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The remote island of Jan Mayen and the wild coast of Spitsbergen are High Arctic destinations accessible only by ship.

This unique voyage departs from Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland and starting point of our expedition. The famous Castle rising above the city gives immediate evidence of Edinburgh’s rich history. While the Town area boasts medieval architecture, the New Town accommodates newer 18th century buildings. We then cross the Arctic Circle on our way to the rarely visited island of Jan Mayen.

After stopping at Jan Mayen we continue to Spitsbergen in the renowned High Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. We explore the fjords on the west side of the island in search of polar bears and other iconic wildlife. We complete the Arctic experience by enjoying stunning scenery and visiting places rich with polar history.

Please note: cruise 03 June – 14 June 2019 starts in Leith (Edinburgh), United Kingdom and ends in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen. See the map below for more details.

 

NEXT DEPARTURE

 

03 Jun – 14 Jun 2019

 

EMBARKATION

Edinburgh (Scotland)
 

DISEMBARKATION

Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
 

DAYS

12 days

 

DEPARTURES

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From the Highlands to the High Arctic
Edinburgh (Scotland) – Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
21 May – 01 Jun 202012PhotographyEARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
$ 4 795
$ 4 316
per person

21 May – 01 Jun 2020

 
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 MAIN DECK SUITE
$ 6 595
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 CLASSIC SUITE
$ 6 995
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 SUPERIOR SUITE
$ 7 195
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 DELUXE SUITE
$ 7 995
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 PREMIUM SUITE
$ 8 895
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HIGHLIGHTS

 

JAN MAYEN

 

There are few places more removed from the tourist track than Jan Mayen. Accessible only by boat, the island’s designation as a nature sanctuary protects its pristine Arctic ecosystem, including important breeding sites for hundreds of thousands of seabirds.

 

The landscape is dominated by the heavily glaciated Beerenberg, an impressive stratovolcano considered to be the northernmost active volcano on the earth’s surface. The island is uninhabited except for personnel who work at the Norwegian weather station, which we hope to visit. We also hope to explore more of the island on foot to discover remnants of the island’s whaling history.

SPITSBERGEN

 

The fjords and islands on the west and north coasts of Spitsbergen offer dramatic scenery and some of the High Arctic’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. This remote wilderness is home to impressive colonies of nesting seabirds, a variety of seal and whale species, and a high concentration of polar bears stalking the ice.

In this varied landscape of mountains, tidewater glaciers, and flowering tundra we also find sites significant in the history of early polar pioneers. We may also visit Ny Ålesund, a research settlement complete with museum, post office, and gift shop. There may even be a chance to swim in the Arctic Ocean.