Greg Mortimer Arctic

Arctic

High-end, contemporary ship with new & responsible technology and an adventurous ethos

At a Glance

  • Brand new vessel built to world-class polar standards

  • Open bridge policy to see how the captain and officers navigate the waters and terrain

  • Sociable and family-friendly environment

  • Custom built activity platform for sea kayaking as well as the famous polar plunge

  • Wide range of activities on-board including informative talks, a gym and Wellness Centre

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Arctic cruising has a very specific season due to the sea ice; all expedition cruises depart from July through to September and therefore do not sail in the winter months from November through to June. Temperatures are of the extremes and can be largely variable depending on conditions; the Arctic Circle can see summer temperatures vary between -10°c and 10°c. Southern Greenland and the coast of Labrador in Canada can peak at 16°c whereas deep in the Northwest passage thermometers rise no higher than 5°c.  

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“The Greg Mortimer expeditions offer an amazing amount of different adventurous activities including camping, climbing, snorkelling and even diving which really sets it apart from other boats!”

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Description

Built to world-class polar standards, the Greg Mortimer is an exciting new addition to our Arctic portfolio, boasting excellent safety features, innovative tech, flexible itineraries including fly-sail options and a range of activities.

Named after the co-founder of Aurora Expeditions, Greg Mortimer is the company’s first purpose-built expedition vessel. The ship has been designed to offer small-scale polar cruising, flexible itineraries, multiple landing opportunities, all the latest safety features and modern comforts within an informal and family-friendly environment. 

Accommodating up to 100 passengers on polar expeditions, there is a friendly and intimate vibe on-board. Passengers enjoy a wide choice of cabins which include en-suite bathroom with hair dryer, storage space, safe, 42-inch flat-screen TV, international power outlets and small sofa. All but the basic category of room, have private balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows and there are interconnecting rooms for families. Passengers can enjoy family-style dining in the restaurant or relaxing in one of the two lounge bars and there is a last night farewell four-course dinner and cocktails. Complimentary beverages and snacks are available 24-hours a day.

There are several on-board observation spaces including hydraulic platforms for bird, wildlife and scenery viewing and the ship operates an open bridge policy, so passengers can join the captain and officers to see navigation practises and mapping techniques in action. There is a lecture room for learning more about the region, a library and Wellness Centre with a gym, sauna and spa. Passengers also enjoy flexible and plentiful shore excursions in a fleet of Zodiac boats, along with a wide range of activities enjoyed from the custom-built activity platform which include polar snorkelling and sea kayaking.

The Greg Mortimer has several bespoke features including a unique XBOW bow, which provides greater stability than a traditional bow and Zodiac launching platforms reducing the time for loading and launching the boats. The boat also meets the latest Polar Class 6 requirements for ice-strengthened vessels, has return-to-port equipment in the event of engine failure and a fully stocked medical centre.

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Accommodation

These cabins are luxurious and elegant, each one opens up onto views of the ocean so you never an to miss a panorama.

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Aurora Stateroom Triple

The Aurora Stateroom Triple cabins are located on deck 3 and feature three twin beds, private en-suite bathroom, porthole window, desk area and storage space. There is also a flat screen TV. The cabin size is 21.4 square metres/230 square feet.

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Aurora Stateroom Twin

The Aurora Stateroom Twin cabins are located on deck 3 and feature two twin beds, private en-suite bathroom, porthole window, desk area and storage space. There is also a flat screen TV. The cabin size is 15.8 square metres/170 square feet.

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Balcony Stateroom - A

The Balcony Staterooms-A are located on decks 4 and 6 and feature a double bed or two twin beds, private en-suite bathroom, private balcony, full size window, desk area and storage space. There is also a separate lounge area and a flat screen TV. The cabin and balcony combined size is 24.1 square metres/259 square feet.

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Balcony Stateroom - B

The Balcony Stateroom-B are located on decks 4 and 6 and feature a double bed or two twin beds, private en-suite bathroom, private balcony, full size window, desk area and storage space. There is also a separate lounge area and a flat screen TV. The cabin and balcony combined size 23.6 square metres/254 square feet.

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Balcony Stateroom - C

The Balcony Stateroom-C are located on decks 4 and 6 and feature a double bed or two twin beds, private en-suite bathroom, private balcony, full size window, desk area and storage space. There is also a separate lounge area and a flat screen TV. The cabin and balcony combined size is 20.9 square metres/225 square feet.

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Balcony Suite

The two Balcony Suites are located on deck 4 and feature a double bed or two twin beds, private en-suite bathroom, private balcony, full size window, desk area and storage space. There is also a separate lounge area and a flat screen TV. The cabin and balcony combined size is 30.5 square metres/328 square feet.

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Captain's Suite

The Captain's Suite is located on deck 4 and features a double bed or two twin beds, private en-suite bathroom, private balcony, full size window, desk area and storage space. There is also a separate lounge area and a flat screen TV. The cabin and balcony combined size is 44.5 square metres/ 478 square feet.

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Junior Suite

The four Junior Suites are located on deck 7 and feature a double bed or two twin beds, private en-suite bathroom, private balcony, full size window, desk area and storage space. There is also a separate lounge area and a flat screen TV. The cabin and balcony combined size is 38.9 square metres/ 418 square feet.

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Facilities

Dining

A large restaurant which serves meals family style.  A private dining area can also be requested.

Hydraulic Viewing Platform

A viewing platform ensuring you witness the best views possible.

Multimedia Room

There is a multimedia room on deck 5 for photographers and artists.

On-board Entertainment

There is a lecture room, two bars/lounges and a library.

Open Bridge Policy

This policy means at any time you can come up to the bridge and observe what the captain and officers are up to.

Wellness Centre

There is a Wellness Centre with gym equipment, spa and a sauna.

Activities

Zodiac Excursions

There are two to three daily landings which allows you to maximise your time on the shore.

Daily Talks

There will be presentations in the lecture room by experts in their field to educate you on the Arctic region.

Sea Kayaking

There is no more magical nor humbling way to explore the immense landscapes of the Arctic than by sea kayak. Paddle alongside playful wildlife and marvel at the ice sculptures towering about you. Some kayaking experience is required and places are limited so we recommend booking in advance.

Floorplans

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Experiences

  • Antarctic Peninsula

    Travelling through Antarctica takes you through a landscape unlike anywhere else on earth. Your time here introduces you to this evocative landscape, with trips ashore and onboard presentations providing an understanding of the scenery and its wildlife.

  • Arrive into Reykjavik

    Arrive into Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, check into your hotel for tonight and then spend the day exploring this cosmopolitan city.

  • At Sea – Crossing the Greenland Sea

    Crossing the Greenland Sea brings an opportunity to slow down, to appreciate the stillness of the vast expanse of water and to discover the history, geology and wildlife of the region through onboard lectures and fascinating presentations.

  • Discover Narsarsuaq and the thermal springs of Uunartoq Island

    Another opportunity to step ashore presents itself today as you visit Narsarsuaq with its Norse ruins and Inuit graves, while a stop at Uunartoq brings you to the thermal springs and hundreds of years of history of this verdant landscape.

  • Disembark at St John’s, Newfoundland

    Today marks the end of your Arctic expedition, a time to bid farewell and continue on your way, though there’s still time to explore the harbour of St John’s, North America’s oldest European settled city and Newfoundland’s capital.

  • Explore George River

    Lying in the very eastern reaches of the Nunvik region of Quebec province, George River is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts and also offers a privileged chance to meet the local community and discover their rich cultural heritage.

  • Explore L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland

    Travel back almost a thousand years as you explore L’Anse aux Meadows.

  • Explore Tasermiut Fjord, Nanortalik and the mountains of Klosterdal

    You arrive at the Tasermiut Fjord, a lush region of wooded valleys, soaring mountains and sweeping fjords where you can spend some time exploring the small town of Nanortalik to gain an insight into life in the Arctic wilds.

  • Explore the history and culture heritage of Nain

    The northernmost community in Nunatsisavut, Nain is a fascinating insight into the missionary efforts of the Moravians and a walk around the town is a chance to explore the main sites and discover local artisans.

  • Explore the Thingvellir National Park

    Explore the Thingvellir National Park before embarking the vessel. Discover the beautiful natural wonders of Reykjavik before boarding the boat in the late afternoon.

  • Explore the ‘Iceberg Capital of the World’ at Twilingate

    The waters that surround Twilingate are thick with icebergs in early spring and summer, earning it the title of ‘Iceberg Capital of the World’, though today you’ll have the chance to explore the picturesque coastline and charming streets of the town.

  • Exploring the Lemaire Channel

    Boasting some of the most spectacular mountain scenery and icebergs, the Lemaire Channel is a truly beautiful part of the Antarctic Peninsula to explore, both on your ship and on Zodiac excursions.

  • Fly to King George Island

    Fly from Punta Arenas to Antarctica and you cross the legendary Drake Passage in just a few hours, arriving into the South Shetland Islands to meet your ship at King George Island.

  • Spectacular South Georgia

    Longer Antarctic expeditions include time exploring South Georgia, arguably the highlight of your cruise. With breathtaking scenery, huge congregations of king and macaroni penguins and amazing birdlife, there is so much to discover here.

  • The Drake Passage

    The stretch of sea between the southern tip of South America and Antarctica is the Drake Passage, an often turbulent stretch of sea that marks the beginning and end of your journey south. Take in the midnight sunset and watch albatrosses fly alongside you.

  • The Falkland Islands

    With clear skies, seamless horizons and large numbers of penguins and albatross to be found on white sand beaches and amongst tufts of vibrant tussock grass, The Falkland Islands are rich in natural beauty and a visit here is culturally fascinating too.

  • Time at sea as you sail south to Nain

    Leaving the beautiful Torngat Mountains behind you sail south to Nain, with time at sea to relax, spot the seabirds from the deck and indulge in the wellness centre.

  • Time at sea as you sail towards Canada’s East Coast

    Your first week at sea will have been a busy, enlivening experience and as you sail towards Canada you have the opportunity to catch your breath and reflect on the experiences of the past few days, while preparing for the forthcoming adventures.

  • Visit Battle Harbour, Newfoundland

    Step back in time as you explore the restored 19th century village of Battle Harbour.

  • Visit Hopedale to discover more about the Moravian Missionaries

    Today offers a chance to learn more about Newfoundland’s missionary history as you explore the legacy of the Moravian missionaries in Hopedale, legislative capital of Nunatsiavut.

  • Visit Hvalsey Church and Qaqortoq, the capital city of Southern Greenland

    Your experiences today begin in the early days of Greenland’s history with ancient Norse ruins and end in the capital city of South Greenland, with its art exhibits, restaurants and cultural life.

  • Visit Prince Christian Sound, Southeast Greenland

    Sailing into the majestic Prince Christian Sound is a spellbindingly memorable experience, a vast channel of towering mountains, calving glaciers and iceberg-strewn waters.

  • Visit the Westman Islands

    Today brings an opportunity to explore the exceptional geological sights, Viking history, volcanoes and UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Westman Islands.

  • Visit Torngat National Park

    Spend a couple of days immersed the mysterious landscapes of the Torngat National Park.

  • Visiting Port Lockroy

    Port Lockroy is a British-built research station situated on Goudier Island and restored into a museum about the early explorers in 1996. A fascinating place to explore, and plenty of gentoo penguins outside to entertain you, too.

  • Whales & Seals

    Whilst most visitors find the penguins the primary draw in terms of Antarctic wildlife, the marine life includes numerous species of seal and whale. Species include humpback whales, orcas, elephant and leopard seals, and Antarctic fur seals.

  • Zodiac excursions

    One of the real highlights of an Antarctic cruise is getting out on the water in small Zodiac vessels, the ideal way to get up close to the icebergs, wildlife and marine life.

Holiday Ideas

  • Explore Iceland, Greenland & East Canada

    Voyage the Artic through Iceland, Greenland and Canada

    from £10200 pp inc flights & transfers for 20 nights

Location & directions

Arctic

Board the Greg Mortimer in Reykjavik, Iceland, cross the Greenland Sea and explore Southern Greenland before crossing Baffin Bay to explore the Atlantic Coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, disembark in St John's, Newfoundland.

How to get there

3-hour flight to Reykjavik, Iceland where the cruise commences.

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