Arctic Ocean Expedition
Fair Isle - Jan Mayen - ice edge - spitsbergen
This voyage either starts in:
1. Aberdeen, Scotland, UK - 9 nights
2. Bremerhaven, Germany - 10 nights
3. Vlissingen, The Netherlands with 3 further options:
(i) Direct to Fair Isle (11 nights), (ii) Stopping at Aberdeen (11 nights), (iii) Stopping at Bremerhaven (12 nights)
Price from €2,350
Hondius: 15th/17th May (Vlissingen/Aberdeen)
Plancius: 28th May (Vlissingen)
Ortelius: 2nd June (Vlissingen)
Janssonius: 26th/28th May (Vlissingen/Bremerhaven)
A white-sided dolphin in the North Sea, England,UK
Fair Isle in the Shetland Islands is the most remotely inhabited island in the British Isles
Crossing the Arctic Circle and entering the Arctic Ocean
A blue whale blows in front of Beerenburg volcano on the island of Jan Mayen
A blue whale seen close to Jan Mayen
A glacier flows from the summit crater of Beerenburg volcano to reach the sea, Jan Mayen
Volcanic landscape on Jan Mayen
Harp seals resting on ice floes at the ice edge off shore from east Greenland
Walrus haul-our at Poolepyntenon Prins Karls Forland, Spitsbergen
James on Jan Mayen
To make a booking, or to ask any questions you have about the voyage and its suitability for you, please contact us. James has guided on this voyage before and will be happy to discuss all aspects of the trip with you.
This itinerary shows the route option that starts in Vlissingen and stops in Aberdeen en-route to Fair Isle. It is also possible to start in Vlissingen and sail directly to Fair Isle (11 nights), or to sail via Bremerhaven (12 nights). Alternatively you may choose to start your voyage in Bremerhaven (10 nights) or Aberdeen (9 nights).
PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of
opportunities to see wildlife. The on-board expedition leader determines the final itinerary. Itineraries may mention places that require permission to land,
which must be granted by the relevant national authorities. Such permission is not granted prior to the publishing of these itineraries. Flexibility is
paramount for expedition cruises. Average cruising speed for th e ships is 10,5 knots.
Day 1: Northward bound
You board the vessel at midday in Vlissingen, headed north. Far north.
Day 2: Sea life on the move
Crossing the North Sea and sailing by Doggersbank, you stand an excellent chance of spotting minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, and harbour porpoises. Several other cetaceans, including orcas (killer whales), are also native to these seas.
Day 3: Sights of the Granite City
You arrive in Aberdeen, the Granite City, frequent winner of the Britain in Bloom competition. This is the true start of your trip. Several cetaceans, including orcas (killer whales), are native to these seas. To the south you
see the lighthouse on Girdle Ness that was designed by the grandfather of Robert Louis Stevenson, the famed Scottish writer who gave us such classics as Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. More passengers join you in Aberdeen.
Day 4: Birds, seals, and world-famous knits
At Fair Isle, in the Shetlands, the roughly seventy inhabitants (renowned for their knitwear) welcome you for a walk to the local bird observatory.This location is a haven for sea birds, though you may also spot grey seals.
Day 5 – 6: Jan Mayen marine life
You sail north to the Norwegian island of Jan Mayen, 300 nautical miles northeast of Iceland. Your two days at sea do not pass idly, however. Keep a close lookout for any spouts of water from the surrounding seas, heralding the arrival of a minke, fin, orca, or blue whale.
Day 7: Snow-capped seaside volcano
Jan Mayen is a stark volcanic island crowned by the snow-capped summit of Mt. Beerenberg. From the slopes of this imposing 2,300-meter-high (7,545 feet) volcano, broken glaciers grasp out into the frigid sea. With permission from the Norwegian authorities, you can now visit the weather station. You can also walk to the remains of a 17th- century Dutch whaling station amid the thick moss beds of this stark volcanic landscape.
Day 8 – 10: Under the midnight sun & along the ice edge
Basking in the midnight sun, you sail north along the edge of the sea ice in search of bowhead whales, harp seals, polar bears, and a variety of seabirds.You then change direction after about 79° north, cutting west to the rocky edges of the continental shelf of west Spitsbergen. Here you have a good chance of seeing fin whales and – near the glacial mouths of the gaping Spitsbergen fjords – surfacing minke whales.
Day 11: The Arctic island of Spitsbergen
Forlandsundet, between the main island of Spitsbergen and the narrow Prins Karls Forland, is a place of great beauty and fascinating wildlife. Walruses sometimes haul out here. Alternatively, you might sail into St. Johns Fjord or head south to the mouth of Isfjorden, landing at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on these cliffs, Arctic foxes search below for fallen eggs and chicks, and reindeer graze the sparse vegetation.
Day 12: Journey’s end in Longyearbyen
Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. You disembark in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies. But if you’re still craving additional chances to spot the Arctic’s most iconic apex predator, stay on board for our seven-night north Spitsbergen voyage, “in search of polar bears & pack ice.”
Our Green Promise
f you book this polar expedition cruise through us we will pay your Carbon Offset for you and will provide you a Certificate on completion of your expedition.
PER PERSON CARBON DIOXIDE GENERATED BY THIS EXPEDITION
10 DAYS = 7.0T
11 DAYS = 7.7T
12 DAYS = 8.4T
13 DAYS = 9.1T
It is your responsibility to book your travel to and from the start and finish of the expedition. This is normally a flight. If you would like to carbon offset this cost please use our carbon offset calculator here.