Summary : Experience a voyage like no other exploring Svalbard and Iceland; created from the eruptions of the Earth and displaying a remarkable color palette of jet black obsidian, caramel browns, rhyolite and the tender greens of cliff bordering meadows. Beaches of black sand, petrified lava seas, geysers, barely dormant volcanoes, craters – Iceland, the island of volcanoes erupted directly from the ocean. Enjoy a remarkable cruise on a luxury expedition vessel journeying through Svalbard’s remote wilderness watching for whales and polar bears while sailing the seas towards Iceland.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture
$999,999,999 to $0
Board your charter flight in Paris taking you to Longyearbyen. Embark the luxury expedition vessel for introductions to experienced crew and fellow travelers. Settle in to life on board as your cruise begins its voyage.
Discover the wonders of Svalbard. The goal is to explore North West National Park, Magdalena Bay and Ny Alesund. Scattered with islands, fjords and beaches, it has a long history of exploration. When Willhelm Barentz discovered Svalbard in 1596, this was the land he saw. He named it Spitzbergen, reflecting the sharp and steep mountains in the area. Observe magnificent scenery and keep an eye on the sea for whales as you await the dynamic presence of the mighty polar bear.
Spend the days exploring at sea and enjoy time to take advantage of onboard amenities. Relax in the spa, read in the library, workout in the fitness center, enjoy a delicious meal, or watch the incredible views from the panoramic lounge while sailing the Jan Mayen Passage.
Grimsey is a little island located 40 km north of mainland Iceland and is crossed by the symbolic line of the Arctic Polar Circle. Formed by volcanic rock that has generated majestic basalt pillars, it is a delight for photographers. The island has been inhabited since the Vikings came to Iceland and legend says that it takes its name from the colonial sailor Grìmur who sailed from the region of Sogn in Norway. Home to fabulous wildlife; observe numerous bird colonies having chosen to nest along the jagged cliffs. Keep an eye out for the ‘‘clowns of the sea’’, better known as the Atlantic Puffins. While many travelers come here in order to cross the invisible line into the Arctic Circle, the island is also famed as a place to observe the Midnight Sun.
Explore a route to the heart of the fjords of northwest Iceland, a wild land of lost valleys and steep cliffs. In this very isolated region, discover the Isafjördur fjord, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the country forged by ancient basaltic flows. The village of Isafjördur nestled at the back of the fjord between imposing mountains is a delightful little town that lives exclusively from fishing. The capital of the western fjords, its old wooden houses bear witness to its past as a major fishing port. With its landscape of bold and raw colors, Iceland offers lovers of wide open spaces an endless variety of unlimited pleasures.
Conclude your luxury expedition cruise and disembark.
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. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Passengers shall be responsible for subscribing to cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s). ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
Chartered flight from Paris to Longyearbyen in Economy-class; meet and greet by representatives at the destination airport, transfers from Longyearbyen airport to ship; all meals on board the ship from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation; Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; evening gatherings, organized entertainment and events; mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals; afternoon tea; open bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request), port and safety taxes, fuel surcharge and gratuities; luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa; 24 hour room service (special selection); English speaking lecturer on selected sailings identified by “lecturer on board” logo; highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team for all programs identified with “Expedition” logo; parka.
Airport taxes; any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones included; day rooms and other services at arrival and departure, before embarkation and after disembarkation; visa, disembarkation taxes, environmental taxes and/or national park fees; optional shore excursions (sold on board); insurances; personal expenses such as onboard medical consultations and drug prescriptions, use of spa, laundry and hair salon; expedition photo disc and video (approx $85); other drinks not included in open bar; fuel surcharge may apply.