After the classic Golden Circle Tour through Iceland’s volcanic wonderland, embark on Albatros’ own expedition vessel Ocean Atlantic on a spectacular voyage into the high Arctic. We will make calls on the enigmatic island of Jan Mayen and the glaciated islands of Svalbard. This is early summer, the air is filled with migrating birds – and sun never sets. When approaching Svalbard, we will all scout for sea mammals and seal-hunting polar bears on the pack ice.

This voyage is the perfect combination of adventure and natural science as well as a view into millennium-old history of Icelanders and their Viking ancestry. You can look forward to magnificent scenery on the northernmost islands of the planet.

Highlights


• GLACIER TRIP - The Ice Sheet Is one of Greenland’s biggest attractions. It covers 80% of the surface of the country, but the size of this mass of ice is reduced every year.

• TUNDRA - Between the fringes of Greenland’s gigantic ice cap and icy waters lies Kangerlussuaq’s magnificent tundra.

• ZODIAC - Essential for expedition cruises, Zodiacs are robust boats that can go up on a beach, a rocky outcrop, a river bank or even an ice floe push through bergy bits of ice floating in the water.

Welcome to Iceland! Keflavik Airport is located on the Reykjanes Peninsula and we might as well start our journey by visiting the most famous spot here, the Blue Lagoon. The peninsula is an active geothermal area with many hot springs and recent lava fields revealing a relatively barren landscape. Near the geothermal power plant Svartsengi, we reach the wellknown Blue Lagoon or the “Bláa Lónid”. Here you can take a healthy swim in the 37-39 degree in the warm and very light blue water. The extraordinary color of the water is due to silicon mud and a special blue-green algae, which even has a healing effect on psoriasis. Stylish changing and bathing facilities are part of the visit. Remember to bring swim suit; towel and bathrobe can be rented on site. After the relaxing bath, we continue towards the capitol of Iceland, Reykjavik. Upon arrival we will check in to our hotel and the rest of the day spent on strolling the streets of this small and charming city.
After breakfast we meet our local Icelandic guide and a bus to begin possibly the most classic excursion on Iceland: The Golden Circle. You can look forward to magnificent scenery and an exciting insight into the dramatic millennium-old history of Icelanders. We begin at Skálholt, where the island’s bishop’s diocese was established in 1056. Unfortunately, an 18th-century earthquake destroyed most of the original diocese. From the present church, built in the 1960s, there is a great view of the surrounding countryside, and in clear weather, Iceland’s most famous volcano, Hekla, is visible in the horizon. About 40 kilometers from Skálholt we’ll find the Gullfoss waterfall, possibly the most impressive sight in Iceland. Dropping 32 meters in terraces through a deep gorge, Gullfoss was rst known by the outside world at the beginning of this century. A short drive from Gullfoss is Geysir, the hot spring giving name to all other geysers. Geysir began erupting in the late 13th century, becoming dormant afterwards for many years. It became active again a er a volcanic eruption in 2000, but today it is considered to be asleep. Its immediate neighbor Stokkur is wide awake, regularly spewing boiling hot water masses 20 meters into the air, an impressive sight! On our way to UNESCO-protected Thingvellir National Park, we stop at Laugarvatn, a popular excursion destination for Reykjavík residents who come here during weekends to relax at the hot springs. Thingvellir is a fascinating geological place as well as being the frame of the oldest parliament in the world, dating back to the year 930. The Icelandic Alting, where all major historical decisions were taken, gathered here until 1798. Together with Iceland’s largest lake, Thingvallavatn, the area was laid out as a national park 1930. The many gorges and cracks that run through the Thingvellir plain mark where the Mid-Atlantic Spreading Zone “goes ashore” and two of the Earth’s major tectonical plates, the European and American plates, move apart. At every little earthquake in Iceland, Thingvellirsletten and Iceland become a little bit wider! A lunch will be served during the excursion. Upon returning to Reykjavík the rest of the evening is free in Reykjavík. The ci­ty has a large and rich selection of restaurants for all tastes and wallets and is definitely worth a night out.
Before embarking our expedition ship, the Ocean Atlantic there’s now time to explore Reykjavik on your own. Take a stroll through the main street of Laugavegur, visit the full sized whaling exhibition, Whales of Iceland or visit the Hallgrímskirkja church. Al this can be done before our journey through the North Atlantic to the high Arctic begins. Mid afternoon we are transferred to the ship and we board Ocean Atlantic and set our course northbound through the Denmark Strait for our first destination, the remote Arctic island of Jan Mayen.
During our voyage our lecturers onboard will make inspiring and enriching presentations about both Iceland’s past history and about nature, wildlife and climatology.
Listen to a lecture from our experienced expedition staff, see a film about Arctic nature – or go out on deck to catch glimpses of migrating birds and hopefully some whales in their natural habitat. Approximately in the middle of the North Atlantic lies the enigmatic volcanic island of Jan Mayen. And if not exactly in the middle, at least it is located precisely on the Mid Atlantic Ridge, the reason for its volcanic existence. And enigmatic it is, not only because of its isolation but also due to the almost perpetual clouds and fog that hovers above it. Jan Mayen belongs to Norway, and the mountain Beerenberg is one of the higher of Norway’s 300 summits above 2,000 meters. The island is inhabited by only 18 persons, running the meteorological station and the Norwegian Defence. We will try to go ashore at the narrowest part of the island, from either south or north, depending on the prevailing wind and surf. The volcanic origin is visible all over with cinder cones, lava flows and the Mount Fuji-like appearance of Beerenberg looming above. After a pleasant stroll on the narrow isthmus we board the Zodiacs and Ocean Atlantic to continue our voyage north.
Lectures, movies or maybe a game are some of the activities and this sea day.
We are getting closer towards the islands of Svalbard, and it should be possible to spot the largest island, Spitsbergen, during the afternoon. Our route for this day is much depending on conditions. Not least the pack ice coming from theArctic Sea as well as from calving glaciers, and also solid winter sea ice. Our vessel has an ice class of 1B and the Captain should be able to safely approach the edge of the ice to give us the opportunity to spot our first polar bear, hunting for seals. During the night the ship will sail towards the main town of Svalbard, Longyearbyen.
Early in the morning the ship arrives in Longyearbyen. After breakfast and farewell greetings to the expedition team and crew, disembarkation will take place.
Itineraries are subject to change.

Category F

$3,990 USD pp
Category F
Size 18-21 m2. Large Inside Triple Cabin, featuring a double or two single beds, and a fold-out single bed, a relaxing sitting area, and a bathroom with a bathtub. Located on Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5).

Category E

$4,490 USD pp
Category E
Size 18-21 m2. Large Inside Cabin, featuring a double or two single beds, a relaxing sitting area, and a bathroom with a bathtub. Located on Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5).

Category D

$5,390 USD pp
Category D
Size 11-12 m2 . Featuring two single beds, private bathroom, and a porthole. Located on the Columbus Deck (Deck 4).

Category C

$5,790 USD pp
Category C
Size 12-13 m2 . This Standard Cabin has two single beds, private bathroom, and a window. Located on Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5).

Category G

$6,690 USD pp
Category G
Size 9-10 m2. Cabins feature a single bed, private bathroom, and a porthole. Located on Columbus Deck (Deck 4).

Category B

$8,190 USD pp
Category B
Size 20-23 m2. Featuring a double bed or two single beds, a sofa bed that enables triple accommodation, a relaxing sitting area, private bathroom and windows. Partly obstructed view. Located on the Magellan and Hudson Deck (Deck 7 & 8).

Category A

$9,490 USD pp
Category A
Size 19-24 m2. Featuring a double bed or two single beds, a relaxing sitting area, private bathroom and windows. Located on the Marco Polo Deck

Premium Suite

$10,490 USD pp
Premium Suite
Size 35 m2 . These 2-room suites are designed with a large double bed or two twin beds, an elegant living room, large private bathroom and windows. Located on the Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5).

Ocean Atlantic

Vessel Type: Ice-class small expedition cruise ship

Length: 140 meters

Passenger Capacity: 198

Built / rebuilt / renovated: 1985 / 2010 / 2016

Ocean Atlantic is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising in Antarctic waters! Newly renovated in 2016 and with an international ice class rating of 1B, she is one of the strongest ships operating in Antarctica. Her high maneuverability, shallow draft and strong engines allow for extended voyages into isolated fjords, creating exciting adventures for any Antarctica traveler.

Ocean Atlantic is newly renovated (2016) with elegant common areas and accommodation for 198 passengers.

The ship was built in 1985 and underwent an extensive rebuild in 2010. With a length of 140m she has ample space on the multiple decks for several lecture halls, a relaxed restaurant serving 4-star international cuisine, professionally staffed bars and observation platforms – and even a pool.

All common areas on the Erickson Deck feature large panel windows, enabling passengers to quickly spot passing whales and photographic sights from the comfort of indoor lounges.

All private cabins are stylish appointed and feature individual bathroom facilities, phone for internal calls, individual temperature controls and TV. Ideal for relaxation, the vessels’ accommodation ranges in size from 11 - 35 m2 and are designed with either portholes or windows.

Daily shore landings at penguin rookeries, research stations and other Antarctic wonders are made possible by her fleet of 20 Zodiacs.

Restaurant & Bar

The bright, spacious restaurant prepares 4-star international cuisine. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in your tour price. All meals are served in the restaurant where you can enjoy the spectacular views. You have free seating at all meals. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, while dinner is a la carte. Meals, including daily snacks, are prepared by a professional chef. Coffee, tea and water are free during the entire cruise; other drinks can be purchased in the restaurant and at the bar. In the event you are not onboard at lunch time we will prepare a lunch bag for you in the morning, which you can take ashore. In the afternoon, we offer tea and coffee in the lounge. We also offer a midnight snack between 22:00 h and 24:00 h.

The professionally staffed bar  offers a selection of soft drinks, juices, wines, liquors, spirits and beer that can be charged to your shipboard account.

Observation Deck / Pool

Enjoy the time on our observation deck while relaxing in a deckchair, take a swim in the pool or soak in the jaccuzi.

Activities

Library: Our board library offers a wide range of multilingual books ranging from fiction to travel literature. Curl up with a book, watch a DVD and broaden your understanding of the region's history, flora, fauna, climate, scientific contributions and more.

Entertainment: During all Albatros Expedition cruises, the focus is placed on exploration and education. From the ship's well-equipped, onboard lecture theatres, the expedition team will host a series of presentations and workshops on various topics.

Shore Excursions & Landings: The expedition team will organize a series of Zodiac excursions and shore landing activities to bring you closer in touch with your natural surroundings.

Gym & Wellness

Gym facilities and a sauna are available onboard the ship. 

Panoramic Lounges

Large windows, comfortable seating and even binoculars create the ideal lookout to enjoy the ever-changing landscapes.

Cabin layout for Ocean Atlantic

Inclusions


• Voyage in selected cabin category
• Accommodation in shared inside or outside cabins as booked
• English speaking expedition team
• Shore landings by zodiac
• Information briefings and lectures held on board by expedition team
• All meals while on board
• Welcome and farewell cocktails
• Free tea and coffee on board
• Complimentary use of boots for shore landings
• Digital journal link after voyage (Includes voyage log, gallery, species list and more)
• Port Fees, taxes and AECO fees and tariffs
• 2 nights in Reykjavik in Center Hotel Plaza, Reykjavik
• Welcome dinner
• Excursions to Golden Circle including lunch
• Transfer to the ship

Exclusions


• Flights to/from departure port unless specified in itinerary
• Hotel accommodations unless specified in itinerary
• Travel Insurance
• Cancellation insurance
• Additional excursions and activities not mentioned in itinerary
• Meals when not on board the ship
• Beverages other than tea/coffee and water
• Gratuities for crew (recommended USD$13.50 per passenger per day)
• Any items of a personal nature
• International flights to Reykjavik Iceland /from Longyearbyen, Svalbard
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