Expeditions to the Arctic Circle

Spitsbergen
(20 expeditions)
Spitsbergen and Greenland
(6 expeditions)
Spitsbergen and Norwegian Fjords (1 expedition) Russian Arctic
(3 expeditions)
North Pole Expedition
(1 expedition)

Spitsbergen

The most popular destination for exploring the Arctic, the Svalbard archipelago, or Spitsbergen as it's more commonly known, is a spectacular landscape of rugged mountains, tundra, ice-covered fjords and glaciers that is located only 900km from the North Pole. Enjoying 24 hours of daylight during the summer months, Spitsbergen offers a dramatic, unspoilt wilderness and excellent wildlife viewing. Spotting polar bears on ice floes is of course the highlight of any trip to the Arctic, but there is much else to see - orca, humpback and minke whales, a diversity of sea birds and on land grey seals, Arctic foxes, walrus and reindeer. Spitsbergen can be explored from your ship, on zodiacs and trekking on land.



M/S Expedition gets the best of both worlds: large enough to offer stability, spacious cabins and generous public areas, but small enough to manoeuvre easily and get you close to the action.  With a maximum of only 132 guests and a high ratio of expedition staff to passengers, there's a relaxed, informal atmosphere on-board. The ship was fully refurbished in 2009 so you can expect modern features, fixtures and fittings throughout. 


Year refurbished: 2009

Capacity: 134 passengers (69 crew)

Cruising speed: 13 knots

Ship Dimensions: 105.0m (length), 18.6m (beam)

Expeditions on M/S Expedition

Antarctica: Antarctic Peninsula (11th Nov 2017, 11th Dec 2017, 1st Jan 2018, 29th Jan 2018, 3rd Mar 2018, 12th Mar 2018), Antarctica - Polar Circle (20th Dec 2017, 7th Feb 2018, 19th Feb 2018), Antarctica and Sub-Antarctic Islands (22nd Nov 2017, 10th Jan 2018)
Arctic: Spitsbergen (8th Jul 2017, 15th Jul 2017)


Ship Features

  • Spacious cabins all en-suite and ocean facing
  • Stabilisers and bow thrusters for manoeuvrability and comfort
  • High ratio of expedition staff to passengers
  • Experienced and approachable expedition crew
  • Open bridge policy so you can see how an expedition voyage is run
  • 360 degree views from the observation deck
  • 14 Zodiacs - plenty of individual space for photography
  • Purpose built mud room (for wet gear)
  • On board gym, sauna, library, gift shop, lounge and bar

Deck & Cabin Plans


M/S Expedition

Realm of the Polar Bear on M/S Expedition - 8 days

Expedition
Dates:
2017: 8th July
Book expedition with:  £1,995  £2,119  £2,399

Cabin categories: Category 1 Triple, Category 2 Twin, Category 3 Twin, Category 4 Twin, Category 5 Double, Category 1A Quad


The ‘Noorderlicht’ now has a well-balanced two-masted schooner rig and is capable of sailing the seven seas, and is therefor well suited for expedition cruising among small islands and offer good open deck viewing areas, also when under sail. The 2 inflatable rubber crafts (zodiacs) enable landing and wildlife viewing opportunities in otherwise inaccessible areas. The qualified captains have a great experience of the oceans. Together with the rest of the crew, they will do everything possible to ensure that you have a wonderful and unforgettable journey.


Year built: 1910 (refurbished in 1991)

Capacity: 20 passengers

Cruising speed: 7 knots

Ship Dimensions: 46.0m (length), 6.5m (beam)

Expeditions on Noorderlicht

Arctic: Spitsbergen (25th Jul 2017, 9th Aug 2017, 24th Aug 2017, 13th Oct 2017)



Deck & Cabin Plans


Noorderlicht

Spitsbergen - Aurora Borealis on Noorderlicht - 8 days

Expedition
Dates:
2017: 13th October
Book expedition with:  €1,430

Cabin categories: Inside Twin


The vessel offers a restaurant/lecture room on deck 3 and a spacious observation lounge (with bar) on deck 5 with large windows, offering full panorama view. M/v “Plancius” has large open deck spaces (with full walk-around possibilities on deck 3), giving excellent opportunities to enjoy the scenery and wildlife. She is furthermore equipped with 10 Mark V zodiacs, including 40 HP 4-stroke outboard engines and 2 gangways on the starboard side, guaranteeing a swift zodiac operation. M/v “Plancius” is comfortable and nicely decorated, but is not a luxury vessel.


Year built: 1976 (refurbished in 2009)

Capacity: 114 passengers (45 crew)

Cruising speed: 11 knots

Ship Dimensions: 89.0m (length), 14.5m (beam)

Expeditions on M/V Plancius

Antarctica: Antarctic Peninsula (3rd Nov 2017, 15th Nov 2017, 17th Dec 2017, 18th Dec 2017, 28th Dec 2017, 29th Dec 2017, 9th Jan 2018, 7th Feb 2018, 19th Mar 2018), Antarctica - Polar Circle (8th Mar 2018), Antarctica and Sub-Antarctic Islands (9th Nov 2017, 29th Nov 2017, 19th Jan 2018, 17th Feb 2018)
Arctic: Spitsbergen (24th Jul 2017, 11th Aug 2017, 20th Aug 2017), Spitsbergen and Greenland (29th Aug 2017)



Deck & Cabin Plans


M/V Plancius

Around Spitsbergen on M/V Plancius - 9 days

Expedition
Dates:
2017: 24th July, 11th August, 20th August
Book expedition with:  €3,870

Cabin categories: Quadruple, Twin with porthole, Twin with window, Twin Deluxe, Superior


“Ortelius” was built in Gdynia, Poland in 1989, was named “Marina Svetaeva”, and served as a special purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Science. Ortelius was a Dutch / Flemish cartographer. Abraham Ortelius (1527 – 1598) published the first modern world atlas, theTheatrum Orbis Terrarum or Theatre of the World in 1570. At that time, the atlas was the most expensive book ever printed. The vessel has the highest ice-class notation (UL1 equivalent to 1A) and is therefore very suitable to navigate in solid one-year sea ice and loose multi-year pack ice. “Ortelius” is a great expedition vessel for 116 passengers with lots of open-deck spaces.


Year built: 1989

Capacity: 100 passengers (47 crew)

Cruising speed: 12 knots

Ship Dimensions: 91.3m (length), 5.8m (beam)

Expeditions on M/V Ortelius

Antarctica: Antarctic Peninsula (4th Nov 2017, 15th Nov 2017, 13th Jan 2018, 23rd Jan 2018, 3rd Mar 2018), Antarctic Peninsula and Weddell Sea (26th Nov 2017), Antarctica - Polar Circle (14th Mar 2018), Antarctica and Sub-Antarctic Islands (16th Dec 2017, 2nd Feb 2018)
Arctic: Spitsbergen (3rd Aug 2017, 12th Aug 2017, 21st Aug 2017)



Deck & Cabin Plans



Quadruple - The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 2 upper / lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space. - See more at: http://www.oceanwide-expeditions.com/our-fleet/ship/m-v-ortelius/cabins/#sthash.D9vO5FeX.dpuf

Twin Private with Porthole - The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space. - See more at: http://www.oceanwide-expeditions.com/our-fleet/ship/m-v-ortelius/cabins/#sthash.D9vO5FeX.dpuf

Twin Private with Window - This is a sample image. The cabin provides you with; a window, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space. - See more at: http://www.oceanwide-expeditions.com/our-fleet/ship/m-v-ortelius/cabins/#sthash.D9vO5FeX.dpuf

Superior - This is a sample image. The cabin provides you with; window(s), 1 double bed, 1 single (sofa) bed, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, flatscreen TV, refrigerator, hair dryer and ample storage space. - See more at: http://www.oceanwide-expeditions.com/our-fleet/ship/m-v-ortelius/cabins/#sthash.D9vO5FeX.dpuf


M/V Ortelius

Spitsbergen Adventure on M/V Ortelius - 10 days

Expedition
Dates:
2017: 3rd August, 12th August, 21st August
Book expedition with:  €3,870

Cabin categories: Quadruple, Twin Private with Porthole, Twin Private with Window, Superior, Suite


M/S Expedition gets the best of both worlds: large enough to offer stability, spacious cabins and generous public areas, but small enough to manoeuvre easily and get you close to the action.  With a maximum of only 132 guests and a high ratio of expedition staff to passengers, there's a relaxed, informal atmosphere on-board. The ship was fully refurbished in 2009 so you can expect modern features, fixtures and fittings throughout. 


Year refurbished: 2009

Capacity: 134 passengers (69 crew)

Cruising speed: 13 knots

Ship Dimensions: 105.0m (length), 18.6m (beam)

Expeditions on M/S Expedition

Antarctica: Antarctic Peninsula (11th Nov 2017, 11th Dec 2017, 1st Jan 2018, 29th Jan 2018, 3rd Mar 2018, 12th Mar 2018), Antarctica - Polar Circle (20th Dec 2017, 7th Feb 2018, 19th Feb 2018), Antarctica and Sub-Antarctic Islands (22nd Nov 2017, 10th Jan 2018)
Arctic: Spitsbergen (8th Jul 2017, 15th Jul 2017)


Ship Features

  • Spacious cabins all en-suite and ocean facing
  • Stabilisers and bow thrusters for manoeuvrability and comfort
  • High ratio of expedition staff to passengers
  • Experienced and approachable expedition crew
  • Open bridge policy so you can see how an expedition voyage is run
  • 360 degree views from the observation deck
  • 14 Zodiacs - plenty of individual space for photography
  • Purpose built mud room (for wet gear)
  • On board gym, sauna, library, gift shop, lounge and bar

Deck & Cabin Plans


M/S Expedition

Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth on M/S Expedition - 11 days

Expedition
Dates:
2017: 15th July
Book expedition with:  £2,679  £3,499

Cabin categories: Category 1 Triple, Category 2 Twin, Category 3 Twin, Category 4 Twin, Category 5 Double, Category 1A Quad


The ‘Noorderlicht’ now has a well-balanced two-masted schooner rig and is capable of sailing the seven seas, and is therefor well suited for expedition cruising among small islands and offer good open deck viewing areas, also when under sail. The 2 inflatable rubber crafts (zodiacs) enable landing and wildlife viewing opportunities in otherwise inaccessible areas. The qualified captains have a great experience of the oceans. Together with the rest of the crew, they will do everything possible to ensure that you have a wonderful and unforgettable journey.


Year built: 1910 (refurbished in 1991)

Capacity: 20 passengers

Cruising speed: 7 knots

Ship Dimensions: 46.0m (length), 6.5m (beam)

Expeditions on Noorderlicht

Arctic: Spitsbergen (25th Jul 2017, 9th Aug 2017, 24th Aug 2017, 13th Oct 2017)



Deck & Cabin Plans


Noorderlicht

Around Spitsbergen on Noorderlicht - 15 days

Expedition
Dates:
2017: 25th July, 9th August, 24th August
Book expedition with:  €4,850

Cabin categories: Inside Twin