This 14-day expedition cruise takes you to Scorsbysund, on the northeast coast of Greenland, then to Iceland, and high above the Arctic Circle in Spitsbergen, Norway. Iconic arctic animals such as the polar bear, musk ox, reindeer and walrus are commonly seen. No other arctic adventure takes in such varied destinations ranging from active volcanoes to massive glaciers. If you want to experience the Arctic in all of its beauty, then you must venture to these three islands.
Day 1 : Embark in Longyearbyen, Norway Days 2-5 : Spitsbergen, Norway Days 6-8 : Greenland Sea Days 9-12 : Eastern Greenland Day 13 : Denmark Strait Day 14 : Disembark in Akureyi, Iceland | Fly to Reykjavik
Marvel at one of National Geographic Travelers’ 50 Tours of a Lifetime
Explore a remote fjord-strewn coast of Greenland
Experience the glaciers and wildlife of Spitsbergen
Hike the tundra, cruise in a zodiac, and join optional kayaking adventures
Exploring Spitsbergen, the largest of the Norwegian-ruled Svalbard islands, rewards you with abundant wildlife and austere beauty. Here, visit spectacular glacier fronts and steep-walled fjords with walrus, polar bear, and Spitsbergen reindeer among your possible wildlife sightings. Birders prepare to be thrilled to see arctic terns, skuas, long-tailed ducks, kittiwakes, and glaucous and ivory gulls. As an added bonus, when conditions are right, you could sail within 10° of the North Pole!
While sailing the historic Greenland Sea, learn about the wildlife and history of Greenland, your next stop. On deck learn to identify seabirds on the wing. Take in a lecture, share photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar, or watch a movie - there are many things to do during your time at sea.
During your tour of Greenland’s remote eastern coast, enjoy sea-level Zodiac cruises and shore visits to several locations. Visit the remains of ancient Thule settlements, and keep an eye out for grazing musk oxen, as 40% of the world’s population of this fascinating mammal lives here. Finally, sail through spectacular Scoresbysund, the birthplace of many icebergs, and, some say, the most beautiful fjord system in the world.
At sea, the Denmark Strait is your pathway east, towards Iceland. Your onboard Expedition Team keeps you informed and entertained with presentations about the history of exploration in the Arctic and the seabirds that inevitably soar above your ship.
Day 14 Disembark in Akureyi, Iceland | Fly to Reykjavik
Disembark in Akureyri. From here transfer to your waiting charter flight to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, at the end of your journey. If you have booked post-expedition accommodation, a transfer is provided to a central downtown location.
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Averaging 157 sq ft. Equipped with 4 twin beds (two lower berths, two upper berths). Located on the Upper Deck with private facilities and exterior views.
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Averaging 140 sq ft. Equipped with 3 twin beds (two lower berths, one upper berth). Located on the Upper Deck with private facilities and exterior views.
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Upper (Lower Berth) Deck Twin
Averaging 90 sq ft. Equipped with 2 twin beds (one upper berth and one lower berth). Located on the Upper Deck with private facilities and exterior views.
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Upper Deck Twin Cabin
Averaging 115 sq ft. Equipped with 2 twin beds. Located on the Upper Deck with private facilities and exterior views.
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Bridge Deck Twin Cabin
Averaging 105 sq ft. Equipped with 2 twin beds. Located on the Bridge Deck with private facilities and exterior views.
-Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where we match you with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if we are unable to find a cabin mate for you, no single supplement will be charged.
- For bookings as of December 7, 2016 – April 30, 2017 for departures Jun 2018 to September 2018, a second 20% deposit is required at 180 days prior to departure date, full payment at 130 days.
Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.
Included in your cruise fare:
Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax
Arrival transfer from Longyearbyen airport to hotel if you arrive one day prior to embarkation and have booked additional accommodation (not included)
Transfer from hotel or Longyearbyen airport to ship on embarkation day
Charter flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik
Group transfer from ship to downtown Reykjavik on disembarkation day
Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
All meals on board
All shore landings per the daily program, weather permitting
Leadership throughout the expedition by your experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities
All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
Formal and informal presentations by your expedition team
Photographic journal, including photographs, daily expedition reports, maps, and more
Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
An Expedition parka to keep
Life jackets and immersion suits
Coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock
Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
Comprehensive pre-departure materials
All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
All luggage handling aboard ship
Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person
Rates do not include:
Passport and applicable visa expenses
Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
Meals ashore, with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel
Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and (mandatory) medical travel insurance
Excess baggage charges
Laundry, bar, beverage, and other personal charges
Phone and internet charges
Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for staff and crew
Additional overnight accommodation
Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated
Adventure options on ship expeditions (weather dependent) that are not included in the cost of the voyage
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.