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Spitsbergen - East Greenland - Iceland

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Sea Spirit (PO)
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This 15-day voyage of 3 Arctic islands aboard the Sea Spirit is not one to miss! Begin in Spitsbergen - a must for those who want to see the Arctic in all its wildness and splendor. Explore the world's largest fjord system, Scorsebysund, in East Greenland. The last port of call is Iceland, a place where ice and fire meet together to form unearthly landscapes of lava, glaciers and boiling mud pots, geothermal springs, and thundering waterfalls.The days are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by experts, and enough stunning scenery to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Day 2 : Embarkation in Longyearbyen
Day 3 : Exploration of Svalbard
Days 4-5 : Across the Greenland Sea
Days 6-11 : Exploration of East Greenland
Day 12 : Across Denmark Strait
Day 13 : Ísafjörður, Iceland
Day 14 : Snæfellsnes, Iceland
Day 15 : Disembarkation in Reykjavík, Iceland

Highlights

  • Explore Northeast Greenland National Park & the fjords of Scoresby Sund
  • Find ancient Thule archaeological sites, historical huts, and modern cabins
  • Catch sight of the Northern Lights, an otherworldly celestial phenomenon
  • Spot musk oxen, Arctic hare, Arctic fox, polar bear, reindeer, and more

Ship

Sea Spirit (PO)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Explore the expansive National Parks of the Arctic Greenland hiking views Polar bear print Colorful homes in Longyearbyen, Svalbard Massice ice formation

Day 1 Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Welcome to Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Norwegian territory of Svalbard and starting point of your expedition. After arriving via scheduled commercial flight service, you are free to explore this fascinating Arctic settlement. Be sure to see the excellent Svalbard Museum and take advantage of quality shopping and dining opportunities in the town center. Your hotel for the night has been pre-arranged and is included in the price of the voyage.

Day 2 Embarkation in Longyearbyen

In the afternoon board the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Arctic dreams coming true as the ship slips its moorings and sails into a true wilderness where wildlife abounds. The scenery as you sail through Isfjorden on your first evening is spectacular and there is already the possibility of marine mammal encounters.

Day 3 Exploration of Svalbard

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the northwestern part of the island of Spitsbergen. This area contains the archipelago’s most impressive scenery and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife-viewing opportunities. Deep fjords and narrow channels are flanked by jagged snowy mountain peaks. Immense tidewater glaciers calve icebergs into turquoise waters. Fields of flowering tundra are home to grazing reindeer and playful Arctic fox. Bountiful inshore and offshore waters are home to a wide variety of marine mammals. Polar bears can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Svalbard.

Also in this area is Ny Ålesund, a former mining town that is now home to an international community of Arctic researchers, complete with museum, gift shop, and post office. This was also a staging area for historic attempts to discover the North Pole.

Day 4-5 Across the Greenland Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
From Svalbard head southwest across the Greenland Sea toward East Greenland. In these far northern latitudes it is possible to encounter sea ice any time of the year. All along the way remain vigilant for sightings of marine mammals such as whales, seals, and the majestic polar bear. As the ship heads south, darker nights create a high possibility of seeing aurora borealis.

Day 6-11 Exploration of East Greenland

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
The Franz Josef Fjord and Kong Oscar Fjord systems are part of Northeast Greenland National Park, the world’s largest national park. Scoresby Sund is the largest and longest fjord system in the world. Explore these fjord systems to the extent made possible by ever-changing ice conditions.

This whole area contains some of the Arctic’s most impressive scenery. Deep fjords and narrow channels, flanked by ice-clad peaks up to 2000 meters high, reach far into the mountainous heart of Greenland. Tidewater glaciers create colossal icebergs that float with wind and tide throughout the fjord system. On shore, fields of multicolored tundra are home to musk oxen and Arctic hare. The landscape, vast, open, and seemingly untouched since the beginning of time, is a hikers’ paradise. Throughout this area find ancient Thule archeological sites, historical trappers’ huts, and modern Inuit hunters’ cabins.

The Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit is the only permanent settlement in the region. The community boasts an excellent museum, a gift shop, a post office, an abundance of Greenlandic sled dogs, and of course the opportunity to meet Inuit people.

Each night brings new possibilities for incredible displays of aurora borealis — the Northern Lights. This is the perfect time and one of the world’s best places to experience this otherworldly celestial phenomenon.

Day 12 Across Denmark Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After your amazing time in East Greenland cross Denmark Strait toward Iceland, crossing the Arctic Circle on the way. Presentations and workshops by expert staff, as well as a range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that this day at sea is not idly spent. Seabird viewing and whale sightings can be enjoyed from panoramic open decks as well as exterior stateroom windows and balconies.

Day 13 Ísafjörður, Iceland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Situated in beautiful Vestfirðir (Westfjords), the town of Ísafjörður embodies Iceland’s unique blend of rich cultural heritage and contemporary charm. Ísafjörður’s longstanding significance as a fishing and trading port are reflected in its many historical buildings and museums. The town contains the country’s largest collection of old timber frame houses, mostly constructed by foreign traders in the 18th century. The local folk museum contains the oldest house in Iceland, built in 1734. Yet the small, relatively isolated town has a surprisingly vibrant and modern feel to it.

Day 14 Snæfellsnes, Iceland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The famous Snæfellsjökull Volcano and picturesque Kirkjufell Mountain are dominant features in the impressive landscape of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. A rich cultural and literary history and the success of fishermen and merchants are evident in local fishing villages.

Day 15 Disembarkation in Reykjavík, Iceland

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast say farewell in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland and ending point of your expedition. A transfer is provided to the airport or to the city center if you wish to spend another day or more in Iceland before flying home.

Reykjavík is home to a wealth of cultural institutions such as museums, galleries, and the Hallgrímskirkja church. Leisure possibilities inside the city include parks, gardens, and thermal baths. You can also take advantage of Reykjavík’s wide range of shopping possibilities, excellent dining options, and famous nightlife. And of course the entire country of Iceland is accessible through day tours or longer journeys by rental car. The options for additional adventures are endless!

Sea Spirit (PO)

Per person starting at
$7,495
Triple Classic accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Triple Classic
250 square feet; 2 twins (convert to a King) and a sofa bed; picture window; private facilities.
Main Deck accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Main Deck Suite
215 square feet; 2 twin or a King Size bed; minimum 2 portholes; private facilities.
Classic Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Classic Suite
250 square feet; 2twin or a King Size bed; picture window; private facilities.
Superior Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Superior Suite
235 square feet; 2 twin or a King Size bed; picture window overlooking outside walkway; private facilities.
Deluxe Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Deluxe Suite
277 square feet; 2 twin or a King Size bed; private balcony; private facilities.
Premium Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Premium Suite
353 square feet; 2 twin or a King Size bed; private balcony; private facilities.
The luxurious Owner's Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Owner's Suite
437 square feet; separate living room; King Size bed and sofa bed; private deck; jetted bathtub.

Notes

Travel Insurance:
All passengers are covered by a medical travel insurance policy to the value of US 100,000 which includes medical emergency evacuation and reparation for the cruise portion of the tour only. Additional insurance is strongly recommended.

Solo Travelers:
All rates posted are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement: 1.7 for Main Deck and Classic, Superior Suite; twice the posted price for Deluxe, Premium and Owner's Suite.

PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only. Itinerary, landings and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions and are subject to the decisions of the Expedition Leader and the Captain of the vessel. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

Included:
  • 1 pre-voyage hotel night
  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (question to appropriate weather and ice conditions)
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by your experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • Expeditions parka
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails
  • All port fees
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Digital Voyage Log
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of US 100,000 per person (for those 85 years of age and younger)

Not included:
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges
  • Staff gratuities

Included

  • 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 13 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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