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Three Arctic Islands

Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer)
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Board the Ocean Adventurer for a 13-day expedition to Three Arctic Islands - Spitsbergen, Greenland, and Iceland. Marvel at one of National Geographic Travelers’ 50 Tours of a Lifetime and experience the Arctic in all its beauty. Discover the glaciers and wildlife of Spitsbergen, explore the remote fjord-strewn coast of Greenland, and finish your trip in the fascinating Iceland. Visit the best sites for wildlife spotting, and encounter iconic arctic animals such as the polar bear, musk ox, reindeer and walrus.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Longyearbyen, Norway | Embark
Days 2-5 : Spitsbergen, Norway
Days 6-7 : Greenland Sea
Days 8-11 : Eastern Greenland
Day 12 : Denmark Strait
Day 13 : Akureyri, Iceland | Disembark | Fly to Reykjavik

Highlights

  • Visit the spectacular glacier fronts and steepwalled fjords of Spitsbergen
  • Hike through the arctic tundra on the lookout for wildlife
  • Zodiac cruise along Greenland's remote eastern coast
  • Sail through spectacular Scoresby Sund, the birthplace of many icebergs

Ship

Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

An Arctic fox scouts the terrain Icebergs litter the seas throughout the Arctic Take advantage of your ship's kayaking excursion Colorful homes in Greenland Hike along Eastern Greenland's red earth hills to gaze down at the iceberg-filled seas.

Day 1 Longyearbyen, Norway | Embark

Arrive in Longyearbyen and embark the Ocean Adventurer. Settle in to your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew.

Day 2-5 Spitsbergen, Norway

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
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!

Day 6-7 Greenland Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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. Share photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar, or watch a movie; there are many things to do during your time at sea.

Day 8-11 Eastern Greenland

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
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.

Day 12 Denmark Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 13 Akureyri, Iceland | Disembark | Fly to Reykjavik

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Akureyri, and 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.

Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer)

Per person starting at
$8,095
Cabin, Ocean Adventurer
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Triple
Averaging 128 sq. ft. (12 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths and one upper berth. Located on the Main Deck, it has private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
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Lower Deck Twin
Averaging 133 sq. ft. (12 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Lower Deck, it has private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
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Main Deck Twin with Porthole
Averaging 118 sq. ft. (11 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Main Deck, it has private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
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Main Deck Twin with Window
Averaging 139 sq. ft. (13 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Main Deck, it has private facilities, and two windows with exterior views.
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Superior
Averaging 142 sq. ft. (13 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Upper Deck, it has private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
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Deluxe
Averaging 160 sq. ft. (15 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Upper and Captain’s Decks, it has private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
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Suite
Averaging 215 sq. ft. (20 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Captain’s Deck, it has windows with exterior views and private facilities. Cabin 403 has a bathtub; other Suites have shower stalls.
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Owner's Suite
Averaging 290 sq. ft. (27 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Bridge Deck, it has private facilities, and windows with exterior views.

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin 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.

- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.

Insurance: Emergency medical evacuation coverage for a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person is included. Travelers should have a minimum US$50,000 (or equivalent) of emergency medical coverage prior to embarkation. It is recommended that you and all members of your party have comprehensive travel insurance covering trip cancellation, trip delay (interruption or after departure coverage), baggage, and repatriation. Contact us for details.

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:
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks, and juices on board
  • Beer and wine during dinner
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition leader
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by your expedition team and special guests as scheduled
  • Photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • Official Quark Expeditions parka to keep
  • Coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • Comprehensive onboard materials. including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard ship
  • All gratuities
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
  • Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax
  • Arrival transfer from Longyearbyen airport to your hotel if you arrive one day prior to embarkation day
  • Transfer from your hotel or Longyearbyen airport to ship on embarkation day
  • Charter flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik
  • Group transfer to downtown Reykjavik on disembarkation day
Rates do not include:
  • International airfare
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
  • Excess baggage charges on international flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, beverage, and other personal charges unless specified
  • Phone and internet charges
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Optional kayaking activities
  • Pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Longyearbyen • Post-expedition hotel accommodation in Reykjavik
  • Post-expedition hotel accommodation in Reykjavik
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