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Longyearbyen - Reykjavik - Example 15 Day Cruise aboard SH Vega
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Embark on a 15-day expedition cruise from Longyearbyen to Reykjavik on the SH Vega to explore the Arctic. Ventures to Greenland provide an opportunity to experience intriguing indigenous cultures and ways of life in sparsely populated areas, along with national parks and protected wildlife areas where encountering arctic hare and muskoxen is possible. Also explores the world's most extensive fjord system. The journey continues via Jan Mayen Island to the northern archipelago of Svalbard, witnessing the midnight sun casting shadows on the icy landscape while searching for polar bears, walruses, seals, whales, and countless seabirds. Disembark in Reykjavik. 
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  • Explore Northeast Greenland, the world’s largest national park, with polar bears, muskoxen, reindeer, seals, and walruses
  • Visit the rarely visited, most northerly volcanic island of Jan Mayen Island
  • Sail past Spitsbergen’s most beautiful glacier, Monacobreen, as it calves icebergs
  • Discover Greenland’s breathtaking ice-filled fjords and remote settlements
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Day 1: Copenhagen

Arrive at the airport and head to the hotel via the group transfer to your hotel. Relax, and spend the overnight here preparing for your adventure.

*Pre/Post hotels and flights are always subject to change until the Travel Documents are provided.

Day 2: Longyearbyen | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Fly from Copenhagen and join the group to be transferred to the port where you will embark on SH Vega for your adventure.

Longyearbyen is the world’s most northerly town, and with it comes the world’s most northerly high street and pub. On Spitsbergen, Svalbard’s largest island, Longyearbyen is home to The North Pole Expeditions Museum, which chronicles early efforts to reach the pole by air. The nearby Svalbard Global Seed Vault preserves duplicate seeds held in gene banks worldwide. The surrounding Arctic waters are populated by whales, including bowheads and narwhals, while walruses are regularly seen hauling.

Day 3-9: Svalbard

  • Ship
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
Located deep inside the Arctic Circle, approaching the Svalbard archipelago feels a lot like sailing towards the edge of the world. Known as the Kingdom of the Polar Bears, spot some of its subjects as you explore some of the most varied polar landscapes in the Arctic. Down in your Zodiac boats, get close to the gargantuan glaciers, which are rapidly retreating from the oceans that they feed. In the north of the archipelago, past the magnificent fjords, the remaining sea ice offers the perfect hunting ground for polar bears. Closer to Longyearbyen, the landscape is punctuated with large areas devoid of snow and ice, along with vast tundra and exposed beaches. Alongside Svalbard’s 600 polar bears, this Arctic wildlife hotspot is also home to walrus, Svalbard reindeer, the ringed seal, the arctic fox, and many species of marine mammals and seabirds.

Day 10: Day at Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship’s observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip, or head to the library, which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of the on-board lectures, or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from the onboard professional photographers.

Day 11: Jan Mayen Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The snow-covered stratovolcano Beerenberg dominates the ice cap and glaciers at the northeast end of Jan Mayen Island. Halfway between Svalbard and Iceland, the only residents on this Norwegian island are members of the Norwegian Armed Forces or those working at the meteorological station. During a nature walk to the station and along the black sandy beach, you can see numerous plant species. Nesting northern fulmars, Brünnich’s and black guillemots, and little auks make the island an important birding area.

Day 12: Day at Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Days at sea are the perfect chance to relax, unwind, and do whatever takes your fancy. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, trying to spot a whale from the deck, reading a chapter or two, or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to the green days spent exploring on land.

Day 13: Grimsey Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Grimsey is a remote island located 40 kilometers off Iceland’s north coast. Many people travel here for the purpose of setting foot in the Arctic Circle, the only place in Iceland where you can do so. The island is also home to fewer than 100 people but over one million seabirds. Birdlife thrives here thanks to the lack of egg predation (there are no rats or mice on the island) and the rich, well-stocked surrounding seas. Grimsey has one of Iceland’s largest tern nesting sites and largest puffin colonies.

Included Excursions

  • Enjoy your stay on Iceland’s northernmost inhabited territory
  • Be prepared for an exhilarating physical challenge that will take you across approx. 7.5km of invigorating nature walk with some inclines towards the Arctic circle artwork
  • Stop at the bird cliffs where, depending on the time of the season, you’ll be able to spot several species of birds including puffins, guillemots and gulls

Day 14: Isafjordur | Vigur Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Surrounded by fjords in the Westfjords region, Ísafjördur is a bustling fishing town in northwest Iceland with colorful wooden 18th- and 19th-century houses in the old town of Neskaupstadur. Ísafjördur was one of the largest fisheries in Iceland, but tourism has now taken over. Nearby is Sudavik, home to the Arctic Fox Center. Iceland’s only mammal, the arctic fox, lives on the lush tundra of Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, the northernmost peninsula in the Westfjords with two of Europe’s largest bird cliffs.

Included Excursions

  • Get to know the history of Súðavík and the avalanche that struck the small village in 1995
  • Your journey begins with breathtaking views over one of Iceland’s largest fjords, Isafjardardjup, punctuated with the majestic Snæfjallaströnd mountain chain
  • Enjoy an exciting live performance from a local musician during your visit to Súðavík’s church
  • Discover the time-honored local methods of salting fishing
  • Go back in time as you enter the turf-and-stone fishing shacks, greeted by a local dressed in a traditional sheepskin fisherman's outfit
  • Visit the Maritime Museum, housed in some of Iceland's oldest buildings, to delve into the history of the fishing industry that has sustained the area for centuries
The island of Vigur is a real pearl of the Western Fjords. The second-largest island in the fjord, measuring two kilometers by 400 meters, is a significant seabird colony that is home to arctic terns, puffins, black guillemots, and eider ducks. As one of only two inhabited islands in the fjord, Vigur is also the site of a single farm, which has been in the same family for generations. During your time on the island, you might see Iceland’s only windmill, the country’s smallest post office, and its oldest boat, which was built hundreds of years ago and was in regular use until relatively recently.

Included Excursions

  • Spot eider ducks nesting in great numbers, you might even see the majestic birds plucking down from their chests to make a warm shelter for their eggs
  • Get up close with a 200-year-old, eight-oar rowing boat and the oldest windmill in Iceland
  • See the charming houses that dot Vigur's landscape including Viktoria House,built in 1862 and restored by the National Museum of Iceland in 1993, as well as a house established by a young priest in 1884

Day 15: Reykjavik | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Your cruise ends in Reykjavik. Make sure there is sufficient time before you begin your journey home to explore this diminutive but dramatic capital city. Despite its small size, you won’t be short of things to see and do. To get your bearings, take the elevator to the top of Hallgrímskirkja. This church, designed by famed Icelandic architect Gudjón Samuelsson, is one of the most distinctive buildings in town. When you return to earth, visit the city’s other renowned building, Harpa Concert Hall, located at the heart of Reykjavik's regenerated harbor and also the home of the Maritime Museum. Speaking of cultural spaces, tour the National Museum to learn the story of Iceland from past to present. The Reykjavik Art Museum houses an impressive contemporary collection, including eye-catching pieces by Erró. And, of course, just 50 kilometers outside the city lies Thingvellir National Park, the site of Iceland’s original Viking parliament.

On this day, make your farewell to your fellow travelers and crew. Head to the airport via the group transfer provided and catch your flight home.


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  • 14 Nights Accommodations
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  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
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  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
  • Lecture programs by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Onboard gratuities & port taxes
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions.
  • Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
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  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
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  • We recommend every traveler to take out a travel cancellation insurance, travel interruption insurance and a travel health insurance policy with an assumption of the return transport costs of repatriation


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