Faire Isle – Jan Mayen – Spitsbergen, Whale Safari

Explorer CruiseSpitsbergen

From $2,500 USD
June 3 - June 14, 2019
12 Days / 11 Nights

Fair Isle-Jan Mayen-Spitsbergen, Whale Safari on Plancius and Hondius. Embark in Vlissingen, sail across the North Sea, end in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen.


Join the m/v Plancius and the new m/v Hondius on a 12-day voyage across the North Sea. Embark in Vlissingen, sail to Aberdeen and the Fair Isle in the Shetlands, a haven for sea-birds. Continue north to the Norwegian island of Jan Mayen, dominated by Mt Beerenberg, visit 17th-century Dutch whaling station. Sail north in the midnight sun along the edge of the sea ice, search for bowhead whales, harp seals, polar bears, and a variety of seabirds.  


June 3 - June 14, 2019


HDS03a S, June 3 - June 14, 2019, 11 nights, from $2,500, from Vlissingen
HDS3b S, June 5 - June 14, 2019, 9 nights, from $2,250, from Aberdeen


  • HDS03a S, June 3, 11 nights
  • Quadruple Porthole - $2,500
  • Triple Porthole - $3,100
  • Twin Porthole - $3,450
  • Twin Window - $3,800
  • Twin Deluxe - $4,100
  • Superior - $4,600
  • Junior Suite - $4,950
  • Grand Suite with balcony - $5,750
  • Hondius Suite - $6,600
  • HDS3b S, June 5, 9 nights
  • Quadruple Porthole - $2,250
  • Triple Porthole - $2,800
  • Twin Porthole - $3,100
  • Twin Window - $3,400
  • Twin Deluxe - $3,650
  • Superior - $4,150
  • Junior Suite - $4,450
  • Grand Suite with balcony - $5,150
  • Hondius Suite - $5,900


  • 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
  • Transfers and baggage handling between the ship and airport only for those passengers
    on the group flights to and 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)

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 90 participants on Hondius. 

Tour Options

  • S=Snowshoe / hiking. Activity is free of charge


Northward bound
You board the vessel at midday in Vlissingen, headed north. Far north.

Day 2 AT SEA

Sea life on the move
Crossing the North Sea, you stand an excellent chance of spotting minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, and harbour porpoises. Several other cetaceans, including orcas (killer whales), are also native to these seas.


Sights of the Granite City
You 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.


Birds, seals, and world-famous knits
At 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.

Day 5 - 6 AT SEA

Jan Mayen marine life
You 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.


Snow-capped seaside volcano
Jan 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 landscape.

Day 8 - 10 AT SEA

Under the Midnight Sun
Basking 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.


The Arctic island of Spitsbergen
Forlandsundet, 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.


Journey's end in Longyearbyen
Every 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.

Please Note: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The onboard expedition leader determines the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. The average cruising speed for m/v Hondius is 10.5 knots.