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Arctic Complete: Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

Example 24 Day Cruise aboard Polar Pioneer
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The High Arctic summer brings a sense of urgency, and the best way to experience its wonders is on an exciting expedition Arctic cruise. Like the Inuits and Vikings who preceded you, this 24-day Arctic trip is an exploration by sea on the Polar Pioneer. High above the Arctic Circle, explore deep fjords, polar deserts, tundra tinged with wildflowers, and vast glaciers calving into the sea. On foot and by Zodiac, visit abandoned whaling settlements, search for walrus, arctic fox, and reindeer, and revel in millions of migratory birds, including little auks, guillemots and puffin. The seas are alive with whales, bearded, and possibly ringed seals. Kayaking, scuba diving and snorkeling is available on most of these voyages.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Longyearbyen
Days 2-3 : West Coast
Days 4-6 : Arctic Ocean
Days 7-8 : Northeast Spitsbergen
Days 9-10 : South Cape
Day 11 : Disembark in Longyearbyen
Days 12-13 : Greenland Sea
Days 14-15 : Greenland Sea
Days 16-18 : Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord | Kap Humboldt | Kong Oskar Fjord
Days 19-21 : Scoresby Sund | Ittoqqortoormiit
Day 22 : Blosseville Coast
Day 23 : Denmark Strait
Day 24 : Iceland | Disembark in Reykjavik


  • Discover the diversity of the Spitsbergen Island archipelago
  • Venture to the kingdom of the polar bear, reindeer, walrus, and arctic fox
  • Revel in millions of migratory birds - little auks, guillemots and puffins
  • Visit abandoned whaling settlements, trapper camps, and historic sites
  • Explore the coastline, deep fjords & mysterious, fossil-rich desert plains


Polar Pioneer

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  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Travelers walking across the beaches of Spitsbergen. An arctic fox searches the rocks of the Arctic Reindeer feeding in the arctic. Kayaking through the arctic waters. A polar bear walks across the arctic landscape.

Day 1 Embark in Longyearbyen

Enjoy a tour of Longyearbyen upon arrival, before boarding Polar Pioneer and setting sail along breathtaking Isfjorden, featuring dramatic bird cliffs, sweeping glaciers and gorgeous mountain ranges.

Day 2-3 West Coast

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Awake as the ship sails along Spitsbergen’s west coast and its outstanding aqua-blue ice cliffs. The nutrient-rich Gulf Stream provides relatively mild temperatures, a delight for Atlantic puffins and Brünnich’s guillemots that have settled on these cliffs. Embark on a thrilling tundra hike, keep an eye out for reindeer and arctic fox and gaze at the majestic glaciers from the Zodiacs. Also attempt to explore the remains of the 350-year-old Dutch whaling settlement.

Day 4-6 Arctic Ocean

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
As the adventure continues along Spitsbergen’s northwest coast in to the Arctic Ocean, whales, pack ice and maybe even polar bears can be seen. As Polar Pioneer continues and turns south into Woodfjorden, search for ringed, bearded and harp seals and keep an eye out for fascinating walrus haul outs on the beaches. With almost 24-hour daylight, enjoy tundra walks and take the time to observe the microflora. Depending on ice conditions, cross latitude 80° North – a cause for celebration.

Day 7-8 Northeast Spitsbergen

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Air and sea temperatures start lowering due to the frigid Arctic currents around Spitsbergen’s northeast, creating a landscape eroded by severe frost. Even at summer time, there’s a chance pack ice could bar the way, but the Russian crew and expedition team ensure the highlights of the European Arctic are seen. Attempt to sail through the narrow Hinlopen Strait, and  Zodiac cruise along the busy bird cliffs of Alkefjellt as well as walk along the east coast's polar desert, filled with stunted glaciers and exposed fossil fields.

Day 9-10 South Cape

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Ice conditions and weather changes dictate the expedition plans. Try to reach South Cape and head north toward Hornsund and Bellsund, two magnificent deep fjords boasting superb glaciers and wildlife. In case ice stops the ship, spend more time exploring the jewels of Spitsbergen’s north and west coasts.

Day 11 Disembark in Longyearbyen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A midnight cruise of Isfjorden returns the ship to Longyearbyen, and enjoy a day dog sledding around Spitsbergen's interior before setting off again this afternoon on the next leg of the Arctic adventure.

Day 12-13 Greenland Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As you head back north, enjoy the last moments in Spitsbergen. Cruise past calving glaciers and land ashore to learn about the area’s rich history and observe Spitsbergen’s fascinating wildlife. (Note: as this expedition is a combination of two itineraries, these days may stop at some places already visited on the voyage’s first leg.)

Day 14-15 Greenland Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As Polar Pioneer sails across the Greenland Sea, search for fin whales, pack ice and sea birds. Expert naturalists and guest lecturers provide you with great interpretation of the Arctic’s flora and fauna as well as early explorers’ epic adventures through illustrated talks.

Day 16-18 Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord | Kap Humboldt | Kong Oskar Fjord

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
When going to Greenland for the first time, seeing ice is often an awe-inspiring moment. Even in summer time, bays and inlets can still be frozen. However, your experienced Captain and team of expedition experts know alternative options to keep you busy with exploration! In Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, enjoy walks across the tundra as you visit old trapper’s huts and observe musk ox, arctic fox and eider ducks; spend some time admiring the stunning hanging gardens of Kap Humboldt; Kong Oskar Fjord provides gorgeous glacier-carved mountains as a delightful backdrop.

Day 19-21 Scoresby Sund | Ittoqqortoormiit

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Reach Scoresby Sund, the world’s largest fjord. The huge Greenland icecap continuously sweeps down gigantic glaciers, making it the birth place for some of the world’s largest icebergs! Zodiacs take you through an incredible maze of icebergs as you head to the shores for some exciting tundra hikes, and a visit to Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the rare villages of the East Greenland coast.

Day 22 Blosseville Coast

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Keep watch for musk ox and narwhals as you sail along the breathtaking mountains of the Blosseville Coast, before your attempt to cruise through Rømer Fjord.

Day 23 Denmark Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue on with your Arctic adventure and cruise across Denmark Strait on your way to Iceland. Take time to reflect on your various experiences, gaze at northern fulmars and black-backed gulls, and spot dolphins and whales from the ship’s bow.

Day 24 Iceland | Disembark in Reykjavik

  • 1 Breakfast
Polar Pioneer docks in Iceland early this morning. After breakfast, there might be time for some last-minute exploration of the Icelandic environment before your short group transfer to Reykjavik.

Polar Pioneer

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Polar Pioneer's Triple Cabin.
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Triple Shared
Triple Cabins have two lower and one upper berth, a desk, a small washbasin, storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.
Polar Pioneer's Public Twin Cabin.
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Twin Shared
Twin Shared Cabins have two lower bunks, a desk, small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.
Polar Pioneer's Private Twin Cabin.
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Twin Private
Twin Private Cabins have two lower bunks, a desk, windows, and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. Two cabins have upper and lower bunks (cabins 402 and 403).
Polar Pioneer's Mini Suite.
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Mini Suite
Mini Suites have a separate small bedroom with double bed, a sofa bed in the main room, a desk, video player and TV, windows and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.
Polar Pioneer's Captain Suite.
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The Suite features a large lounge area, a separate small bedroom with double bed, a sofabed in the main room, a video player and TV, refrigerator, large forward and side facing windows, and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.


Please note that all of Polar Pioneer itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. These itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.

- Rates represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.

- Single costs are 1.7 times the twin rate

Please note: Rates are posted based off of the current exchange rates from Australian dollars. Please contact us for current rates.

Included in cruise fare:
• Group transfer to and from airport to Polar Pioneer in Longyearbyen
• Group sightseeing tour in Longyearbyen on arrival pre-voyage
• Accommodation during the voyage
• All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
• All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
• Educational lectures and guiding services from an expert team
• Access to an on-board doctor and basic medical services
• Complimentary custom-designed Polar Expedition jacket
• Loan of gumboots during the voyage
• Daily cabin service
• Comprehensive pre-departure information
• Professionally produced electronic voyage journal
• Port taxes and charges
• All entry fees to historic landings sites

Not included in cruise fare:
• International or domestic flights to or from Polar Pioneer
• Airport arrival or departure taxes
• Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
• Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
• Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
• Hotels and meals not included in voyage itinerary
• Optional excursions not included in the voyage itinerary
• Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities such as sea kayaking, scuba diving and snorkeling
• All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges.

Pre and Post Voyage Package Available:
A pre & post voyage package is available at an additional cost. The package includes overnight in Oslo hotel with half board (D,B), transfer to the Oslo airport with English speaking guide, and flight to & from Longyearbyen in economy class. Contact us for details.


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