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Aurora Expeditions – Exhilarating, Wild and Remote Voyages

Aurora Expeditions – Exhilarating, Wild and Remote Voyages

Polar bear and cub Svalbard Alexey Sedov
Walrus Hinlopen Strait Svalbard L Lee
Walrus, Svalbard. Image courtesy Aurora Expeditions and L.Lee

Aurora Expeditions have launched their Global and Arctic 2022 program aboard both the Greg Mortimer, and their new ship, the Sylvia Earle, on track for delivery in October 2021.  

The  program features 12  new itineraries and destinations that continue to push the boundaries of expedition voyaging and will take our expeditioners to some breathtaking and incredible remote corners of the planet, including the Russian Far East, Raja Ampat/West Papua, Alaska, the Northwest Passage and Baja California.  

Launching alongside the new itineraries will be an exclusive early bird deal of up to 25% off.* 

Both the Sylvia Earle and the Greg Mortimer Global and Arctic 2022 programs will visit some of the Mission Blue Hope Spots as championed by Sylvia Earle herself. These include The Gulf of California, the Coral Triangle and Misool Marine Reserve in Raja Ampat and the North West Passage. Through visiting these places, Aurora Expeditions aims to raise further awareness on the importance of conserving these biodiverse  marine areas.

Some of the main itinerary highlights of the new Aurora Expeditions Global and Arctic 2022 program include:  

North West Passage – 17 days  

Sailing on the Greg Mortimer 

Get a glimpse into the world that captivated early explorers such as Franklin, Amundsen and Larsen, by exploring a portion of the fabled Northwest Passage. Visit the final resting places of some of the legendary explorers to have ventured here and experience the archipelago of islands and channels that make up Canada’s High Arctic region. An opportunity to try and meet local indigenous people who call this remote wilderness home, and encounter enigmatic arctic wildlife, including walrus, beluga whale, polar bear and the elusive narwhal. 

Wrangel Island – 16 days  

Sailing on the Sylvia Earle 

Set sail from Nome, Alaska, for Russia’s most remote and treasured wildlife sanctuaries, Wrangel Island Nature Reserve. Discover a wonderland offering the world’s highest concentration of polar bear dens (home to both parents and cubs), the largest population of Pacific walrus, nesting grounds for 100 migratory bird species including snowy owls, snow geese and long-tailed skuas; and reindeer, musk oxen and arctic fox. Having escaped glaciation during the last ice age, Wrangel Island is a bonsai garden of some 400 plant species and boasts a human history as spare and dramatic as the land. Explore the Chukotka coast, where beluga, gray and humpback whales feed, and experience traditional Chukchi life before returning to Nome. 

Baja California & Sea of Cortez – 9 days  

Sailing on the Sylvia Earle  

The Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez, was once famously dubbed the ‘aquarium of the world.’ The rugged islands, coastal desert and the surrounding turquoise waters are of striking natural beauty. The islands and protected areas of the Gulf of California are one of Dr Sylvia Earle’s designated Hope Spots and a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. It is one of the most productive ocean regions in the world – home to over 900 species of fish, including sharks – 90 of them endemic – more than 2,000 invertebrate species and a variety of whales, dolphins, rays, sea turtles and sea lions.  

Alaska Adventure and Haida Gwaii – 13 days  

Sailing on the Sylvia Earle 

Weaving through fjords, coves and bays that are best enjoyed on a small ship, explore small settlements, including Annette Island’s Metlakatla Indian Community, the only Indian Reserve in Alaska. In Sitka Sound, Zodiac-cruise at Saint Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge, home to over a 500,000 breeding seabirds, as bald eagles and peregrine falcons circle the skies and Mount Edgecumbe looms nearby. In Misty Fjords National Monument, sail along Tracy Arm Fjord towards the splendid twin Sawyer Glaciers. With special permission, we visit Haida Gwaii, where indigenous Haida guides will welcome you to their community and share stories about their history and culture. Near Bella Coola, Nuxalk Nation guides will lead expeditioners on an exclusive excursion for a grizzly bear encounter, a unique selling point of this voyage. 

Raja Ampat & West Papua – 14 days  

Sailing on the Sylvia Earle 

The tropical archipelago of West Papua is ideal for expedition cruising. Raja Ampat and the nearby islands of the Indonesian archipelago are a melting pot of culture, history and nature. Discover the influence of Melanesia, Islam, and the Portuguese explorers and Dutch traders who ventured to the ‘Spice Islands’ in search of highly prized spices such as nutmeg. Raja Ampat is also a marine biodiversity hotspot. With 75 per cent of the world’s coral species and over 1,500 species of tropical fish found here, it is a paradise for divers and snorkellers.  

Kamchatka and Chukotka – 17 days  

Polar bear and cub Svalbard Alexey Sedov
Polar bear Svalbard Image courtesy Alexey Sedov/Aurora Expeditions

Sailing on the Sylvia Earle 

Soak in coastal hot springs serenaded by thundering waterfalls. Zodiac cruise along black-sand beaches, where Kamchatka brown bears and cubs forage, and share swift rivers with Steller’s sea eagles diving on salmon. Visit the Commander Islands (‘South Georgia of the North Pacific’) where seabirds populate a breathtaking maze of arches and sea stacks. Red-legged kittiwakes, red-faced cormorants, parakeet and whiskered auklets and perhaps even laysan albatross are on show. Visit the grave of explorer Vitus Bering near waters bustling with sea lions, fur seals and busy sea otters, while orcas and humpback whales patrol the bays. In Chukotka enjoy tundra wildflowers, cliff-climbing bears and a warm welcome by reindeer herders. 

Other new itineraries include Greenland OdysseyKuril Islands, Baja California Odyssey, Aleutian Islands, Alaska Odyssey and Alaska Adventure.  

Polar bear Svalbard Image courtesy Alexey Sedov/Aurora Expeditions

These new itineraries sit alongside some of our most popular Arctic voyages including Svalbard OdysseyIceland Circumnavigation and Jewels of the Arctic.   

For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book this incredible holiday contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager here.

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