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Exploring Greenland

Three Arctic Islands: Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland

Southbound - Example 15 Day Cruise aboard World Explorer
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Variety is the spice of the Three Arctic Islands: Spitsbergen, Greenland, and Iceland adventure, named one of National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime. Check three different Arctic regions off your list, heading above the Arctic Circle to Spitsbergen, in the Svalbard archipelago, to remote East Greenland and ending in Iceland. The towering cliffs, iconic wildlife, massive glaciers and swaths of untouched tundra of these three Arctic tours de force never cease to impress.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Oslo, Norway
Day 2 : Longyearbyen | Embark
Days 3-6 : Exploring Spitsbergen
Days 7-8 : At Sea
Days 9-12 : Exploring East Greenland
Days 13-14 : At Sea
Day 15 : Reykjavik, Iceland | Disembark

Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the icy realm of the Arctic with optional kayaking adventures
  • Marvel at the glaciers and wildlife of Spitsbergen and East Greenland
  • Hike the tundra and explore a remote fjord-strewn coast of East Greenland
  • Cruise in a Zodiac to explore diverse landscapes

Ship

World Explorer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Exploring Greenland Walrus in the Arctic Beautiful arctic landscape Kayaking toward an iceberg View of Reykjavik from the Church Tower

Day 1 Oslo, Norway

Arrive in Oslo any time during your Day 1. Upon arriving in this splendid capital city, known for its green spaces and museums, settle into your airport hotel.

Day 2 Longyearbyen | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
The group will be transferred to the airport and board the private charter flight to Longyearbyen. After embarkation, enjoy the great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop for this seaside town.

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 will be thrilled to see arctic terns, skuas, long-tailed ducks, kittiwakes and ivory gulls and if conditions permit, 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 Greenland Sea, your Expedition Team teaches you about the wildlife and history of Greenland, your next stop. On deck, learn to identify seabirds on the wing. 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.

Day 9-12 Exploring East Greenland

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Today, enjoy the Zodiac cruises and shore visits to several locations. Explore the remains of ancient Thule settlements and keep an eye out for grazing muskoxen—40 percent of the world’s muskoxen population lives here. Finally, sail through spectacular Scoresbysund, the birthplace of many icebergs and, some say, the most beautiful fjord system in the world.

Day 13-14 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As you cruise south, the Denmark Strait is your pathway toward Iceland. Be informed and entertained with presentations about the history of exploration in the Arctic and the seabirds you’ll see soaring above your ship.

Day 15 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.

World Explorer

Oslo

Deals

Save 15%
Early Booking Savings - Book before January 15, 2020 and save 15% per person. Select departures only. Valid for all cabin types, excluding Triples. For new bookings after October 1, 2019. Contact us for details.
Applies to Aug 11, 2020 departure

Complimentary Transfer Package
Arctic Savings - Book before January 15, 2020 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 all cabin types except Triples. For new booking after October 1, 2019. Contact us for details.
Applies to Aug 11, 2020 departure

Per person starting at
$9,995
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Triple Cabin
Located on Deck 6, and approximately 242 sq. ft. Suites feature one double or two single beds, walk-out balcony, separate combo sitting area with a sofa bed and additional closet, refrigerator, TV, and private bathroom with shower.
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Infinity Suite
Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 270 sq. ft. Suites feature one double or two single beds, floor-to-ceiling glass Juliet balcony, refrigerator, TV, and private bathroom with shower.
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Veranda Suite
Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 215 sq. ft. Suites feature one double or two single beds, walk-out balcony, sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, and private bathroom with shower.
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Superior Suite
Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 278 sq. ft. Suites feature one double or two single beds, walk-out balcony, sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, and private bathroom with shower.
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Deluxe Suite
Located on Deck 5, and approximately 334 sq. ft. Suites feature one double or two single beds, walk-out balcony, sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, and private bathroom with shower.
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Owner's Suite
Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 355 sq. ft. Suites feature one double or two single beds, walk-out balcony, sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, and bathtub.

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.

2020 Rates above for your Southbound itinerary include the following:
  • 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 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
  • 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
2020 Rates above for your Southbound itinerary do not include the following:
  • 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
  • Optional kayaking activities
*2020 MANDATORY TRANSFER PACKAGE FOR SOUTHBOUND ITINERARY INCLUDES
  • One night’s pre-expedition hotel night at Oslo airport hotel
  • Charter flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen
  • Arrival transfer in Longyearbyen
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