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Longyearbyen - Reykjavik - Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Sylvia Earle
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Experience the wonders of the Arctic on this 15-day cruise aboard Sylvia Earle. Start in Longyearbyen and visit the Svalbard Global Seed Vault before exploring Svalbard's arctic wilderness, spotting polar bears, walruses, and nesting guillemots. Sail to East Greenland, encountering whales and spotting seals and seabirds. Explore deep fjords and narrow channels, and visit historical sites and cabins of present-day Inuit hunters. Visit Ittoqqortoormiit, the most remote permanent settlement in the region—Marvel at the world's largest fjord, Scoresbysund, and Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord. Cross the Denmark Strait to Iceland, watching for whales and seabirds, before ending your cruise in Reykjavik.
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  • Discover the history of Longyearbyen and its famous inhabitants
  • See the spectacular Scoresbysund, the world’s largest fjord
  • Explore the isolated East Greenland and its impressive scenery
  • Visit the Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit, the most isolated and northernmost permanent settlement in the region
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Longyearbyen

Following your arrival in Longyearbyen, an Aurora Expeditions representative will greet you and transport you to your group hotel.  

Please visit the hospitality desk located in the lobby. The team will run through your embarkation day, answer your questions, and give advice on the local area. They will also provide you with cabin tags for your luggage. Please clearly label the tags with your name and ship cabin number. 

Enjoy free time, and in the evening, dine at your leisure (dinner not included). 

Day 2: Longyearbyen | Embark

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The locally guided journey begins with a drive to the outskirts of Longyearbyen. The stark landscape plays host to a vault unlike any other worldwide. Although it is not open to the public, the unique design of its entrance affords an insight into the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, home to a seed bank of over 4000 plant species. Continue to Camp Barentz, located in the Advent Valley, where you enjoy a presentation in the large "lavvo," a traditional building common in northern Norway. Here, your host shares tales of living in the remote Arctic. Learn about Longyearbyen's fascinating history, early explorers, and Svalbard's most famous inhabitant, the polar bear, before you meet the camp's friendly huskies or pick up some souvenirs. A visit to the eclectic Svalbard Museum is included back in town before embarking on the vessel in the late afternoon. 

Settle into your cabin before attending important safety briefings, and enjoy the thrill of departure as you "throw the lines" and set sail. This evening, get to know your fellow expeditioners and your friendly Expedition Team and crew at the Captain's Welcome Dinner to celebrate the start of a thrilling adventure. 

NOTE: Sometimes, the ship is unable to dock in Longyearbyen Port due to space and capacity. In these instances, you reach the ship by Zodiac. If the situation arises, please ensure that you keep your wet-weather gear in your hand luggage to use in the Zodiacs. Please ensure your cabin luggage tag is completed, clearly showing your cabin number and name. The crew will deliver your luggage directly to your cabin.

Day 3-5: Svalbard

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  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Svalbard offers arctic wilderness at its best. The members of the experienced Expedition Team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to tailor your itinerary, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, sea-ice conditions, and opportunities for wildlife encounters. 

Phenomenal fjords, magnificent mountain ranges, and a polar desert rich in fossils set the stage for heroic tales of early exploration. See walruses hauled out on sea ice or beaches. On land, stretch your legs on walks across tundra carpeted in brightly colored wildflowers. Visit towering cliffs noisy with nesting guillemots, puffins, and scree slopes that hold Svalbard’s largest little auk colonies—a most memorable encounter with the majestic polar bear on pack ice. Your Expedition Team is just as keen as you are to find them, and they will be on constant watch to spot these inspiring creatures. 

If you have chosen an optional activity, such as kayaking, you can enjoy that activity when conditions allow. For those enthusiastic about participating in a polar plunge, as soon as conditions are suitable, hear the announcement to prepare for an exhilarating dip.

Day 6-7: Greenland Sea

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As you sail towards the coast of East Greenland, you may encounter whales feeding in the rich waters of the north. As you approach East Greenland, be prepared to encounter more pack ice and perhaps spot seals and a variety of seabirds, including the northern fulmar and Brünnich’s guillemot.  

The strong, icy currents have isolated East Greenland from the Polar Basin, attracting large numbers of fish, seals, and whales. Climatic conditions and the concentration of ice in the vicinity often create thick morning fog that only vanishes in the presence of the midday sun. The experts will inform and entertain you with fascinating discussions on plants, animals, ice, and heroic tales of exploration.

Day 8-13: East Greenland

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  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
In the coming days, a host of choices are available to you, and depending on ice and weather conditions, the east coast of Greenland is yours to explore. The experienced Expedition Team, which has made countless journeys to this area, will use its expertise to tailor your itinerary daily. This allows you to use the prevailing weather, ice conditions, and encounters with wildlife. You generally attempt up to two landings or Zodiac excursions daily, including cruising along spectacular ice cliffs and following whales feeding near the surface.
Be prepared to experience ice—and lots of it! East Greenland contains some of the Arctic's most impressive scenery. Deep fjords and narrow channels, flanked by sharp ice-clad peaks soaring up to 2,000 meters (6,562 feet) and glaciers birthing gigantic icebergs that drift throughout the fjord system, combine to create breathtaking scenes.  

The tundra landscape is home to musk oxen, arctic hares, and reindeer. The area has ancient Thule archaeological sites, historical trappers' huts, and the cabins of present-day Inuit hunters. A highlight is a visit to the Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit, the region's most isolated and northernmost permanent settlement, with approximately 450 inhabitants. The community has an excellent museum, a gift shop, and an abundance of Greenlandic sled dogs, and it provides the opportunity to meet friendly locals. 

Explore Scoresbysund, the world's largest fjord and a favorite hunting ground of the local Inuit. Massive glaciers flow into this fjord, the birthplace of hundreds of majestic Greenland icebergs. It is a spectacular place that must be seen to be believed. North of Scoresbysund lies Kong Oskar and Kaiser Franz Josef fjords, two of Greenland's most significant fjord systems, each encompassing several smaller fjords and sounds. The area is rich in wildlife thanks to the fertile volcanic soil and the surrounding mountains, which offer protection from strong winds. You may spot everything from musk ox and arctic foxes to mountain hares and even reindeer near the fjord. Look skyward, and you can glimpse birds, including the glaucous gull, black-legged kittiwake, northern fulmar, common raven, and common eider. 

Attempt to enter Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, a remote and rarely visited fjord system with countless opportunities for exploration located within the Northeast Greenland National Park. Cruising through Kong Oskar Fjord, marvel at the geological beauty of the mountains. Then head south along the coast of Liverpool Land, with your passage dependent on ice conditions.  

Stretch your legs on hikes across the tundra in search of ancient graveyards and summer villages occupied thousands of years ago by the Inuit. You may see musk ox, arctic hare, and reindeer grazing. The maze of calm, interconnecting waterways in this area provides excellent opportunities for sea kayaking. See ring seals, perhaps glimpse the elusive narwhal, and maybe even a polar bear hunting on pack ice.  

Day 14: Denmark Strait

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Crossing the Denmark Strait to Iceland, search for whales and photograph the many seabirds that trail the ship in the ever-present arctic winds.

Day 15: Reykjavik| Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
During the early morning, cruise into Reykjavik and disembark at approximately 8 a.m. Farewell to your Expedition Team and fellow passengers as you continue your journeys. Transfer to your downtown hotel or Keflavik airport. 


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Aurora Stateroom Triple
22.67m2 (244ft2) - There are two Aurora Stateroom Triple cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms.
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Aurora Stateroom Superior
19.9m2 - 20.8m2(214.2ft2 - 223.9ft2) - Located on Deck 7, the Staterooms feature french balconies, floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area. Perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear.
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Balcony Stateroom C
19.5m2 - 28.7m2 (209.9ft² - 308.9ft2) - 11 Balcony Stateroom C cabins - most economical, fitted with all the necessities and comfortable for up to 2 people. These cabins are scattered throughout Deck 6.
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Balcony Stateroom B
19.5m2 - 28.7m2 (209.9ft² - 308.9ft2) - 17 Balcony Stateroom B Cabins - standard cabin, many fitted with interconnecting features making them great for families or groups. These cabins are located at the fore and aft of Deck 4 and 6.
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Balcony Stateroom A
19.5m² - 28.7m² (209.9ft² - 308.9ft²)- 23 Balcony Stateroom A cabins - premium cabin, and the most abundant on board. These cabins are located in preferred positions on Deck 4 and 6 which provides easy access between Decks via the internal stairs or elevator.
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Balcony Stateroom Superior
29.2m2 - 35.2m2 (314.3ft2 - 378.9ft2) - Located on Deck 4 and 6, the Staterooms feature floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area. Some of these rooms are equipped with wheelchair accessible bathrooms.
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Junior Suite
Up to 41.6m2 (447.8ft2)- 4 Junior Suites take in some impressive scenery from their vantage 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
43.8m2 (471.5 ft2) - Captain's Suite - the largest of all our rooms, will take you to the polar regions in ultimate style and comfort. Complete with large lounge area, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite, you'll need to get in early to secure this suite.
  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 13 Dinners
  • 13 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Beer, House Wine, and Soft Drinks with Dinner 
  • Educational Lectures and Guiding Services from Expedition Team 
  • Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult)
  • Port Surcharges, Permits, and Landing Fees
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages.
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of Muck boots during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • All airport transfers mentioned in the itinerary.
  • On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • Transfer from airport to hotel on arrival Day 1
  • One night’s hotel accommodation including breakfast, in Longyearbyen on Day 1
  • Sightseeing tour of Longyearbyen, prior to embarkation, on Day 2
  • Transfer from pier to hotel or airport in Reykjavik on Day 15
  • Gratuities
  • 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
  • Airport Departure Tax - Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • Reciprocity and Vaccination Charges
  • Passengers traveling with Aurora Expeditions are required to be covered by a reputable travel insurance policy that includes baggage loss, cancellation & curtailment of the holiday, medical, accident, and repatriation/emergency evacuation coverage worth at least $250,000 USD.
  • Add-on activities should be reserved at the time of the booking.



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