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A Voyage to Iceland, East Greenland, and Norway

Example 16 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Endurance
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Embark on National Geographic Endurance for a 16-day exploration from the remote reaches of Iceland to the rugged, ice-sculpted shores of Greenland and the spectacular fjords of Norway. Go ashore in the volcanic Westman Islands, then trace the route of legendary Viking explorer Erik the Red to Greenland’s ice-etched eastern coast, home to the world’s largest fjord system. Chart a course north, seeking out big ice and fascinating Arctic wildlife before cruising to Norway to explore the magical Lofoten islands and fjords that carve deeply into the country’s wild interior.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavik, Iceland | Embark
Day 2 : Westman Islands
Day 3 : Flatey Island | Látrabjarg
Day 4 : Exploring Northwestern Iceland
Days 5-9 : At Sea | Exploring East Greenland
Days 10-11 : Jan Mayen, Norway | At Sea
Day 12 : Lofoten Islands
Day 13 : Nordfjorden | Svartisen
Day 14 : Tysfjorden
Day 15 : Tromsø | Disembark | Oslo
Day 16 : Oslo to Home

Highlights

  • Visit the Eldfell volcanic crater and see the landscapes engulfed in lava rock
  • Sail by Látrabjarg cliffs where you'll find razorbills and puffins
  • Explore East Greenland that harbors an array of wildlife
  • Explore the Norwegin coast via kayak or Zodiac

Ship

National Geographic Endurance

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik Quaint fishing village in Norway Exploring Greenland Puffins on the Latrabjarg Cliffs Kayaking toward an iceberg

Day 1 Reykjavik, Iceland | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Before embarking on the cruise ship, you'll have the time to explore the Old Town, including Hallgrímskirkja church and delve into Norse culture at the National Museum, which features an array of Viking treasures.

Day 2 Westman Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Westman Islands and explore one of the world’s younger archipelagos that was formed by undersea volcanoes some 11,000 years ago. Visit the Eldfell volcanic crater, where the earth is still hot, and take in views over landscapes engulfed in lava rock and also spy Surtsey which was formed by volcanic eruptions between 1963 and 1967.

Day 3 Flatey Island | Látrabjarg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise to Flatey Island and walk around this charming 18th-century hamlet. This island has been a fishing and trading post for centuries and was also the same coast where Erik the Red is believed to have set sail around the year 982, bound for Greenland. Afterward, sail past the Látrabjarg cliffs where you can find different bird species, including razorbills and puffins.

Day 4 Exploring Northwestern Iceland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This day is your chance to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Westfjords region. Go on a hike to a remote waterfall or cruise a Zodiac beneath cliffs teeming with seabirds. Enter Ísafjarðardjúp and anchor at Vigur Island, where you will visit an eider farm and view how the down of these ducks 18th-century.

Day 5-9 At Sea | Exploring East Greenland

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
With roughly eighty percent of its surface covered in ice, Greenland is a living laboratory for geological forces. After a day at sea, you will reach the country’s fjord-laced eastern coast, where mountains rise straight from the sea and glistening glaciers calve massive chunks of off the Greenland ice cap. The region also harbors an array of wildlife, including polar bears, seals, whales, and 18th-century birdlife. If the weather condition permitted, you will set off by a kayak or a Zodiac to see spectacular iceberg-dotted seascapes from water level and get a glimpse at the fascinating marine life and geology below the sea via the underwater cameras and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) deployed by our undersea specialist.

Day 10-11 Jan Mayen, Norway | At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Visit Jan Mayen, a remote Norwegian island with a small military and weather station that holds the settlement’s only residents. This rarely visited isle is where you will find the ice-capped crater of Beerenberg, the world’s northernmost active above ground volcano. Spend your next day at sea enjoying the ship's amenities while cruising toward the Norwegian mainland.

Day 12 Lofoten Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Lofoten archipelago boasts an enchanting landscape of picturesque villages ringed by jagged, granite peaks. Head ashore at Værøy, where fishing is still a major part of the economy; and search for Atlantic puffins, razorbills, and guillemots on a Zodiac cruise. Later, head to the ship deck as you glide through Trollfjorden, one of Norway’s most dramatic fjords.

Day 13 Nordfjorden | Svartisen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enter the Svartisen National Park on a beautiful fjord called Nordfjord. As you cross the park boundary, the sheer walls of the fjord tower above the ship. The Captain may anchor the ship near the mouth of a river flowing down from a hanging glacier off the main ice field of Svartisen. Your morning will be spent marveling at the beautiful scenery and taking walks ashore in the birch meadows with a possible kayaking excursion in the protected waters. You can also board the Zodiac cruise along the shores and view the waterfalls cascading down the rock walls. Be on deck as you cruise into one of the most famous fjords in Norway, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord, and search the cliffs for Norway’s mythical beings: trolls.

Day 14 Tysfjorden

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, you will enter the long fjord of Tysfjorden where only a few small villages cling to the rocky shores. Glide beneath the fjord’s steep walls on Zodiac and kayak excursions and explore the U-shaped valley whose fjord reaches far inland, ending just a few miles from the border of Sweden.

Day 15 Tromsø | Disembark | Oslo

Disembark on Tromso and visit the Arctic Cathedral where the unique architecture evokes icebergs. You can also see Polar Museum that showcases the ships equipment and seafaring traditions of early Arctic settlers then fly by chartered air to Oslo and spend a night at the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel.

Day 16 Oslo to Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Depart this morning for your journey home.

National Geographic Endurance

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Located on the Bridge Deck. 430 square ft. suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers

Notes

Inclusions:
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages*
  • Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
  • 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand 
  • Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
  • Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship
  • Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
  • The guidance and company of our expedition staff
  • The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations
  • Hotels ashore as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals on land, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • The expertise of our expedition staff
  • All excursions
  • Zodiac & kayak explorations
  • Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
  • Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
Exclusions: 
  • International and internal airfare
  • Additional hotel nights
  • Private transfers
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Expedition extensions
  • Gratuities
  • Spa treatments
  • Scuba diving
  • Laundry
  • Internet and phone
  • Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature
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