Faire Isle - Jan Mayen - Spitsbergen, Whale Safari

Faire Isle - Jan Mayen - Spitsbergen, Whale Safari– Spitsbergen –12 days / 11 nights, Hansweert - Aberdeen - Fair Isle - Jan Mayen - Mt. Beerenberg - Kvalrossbukta - Poolepynten - LongyearbyenJoin the mv Ortelius on a 12 or 9-day voyage across the North Sea. Embark in Hansweert or Aberdeen, sail to the Fair Isle in the Shetlands, a haven for sea-birds. Continue north to the Norwegian island of Jan Mayen, dominated by Mt Beerenberg, a 2300m volcano with impressive glaciers. Watch for the blow of Minke, Fin or Blue Whale; visit a 17th century Dutch whaling station. Look for Bowhead Whales, Harp Seals, Polar Bears before reaching Spitsbergen.

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Quadruple Porthole Triple Porthole Twin Porthole Twin Porthole Twin Window Twin Deluxe Superior
$2,380 $2,970 $3,320 $3,320 $3,630 $3,880 $4,400

OTL3a S, Rates per person in USD 2017, 11 nights.

Quadruple Porthole Triple Porthole Twin Porthole Twin Porthole Twin Window Twin Deluxe Superior
$2,130 $2,660 $2,980 $2,980 $3,260 $3,490 $3,960

OTL3b, Rates per person in USD, 2017, 9 nights.

Operation May 20 - June 8, 2017
Departure OTL3a S, May 20 - May 31, 2017, from Hansweert, 11 nights
OTL3b S, May 22 - May 31, 2017, from Aberdeen, 9 nights
Price from $2,130 per person, Quadruple Porthole, 9 nights voyage
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
Experienced expedition staff
Free use of rubber boots and snow shoes on Plancius and Ortelius
On Spitsbergen voyages: Transfers and baggage handling between the airport,
hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to/from Longyearbyen
All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
AECO fees and governmental taxes
Comprehensive pre-departure material
Not Included Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
Pre- and post land arrangements
Transfers to / from the vessel outside Spitsbergen
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
Customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)
Service fee $25
Please Note The ice conditions will determine the sailing plan.

All rates are quoted per person in US Dollar, based on twin occupancy. US Dollar rates apply for all sales outside Europe. 5% Discount will be granted for bookings for one or more consecutive voyages. Please note that all dates & rates are subject to change. All voyages will operate subject to a minimum of 70 participants on Plancius, 60 participants on Ortelius.
Tour Options S=Snowshoe / hiking. Activity is free of charge
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Day 1 DEPARTURE HANSWEERT OTL03a, 11 night voyage:
Departure from Hansweert. In Hansweert passengers will board the ship at mid-day.

Day 2 AT SEA We cross the North Sea.

Day 3 ABERDEEN OTL03b, 9 nights voyage:
Arrival in Aberdeen, famed as the Granite City and many times a winner of the Britain in Bloom competition. As we reach the North Sea, we see the lighthouse on Girdle Ness to the south, designed by the grandfather of Robert Louis Stevenson.

More passengers will board the ship in Aberdeen.

The Scottish waters offer excellent possibilities to spot Minke Whale, White-beaked Dolphin and Harbour Porpoise. Several other cetaceans, including Orca (Killer Whale), are also native to these waters.

The highlights of Day 3: Killer Whale / White-beaked Dolphin / Minke Whale

Day 4 FAIRE ISLE At Fair Isle, in the Shetlands, we are welcomed by the 70 or so inhabitants (famed for their knitwear, examples of which we will see) to be followed by a walk to the bird observatory. Fair Isle is a haven for sea-birds, which are very accessible. We also view Grey Seals.

The highlights of Day 4: Bird Observatory / Storm Petrels / Red-throated Diver

Day 5 - 6 AT SEA We sail north to the Norwegian island of Jan Mayen, situated 300 nautical miles north-east of Iceland. During our two days at sea there will be plenty of time to watch for the blow of a Minke, Fin or Blue Whale, which could herald a rewarding encounter with these gentle giants. Perhaps we might run into a pod of Orca, who can often be quite curious about boats such as ours.

The highlights of Day 5 - 6: Blue Whale / Minke Whale / Killer Whale

Day 7 JAN MAYEN Jan Mayen is a volcanic island of breathtaking beauty and mystique, dominated by Mt Beerenberg. From the slopes of the 2300m volcano, impressive glaciers spill into the sea. Until recently, the island was off-limits as it is a military base, and was rarely visited by tourists, but with permission from the Norwegian authorities we hope to visit the weather station. We will also walk across the island to Kvalrossbukta to look at the remains of a 17th century Dutch whaling station and a substantial colony of Fulmar.

The highlights of Day 7: Volcanic Island / Mt Beerenberg / 17th Century Dutch Whaling Station

Day 8 - 10 AT SEA In the midnight sun, we sail north along the edge of the sea-ice, looking out for Bowhead Whales, Harp Seals, Polar Bears and a variety of seabirds, until about 79 North. Then we will sail west to the edges of the continental shelf off West Spitsbergen, where we have good chances to meet Finn Whales and near the mouths of the big Spitsbergen fjords, Minke Whales.

Highlight: Sailing along the sea-ice edge

Day 11 POOLEPYNTEN - ALKHORNET We will look for Walrus at Poolepynten. In the evening we could land at Alkhornet another seabird colony, where at the slopes we can find reindeer and Arctic Fox.

Highlights: Walrus / Svalbard Reindeer / Arctic Fox

Day 12 ARRIVAL LONGYEARBYEN We disembark in Longyearbyen, the administrative centre of Spitsbergen, for flights south to Oslo and onward home.

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