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Arctic Complete - Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

Kirkenes to Reykjavik - Example 25 Day Cruise aboard Greg Mortimer
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This Arctic itinerary allows you to experience the best of the European Arctic. Starting in Spitsbergen, you’ll explore its coastline of calving glaciers, towering bird cliffs and pack ice to spot walruses, reindeer and even polar bears! After crossing the Greenland Sea, your ship will follow East Greenland’s coastline filled with the largest fjord system in the world, calving icebergs, friendly native communities and untouched tundra-covered valleys, before reaching its finishing point, Iceland.
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  • Explore Spitsbergen’s stunning northwest coast
  • Visit Scoresby Sund, the world’s largest fjord system
  • Cruise by Zodiac beneath high cliffs buzzing with birdlife
  • Explore the North East Greenland National Park
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Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Kirkenes, Norway | Embark

Arrive in Kirkenes, Norway and join a pre-arranged half day excursion prior to boarding the Greg Mortimer late afternoon. Airport transfers will be included if arriving on preferred flights into Kirkenes. You’ll have time to settle into your cabin before important briefings aboard the ship.

Day 2-3: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Over the next two days at sea, enjoy informative and entertaining lectures from the expert expedition team including naturalists and historians before reaching Svalbard’s southeast coast.

Day 4-12: Svalbard Archipelago

  • Ship
  • 9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners
Cruise northwards along the west coast of Spitsbergen. While sailing along the north coast, explore rarely visited places in search of the mighty polar bear.
From Zodiacs, enjoy magnificent views of sweeping glaciers winding their way into the sea. Walk on smoothly raised beach terraces to superb viewpoints or hike in the mountains on the tundra where pretty-colored wildflowers and lichen grow and where reindeer graze.

Visit trapper huts of yesteryear where Russians would hunt and survive the cold harsh winters, all while remaining alert for wandering polar bears and their cubs. It is possible to come face-to-face with the formidable pack ice of the Arctic Ocean, keeping the eyes peeled for walrus. Listen to the cacophony of seabirds and see them feeding. If conditions allow, go to north into the pack ice in hopes of finding polar bears ranging over the frozen landscape on the hunt for seals.

Day 13: Longyearbyen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Stretch your legs and explore Longyearbyen, gateway to Svalbard. Often, a Svalbard voyage starts or end here, but on this unique voyage, it is a midway point.

Day 14-16: Greenland Sea

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Relax while crossing the Greenland Sea to Greenland, photographing seabirds, searching for pack ice, polar bears and enjoying informative talks.

Day 17-23: Greenland

  • Ship
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
You may visit Kaiser Franz Joseph, Kong Oscar Fjord and aim to reach Scoresbysund, the world’s largest fjord and birthplace of the famous big Greenland icebergs. You can hope to visit the remote Inuit community of Ittoqqortoormiit. Keep a sharp eye out for musk ox, arctic hare and seals and if lucky, polar bears or narwhals can be seen.

Day 24: Denmark Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue on with the Arctic adventure and cruise across Denmark Strait on the way to Iceland. Take time to reflect on the various experiences, gaze at northern fulmars and black-backed gulls, and spot dolphins and whales from the ship’s bow.

Day 25: Disembark in Akureyri | Reykjavik

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark the Greg Mortimer in the northern town of Akureyri, then enjoy a scenic transfer to downtown Reykjavik. Bid your fellow expeditioners a fond farewell before transferring to the airport.


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Aurora Stateroom Triple
230.34 ft² - 245.41 ft² - 6 rooms available. All include en-suite bathrooms, three single beds, porthole window, desk area and 42" flat-screen TV
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Aurora Stateroom
170 ft² - 245.41 ft² - Greg Mortimer features 8 porthole rooms, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action.
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Balcony Stateroom C
224.97 ft² - 266.95 ft² - 14 rooms available. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups.
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Balcony Stateroom B
254.03 ft² - 266.95 f - 22 rooms available. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups.
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Balcony Stateroom A
259.41 ft² - 301.39 ft² - 22 rooms available. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups.
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Balcony Stateroom Superior
303.54 ft² - 432.70 ft² - With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Greg Mortimer's two Balcony Suites are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear. Featuring private balconies, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area, these will sell out quickly!
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Junior Suite
The Greg Mortimer's four Junior Suites take in some impressive scenery from their vantage 418.71 ft² - points on Deck 7. When you aren't enjoying a landing, you can relax in the suites' separate lounge area, or just watch the world float by from the private balcony.
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Captain's Suite
478.99 ft² - The largest of all the rooms, the Greg Mortimer's singular Captain's Suite will take you to the polar regions in ultimate style and comfort. Complete with large lounge area, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite.


Voyage Inclusions
  • Half day tour or activity in Kirkenes on Day 1 prior to embarking Greg Mortimer
  • Sightseeing tour or activity in Longyearbyen on Day 13 (turnaround day)
  • Transfer from Akureyri pier to Reykjavik downtown or airport on Day 25
  • Onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
  • Access to our onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees
Voyage Exclusions
  • International or domestic flights, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges



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