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Enjoy northern lights on an Arctic cruise

Under the Northern Lights: Exploring Iceland & East Greenland

Example 14 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Adventurer
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Experience two of the last unspoiled wilderness areas on the planet with a 14-day expedition aboard the Ocean Adventurer. Cruise along Iceland’s mountainous Vestfjords and Greenland’s remote northeast coast, home to the largest fjord system in the world, discover diverse and dramatically rugged landscapes rich in iconic arctic wildlife. Immersed in the untamed beauty of the Arctic, experience Inuit culture firsthand at Ittoqqortoormiit, visit ancient Thule sites steeped in history, and marvel at the majesty of massive icebergs and towering bird cliffs. If you’re lucky, you may also catch sight of the spectacular northern lights dancing across the sky.
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Highlights
  • Search for iconic arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, muskoxen and whales.
  • Marvel at the dramatic mountains and bird cliffs of Iceland’s oldest region.
  • Possibly view the enchanting northern lights.
  • Cruise in a Zodiac to explore diverse landscapes.
  • Immerse in the icy realm of the Arctic with optional kayaking adventure.
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Reykjavik, Iceland

Arrive in the Icelandic capital in the morning and make your way to your included hotel. Have the day to explore the city on your own.

Day 2: Reykjavik | Embark

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

Day 3: Explore Vestfjords (Westfjords)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Each region of Iceland has its own appeal for nature, bird, and history lovers, and the little-visited Vestfjords (Westfjords), where the land meets the sea in the most dramatic fashion, is no exception. Exploring this rugged peninsula at the country’s remote northwestern tip offers awe-inspiring vistas of mountains, fjords, and towering cliffs. If the conditions allow, it is possible to cruise along Látrabjarg, Europe’s largest bird cliff, teeming with puffins, razorbills, guillemots, and more. Another possible destination is the quaint island of Flatey, where a replica of Iceland’s largest medieval manuscript, Flateyjarbók, can be viewed in the library. The church here features murals symbolizing life on the island, including one of Jesus wearing a classic Icelandic sweater.

Day 4: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
While cruising north across the Denmark Strait, the Expedition Team prepares you for adventures that await. Learn about the storied history and politics of the Arctic, its fascinating wildlife, geology, ecology and climate, and the incredible sights to explore. Search for the seabirds soaring around the ship, as well as the whales that frequent the waters here.

Day 5-12: Explore Northeast Greenland

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  • 8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners
During the tour of Greenland’s remote northeast coast, enjoy Zodiac cruises and shore visits to several locations. Be aware and keep an eye out for grazing muskoxen, as 40 percent of the world’s muskoxen population lives in Northeast Greenland National Park. Sailing through spectacular Scoresbysund, the birthplace of many icebergs and the most beautiful fjord system on the planet. Sites such as Frederiksdal and Sydkap offer opportunities to explore the colorful tundra and the remains of ancient Thule settlements. At the entrance of the sound is East Greenland’s most northerly community, Ittoqqortoormiit, spend time interacting with the Inuit people and learning about their way of life. If the skies are clear, there's a chance to see the northern lights here. Deeper in the sound, Røde Øya offers a picturesque locale for admiring the beauty of sky-blue bergs set against striking red sandstone cliffs. Magnificent vistas also await at Kong Oscar Fjord, with possible landings at Ella Øya, renowned for its rugged cliffs and ice-choked waters, and flower-rich Botanikerbugt, on Ymer Øya

Day 13: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As your arctic adventure winds down, take in a presentation by the onboard experts, share photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar or watch a movie—there are many activities during your time at sea. The Expedition Team are on hand to answer any questions and point out wildlife.

Day 14: Reyjavik | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, at the end of the journey. Transfers to a central downtown location are available to those who have booked post-expedition accommodation.

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Ocean Adventurer

Dining Room, Ocean Adventurer
Buffet Dining Room, Ocean Adventurer
Bar at the Main Lounge, Ocean Adventurer

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Triple
Averaging 128 sq. ft. (12 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths and one upper berth. Located on the Main Deck, it has private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
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Lower Deck Twin
Averaging 133 sq. ft. (12 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Lower Deck, it has private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
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Main Deck Twin with Porthole
Averaging 118 sq. ft. (11 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Main Deck, it has private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
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Main Deck Twin with Window
Averaging 139 sq. ft. (13 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Main Deck, it has private facilities, and two windows with exterior views.
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Superior
Averaging 142 sq. ft. (13 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Upper Deck, it has private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
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Deluxe
Averaging 160 sq. ft. (15 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Upper and Captain’s Decks, it has private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
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Suite
Averaging 215 sq. ft. (20 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Captain’s Deck, it has windows with exterior views and private facilities. Cabin 403 has a bathtub; other Suites have shower stalls.
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Owner's Suite
Averaging 290 sq. ft. (27 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Bridge Deck, it has private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
Included
  • 13 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners
  • 13 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Coffee, Tea and Cocoa Available Around the Clock
  • Leadership throughout the expedition by our experienced Expedition Leader
  • Loan of Waterproof Boots for Landings
  • Official Expedition Parka to Keep
  • Select Beer and Wine During Dinner
  • Photographic Journal Documenting the Expedition
     
  • All Miscellaneous Service Taxes and Port Charges Throughout the Program
     
  • Comprehensive Predeparture Materials, Including a Map and an Informative Antarctic Reader
     
  • Luggage handling from the airport to the ship on the day of embarkation.
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • World-class lecture and expedition team
  • Daily activity options including cultural tours, nature walks, and Zodiac cruises
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials
  • Medical Expense Coverage and Emergency Evacuation Insurance
  • Port Surcharges, Permits, and Landing Fees
  • Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Internet & Phone Charges
  • Mandatory Waterproof Pants for Zodiac Cruising & Any Other Gear Not Specifically Mentioned
     
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport Departure Tax - Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport or Visa fees

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