Fair Isle-Jan Mayen-Spitsbergen, Whale Safari

Fair Isle-Jan Mayen-Spitsbergen, Whale Safari
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Title: Fair Isle-Jan Mayen-Spitsbergen, Whale Safari
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Tripcode: OTL02b-18
Duration: 9 nights
Ship: m/v Ortelius
Embarkation: Aberdeen
Disembarkation: Longyearbyen
Language: English speaking voyage
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Itinerary

PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The on-board expedition leader determines the final itinerary. Average cruising speed for m/v Ortelius is 10.5 knots.

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.

Days 8 – 10: Under the Midnight Sun

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: Walrus Watching

The wildlife objective this day is walrus watching in Forlandsundet. In the evening you can also land at Alkhornet, a seabird colony under which you might find reindeer and Arctic foxes moving along the slopes.

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, for your flight home – but with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

m/v Ortelius

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Quadruple Porthole

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  • Ample storage space
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Triple Porthole

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Twin Porthole deck 3

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Twin Porthole deck 4

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2980 USD

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5066 USD

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5960 USD

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Twin Window

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6520 USD

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Twin Deluxe

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  • 3 windows
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  • Small sofa
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3490 USD

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5933 USD

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6980 USD

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Superior

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  • 2 windows (minimum)
  • 1 double bed
  • 1 single (sofa) bed
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV, Telephone
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6732 USD

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7920 USD

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