Whales and Wilderness

From GBP 4'410

+6 Additional options

Reykjavik (Iceland) - Svalbard               

30th May 2018 - 20th May 2018

From GBP 4'410

+6 Additional options

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Join Tall Ship Blue Clipper as we explore the variety of Islands in the Arctic. From the stunning Iceland, to the largest of them all, Greenland, to the small and isolated Jan Mayen Island finishing in the Arctic crown of Norway, Spitsbergen.  This voyage begins on the West Coast of Iceland where the Arctic wilderness offers us some of the most spectacular and unspoilt scenery on earth.  Join us as we sail under the midnight sun, through a landscape that is rich in culture and history, and features spectacular wildlife.  On this voyage observe whales and Dolphins in their natural habitat, visit remote islands teaming with birdlife, cross the Arctic Circle and experience the midnight sun.  

 

Day 1 - 2

Reykjavik, and the West Coast of Iceland

Iceland is the ideal location to begin this wilderness voyage.  The dramatic, rugged landscape features volcanic craters, caves, lava fields, geothermal waters and hot springs. 

Day 2 - 5

Leaving Iceland we head 600km North to the isolated Jan Mayen Island, the world's most northerly volcanic island. This area between Iceland and Jan Mayen is a great place for Whale watching. The prime time for whale watching is during the summer months from April through September, when over 20 species of Cetacea - including the Orca, Minke, Humpback and Blue Whale can be spotted.  You will have the rare opportunity to observe whales in their natural environment alongside white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises, seals, basking sharks, and various sea birds - including puffins, gannets, gulls, arctic terns and others.  

day 5 - 7

Jan Mayen Island

Jan Mayen Island is the most isolated island in the Northern hemisphere. Jan Mayen lies 600 km North of Iceland and 500 km East of Greenland. This remote outpost has no permanent settlers, except for the 18 people working at the Norwegian radio and meteorological station.  An expedition to the Jan Mayen Island can be challenging but for those looking for an exciting expedition to an exclusive destination visited each year by only a handful of tourists, this is it!

Day 7 - 16

From Jan Mayen we make the 900 km voyage North to Svalbard.  Hugging the coast of Greenland before crossing the Greenland Sea to Svalbard, there will plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife and awe at the stunning dramatic scenery of the Greenland coast.  

Day 16 - 21

Svalbard

Svalbard is the Arctic North as you always dreamed it existed. This wonderous archipelago is a land of dramatic snow-drowned peaks and glaciers, of vast icefields and forbidding icebergs, an elemental place where the seemingly endless Arctic night and the perpetual sunlight of summer carry a deeper kind of magic.  One of Europe's last great wildernesses, this is also the domain of more polar bears than people, a terrain rich in epic legends of polar exploration. The dramatic tundra nature of Svlabard is impressive with the magnificent Isfjord, majestic mountains and impressive wilderness only inhabited by birds, seals, walrus and polar bears.  

Svalbard's main settleent and entry point, Longyearbyen, is merely a taste of what lies beyond and the possibilities for exploring further are many; glacier hikes, and expeditions by snowmobile or led by a team of huskies. There will be plenty of opportunity to discover more about Svalbard and our on board guide will make sure you see the best of the Island. Visiting Svalbard is like crossing some remote frontier of the mind: Svalbard is as close as most mortals can get to the North Pole and still capture its spirit.  

 

Highlights

  • West Coast of Iceland
  • Whale breading grounds
  • Greenland and Scorseby Sound
  • Svalbard
  • Offshore Arctic sailing

 

What is included in the voyage cost:

  • All meals on board Blue Clipper.  This includes daily breakfast, lunch and 3-course evening meal.  
  • Refreshments throughout the day.
  • Use of safety equipment.
  • Accommodation in a twin ensuite cabin
  • All instruction and lectures on board by fully qualified crew
  • The services of our hospitality and guest services manager

What is not included:

  • Travel to and from the boat
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any shore excursions and meals on shore (unless otherwise stated)
  • Alcoholic, soft drinks and merchandise on board.  A TAB system is operated on board with payment required at the end of the voyage via cash or card.

Route

  1. Reykjavík
  2. West Coast of Iceland
  3. Jan Mayen
  4. Coastal Greenland
  5. Greenland
  6. Svalbard