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Three Arctic Islands: Iceland, Greenland and Spitsbergen

Northbound - Example 15 Day Cruise aboard World Explorer
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Explore the three unique regions of Iceland, Greenland and Spitsbergen starting in Reykjavik, where you get a glimpse of this modern city steeped in Icelandic culture and history, you’ll cruise high above the Arctic Circle to the remote eastern coast of Greenland and then venture to the island of Spitsbergen, the “wildlife capital of the Arctic.” Surrounded by spectacularly diverse landscapes, from vast glaciers and soaring cliffs to dramatic fjords and colorful tundra, you’ll experience the Arctic in all its natural beauty.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 2 : Reykjavik | Embark
Days 3-4 : At Sea
Days 5-8 : Exploring East Greenland
Days 9-10 : At Sea
Days 11-14 : Exploring Spitsbergen
Day 15 : Longyearbyen | Disembark | Fly to Oslo

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 Icelandic horses Whale Watching off the coast of Reykjavik in Iceland Admiring an ice cave in Skaftafell Glacier Ittoqqortoormiit Village, Greenland

Day 1 Reykjavik, Iceland

Arrive in the Icelandic capital in the morning and make your way to your included hotel. Explore the city on your own before settling into your hotel. 

Day 2 Reykjavik | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
This afternoon, board World Explorer and begin your expedition. Get ready for a great adventure ahead!

Day 3-4 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
While sailing north through the Denmark Strait, learn about the wildlife and history of Greenland, your next stop.

Day 5-8 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 9-10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As you continue to cruise north, the Greenland Sea is your pathway toward Svalbard. On deck, learn to identify seabirds “on the wing.” Take in a presentation, 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 11-14 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 to arctic terns, skuas, long-tailed ducks, kittiwakes and ivory gulls and if conditions permit, sail within 10 degrees of the North Pole!

Day 15 Longyearbyen | Disembark | Fly to Oslo

  • 1 Breakfast
The time to say goodbye has come. Your adventure ends in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, head to the airport for your return group charter flight to Oslo.

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Reykjavik - Hotels

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Early Booking Savings - Book before January 15, 2020 and save 25% 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 24, 2020 departure

Complimentary Transfer Package
Arctic Savings - Book before January 15, 2020 and receive free 1 night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Reykjavik, ship to airport transfer in Longyearbyen, and one-way group charter air from Longyearbyen to Oslo. Select departures only. Valid for all cabin types except Triples. For new bookings after October 1, 2019. Contact us for details.
Applies to Aug 24, 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 Northbound 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 port to Longyearbyen town center on disembarkation day
  • Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax
2020 Rates above for your Northbound Itinerary do not include the following:
  • Mandatory Transfer Package*
  • International airfare
  • Arrival transfer in Reykjavik
  • Transfers in Oslo
  • 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 NORTHBOUND ITINERARY INCLUDES
  • One night’s pre-expedition hotel night in Reykjavik
  • Group transfer from Reykjavik hotel to ship on embarkation day
  • Departure transfer in Longyearbyen
  • Charter flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo
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