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: OTL03a-17
Duration: 11 nights
Ship: m/v Ortelius
Embarkation: Vlissingen
Disembarkation: Longyearbyen
Language: English speaking voyage
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Itinerary

PLEASE NOTE: A typical itinerary to Fair Isle-Jan Mayen-Spitsbergen is illustrated right. All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

Day 1: Embarkation in Vlissingen (Netherlands)

In Hansweert passengers will board the ship at mid-day.

Day 2: At sea towards Aberdeen

We cross the North Sea

Day 3: Granite City: Aberdeen

We arrive in Aberdeen, famed as the Granite City and many times a winner of the Britain in Bloom competition, and embark on our trip. As we reach the North Sea, we see the lighthouse on Girdle Ness to the south, designed by the grandfather of Robert Louis Stevenson.More passengers will board the ship in Aberdeen.The Scottish waters offer excellent possibilities to spot Minke Whale, White-beaked Dolphin and Harbour Porpoise. Several other cetaceans, including Orca (Killer Whale), are also native to these waters.

Day 4: Fair Isle, haven for sea-birds

At Fair Isle, in the Shetlands, we are welcomed by the 70 or so inhabitants (famed for their knitwear, examples of which we will see) to be followed by a walk to the bird observatory. Fair Isle is a haven for sea-birds, which are very accessible. We may also see Grey Seals.

Day 5 - 6: We sail north to the Norwegian island of Jan Mayen

We sail north to the Norwegian island of Jan Mayen, situated 300 nautical miles north-east of Iceland. During our two days at sea there will be plenty of time to watch for the blow of a Minke, Fin or Blue Whale, which could herald a rewarding encounter with these gentle giants. Perhaps we might run into a pod of Orca, who can often be quite curious about boats such as ours.

Day 7: Jan Mayen

Jan Mayen is a volcanic island of breath-taking beauty and mystique dominated by Mt Beerenberg. From the slopes of the 2300m volcano, impressive glaciers spill into the sea. Until recently, the island was off-limits as it is a military base, and was rarely visited by tourists, but with permission from the Norwegian authorities we hope to visit the weather station. We will also walk across the island to Kvalrossbukta to look at the remains of a 17th century Dutch whaling station and a substantial colony of Fulmar.

Day 8 - 10: Looking out for Whales, Harp Seals, Polar Bears and a variety of seabirds

In the midnight sun, we sail north along the edge of the sea-ice, looking out for Bowhead Whales, Harp Seals, Polar Bears and a variety of seabirds, until about 79 North, then we will sail west to the edges of the continental shelf off West Spitsbergen, where we have good chances to meet Finn Whales and near the mouths of the big Spitsbergen fjords, Minke Whales.

Day 11: Poolepynten

We will look for Walrus at Poolepynten. In the evening we could land at Alkhornet another seabird colony, where at the slopes we can find reindeer and Arctic Fox.

Day 12: Longyearbyen, the administrative centre of Spitsbergen

We disembark in Longyearbyen, the administrative centre of Spitsbergen, for flights south to Oslo and onward home.

m/v Ortelius

The ice-strengthened vessel Ortelius is an excellent vessel for Polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica. Full ship info >>

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