12d In Search Of Polar Bear & Pack Ice + Iceland Departure 20 May & 3 Jun 2021

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Day 1: Longyearbyen – Embarkation “Hondius”

Stop At: Longyearbyen, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Svalbard
Longyearbyen Harbour: Upon arrival at Longyearbyen airport, you can take the shuttle bus to the city center, the bus ticket is excluded. You will need to walk from city center to the harbour. At 16:00, we will meet at the harbour. Our staff will assist you to check in and board the polar expedition ship "HONDIUS". In the early evening, the ship sails out of Isfjorden, where you might spot the first minke whale of your voyage.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Dinner: Dinner on board
Accommodation included: M/V Hondius - 4 Berth Cabin

Day 2: Route to Raudfjorden

Pass By: Raudfjorden, Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Sailing to Raudfjorden, on the north coast of Spitsbergen, you take in an expansive fjord spilling with glaciers – and maybe even visited by ringed and bearded seals. The cliffs and shoreline of this fjord also support thriving seabird colonies, rich vegetation, and the possibility of polar bears.

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel
• Lunch: Lunch on board
• Dinner: Dinner on board
Accommodation included: M/V Hondius - 4 Berth Cabin

Day 3: The Massive Monaco Glacier

Pass By: Monacobreen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Depending on the weather, you could sail into Liefdefjorden and cruise within sight of the 5-kilometer-long (3.1 miles) face of the precipitous Monaco Glacier. The waters in front of this glacier are a favorite feeding spot for thousands of kittiwakes, and the base of the ice is a popular polar bear hunting ground. If ice conditions prevent sailing here early in the season, an alternate route along the west coast of Spitsbergen can be implemented.

Monaco Glacier, formerly known as Glacier de Monaco and Liefde Bay-bræ, Monacobreen (or Monaco Glacier) is a glacier that reaches down into Liefdefjorden (The Love Ford) in Spitsbergen, Svalbard. Icebergs are the children of glaciers. When icebergs break off, the calving makes for an impressive spectacle, the cracking of the ice echoing out for kilometres around like sharp thunder.

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast on Board
• Lunch: Lunch on Board
• Dinner: Dinner on Board
Accommodation included: M/V Hondius - 4 Berth Cabin

Day 4: Highlights of Hinlopen

Pass By: Hinlopenstraße, Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Today you sail into Hinlopen Strait, home to bearded seals, ringed seals, and polar bears. At the entrance there is even the possibility to spot blue whales. After cruising among the ice floes of Lomfjordshalvøya in the Zodiacs, you can view the bird cliffs of Alkefjellet. On the east side of Hinlopen Strait, you may attempt a landing on Nordaustlandet. Here reindeer, pink-footed geese, and walruses are likely sights. You can take an alternate route if ice prevents entry into Hinlopen.

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast on Board
• Lunch: Lunch on Board
• Dinner: Dinner on Board
Accommodation included: M/V Hondius - 4 Berth Cabin

Day 5: Stop at the Seven Islands

Stop At: Sjuøyane, Svalbard and Jan Mayen
The northernmost point of your voyage may be north of Nordaustlandet, in the Seven Islands. Here you reach 80° north, just 870 km (540 miles) from the geographic North Pole. Polar bears inhabit this region, so the ship may park for several hours among the pack ice before wheeling around west again.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast on Board
• Lunch: Lunch on Board
• Dinner: Dinner on Board
Accommodation included: M/V Hondius - 4 Berth Cabin

Day 6: Sailing the Continental Shelf

Pass By: Spitsbergen, Spitsbergen, Svalbard
While retracing your route west, keep watch for polar bears and elusive Greenland (bowhead) whales. About 40 nautical miles west of Spitsbergen, you sail the edge of the continental shelf. Here fin whales forage during the summer in the upwelling zones (where cold, nutrient-rich water wells up from below the sea’s surface) that run along the Spitsbergen banks. At the mouth of Kongsfjorden, you have a good chance of sighting minke whales.

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast on Board
• Lunch: Lunch on Board
• Dinner: Dinner on Board
Accommodation included: M/V Hondius - 4 Berth Cabin

Day 7: Reindeer, Foxes, and so many Seabirds

Stop At: Forlandsundet, Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Walruses sometimes haul out in Forlandsundet, your next stop. Alternatively, you might sail into St. Johns Fjord or 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 sparse vegetation. You arrive in Longyearbyen later at night.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast on Board
• Lunch: Lunch on Board
• Dinner: Dinner on Board
Accommodation included: M/V Hondius - 4 Berth Cabin

Day 8: Longyearbyen – Disembarkation – Oslo

Pass By: Longyearbyen, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Svalbard
Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. Today, you disembark in Longyearbyen, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies. After disembarkation,you will be transferred to the city. You will have some leisure time before going to the Longyearbyen airport.

Flight: Longyearbyen/Olso SK4425 (1500/1940)

Pass By: Oslo, Oslo, Eastern Norway
You will be transferred to hotel after landing.

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast on Board
Accommodation included: Scandic Hotel Fornebu or similar

Day 9: Oslo – Reykjavik – Golden Circle – Southern Town

Pass By: Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Capital Region
After breakfast, we will transfer you to the Oslo airport to take your flight to Reykjavik. Upon arrival, we will drive to the well-known sightseeing route, Golden Circle. It consists of three equally stunning locations in southwest Iceland: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall.

Flight Oslo / Reykjavik SK4787 (1010/1100)

Stop At: Thingvellir National Park, Thingvellir Iceland
The park sits in a rift valley caused by the separation of 2 tectonic plates, with rocky cliffs and fissures like the huge Almannagjá fault.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Geysir, Geysir, South Region
With boiling mud pits, exploding geysers and the lively Strokkur (a fountain-type geyser) which spouts water 30 metres (100 ft) into the air every few minutes.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Gullfoss Falls, Iceland
Located in a plunging, ancient valley, this powerful waterfall tumbles down two drops, from an overall height of 32 metres (105 ft). At its heaviest flow during summer, an average of 140 cubic metres (4944 cubic feet) of water pours down it every second. Gullfoss is not only known for its breathtaking power but also for the rainbows that arise from its spray on a sunny day.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Seljalandsfoss, Iceland
It's a waterfall that can be fully encircled, situated on the South Coast of Iceland with a drop of 60 metres
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Skogafoss, Skogar Iceland
One of Iceland’s biggest and most beautiful waterfalls with an astounding width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow which is normally visible on sunny days.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Reynisfjara Beach, Route 215, Vik Iceland
Reynisfjara black sand beach is the most famous beach on the South Coast of Iceland. Its beautiful black sand, powerful waves, and the nearby Reynisdrangar sea stacks make Reynisfjara a truly unique place to visit and a popular filming location (Game of Thrones, Star Wars and more).

Today’s tour is finished and we will send you to the hotel.
Duration: 15 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
Accommodation included: Hotel Dyrholaey or similar

Day 10: Southern Town – Jökulsárlón – Southern Town

Stop At: Fjadrargljufur Canyon, Route 206 3.5KM off The Ring Road, Kirkjubaejarklaustur Iceland
After breakfast, we will start our tour at Fjaðrárgljúfur, a magnificent and massive canyon, about 100 meters deep and about two kilometres long. The canyon has sheer walls, and is somewhat serpentine and narrow.
Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Jokulsarlon, Jokulsarlon, East Region
This is Iceland’s most famous glacier lagoon. As a glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón is a lake that is filled with the melt water from an outlet glacier. You will experience Amphibian Boat Tour here, during the excursion you sail among the huge icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jökulsárlón. On the boat you get to taste the 1000-year-old ice and if you are lucky you might even see some seals.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Glacier Lagoon, Skaftafell National Park Route 1, Jokulsarlon 781 Iceland
★ Amphibian Boat Tour: During the excursion you sail among the huge icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jökulsárlón. On the boat you get to taste the 1000-year-old ice and if you are lucky you might even see some seals.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Skaftafell National Park, Vatnajokull National Park 785 Iceland
The landscape is very similar to some of the Alps, but it has been formed over thousands of years by different influences of fire (volcanic eruptions of Öræfajökull) and water (the glaciers Skeiðarájökull and Skaftafellsjökull). The area has been used as a setting for a few films.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Svartifoss Waterfall, Skaftafell, Vatnajokull National Park Iceland
On either side of the waterfall are tall black basalt walls that make the waterfall a unique sight and is a true natural gem.
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel
Accommodation included: Hotel Dyrholaey or similar

Day 11: Southern Town – Blue Lagoon – Reykjavik

Stop At: Sun Voyager, Saebraut 101, Reykjavik 105 Iceland
We will start a Reykjavik city tour by visiting Sun Voyager, a sculpture of a dreamboat, an ode to the sun. It symbolizes the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress and freedom.
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Hofdi House, Borgartun 105, Reykjavik Iceland
A view of Hofdi House -best known as the location for the 1986 summit meeting of presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbatsjov- a historical event that effectively marked the end of the Cold War. During this meeting images of the house were broadcast all over the world.
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Reykjavik City Hall, Tjarnargata, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
It's an impressive building on the northern shore of the Lake Tjörnin. There is a square with a rounded pond where the water and its life-forms are contrasted with bustling urban life. Icelandic nature.

Stop At: Perlan, Varmahlid 1 Oskjuhlid, Reykjavik 105 Iceland
Perlan is a museum and rotating glass dome that stands on top of Öskjuhlíð Hill in Reykjavík; surrounded by forest, it is one of the capital's most distinctive landmarks. The site is built on top of six water tanks that together store 24 million litres of Reykjavík's hot water.

Stop At: Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Austurbakki 2, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
A concert hall and conference centre, the design was influenced by Iceland‘s exceptional and dramatic nature. Situated on the boundary between land and sea, the building is a gleaming sculpture reflecting both sky and harbor, as well as the vibrant life of the city.
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Going to Blue Lagoon is a must for anyone travelling to Iceland. The beautiful milky-blue water is unlike anything else found on earth, and make a stark contrast to the surrounding black lava fields and its creeping grey moss.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel
Accommodation included: Park Inn by Radisson Reykjavik Keflavik Airport or similar

Day 12: Departure Reykjavik

Pass By: Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Capital Region
Our services will be end after hotel breakfast. Please go to airport by your own arrangement.

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
No accommodation included on this day.

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