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Iceland & Svalbard – Arctic Islands Expedition

Arctic Cruise

Summary : Set sail from Iceland on a journey to the epic High Arctic of Svalbard. Along the way, visit Jan Mayen, one of the most isolated volcanic islands on the planet. Explore the most scenic fjords in Spitsbergen, visit the northernmost community on earth, celebrate the Norwegian national day in Longyearbyen, and see Iceland's magical Ísafjörður before ending your adventure in Reykjavik.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking


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Day 1
Tromsø, Norway

Tromsø is an Arctic gateway and a natural starting point for an expedition. Embark the vessel and meet your Expedition Team and fellow passengers.

Day 2
Bjørnøya, Svalbard

Crossing the sea, arrive at Bjørnøya and cast your gaze up 400 m to its high mountain walls rising straight up from the sea. Admire its distinctive spires and arches located along the southern coast as the island flattens out behind it to the north.

There are two possible landing sites. At the southern end, discover large bird colonies, or on the north side visit Radio Station. It will all depend on weather conditions if a landing is possible on this iconic island.

Day 3
Hornsund, South Spitsbergen National Park

Majestic peaks and dramatic fjords make your visit to Hornsund special. The highest summits are often shrouded in mist, but if you are lucky you might get a glimpse of Hornsundtind, peaking at 1,431 m. Hornsund is the southernmost fjord in Svalbard located in South Spitsbergen National Park. Traces of human activity spanning 400 years can be at most any possible landing site.

Day 4
Ny Ålesund

Ny Ålesund is situated halfway in the Kongsfjord, and is the northernmost year-round community. In winter, there are usually just 30 people living here. This number increases to 150 during summer, when scientists from around numerous countries around the world come to undertake their research. Ny Ålseund has a local museum exhibiting its history from the first establishment of the coal mining facility, up to today’s international research community. You will also find the world’s northernmost post office, as well as a small cafe and a souvenir shop.

Day 5

Longyearbyen is the Norwegian stronghold in the archipelago of Svalbard, where the Governor sits and 2,000 permanent inhabitants constitute a High Arctic “metropolis”.

Discover coffee shops, outfitters and full service hotels and restaurants all clustered together in the Longyear valley. It's a different way of life up here. Venturing beyond the city limits requires vigilance and arming in case of a possible polar bear encounter. Homes are normally left unlocked and people leave their car keys in the ignition.

Longyearbyen is truly a fascinating place and today you will observe as people celebrate the National Day of Norway! You are encouraged to join in the festivities!

Day 6
At Sea

After a very special day in Longyearbyen, head out to sea towards Jan Mayen. This is an excellent day to absorb what you have experienced so far and to expand your knowledge through lectures from your expedition team.

Day 7
Jan Mayen, Norway

Head towards Jan Mayen, the most isolated island in the Northern Hemisphere. The closest other land masses are Iceland at 600 km to the southwest, and Norway at almost 1,000 km to the east. Weather permitting, set foot on this remote outpost, an experience of a lifetime!

Day 8
At Sea

Spend a day at sea en route to Iceland. Have fun going through your photos, and participating in informative lectures by your expedition team.

Day 9
Ísafjörður, Iceland

One of Iceland's best-kept secrets is undoubtedly the country's northwest corner, usually known as the Westfjords. Isolation has preserved the region and it is an ideal place for spotting birds, arctic fox and other unique fauna in their natural habitat. It’s a must-see for any serious explorer, and several optional excursions are offered so you can discover more.

Day 10
Reykjavik, Iceland

After breakfast, 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.

Mandatory Travel Insurance
Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $100,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Kayaking Option:
Depending on weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for kayaking during the voyage. Duration is 2-4 hours. Basic kayak experience required. Includes kayaking gear.

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.

Not Included:
Airfare; transfers; 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.

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