May 30, 2018
June 20, 2018
Join TS Blue Clipper as we explore the variety of Island in the Arctic. From the stunning Iceland, to the small and isolated Jan Mayen Island finishing in the Arctic crown of Norway, Spitsbergen.
Day 1 - 2
Akuereyi, and the West Coast of Iceland
Akureyi is the ideal location to begin this wilderness voyage. The dramatic, rugged landscape features volcanic craters, caves, lava fields, geothermal waters and hot springs. Akureyri, the largest town outside of the greater Reykjavik area, is situated in innermost Eyjafjorour Fjord. it is an old trading station and also an important fishing town and is full of stuff to see and do.
Day 2 - 5
leaving Iceland we head 600km North to the isolated Jan Mayen Island, the world's most northerly volcanic island. This area between Iceland and Jan Mayen is a great place for Whale watching. The prime time for whale watching is during the summer moths from April through September, when over 20 species of Cetacea - including the Orca, Minke, Humpback and Blue Whale can be spotted. You will have the rare opportunity to observe whales in their natural environment alongside white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises, seals, basking sharks, and various sea birds - including puffins, gannets, gulls, arctic terns and others.
Day 5 - 7
Jan Mayen Island
Jan Mayen Island is the most isolated island in the Northern hemisphere. Jan Mayen lies 600 km North of Iceland and 500 km East of Greenland. This remote outpost has no permanent settlers, except for the 18 people working at the Norwegian radio and meteorological station. An expedition to the Jan Mayen Island can be challenging but for those looking for an exciting expedition to an exclusive destination vistied each year by only a handful of tourists this is it!
Day 7 - 16
From Jan Mayen we make the 900 km voyage North to Svalbard. Hugging the coast of Greenland before crossing the Greenland Sea to Svalbard, there will plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife and awe at the stunning dramatic scenenry of the Greenland coast.
Day 16 - 21
Svalbard is the Arctic North as you always dreamed it existed. This wonderous archipelago is a land of dramatic snow-drowned peaks and glaciers, of vast icefields and forbidding icebergs, an elemental place where the seemingly endless Arctic night and the perpetual sunlight of summer carry a deeper kind of magic. One of Europe's last great wildernesses, this is also the domain of more polar bears than people, a terrain rich in epic legends of polar exploration. The dramatic tundra nature of Svlabard is impressive with the magnificent Isfjord, majestic mountains and impressive wilderness only inhabited by birds, seals, walrus and polar bears.
Svalbard's main settlement and entry point, Longyearbyen, is merely a taste of what lies beyond and the possibilities for exploring further are many; glacier hikes, and expeditions by snowmobile or led by a team of huskies. There will be plenty of opportunity to discover more about Svalbard and our on board guide will make sure you see the best of the Island. Visiting Svalbard is like crossing some remote frontier of the mind: Svalbard is as close as most mortals can get to the North Pole and still capture its spirit.