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Aurora Expeditions, Australia’s award-winning adventure travel company, has released its new Arctic & Beyond 2025 voyage season, which includes four brand new expeditions and seven Ultimate Adventure voyages that allow adventurous travellers to explore further and longer on the company’s new purpose-built small expedition ships, the Greg Mortimer and the Sylvia Earle.
Aurora Expeditions’ new Arctic & Beyond season includes departures to the region’s unique and varied destinations, such as Greenland (whose east, south, west, and north-west coasts will be explored), Svalbard, Norway, Iceland, and Canada’s High Arctic via the famed North-west Passage.
Popular cruises to Costa Rica and the British Isles are also covered. From 2025, Aurora will also make reaching the embarking site for its most popular Svalbard excursions easier by offering included charter flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen.
“We are thrilled to launch our new season, where we will continue to bring our expeditions to incredible destinations where nature reigns supreme and few others venture,” said Aurora Expeditions CMO Hayley Peacock-Gower. “This season promises to deliver life-changing and meaningful adventures, iconic wildlife, connection with local communities, and a focus on protecting the destinations we visit, all guided by our expert team who always follows the experience.” “This season has been designed with adventure, immersion, and exploration in mind while also catering for the interests of our global passengers,” said Justin Ewin, Global Head of Product for Aurora Expeditions.
“We have introduced shorter voyages that appeal to the North American and Asian markets, as well as longer, ‘Ultimate Adventure’ voyages that are more frequently desired by Australian, New Zealand, and European passengers, in addition to new charter flights to simplify our guests’ journeys.” We are delighted to explore new frontiers in north-west Greenland, where we want to go further than ever.”
New expeditions include:
- Spitsbergen: Realm of the Ice Bear Oslo/Oslo, 16 June-23 June 2025 on the Greg Mortimer – Focusing on the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, we slice through pack ice to find walrus and bearded seals and sail along spectacular fjords surrounded by jagged mountains that pierce the sky. We keep our eyes peeled for polar bears hunting on the ice while guillemots nest in high cliffs away from the hungry jaws of arctic foxes. Stretch your legs on walks across the tundra and discover historical camps of explorers and hunters.
- Iceland’s Westfjords & North Coast Reykjavik/Reykjavik, 28 July-05 August 2025 on the Sylvia Earle Explore Westfjords, one of Iceland’s remotest and most pristine regions. Discover diverse landscapes with thundering waterfalls, lava fields that breathe steam, and verdant valleys that stretch beyond the horizon. In Húsavík, keep your eyes peeled and your camera ready to catch the fluke of a whale’s tail as it takes a deep dive. Atlantic puffins can be found in large numbers in Iceland, and we plan to encounter these delightful creatures as often as possible.
- Southern Greenland: On the Trail of the Vikings Reykjavik/Toronto, 04 August-17 August 2025 on the Sylvia Earle. Experience the enormity of Greenland, where jagged peaks pierce azure skies and countless glaciers snake their way towards the coast. Zodiac-cruise along fjords where you might glimpse ringed seals lazing on sea ice calved from Greenland’s enormous ice sheets. Sail along Prince Christian Sound, flanked by imposing mountains. Verdant pastures in south Greenland signal the presence of human settlement and the Viking ruins of Erik the Red, which still stand at Hvalsey.
- Wild Landscapes of West Greenland Toronto/Toronto, 15 August-29 August 2025 on the Sylvia Earle Home to the northernmost capital in the world, Nuuk, the west coast of Greenland may be where most Greenlanders live. Still, you are unlikely to encounter many people outside of the capital. With no road to connect the townships, flying or sea travel are the only options available. We push through the sea ice to venture north, where locals see few tourists, to explore hidden bays glittering with icebergs carved from the enormous Greenland ice sheet and where whales may shelter.
Travellers who are interested in exploring different regions, destinations or activities in a single journey can also embark on one of seven ‘Ultimate Adventures’, which are consecutive voyages that maximise exploration time, offering a broader range of experiences as well as added value savings. for passengers. Examples include the 20-day ‘Wild Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland’, the 23-day ‘Arctic Wonders: Iceland & Spitsbergen’, the 26-day ‘Greenland in Depth’ or the 26-day ‘Northern Isles: Scotland & Iceland’.
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