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Arctic Odyssey: Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland

Reykjavik - Longyearbyen - Example 14 Day Cruise aboard Sea Spirit
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Embark on a 14-day cruise aboard the MV Sea Spirit. Begin your adventure in Reykjavik, where you can immerse yourself in the city's vibrant culture and sample delicious Icelandic cuisine. Set sail in the afternoon, enjoying panoramic views as you sail through Faxaflói, with the possibility of spotting whales along the way. Explore the remote West Fjords of Iceland, a haven for wildlife and natural beauty. Journey towards East Greenland, where you can encounter breathtaking fjords, towering peaks, and an untouched landscape. Continue to Svalbard, a pristine wilderness inhabited by polar bears and diverse marine life. Conclude your expedition in Longyearbyen, which is filled with incredible memories and the desire to explore more of the polar worlds.
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Highlights
  • Explore Reykjavik's Perlan observation deck, Hallgr√≠mskirkja church, and colorful houses
  • Experience East Greenland's stunning fjord systems
  • Explore the High Arctic wilderness of Svalbard for wildlife viewing and scenic landscapes
  • Discover the remote and sparsely populated West Fjords of Iceland
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Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Arrival in Reykjavik

Welcome to Reykjavik! The team got you a hotel room to rest and prepare for your Arctic adventures. If you have the energy, you can explore the city, like the Perlan observation deck, Hallgrímskirkja church, and cozy houses with colorful tin roofs. You can also go shopping or see the Whales of Iceland exhibition. When it comes to dinner, there are tons of options for you to try out Icelandic food.

Day 2: Reykjavik | Embark

After breakfast at your hotel, the morning is yours to explore the city. Your expedition starts in the afternoon. Transfer to the pier, where your expedition team will offer a warm welcome aboard your comfortable vessel, M/V Sea Spirit. Get settled into your spacious cabins and explore the ship — It’ll be your home away from home during this extraordinary adventure. After departure, kick off your adventure with a full schedule of info briefings and introductions from the expedition staff. After a sumptuous dinner, step out onto the open decks to admire the spectacular views as you sail through Faxaflói. Keep your eyes open for whale encounters!

Day 3: West Fjords, Iceland

Today, explore the beautiful Vestfirðir (Westfjords) of Iceland. This remote and sparsely populated region of crenulated coastlines, voluminous waterfalls, and rugged mountains sees only 10% of Iceland’s visitors. Deep fjords are home to whales, while estuaries abound with seals and birdlife.

Day 4: At Sea

From Iceland, head toward East Greenland, crossing the Arctic Circle. Presentations and workshops by the expert staff and a range of onboard recreation facilities ensure that this day at sea is not idly spent. Seabird viewing and whale sightings can be enjoyed from panoramic open decks and exterior stateroom windows and balconies.

Day 5-8: East Greenland Adventure

This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Your itinerary and exploration opportunities in East Greenland depend on weather and sea ice conditions. Again, you can be sure that the experienced captain and expedition leader will take advantage of every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, discover incredible scenery, and go ashore wherever possible. The Franz Josef Fjord and Kong Oscar Fjord systems are part of Northeast Greenland National Park, the world’s largest national park. Scoresby Sund is the largest and longest fjord system in the world. The team anticipates exploring these fjord systems to the extent made possible by ever-changing ice conditions.  

Deep fjords and narrow channels, flanked by ice-clad peaks up to 2000 meters high, reach far into the mountainous heart of Greenland. On shore, fields of multicolored tundra are home to musk oxen and Arctic hare. The vast, open, and seemingly untouched landscape since the beginning of time is a hikers’ paradise. You can also find ancient Thule archeological sites, historical trappers’ huts, and modern Inuit hunters’ cabins throughout this area. 

The Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit is the only permanent settlement in the region. The community boasts an excellent museum, a gift shop, a post office, an abundance of Greenlandic sled dogs, and the opportunity to meet Inuit people.

Day 9-10: At Sea

After your amazing time in East Greenland, head toward Svalbard. All along the way, remain vigilant for sightings of marine mammals such as whales and seals.

Day 11-13: Exploration of Svalbard

In Svalbard, the High Arctic wilderness comes alive, offering an authentic expedition experience. Your route and exploration opportunities depend on the ever-changing weather and sea ice conditions. With the skilled captain and expedition leader, they adapt the itinerary to seize the best opportunities Nature presents in this remote and untamed corner of the Arctic.

The team anticipates exploring the northwestern part of the island of Spitsbergen. This area contains the archipelago’s most impressive scenery and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Immense tidewater glaciers calve icebergs into turquoise waters. Fields of flowering tundra are home to grazing reindeer and playful Arctic foxes. Bountiful inshore and offshore waters are home to various marine mammals. Polar Bears can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Svalbard. 

Also in this area is Ny Ålesund, a former mining town now home to an international community of Arctic researchers, complete with a museum, gift shop, and post office. This was also a staging area for historic attempts to discover the North Pole.

Day 14: Longyearbyen | Disembark

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After filling up with one last buffet breakfast on board, bid farewell in Longyearbyen, and transfer to the airport or a central location is provided. By this time, you may already be planning your next fantastic trip to the polar worlds with the team!

Ship/Hotel

Sea Spirit

Travelers board a Zodiac to get a closer look at the terrain and wildlife
Sea Spirit
Outdoor Bistro at the Jacuzzi area of the Sea Spirit

Dates & Prices

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Per person starting at
$10,095 2-3 travelers
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Triple Classic
Averaging 226 sq ft. Two twin beds (convert to a King) and a sofa bed, picture window, two wardrobes and en suite facilities.
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Main Deck Suite
Averaging 248 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, minimum two portholes, and en suite facilities.
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Single Suite
Averaging 21 square meters/226 square feet, these cabins are located on the Oceanus Deck. They feature a picture window (it may be covered during rough sea crossings), two wardrobes, and a king-size bed.
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Classic Suite
Averaging 226 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, picture window, two wardrobes, and en suite facilities.
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Superior Suite
Averaging 215 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, picture window overlooking outside walkway, and en suite facilities.
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Deluxe Suite
Averaging 258 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, private balcony, walk-in closet or wardrobe, and en suite facilities.
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Premium Suite
Averaging 323 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, private balcony, lounge area, and en suite facilities.
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Owner's Suite
Averaging 463 sq ft. King size bed and sofa bed, separate living room with game and meeting area, private deck, and en suite facilities with jetted bathtub.

Notes

Solo Travelers:
All rates posted are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement: 1.7 for Main Deck and Classic, Superior Suite; twice the posted price for Deluxe, Premium and Owner's Suite.
Included
  • 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 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
  • Port Fees
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktails   
  • Digital Voyage Log
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather conditions)
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
  • Wi-Fi on board
  • AECO Fees and Governmental Taxes
  • Group transfer to the ship for embarkation on Day 2
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka
  • 1 pre-voyage night on Day 1 in Reykjavik
  • Group transfer to airport or central location right after disembarkation
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Kayaking
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • The cost of any applicable medical tests (such as COVID-19) or vaccinations required either by a national government or Poseidon Expeditions before, during or after the cruise;
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel at beginning of the program

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