birds of Jan Mayen
on Fair Isle
the midnight sun & along the ice edge
of Harp Seal, Puffin, Walrus, Gray Seal
DATES / RATES
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||Quadruple Porthole||Triple Porthole||Twin Porthole||Twin Window||Twin Deluxe||Superior||Junior Suite||Grand Suite|
|Jun 03, 2023||Jun 14, 2023||3,000||3,600||4,200||4,500||4,800||9,180||9,775||11,220|
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||(Starting from)|
|Jun 03, 2023||Jun 14, 2023||3,000||4,800||11,220|
Day 1: Northward bound
You board the vessel at midday in Vlissingen, headed north. Far north.
Day 2: Sea life on the
Crossing the North Sea and sailing by Doggersbank, we hope to be lucky
enough to spot such species as white-beaked dolphins, harbour
porpoises, minke whales, and orcas.
Day 3: Sights of the
Passengers who boarded in Vlissingen will be offered an excursion by
bus to Fowlsheugh, a seabird cliff south of Aberdeen. Over 100,000
pairs of seabird of different species can be seen here. Alternatively,
you can join an excursion to the Ythan Estuary, where the beaches are
teeming with harbor seals, grey seals, and birds that keep to the
shorelines. Both outings are included in the price of booking.
Day 4: Birds, seals, and
We plan to stay the day on Fair Isle, an island in the Shetlands whose
seventy-odd inhabitants are known for their beautiful knitwear. This is
a fantastic location with accessible seabird breeding grounds, and you
may even spot grey seals.
Day 5 - 6: Jan Mayen
You sail north to the Norwegian island of Jan Mayen, 300 nautical miles
northeast of Iceland. Your two days at sea do not pass idly, however.
Keep a close lookout for any spouts of water from the surrounding seas,
heralding the arrival of a minke, fin, orca, or blue whale.
Day 7: Snow-capped
Jan Mayen is a stark volcanic island crowned by the snow-capped summit
of Mt. Beerenberg. From the slopes of this imposing 2,300-meter-high
(7,545 feet) volcano, broken glaciers grasp out into the frigid sea.
With permission from the Norwegian authorities, you can now visit the
weather station. You can also walk to the remains of a 17th- century
Dutch whaling station amid the thick moss beds of this stark volcanic
Day 8 - 10: Under the
midnight sun & along the ice edge
Basking in the midnight sun, you sail north along the edge of the sea
ice in search of bowhead whales, harp seals, polar bears, and a variety
of seabirds. You then change direction after about 79° north,
cutting west to the rocky edges of the continental shelf of west
Spitsbergen. Here you have a good chance of seeing fin whales and -
near the glacial mouths of the gaping Spitsbergen fjords - surfacing
Day 11: The Arctic island
Forlandsundet, between the main island of Spitsbergen and the narrow
Prins Karls Forland, is a place of great beauty and fascinating
wildlife. Walruses sometimes haul out here. Alternatively,
you might sail into St. Johns Fjord or head south to the mouth of
Isfjorden, landing at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on these cliffs, Arctic
foxes search below for fallen eggs and chicks, and reindeer graze the
Journey’s end in Longyearbyen
Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end.
You disembark in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of
Spitsbergen, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your
next adventure lies. But if you’re still craving additional
chances to spot the Arctic’s most iconic apex predator, stay
on board for our seven-night north Spitsbergen voyage, "in search of
polar bears & pack ice."
Hondius (Expedition, 170-guests)
MV Hondius offers luxury accommodation for up to 180 passengers. The ship has a luxury standard while Oceanwide's signature cozy and informal atmosphere. Hondius the strongest ice-strengthened vessel will be in the polar regions and will be equipped with stabilizers, and great trips for advanced, innovative exploratory quality in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
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from this voyage
aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee
shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced
use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for
those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen.
miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
fees and governmental taxes.
airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
and post- land arrangements.
and visa expenses.
arrival and departure taxes.
cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry,
bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other
service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).
this engaging audio workshop, we will provide you the theoretical
background of various acoustic tools that we will help you use to
locate and interpret the songs of whales and seals. This fun and
informative workshop covers both the theory and practice of analyzing
marine mammal sounds, requiring you to bring no additional equipment.
Sounds of whales and seals