Across the Arctic Circle

14 DAYS from AU$6,685 per person

Follow the Vikings’ way from northeast Scotland to the land of the midnight sun. Our enthusiastic historian and expert naturalist reveal the Orkney and Shetland islands, from Stone Age villages and Viking relics, to world class distilleries and spectacular birdlife. We follow migrating whales along Norway’s dramatic coast, visit picturesque fishing villages and toast our Arctic Circle crossing. In Spitsbergen, we enter a polar wonderland, where delicate wildflowers adorn tundra and the summer sun never sets. This spectacular wilderness is the breeding ground of walruses, reindeers, various birds and polar bears.

Expedition Highlights

  • Visit Stone Age villages in the Orkney Islands
  • Follow humpbacks migration to Norwegian coast
  • Lofoten Islands’ majestic fjords and soaring granite walls
  • Spot puffins, guillemots, fulmars and eagles
  • Toast your crossing of the Arctic Circle
  • Reindeer and ringed seals in Spitsbergen

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Dates & Rates

Showing: All 2017

23 Jun '17 6 Jul '17 14 DAYS

Across the Arctic Circle

Trip code: SNS05

23 Jun '17 6 Jul '17 - 14 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Tour in Longyearbyen and transfer to airport
  • Accommodation during the voyage onboard Polar Pioneer
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Complimentary custom-designed polar expedition jacket
  • Loan of gumboots during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and briefings
  • Professionally-produced hard back voyage log
  • Medical services on board
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All entry fees to historic landings sites

Voyage Exclusions

  • Air transport to and from the ship, unless specified
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes
  • Visa, passport and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in ship cruise itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the ship cruise itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking or polar snorkelling
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges
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Suite
Triple Cabin
Shared Bathroom
AU$6,685
Suite
Twin Cabin
Shared Bathroom
AU$8,000
Suite
Twin Cabin
Private Bathroom
AU$9,750
Suite
Mini Suite
Private Bathroom
AU$10,300
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Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
AU$11,500

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Map & Itinerary

Day 1 – Aberdeen, Scotland
Our staff welcome you aboard Polar Pioneer mid-afternoon in Aberdeen, Scotland, before we start sailing north.
Day 2 to 3 – Orkney Archipelago
Among Orkney’s archipelago of 70 windswept islands, a treasure trove of archaeology, history and wildlife awaits. We follow the passage of time – from 5000-year-old, World Heritage-listed, Neolithic sites to Viking relics, from reminders of World War II occupation to present-day crofting communities. Imposing sea cliffs teem with seabirds, inviting our Zodiacs and kayakers to explore coastlines. At Fair Isle we visit traditional crofts to admire local knitwear and nearby colonies of fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots, gannets, shags and puffins.
Day 4 – Shetland Isles
Warmed by Gulf Stream currents and near 24-hours’ daylight, the Shetland’s 100 islands are peppered with nature reserves and archaeological sites. These include the complex Stone, Bronze and Iron Age settlement of Jarlshof, the world’s best preserved broch (fortified Iron Age tower) on Mousa, and remnants of Viking conquest along the coast.
Day 5 – North Sea
As we sail towards Norway, our historian and naturalist delight us with fascinating talks and inspire our birdwatching.
Day 6 to 9 – Norway
An intricate maze of islands protects Norway’s coastline. We celebrate crossing the Arctic Circle and visit special places, like Sør Gjaeslingan, once home to a busy cod-fishing fleet. Today it provides fantastic birdlife, including kittiwakes, terns and skuas that migrate here each summer. Continuing north, we pass by Torghatten, a mountain with a distinctive hole through it, and learn the fable of lost love and a troll’s arrow. Majestic scenery delights in Lofoten Islands, from romantic beaches to narrow fjords hemmed by granite walls. Share the water with orcas, the skies with puffins.
Day 10 to 13 – Bear Island & Spitsbergen
We cross the Barents Sea, past often fog-shrouded Bear Island, favourite nesting ground for fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots and gulls. Beyond Spitsbergen’s South Cape, we explore South Spitsbergen National Park, a sanctuary for barnacle geese and eider ducks, before entering the iceberg-laden waters of Hornsund. Surrounded by polar desert on a grand scale, we search for reindeer, ringed and bearded seals and the mighty polar bear. Learn of human history dating back 400 years and if lucky, we’ll encounter the elusive beluga whale.
Day 14 – Spitsbergen
We disembark in Longyearbyen, bid goodbye to expedition staff and are transferred to the airport for our onward journey.

Activities

The following activites are available on this expedition - register when booking. See all Activities
  • Sea Kayaking

    From $1,225 pp
    Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, glide between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife.
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Extension Tours

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We cannot thank you enough and know well that the experiences our 3 children had with Aurora will change their lives, their understanding of the world and their place in it.
Cressida Mort - Across the Arctic Circle, 2015
The trip was simply brilliant, a great adventure providing us with wonderful memories and exceptional insight into this fragile environment. Thank you all so very much.
S. O'Neil - Across the Arctic Circle, 2015
Every one was superb; kind, caring, approachable, responsible, capable, sensible, intelligent and above all loads of fun
Jenny Hunter - Across the Arctic Circle, 205

Trip: Across the Arctic Circle (SNS05)

Voyage Inclusions

  • Tour in Longyearbyen and transfer to airport
  • Accommodation during the voyage onboard Polar Pioneer
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Complimentary custom-designed polar expedition jacket
  • Loan of gumboots during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and briefings
  • Professionally-produced hard back voyage log
  • Medical services on board
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All entry fees to historic landings sites

Voyage Exclusions

  • Air transport to and from the ship, unless specified
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes
  • Visa, passport and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in ship cruise itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the ship cruise itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking or polar snorkelling
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges
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