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Jewels of the Arctic

Example 14 Day Cruise aboard Polar Pioneer
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Jewels of the Arctic combines the best of Spitsbergen and Greenland, with a taste of Iceland, on a 14-day expedition cruise on the Polar Pioneer. Spitsbergen’s rugged northwest coast comprises mountains, tundra and fjords. While crossing the icy waters of the Greenland Sea, onboard experts share their knowledge of the region’s plants, animals and history. Greenland’s remote east coast shows off the immensity of the icecap, fantastic icebergs, and a fairytale landscape of granite spires rising 1000 m above exquisite fjords! The local Inuits welcome you and share their unique culture on this fascinating Arctic expedition cruise.
Kayaker's wandering through the beautiful waters.A group of polar bears make their way through the snow.An arctic village on the coast.A kayaker poses for the camera.A Musk Ox stares at the camera from the tundra.
  • Experience some of our planet's most extraordinary plants, birds & wildlife
  • Paddle & Zodiac between ice floes and icebergs along beautiful coastlines
  • Learn about early explorers including Nansen, AndrĂ©e, and Scoresby
  • Enjoy warm Ittoqqortoormiit welcomes from Inuit glad to share their culture
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Longyearbyen, Svalbard | Embark

Arrive in Spitsbergen and enjoy a tour of colorful Longyearbyen. Board Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon, settle in and sail down magnificent Isfjorden, flanked by bird cliffs, vast glaciers and jagged mountains.

Day 2-3: West Coast of Spitsbergen

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spitsbergen’s northwest coast features calving icebergs, historic whaling stations, and trappers' camps. Brünnich’s guillemots, little auks and kittiwakes nest in the thousands. Reindeer roam tundra dotted with wildflowers like saxifrage, moss campion, and bell-heather. Zodiac cruise to gain fantastic views of ice cliffs, including Monacobreen, one of Spitsbergen’s largest glaciers. In the north, look for walrus and possibly polar bears.

Day 4-5: Greenland Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
While crossing the Greenland Sea, your expert naturalists and guest lecturers entertain you with fascinating talks on plants, animals, and early explorers like Nansen, Andrée, and Scoresby. Keep an eye out for fin whales, encroaching sea ice, and seabirds. Relax and prepare for a landing, if conditions permit, on Greenland’s northeast coast, home to polar bear, Arctic hare, and musk oxen.

Day 6-8: Exploring Greenland

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Ice is often the overwhelming first impression of Greenland. An ice cap covers 81 percent of the island and pack ice, even in summer, may fill northern bays. Ashore, cozy trappers' huts beckon from across the tundra, where musk ox, arctic fox and eider ducks roam in Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord. Lively cascades at Kap Humboldt provide a microclimate for spectacular hanging gardens. Kong Oskar Fjord offers spectacular glacier-carved mountains.

Day 9-11: Scoresbysund

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
In Scoresby Sund, the world’s biggest fjord system, massive glaciers calve explosively, creating giant icebergs. Near Røde Island, your Zodiacs weave through a maze of grounded icebergs, some more than 30-meters high, sculpted with deep green tunnels and aquamarine lakes. Enjoy a warm Ittoqqortoormiit welcome from Inuit happy to share their culture. Kayakers find ideal paddling conditions, wending their way through interconnected waterways, watching for polar bears and narwhals.

Day 12: Blosseville Coast

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail south along the Blosseville Coast, searching for musk ox and narwhals and marveling at the mountain scenery that dominates the skyline. If weather permits, head for Rømer Fjord, a deep waterway with stunning mountain views.

Day 13: Crossing the Denmark Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As the ship sails across Denmark Strait towards Iceland, there's time to reflect on your rich experiences, enjoy northern fulmars and black-backed gulls, and spot dolphins, orcas, and sperm whales in their feeding grounds.

Day 14: Isafjordur | Disembark | Fly to Reykjavik, Iceland

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive early morning in Isafjordur, a stunning fishing town in Iceland's northwest. After breakfast, bid farewell to Polar Pioneer and her crew and catch an included economy flight to Reykjavik. Begin your journey home or continue your adventure by exploring Iceland.


Polar Pioneer

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Polar Pioneer's dining room.
Polar Pioneer's bar and lounge.

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Twin Shared
Twin Shared Cabins have two lower bunks, a desk, small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.


Please Note: 2017 and 2018 rates are posted based off of the current exchange rates from Australian dollars. Please contact us for current rates.

Cruise Fare Includes - 2017 and 2018 Departures:
  • Group transfer from airport to Polar Pioneer in Longyearbyen
  • Group sightseeing tour in Longyearbyen on arrival pre-voyage (post-voyage on Reykjavik to Longyearbyen itinerary)
  • Economy class flight from Isafjordur to Reykjavik (vice versa on Reykjavik to Longyearbyen itinerary)
  • Accommodation during the voyage
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from an expert team
  • Access to an on board doctor and basic medical services
  • Complimentary custom-designed Polar Expedition jacket
  • Loan of gumboots during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced electronic voyage journal
  • Port taxes, charges and landing fees.
Cruise Fare Includes - 2019 Departures:
  • Group transfer from airport in Longyearbyen or Reykjavik to Polar Pioneer
  • Group sightseeing tour in Longyearbyen on arrival pre-voyage (post-voyage on Reykjavik to Longyearbyen itinerary)
  • Group transfer from Polar Pioneer to downtown Reykjavik or airport in Longyearbyen 
  • Accommodation on the Polar Pioneer in your chosen cabin category with daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on-board doctor and basic medical services
  • A custom-designed polar expedition jacket to keep
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • All entry fees to historic landing sites
  • All port taxes and charges.
Not included in Cruise Fare - All Departures:
  • International or domestic flights to or from Polar Pioneer, unless specified
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in voyage itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the voyage itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges.



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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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