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Colin and Eugene Hiking in Greenland

Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland's East Coast

Example 16 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Explorer
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Explore the Svalbard archipelago on this 16-day Arctic expedition cruise. See the majestic setting that the lordly polar bear freely roams. Follow in the wake of fearless explorers and colonists to discover the dramatic landscapes and rich traditions of Greenland and Iceland - in particular, Iceland’s untrammeled western coast – and visit Greenland's fascinating Viking sites and settlements. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Oslo, Norway
Day 2 : Fly to Longyearbyen, Svalbard | Embark
Days 3-15 : Exploring Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland
Day 16 : Reykjavik | Disembark


  • See polar bears in their natural habitat, the sea ice
  • Follow in the wake of the 10th-century Viking explorers along the ice shelf
  • Discover the dramatic landscapes and rich traditions of Greenland
  • Actively explore the Westfjord region; walk on lava fields and ice sheets
  • Meet the intriguing people able to thrive in their Arctic homelands


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Walrus and her pup Colin and Eugene Hiking in Greenland Looking for polar bears in the zodiac Arctic Birds resting on the rock face Walruses relaxing on the ice

Day 1 Arrive in Oslo, Norway

Arrive in Norway's capital city, and check in to the Thon Bristol Hotel (or similar). Stroll amid Oslo’s famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures set in parkland. Visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian polar explorers Nansen and Amundsen. The evening is at leisure.

Day 2 Fly to Longyearbyen, Svalbard | Embark

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart Oslo on a private charter flight (not included in cruise fare) over beautiful vistas to Longyearbyen. Embark the National Geographic Explorer.

Day 3-15 Exploring Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland

  • Ship
  • 13 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 13 Dinners
In keeping with the nature of an expedition, your day-by-day itinerary is thoughtfully considered based on your crew's long experience in this dynamic arctic region. Take full advantage of your ‘human resources’ — your experienced Captain, expedition leader and naturalists — as well as technological resources. Armed with the latest satellite imagery, chart where the ice is impenetrable, and where there are leads guiding you to exciting discoveries. Your expedition ship has an ice-strengthened hull and forward-searching sonar, plus agile Zodiacs and kayaks, allowing you to make forays among the icebergs. The Undersea Specialist may deploy the ROV, bringing back imagery few have ever seen. With unforgettable days in the ice and two photographers on board, you are sure to have plenty of assistance in capturing your best photos ever.

Begin in Svalbard, Norway — a place of deep fjords, snowcapped mountains, and massive ice sheets. Nowhere can the polar bear be seen more reliably in its natural environment than here. Venture to the foot of vast tidewater glaciers, kayak among sparkling icebergs, hike the tundra, and explore fjords that split the coastline.

Svalbard’s wonders are a prelude to days ahead of discoveries on unknown shores, following the ice’s edge. Your quest is to discover the Arctic’s grand wilderness. Be on deck as your captain navigates between icebergs that drift from the calving glaciers. And if the ice yields, aim for Scoresbysund, on the east coast of Greenland, still awakening from winter’s long icy grip. If the ice is unrelenting, the ship heads to Iceland. The finale of your journey is the west coast of Iceland: Isafjordur, picture postcard of Icelandic life; the immense Latrabjarg cliffs, home to a huge population of razorbills, and Flatey Island, a former trading post.

Day 16 Reykjavik | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Your grand adventure takes you to Iceland’s lively capital city, Reykjavik. Have a guided overview of the old town and visit the famous Blue Lagoon thermal baths prior to your flight home.

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Travelers under the age of 18 save $500 per person.

Included in Cruise Fare:
  • Ship accommodations
  • One hotel night in Oslo
  • Meals indicated
  • Excursions
  • Services of expedition staff and expert guides
  • Use of kayaks
  • All port charges and service taxes
Not Included:
  • Air transportation
  • Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, voyage DVD etc.
  • Gratuities to ship’s crew at your discretion


  • 15 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 14 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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