Jewels of the Arctic Dates & Rates

Jewels of the Arctic combines the best of Spitsbergen and Greenland, with a taste of Iceland. Spitsbergen’s rugged northwest coast comprises mountains, tundra and fjords. While crossing the icy waters of the Greenland Sea, our onboard experts share their knowledge of the region’s plants, animals and history. Greenland’s remote east coast shows off the immensity of the icecap, fantastic icebergs and a fairytale landscape of granite spires rising 1000 m above exquisite fjords! The local Inuits welcome us and share their unique culture.

Aurora Expeditions will ‘adopt a Polar Bear’ on behalf of each passenger booked on our ‘Jewels of the Arctic’ voyages in 2014. The new ‘adopt a Polar Bear’ initiative will support the WWF wildlife adoption program, assisting to conserve the Arctic’s rich biodiversity and maintaining a healthy environment for the Polar Bears; specifically targeting the bears in the Svalbard archipelago, the region that Aurora visits each year. Each passenger will receive a complimentary polar bear adoption pack, including certificate and updates on how the donations are being spent throughout the year.

COMPLIMENTRY PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS 2013 AND 2014

Join Moab Master Photographer Joshua Holko and Pro Wildlife and Nature Photographer Daniel Bergmann who will be conducting outdoor photography workshops on this voyage. Accredited by Canon, the photography workshops are open to all levels of photographer and will provide passengers with the chance to develop their skills out in the field alongside two of photography’s rising stars.

NEW for 2015:
Every passenger will receive our new custom-made polar expedition jacket. Find out more here.

dates & prices

Jewels of the Arctic (GRN24)

Dates: 09-08-2014 to 22-08-2014
Duration: 14 day voyage
Start: Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
Finish: Reykjavik, Iceland
Activities: Kayaking, Wildlife Watching, Photography

INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION PRICE

+ Tour in Longyearbyen and transfer to ship.

+ Transfer from ship to Isafjordur airport.

+ Economy flight from Isafjordur to Reykavik.

+ Ship's accommodation. All public areas are open to all passengers.

+ All meals on board ship.

+ All shore excursions from the ship including Zodiacs.

+ Lectures, videos, slide and film shows and guide services.

+ Medical services. There is a resident doctor and well-equipped clinic on board.

+ Port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities.

+ Pre-departure information and briefing.

+ One polar bear adoption per passenger.

 

NOT INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION PRICE

+ Air transport and transfers not mentioned above.

+ Visa, passport and vaccination charges and airport departure taxes.

+ Hotels and meals not included in ship cruise itinerary.

+ Optional excursions not included in the ship cruise itinerary.

+ Laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature such as bar charges and phone calls.

+ Emergency evacuation charges.

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DECK CABIN PRICE
Main Triple, shared facilities AUD $7,700
Main Twin, shared facilities AUD $8,950
Upper/Captain's Twin, private facilities AUD $10,900
Captain's Mini Suite, private facilities AUD $12,175
Captain's Suite, private facilities AUD $13,150
Kayaking option Please register interest when booking. Limited spaces available. AUD $1,095

Prices quoted are per person in AUD, based on twin-share. Single occupancy is 1.7 times the twin share price. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin (triple & twin cabins only). Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. No refund for unused services.

Jewels of the Arctic (GRN25)

Dates: 22-08-2014 to 04-09-2014
Duration: 14 day voyage
Start: Reykjavik, Iceland
Finish: Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
Activities: Kayaking, Wildlife Watching, Photography

INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION PRICE

+ Economy flight from Reykavik to Isafjordur.

+ Transfer from Isafjordur airport to ship.

+ Tour in Longyearbyen and transfer to airport.

+ Ship's accommodation. All public areas are open to all passengers.

+ All meals on board ship.

+ All shore excursions from the ship including Zodiacs.

+ Lectures, videos, slide and film shows and guide services.

+ Medical services. There is a resident doctor and well-equipped clinic on board.

+ Port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities.

+ Pre-departure information and briefing.

+ One polar bear adoption per passenger.

 

NOT INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION PRICE

+ Air transport to and from the ship not mentioned above.

+ Visa, passport and vaccination charges and airport departure taxes.

+ Hotels and meals not included in ship cruise itinerary.

+ Optional excursions not included in the ship cruise itinerary.

+ Laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature such as bar charges and phone calls.

+ Emergency evacuation charges.

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DECK CABIN PRICE
Main Triple, shared facilities AUD $7,700
Main Twin, shared facilities AUD $8,950
Upper/Captain's Twin, private facilities AUD $10,900
Captain's Mini Suite, private facilities AUD $12,175
Captain's Suite, private facilities AUD $13,150
Kayaking option Please register interest when booking. Limited spaces available. AUD $1,095

Prices quoted are per person in AUD, based on twin-share. Single occupancy is 1.7 times the twin share price. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin (triple & twin cabins only). Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. No refund for unused services.

Jewels of the Arctic (GRN26)

Dates: 03-08-2015 to 16-08-2015
Duration: 14 day voyage Fly
Start: Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
Finish: Reykjavik, Iceland
Activities: Kayaking, Wildlife Watching,

INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION PRICE

+ Economy flight from Reykavik to Isafjordur.

+ Transfer from Isafjordur airport to ship.

+ Tour in Longyearbyen and transfer to airport.

+ Ship's accommodation. All public areas are open to all passengers.

+ All meals on board ship.

+ All shore excursions from the ship including Zodiacs.

+ Lectures, videos, slide and film shows and guide services.

+ Medical services. There is a resident doctor and well-equipped clinic on board.

+ Port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities.

+ Pre-departure information and briefing.

 

 

NOT INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION PRICE

+ Air transport to and from the ship not mentioned above.

+ Visa, passport and vaccination charges and airport departure taxes.

+ Hotels and meals not included in ship cruise itinerary.

+ Optional excursions not included in the ship cruise itinerary.

+ Laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature such as bar charges and phone calls.

+ Emergency evacuation charges.

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DECK CABIN PRICE
Main Triple, shared facilities AUD $8,050
Main Twin, shared facilities AUD $9,100
Upper/Captain's Twin, private facilities AUD $11,200
Captain's Mini Suite, private facilities AUD $12,500
Captain's Suite, private facilities AUD $13,500
Kayaking option Please register interest when booking. Limited spaces available. AUD $1,175

Prices quoted are per person in AUD, based on twin-share. Single occupancy is 1.7 times the twin share price. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin (triple & twin cabins only). Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. No refund for unused services.

Jewels of the Arctic (GRN27)

Dates: 16-08-2015 to 29-08-2015
Duration: 14 day voyage Fly
Start: Reykjavik, Iceland
Finish: Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
Activities: Kayaking, Wildlife Watching, Photography

INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION PRICE

+ Economy flight from Reykavik to Isafjordur.

+ Transfer from Isafjordur airport to ship.

+ Tour in Longyearbyen and transfer to airport.

+ Ship's accommodation. All public areas are open to all passengers.

+ All meals on board ship.

+ All shore excursions from the ship including Zodiacs.

+ Lectures, videos, slide and film shows and guide services.

+ Medical services. There is a resident doctor and well-equipped clinic on board.

+ Port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities.

+ Pre-departure information and briefing.

 

NOT INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION PRICE

+ Air transport to and from the ship not mentioned above.

+ Visa, passport and vaccination charges and airport departure taxes.

+ Hotels and meals not included in ship cruise itinerary.

+ Optional excursions not included in the ship cruise itinerary.

+ Laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature such as bar charges and phone calls.

+ Emergency evacuation charges.

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DECK CABIN PRICE
Main Triple, shared facilities AUD $8,050
Main Twin, shared facilities AUD $9,100
Upper/Captain's Twin, private facilities AUD $11,200
Captain's Mini Suite, private facilities AUD $12,500
Captain's Suite, private facilities AUD $13,500
Kayaking option Please register interest when booking. Limited spaces available. AUD $1,175

Prices quoted are per person in AUD, based on twin-share. Single occupancy is 1.7 times the twin share price. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin (triple & twin cabins only). Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. No refund for unused services.

Itinerary

TRIP DATES
14 day voyage 09-Aug-14 to 22-Aug-14
14 day voyage 22-Aug-14 to 04-Sep-14
14 day voyage 03-Aug-15 to 16-Aug-15
14 day voyage 16-Aug-15 to 29-Aug-15

This voyage offers a complete European Arctic experience: tundra walks amidst reindeer and exquisite dwarf vegetation, Zodiac cruises near calving glacier fronts, hikes to breathtaking mountain vistas and warm welcomes into indigenous communities. We may see reindeer, Arctic fox, musk ox, countless sea and land birds, walrus, seals, whales and polar bears. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re an active adventurer or you’ve come to relax. Voyage 1 takes us from Spitsbergen to Iceland via Greenland, while Voyage 2 offers the same trip in reverse. Please note that ice conditions vary enormously from year to year along Greenland’s coast.

Day 1
We board Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon, settle in and sail down magnificent Isfjorden, flanked by bird cliffs, vast glaciers and jagged mountains.

Days 2–3
Kayaking in SpitsbergenSpitsbergen’s northwest coast features calving icebergs, historic whaling stations and trappers’ camps. Brunnich’s guillemots, little auks and kittiwakes nest in their thousands. Reindeer roam the tundra and so can you, photographing wildflowers like saxifrage, moss campion, bell-heather and hairy lousewort. From our Zodiacs, gain fantastic views of ice cliffs, including Monacobreen, one of Spitsbergen’s largest glaciers. In the north, there’s a good chance of seeing walrus – and possibly even polar bears – on the pack ice.

Days 4–5
Polar Bears on IceCrossing the Greenland Sea, we sail through the Polar Basin’s nutrient-rich waters, searching for fin and beluga whales, encroaching pack ice, and seabirds. Our expert naturalists and guest lecturers entertain us with fascinating, illustrated talks on European Arctic plants and animals, and epic tales of such early explorers as Nansen, Andrée and Scoresby. These are relaxed days, wonderful for getting to know fellow expeditioners and preparing for a landing, if conditions permit, in the world’s largest national park – Greenland’s northeast coast. The region is home to polar bear, walrus, Arctic hare and musk ox. Watch for ringed, bearded, harp and hooded seals from the Zodiacs.

Days 6–8
Greenland IcebergIce is often the overwhelming first impression of Greenland. An ice cap covers 81 per cent of the island and pack ice, even in summer, may fill northern bays. Ashore, cosy trappers’ huts beckon from across the tundra, where musk ox, Arctic fox and eider ducks roam. These are just some of the delights in Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord. Lively cascades at Kap Humboldt provide a microclimate for spectacular hanging gardens. Kong Oskar Fjord offers spectacular glacier-carved mountains.

Days 9-11
IttoqqortoormittIn Scoresbysund, the world’s biggest fjord, the vast Greenland icecap sweeps down in massive glaciers that calve explosively, creating giant icebergs. Near Sydkap, our Zodiacs weave through a maze of grounded icebergs, some more than 30-metres high, sculpted with deep green tunnels and aquamarine lakes. Enjoy a warm Ittoqqortoormiit welcome, from Inuit happy to share their culture and explain the challenges of Arctic life. Our kayakers find ideal paddling conditions, wending their way through interconnected waterways, watching for polar bears and narwhals.

Days 12
Musk OxSailing south along the Blosseville Coast, searching for musk ox and narwhals and marvel at the mountain scenery that dominates the skyline. If weather permits, we head for Rømer Fjord, a deep waterway with stunning mountain views.

Day 13
As we sail across Denmark Strait towards Iceland, there’s time to reflect on our rich experiences, enjoy the flying antics of northern fulmars and black-backed gulls, and spot dolphins, orcas and other whales in their feeding grounds.

Day 14
Arrive early morning in Isafjordur, a stunning fishing town in Iceland’s northwest. After breakfast, bid farewell to Polar Pioneer as you are transfered to the airport for your flight back to Reykjavik.

Activities

TRIP DATES ACTIVITIES
14 day voyage 09-Aug-14 to 22-Aug-14 Kayaking, Wildlife Watching, Photography
14 day voyage 22-Aug-14 to 04-Sep-14 Kayaking, Wildlife Watching, Photography
14 day voyage 03-Aug-15 to 16-Aug-15 Kayaking, Wildlife Watching,
14 day voyage 16-Aug-15 to 29-Aug-15 Kayaking, Wildlife Watching, Photography

How to Prepare

How to prepare for an Arctic Expedition

To ensure you have an enjoyable and safe expedition we have developed some import pre-departure information to help you prepare for your voyage. We strongly recommend you download the documents below and read carefully. Our reservation staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Before you depart for your expedition we will send you a detailed pack including your itinerary, travel documents and any other essential information relevant to your voyage.

Is your passport valid? 
Your passport will be required to have validity that will extend to six months after the date of your return.

Visa arrangements 
Your visa arrangements are your responsibility. Please contact our reservations staff for assistance, or if you are unsure if you require a visa.

Travel insurance 
All passengers are required to provide travel insurance details including policy number and emergency contact number to Aurora Expeditions prior to departure. We strongly recommend insurance coverage that includes emergency medical evacuation from the vessel.

Emergency contact details 
So that you can be contacted in the case of an emergency, remember to provide your family or friends with a copy of your travel documents as well as Aurora Expeditions’ and your Ship’s contact numbers.

Remember to pack any valuables or essential items such as medication in your hand luggage to avoid issues in the case of lost baggage.

 

Recommended reading:

Arctic Biosecurity Guidelines

Arctic Landing & Wildlife Viewing Guidelines

Arctic Photography Hints

Arctic Clothing Checklist

FAQ's

How many people on the ship?
Polar Pioneer sleeps 54 passengers. We believe that small groups are the best way to experience our destinations.

Where do passengers come from?
The majority of our clients come from Australia, the UK/Europe and America, however we do often have a mix of other nationalities on board, including our expedition staff.

How much room is there for luggage?
There is ample storage space in your cabin on all our ships. Your empty baggage can be stored safely elsewhere on the ship if need be.

Does the crew speak English?
The crew on Polar Pioneer are all Russian. They are undoubtedly the ice-masters of the world. The Captain and most of the watch officers speak English. Whilst some of the crew speak only a little English, they do like to practice their English skills on our willing passengers.

Is the ship air-conditioned? What is the temperature?
All our ships are air-conditioned and the temperature ranges for 15°C to 25°C. On Polar Pioneer you can control the temperature of your cabin by adjusting the airflow through the roof vent and turning your heater on or off.

How do we dry wet clothing?
Clothing dries very quickly inside your cabin. There are no passenger laundry facilities for you to do your own washing, but there is a laundry service on board all our vessels. Prices are listed in your cabin. All cabins have a sink.

What clothes do I take to wear on the ship?
Shipboard clothing is informal and casual. Depending on your destination; jeans, jumpers, long sleeve shirt and enclosed shoes are ideal in our polar regions. However be sure to keep your jacket close for unexpected sightings!

Some people like to take a nice outfit or something a bit special for the Captain’s welcome and farewell drinks, but formal clothing is not necessary.

What type of jacket should I take?
You can get away without a padded ski jacket or down parka, if you don’t have one; however a wind and waterproof jacket is a must!

Do you provide parkers or jackets?
From November 2014 each passenger travelling on our Antarctic or Arctic voyages will receive a complimentary polar expedition jacket to wear during your expedition and take home after your trip.

What kind of footwear do I need for our shore visits?
It is most important that you bring a good pair of walking shoes. Gumboots will be provided on board in our polar destinations.

How often do we get off the ship?
We aim to get off the ship as much as possible, usually two, sometimes three times a day depending on weather and itinerary. Weather permitting we spend between one to four hours at each location. We come back to the ship for meals.

What is not included in the price of the voyage?
In general items that are not included in the cost of your voyage are flights to and from your voyage, pre and post accommodation, transfers, drinks from the bar (alcohol and soft drinks), gratuities, ship-shop items, laundry costs and other items of a personal nature (unless stated in your voyage inclusions).

Do I need travel insurance?
Travel insurance, including medical evacuation cover, is mandatory for all Aurora Expeditions’ voyages. We advise you have insurance for voyage cancellation to ensure you will be covered financially if you are forced to cancel your voyage due to circumstances beyond your control. It is in your best interest to read carefully the General Terms & Conditions on your booking form or on our website here. http://www.auroraexpeditions.com.au/terms-and-conditions

How much should I tip?
People often ask us what they should do about tipping. Tipping is a very personal matter, however if pressed we recommend $US10-12 per passenger, per day that you are on the ship. It is better for our Russian crew if you can give them US dollars cash. Our Russian crews work extremely hard to ensure you have the best possible experience. They are paid by the Russian ship owners and do not receive large wages. We are continually lobbying on their behalf for better pay.

Should I bring along my own walking poles?
Yes, it’s a good idea, especially if you have trouble walking over uneven ground. Some of our landings can be on slippery rocks or deep snow, and we may go for extended walks to see different parts of our landing point. We recommend the telescopic poles, with the optional snow-basket tips for polar voyages. You can purchase these poles in most outdoor stores.

Do you have facilities on board to download digital images from my camera?
No, we do not provide a computer to download your digital images. We recommended you bring a laptop computer or similar downloading device to download your images, either between landings, in the evenings or during sea crossings.

What is the electrical supply on board? Do I need a converter?
The electrical supply on board Polar Pioneer is 220 volts, 50 hertz. You will need a European round two-prong plug adapter (as pictured), available at duty free or electrical supply shops.

Is there Internet, email or telephone access on board?
There is no Internet access on board our ships, however you can pay to send and receive emails only (no attachments). On Polar Pioneer, the prices start from approximately 20 US cents per one kilobyte. Wi-fi access is available for laptops, with an email account set up for US$5, with the same download/sending fees.

A satellite telephone is available for use, and prices start from US$10 for 5 min.
Please Note: Due to the remote location of your voyage, making contact with the ship via telephone can be difficult and expensive. In case of emergency, it is recommended your family and friends contact the Aurora Expeditions’ office and we will do our best to get the message through to the ship.

Do you cater for special meal requests?
Yes. Our talented chefs will take your requirements into their meal planning and ensure you receive tasty, healthy meals. Please ensure you list any dietary requirements on your personal details form.

Do you provide gumboots?
Yes. All passengers going to Antarctica, the Arctic, and Scotland, will be provided with gumboots. If you have concerns regarding extra small or large sizing, or hard-to-fit feet, we recommend you bring your own pair.

What if I need to go to the toilet when ashore?
Our expedition staff will instruct you with these types of rules on board. Generally on our polar voyages we avoid going to the bathroom ashore, however in an emergency we ask you to find a discreet location near the shoreline to relieve yourself.

Do you provide toiletries on board?
We provide each passenger with a bar of soap on Polar Pioneer.

How fit do I need to be?
To make the most of our voyages, you should be in good general health and able to walk reasonable distances, sometimes over uneven terrain. However, if you have problems walking on rough ground, you can enjoy the scenery closer to shore. Should you have any physical limitations please notify us well in advance of your departure, but this should not discourage you participating.

How do we pay for our bar bill at the end of the voyage?
Our hotel manager will organise this on board. We accept all major credit cards, or if you are paying cash we except US or Australian dollars on Polar Pioneer.

Can I smoke on board?
There is a ‘No Smoking’ policy throughout the interior of our ships. Our expedition leader will advise you on designated smoking areas.

Are there hairdryers on board?
There are no hairdryers on Polar Pioneer.

Will I get sea sick?
Many people ask us if they will get seasick. It is a very difficult question to answer because it depends so much on the individual. Our experience is that a small percentage of people are seasick on any trip and most of these people are fine after a day or so at sea. If you feel that you are particularly susceptible to seasickness then it is a good idea to talk to your doctor. Come with motion sickness tablets. There will be a doctor on board Polar Pioneer to assist with any bouts of sea sickness. 

Will I see a polar bear?
As with all wild animals, we cannot guarantee you will see polar bears. However, the time of year we visit is when bear numbers are at their peak, and our experienced leaders and crew are aware of the bear’s habitats and are well trained to spot these marvellous creatures in the wild.

How much time do we have in Longyearbyen?
The time available to you in Longyearbyen very much depends on your personal itinerary. Aurora Expeditions offers a pre and post package to tie into our voyage departure and arrival dates, which includes flights to Longyearbyen, transfers, a town tour, and some free time in Longyearbyen. Many people like to extend their stay in Europe and Aurora Expeditions can assist you with all your travel arrangements including flights, accommodation, travel insurance and transfers as well as fascinating extra tours and activities. Contact our Expeditions Experts on +61 2 9252 1033.

What sort of money do I take and how much?
Australian dollars are difficult to exchange in Scandinavia. We recommend that you take US dollars for exchanging in Norway and Iceland. It is better to carry US dollars for tipping and payment of bar bills on board the ship. You can also pay with all major credit cards including Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

Can I swim or snorkel in the Arctic?
Although you cannot swim or snorkel in the Arctic, most of our voyages stop for a ‘Polar Plunge’, where willing passengers can take the ultimate dip into the icy Arctic waters. Experienced scuba divers have the option to dive on selected voyages.

How to Book

Contact us

If you are interested in an Aurora Expeditions voyage, please contact our sales team to check availability.
Either email an expert here or call our experienced consultants direct on + 61 2 9252 1033 or 1800 637 688 (Freecall within Australia).

Complete a booking form

Once availability is confirmed, please download, print and complete the booking form. Please return it to us, along with your deposit to secure your berth.  Please ensure you read the Terms and Conditions of contract before sending us your signed booking form.

Download the booking form here.

Terms & Conditions

Click here to view the terms and conditions.

Preparation for your voyage

On receipt of the booking form, we will contact you to confirm your booking and our reservations staff will send you a comprehensive pre-departure kit. This kit will contain all necessary pre-departure information including visa information, insurance information, a medical and personal details form, comprehensive gear list and information tailored to your voyage.

Aurora Expeditions - Your Personal Travel Agent

Aurora Expeditions is a licensed travel agent. Our experienced reservations consultants all have specialised expertise on the destinations we travel to. Each voyage has a dedicated travel expert solely working on developing dynamic itineraries for our passengers.  Contact our reservations team and allow us to create a personal itinerary to compliment your voyage, including airfares, accommodation, travel insurance and pre and post voyage travel options.

We look forward to assisting you with your journey of a lifetime.

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