Orkneys, Faroes, Jan Mayen & Svalbard, 2021 (SFS001G)

Summer in the Arctic allows us near endless hours of daylight to encounter once in a lifetime experiences as we sail from the historic Orkneys to the majestic and rugged Faroe Islands, its cliffs teeming with seabirds, to the ice-covered slopes of Mount Beerenberg on Jan Mayen Island, before venturing in search of polar bears hunting on pack ice in Svalbard.


Dates: 23 June to 7 July 2021 (SFS001G)

Duration: 15 Days

Start: Aberdeen, Scotland

Finish: Longyearbyen, Norway

Ship: Greg Mortimer (brand new in 2019)

Expedition Highlights:

  • Experience mysterious grottos, narrow channels and cruise in your Zodiac under the vertical cliffs of the Faroe Islands.
  • Discover the fascinating history of Kirkwall including a visit to Skara Brae, well-preserved 5,000-year-old village
  • Visit Jan Mayen Island, home to Mount Beerenberg, the world’s northernmost active volcano
  • Photograph wildlife including walrus, reindeer while keeping an eye out for the polar bears hunting for seals
  • Jump into a kayak to experience the glaciers streaming into the deep fjords in the northwest coast of Spitsbergen (additional cost)


Day 1 –  Aberdeen

Our expedition team will welcome you aboard the Greg Mortimer before setting sail for the Orkney Islands.

Day 2 – Kirkwall, Orkeneys

Discover the rich history in Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Islands which has remained relatively unchanged over the centuries.

Day 3-5 – Faroe Islands

The small archipelago of the Faroe Islands is an ideal destination for travellers wanting something to experience a unique opportunity. One of the highlights in the Faroe Islands is Vestmanna Birdcliffs, where in kayaks and Zodiacs you can explore caves, arches, waterfalls and sea stacks below the towering cliffs towering above us.

Day 6-7 – Sea crossing to Jan Mayen

Set sail for Jan Mayen Island. Be on the lookout for sea birds and whales.

Day 8 – Jay Mayen

Jan Mayen’s huge Beerenberg volcano is the world’s northernmost active volcano. The northern part of the island is a great place to look for whales and dolphins, and also contains magnificent glaciers. Option to visit the weather station at Olonkinbyen before hiking to the other side of the island where the Greg Mortimer will be waiting for us.

Days 9-10 – Sea crossing to Svalbard

We sail towards Svalbard and there will be many excellent opportunities for whale-watching and as we approach land – polar bears.

Days 11-14 – Northern Svalbard

Our experienced expedition team will use their expertise to design our voyage from day to day. This allows us to make best use of the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. Options include: Zodiac excursions a few times a day; cruising along spectacular ice cliffs, following whales that are feeding near the surface, making landings for hikes.

There are many exciting places we can choose to visit; a sample of some of the places where your expedition leader may choose to land, hike, photograph or view spectacular wildlife and scenery include:

  • Isfjorden
  • Kongsfjorden (Kings Bay)
  • Nordvesthjørnet and Raudfjorden
  • Magdalenefjorden
  • Smeerenberg
  • Woodfjorden, Liefdefjorden and Bockfjorden
  • Moffen Island
  • Sjuøyane (Seven Islands)

Day 15 – Longyearbyen

During the early morning we cruise into Longyearbyen. Farewell your expedition team, crew and fellow expeditioners as we all continue our onward journeys. Enjoy a town tour of Longyearbyen before an onward transfer to the airport in the afternoon.

Please note that all of our itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. Our itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.


Aurora Stateroom, private bathroom AUD $16,200
Balcony Stateroom, private bathroom From AUD $18,100
Balcony Suite, private bathroom AUD $20,300
Junior Suite, private bat­hroom AUD $23,900
Captain’s Suite, private bathroom AUD $27,500

Activities: Sea kayaking (From AUD $1580pp), Photography (included)

Voyage Inclusions

  • Half day city tour in Longyearbyen upon disembarkation followed by a transfer to the airport on Day 15
  • Onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
  • Access to our onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
  • Port surcharges, permits, and landing fees

 Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity fees and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges


To register your interest to join us for this once in a lifetime experience, click here.

Pre-departure information for this tour, click here