for whales, and other Arctic wildlife of the land, sea, and air
to locate and interpret the songs of whales and seals, and analyze
marine mammal sounds
an excellent chance of spotting minke whales, white-beaked dolphins,
harbour porpoises and several other cetaceans, including orcas (killer
Jan Mayen, spot minke, fin, orca, or blue whales
in the midnight sun, and watch bowhead whales, harp seals, polar bears,
and a variety of seabirds
DATES / RATES
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||Quadruple Porthole||Triple Porthole||Twin Porthole||Twin Window||Twin Deluxe||Superior||Junior Suite||Grand Suite|
|May 22, 2023||May 31, 2023||2,750||3,300||3,900||4,200||4,500||5,000||5,350||6,150|
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||(Starting from)|
|May 22, 2023||May 31, 2023||2,750||4,500||6,150|
1: Sights of the Granite City
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.
2: Birds, seals, and world-famous knits
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.
3 – 4: Jan Mayen marine life
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.
5: Snow-capped seaside volcano
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
6 – 8: Under the midnight sun & along the ice edge
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.
9: The Arctic island of Spitsbergen
between the main island of Spitsbergen and the narrow Prins Karls
Forland, is a place of great beauty and fascinating wildlife. Walruses
sometimes haul out here. Alternatively, you might sail into
St. Johns Fjord or head south to the mouth of Isfjorden, landing at
Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on these cliffs, Arctic foxes search below for
fallen eggs and chicks, and reindeer graze the sparse vegetation.
10: Journey's end in Longyearbyen
adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. You
disembark in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen,
taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next
adventure lies. But if you're still craving additional chances to spot
the Arctic's most iconic apex predator, stay on board for our
seven-night north Spitsbergen voyage, "in search of polar bears
& pack ice."
Hondius (Expedition, 170-guests)
MV Hondius offers luxury accommodation for up to 180 passengers. The ship has a luxury standard while Oceanwide's signature cozy and informal atmosphere. Hondius the strongest ice-strengthened vessel will be in the polar regions and will be equipped with stabilizers, and great trips for advanced, innovative exploratory quality in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
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aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee
shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced
use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for
those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen.
miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
fees and governmental taxes.
Excluded from this voyage
airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
and post- land arrangements.
and visa expenses.
arrival and departure taxes.
cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry,
bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other
service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).
& Learning Workshops
on Fair Isle
under the midnight sun & along the ice edge