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Greg Mortimer - Arctic Cruise
Best for: Cruise, Spectacular scenery, Wildlife
With its patented X-Bow design, the Greg Mortimer offers unparalleled stability through the roughest seas and is able to reach unspoilt corners of the Arctic. State-of-the-art interiors and beautiful design mark a new age of polar expedition.
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Named after a celebrated Australian explorer, the Greg Mortimer is a pioneering expedition ship, designed to reach corners of the polar wilderness otherwise inaccessible by larger vessels. Bursting with cutting-edge technology, this relatively petite ship (by expedition standards) only carries a maximum of 120 passengers, ensuring an action-packed, informative and exciting expedition for everyone on board. With its unique X-Bow design, the Greg Mortimer can carve its way through the wildest of polar seas, allowing for smoother and more comfortable cruising for everyone on board, lower fuel consumption and as a result, fewer emissions. This commitment to preserving and protecting the environment pervades the entire expedition experience, with low on-board plastic use, reduced light pollution (so as to not distress the wildlife) and a state-of-the-art virtual anchor, allowing the ship to remain stationary whilst not disturbing the sea floor.
The luxurious onboard environment provides a home-from-home atmosphere, with cosy yet stylish communal areas designed to maximise the views. But the real draw of any expedition are the shore excursions, getting you out amongst the unique flora and fauna of earth’s most remote regions. The Greg Mortimer houses 15 Zodiacs, launched from 4 dedicated platforms at sea level, allowing guests to maximise their time in the wilderness when they launch two to three times per day (weather permitting). Alongside the shore expeditions, the specially designed activity launching platform offers a wealth of thrilling adventures, from sea kayaking and mountaineering to snow-shoeing and polar diving. On board the Greg Mortimer there are endless opportunities for viewing the spectacular landscapes and wildlife as you cruise the icy waters. 360° observations decks, floor to ceiling windows in many of the staterooms and unique hydraulic viewing platforms allow maximum opportunity to immerse yourself in your incredible natural environment. Meals are served, family style, in the ship’s informal dining room, perfect for swapping stories with your fellow adventurers after a day exploring the wilderness. During a day at sea or a quiet interlude between shore excursions, the lecture room is a hive of activity, with resident naturalists and polar experts leading presentations aimed to educate and entertain. Visit the library to brush up on your wildlife knowledge, or the multimedia room should you wish to hone your photography editing skills. For the fitness enthusiast, there is a fully equipped gymnasium to be found in the Wellness Centre, alongside a sauna and Jacuzzi. To recharge your batteries after a long day on shore, book a massage to restore your weary muscles for your next adventure.
Each of the cabins on board the Greg Mortimer has been designed with the utmost comfort in mind, alongside maximising any potential wildlife viewing opportunities. All staterooms feature private bathrooms and plenty of space for storage and relaxation and are serviced daily. Many of the staterooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies to soak up those incredible views, whilst the opulent Captain’s Suite offers a large lounge area and walk-in wardrobe. Interconnecting staterooms are available upon request, perfect for families travelling together.
When to go
Cruises depart for Svalbard, Greenland and the Russian High Arctic during the northern hemisphere's summer, when explorers enjoy 24 hour days and favourable conditions. Travel in June and July and you'll admire spectacular frozen sculptures and seas of pack ice. From late July to August, the wildlife is most active and whale watching trips to the west coast of Greenland and voyages to the Russian High Arctic begin. In late August and September, sail through magnificent fjord scenery and catch the aurora borealis as the nights descend. Whether you travel early on in mid June or in September as the season draws to a close, you have good chances of spotting the iconic polar bear.
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Things to do
Explore Thingvellir National Park, Iceland
Drive north of Reykjavik to the stunning surroundings of the Thingvellir National Park, home to the first Viking parliament, before visiting the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, returning to the pier to board the ship.
Visit the Westman Islands, Iceland
A volcanic archipelago of fifteen rocky islands, the Westman Islands lie off Iceland’s south coast. Spend the day exploring the main island of Heimaey with its volcanoes, restaurants and Viking ruins.
Day at sea - cross the Greenland Sea
Spend a relaxing day at sea, listening to informative lectures, reading up about your expedition ahead or simply soaking up the Arctic sunshine from the observation deck.
Explore Prince Christian Sound
Connecting the Labrador Sea with the Irminger Sea, the majestic Prince Christian Sound carves its way through soaring mountains and mighty glaciers and is a spectacular opportunity for photography.
Explore Tasermiut Fjord, South Greenland
Spend the day exploring the fjords, mountains and isolated settlements of South Greenland, from the soaring peaks of Klosterdal to the charming village of Nanortalik with its wooden church and interesting museum.
Visit Narsarsuaq and Uunartoq Island, South Greenland
Explore the beautiful surroundings of Tunulliarfik Fjord and the small village of Narsarsuaq with its Norse ruins and Inuit graves, before visiting Uunartoq Island, home to bubbling hot springs just the right temperature to bathe in.
Visit Qaqortoq, the capital of South Greenland
Visit the 14th century ruins of Hvalsey church, perched on a green hillside surrounded by quietly grazing sheep before continuing on to Qaqortoq, the capital of South Greenland.
Day at sea - cross to East Canada
Spend a day at sea, crossing to the remote and beautiful east coast of Canada, looking out for marine wildlife or simply relaxing after a thrilling week of exploration.
Arrive into Reykjavik, Iceland
Arriving into Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, check into your hotel for tonight and then spend the day exploring this cosmopolitan city.
Explore Torngat Mountains National Park
Spend the next two days exploring the otherworldly beauty of the Torngat Mountains National Park, the ancestral home of the Inuit people. A land of mountains and glaciers, rare arctic wildlife, ancient rock formations and remote communities, the Torngats
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Scotland, Orkneys. Faroe Islands, Jan Mayen & Svalbard
Rarely visited and almost completely off the tourist track, the tiny island of Jan Mayen is a designated nature sanctuary and important breeding ground for hundreds of thousands of seabirds. What's more, the landscape is dominated by Beerenberg, the most northerly active volcano on the planet. Several cruises depart Scotland and stop at Jan Mayen, en route to Spitsbergen.
Start your Arctic adventure in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík before boarding for sea spend time on land exploring the waterfalls and mountains of Thingvellir National Park. Sail across to southern Greenland where you will see dramatic fjord scenery and and the vast glaciers in Prince Christian Sound. See turquoise waters and towering icebergs before crossing the sea to Canada’s East Coast.