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Departure from Aberdeen

Outline itinerary

Day 1Aberdeen
Day 2Fair Isle
Day 3Crossing to Jan Mayen
Day 4At sea
Day 5Jan Mayen
Day 6Crossing to Spitsbergen
Day 7Pack ice at Spitsbergen
Day 8Northwest-Spitsbergen
Day 9Prince Karl Forland
Day 10Longyearbyen

Please note: Cruise from Aberdeen is 10 days. For those who embark in Vlissingen (Holland) the cruise is 12 days in total. Departure from Aberdeen is May 20th.


Voyage and nights aboard the vessel, all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea, All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac, local guides, lectures by experienced staff

Not included

Flight Longyearbyen - London/ elsewhere , drinks, tips and personal expenses


Please enquire for extra cost of a single room/ cabin


EUR 1950,-

EUR 2450,-

Twin deluxe
EUR 3200,-

Twin Porthole
EUR 2700,-

Twin Window
EUR 2950,-

EUR 3200,-

Tour leader

Ruben Vermeer

Number of participants

maximum number of participants limited by availability. Maximum capacity of the vessel is 110 people


Two- or four person cabin with private toilet and shower

Difficulty level of the tour

A good level of fitness is required regarding the boarding and disembarking of the zodiacs. Moderate hikes on land


When we enter the polar circle it doesn't get dark in the night. Weather circumstances are hard to predict, please prepare for cold weather and bring suitable clothing for temperatures just above freezing point and cold wind.

North Atlantic Cruise

Reisroute Noord Atlantische Cruise
Duration:12 days
Price: from EUR 1950,-
Tour leader:Ruben Vermeer
Code: C1817

Day 1: Embarkation in Aberdeen

We embark in Aberdeen, famed as the Granite City and many times a winner of the Britain in Bloom competition, and embark on our trip. 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.

Day 2: Fair Isle, haven for sea-birds
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 may also see Grey Seals.

Day 3 - 4: We sail north to the Norwegian island of Jan Mayen
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.

Day 5: Jan Mayen
Jan Mayen is a volcanic island of breath-taking 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.

Day 6 - 8: Looking out for Whales, Harp Seals, Polar Bears and a variety of seabirds
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.

Day 9: Poolepynten
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.

Day 10: Longyearbyen, the administrative centre of Spitsbergen
We disembark in Longyearbyen, the administrative centre of Spitsbergen, for flights south to Oslo and onward home.

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