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Northwest Fjord in the far reaches of Scoresbysund in eastern Greenland.

Island Hearts of the Arctic

Roundtrip Reykjavik - Example 14 Day Cruise aboard SH Vega
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On this 14-day Iceland and Eastern Greenland cruise, see the untamed and spectacular landscapes of Iceland and East Greenland. Navigate Iceland, the country of fire and ice, with breaching whales by your side as you take in the fjords, magnificent waterfalls, and never-ending volcanic scenery. Travel to eastern Greenland from northern Iceland to explore areas at the farthest north on the planet. Discover some of the most fascinating indigenous cultures and ways of life, as well as national parks, protected lands for arctic hare and muskoxen, and the world's largest fjord system, in sparsely populated areas. On your return to Iceland, you can duck under the spray of spouting hot geysers and spot Atlantic puffins. Join this expedition ship for a tour of Iceland and the fascinating and varied parts of Greenland.
Northwest Fjord in the far reaches of Scoresbysund in eastern Greenland.Panorama of Heimaey island and city at Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, IcelandJokulsarlon lagoon, IcelandPuffins in IcelandA selective focus of a Reindeer with big beautiful horns in the forestCityscape view of the town of Seydisfjordur, Iceland and its reflection on the water of sea fjord.blue lagoon IcelandNorthwest Fjord in the far reaches of Scoresbysund in eastern Greenland.
Highlights
  • Explore Iceland’s rarely visited Westfjords region
  • Watch staggering array of seabirds, like eiders, puffins, and Arctic terns
  • Visit Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the world’s most remote settlements
  • Discover Heimaey’s dark history and its recent volcanic past
  • Glide through the pristine waters of world’s largest fjord network
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Activity Level: Variable
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: Reykjavik

Arrive in Reykjavik, relax, and spend the overnight in Courtyard by Marriott Reykjavik Keflavik Airport or similar.


 

Day 2: Reykjavik | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
In the center of Iceland’s sprawling capital city, the modern organ-pipe-shaped Hallgrimskirkja church dominates the top of town. Cosy bars, cafes and shops line the surrounding streets heated by geothermal waters. The regenerated harbor is home to a striking modern concert hall. Popular trips include to the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa near the village of Grindavik, and the Golden Circle tour taking in Gullfoss Waterfall and the mighty Strokkur geyser in Thingvellir National Park.

Day 3: Isafjordur | Vigur Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive today in the charming, tiny fishing harbor of Ísafjördur. The village’s touristic highlights include the West fjord Heritage Museum and The Museum House (Old Hospital). Located at the heart of the Westfjords peninsula, it’s a great jumping-off point for exploration so journey by Zodiac to the island of Vigur – the pearl of the Western Fjords. The second-largest island in the fjord, measuring two kilometers by 400 meters, it’s a significant seabird colony, which 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 oldest boat, which was built more than 200 years ago and in regular use until relatively recently.

 

Day 4: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you cruise to the next destination, spend your day at sea exploring and enjoying the ship’s facilities. You can also spend some time learning about your destination from the knowledgeable onboard experts. Attend an informative lecture, indulge in a relaxing spa treatment, or get in a workout at the onboard gym.

 

Day 5: Ittoqqortoormiit

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
One of the most remote towns in the world, thick sea ice makes Ittoqqortoormiit inaccessible by ship for nine months of the year. Founded in 1925 by Danish explorer Ejnar Mikkelsen and a group of 80 or so Inuit, the town’s 450 present-day residents are largely self-sufficient. Hunting and fishing at sea are the only ways that this community can survive. Although a small number of residents now also work service industry. Ittoqqortoormiit is also the gateway to the Scoresbysund fjord system; the world’s largest fjord network with an area of just under 40,000 square kilometers.
 

Day 6-7: Scorebysund

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Over the next few days, Explore the vast Scorebysund fjord network. The imposing basalt mountains create a striking backdrop against the brilliant white ice floating in the mirror-like waters. The mountains offer protection from the Arctic winds, providing excellent shelter for an abundance of Greenland’s iconic wildlife. You’ll be hoping to spot muskoxen, Arctic foxes and mountain hares along the frozen shores. Birds also thrive in this delicate ecosystem. With the help of the expedition team, look out for little auks, Atlantic puffins, fulmars, snowy owls, the Greenlandic gyrfalcon and great black-backed gulls. Seals and whales are also common sightings in the fjord waters.

 

Day 8-9: King Oscar Fjord

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
King Oscar Fjord forms the northern border of the Scoresby Sound. This seemingly endless maze of valleys eventually gives way to the open sea. The imposing mountains, deep waters and sparkling ice create the kind of dramatic and emotive landscape that photos just can’t emulate. This other-worldly place is beautiful and imposingly hostile all at once. Whilst cruising through King Oscar Fjord, Observe the fascinating Berzelius Bjerg, a mountain with clear bands of colored strata – formed millions of years ago when the mountains here were once part of the seabed.

 

Day 10: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you cruise to the next destination, spend your day at sea exploring and enjoying the ship’s facilities. You can also spend some time learning about your destination from the knowledgeable onboard experts. Attend an informative lecture, indulge in a relaxing spa treatment, or get in a workout at the onboard gym.
 

Day 11: Seydisfjordur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Regarded as east Island’s cultural hub, brightly painted wooden houses line Seyðisfjörður’s port. With a lively arts scene disproportionate to its small size, Seyðisfjörður has attracted many writers and artists over the years and also hosts an annual summer arts festival. Surrounded by incredible nature, the Skálanes nature reserve is a short distance from the town. The area covered by the reserve is known for its diverse wildlife with over 47 species of bird and over 150 plant species. Reindeer are also seen here, with seals and porpoises frequently spotted along the shores.

Day 12: Djupivogur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
With Viking-era origins, Djupivogur, a tranquil fishing village with fewer than 500 residents, is renowned for its unhurried pace of life and the art installation 'The Eggs at Merry Bay,' featuring 34 granite eggs representing local bird species. Nearby, Vatnajökull National Park, covering 14...

Day 13: Heimaey

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A small 13-kilometer square island off the south coast of Iceland, Heimaey’s history has been surprisingly eventful. From the escapee 16th century Irish slaves to the reaches of the Ottoman Empire and subsequent pirate invasion, the island was a place of danger and terror until the mid-18th century. Once these events subsided, for 300 years the people of Heimaey assumed that their days of action were a thing of the past. That was until 1973 when residents awoke to a devastating volcanic eruption. Fissures over a kilometer wide snaked through the town, the lava engulfing over 400 homes. Remarkably, only one person is thought to have died as a result of the eruption, with a quick rescue response ensuring that the 5,300 residents were swiftly evacuated to the safety of the mainland. Evidence of this recent geological activity can be seen just about everywhere on Heimaey and is the focus of the fascinating Eldheimar museum.

 

Day 14: Reykjavik | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
In the center of Iceland’s sprawling capital city, the modern organ-pipe-shaped Hallgrimskirkja church dominates the top of town. Cosy bars, cafes and shops line the surrounding streets heated by geothermal waters. The regenerated harbor is home to a striking modern concert hall. Popular trips include to the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa near the village of Grindavik, and the Golden Circle tour taking in Gullfoss Waterfall and the mighty Strokkur geyser in Thingvellir National Park.

 

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New bookings made between April 15, 2024 to May 3, 2024, can take advantage of discounted rates on selected voyages for 2024. The promotion is only applicable to Ocean View and Balcony category staterooms, and the price indicated is per person based on double occupancy. Single supplements may be charged. Additional restrictions may apply. Contact a Trip Planner for more details.
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Included
  • 13 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
  • Room Service 
  • Wifi
  • 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
  • One selected shore excursion/expedition activities per port of call (Kayak not included, bookable for a fee on board)
  • Regional flights start or end at the ports of embarkation/disembarkation in Longyearbyen and Kangerlussuaq.
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
  • 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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