Summary : This award-winning and popular expedition takes you from high above the Arctic Circle in Spitsbergen, Norway, to Scoresby Sund on the northeast coast of Greenland, ending in fascinating Iceland. Iconic arctic animals such as the polar bear, musk ox, reindeer and walrus are commonly seen. From active volcanoes to massive glaciers to the best sites for wildlife spotting, this adventure takes in varied destinations. If you want to experience the Arctic in all of its beauty, then you must venture to these Three Arctic Islands.
Activities : Birding, Hiking, Kayaking, Triple/Quad Cabins
$7,695 to $17,895
Begin the voyage by embarking in Longyearbyen, Norway.
Explore Spitsbergen, the largest of the Norwegian-ruled Svalbard islands, a remote land of abundant wildlife and austere beauty. Visit spectacular glacier fronts and steep-walled fjords with walrus, polar bear and Spitsbergen reindeer among your possible wildlife sightings. Birders delight in Arctic terns, skuas, long-tailed ducks, kittiwakes, glaucous and ivory gulls.
While sailing the Greenland Sea, hear fascinating facts about Greenland’s wildlife and history. Learn to identify seabirds by their different characteristics out on the boat’s deck. Share photos, sip a warming beverage in the bar or watch a movie - there are many things to enjoy during your time at sea.
During your tour of Greenland’s remote eastern coast, enjoy Zodiac excursions and shore visits to several locations. Visit the remains of ancient Thule settlements, and keep an eye out for grazing musk oxen, as 40% of the world’s population of this fascinating mammal lives here. Finally, sail through spectacular Scoresbysund, the birthplace of many icebergs, and—some say—the most beautiful fjord system in the world.
At sea, the Denmark Strait is your pathway east, towards Iceland. Onboard Expedition Team members inform and entertain with presentations about the Arctic’s history of exploration as flocks of seabirds soar above the ship.
Disembark in Akureyri, and transfer to your waiting charter flight to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, at the end of your journey.
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: 2018 departure is in English/French
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
Due to the remoteness of the areas in this itinerary, travelers are to carry a minimum of $50,000 of emergency medical coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. All guests are strongly recommended to have comprehensive travel insurance coverage. The shipping company will not be held responsible for delays due to force majeure. Any additional costs accrued will be the responsibility of the traveler. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends that the travel insurance policy covers trip cancellation insurance, trip delay (interruption or after departure coverage), baggage and repatriation. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions.
Not included in cruise rate. This is a pre-booked option for kayakers with some experience. Places are strictly limited so please advise at time of booking. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for additional details.
If you’re interested in kayaking and would like to try something less in-depth than sea kayaking, you can still enjoy the benefits of adding an on-water experience to your expedition with a paddling excursion. Sign up for a one-time one hour paddle on a sit-on-top kayak, which is stable and unencumbered: perfect for anyone with little to no experience with kayaking. No experience necessary. Max. 10 kayakers for a limit of one excursions. All sit-on-top kayaks are doubles. Pre-booking required. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Arrival transfer from Longyearbyen airport to your hotel if you arrive one day prior or day of embarkation; on embarkation day transfer from hotel or Longyearbyen airport to the ship; charter flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik; group transfer to downtown Reykjavik on disembarkation day; shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all meals on board throughout your voyage; shore landings per the daily program; Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; photographic journal documenting the voyage; a pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; an expedition parka – yours to keep; coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock; hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges; luggage handling aboard ship; emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of $500,000 per person*; Greenland cruise passenger tax; use of snowshoes (weather dependent); gratuities (2019); beer and wine with dinner (2019); soft drinks 24/7 (2019). Subject to change without notice.
Airfare except mentioned as included; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; any meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising; laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges; phone and internet charges; the customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for ship’s crew and staff; additional overnight accommodation; optional kayaking; optional paddling (2019); fuel surcharge may apply.
*Emergency Evacuation Insurance:
Emergency evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $500,000 is included in the cost of this expedition. Included coverage is applicable only while traveling with the shipping company between the first and last day of the expedition. Additional days of travel prior to the expedition and/or after the expedition, including pre- and post-packages/hotels/flights, purchased from the shipping company or from suppliers other than the shipping company, are not covered by the included emergency evacuation insurance. We strongly advise all passengers to purchase medical, cancellation and baggage insurance, and additional emergency evacuation coverage.