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.
03 Jun – 14 Jun 2019
|ITINERARY||DATES||DAYS||ACTIVITIES||SPECIAL OFFER||RATES FROM|
|Crossing the Arctic Circle, Jan Mayen & Spitsbergen|
Edinburgh (Scotland) – Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
|03 Jun – 14 Jun 2019||12||EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT|
$ 4 136
|MAIN DECK SUITE|
$ 5 396
$ 6 116
$ 5 946
$ 6 796
$ 7 646
$ 8 751
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.
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.
Cancellation / Prepayment
Reservations and Payments. A deposit of 20% of the appropriate cabin rate is required
to confirm the reservation; the final payment (80%) is due 90 days prior to the departure.
All payments are to be made in the agreed currency indicated on the invoice. The deposit
can be made by credit card or via bank transfer. The final payment is to be made via bank
transfer. North American office also accepts credit cards and checks for deposit
and final payment.
Payment Delay. The date of payment is considered to be the date of crediting the funds
to the account of Operator.
In case of payment delay Operator has the right to apply payment delay fee which equals
to 0.1% from the due amount for each day of delay.
Booking Cancellations/Refunds. All requests for cancellation must be made in writing.
Reservations cancelled more than 120 days prior to departure are subject to a USD 750per
person cancellation fee. Reservations cancelled from 119 to 91 days prior to departure are
subject to 20% per person cancellation fee. Reservations cancelled 90 days or less prior to
departure are subject to full fare forfeiture (cancellation fee is 100%). For these and other
reasons mentioned below, passengers are strongly encouraged to obtain trip cancellation
The services included in the cruise rate are based on group participation, and no refunds will
be made for any part of the program in which passengers choose not to participate, including
any Zodiac cruises or landings. It should be understood that refunds will not be made
to passengers who do not complete the tour for any reason whatsoever.
Voyage Cancellation. Operator reserves the right to cancel any departure due to insufficient
reservations up to eight weeks before the date of departure (passengers may be offered
alternative cruise dates). Operator also reserves the right to cancel any departure up until
the date of that departure due to force majeure or other circumstances beyond the control
of Operator that prevents the operation of the tour (this also includes governmental and
Operator or its agents are not responsible for any costs or penalties relating to air transport
or other services that are cancelled. Operator is not liable for failure to provide the services
or accommodations offered to the extent that such services or accommodations cannot be
provided due to force majeure or other circumstances beyond its control.
Transferred reservations/name changes. Bookings transferred from one departure (more
than 90 days prior to departure) to another, for the same passenger can be made at no
charge, based on availability. By direct permission, and on a limited basis, name changes on
a reservation can be made at a fee of USD 300 per person, but not less than 90 days before
Children. Children must be at least 12 years of age to participate in the expedition cruise.
However, Operator may accept children ages 6-11 on a case by case basis after additional
consideration by the Operator.
On-board language. All voyages are conducted in English and German. For groups
of passengers speaking other languages, Operator recruits multi-lingual staff members,
who assist the passengers during briefings and lectures. Staff varies from voyage
to voyage; please check when booking.
On-board authority. All passengers are subject to instructions or regulations given
by the Captain or the Expedition Leader.
On-board payments. All payments are in US dollars. Passengers may run a tab which must
be paid prior to disembarkation. Payments can be made in cash or via credit card.