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Arctic Highlights and Polar Bears

Arctic Svalbard Cruise

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

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Itinerary
Day 1
Longyearbyen

Plan to arrive in Longyearbyen for an afternoon embarkation. Drop off your checked luggage by 2 p.m. at the joining hotel's luggage storage room and enjoy an included late afternoon transfer to the ship. Enjoy a free afternoon and an included dinner aboard the ship.

Flights to Longyearbyen: Need help getting to the Arctic? There are spaces held on SK4496, departing Oslo at 9:35 p.m. on Sept 1st and arriving into Longyearbyen at 12:30 a.m. on Sept 2nd. After arriving, enjoy an included transfer to the ship and settle in before the ship leaves port later tonight (Sept 2).

Day 2
Longyearbyen / Spitsbergen

The ship will embark from Longyearbyen at 2 a.m. this morning. Set sail for Northwest Spitsbergen National Park, where you will enjoy your first day of Arctic exploration.

Day 3 – 6
Spitsbergen / Greenland Sea

Taking advantage of local ice and weather conditions, explore the Northwest Spitsbergen National Park, one of those rare places on Earth blessed with both awe-inspiring landscape and compelling history.

Over four full days, explore a small portion of the western coast of Spitsbergen. Entering the fall the days are getting shorter so try to take advantage of all of the sunlight possible to search for wildlife.

Spend these days in search of the elusive polar bears as they hunt seals. Look out for Svalbard's unique subspecies of reindeer. Although much smaller than their southern relatives, they still carry impressive antlers. Keep a sharp lookout for Arctic foxes.

By not having a set itinerary, you will take on an expedition spirit and are free to take advantage of the best that Svalbard has to offer.

Day 7 – 8
Greenland Sea / Ittoqqortoomiit

Keep an eye out for majestic whales, which are known to feed here in the summer months. Spot orca, humpback and minke whales, as well as dolphins. Enjoy lectures by expedition staff.

Frigid waters drain from the Arctic Ocean in a southwest current along the coast of Northeast Greenland. Often, drifting pack ice is pushed along the coast. You will attempt to approach and follow the pack ice edge to explore the polar seascape. Keep a lookout for sea mammals like seals and whales and also sea birds such as kittiwakes and fulmars.

Day 9 – 13
Ittoqqortoomiit / Denmark Strait

Spend a few days exploring the massive fjord system of Northeast Greenland National Park, which includes portions of Scorsbysund. Visit the tiny settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit for a look at how these most northerly people live.

Sail through and land in some of the most spectacular fjord country in the world along down the coast of Greenland, while exploring rarely visited glaciers, bays and inlets.

This is the largest national park in the world, 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.

Depending on ice, spend these days exploring the massive fjord system of Northeast Greenland National Park, which includes portions of Scoresbysund. These intricate fjord systems are everything from wide and unimaginable to narrow and steeply spectacular with some of the best mountain scenery in the world. Walking over lush stands of colorful autumn tundra may lead to opportunities to see muskox grazing nearby.

Day 14 – 15
Denmark Strait / Reykjavik

Enjoy the lecture series while watching the seas for whales. Head towards Iceland and the steaming hot springs of Reykjavík. The view is often complemented by soaring fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets, guillemots, and razorbills.

Day 16
Reykjavik, Iceland

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 en route 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 2 p.m. (confirm time on board), at which time a transfer will be provided to the airport for those passengers with evening flights. Transfer arrangements will be confirmed on board prior to departure.

Notes

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

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.

Included:
Arrival transfer from the meeting point to the ship in Longyearbyen (airport transfer included for passengers arriving on flight SK4496); departure transfer from the ship to the airport (on disembarkation day only); cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; beverages including 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. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; travel insurance (required); passport and visa fees; discetionary gratuities; items of a personal nature including laundry, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (except coffee, tea and water); optional excursions; kayaking; fuel surcharge may apply.

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