A cruise from Svalbard, via Greenland to Iceland aboard the Atlas World Traveller
A Cruise in the Arctic Circle
Svalbard, Greenland and Iceland
We started our holiday with a 3 day stay in Oslo, exploring by walking, boat, bus and tram. Then we joined the group on a chartered flight that took us to Longyearbyen in Svalbard where we boarded the World Traveller operated by Atlas Ocean Voyages.Our cruise ship took us into the Arctic Circle, renowned for vast tundra, immense glaciers and deep fjords. Bad weather forced us to leave Svalbard early so we headed for Greenland, the largest island in the world, where we explored several of the fjords on the east coast. The Captain and expedition team found some prime sites for us to explore in the zodiacs. Amid the far reaches of Arctic Greenland humans have still managed to settle and make a life in the village of Ittoqqortoormiit, despite being cut off from shipping for 9 months of the year.We cruised on to Iceland where we landed in the Westfjords before travelling on to Reykjavik. We spent a further 3 days there and explored the south coast. The weather was no good to us and both our day tours were marred by rain and low visibility.
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The World Traveller is a luxury expedition small ship Atlas refer to it as a yacht). The cabins are luxurious with plush bedding and marble bathrooms. Meals are relaxed and the food is gourmet quality. There is an unlimited supply of cocktails, champagne and premium spirits and wines. The lounges are very comfortable and the lectures extremely interesting.The staff soon learn the names and likes/dislikes of all the passengers to provide a highly personalised service. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff. If an expedition arrives back late then they will keep the restaurant open for passengers.This is our third cruise with Atlas, the first being on World Voyager to Antarctica and the second cruising on World Navigator from Rome to Athens. The quality of the ships and staff is exceptional.