Summary : Experience a 14-day expedition that encompasses the spirit of the Arctic. You will cruise by Zodiac looking for polar bears, Svalbard’s unique subspecies of reindeer and Arctic foxes. Navigating down the coast of Greenland, you will explore glaciers, bays and inlets along the way and spend several days exploring Scoresby Sund, one of the largest fjord systems in the world. This journey highlights the contrast and change in the Arctic as you move south finally ending in the land of fire and ice, Iceland. Inuit villages, unique wildlife and remote destinations are some of the highlights on this truly unforgettable voyage through the Arctic.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Triple/Quad Cabins
AARP Discount: Members of AARP save $100 per person. Not combinable with other discounts.
$5,999 to $10,999
Arrive in one of the world’s northernmost towns. Longyearbyen is the largest settlement on Svalbard. A very friendly and international atmosphere reigns here where there is a population of about 2,060 people and about as many snowmobiles. Most of its inhabitants are Norwegians, but some are Russians. Located in the Advent Fjord at the entrance of the Advent Valley, this community has an infrastructure fit for a much larger city. The community offers a wide range of activities and facilities for visitors.
Embark the Expedition in the afternoon and depart Longyearbyen in the evening.
Svalbard is one of the few places on the planet that offers such a wealth and diversity of natural and cultural history sites. Highlights include ice-covered seas, fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery and glaciers flowing into the sea. Spend these days in search of the elusive polar bears hunting seals. At one or more of the stops, you may see Svalbard’s unique subspecies of reindeer. They are much smaller than their southern relatives, but still carry impressive antlers. There is also the possibility of Arctic foxes.
This is a land of history from whaling to reaching for the pole, to trapping, coal mining and war. Visit some of these historic sites. You may cruise in Zodiacs along the ice edge to view seals or walrus, in fjords with glaciers spilling down to the sea or in front of spectacular seabird cliffs. You will have opportunities to walk on shore, observe and photograph the Arctic flora and fauna. By not having a set itinerary, you take on an expedition spirit and are free to take advantage of the best that Svalbard has to offer.
Keep your eyes out for the whales that are known to feed here in the summer months. You may see Orca, Humpback, and Minke whales as well as White-Beaked dolphins. The view is often complimented by fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets, guillemots, and razorbills. Lectures by your onboard Expedition Staff will increase your appreciation of these animals and the wild coast of Greenland.
Navigating down the coast of Greenland, explore rarely-visited glaciers, bays and inlets. Visit the largest national park in the world, Northeast Greenland National Park, which is nearly impossible to reach except on expedition ships. Spectacular geology combined with glacial features create steep mountains raising directly from the sea. Look out for picturesque scenery, wildlife and other interesting landing sites in this unspoiled wilderness.
Spend these days exploring massive fjord systems, including portions of Scoresby Sund, which is one of the largest fjord systems in the world. The distance from the mouth of the sound to the head of its innermost fjord is 350 kilometers. It is a favored hunting ground of the Inuit and is home to walruses, seals, narwhals, polar bears, muskoxen, wolves, foxes, ermine, arctic hares, lemmings, and a variety of birds. You may visit the local village of Ittoqqortoormiit to get a glimpse into how people live in this northerly region.
The lecture series contiues as you head back towards Iceland and to the steaming hot springs of Reykjavik.
Shortly after breakfast, disembark in Reykjavik. Transfer is available to passengers with flights booked on disembarkation day (do not book flights before noon), that includes a stop enroute at the Radisson Blue 1919 Hotel. Passengers planning on staying in Reykjavik post trip may take this transfer, or hire a taxi at the pier for transfer to the their accommodations.
For those with flights later in the day, luggage storage will be available at the pier until 1400 (confirm time onboard), at which time a transfer will be provided to the airport for those passengers with evening flights. Transfer arrangements will be confirmed onboard prior to departure.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on the Expedition, all passengers must purchase medical and emergency evacuation insurance with a minimum medical coverage of $200,000 USD and this insurance must cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, and evacuation expenses. Clients must be able to provide proof of insurance purchase and adequate coverage as per the required amounts above. We also strongly recommend that all passengers purchase comprehensive travel insurance which would include coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
Spacious accommodations on the Expedition; all meals onboard (excluding drinks other than coffee, tea and water); shore excursions and Zodiac cruises; services of expedition staff and naturalists; lecture and educational programs; complimentary rubber boots onboard; Longyearbyen and Reykjavik airport transfers depending on your flight details; and an expedition parka.
Airfare; travel insurance (required); passport and visa fees; gratuities are at your discretion; items of a personal nature including laundry, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (except coffee, tea and water); optional excursions; kayaking.