Join Faith Ortins, VP of DUI, and photographers Michael Salvarezza and Chris Weaver from Eco-Photo Explorers, on an amazing expedition to the far North. The itinerary offers the opportunity to explore both Iceland and Greenland above and below the water-perfect for Divers and Non-Divers alike!
We will start our Arctic Ocean adventure in Iceland! Imagine diving in a fissure in the Earth’s crust, the separation point between two continental plates, flooded with decades old glacial melt water filtered through 50 miles of lava stone to produce the purest, clearest water on Earth. This is Silfra, one of the most awe-inspiring dives on the unique island of Iceland. Geologically active with hundreds of volcanoes, Iceland presents unique opportunities and challenges for divers. Join DUI as we visit Silfra, and then journey on to dive Strytan, the only diveable hydrothermal vent in the world. While on expedition, we will also explore rivers of hot water and photograph the colorful marine life that inhabits these mysterious waters.
This unique diving tour of Iceland combines dazzling underwater experiences and breathtaking land excursions. Besides diving, exploring Iceland means visiting thundering waterfalls, explosive geysers, active fumaroles, relaxing hot water springs and rarely seen lava tubes.
Our explorations will take us from the capital of Rekyavik to the port city of Akureyri where we will meet our vessel, Plancius for the 2nd part of our great adventure.
Greenland: The world’s largest island that is not considered a continent unto itself. Belonging to the kingdom of Denmark but run independently, we will meet a world where European culture meshes with that of the Inuit in a harsh but beautiful landscape of ice, rock and sea. Greenland or “Kalaallit Nunaat” (Land of the People) in the local language is a place of extremes.
Greenland is dominated by the second largest ice-sheet in the world after Antarctica. Although huge in size, it is inhabited by less than 100,000 people with the majority being Inuit, the indigenous people of the Arctic. In addition to the many outdoor activities including diving, kayaking and hiking, we will have the opportunity to explore local villages and follow in the footsteps of Vikings.
Despite the restricted access to land due to the ice sheet, Greenland sports a diverse array of wildlife above and below the water. Birds abound and many land mammals enjoy the northern and eastern shores of the island including the arctic fox and hare, reindeer, muskoxen and polar bears. The waters around the island abound with belugas, seals, orcas, narwhals, minkes, humpbacks, and finback whales to name just a few. Divers can expect to dive around the largest icebergs in the world and interact with some of the 2 million seals that live around the island. We will also search for the elusive Greenland shark!
The trip package includes:
- Accommodations aboard the Plancius, Oceanwide Expedition’s flagship. This 287 foot vessel was completely renovated in 2010 and is well setup for diving!
- Hotel accommodations for 6 nights in Iceland– 2 nights in Rekjyavik and 4 nights in Akureyri based on double occupancy
- All meals aboard the ship; including snacks and non‐alcoholic drinks. Breakfasts are included in Iceland as well as Welcome Dinner on the 1st night. Average lunch and dinner cost in Iceland $60/day.
- Diving, (usually 2 dives/day) tanks, and weights. As this will be a diving oriented trip, the ship will have extra dive staff to ensure a great experience. In Iceland, we will hit all the “hot” spots including Silfra, the hydrothermal lake and vents and French Gardens among others.
- All land based activities with the exception of camping and specialized photo classes aboard the ship. This includes all land tours in Iceland including lava tube exploration and hiking on lava fields and waterfalls.
- Faith Ortins and Paul Holbrook of DUI and Chris Weaver and Michael Salvarezza of Eco Photo
Explorers, will be co‐leaders of the expedition. Chris and Mike will be available to help with your
photography, and Faith will be able to help with your drysuit questions.
- Lunch and dinner in Iceland
- Fuel Surcharges
- Tips to the dive crew.
There are a variety of cabins on the Plancius and the cabin price is dependent on the cabin selected. Hotel in Iceland is double occupancy. Deduct $500 for non‐diver rate in Greenland and $400 in Iceland. Price is for both trips as a combo:
Twin Porthole: $9210
Twin Window: $9470
Twin Deluxe: $9820
Deposit of $1000 is due upon booking. At this time, you will be asked to select a cabin type.
Balance due: June 1, 2017