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Exploring Greenland

Longyearbyen to Reykjavik

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Join Seadream Innovation for a 15-day journey from Svalbard to Iceland, visiting isolated islands and remote regions. Past spectacular bird cliffs in Iceland, marveling at the multitude of puffins, guillemots, and gulls that congregate to nest. In Svalbard, encounter fascinating landscapes, mountains, fjords, and glaciers while looking for walrus and polar bears. Throughout the voyage, learn about the geology, wildlife, botany, and history of this spectacular area from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Longyearbyen | Embark
Days 2-5 : Exploration Day
Day 6 : At Sea
Day 7 : Northeast Greenland National Park
Days 8-10 : Scoresbysund
Day 11 : At Sea
Day 12 : Akureyri
Day 13 : Saudarkrokur
Day 14 : Exploration Day
Day 15 : Reykjavik, Iceland | Disembark

Highlights

  • Walk in the footsteps of famous polar explorers at various historical sites
  • Explore the spectacular fjords and coasts of western Svalbard
  • Discover Scoresbysund, one of the largest fjord complexes in the world
  • Visit the Mývatn region, blessed with the spectacular Godafoss waterfalls

Ship

SeaDream Innovation

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Exploring Greenland Homes in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway Sail past bird colonies on your Arctic cruise Whale Watching off the coast of Reykjavik in Iceland Trekking in Iceland

Day 1 Longyearbyen | Embark

Originally established as a mining town along breathtaking Isfjorden, Longyearbyen is now Svalbard’s largest city, a vibrant cultural hub and an ideal launching pad for your polar adventures. Fulfill a lifelong dream by riding a sled pulled by huskies and visit a mysterious ice cave, whose translucent walls gleam in shades of blue and white. Journey to the Russian mining ghost town of Pyramiden, where fascinating vestiges of a once-thriving operation still stand, and continue to Barentsburg, an inhabited Russian settlement that offers a compelling contrast to Longyearbyen. For an invigorating adventure, kayak among small chunks of ice floating offshore or hike through Svalbard’s lunar-like landscapes, perhaps ascending to Plateau Mountain for superlative views or trekking to the critically important Global Seed Vault, a repository for Earth’s plant life. Learn the exhilarating tales of intrepid explorers at the North Pole Expedition Museum, where exhibits shed light on some of history’s most daring voyages. Hang up your coat at Huset, a sophisticated eatery that wouldn’t be out of place in the world’s culinary capitals, and try unusual and impeccably prepared regional dishes such as reindeer and seal steak.

Day 2-5 Exploration Day

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners

Day 6 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 7 Northeast Greenland National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At approximately 375,000 square miles and covering over a fourth of Greenland’s landmass, Northeast Greenland National Park is one of the world’s largest protected areas and a deeply rewarding destination truly off the beaten path. Its forbidding interior is comprised of a seemingly unending ice sheet, with the surrounding coastline broken up by spectacular glaciers of staggering scale. Barren, sculptural mountains and plateaus encase the slow-moving rivers of ice, providing a haven for an unexpected variety of wildlife, most notably about 40% of the world’s musk oxen. Although the local polar bears are shy, it’s possible to spot them along with walrus, collared lemmings, stoats, Arctic hares and Arctic foxes. A wealth of wildlife populates the frigid waters, including several species of seals and many types of whales, of which the pale Beluga and the curiously tusked narwhal may be the most striking. You’ll discover that the ever-present birds also merit attention, from the loon with its distinctive call to the stunningly hued king eider. Cruising beside this land completely uninhabited by humans might be the closest you’ll ever be to nature in its purest form.

Day 8-10 Scoresbysund

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Boasting one of the largest fjord complexes in the world, Scoresbysund astonishes visitors with its surprisingly fertile and colorful terrain. Thanks to the wide mouth of the main fjord, which never entirely freezes, and the protection afforded by towering basalt cliffs that blunt the winds, numerous species are drawn to this relatively sheltered corner of Greenland. Vast populations of musk ox traverse the landscape of vibrant tundra while Arctic fox, Arctic hare and other native fauna dart among the low-lying vegetation. This being Greenland, however, ice is ever-present atop the commanding peaks and carved into breathtaking icebergs that glide through the glassy waters. Splendid birds circle overhead or amble gingerly on the rocky coasts, including enchanting puffins, regal gyrfalcons and adorable little auks. Along the coast, imposing walruses vie for space with ringed, harp, hooded, harbor and bearded seals, all in competition for the sea’s rich bounty. As you meander these sublime fjords, you’ll be grateful for the privilege to share the exquisite scenery with such glorious creatures.

Day 11 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 12 Akureyri

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Despite boasting the second largest population in Iceland after Reykjavik, Akureyi is a cozy town of under 20,000 that provides access to some of Iceland’s most stunning attractions. You’ll find Akureyi at the very end of Eyjafjördur, a magnificent fjord lined with emerald fields that arc toward snow-capped summits. The surrounding Mývatn region is blessed with spectacular waterfalls such as Godafoss, Selfoss and Dettifoss, lauded as the most powerful cascade in Europe. As a soothing respite, step into the geothermically heated waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths, soaking in waters rich in beneficial minerals. You’ll be delighted by the Laufás turf houses, whose simple white-and-red façades hold up grass-covered roofs that magically blend into the adjacent hill. Stroll the pathways of the Arctic Botanical Gardens, the world’s northernmost garden of its kind, and marvel at a colorful array of blooms that burst forth in the warmer seasons. For a terrific panorama of the town and countryside, climb the steps to the Akureyrarkirkja church, a splendid example of mid 20th-century architecture, and enjoy Akureyri’s more playful side at the Christmas House, a themed shop and garden that sells Icelandic holiday handicrafts and mouthwatering treats that make for a perfect gift or a tempting indulgence for yourself.

Day 13 Saudarkrokur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The sleepy town of Saudarkrokur, tucked away inside Skagafjordur, is one of Iceland’s least known gems. As you enter the mouth of the wide fjord, you’ll encounter the minuscule, steep-sided island of Drangey, which appears inaccessible at first. However, a steep path provides access to the grassy top, where large colonies of delightful puffins can be seen soaking up the sun. On either side of the fjord, you’ll discover geothermally heated pools that allow for shoreside relaxation with nearly unparalleled views of the striking scenery. For tranquil exploration of the surrounding lands, enjoy a horseback ride through the verdant plains, or opt for a more exhilarating experience rafting down one of the area’s rushing rivers. Absorb the region’s captivating history at the Skagafjordur Heritage Museum, which includes several buildings depicting pastoral life in the 18th and 19th century, such as a turf-covered farmhouse. Delve into the rugged geography of the Tröllaskagi peninsula on a ride to the quaint village of Hólar, which lies in a deep valley carved by glaciers and bordered by towering mountains, an idyllic and quintessentially Icelandic landscape.

Day 14 Exploration Day

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 15 Reykjavik, Iceland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Welcome to the vibrant capital of Iceland, a cosmopolitan city and an inviting haven found amid some of the world’s most dramatic scenery. Towering above the skyline, the remarkable Hallgrímskirkja church echoes the geometry of basalt columns, whereas the angular Harpa Concert Hall dazzles with its countless faceted glass panels. In the National Museum of Iceland, examine an enthralling collection of artifacts tracing over 1,200 years of history, including the treasured 13th-century Valþjófsstaður door, whose intricate carvings depict the slaying of a dragon. The Perlan Museum offers the compelling opportunity to wander through a faithful recreation of an ice cave among its many fascinating exhibits. Gaze at the iconic Sun Voyager sculpture, an evocative take on a Viking longship, and in Árbæjarsafn meander through a recreated Icelandic village that brings pre-modern Reykjavik to life. The bucolic island of Viðey is home to Yoko Ono’s renowned Imagine Peace Tower, beams of light sent skyward, and offers the chance to see delightful puffins in the wild. In the countryside, marvel at spectacular waterfalls such as Seljalandsfoss and Gullfoss, one of the most photographed places in Iceland. A visit to the famed Blue Lagoon is almost de rigueur, geothermically heated waters rich in minerals that provide the perfect balm for the adventurous traveler.

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Notes

Please Note: Fares are capacity controlled and may change without notice. All fares are posted in USD and are based off of double occupancy. Single and triple rates are available upon request.

Cruise fares do not include Governmental, Port, Document Issuance, Handling and Service fees. Please see pricing for additional fees.

Please note: Optional Activities are NOT included in this cruise-only rate. Contact us for details.

- All guests are required to have a valid passport while onboard. 

Rates Include:
  • Accommodations
  • All gourmet meals
  • Wine with lunch and dinner
  • Open bar with selected premium brands
  • Gratuities
  • Use of water toys
  • Mountain bikes
  • Golf simulator
  • DVDs and more
Rates Exclude:
  • Optional land adventures. Contact us for pricing.
  • Air and ground travel arrangements
  • Spa treatments
  • Certain select premium liquor and wine cellar selections
  • Individual caviar requests
  • Communication costs
  • Use of satellite telephone
  • Internet access
  • Boutique purchases
  • Medical services
  • Casino play
  • Laundry
  • Government, Port, Document Issuance, Handling & Service fees
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