New Bucket-List Arctic Voyage
Active Exploration with Enthusiastic Geologists.
Adventure Geology Tours is excited to invite you on a 13-day excursion to the top of the globe! Join us aboard a 3-mast barquentine sailing ship that will cruise 621 miles south of the North Pole to visit a faraway group of islands, called Svalbard, Norway.
From Longyearbyen will travel along Isfjorden and the western coast of Spitzbergen with 13 planned stops to see such things as: Precambrian crystalline basement rock, Permian-Cretaceous fossil record, Triassic overturned mega-folds, Triassic petrified forest, Carboniferous cyclical coal deposits and limestone karst caves, Quaternary volcanic plugs. Additionally, we will visit spots of historical significance like the city of Pyramiden (a defunct Russian coal mining ghost town), a whale grave yard, and an 18th century scientific research station.
Basically, taking a trip to this rarely-visited archipelago is like walking into an outdoor amusement park for those who are entertained by seeing the geologic record being destroyed, altered, remastered and presented as picturesque scenery. Throw in a sailing ship, a polar bear sighting, and a sky in perpetual sunset. What more could you possibly ask for in your Arctic Circle experience??
Our Arctic Circle sailing trip is a special offer that may not happen again. Join us in 2023! Check out the other locations you can visit with Adventure Geology Tours.
Cruise 621 miles south of the North Pole
View the most complete geologic record in northern Europe
Excursions through sea ice, to glacial cliff faces, and into fjords filled with icebergs
Possible wildlife sightings of walrus, seal, whale, reindeer, Arctic fox, polar bear, and Arctic birds
Visits to world renown Triassic fossil locations
Where are we sailing?
We’ll meet in Longyearbyen, the northernmost permanently inhabited community in the world. It is located on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. Then we will sail along the Western coast and arrive back in Longyearbyen.
Imagine visiting a region North of mainland Europe that is midway
between the northern coast of Norway and the North Pole. It is
here you will find a group of remote islands, between 74° and 81°N,
referred to as Svalbard. Although the islands (23,570 mi2) were
used by whalers in the 17th and 18th century, and then settled in
the 20th century for coal excavation, the territories largely remain
uninhabited and today have a reported population under 3,000.
Likely, this is due to the rugged glacial landscapes, and the vast
frozen tundra, that have persisted since the Pleistocene; to-date,
glaciers cover approximately 59% of Svalbard’s total land area.
Surrounded by the cold waters of the Barents Sea, the North
Atlantic, and the Arctic Ocean, the only practical way to access
land in the archipelago is by a ship capable of entering ords, and
then going to land by smaller boats, called zodiacs.
Travel with a Researcher
What makes our tours so unique? As a geologist, Dr. Tamie J. Jovanelly, has been exploring the geological complexities of Nordic regions for almost two decades. The recently published monograph, “Iceland: Tectonics, Volcanics, and Glacial Features” (Wiley, 2020) is an example of her commitment to researching northern latitudes. Additionally, she was one of 33 scientists on a research expedition to the International Territories of Svlbard whereby studying climate change, general geology, and water quality issues. She is a Geological Society of America Fellow (2021).
It was their love of glacial landscapes that motivated Dr. Tamie J. Jovanelly, a geologist, professor, international researcher, and author, along with her husband, Joe Cook, an adventurist, to build a trip that focused on geological landscapes that are inescapable, breath taking, and even more fascinating when their origin is explained.
Bring your curiosity, sense of adventure, and eagerness to learn.
What Our Clients Say
These reviews are from our flagship location, Iceland. Come with us and leave a review for Adventure Geology Tours – Arctic Circle!
Ideal for the adventurer, the scientist, the photographer, and the list goes on and on. Perfect for those that like to be active but can still kick it for a day in the famous Blue Lagoon Spa. Every facet of the trip was taken care of and curated so that we could fully focus on our experience. 10 out of 10 would recommend this trip, I would do it again in a heartbeat!
– 5 Star TripAdvisor Testimonial
Dr. Tamie Jovanelly knows the island like the back of her hand, and she is highly knowledgeable of Icelandic geology as well as geology in general. She maximized our time while we were there without making the trip feel rushed or too crammed.
– 5 Star TripAdvisor Testimonial