Exploring Spitsbergen via the Faroes and Jan Mayen

14 Days | The Arctic has more to offer than ice and snow – this northern cultural journey is an adventure for the ages.

Polar
Wildlife
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When you think of history and culture, the icy expanse of the Arctic Circle might not be the first destination that springs to mind. So, it might surprise you to learn that a journey to this northern tip of the world is rich with Norse mythology, Viking history and Inuit culture. From artefact-filled museums, old whaling stations and historic Viking towns there are plenty of cultural sites to uncover. There will still be plenty of opportunities to experience the unique Arctic wilderness with visits to fjords, glaciers and icebergs aplenty – and make sure you keep an eye out for the illusive polar bear…

Trip overview

Map of Exploring Spitsbergen Via The Faroes And Jan Mayen including Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen Islands and United Kingdom
Start
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Finish
Helsinki, Finland
Theme
Polar, Wildlife
Destinations
Faroe Islands, United Kingdom, Norway, Greenland, Finland, Svalbard And Jan Mayen Islands
Physical rating
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Style
Comfort
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1 - Max 128
Trip code
BQMFJ
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Spot puffins on Fair Isle, the United Kingdom’s most remote inhabited island.
  • Explore the maze of narrow laneways in Torshavn’s Old Town.
  • Experience the mountainous beauty of Jan Mayen.
  • Search for Hornsund's abundant wildlife, including reindeer, auk and polar bears.

Is this trip right for you?
  • As you’d expect, temperatures in the Arctic are very cold. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing. Please see the Essential Trip Information for further important details about what to bring.
  • Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships also have a lot of stairs.
  • The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area.
  • This trip takes places during the time of year that Spitsbergen enjoys 24-hour daylight. Just one of the benefits of this is that incredible wildlife can be seen at any time of the day – be prepared to be woken at any time so as to not miss out on exciting animal sightings.
  • Polar bears are one of the most incredible and appealing animals on the planet, but they are also powerful predators with little fear of humans. Therefore, it’s necessary to be aware of the guidelines surrounding any contact with Polar bears. Follow your leader’s instructions and do not stray from your group.

Boats

Ultramarine
Ultramarine
BOAT TYPE: Expedition PASSENGERS: 199
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Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 29 April 2025 to 14 May 2025.

View the itinerary for departures between 28 April 2024 - 11 May 2024

Map of Exploring Spitsbergen Via The Faroes And Jan Mayen including Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen Islands and United Kingdom

Inclusions

Meals

13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners

Transport

Ship, Zodiac, Plane

Accommodation

Expedition cruise ship (12 nights), Comfortable Hotel (1 night)

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Important notes

This trip starts in Aberdeen, Scotland on day 1 and finishes in Helsinki, Finland Airport on day14

Your voyage is operated by our sister company, Quark Expeditions. All accommodation and transfer arrangements as listed in the itinerary are also operated by Quark Expeditions or their local representatives.

BOOKING CONDITIONS
To confirm your reservation, a deposit of 25% (unless indicated otherwise at time of booking) of the total invoice amount is required at time of booking. Balances are due 120 days prior to departure.
Please refer to our "Booking terms and conditions" page on our website for all Quark Expedition terms and conditions. http://www.intrepidtravel.com/booking-intrepid/booking-conditions

Essential Trip Information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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Exploring Spitsbergen via the Faroes and Jan Mayen
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ZAR  173,425