Iceland: Circumnavigating the Land of Fire & Ice

Iceland: Circumnavigating the Land of Fire & Ice

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Iceland: Circumnavigating the Land of Fire & Ice

12 Days Starting and ending in Reykjavík, Iceland

Visiting: Reykjavík, Arnarstapi, Grundarfjörður, Westfjords, Akureyri, Húsavík, Grímsey Island, Seydisfjørdur, Djúpivogur, Westman Islands

Tour operator:

Aurora Expeditions

Ship Name:
Greg Mortimer
Ship Capacity:

132

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

8-92

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Canoeing-Kayaking

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$10559
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Tour Overview

Fares shown include 1 pre-hotel night in Reykjavík – total trip duration 11 nights starting 01/06/2025

On this adventure, where we plan to circumnavigate Iceland, a country often described as ‘the land of fire and ice,’ where snow-capped peaks rise above glaciers and active volcanoes rumble. We explore Westfjords, one of the remotest and most pristine regions in Iceland—ideal for nature hikes and sea kayaking. We amble along black sand volcanic beaches, cross over the Arctic Circle to Grimsey Island to stretch our legs on hikes and discover cliffs teeming with seabirds. Our team of experts will interpret this fascinating country— one of the world’s youngest. It’s a land of spectacular geology that is rich in wildlife, culture and human history. Note: In order to experience some of the incredible scenery of Iceland, a number of the shore excursions on this itinerary require coach travel away from the coast.

Highlights

  • Witness the incredible diversity of Iceland’s landscapes forged by the powerful seismic activity that has shaped the island’s appearance and way of life of the people.

  • Visit Grimsey Island, located above the Arctic Circle, and features impressive cliffs teeming with nesting seabirds including charismatic puffins.

  • Discover Seydisfjordur, a hidden gem on Iceland’s east coast.

  • At Eldeheimar Museum on Heimay Island, learn the stories of the 1973 eruption that affected over 5,000 locals.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive Reykjavik
Location: Reykjavík

Having made your way to Reykjavik, you will be met by a representative of AE Expeditions and transferred to our group hotel. Upon arrival at your included hotel, please visit the AE Expeditions hospitality desk to collect your luggage cabin tags and to speak with our ground operations team, who may have information to share with you about pre-embarkation or to provide you with information about where to dine, withdraw cash or purchase last minute items from a local pharmacy or supermarket.

The remainder of your time is at leisure. All meals today are at your own expense.

Accommodation: Fosshotel Reykjavik Hotel (or similar)

Day 2 : Embarkation Day
Location: Reykjavík

This morning, please ensure your cabin luggage is fitted with cabin tags clearly labelled with your name and cabin number. Your luggage will be collected from your hotel and transferred directly to the port for clearance and delivered to your cabin ahead of your arrival on board. Please keep any valuables or personal items with you throughout the day.

Breakfast and check-out. Join our guided Golden Circle and Geothermal Energy tour. With 85% of its electricity sourced from renewable sources, Iceland sets an outstanding example when it comes to sustainable energy.

Our journey takes us to the famous seismic sights of the Golden Circle route - Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir and history-rich Thingvellir National Park, before we experience first-hand how green, sustainable energy is produced at one of the largest single-site geothermal power plants on the planet at the Geothermal Energy Exhibition and Ljósafossvirkjun Power Station.

We’ll also spend time at a true eco-village. Powered with thermal and solar energy, Sólheimar is fully sustainable, boasting greenhouses and forestry programmes, while it’s sustainable workshops are dedicated to candle-making, carpentry, weaving and soap-making. Late afternoon we return to Reykjavik for embarkation.

This evening, get to know your fellow expeditioners, expedition team and crew.

Day 3 : Arnarstapi / Grundafjordur
Location: Arnarstapi, Grundarfjörður

At Arnarstapi, our Zodiacs tender as ashore. Located on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, this area features diverse landscapes characterised by lava fields, glistening fjords and home to Breidafjordur Bay which is rich in birdlife. The area is crowned by the magnificent, ice-capped Snæfellsjökull volcano, a 700,000-year-old dormant subglacial volcano, visible from Reykjavik on a clear day and immortalised in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth. You can choose from a selection of shore excursion options that best suits your interests and level of fitness. Options include a bus tour to Mount Kirkjufell, one of the most famous mountains in Iceland, or a choice of hikes including a glacier hike at Snæfellsjökull Glacier.

Day 4 : Days 4-5 Westfjords
Location: Westfjords

Over the next two days, we explore the Westfjords region featuring outstanding landscapes with jaw-dropping views of dramatic fjords carved by ancient glaciers, sheer table mountains that plunge into the sea and pristine North Atlantic vegetation.

At Patreksfjordur, a shore excursion by coach takes us to Latrabjarg cliffs. As Europe’s largest bird cliff, Latrabjarg is home to millions of seabirds, such as puffin, razorbill, fulmar and guillemot. Enjoy the impressive variety of natural wonders and unspoiled nature. Latrabjarg also happens to be the westernmost point in Europe, east coast of the North American continent on the other side of the Atlantic. Alternatively, enjoy a shore excursion by coach to Rauthasnduris to explore the beach and seal watching.

At Dynjandi, witness one of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls – a difficult feat in a country that is filled with spectacular cascading falls.

Day 6 : Akureyri & Husavik
Location: Akureyri, Húsavík

Picturesque Akureyri is Iceland’s second largest city outside the capital area and is blessed with a superb snow-capped mountain backdrop. Choose from a selection of shore excursions in Akureyri to best suit your interests and level of fitness. Choose to visit Godafoss Falls and soak at Myvatn Nature baths, an outdoor hot spring bathing complex surrounded by mountain views. Alternatively, explore both Godafoss and Dettifoss waterfalls, the Mývatn region and Krafla.

In the late afternoon, we reboard our vessel in Husavik, the whale watching capital of Iceland.

Day 7 : Grímsey Island
Location: Grímsey Island

Located approximately 40 km (25 miles) off the mainland, Grímsey is a verdant grassy island, probably best known for its proximity to the Arctic Circle, which cuts across the island. Many people travel to Grímsey just to say they have stepped across the imaginary line. With a tiny population of approximately 100 inhabitants, it’s a fantastic place for Zodiac cruising, kayaking, and photographing seabirds such as guillemots, gulls and puffins. Leaving Grímsey to return closer to the mainland, we spend time scanning the waters of Skjálfandi Bay around Húsavik, a town known as the Iceland’s ‘whale watching capital’, home to up to 24 different whale species, as well as dolphins and 30 variety of birds. The largest animal on earth, the blue whale, has also been spotted in Skjálfandi Bay, and if you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of this magnificent creature as well as others, such as orcas, fin whales and pilot whales.

Day 8 : Seydisfjørdur
Location: Seydisfjørdur

We spend some time exploring Seydisfjordur, a picturesque fishing village that is renowned for its charming collection of colourful wooden buildings located around the lagoon. Take a stroll around town and discover the timber houses that are remnants from when the Norwegians settled here and established the herring fishing facilities from 1870-1900. From the valley above the town, the river Fjardara tumbles down in beautiful cascades to the lagoon. There are a number of delightful hiking trails to explore, or alternatively, you can discover a flourishing cultural scene with an arts centre, the famous blue church that stages music concerts and the only two cinemas in the east of Iceland. Back in town, browse the stores where you will discover handicrafts by local artists and artisans – perfect as a souvenir or gift.

Day 9 : Djúpivogur
Location: Djúpivogur

In Iceland’s east, we disembark in Djupivogur, our gateway to Vatnajokull National Park, home to Europe’s largest glacier. We drive to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs that wash up on shore and stand gleaming on the nearby black-sand beach, dubbed Diamond beach. At Jokulsarlon, you can choose from a boat excursion on the lagoon, try a hike on the glacier or hike to a canyon, visiting a number of waterfalls along the way.

Day 10 : At Sea
Location: Djúpivogur

As we sail along the south coast, enjoy a sea day to catch up on editing your photos and enjoy an informative lecture from our knowledgeable expedition team.

Day 11 : Westman Islands
Location: Westman Islands

Located off Iceland’s south coast, the Westman Islands were formed by volcanic eruptions around 10,000 years ago. Sail past Surtsey Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site that emerged from the sea in 1963 and is one the youngest land masses on earth. Westman Islands are surrounded by 15 other uninhabited islands and around 30 rocks and skerries offering refuge for rich array of seabirds. Westman Islands are considered to have the largest Atlantic puffin colony in the world, and when sailing around the islands it is not uncommon to see puffins but also whales and seals. Heimaey is the main island in the archipelago, and it has the population of around 4,200. Ashore on Heimaey, the only inhabited island in the archipelago, we see half-buried houses that remain from a violent 1973 eruption of Eldfell volcano, which you can hike up if you wish. A visit to the weather station offers bird-watching opportunities and splendid views of the surrounding islands. Eruptions are a big part of the history of the Westman Island, where there are two volcanoes – one that erupted some 6,000 years ago, and Mount Eldfell that erupted in 1973, forcing all of the island’s inhabitants to evacuate for the mainland. Serendipitously, due to bad weather the day prior to the eruption, all the fishing boats remained in the harbour and were able to help transport the inhabitants of Heimaey to the mainland. You can learn more about the story of the eruption and the aftermath at the fascinating Eldheimar museum, which includes a display of a house that was buried in ash during the eruption.

Day 12 : Disembark Reykjavik
Location: Reykjavík

During the early morning, we cruise into Reykjavik and disembark at approximately 8.00 am. Farewell your expedition team and fellow passengers as you continue your onward journey. Transfer to Keflavik airport or to your centrally located hotel. Note: We do not recommend booking flights departing prior to 12.00 pm on the day of disembarkation, as we may experience delays at the conclusion of the voyage.

Ship Details

Greg Mortimer

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Our advanced, purpose-built expedition ship

We drew on centuries of collective experience to map out the Greg Mortimer: purpose-built for expeditions to the most remote places on earth.

The first passenger ship to feature the revolutionary Ulstein X-BOW®, this allows the ship to cross oceans more comfortably and efficiently, and with expansive observation decks to bring you closer to the environment, inviting communal areas and unsurpassed environmental credentials, the Greg Mortimer offers the perfect base camp for adventures at the outer limits of human exploration.

Accommodating an average of 132 expeditioners per voyage within 76 cosy, comfortable cabins – all cabins have a view of the ocean and 85% of cabins have their own balcony. The ship also features a modern lecture lounge, multiple observation areas, zodiac launching platforms, a restaurant serving excellent meals, a gym and wellness centre, jacuzzis, a mudroom and many other amenities.

The Greg Mortimer has redefined expedition cruising for the future.

Ship Name:

Greg Mortimer

Adults Only Areas:

adults only

Ship Children Facilities:

none

Ship Nursery:

none

Smoking Areas:

some

Ship Size:

boutique

Ship Style:

expedition

Ship Type:

ocean

Ship Currency:

USD

Ship Language:

en

Ship Capacity:

132

Ship Crew Count:

74

Number of Decks:

8

Number of Cabins:

76

Number of Large Cabins:

0

Number of Wheelchair-Friendy Cabins:

2

Ship Launch Year:

2019

Ship Gross Tonnage:

7400

Ship Length (Meters):

104.4 M

Ship Width (Meters):

18.2 M

Ship Speed (Knots):

12 Kn

Deck 3

1 - Change Room/Mudroom2 - Zodiac Loading Platforms3 - Activity Launching Platforms21 - Medical CentreAurora Staterooms

Deck 4

ZodiacsCaptain's SuiteBalcony SuitesBalcony Staterooms

Deck 5

4 - Lounge/Lecture Theatre5 - Assembly Station6 - Reception7 - Ship Shop8 - Dining Room16 - Bar17 - Viewing Platforms18 - Hydraulic Platforms19 - Observation Deck

Deck 6

Balcony Staterooms

Deck 7

9 - Photography and Art Room10 - Library11 - Gym12 - Sauna/Wellness Centre13 - Sun DeckJunior Suites

Deck 8

14 - Observation Lounge15 - Top Deck16 - Bar20 - Jacuzzis/Plunge Pools

After a long day exploring the wonders of your destination, you need somewhere where you can simply relax and take a break from real life.

The Greg Mortimer is the perfect place to take five and recuperate after exploring – with creature comforts and wellbeing considered as part of the overall design. All staterooms° have private bathrooms, personal storage options, twin and double-bed configuration options, ample storage, international power outlets and a daily cabin service, as well as all the basic amenities that you'll need onboard.

Of course, the prospect of unexpected wildlife encounters is always on the table so your accommodation needs to have a view as well! Across four of the five stateroom categories you'll find large floor to ceiling windows that offer prime observation opportunities around the clock. Additionally, there are private balconies in roughly 80% of the staterooms, allowing you to watch the world float past and take in the salty air of the open ocean.

Another great feature of the accommodation on the Greg Mortimer are the interconnecting staterooms. If you're part of a family or group who want some privacy, but still want to be close to each other, these staterooms are the perfect option.

Regardless of your chosen stateroom, you can enjoy fully-serviced accommodation on the Greg Mortimer!

Balcony Suite (Grade BASUI )

With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Greg Mortimer's two Balcony Suites are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear. Featuring private balconies, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area, these will sell out quickly!Twin or double bedPrivate en-suiteFull size windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Aurora Stateroom Twin

The Greg Mortimer features eight Aurora Stateroom Twin cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action.Twin single bedsPrivate En-suitePorthole windowDesk areaCloset spaceRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Aurora Stateroom Triple

There are six Aurora Stateroom Triple cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms. *Please note the Aurora Stateroom Triple cabins are only available on certain departures3 single beds / 1 double & 1 single bedPrivate En-suitePorthole windowDesk areaCloset spaceRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Aurora Stateroom Twin (Grade AS2G )

The Greg Mortimer features eight Aurora Stateroom Twin cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action.Twin single bedsPrivate En-suitePorthole windowDesk areaCloset spaceRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Balcony Stateroom Superior (Grade BASUI )

With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Greg Mortimer's two Balcony Suites are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear. Featuring private balconies, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area, these will sell out quickly!Twin or double bedPrivate en-suiteFull size windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Junior Suite (Grade JUN JSG )

The Greg Mortimer's four Junior Suites take in some impressive° scenery from their vantage points on Deck 7. When you aren't enjoying a landing, you can relax in the suites' separate lounge area, or just watch the world float by from the private balcony. Twin or double bedPrivate en-suiteFull size windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TVSeperate lounge area

Captain's Suite (Grade CAP CSG )

The largest of all our rooms, the Greg Mortimer's singular Captain's Suite will take you to the polar regions in ultimate style and comfort. Complete with large lounge area, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite, you'll need to get in early to secure this suite. Twin or double bedPrivate en-suiteFull size windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuablesSeperate lounge area42" flat-screen TV

Balcony Stateroom Superior (Grade BASUI SBSG )

With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Greg Mortimer's two Balcony Suites are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear. Featuring private balconies, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area, these will sell out quickly!Twin or double bedPrivate en-suiteFull size windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Aurora Stateroom Triple (Grade AS3G )

There are six Aurora Stateroom Triple cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms. *Please note the Aurora Stateroom Triple cabins are only available on certain departures3 single beds / 1 double & 1 single bedPrivate En-suitePorthole windowDesk areaCloset spaceRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Aurora Stateroom Twin

The Greg Mortimer features eight Aurora Stateroom Twin cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action.Twin single bedsPrivate En-suitePorthole windowDesk areaCloset spaceRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Balcony Stateroom (Grade BASTA BASTA-B BASTA-C )

With 58 rooms available, the Greg Mortimer's Balcony Staterooms are the most abundant cabin category on board. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups.Twin or double bedPrivate En-suiteFloor to ceiling windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Captain's Suite (Grade CAP )

The largest of all our rooms, the Greg Mortimer's singular Captain's Suite will take you to the polar regions in ultimate style and comfort. Complete with large lounge area, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite, you'll need to get in early to secure this suite. Twin or double bedPrivate en-suiteFull size windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuablesSeperate lounge area42" flat-screen TV

Aurora Stateroom (Grade AUR )

?Greg Mortimer features 15 porthole rooms, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action.Twin or double bedPrivate En-suitePorthole windowDesk areaCloset spaceSofa bed (can sleep 3rd passenger in select cabins)Room-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Junior Suite (Grade JUN )

The Greg Mortimer's four Junior Suites take in some impressive° scenery from their vantage points on Deck 7. When you aren't enjoying a landing, you can relax in the suites' separate lounge area, or just watch the world float by from the private balcony. Twin or double bedPrivate en-suiteFull size windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TVSeperate lounge area

Balcony Stateroom (Grade BASTA BASTA-B BASTA-C BSAG BSBG BSCG )

With 58 rooms available, the Greg Mortimer's Balcony Staterooms are the most abundant cabin category on board. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups.Twin or double bedPrivate En-suiteFloor to ceiling windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

One of the most important parts of any expedition is the food! Whatever adventures the day holds, you will be fuelled-up with hearty meals and delicious morning/afternoon teas cooked by our onboard chefs.

Meals are a great time to soak up the expedition camaraderie in our open seating dining area. Share stories with your fellow travellers and ask our expedition team questions that may have come up during the day.

Tea, coffee and snacks are available 24 hours a day, and our chefs offer different menu options and courses for each meal. Enjoy the range of house wine, beers and soft drinks included with dinner after a long day in the wild.

We also invite you to join your captain and expedition team for informal Captain’s Welcome and Farewell drinks, with complimentary beverages and cocktail appetisers, followed by a 3 course meal.

Restaurant

Meals are served in a large restaurant with family style dining, perfect to swap stories with your new expedition family. Additionally, a private dining area will also be available on request. Enjoy the range of house wine, beers and soft drinks included with dinner after a long day in the wild, preparing yourself for another exciting day to follow.On the last day of your trip, the team on the Greg Mortimer put on a special farewell four-course dinner and cocktails – a perfect way to reflect on your time on the ship and consolidate lifelong friendships with the people you've met on-board.

When you’re relaxing during a sea day or you have a little downtime on the ship between excursions, what is there to do onboard the Greg Mortimer? Plenty!

The Greg Mortimer is also decked out with other facilities for your enjoyment. There is a library on Deck 5 with books and maps and a Wellness Centre complete with gym equipment, sauna and spa. Feeling a little sore after walking around all day? Treat yourself to a massage at the Wellness Centre and feels the aches disappear! Keen photographers and artists will revel in the multimedia room on Deck 5.

Elephant Island Bar

Communal meeting areas have always played a major role in fostering the warm camaraderie on board our ships. They are the heart of the expedition, where people meet to share tales from the day, swap photos, keep an eye out for wildlife and watch the sun go down.The bars and lounges on board are refined yet inviting places to gather, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning views, and of course friendly bartenders to shoot the breeze with.

Lecture Lounge

On all our expeditions, there are experts who lead presentations in the spacious lecture room so you can understand the region a little better. These often include topics as broad as history and culture to biology and climate change, these presentations aim to educate and entertain.

Library & Multimedia Centre

With floor-to-ceiling windows, the library is a peaceful sanctuary where you can find non-fiction books to read up on the day’s destinations, plug in and organise your photos or play board games with newfound friends.Choose from our range of informative nonfiction titles, wildlife guidebooks, travel journals, novels and a selection of children’s books and board games.Wildlife guides, books and binoculars can also be found on the observation lounge on deck 7.

Multimedia Room

Keen photographers and artists will revel in the multimedia room on Deck 5.

Observation Points

Let's face it – you don't want windowless rooms when travelling around some of the most beautiful locations around the world. This is why the Greg Mortimer is designed with plenty of dedicated observation spaces – ideal for keen bird spotters, wildlife watchers and those wanting to watch the scenery go past.From the indoor 180-degree lounge and outdoor 360-degree open deck, both on deck 8, to the 270-degree open sundeck on level 7, there are plenty of observation points to share around the ship! If these are full, then you can take up a spot on one of the two hydraulic viewing platforms on deck 5.

Custom-Built Activity Platform

Regardless of your destination, we offer a number of additional activities to allow you to see more of the environment. From kayaking and diving to climbing and ski touring, it's these optional activities that often leave the biggest impression on your trip as a whole. Onboard the Greg Mortimer, there is a spacious prep and loading platform for these activities and more – designed in consultation with our expert activity guides.

Excursions

Although the ship is fun, the real enjoyment comes from the many shore excursions that are available. Depending on weather conditions, it may be possible for multiple landings, taking a look at everything from rock formations and ancient ruins to cute groups of penguins. We know time is of the essence in these wild locations, so the Greg Mortimer has been designed to carry 15 Zodiacs, which means you can maximise your time on shore.From four dedicated sea level launching platforms, transfers are quicker, safer and enable you to get closer to the action for a longer period of time. Just remember to charge your camera before you step onto the Zodiac!

Hydraulic Viewing Platforms

Although there is no doubt that you'll love the aesthetics of the Greg Mortimer, we are all here to admire the spectacular landscape and spot the elusive wildlife in their natural habitat. To ensure you get the best views possible, the new ship features unique viewing platforms, custom-built for the Greg Mortimer. Accessed from Deck 5, the two platforms fold out hydraulically for unobstructed views of passing marine life and seabirds – make sure your camera is locked and loaded!

Mudroom

No need to take your wet expedition gear back to your cabin to dry. Keep your cabin warm and cosy by leaving your outer jackets and pants in the mudroom.The mudroom is your launchpad for all shore excursions and activities. Here, you will have access to a locker when you can hang your gear up to dry, and store your boots between excursions.

Zodiac Launching Platform

Zodiacs are a vital part of getting up close and personal on your adventure – sneaking into areas that the Greg Mortimer can't reach. On this new ship, there are specially designed launching platforms that enables us to load Zodiacs easily and quickly, allowing you to spend more time exploring on the two to three daily landings.There are 15 Zodiacs that are boarded from either side of Deck 3 (sea level), perfect for when there is a group of fluffy cute penguin chicks that we need a photo of! 

There are no dedicated children's facilities onboard the Greg Mortimer.

There is a Wellness Centre complete with gym equipment, sauna and spa. Feeling a little sore after walking around all day? Treat yourself to a massage° at the Wellness Centre and feels the aches disappear!

Wellness Centre & Gym

You are welcome to visit the wellness centre during your voyage where you can use the gym, visit our sauna (which we highly recommend after the polar plunge!) or book a massage (additional cost applies).There are also two jacuzzis on the top outside deck with amazing views of the world outside.

Gratuities/tips for crew are included in your voyage fare, to the value of USD$15 per person per day. It is at your discretion if you would like to tip outside of this. It is not necessary to tip the Expedition Team members.

Age Restrictions

Our travellers have ranged from 8 to 92, so as long as you have a thirst for adventure, you’re welcome to join us in Antarctica. Any person under 18 years of age must travel with their legal guardian.

Dress Code

Shipboard clothing is informal and casual Jeans, jumpers and long-sleeved shirts are ideal for indoors in the polar regions; however be sure to keep your jacket close for unexpected wildlife sightings! Some people like to take a nicer outfit for the captain's welcome and farewell drinks but formal clothing is not necessary. For health and safety reasons, we do request you wear enclosed shoes in public areas while on board the ship. AE Expeditions will provide you with a complimentary, insulated polar jacket that includes an inner down jacket and an outer waterproof shell.All passengers travelling to Antarctica, the Arctic, or Scotland, will have access to complimentary use of gumboots during the voyage. If you have concerns regarding extra-small or large sizing, or hard-to-fit feet, we recommend you bring your own pair. Gumboots are to be worn on all shore visits unless advised otherwise by the expedition team.

Health & Safety

Medical FormIt is compulsory for each passenger to return a signed medical from their general practitioner. Your Medical Form is required to be signed by your general practitioner and returned to AE Expeditions no later than three months and no earlier than six months before your voyage departure date.If you become aware of any change in your health and fitness that may be likely to affect your participation on the trip (e.g. pregnancy, mental illness, heart or bronchial disorder, broken limbs, etc.), you should notify us in writing immediately.Pre-Existing Medical ConditionsIt is your responsibility to advise AE Expeditions of any pre-existing medical conditions and /or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of you requiring medical attention. Travelling when pregnant is not recommended.

Medical Facilities

When travelling to extreme environments, ensuring our expeditioners are healthy and happy is our number one priority. That's why we have a doctor on board at all times, as well as a well-equipped clinic to provide basic medical care.

Responsible Travel

Our commitmentAE Expeditions is committed to travelling respectfully and providing a trip of a lifetime experience, while aiming to create lifelong ambassadors for the protection of our planet and the diverse places we visit around the world.Our fleetOur fleet boasts the lowest polluting marine engines in the world, and our state of the art engines deliver an 80% reduction in emissions.*The revolutionary Ulstein X-BOW® cuts through the swell, reducing vibrations and making quicker transits through waves, which helps reduce our fuel consumption by up to 60%.Our onboard desalination plant converts seawater to freshwater that’s safe to drink. This means we can carry less freshwater on sea crossings, further reducing our fuel consumption.Our fleet uses virtual anchoring, a combination of GPS, steering technology, propellers and thrusters, which allow the ship to hold position. This protects the sea floor and minimises the damage caused by conventional anchors.*Tier 3 compared to the older Tier 1 enginePlastic: towards zeroOn board we’ve replaced many single-use plastic products with sustainable alternatives and our aim is to eliminate them altogether.Responsible diningAll of our seafood onboard is sustainably sourced in accordance with the Marine Stewardship Council guidelines. We also cater for vegetarian and vegan diets (please mention this when booking).Gentle cleaning productsFor our onboard cleaning products, we aim to use biodegradable, phosphate free and non-bioaccumulative products as much as possible.We are proud to provide Stream2Sea’s mineral-based sunscreen, tested and proven safe for fish and coral larvae onboard – available for passenger use.RecyclingWe use recycling bins onboard to separate waste and reduce our landfill, and aim to recycle our waste at every port.We are proud to be a member of the SeaGreen recycling initiative in Ushuaia, and participate in beach clean-up initiatives such as Clean up Svalbard.Carbon NeutralWe are certified 100% Carbon Neutral as part of an ongoing active sustainability plan to help make a positive impact on the planet.Citizen Science ProgramTravel is always the best educator and we offer the chance to enrich your curiosity and expand your knowledge and understanding of the places we travel to. There is no better learning opportunity than being in the field with subject matter experts. Our Citizen Science Program is designed to be an interactive forum of like-minded travellers to share new discoveries and deepen their connection to the natural world in a relaxed, informal and fun environment – both on board our ships, on our fascinating shore expeditions and in our zodiacs. You can make a difference as we can provide invaluable data to the scientific community through you taking part. You too can become an ambassador for the protection of our majestic but fragile blue planet when you return home by sharing what you have learned. Our seven dynamic and diverse Citizen Science Projects – focusing on whales, seabirds, microplastics, weather patterns, phytoplankton, polar fjordlands and marine biodiversity – have been hand-picked for their ground-breaking work and global achievements.

Smoking Policy

There is a ‘No Smoking’ policy throughout the interior of our ships.

Special Dietary Requirements

We can accommodate most special meal requests if given advance notice. Our talented chefs will take your requirements into their meal planning and ensure you receive tasty, healthy meals. Ensure you list any dietary requirements on your personal details form. Although we aim to accommodate most dietary requirements, we are unable to cater to all requirements, nor can we guarantee that our onboard meals do not contain traces of peanuts or other nuts. Please contact us to enquire about your specific needs. 

Temperatures

Our expeditions to the polar regions operate during the summer months in the Antarctic and Arctic. During the summer months in Antarctica° the temperature can range from -2°C (28°F) to 8°C (46°F). Big storms are rare, but if one comes through the temperature could drop to -8°C (17°F).In the Arctic the temperature can range from -3°C (26.6°F) to 7°C (44.6°F).

Wi-Fi and Connectivity

Onboard wi-fi internet packages are available for purchase during the voyage. Telephone access for personal use is not available on board. In case of an emergency, our expedition team can facilitate communication with your family members if necessary. 

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Onboard accommodation during voyage, including daily cabin service.One night’s hotel accommodation including breakfast, in Reykjavik on Day 1.

  • Additional Services

    Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult). Complimentary use of Muck Boots during the voyage. Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket. Comprehensive pre-departure information.Port surcharges, permits and landing fees.

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    All airport transfers mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Fully Guided

    Educational lectures and guiding services provided by Expedition Team.

  • Meals

    All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage. Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner. Captain’s Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages

  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises.

  • Visit Iceland's famous Golden Circle prior to embarkation, on Day 2.

What's Not Included

  • Accommodation

    Hotels not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    Transfers – unless specified in the itinerary.

  • Insurance

    Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges.

  • International Travel

    International or domestic flights not mentioned in the itinerary, unless specified in the itinerary.

  • Meals

    Hotels not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Optional

    Optional excursions and optional activity surcharges.

  • Airport arrival or departure taxes.

  • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination fees and charges.

  • All items of a personal nature, including but not limited to alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), gratuities, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, wi-fi, email or phone charges.

  • Gratuities and Tips

    A $15 USD per person per day gratuity for the crew is automatically added to your onboard account.

    It is at your discretion if you would like to remove the tip (or adjust the amount) when you settle your bill.

    It is not necessary to tip the expedition team members.

    This gratuity amount is included for suites as part of their ‘Suite Benefits’.

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  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Save the solo supplement and we’ll pair you with a like-minded traveller based on gender and your selected cabin category. If we’re unable to find you someone to share with, the solo supplement is waived. If you would rather have a cabin all to yourself, you can pay a 50% surcharge and it’s all yours! This way, you can explore endlessly at your own pace.

  • What about special requests or requirements?

    Aurora Expeditions will use reasonable endeavours to accommodate special requests from you, including special dietary requirements, but they cannot be guaranteed. You should advise Aurora Expeditions as soon as possible after booking of any such special requests or requirements, such that Aurora Expeditions can try and accommodate them.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have updated our health and safety protocols effective from 1st October 2023. Aurora requires expeditioners to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel. If you are unvaccinated, your participation on an expedition is subject to a medical review. In the event that any passenger was to test positive for COVID-19 onboard, we will require a 5-day isolation period in your cabin on the vessel. Aurora highly recommends that all passengers have an Influenza vaccine prior to travel. All health and safety protocols are subject to change and may vary due to local regulations in the countries visited.

  • What is Aurora Expedition's child policy?

    Bookings are open to people 8 years of age and over. Children under the age of 8 are not permitted. Passengers under 18 years of age must be accompanied at all times by an adult throughout the expedition and cannot be left unsupervised at any time including during paid additional activities. A child remains the sole responsibility of the adult at all times. Children between 8-17 years of age must pay the adult price of the expedition.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Save the solo supplement and we’ll pair you with a like-minded traveller based on gender and your selected cabin category. If we’re unable to find you someone to share with, the solo supplement is waived. This option can be combined with other offers and discounts. If you would rather have a cabin all to yourself, you can pay a 50% surcharge and it’s all yours! This way, you can explore endlessly at your own pace. This option can be combined with other offers and discounts.

Reviews of this Operator

Valentin Rion (Google Reviewer)  

Since I was a child,...

31-Mar-2024

Since I was a child, I have always dreamed of visiting Antarctica to experience one of the most remote places in the world, witnessing its beautiful wildlife and mesmerizing landscapes. Last February, I joined a group of professional photographers on what has now become the greatest experience of my life. Traveling with Aurora Expeditions (now a B Corp company) was phenomenal. Prior to departure, their customer service was always available to assist me with any questions I had. During the trip, the incredible staff and Expedition Team made the experience absolutely unforgettable. Thanks to their passion and knowledge, I learned so much about Antarctica. Thank you for this incredible experience, one that I hope to relive with you in the future!

Gail Oja (Google Reviewer)  

Wow, wow, wow! This is...

18-Mar-2023

Wow, wow, wow! This is a first-rate run operation and one of the most immersive, spectacular adventures I’ve ever had in my years of world travels. You’ll have two expeditions per day and each one will provide new experiences. The Sylvia Earle is beautiful and staffed by a professional crew (about 1:1) and the daily expeditions are expertly and safely run. Can’t say enough about Aurora.

Mark Luttinen (Google Reviewer)  

Fantastic experience starting with a...

23-Apr-2022

Fantastic experience starting with a voyage through the straights of Magellan and a quick trip through Drakes Passage. Best part of the trip was getting up in the morning to see what new sites and adventures were in store for the day. Definitely got out to see more unique locations in Antarctica than I would expect. The expedition staff was a delight to be around and helped get us out to see whales, seals, penguins and fantastic displays of ice. Hotel staff catered to our needs and made us feel welcome, comfortable and somewhat pampered. Always met with a smile and cheerful greeting any time.

Peter Houghton (Google Reviewer)  

My wife and I both...

26-Mar-2023

My wife and I both agreed we had the greatest holiday of our lives in Antarctica with Aurora Expeditions. Whether it was whale watching from the zodiacs, playing with leopard seals, visiting penguin colonies or marveling at the shapes of floating icebergs...it was only made better by the comforts onboard, the service of the staff and the camaraderie of the passengers and crew. What an unforgettable experience!

John Fison (Google Reviewer)  

We had an amazing trip...

21-Mar-2023

We had an amazing trip on the Greg Mortimer in February 2023. The Aurora team on the ground in Punta Arenas (Tomas and crew), Expedition Team (led so well by Ashley) and the HQ team in Australia looked after us perfectly, from start to finish. We shared so many wonderful experiences with friends and the team could not have done any more for us. Highlights include seeing the wonderful forms of icebergs south of the Antarctic Circle, the shoreline landscape, wildlife and birds (inquisitive leopard seals being our favourite), the polar plunge, volcanic island and the genuine desire of the crew, every day, to make it the trip of a lifetime. Thank you Aurora!

Robert  

Three weeks on board the Greg Mortimer…

16-Jan-2023

Three weeks on board the Greg Mortimer .. very stylish and spacious cabin with plenty of space in the public areas. The x-bow design clearly reduced upwards/downwards movement as it cuts through the waves .. though you do still get side roll. Expedition staff were experienced both on shore and in the zodiacs and the lectures they gave on board were “on point”. Food choices were phenomenal and waiting staff as well all the “hotel” staff were always helpful and never stopped smiling. Throughout the pandemic Aurora kept us notified and offered options and alternatives. Would not hesitate booking again and recommending Aurora and the Greg Mortimer.

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KandE Traveling (Google Reviewer)  

We just completed our Northwest...

08-Oct-2022

We just completed our Northwest Passage cruise on the Greg Mortimer. It was our first cruise, as being packed in with thousands of people was not our idea of a holiday. We were looking for opportunities for hikes and wildlife viewing. Aurora provided an excellent boat, service people, and an exceptional expedition team. Two professional photographers rode in the zodiacs and gave lectures on improving your camera skills whether you own professional-grade equipment or just your smart phone. The nature videographer had clips of animals filmed for Nature and Richard Attenborough's shows. A geologist explained how old the rocks were and the unusual basalt formations. The kayak guide got hooked on the botanist's study of plankton, and shared his excitement with the passengers. Several guides are proficient long-distance sailors; have experience with dog sleds, or are paramedics. The shore landings were inspected by a group of guides who made us safe by ensuring no polar bears were present. The reception, housekeeping, and meal servers were very personable and never left us disappointed. Food offerings were varied and plentiful, and dinners were served a la carte. We look at our pictures and trip notes, and still can't believe what a fabulous experience we had.

Te Shan Liang (Google Reviewer)  

To Antarctica. On Greg Mortimer....

15-Jan-2023

To Antarctica. On Greg Mortimer. An expedition ship that I want to return to, or at least, with the company that runs it and her(his?) sister ship, the Sylvia Earle. Plus points: superb crew, staff and expedition guides. Fabulous rooms. Excellent food and beverage selections. Comprehensive programs that cater to kayakers, trekkers, snowshoers, skiers, photography buffs, citizen scientists, nature lovers, historians. Minus: The Crossing. Which needs to be experienced once.

Scott Digel (Google Reviewer)  

Fantastic Antarctic adventure aboard the...

18-Feb-2023

Fantastic Antarctic adventure aboard the Sylvia Earle. She's a great ship and we found everything about our experience to be first rate. Loved the crew, the ship facilities, the food and the activities. Soooo highly recommended. 6 stars for our cabin steward Eka!

John Bishop  

This is an outstanding company

28-Jul-2023

This is an outstanding company. Our Svalbard adventure was wonderful in every way, underpinned by helpful friendly staff in all areas. The Sylvia Earle is quite magnificent and a delight to sail in. Can't recommend highly enough.

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