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Arctic - Spitsbergen, East Greenland & Iceland

14 days

from £5,275pp

This High Arctic expeditionary voyage incorporates the jewels of The Arctic: Spitsbergen, East Greenland and concluding with an introduction to Iceland.

  • Fantastic 13 to 15 day expeditionary voyage combining the extraordinary wildlife of Spitsbergen (Svalbard) with the dramatic scenery, gigantic icebergs and Northern Lights of little visited East Greenland
  • For any  wildlife enthusiast, Spitsbergen is arguably the best place in the whole Arctic to see polar bears in their natural habitat, as well as walrus, seals, reindeer and a plethora of birdlife
  • Voyage aboard one the smaller ice strengthened ships, renowned for their excellent guides, informal atmosphere, expeditionary feel and ease of logistics. With the option to kayak on some of these voyages.

Spitsbergen, the most wildlife-rich part of the entire Arctic region, with its sheltered fjords, dazzling glaciers and rich history is an extraordinary destination in its own right. Little visited and ice-locked for much of the year, enigmatic East Greenland’s great draw is its magnificent scenery, gigantic icebergs and a good chance of seeing The Northern Lights. In between there is a good chance of experiencing large areas of sea ice. There are very few polar voyages available which offer so much variety in terms of wildlife and landscapes, which is what makes this particular trip so compelling. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE FLIGHT COST IS A SUGGESTED FROM PRICE. FLIGHT COSTS WILL BE CONFIRMED AT TIME OF BOOKING. ALL FLIGHTS ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Oslo


You will be staying at Radisson Park Inn Airport Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Fly Oslo to Longyearbyen


The former mining town of Longyearbyen offers the Svalbard Museum and the North Pole Expedition Museum, both located close to The University Centre. The nearby Svalbard Gallery houses an interesting collection of artwork, maps, books and notes. Keen birders can make their way to the bay, a wonderful place to look for waders. A short stroll away is the infamous polar bear warning sign, while the tiny Svalbard Church is located on the far side of the valley.


Longyearbyen
Arrive into Longyearbyen, deep inside The Arctic Circle and only 600 miles from The North Pole. Longyearbyen is the seat of government for the archipelago of Svalbard, Norway's Arctic islands.

Located on the picturesque island of Spitsbergen, the community has a modest population of just over two thousand. You should have time to explore this remote outpost prior to boarding of the ship in the late afternoon and the beginning of your Arctic odyssey.

Once onboard you will be introduced to your expeditionary staff and have time to settle into your cabin before the ship gets underway. There will be your first briefing by the expeditionary leader followed by dinner.

Day 3

Exploring Spitsbergen and the islands of Svalbard
Exploring Spitsbergen and the islands of Svalbard

Over the course of the next few days the ship will make its way up the western edge of the island of Spitsbergen, exploring as you go with daily landings and excursions by zodiac to explore. Where possible there will be opportunity to explore the tundra on foot.

The Expedition team plans all your activities to take advantage of local weather and ice conditions. Anticipate visits to the stunning 14th of July Glacier, a vast wall of ice, the settlement of Ny Alesund, a base station of international Arctic research, and the Monaco Glacier.

Be on the alert at all times for wildlife, in particular polar bears, who hunt along the edges of the pack ice for seals. With a bear population of approximately 3,000 between Spitsbergen and Franz Josef land, there are excellent chances of sightings and your expeditionary staff will be doing their best to ensure a successful sighting.

Sightings of Arctic Terns, Arctic Skuas, Long-tailed Ducks, Kittiwakes, Glaucous Gulls and reindeer are possible. Moffen Island is a renowned walrus sanctuary, and if the conditions are right you may see walrus hauled out on shore or swimming in the protected waters.

Day 6

At sea
During the crossing from the west coast of Spitsbergen to north-eastern Greenland, your Expedition Team will deliver illustrated presentations about the wildlife and cultures they anticipate you will encounter in Greenland. You may encounter sea ice that is the favoured habitat of the polar bear.

Day 8

Eastern Greenland
The coast of eastern Greenland is remote, wild, rugged and ice-bound for much of the year, barring travel to this pristine area for almost all of the year, apart from a narrow window between August and October.

Over the course of the next few days you will travel southwards exploring the inlets and fjords of this ragged and striking coastline. Daily excursions will be undertaken, exploring the land on foot and iceberg choked waterways by zodiac. Please note that every expedition is different in that local weather and ice conditions will directly affect the daily itinerary agreed between the captain and expeditionary leader.

The large glaciers produce the huge, cathedral-like ice-bergs that are abundant in Greenlandic waters. The largest fjord is Scoresby Sund and is more than 300 kilometres (185 miles) long. This really is a little visited area of stunning fjords and serrated mountain ranges, where you are unlikely to meet anyone else.

This area is less prolific in terms of wildlife than Spitsbergen, but with opportunity for sightings of the elusive musk ox, gyr falcon and arctic hare.

One of the greatest attractions of any trip to Greenland is the chance of seeing the Northern Lights (aurora borealis), being further from The North Pole than Spitsbergen with darker nights. Clear skies are required, so hopefully you'll be lucky, as it really is the most incredible phenomenon.

Day 12

Denmark Strait
While crossing Denmark Strait en route to Iceland, we'll watch for whales, and learn about the extraordinary geology and history of Iceland.

Day 15

Disembark and transfer to Reykjavik
This expedition disembarks in the Akureyri, you will be transferred to capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, from where you can fly home from either Reykjavik or nearby Keflavik.


Important Note: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programmes may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and, in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife, flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

Some departures are offered in reverse from Reykjavik to Longyearbyen

Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital, is home to candy coloured buildings, an eccentric and fun people and exciting nightlife. Visit stylish galleries, people watch from the pavement cafes and use it as a base to explore the Golden Circle. This city is a city of contrasts; contemporary architecture sits aside snow-capped mountains and icy seas. Visit for the culture, with masses of colourful festivals throughout the year or the unfamiliar feeling of partying through the White Nights in the summer.

Fly Reykjavik to London

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Roxy Dukes, Travel Expert

"Roxy filled us with enthusiasm and came up with some great ideas for a trip. We liked the idea of a slightly 'off the beaten track experience' and some private bespoke activities and that's exactly what we've had. Thank you!"

"Roxy created a wonderfully interesting route which was the basis for a super trip. She also chose lovely places for us to stay and interesting activities for us to participate in, introducing us to the idea of private guided experiences which we thoroughly enjoyed."

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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