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Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland

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Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland
Sail from Spitsbergen along the northeast coast of Greenland over 13 days aboard the 116-guest Ortelius. The voyage ends south in Akureyri, Iceland, where you'll transfer by bus across the island to famed Reykjavik, a great jumping off point for further exploration.

Greenland's surface area is covered more than 80 percent by ice, reaching a thickness of over 10,000 feet in th
e interior. Experience the country's dramatic coastline, highlighted by Scoresby Sund in East Greenland, the largest fjord system in the world, at more than 217 miles long. Along the way, you'll spot iconic Arctic wildlife, including polar bears, musk oxen and hares. read more Sail from Spitsbergen along the northeast coast of Greenland over 13 days aboard the 116-guest Ortelius. The voyage ends south in Akureyri, Iceland, where you'll transfer by bus across the island to famed Reykjavik, a great jumping off point for further exploration.

Greenland's surface area is covered more than 80 percent by ice, reaching a thickness of over 10,000 feet in the interior. Experience the country's dramatic coastline, highlighted by Scoresby Sund in East Greenland, the largest fjord system in the world, at more than 217 miles long. Along the way, you'll spot iconic Arctic wildlife, including polar bears, musk oxen and hares.
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Day 1 - Embark Longyearbyen

Day 2 - Raudfjord & Moffen Island

Days 3 - 4 - At Sea

Day 5 - Foster Bugt & Kaiser Franz Joseph Fjord

Day 6 - Blomster Bugt, Teufelschloss & Ella Ø

Day 7 - Antarcticahavn

Day 8 - Scoresby Sund

Day 9 - Cape Hofmann Halvø

Day 10 - Scoresby Land

Day 11 - Ittoqqortoormiut, Scoresby Sund

Day 12 - At Sea

Day 13 - Disembark Akureyri to Reykjavick, Iceland


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Day 1 - Embark Longyearbyen

Arrive in Longyearbyen, on Spitsbergen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago of which West Spitsbergen is the largest island. Before embarking there is an opportunity to visit this former mining village. The Parish Church and the Polar Museum are well worth visiting. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Ortelius
MEALS:
dinner

Day 2 - Raudfjord & Moffen Island

Sail into Raudfjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, a beautiful fjord with spectacular glaciers. It is home to ringed and bearded seal, seabird colonies and a surprisingly rich vegetation. There are good chances to see polar bear, for instance near Hamilton Glacier, or more to the head of the fjord. From there continue to Moffen Island on which walrus haul out.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Ortelius
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 3 - 4 - At Sea

At sea, on the way to Greenland, look for the edge of the East Greenland sea-ice. Keep watch for whales, and also for migrating seabirds.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Ortelius
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Foster Bugt & Kaiser Franz Joseph Fjord

Approaching Greenland Ortelius will attempt to sail through the sea ice into Foster Bugt, making its first landing at Myggebugten. Beyond the old hunters’ hut (in the first half of last century Norwegian trappers hunted here for polar bear and arctic fox) there is an extensive tundra populated by musk oxen. The small lakes are home to geese. Sail through Kaiser Franz Joseph Fjord, a magnificent fjord with towering mountains on both sides, its inner reaches choked with huge icebergs. An alternative is Sofia Sund, which is much narrower, and where you can see musk oxen from the ship.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Ortelius
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Blomster Bugt, Teufelschloss & Ella Ø

Land at Blomster Bugt to view the beautiful geological formations. Arctic hare are usually seen here, and there is a lake with Great Northern Diver and their young. In the afternoon sail along Teufelschloss and Ella Ø, possibly landing at a beautiful spot in the early evening.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Ortelius
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - Antarcticahavn

Spend the first half of the day in Antarcticahavn, a wide and extensive valley where you may see groups of musk oxen. At this time of year the autumnal colors of the sparse vegetation make the landscapes even more beautiful.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Ortelius
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - Scoresby Sund

Today Ortelius reaches the Scoresby Sund and sails in the morning along the ragged and glaciated Volquart Boons Kyst. Perhaps take a zodiac cruise along one of the glacier fronts of this coast, to have your first landing near for instance Måne Glacier. Later land on Danmark,Ø to find the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago. The circular ‘tent rings’ of stones indicate the summer houses, while the winter houses can be seen closer to a small cape. The sites are well preserved, allowing entrances and even bear-proof meat caches to be identified. There are also grave sites. In the evening continue sailing through the beautiful fjords to the west, choked with icebergs.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Ortelius
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 - Cape Hofmann Halvø

Go ashore at Cape Hofmann Halvø, a reliable spot for viewing musk oxen. You may also spot rock ptarmigan and Great Northern diver at sea. The landscape here is particularly beautiful, especially during autumn when the dwarf willow and dwarf birch change color. Arctic blueberry and crowberry add their own colorful touch - the berries are tasty too! In the evening sail through the fjord toward Scoresby Land, enjoying the contrast between the warm autumnal colors of the vegetation on shore, backed by huge dark mountains, and the cold blue of the icebergs.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Ortelius
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 - Scoresby Land

In Northwest fjord in Scoresby Land in the morning, encounter huge icebergs, some over 300 feet high and more than a half mile in length. Most of the bergs are grounded as the fjord is only about 1300 feet deep here. Land near Sydkap to view the remains of the Thule culture winter houses. As many as 20 people lived in these tiny houses, hunting Greenland whale and using their vertebrae to build the houses. We may also land at Gurreholm on Jameson Land. The landscape here is gently undulating.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Ortelius
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11 - Ittoqqortoormiut, Scoresby Sund

In the morning land at Ittoqqortoormiut, the biggest settlement in the Scoresby Sund with about 500 inhabitants. At the post office you can buy stamps for your postcards, or just wander around to see the sledge dogs and the drying skins of seal, musk ox and polar bear. After dinner sail south passing the amazing landscape of the Blosseville Coast.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Ortelius
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12 - At Sea

Spend the whole day at sea. There will be splendid opportunities to see large whales, seabird migration and, in the night, the Aurora borealis (Northern Lights).
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Ortelius
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 13 - Disembark Akureyri to Reykjavick, Iceland

In the morning arrive in Akureyri to disembark and be taken by a chartered bus on a 6 hours’ drive through North Iceland to your hotel in Reykjavik.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Arrival & Departure

This trip begins in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, and ends in Akureyri/Reykjavik, Iceland. On the final day of the cruise, passengers disembark in Akureyri and transfer by bus (5-6 hours) to Reykjavik. Transfers and baggage handling are provided for those who book on the expedition's group flights. Contact AdventureSmith for more details.

Activities

Guided shore excursions, walks, wildlife spotting and zodiac cruises are included in the fare and will be offered to all passengers during the voyages. Every day there will be excursions on land, weather and ice permitting. The landings will take three to six hours per day over untracked area. According to circumstances (the weather, the ice-situation or the passengers' wishes) the program can sometimes be adjusted. Ample time will be devoted to wildlife, vegetation, geography and history.
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Start/End DateShipPrice per Person
1       Aug 31 - Sep 12, 2014Ortelius$6150 - $10400View Details
Quadruple

Quadruple - $6150

Ortelius has 4 quadruple cabins #341-344 located on deck 3. Quadruple cabins have porthole windows, two sets of bunk beds and private facilities.
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Triple Porthole

Triple Porthole - $7450

Ortelius has 5 quadruple cabins #340-344 located on deck 3 that can also be booked for triple occupancy. Quadruple cabins have porthole windows, two sets of bunk beds and private facilities.
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Twin Porthole

Twin Porthole - $8400

Ortelius has 27 twin porthole cabins: #334 and #339-340 located on Deck 3 and #428-439 and #445-456 on Deck 4. Each has a porthole window, private toilet and shower and two single lower berths. Cabins located on Deck 4 are quieter than those on deck 3 because they are farther away from the noise of engines and generators. Deck 4 has access to the forward observation deck.
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Twin Window

Twin Window - $8750

Ortelius has 12 twin window cabins #511-517, 522-527 located on Deck 5, approximately 183 square feet each. Each cabin has view windows, private toilet and shower and two single lower berths. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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Twin Deluxe

Twin Deluxe - $9400

Ortelius has 2 newly renovated twin deluxe cabins #510 and #528 located on Deck 5. These cabins are corner cabins and are slightly more spacious than the normal twin window/porthole cabins. Each cabin has three view windows, two single lower berths, private toilet and shower, desk and chair, small sofa, hair dryer and ample storage space. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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Superior

Superior - $10400

Ortelius has 6 superior cabins #509, 518-521 and 529 on Deck 5. Each superior cabin has a double bed, single (sofa) bed, private toilet and shower, desk and chair, flatscreen TV, refrigerator, hair dryer and ample storage space. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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2       Sep 04 - Sep 16, 2015Ortelius$6000 - $10900View Details
Quadruple

Quadruple - $6000

Ortelius has 4 quadruple cabins #341-344 located on deck 3. Quadruple cabins have porthole windows, two sets of bunk beds and private facilities.
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Triple Porthole

Triple Porthole - $7350

Ortelius has 5 quadruple cabins #340-344 located on deck 3 that can also be booked for triple occupancy. Quadruple cabins have porthole windows, two sets of bunk beds and private facilities.
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Twin Porthole

Twin Porthole - $8550

Ortelius has 27 twin porthole cabins: #334 and #339-340 located on Deck 3 and #428-439 and #445-456 on Deck 4. Each has a porthole window, private toilet and shower and two single lower berths. Cabins located on Deck 4 are quieter than those on deck 3 because they are farther away from the noise of engines and generators. Deck 4 has access to the forward observation deck.
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Twin Window

Twin Window - $9100

Ortelius has 12 twin window cabins #511-517, 522-527 located on Deck 5, approximately 183 square feet each. Each cabin has view windows, private toilet and shower and two single lower berths. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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Twin Deluxe

Twin Deluxe - $9650

Ortelius has 2 newly renovated twin deluxe cabins #510 and #528 located on Deck 5. These cabins are corner cabins and are slightly more spacious than the normal twin window/porthole cabins. Each cabin has three view windows, two single lower berths, private toilet and shower, desk and chair, small sofa, hair dryer and ample storage space. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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Superior

Superior - $10900

Ortelius has 6 superior cabins #509, 518-521 and 529 on Deck 5. Each superior cabin has a double bed, single (sofa) bed, private toilet and shower, desk and chair, flatscreen TV, refrigerator, hair dryer and ample storage space. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge.
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Included

Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary; All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea; All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac; Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff; Free use of rubber boots and snow shoes on Plancius and Ortelius; Transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen; Transfer and baggage handling between ship in Akureyri and hotels in Reykjavik by coach; All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; AECO fees and governmental taxes; Comprehensive pre-departure material.

Exclusions

Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; Pre- and post land arrangements; Passport and visa expenses; Government arrival and departure taxes; Meals ashore; Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory); Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided). Possible fuel surcharges: It is agreed that if world fuel prices will reach or exceed US Dollar 120 per Barrel Brent, 90 days prior to departure Oceanwide Expeditions reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US $25 per passenger per night for bookings outside Europe.

Room Configuration

Cabins can be booked at single occupancy for 1.7 times the shared rate. If you are traveling alone, but would like to share the cabin with another passenger, no extra costs will be involved should you end up alone in the cabin.

Families & Children

Children under 16 years old in Superior, Family Triple and/or Family Quadruple cabins receive a 40% discount. Parents are entirely responsible for their children at all times, on land and on board; there is no onboard day care or nursery facility.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% the trip total is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 60 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days - 20% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days - 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days - 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $100,000 per person. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 21 days of booking your trip for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.
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North Spitsbergen

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Ortelius

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The 116-guest M/V Ortelius is an ice-strengthened small ship designed for polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica. She offers passengers a quality exploratory wildlife program to spend as much time ashore as possible.
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