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Exploring Greenland

Four Arctic Islands: Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Greenland and Iceland

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This 18-day itinerary gives a generous sampling of the four unique Arctic regions. This voyage is ideal for first-time visitors who want a taste of everything the Arctic has to offer. Beginning in Norway, your adventure takes you to Spitsbergen, renowned for its stunning scenery and abundant, varied wildlife such as polar bears and walrus. From there, sail south to volcanic Jan Mayen, a nature reserve so remote that few before have been fortunate to explore it. Then, venture to Greenland’s east coast, cruising deep into Scoresbysund to discover the world’s largest fjord system and icebergs larger than you could ever imagine. Finally, to cap off your epic expedition and sail under the midnight sun to Reykjavik, where you disembark and can soak up Icelandic culture in a city that never sleeps.
 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Oslo, Norway
Day 2 : Longyearbyen | Embark
Days 3-6 : Exploring Spitsbergen
Days 7-8 : At Sea
Days 9-10 : Exploring Jan Mayen
Days 11-15 : Exploring Scoresbysund, Greenland
Days 16-17 : At Sea
Day 18 : Reykjavik, Iceland | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore the wildlife haven of Spitsbergen, volcanic Jan Mayen and the breathtaking Greenlandic fjord
  • Immerse yourself in the icy realm of the Arctic in Zodiacs or by kayak
  • Search for iconic arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, walrus and reindeer
  • Visit a remote Inuit community and learn more about their culture

Ship

Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Exploring Greenland Kayak quiet waters as you sail to remote polar regions Sun shining on the ice View of Reykjavik from the Church Tower Ittoqqortoormiit Village, Greenland

Day 1 Oslo, Norway

Upon arriving in the splendid capital city of Oslo, known for its green spaces and museums, explore on your own before settling into your airport hotel.

Day 2 Longyearbyen | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board the private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement.

Day 3-6 Exploring Spitsbergen

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Explore and enjoy the abundant wildlife and austere beauty found in the largest island in the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, Spitsbergen. Visit the spectacular glacier fronts and steep-walled fjords, with walrus, polar bears and Svalbard reindeer amongst your possible wildlife sightings. You may be thrilled to see arctic terns, skuas, long-tailed ducks, kittiwakes and ivory gulls and if conditions permit, and sail within 10 degrees of the North Pole!

Day 7-8 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
While sailing south through the historic Greenland Sea toward Jan Mayen, your Expedition Team will keep you informed with presentations about the storied history and politics of the Arctic, its fascinating wildlife, geology, ecology and climate, and the incredible sights you will soon explore. On deck, you’ll learn to identify seabirds “on the wing.” The team will also keep a lookout for the whales that frequent the waters here.

Day 9-10 Exploring Jan Mayen

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
North of the Arctic Circle, about 280 miles (450 km) east of Greenland and 340 miles (550 km) north of Iceland, is mysterious Jan Mayen, deep in the North Atlantic Ocean. Often shrouded in thick fog, the small mountainous island was declared a nature reserve in 2010 and is rarely visited, save for the 18 rotating personnel of the Norwegian military and Norwegian Meteorological Institute, who are the only inhabitants.

If the weather permits, keep watch on deck as the spoon-shaped island’s highest summit emerges. At 7,470 feet (2,277 meters) high, the breathtaking Beerenberg volcano features a symmetrical cone shape and impressive glaciers that spill into the sea.

Also get a close-up view of the volcano and the stratified cliffs of the spectacular north coast as you Zodiac cruise around the island, searching for wildlife. Designated an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International for the large numbers of breeding seabirds, Jan Mayen supports colonies of northern fulmars, little auks, glaucous gulls, kittiwakes, and black and Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres).

Day 11-15 Exploring Scoresbysund, Greenland

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
This tour of Scoresbysund offers plenty of opportunities to explore ashore or by Zodiac cruise. At one moment, step back in time and explore the remains of ancient Thule settlements with views of icebergs and towering mountains rising straight out of the sea, and be immersed in the contemporary culture, meeting the locals and gaining an appreciation for their way of life in Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland’s most remote community. At the mouth of the sound, this remote settlement boasts a blend of traditional and modern lifestyles and is actually closer to Iceland than it is to its nearest Greenlandic neighbors to the southwest. Here, you’ll have the chance to support local Inuit artisans by purchasing unique handicrafts. 

In terms of wildlife, grazing muskoxen are a possible sight, as 40 percent of the world’s muskoxen population lives in this region. Polar bear sightings are also a remote possibility, as are encounters with more elusive arctic wildlife, such as the arctic hare. Seabirds to watch out for nesting atop the steep cliffs of the sound include little auks, fulmars and guillemots.

Day 16-17 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As you sail south, the Denmark Strait is your pathway toward Iceland. Take in a lecture, share your photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar or watch a movie— there are many things to do during your time at sea. Your Expedition Team is also ready to answer any questions and point out wildlife.

Day 18 Reykjavik, Iceland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, at the end of your journey. If you have booked post-expedition accommodation, a transfer is provided to take you to a central downtown location.

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Arctic Savings - Book before September 30, 2019 and save 10% per person. Select departures only. Valid for all cabin types, excluding Triples. Contact us for details.
Applies to Aug 13, 2020 departure

Complimentary Transfer Package
Arctic Savings - Book before September 30, 2019 and receive free 1 night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Oslo, one-way group charter air from Oslo to Longyearbyen and airport to ship transfers. Select departures only. Valid for cabin types - Superior, Deluxe, Suite and Owner's Suite. Contact us for details.
Applies to Aug 13, 2020 departure

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$10,995
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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.

- Standard Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a Premium Cabin 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.

*MANDATORY TRANSFER PACKAGE INCLUDES:
• One night’s pre-expedition hotel night at Oslo airport hotel
• Charter flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen
• Arrival transfer in Longyearbyen

This fare includes:

• Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
• All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board
• Beer and house 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 our 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
• Complimentary reusable water bottle
• Hair dryer and bathrobe 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 the ship
• Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
• Transfer from Longyearbyen town center to port on embarkation day
• Group transfer to downtown Reykjavik on disembarkation day
• Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax

This fare does not include:

• Mandatory Transfer Package*
• International airfare
• Arrival transfer in Oslo
• Airport transfer in Reykjavik
• 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 fees 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
• Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
• Additional overnight accommodation
• Any Adventure Options
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