Three Arctic Islands
Next DepartureJul. 18, 2020
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This epic journey combining the three islands of Svalbard, Greenland and Iceland showcases the uniqueness and splendor of the Arctic nature.
The goal of this Albatros expedition is to sail as close as possible to the pack ice from the North Pole the polar bear´s favorite summer residence.
How far north we reach and the exact route up there will depend on the ice conditions. However, the many amazing locations along the west coast of Svalbard are for sure kept navigable by the warm Gulf Stream. On our way to Greenland we will cruise along the pack ice before continuing to Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresbysund) and the deep fascinating fjord system behind. Crossing the Denmark Strait to the capitol of Iceland, Reykjavik before disembarking right in the city center.
Enjoy the immense beauty of the Arctic on this adventure cruise among whales, walruses, polar bears and millions of sea birds. Experience high summer in the Arctic with Ocean Atlantic - one of the few ice-class expedition ships built to withstand the North Pole’s pack ice.
LONGYEARBYEN, BOARDING OCEAN ATLANTIC
KONGSFJORDEN, NY ÅLESUND AND NY LONDON.
BELLSUND, SPITSBERGEN, WITH VÅRSOL BAY AND CALYPSOBYEN. BARBECUE
Bellsund has some of the richest coal layers in Svalbard and Svea Mine far into the fjord was formerly one of the biggest communities on the island. But prices went down, and the coal mine is currently being dismantled.
We will stay in the fjord entrance and make landings at the Vårsol Bay. The biggest attraction here is the little auk cliff. Tundra is richly fertilized by hundreds of thousands of little auks, which the Svalbard reindeer love to graze. We will go for a nice walk along the beach – and spot remains from early industrial eras.
During lunch, we’ll cross the fjord along the 4 km long (but quite narrow) island of Akseloya. We will make a Zodiac landing at Calypsobyen in Recherche Fjord. Coal was extracted here in the early 1900s, but the enterprise never attained full production. Today, Calypsobyen offers an exciting landing that gives visitors a glimpse of the era of Neo-Industrialism, when all opportunities for profit were tried out. A pleasant walk can be made on the tundra behind the buildings.
HORNSUND, SOUTH SVALBARD.
TOWARDS ITTIQQORTOORMIIT NORTH EAST GREENLAND
SCOUTING THE PACK ICE AND THE FJORD OF SCOREBYSUND, NORTH EAST GREENLAND
BLOSSEVILLE COAST. AT SEA TOWARDS ICELAND
REYKJAVÍK ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION
Inclusions / Exclusions
• 12-day/11-night cruise with Ocean Atlantic in shared exterior double cabin with bathroom/toilet
• English-speaking expedition team.
• Nature hikes and Zodiac cruises as per itinerary, when conditions permit
• Guided walk in Longyearbyen and Ny Ålesund and Ittiqqortoormiit
• Information briefings and lectures by expedition team
• Full board on ship
• Free coffee, tea and afternoon snacks on the ship
• Taxes, tariffs and AECO fees
• Guiding and lectures by our experienced expedition leader and team
• Special photo workshop
• Welcome and farewell cocktails
•Digital visual journal link after voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more!