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Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland – National Park Expedition

Iceland and Greenland Cruise

Summary : Explore Spitsbergen, Greenland, and Iceland for an adventure that cannot be compared to anything else in this hemisphere. Start by sailing through the magnificent Northwest Spitsbergen National Park. Once you reach the Northeast Greenland National Park, you might sail for days without seeing another vessel. The chances of meeting a polar wolf or a polar bear are far greater than meeting representatives of your own species. In Iceland, you will explore the area around Ísafjörður before ending this voyage of a lifetime in Reykjavik.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Oslo / Longyearbyen

Norway’s capital, Oslo, is often referred to as “the blue, the green, and the city in between”. Forest, lakes, hills, and a fjord surround this city. Downtown you will find varied architecture, a strong café and bar culture, top-notch restaurants, endless shopping possibilities, and a large immigrant community that adds a colorful touch to the city. You leave Oslo in the evening, heading for the High Arctic – Spitsbergen.

Day 2
Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

The Svalbard Islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. In the midst of a mighty and wild nature you find the Norwegian settlement of Longyearbyen. Join a sightseeing tour of Longyearbyen before embarking on your ship.

Day 3
Northwest Spitsbergen National Park

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. You will continue into Kongsfjord and Magdalenefjord, offering spectacular scenery and interesting history. At 78º 55’ N you will visit Ny-Ålesund, the starting point for numerous expeditions toward the North Pole in the past. Today it is home to an advanced High Arctic research station.

Day 4
At Sea

Spend a relaxing, yet also exciting, day at sea. You will begin your lecture series on this day and enjoy sightings of wildlife from the deck.

Day 5 – 11
Northeast Greenland National Park

As you arrive in the largest national park in the world, you will realize that you are quite alone in this far corner of the Earth. It is one of the most isolated places in the world. Apart from some abandoned trapping stations, a weather station, and the Sirius Patrol (the Danish Navy), there are no other signs of humans here. You might meet the Sirius Patrol that supervises the park using traditional methods: Sleds and mushing dogs.

Once inside the fjords of Northeast Greenland your sense of distance, size, and shape of landscapes will be challenged. These are the largest fjords in the world, and the alpine landscape, with hanging glaciers and vertical granite faces, reaches as far as the eyes can see.

Day 12
Ittoqqortoormiit

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.

Day 13
The Westfjords of Iceland

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 during the 18th century. Our optional excursions offer a variety of experiences from hikes to tastings of local foods.

Day 14
Reykjavik

Iceland’s capital offers numerous things to tempt the curiosity of its visitors. Relatively close to Reykjavik you find glaciers, waterfalls, geysers, and mountains. Reykjavik has also a vast selection of restaurants, museums, and shops. You will arrive in the morning hours, and here our voyage ends.

Notes

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.

Travel Insurance:

Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Arctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Multilingual Departures:
English/Norwegian/German (All Departures)

Deck Camping:
Depending on weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for deck camping during the voyage. Spend the night on deck and enjoy a magnificent view of the landscape and sky. Included: Sleeping bags, a welcome drink, and a fresh pastry and coffee in the morning. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Fishing:
Depending on weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for fishing during the voyage. Set out on a 2.5-3 hour fishing trip to try your luck as a fisherman. You will be joined by an officer and members of the crew. When you return to the ship, you will be invited to meet the chef, prepare your catch, and have it served for dinner. Max. Capacity: 3 passengers. Included: waterproof clothing and a fishing rod. Fishing is not pre-bookable or guaranteed. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Glacier Walking:
Depending on weather and land conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for a glacier walk during the voyage. Experience close encounters with nature on a 1-2 hour glacier hike with an experienced guide. Included: crampons and rubber boots. Max. Capacity: 12-18 passengers. Glacier walking is not pre-bookable or guaranteed. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Hiking:
Depending on weather and land conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for hiking during the voyage. Included: Water bottle, snack bar, and lunch pack (if hike is during lunch time). Physical fitness is essential. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Kayaking:
Depending on weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for kayaking during the voyage. The duration of each excursion is 2-4 hours. Due to popular demand, kayakers are chosen by a lottery system. Kayaking is not pre-bookable or guaranteed. Basic kayak experience required. Includes kayaking gear. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Science Center: Included
'Hands-on' science program where guests can perform their own science experiments with the assistance of professional biologists and geologists. Featuring ten Leica DM500 biological microscopes and ten Leica EZ4 geological microscopes, groups of 2-3 guests per microscope will work with a trained biologist or geologist. Occasionally, scientists invite guests along to sample biomaterial for use in the science center. There is also a large screen connected to the scientist's microscope for viewing during every session.

Small Boat Cruising:
Depending on the weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for small boat ‘Polarcirkel’ cruising excursions during the voyage. The duration of each excursion is 1-2 hours. Included: Survival float suit, and a hot drink upon return. Small boat cruising is not pre-bookable or guaranteed. Max. Capacity: 21 passengers. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Included:

Cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; landings and activities onboard and ashore; professional English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities; onboard 'hands-on' science center; complimentary tea and coffee; gear on loan (waterproof rubber boots); and a wind- and water-resistant jacket. Expedition Suites (M + MG) include a cabin kit with a bathrobe, slippers, and other beauty articles. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
International flights from the U.S.; travel protection plan; luggage handling; optional excursions and gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.

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