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Follow in the footsteps of the Vikings and experience the fascinating Celtic culture before you embark for an adventurous expedition crossing the dynamic North Sea and navigating along magnificent Denmark’s coastline into the magnificent Faroe Islands. The trip will continue to Spitsbergen where you will not only admire majestic landscapes but also encounter unspoilt wildlife such as walruses, reindeer, and a plethora of birdlife as well as iconic polar bears.
Faroe Islands, Denmark
The expedition team welcomes you aboard the ship before sailing to the northern islands. The Orkney archipelago is a pristine location for wildlife and a treasure for archaeology and history. You will admire fascinating Neolithic sites, Viking relics and World War 2 era fortifications. The team invites you to further exploration in either Zodiacs or kayaks. Further north, the Shetland Islands are remarkable for their exceptional nature reserves and archaeological sites such as the complex Stone, Bronze and Iron Age settlement of Jarlshof.
Sail towards Denmark and receive further talks about the surrounding wilderness and birdwatching. You will enter a formidable maze of islands where you can observe fascinating landscapes such as the majestic cliffs of Vestmanna.
When crossing the Barents Sea, you will arrive at Bear Island and perhaps encounter some of the polar bears arriving from the expanding pack ice in the winter. The island is a favourite nesting ground for fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots and gulls. You will then explore the pristine South Spitsbergen National Park before you enter the Hornsund’s fjord in search for the reindeer, ringed and bearded seal, the elusive beluga whale and, of course, the majestic polar bear.
You disembark in Longyearbyen and bid farewell to the expedition team and the friends you shared this extraordinary voyage with.
The Greg Mortimer is named after the Australian polar explorer, mountaineer and Aurora founder, Greg Mortimer. Its the first ship in a series of landmark, purpose-built Polar Expedition ships for Aurora and features a state-of-the-art 'x-bow design', which has a piercing effect on smaller waves, making for a much smoother voyage.
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