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Svalbard & Iceland - Tromso to Reykjavik

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Are you ready for the Arctic? Majestic icebergs and glacier-filled bays. Mile upon mile of a bird-laden cliff. 24-hour daylight. Polar bears. Breeching whales. Zodiac cruises. Remote islands. The list is long and just keeps getting better and better. Join us to make the most of the region’s short summer season, which not only sees bucket list wildlife but encounters the strength of human spirit like nowhere else on Earth. Don’t forget your camera!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Tromso, Norway | Embark
Day 2 : Bear Island
Days 3-4 : Svalbard’s Southern Region
Days 5-7 : Svalbard’s Northern Region
Day 8 : At Sea
Day 9 : Jan Mayen Island
Day 10 : At Sea
Day 11 : Husavilk
Day 12 : Siglufjordur
Day 13 : Bolungarvik
Day 14 : Sudereyri
Day 15 : Reykjavik, Iceland | Disembark

Highlights

  • Admire some of the largest bird colonies of the Northern Hemisphere
  • Search the ice and shorelines for seabirds, walruses, seals & polar bears
  • Look for spectacular icebergs and fascinating wildlife at Jan Mayen
  • Enjoy Siglufjörður’s Folk Music Centre that presents Icelandic folk music

Ship

Silver Wind

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Scattered houses of Tromso Polar bears in the Arctic Colorful houses of Svalbard Historic town of Husavik on the North Coast The breathtaking scenery of Iceland

Day 1 Tromso, Norway | Embark

Feel your heart flutter, as you catch your first glimpse of that famous emerald haze dancing across the stars, during your visit to this wonderful Arctic gateway. Located in the far north of Norway, a visit to Tromso beckons you to the extremes of this magical country, to explore a fairytale land of jagged mountains, glistening glaciers and husky-pulled sleds. Despite its remote location, you'll discover a perhaps surprisingly cosmopolitan city, with a healthy student population injecting plenty of energy. Sat 250 miles above the Arctic Circle - at 69° north - you can bathe in the midnight sun's glow during summer before winter brings the thick blackness and starry skies of endless polar nights.

Day 2 Bear Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Almost half way between Tromsø and Svalbard is isolated Bear Island – considered the southernmost island of the Svalbard Archipelago. The unglaciated island is an impressive Nature Reserve of steep, high cliffs that are frequented by seabirds, specifically at the southern tip. Brünnich’s Guillemots, Common Guillemots, Black Guillemots, Razorbills, Little Auks, Northern Fulmars, Glaucous Gulls, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and even Atlantic Puffins and Northern Gannets nest along the cliffs south of Sørhamna. Because of the large numbers of birds and the isolated location, Bear Island has been recognized as an Important Bird Area. It was once a hotspot for whaling and walrus hunting, and at one stage even mining. Bear Island received its name because of a polar bear encountered by early explorer Willem Barentsz. Today polar bears rarely visit the island and its only settlement is a meteorological station manned all-year round on the north side.

Day 3-4 Svalbard’s Southern Region

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Svalbard’s Southern Region and specifically Spitsbergen’s west coast is less ice-clogged than the rest of Svalbard due to the moderating influenced of the Gulf Stream. Several fjords cut into the western coast of Spitsbergen and have been used by trappers and hunters, as well as the different mining companies that tried to exploit the riches of the archipelago’s largest island of Spitsbergen. Remains of huts and mines, as well as active commercial and scientific settlements can be found and visited. Depending on the time of the season, glaciers can be visited on foot or by sea. Northern places like Magdalenefjorden and Hornsund will reveal fascinating views of geological formations, craggy mountains, spectacular glaciers and a variety of seabirds and seals.

Day 5-7 Svalbard’s Northern Region

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
There are several deep fjords and prominent glaciers in the northern reaches of Svalbard, as well as the northern hemisphere’s widest glacier front. Ice conditions will dictate how much can be accessed in terms of cruising bird islets like the Andøyane Islets or approaching glaciers like Monaco Glacier and Seliger Glacier. The Northern Region is also known to have several walrus haul-outs and areas defined as “Arctic Desert”. Walks and hikes ashore to have a closer look at flora and wildlife are a possibility in the spectacular Northern Region of Svalbard.

Day 8 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 9 Jan Mayen Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Humpback and minke whales cavort and feed in the waters around the impressive volcanic island of Jan Mayen with its towering ebony peaks and broad black lava beaches. The primordial landscape is dominated to the north by the 7,500 feet high (2,300 meters) Mt Beerenberg, an active volcano covered in glacial ice that last erupted in 1985. With permission from the Norwegian authorities, a landing is possible at this rarely visited outpost. Visitors may walk to the research and weather station, or beyond, for birds-eye views of the meteorological station and the long black sandy eastern shore of the island. Birds to be seen here may include Atlantic Puffins, Northern Fulmars, and Snow Buntings.

Day 10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 11 Husavilk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There's simply nowhere better than Husavilk - the European capital of whale watching - for getting up close and personal with the majestic giants of the ocean. Feel the awe as whales breach the waves around you, before gulping in air and plunging away with almighty tale flicks. Pretty Husavik is framed by the majestic Húsavíkurfjall mountain, which swells up behind, creating a stunning backdrop for the town's tiny wooden warehouses, cherry red houses and undulating fishing ships. 

Day 12 Siglufjordur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Siglufjordur is one of Iceland’s most northerly towns and sits nestled at the foot of steep mountainsides. It was the capital of the herring fishery in recent history, but the towering mountain slopes kept this fjord and quaint town of roughly 1,200 residents secluded over the years. Today, two tunnels connect the town and fjord with the outside world, permitting easier access to the fantastic hiking and sailing opportunities in the vicinity. The herring museum in town claims to be the largest of its kind in Europe and covers the history of the once booming fishery. The tidy parallel streets and multi-colored houses of the town are also home to a Folk Music Center and an annual folk music festival.

Day 13 Bolungarvik

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 14 Sudereyri

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 15 Reykjavik, Iceland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
The capital of Iceland’s land of ice, fire and natural wonder, Reykjavik is a city like no other - blossoming among some of the world’s most vibrant and violent scenery.

Disembark after breakfast

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INCLUDED IN THE CRUISE FARE
  •  Transfers (between airport/hotel and ship)
  •  1 night pre-cruise and 1 day-use post-cruise (on 2020, 2021 voyages)
  •  In-country flights when required by itinerary
  •  Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
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  •  Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
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  •  Butler service in every suite
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  •  Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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