Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland - National Park Expedition

Arctic Cruise

  • Fram
  • Scenic Exploration
  • 256 Capacity
  • 16 Days
  • 2015 View Departure>
    • 2015
    • Aug 26 Wed Offer
  • Price from
  • $12,671

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 Northwest 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 Northeast Greenland National Park, the largest in the world and the least explored.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Longyearben, Norway

Stay overnight at your included hotel. The evening is at your own leisure.

Day 2
Longyearbyen / Barentsburg

After breakfast, enjoy some time to explore Longyearbyen on your own or join an optional excursion of the town and its surroundings. Embark the vessel in the afternoon.

Your first stop is Barentsburg, a Russian settlement with an exotic collection of artifacts and architecture.

Day 3
Kongsfjorden / Northwest Spitsbergen National Park

Kongsfjorden or Kings Bay is the largest fjord on the northwest coast of Spitsbergen. At 78º 55’ N, Ny Ålesund is the world’s northernmost permanently inhabited community, where a number of countries run their own national research stations. Activity here is particularly high in the summer. North West Spitsbergen National Park in local slang is called The Northwest Corner. 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. Magdalenefjorden is one of the fjords that we aim to visit. Home to a very important piece of cultural heritage; Magdalenefjorden has a whaling station from the 16th century.

Day 4
At Sea

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.

Day 5 – 11
Northeast Greenland National Park

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 Northeast 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 – but 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.

Day 12
Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresbysund), Greenland

Ittoqqortoormiit or Scoresbysund is the most isolated town in Greenland. The trappers living here are the only ones allowed to hunt within the Northeast Greenland National Park. Observe the outside of their houses where they might be drying animal skins and storing their dog-sleds. Be met by local guides and receive a map to explore town on your own and see places of interest which might include the museum, church and photo exhibition.

Day 13
Isafjörður, Iceland

Sailing across the Denmark Strait to Iceland, arrive at Ísafjörður on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Snæfellsnes is known as “Iceland in a nutshell” due to the diversity of its landscape; lava and rock formations, glaciers and volcanic activity, and a wealth of bird life. Ísafjörður has a long history as center of commerce and fish trading. Take a stroll through town with its timber houses built by wealthy foreign traders in the 18th century.

Day 14
Flateyri, Iceland

Spend the morning in Flateyri, a trading post and fishing village since 1792 with a lovely beach on the other side of the fjord. Enjoy your surroundings: mountains, water and sand.

Day 15
Grundarfjörður, Iceland

Grundarfjörður is considered a place of unusual beauty and is one of very few places in the world where the authorities have provided reserved areas for the “hidden people” or elves!

Day 16
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city and referred to locally as the “smallest big city on Earth.” Arrive in the morning hours and disembark the vessel saying goodbye to fellow passengers and crew.

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 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Included:
1 hotel night incl. breakfast and lunch in Longyearbyen before the voyage; transfer from hotel to ship in Longyearbyen; onboard cabin accommodations; lectures, shore landings and guides; coffee and tea; suites include a range of additional complimentary amenities such as drinks with meals; wind and water-resistant jacket.

Not Included:
Airfare; passport and visa fees; travel insurance; luggage handling; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks except as mentioned; optional excursions and gratuities; items of a personal nature such as laundry; rubber boots, walking sticks and binoculars can be rented for an additional charge; fuel surcharge may apply.