out of the beautiful Isfjorden, escorted by gliding fulmars and perhaps the occasional puffin. Find a spot on one of the observation areas watching for seabirds, including graceful ivory gulls, kittiwakes and guillemots. They rise and fall skilfully, using the air currents created by the ship to gain momentum.

NOTE: Sometimes our ship is unable to dock in Longyearbyen port due to space and capacity. In these instances, we reach the ship by Zodiac. Please ensure that you keep your wet-weather gear in your hand luggage to use in the Zodiacs, if the situation arises. Please ensure your cabin luggage tag is completed clearly showing your cabin number and name. Our crew will deliver your luggage directly to your cabin.

Days 2-8 Svalbard Archipelago
Svalbard offers unspoiled, raw arctic wilderness at its best. With majestic mountains of jagged peaks, iridescent sea ice, countless glaciers and superb wildlife-viewing opportunities. Our experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design our voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities.

Cruise along phenomenal fjords stretching towards magnificent mountain ranges, discover a polar desert with creamy coloured slabs of rock, rich in fossils, hear heroic tales of early explorers contrasted with visits to cultural remains from the time of European whaling mainly Russian and Norwegian, witness walrus colonies hauled-out on sea ice or on beaches. While ashore we aim to stretch our legs, hiking on lush tundra where brightly-coloured summer wildflowers and lichen grow, and where reindeer graze, observe the towering cliffs alive with nesting sea birds, including Svalbard’s largest little auk colony. Without a doubt, our goal is to encounter the majestic polar bear on pack ice, and the expedition team are just as keen as you to find them— they are on constant watch to spot these dazzling creatures.

If you have chosen an optional activity such as kayaking, you’ll have the option to enjoy the activity whenever conditions allow, and of course keen polar plungers will have the chance to fully immerse themselves in polar waters - conditions permitting!

Days 9-10 At Sea
Enjoy a final morning landing in Svalbard before crossing the Barents Sea to Kirkenes, which offers some good opportunities to encounter whales and certainly to photograph sea birds. Perhaps enjoy final talks and presentations from our team of experts, spend some time editing photos or simply relaxing.

Day 11 Disembark Kirkenes
During the early morning we cruise into the Bokfjord towards Kirkenes. Farewell your expedition team and fellow expeditioners as we all continue our onward journeys.

Cruise Itinerary
Date Activity Arrive Depart
14/07/21 Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
15/07/21 Svalbard
16/07/21 Svalbard
17/07/21 Svalbard
18/07/21 Svalbard
19/07/21 Svalbard
20/07/21 Svalbard
21/07/21 Svalbard
22/07/21 At sea - -
23/07/21 At sea - -
24/07/21 Kirkenes, Norway
Itinerary may vary by sailing date and itineraries may be changed at the cruise lines discretion. Please check itinerary details at time of booking and before booking other travel services such as airline tickets.

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