2021 – High Arctic Odyssey - 28 Days

Our 2021 Girls On Tour “High Arctic Odyssey” departs 29th June, 2021 and over 28 days will encompass the fire and ice of Iceland, the high Arctic regions of the Svalbard Archipelago on board the magnificent, purpose built ‘Greg Mortimer’ and magical Norway by road and rail including one of the worlds’ most scenic rail journeys, The Flåm Railway.  Join us as we go in search of polar bears, Arctic fox, walrus, Orcas and other polar creatures.

In Iceland explore the South East Coast, glaciers and waterfalls as well as the famous Blue Lagoon, and in Norway the magnificent Flåm Railway, Oslo, Lofthus and beautiful Bergen.

GOT Brochure Arctic 2021

Day 1
Tuesday 29 June - DEPART FOR REYKJAVIK, ICELAND 2 nights

Depart for Reykjavik, Iceland

Day 2
Wed 30 June - REYKJAVIK

Arrive Reykjavik and transfer to hotel. Balance of day free.

Day 3
Thu 1 July - SOUTH EAST COAST

Our first day of touring includes Reykjanesviti Lighthouse, Gunnuhver hot springs, Brimketill hot spring and The Blue Lagoon. Highlights include learning the legend of the Gunnuhver Hot Springs, visiting Iceland’s oldest Lighthouse, seeing the geological gems; Brimketill, Kleifarvatn & Krýsvuík hot springs and bathing in the Blue Lagoon. (B,D)

Day 4
Fri 2 July - SOUTH EAST COAST

Today we tour ‘The Golden Circle’ including Pingvellir National Park, Geysir hot spring valley, Gullfoss waterfall and we learn about the Icelandic horses and what makes them unique. (B)

Day 5
Sat 3 July - SOUTH EAST COAST

Majestic waterfalls and black sand beaches await us today as we visit the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls and Reynisfjara. The historic Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon is a true highlight today. (B)

Day 6
Sun 4 July - VATNAJÖKULL & SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK

Amphibian boat tour on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon – Diamond beach – Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon – Skaftafell national park (great variety of hiking paths). (B)

Day 7
Mon 5 July - REYKJAVIK

Visit of LAVA Centre exhibition – Hveragerði hot spring valley – Reykjavík city tour – returning to Hotel in Reykjavík. (B)

Day 8
Tue 6 July - TO OSLO

Sadly we say farewell to Iceland and transfer to the airport for our flight to Oslo, Norway where the rest of the day is free to explore. (B)

Day 9
Wed 7th July - OSLO TO LONGYEARBYEN

On arrival in Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen Island you will enjoy a tour of this interesting Arctic town including the museum before transferring to the dock to embark Greg Mortimer. (B,D)

Day 10
Thu 8 Jul - SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO

Over the next 10 days we will explore spectacular straits, fjords, islands, bays and nature reserves in search of Arctic wildlife such as walrus, Arctic fox, reindeer, whales, Puffins, seabirds and of course Polar Bears with spectacular scenery at every turn. The Svalbard Archipelago is ours to explore with our specialist team who will use their expertise to design our voyage from day to day making the best use of weather and ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. (B,L,D)

Day 11
Fri 9 Jul - SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO

explore spectacular straits, fjords, islands, bays and nature reserves in search of Arctic wildlife such as walrus, Arctic fox, reindeer, whales, Puffins, seabirds and of course Polar Bears with spectacular scenery at every turn. The Svalbard Archipelago is ours to explore with our specialist team who will use their expertise to design our voyage from day to day making the best use of weather and ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. (B,L,D)

Day 14
Sat 10 Jul - SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO

explore spectacular straits, fjords, islands, bays and nature reserves in search of Arctic wildlife such as walrus, Arctic fox, reindeer, whales, Puffins, seabirds and of course Polar Bears with spectacular scenery at every turn. The Svalbard Archipelago is ours to explore with our specialist team who will use their expertise to design our voyage from day to day making the best use of weather and ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. (B,L,D)

Day 15
Sun 11 Jul - SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO

explore spectacular straits, fjords, islands, bays and nature reserves in search of Arctic wildlife such as walrus, Arctic fox, reindeer, whales, Puffins, seabirds and of course Polar Bears with spectacular scenery at every turn. The Svalbard Archipelago is ours to explore with our specialist team who will use their expertise to design our voyage from day to day making the best use of weather and ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. (B,L,D)

Day 16
Mon 12 Jul - SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO

explore spectacular straits, fjords, islands, bays and nature reserves in search of Arctic wildlife such as walrus, Arctic fox, reindeer, whales, Puffins, seabirds and of course Polar Bears with spectacular scenery at every turn. The Svalbard Archipelago is ours to explore with our specialist team who will use their expertise to design our voyage from day to day making the best use of weather and ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. (B,L,D)

Day 17
Tue 13 Jul - SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO

explore spectacular straits, fjords, islands, bays and nature reserves in search of Arctic wildlife such as walrus, Arctic fox, reindeer, whales, Puffins, seabirds and of course Polar Bears with spectacular scenery at every turn. The Svalbard Archipelago is ours to explore with our specialist team who will use their expertise to design our voyage from day to day making the best use of weather and ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. (B,L,D)

Day 18
Wed 14 Jul - SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO

explore spectacular straits, fjords, islands, bays and nature reserves in search of Arctic wildlife such as walrus, Arctic fox, reindeer, whales, Puffins, seabirds and of course Polar Bears with spectacular scenery at every turn. The Svalbard Archipelago is ours to explore with our specialist team who will use their expertise to design our voyage from day to day making the best use of weather and ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. (B,L,D)

Day 19
Thu 15 Jul - SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO

explore spectacular straits, fjords, islands, bays and nature reserves in search of Arctic wildlife such as walrus, Arctic fox, reindeer, whales, Puffins, seabirds and of course Polar Bears with spectacular scenery at every turn. The Svalbard Archipelago is ours to explore with our specialist team who will use their expertise to design our voyage from day to day making the best use of weather and ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. (B,L,D)

Day 20
Fri 16 Jul - SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO

explore spectacular straits, fjords, islands, bays and nature reserves in search of Arctic wildlife such as walrus, Arctic fox, reindeer, whales, Puffins, seabirds and of course Polar Bears with spectacular scenery at every turn. The Svalbard Archipelago is ours to explore with our specialist team who will use their expertise to design our voyage from day to day making the best use of weather and ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. (B,L,D)

Day 21
Sat 17 Jul - AT SEA

Crossing the Barents Sea to Kirkenes offers some good opportunities to encounter whales and sea birds as well as enjoying final presentations from the ships expert team. (B,L,D)

Day 22
Sun 18 Jul - AT SEA

Crossing the Barents Sea to Kirkenes offers some good opportunities to encounter whales and sea birds as well as enjoying final presentations from the ships expert team. (B,L,D)

Day 23
Mon 19 Jul - DISEMBARK KIRKENES

Our polar cruise comes to an end today as we farewell our expedition team and continue on our journey through Norway for new adventures. A flight from Kirkenes will take us to Oslo, the capital of Norway where we will overnight. (B)

Day 24
Tue 20 Jul - OSLO TO FLÅM

Today we board the train bound for Myrdal, a spectacular train journey that offers a panoramic view of some of the most magnificent landscapes of Norway. Upon arrival at the mountain station of Myrdal you change trains and travel by the Flåm Railway, one of the steepest train lines in the world. Our big luggage will be transferred to Bergen and we will take only an overnight bag for 3 nights. On our arrival in Flåm we will enjoy a bus tour to Stegastein viewpoint where you’ll experience a fantastic fjord view and a closeness with nature. (B,D)

Day 25
Wed 21 Jul – FLÅM TO LOFTHUS

This morning we board a vessel to travel through the Nærøyfjord landscapes to Gudvangen. On arrival in Gudvangen will drive to the very top of the Nærøydalen Canyon and then on to the historical town of Voss and then Lofthus, beautifully situated by the stunning Hardangerfjord where we will spend the night. (B,D)

Day 26
Thu 22 Jul - LOFTHUS TO BERGEN

We continue on today to Bergen, crossing the Hardanger Bridge, one of the longest suspension bridges in the world, the longest in Norway and passing by Nordheimsund, including a short stop at the Steindalsfossen waterfall, here guests can walk behind the waterfall and enjoy some fantastic views. Arrive in Bergen, the beautiful Hanseatic town on the west coast of Norway. (B)

Day 27
Fri 23 Jul - BERGEN

Today a walking tour of Bergen including the fish market, the old Hanseatic warehouses, the cathedral and many charming wooden houses. Enjoy a ride by the funicular to Mount Fløyen for your last panoramic view of Norway. The rest of the day is yours to explore this quaint, beautiful city. (B)

Day 28
Sat 24 Jul - DEPART FOR HOME

At appropriate time transfer to airport for homeward flights. (B)

Day 29
Sun 25 Jul – IN TRANSIT

Day 30
Mon 26 Jul – ARRIVE HOME

Twin share full tour – $27,737

Single supp (Land only) $2,385 AUD
Single available at sea subject to availability and at additional cost.
*based on minimum group of 12 and subject to currency fluctuations.

DEPOSIT / PAYMENT
Due to the various components of this incredible trip a deposit of $5,000 is required on booking.  A further progress payment of $5,000 may be required with the final balance due for payment on or before 25th February, 2021. Pricing is based on a minimum group of 12 travellers and is subject to major currency fluctuations. The pricings shown are for departures from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Departure ex Perth, Adelaide and other cities will be on application and may differ to advertised price due to airline taxes.

Your escort for this tour will be Judy Polkinghorne, owner and founder of Girls On Tour.

NOTE: Economy fares are quoted in the cost. It may be possible to upgrade your flights from economy to business class at your own cost. If you would like to request a quote to upgrade please contact Judy on the email adress shown below.

Inclusions

  • Return international Economy flights
  • All transfers at destination and internal flights as shown
  • All transport in air-conditioned coaches.
  • 3-4 star hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast each day. Other meals as shown. All meals on ship.
  • Comfort package at Blue Lagoon
  • All entries and touring as shown on itinerary.
  • Full time Australian escort .
  • Polar jacket yours to keep, shoes provided for use on ship.
  • Information Kit and pre-departure information and advice
  • Polar Pioneer Photobook of your cruise

Exclusions

  • Tips and gratuities
  • Airline taxes subject to change
  • Personal items, travel insurance
  • Anything not specified above

Trip Facts

  • 28 days
  • $5,000
  • 25th February 2021
  • Judy Polkinghorne

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