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The Complete Arctic: Greenland, Iceland, and Svalbard

Arctic Cruise

Summary : Embark on a voyage featuring the incredible scenery, culture, history and wildlife of East Greenland, Iceland and Svalbard. Explore vast Northeast Greenland National Park; discover Scorsebysund's beautiful fjord system and stunning icebergs. Keep an eye out for a variety of seabirds as well as whales as you sail through picturesque waters. Watch for reindeer, arctic fox, walrus and much more on this trip of a lifetime with an included photography program. Along the journey, your team of expert guides and lecturers will provide context to the sites and bring alive the region's remarkable natural history.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins

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$7,995 to $19,795

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Itinerary
Day 1
Longyearbyen, Norway

Arrive in Longyearbyen, the adventure capital of the Norwegian territory of Svalbard and starting point of your expedition. You are free to explore this fascinating Arctic settlement at your leisure with your hotel for the night included in the price of the voyage.

Day 2
Longyearbyen / Embark

In the afternoon, board your luxury expedition ship. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Sail into a true wilderness where wildlife abounds. The scenery as you sail through Isfjorden on the first evening is spectacular as you keep an eye out for marine mammal encounters.

Day 3
Svalbard

Svalbard is a true High Arctic wilderness and this part of the voyage is a real expedition. Your route and exploration opportunities here are heavily dependent on the weather and sea ice conditions encountered. Your experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant.

Explore in the northwestern part of the island of Spitsbergen. This area contains the archipelago’s most impressive scenery and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Deep fjords and narrow channels are flanked by jagged snowy mountain peaks. Immense tidewater glaciers calve icebergs into turquoise waters. Fields of flowering tundra are home to grazing reindeer and playful Arctic fox. Bountiful inshore and offshore waters are home to a wide variety of marine mammals. Polar Bears can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Svalbard.

Also in this area is Ny Ålesund, a former mining town that is now home to an international community of Arctic researchers, complete with museum, gift shop, and post office. This was also a staging area for historic attempts to discover the North Pole.

Day 4 – 5
Greenland Sea

From Svalbard, head southwest across the Greenland Sea toward East Greenland. In these far northern latitudes it is possible to encounter sea ice any time of the year. All along the way, remain vigilant for sightings of marine mammals such as whales, seals, and the majestic polar bear. Heading south, darker nights create a high possibility of seeing the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

Day 6 – 11
East Greenland

This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Our itinerary and exploration opportunities in East Greenland are dependent on weather and sea ice conditions. Again you can be sure that your experienced captain and expedition leader will take advantage of every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, to discover incredible scenery, and to go ashore wherever possible.

The Franz Josef Fjord and Kong Oscar Fjord systems are part of Northeast Greenland National Park, the world’s largest national park. Scoresby Sund is the largest and longest fjord system in the world. Anticipate exploring these fjord systems to the extent made possible by ever-changing ice conditions.

This whole area contains some of the Arctic’s most impressive scenery. Deep fjords and narrow channels, flanked by ice-clad peaks up to 2000 meters high, reach far into the mountainous heart of Greenland. Tidewater glaciers create colossal icebergs that float with wind and tide throughout the fjord system. On shore, fields of multicolored tundra are home to musk oxen and Arctic hare. The landscape—vast, open, and seemingly untouched since the beginning of time—is a hikers’ paradise. Throughout this area find ancient Thule archeological sites, historical trappers’ huts, and modern Inuit hunters’ cabins.

The Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit is the only permanent settlement in the region. The community boasts an excellent museum, a gift shop, a post office, an abundance of Greenlandic sled dogs, and of course the opportunity to meet Inuit people.

The days are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by experts, and enough stunning scenery to fill your camera and delight your senses. Each night brings new possibilities for incredible displays of aurora borealis—the Northern Lights. This is the perfect time and one of the world’s best places to experience this otherworldly celestial phenomenon.

Day 12
Cross the Denmark Strait

Cross the Denmark Strait toward Iceland, crossing the Arctic Circle on the way. Presentations and workshops by expert staff, as well as a range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that this day at sea is not idly spent. Seabird viewing and whale sightings can be enjoyed from panoramic open decks as well as exterior stateroom windows and balconies.

Day 13
Westfjords, Iceland

Your expedition day in the Westfjords area reveals the rare beauty of this part of Iceland where mass tourism disappears – only about 10% of Iceland's visitors ever see the region. Taking advantage of every weather favorable condition, visit the best places to discover breathtaking coastal fjords, jagged bird cliffs, and tiny fishing villages embracing traditional ways of life.

Day 14
Snæfellsnes, Iceland

The famous Snæfellsjökull volcano and picturesque Kirkjufell mountain are dominant features in the impressive landscape of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. A rich cultural and literary history and the success of fishermen and merchants are evident in local fishing villages.

Day 15
Reykjavik, Iceland

Disembark after breakfast and take a group transfer to the airport or city center.

Notes

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.

Bilingual Departure:
English/Chinese/German

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
Emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance to a maximum benefit of $150,000 per person is included in the cruise price for all travelers up to and including the age of 85. Passengers older than 85 at the time of travel are required to purchase their own emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions.

Kayaking Option:

Space is limited. Sign up at the time of booking to secure your spot. You must book your spot before you join the vessel for your voyage. Weather permitting, sea kayakers will have the opportunity to paddle through scenic Arctic waterways. Participants must be at least 18 years old, in good health, have appropriate physical fitness, and have previous kayaking experience.

Photography Program:
Included in price
An expert photographer will be on hand to answer your questions and give advice, both in the form of on-board lectures and workshops on shore. Explore the key elements of photography in a fun and relaxed setting, with plenty of opportunities for questions and feedback. Learn how to see light in a new way and experiment with the techniques of composition and framing.

Included:

One pre-voyage hotel night in Longyearbyen; group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation; group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation; shipboard accommodations; Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of US $150,000 per person (for those 85 years of age and younger); scheduled landings/excursions; meals on board ship; coffee/tea station 24 hours on ship; welcome and farewell cocktail on ship; a pair of rubber boots on loan; expedition parka (yours to keep); port fees; pre-departure materials; digital Voyage Log. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:

Airfare; visa and passport fees; luggage, medical and trip cancellation insurance; excess baggage charges; soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those mentioned as included; kayaking; personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunications charges (telephone, faxes, and internet); gratuities to shipboard personnel; fuel surcharge may apply.

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