- Polar Pioneer
- Research Ship
- 54 Capacity
- 14 Days
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Summary : Combine the best of Spitsbergen and Greenland, with a taste of Iceland. Spitsbergen’s rugged northwest coast offers 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 more than a mile above exquisite fjords! The local Inuits welcome, perhaps demonstrating their paddling skills and sharing their amazing culture.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
Combine this voyage with Svalbard – Spitsbergen Odyssey for 24 day in-depth Arctic exploration and save 15%.
$7,700 to $13,150
Board the vessel in the late afternoon, settle in and sail down magnificent Isfjorden, flanked by bird cliffs, vast glaciers and jagged mountains.
Spitsbergen’s northwest coast features calving icebergs, historic whaling stations and trappers’ camps. Brunnich’s guillemots, little auks and kittiwakes nest in their thousands. Reindeer roam the tundra and so can you, photographing wildflowers like saxifrage, moss campion, bell-heather and hairy lousewort. From our Zodiacs, gain fantastic views of ice cliffs, including Monacobreen, one of Spitsbergen’s largest glaciers. In the north, there’s a good chance of seeing walrus – and possibly even polar bears – on the pack ice.
Sail through the Polar Basin’s nutrient-rich waters, searching for fin and beluga whales, encroaching pack ice, and seabirds. Expert naturalists and guest lecturers entertain with fascinating, illustrated talks on European Arctic plants and animals, and epic tales of such early explorers as Nansen, Andrée and Scoresby. These are relaxed days, wonderful for getting to know fellow travelers and preparing for a landing, if conditions permit, in the world’s largest national park – Greenland’s northeast coast. The region is home to polar bear, walrus, Arctic hare and musk ox. Watch for ringed, bearded, harp and hooded seals from the Zodiacs.
Ice is often the overwhelming first impression of Greenland. An ice cap covers 81% of the island and pack ice, even in summer, may fill northern bays. Ashore, trapper huts like specs beckon from across the tundra, where musk ox, Arctic fox and eider ducks roam. These are just some of the delights in Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord. Lively cascades at Kap Humboldt provide a microclimate for impressive hanging gardens while Kong Oskar Fjord offers spectacular glacier-carved mountains.
In Scoresbysund, the world’s biggest fjord, the vast Greenland icecap sweeps down in massive glaciers that calve explosively, creating giant icebergs. Near Sydkap, our Zodiacs weave through a maze of grounded icebergs, some more than 30m (98ft) high, sculpted with deep green tunnels and aquamarine lakes. Enjoy a warm Ittoqqortoormiit welcome from Inuit happy to share their culture and explain the challenges of Arctic life. Kayakers can paddle their way through interconnected waterways watching for polar bears and narwhals.
Sailing south along the Blosseville Coast search for musk ox and narwhals and marvel at the mountain scenery that dominates the skyline. If weather permits, head for Rømer Fjord, a deep waterway with stunning mountain views.
Sail across Denmark Strait towards Iceland with time to reflect on your rich experiences. Enjoy the flying antics of northern fulmars and black-backed gulls, spot dolphins, orcas and other whales in their feeding grounds.
Arrive early in the morning in Isafjordur, a stunning fishing town in Iceland’s northwest. After breakfast, bid farewell to ship and her crew. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Reykjavik.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.
Reverse Itinerary: 8/22/2014 (Reykjavik, Iceland to Longyearbyen, Norway)
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
All guests are required to have emergency medical evacuation travel insurance coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. The policy provider, policy number and emergency contact phone number must be provided prior to departure date. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $100,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Antarctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
Sea Kayaking Option: $1,095 per person
If you wish to take this option you need to advise ExpeditionTrips.com at the time of booking. Please note that sound sea kayaking experience is essential.
Flight from Isafjordur to Reykavik in economy class (or reverse); ship's accommodation; all meals, snacks, coffee and tea on board ship; use of gumboots on loan; daily cabin service; electronic voyage log; all shore excursions from the ship including Zodiacs; lectures, videos, slide and film shows and guide services; port taxes and charges imposed by government authorities; landing fees; pre-departure information and briefing; sightseeing tour in Longyearbyen; transfer from ship to airport (or reverse).
All flights and airfare; visa, passport and vaccination charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers not included in itinerary; hotels and meals not included in ship cruise itinerary; optional excursions not included in the ship cruise itinerary; laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature such as gratuities, bar charges and phone calls; emergency evacuation charges; sea kayaking supplement; fuel surcharge may apply.