Summary : Embark on a once in a lifetime expedition to three Arctic islands: Svalbard, Greenland and Iceland. Extraordinary wildlife, captivating scenery and unique culture await your arrival! Explore North West Spitsbergen National Park with a landscape varying from large tundra plains to alpine peaks with dramatic glaciers calving into the ocean. A highlight of the voyage is remote North East Greenland National Park, the largest in the world and the least explored.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking
$10,317 to $17,686
Fly out of Oslo in the late evening. Stay overnight at your included hotel in Longyearbyen. On Day 2, join a sightseeing tour of Longyearbyen before embarking the ship.
The first national park you visit covers the northwest corner of Spitsbergen. The area is characterized by big inland glaciers and a typical alpine landscape contrasted with green areas and moraines. Continue into Kongsfjord and Magdalenefjord, offering spectacular scenery and interesting history. At 78º 55’ N, visit Ny-Ålesund, the starting point for numerous expeditions towards the North Pole in the past. Today it is home to an advanced High Arctic research station.
After exploring the Spitsbergen shore, set course for the isolated coast of northeast Greenland. Spend the day crossing the Fram Straight, during which your expedition team will give lectures on interesting subjects connected to this area. Enjoy sights of wildlife from the deck.
Leave the warmer waters of the Gulf Stream to enter the cold water current that follows the coast of East Greenland. Make your way south, within the boundaries of North East Greenland National Park; the largest national park on Earth. The mountains are alpine, the waters are scattered with large icebergs and the valleys are populated with musk oxen. Remember, where there is ice there might be polar bears! Also keep an eye out for Arctic hares, foxes and the elusive Arctic wolf. As for birds, you may encounter the white Greenland falcon, ptarmigan, snowy owl and a variety of sea birds. This voyage will take you to one of the most isolated places on Earth aboard one of the most capable specially-built expedition vessels. Expert guides and lecturers will safely guide you on hikes and small boat trips in addition to briefings and lectures on the places you visit.
In the most isolated town in Greenland, you can visit the museum, church, and a photo exhibition, or walk around the town on your own.
Set course towards the Westfjords of Iceland. The area has a feel of untouched nature with cliffs and valleys, high waterfalls, and crystal-clear streams.
Grundarfjörður is located at the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, often called ‘Iceland in a nutshell’. Enjoy the sights of lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanic activity, and hot and cold springs, as well as an abundance of birdlife and picturesque landscapes.
Flateyri has been a trading post since 1792 and was a base for shark hunting and whaling operations in the 1900s. Today Flateyri is dependent on tourism. There is a nice, sandy beach on the other side of the fjord, and although the sea might be colder for swimming than most people prefer, it is perfect for a stroll. Optional excursions will also be offered to explore the area.
Ísafjörður is the capital of the Westfjords region. Take a stroll around this cozy town and enjoy its diverse architecture. You'll find the country's oldest dwelling here, along with fine examples of timber houses built by wealthy foreign traders in the 18th century. Optional excursions offer a variety of experiences from hikes to tastings of local foods.
Arrive in the morning hours and disembark the vessel.
The above itinerary is a guide only, as the exact program depends on weather and ice conditions and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
Multilingual Departures: English/Norwegian/German (All Departures)
One-way flight in economy from Oslo to Longyearbyean; 1 pre-voyage hotel night with breakfast in Longyearbyen; transfer from hotel to ship in Longyearbyen; onboard cabin accommodations; lectures, shore landings and guides; coffee and tea; Suite-M and Grand Suite-MG include select complimentary beverages for lunch and dinner: beer and a selection of wines by the glass - no spirits; wind/water-resistant jacket. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare and transfers except as mentioned above; travel insurance; luggage handling; passport and visa expenses; optional excursions and gratuities; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks except as mentioned; items of a personal nature such as laundry; fuel surcharge may apply.