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Svalbard Odyssey

  • Duration11 Nights
  • StyleSmall Ship Cruise
  • When to GoMay - Aug
  • Price GuideFrom $11,443 Per Person
Embark on an unforgettable voyage to Svalbard, where the almost neon blues of thousands of glaciers, the spiky undulations of mountain ranges, the crack of ice against the ship’s bow, and miles of stunning tundra announce your entrance to the Kingdom of the Polar Bear. But Svalbard is truly wild, the domain of not only Polar Bears, but of walrusses, guillemot, arctic foxes, ringed seals, Orcas, and beautiful Beluga Whales. Indulge in shore excursions to see the wildflowers and reindeer of the tundra, peek at the camps left behind by explorers and hunters, and journey through the enchanting beauty of the Norwegian fjords, as you sail close to 80° north. An adventure to Svalbard aboard the Greg Mortimer affords every opportunity to learn, with talks delivered by a world-class expedition team and numerous observation decks, ideal for observing the frozen wonderland just beyond the ship. Disembark for personalized hikes to find viewpoints and local wildlife, dive into the icy underwater realm of Orcas and seals, and explore by Zodiac to brush close to mighty glaciers.

At a Glance

  • Day 1
    • Longyearbyen Arrival

      • Private arrival transfer to your hotel in Longyearbyen
  • Day 2
    • Advent Valley

      • Tour of the Advent Valley to learn about life in the extreme conditions of the Arctic
      • Board the Greg Mortimer this afternoon with a Welcome Dinner
  • Days 3 - 11
    • Svalbard Archipelago

      • Exploring the Svalbard Archipelago. Due to unpredictable atmospheric conditions (weather, sea, pack-ice, etc., as well as maximizing wildlife opportunities), the itinerary will not be finalized until you’re sailing
  • Day 12
    • Longyearbyen Departure

      • Private departure transfer from the ship
  • Meet Our Expert

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    Evelin

    Cruise Specialist

    I have vast experience creating luxury worldwide cruise and adventurous land touring expeditions and my passion for these types of bucket-list trips is infectious. I love the world’s remote northern and southern regions for their incredible nature, extraordinary landscapes, and the pure sense of adventure that they can provide.

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    Our Cruise Ship

    Greg Mortimer

    Utilizing decades of experience to build a ship suited to Antarctic expeditions, the Greg Mortimer benefits from a thoroughly modern design featuring superior comfort and environmentally friendly technology, as well as a focus on stability with the ship’s innovative X-BOW that allows for smoother sailing by cutting through, rather than riding over a wave. This modern approach to expedition sailing carries throughout the public areas with observation decks, a sauna and spa, a library, and hydraulic viewing platforms that afford sailors an exceptionally immersive perspective from which to watch the wildlife of the stunning Patagonian Fjords and the Antarctic.

    Departure Dates: Expedition cruises through this region run regularly from May to August. Speak to our team to discuss dates and itinerary options.

    What's Included

    • 1 night hotel accommodation including breakfast in Longyearbyen
    • Shared sightseeing tour in the Advent Valley prior to embarkation
    • 10 nights accommodation aboard Greg Mortimer
    • All meals during voyage
    • Captain’s welcome dinner and reception
    • Tea and coffee throughout voyage
    • Beer, house wine and soft drinks during dinner
    • All Shore excursions and Zodiac cruises on a shared basis
    • Educational lectures on-board
    • Waterproof expedition jacket
    • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees
    • Gratuities for ship’s crew
    • 24/7 support from our dedicated staff

    What's not Included

    • International flights from your country of origin
    • Any meals, tours, or activities other than those specifically mentioned in itinerary
    • Alcoholic beverages or soft drinks outside of dinner service
    • Incidental local expenses - souvenirs, laundry, taxis, etc
    • Visas for Norway. Your consultant will advise of any required visas and how to obtain them
    • Wifi
    • Optional excursions and optional activity surcharges
    • Travel insurance - we strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as you have booked your trip
    • Price based on double occupancy in a double or twin room

    Day by Day Itinerary

    • Day 1

      Arriving at Longyearbyen

      D1 Cabins in LongyearbyenSvalbard church Longyearbyen Norway

      After making your own way to Longyearbyen, you will be transferred to your hotel. Once you arrive, you can pick up your luggage tags at the hospitality desk and sign up for pre-embarkation activities. After check-in, you’ll likely have free time to explore Longyearbyen, the world’s northernmost settlement. Take a peek at the Svalbard church, wander inside the local gallery at Galleri Svalbard, or settle into the Karlsberger Pub to sample its impressive whiskey and cognac collections. This is also a good time to purchase any last-minute necessities ahead of your cruise aboard the Greg Mortimer.

      *Please note that accommodation in Longyearbyen is confirmed after booking, roughly 2 months before departure.

    • Day 2

      Explore the Advent Valley before embarking

      D2 View over Advent Valley SvalbardGreg Mortimer

      You’ll check out of your hotel in the morning, ensuring that your luggage tags are attached to your bags, so they can be safely transferred to the ship. After check-in, the rest of the morning can be spent at leisure before meeting your guide in the afternoon for a drive to outer Longyearbyen, where the iconic architectural lines of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault await. After observing from the outside (the seed bank is entirely closed to visitors) we continue to Camp Barentz in Advent Valley to learn about life in the extreme conditions of the Arctic. You’ll board the Greg Mortimer in the late afternoon, and in the evening the Captain’s welcome dinner signals the beginning of a thrilling Arctic adventure.

      Excursions Included:
      Group sightseeing tour in the Advent Valley

      Meals Included:
      Breakfast & Welcome Dinner

    • Days 3-11

      Exploring the Svalbard Archipelago

      D3 11 Svalbard ArchipelagoSvalbard Glacier

      We’ll spend an enthralling nine days sailing aboard the Greg Mortimer in the Svalbard Archipelago, but because of unpredictable atmospheric conditions (weather, sea, pack-ice, etc., as well as maximizing wildlife opportunities), the itinerary will not be finalized until you’re sailing, chosen by your experienced expedition team, who have years of experience in exploring the Svalbard Archipelago.

      While sailing in Svalbard, you’ll have the opportunity to see the luminescent blues of more than 2000 glaciers, magnificent mountain ranges, and a legion of wildlife, including walrusses, whales, seals, and arctic foxes, but none more impressive than the Polar Bear. You’ll explore by Zodiac to get closer to wildlife, hike across the tundra to visit remote human settlements and climb to incredible viewpoints to spot puffins and guillemots nesting on the cliffs. As you sail north of Svalbard, the ship will maneuver between sea ice, a phenomenon that stretches to the North Pole and is best viewed from Greg Mortimer’s excellent viewing platforms, which are ideal points from which to spot wildlife directly from the ship – including polar bears on drift ice. Sea kayaking offers a sublime opportunity to immerse yourself in the Polar waters, rowing closer to glaciers and spotting wildlife at an immersive level. Other activities such as scuba diving, bird watching, onboard lectures delivered by real-life explorers and scientists, and polar plunging (when conditions allow) are all available on the Svalbard Odyssey Polar cruise.

      Excursions Included:
      Group tours throughout your cruise

      Meals Included:
      Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    • Day 12

      Disembark in Longyearbyen

      D12 Disembark in LongyearbyenLongyearbyen Norway

      The Greg Mortimer cruises back into Longyearbyen in the early morning escorted by the occasional puffin or guillemot who use the currents of air created by the ship to gain momentum, a good opportunity to say goodbye to the local wildlife from an observation deck. You’ll have plenty of time to bid farewell to your expedition team and any friends made along the way before disembarking. From here, you can either continue your onward journey or join us for an optional extension to your tour with a night or two in beautiful Kirkenes for more Arctic adventure close to the Finnish border.

      Meals Included:
      Breakfast

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