Three Arctic Islands

Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland

aboard Ocean Nova

Longyearbyen to Reykjavik

  • 14 Days  15 August – 28 August, 2016

This award-winning expedition cruise takes you to Scorsbysund, on the northeast coast of Greenland, Iceland, and high above the Arctic Circle in Spitsbergen, Norway. Iconic Arctic animals such as the polar bear, musk ox, reindeer and walrus are commonly seen. No other Arctic adventure takes in such varied destinations ranging from active volcanoes to massive glaciers. If you want to experience the Arctic in all of its beauty, then you must venture to these three Arctic Islands.

Day 1

Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen

Your voyage will embark in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen.

Day 2-5

Spitsbergen, Norway

Exploring Spitsbergen, the largest of the Norwegian-ruled Svalbard islands, rewards you with abundant wildlife and austere beauty. Here you’ll visit spectacular glacier-fronts and steepwalled fjords with walrus, polar bears and Spitsbergen reindeer among your possible wildlife sightings. Birders will be thrilled to see Arctic terns, skuas, long-tailed ducks, kittiwakes and ivory gulls.

DAY 6 – 7

Greenland Sea

While sailing south through the historic Greenland Sea, you’ll learn about the wildlife and history of Greenland, your next stop. On deck you’ll learn to identify seabirds on the wing. Take in a lecture, share your photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar or watch a movie; there are many things to do during your time at sea.

DAY 8 – 11

Eastern Greenland

During your tour of Greenland’s remote eastern coast, you’ll enjoy Zodiac cruises and shore visits to several remote locations. Visit the remains of ancient Thule settlements, and keep an eye out for grazing musk ox; 40% of the world’s population live here. Finally, you will sail through spectacular Scoresbysund, the birthplace of many icebergs and, some say, the most beautiful fjord system in the world.

Day 12

Denmark Strait

At sea, the Denmark Strait is your southward pathway east towards Iceland. Your Expedition Team will keep you informed and entertained with presentations about the history of exploration in the Arctic and the seabirds that you’ll inevitably see soaring above your ship.

Day 13

Disembarkation Day in Akureyri

We disembark in Akureyri. From here we fly to the domestic airport in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital. We provide a transfer to downtown Reykjavik.

Please note that these prices are guaranteed against fuel price increases. No fuel surcharge will be applied.

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognised sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

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Dates and Cost

  • 14 Days  15 August – 28  August, 2016

Quad Triple Twin (upper/lower) Twin Upper deck Twin Bridge deck
AUD 11,800 AUD 12,800 AUD 14,200 AUD$15,300 AUD$16,200

Adventure Option:

Kayaking 2015 AUD $710 per person

Kayaking 2016 AUD $805 per person

Kayaking in the Arctic is probably one of the most intimate and inspiring ways you can explore the rugged coastlines and calm bays of the regions we visit.

Kayaking in the Polar Regions is highly weather-dependent, however we guarantee at least one outing throughout your voyage, but your kayak guides will take you out as many times as possible throughout your voyage.

Offered on most Arctic voyages, spaces are limited and require some kayaking experience. All equipment, guides and instructions are provided by Quark.

What’s included

  • 13 nights on board the Ocean Nova
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • Programme of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced and knowledgeable Expedition Leader and Staff
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme, and comprehensive pre-departure material.

What’s not included

  • Any airfares, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre-and post land arrangements
  • Transfers to/from the vessel in Longyearbyen, passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended)
  • Excess 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).
  • Rubber boots (you will need to bring your own).

How to book

To initiate your reservation, please contact us as soon as possible to place an option on the voyage and cabin grade of your choice. The Booking Form is to be signed, completed and returned to Adventure Associates along with your deposit. Reservations are established only when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the deposit payment and Booking Form.

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Ocean Nova

Adventure Ship

Built in 1992 at the Orskov Shipyard in Frederikshavn, Denmark. The Ocean Nova was upgraded in 2000 and again in 2006 to include a glass-enclosed forward observation lounge on the top deck. Carrying up to 78 passengers and classified to operate in ice-filled waters, the 73-metre vessel is guided by highly qualified officers with deep experience in polar navigation. She is the perfect expedition ship for discovering Arctic waters.

Deck Plans

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Triple 2 lower/1 upper berth, private facilities, desk/chair, 2 wardrobes
Twin Lower Berths 2 lower berths, private facilities, desk/chair, 1 wardrobe

Cabins and amenities

  • 42 outside cabins, all featuring private facilities.
  • Spacious dining room with unreserved seating: buffet-style breakfast with table service; table-service lunch and dinner with main course choices from a changing daily menu; cakes served in mid-afternoon.
  • Glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room.
  • Lounge and bar, open late morning, afternoon and evening with a wide selection of wines and spirits; coffee, tea available all day.
  • Library with collection of polar-themed books.
  • Ship-to-shore communications via Fleet 77 and e-mail.
  • Clinic with licensed doctor.
  • Exercise room.
  • Please note: there is no passenger elevator between decks.

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Ship Specifications

Crew: 30
Guests: 78
Length: 73.0 m
Breadth: 11.0 m
Draft: 3.7 m
Propulsion: Diesel engines – 2,000-horsepower
Ice Class: 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)
Cruising Speed: 12 knots in open water
Registered: Bahamas