Seek out unforgettable polar bears sightings while roaming the hunting grounds of this ruler of the Arctic.. Discover the history of Greenland with explorations of the ruins of ancient Thule settlements and learn about life in Ittoqqortoormiit.. Experience how this incredible environment is ever-changing while cruising through freshly birthed icebergs in Scoresbysund.. Kayaking on crisp, clear Arctic waters is a unique and intimate way of exploring this amazing region and just one of the incredible optional activities on offer.
Natural splendour, bountiful wildlife and a pioneering spirit all coalesce in the High Arctic, a region once reserved for only the hardiest of travellers but now open to anyone with a real yearning for adventure. Starting out from the isolated Spitsbergen outpost of Longyearbyen, this expedition heads down through the Arctic Circle, taking in the islands of the Svalbard Archipelago, the north-east coast of Greenland and the journey over the Denmark Strait to Iceland. Following in the proverbial wake of explorers past, you’ll be treated to stunning sceneries of vast glacial walls, sprawling fjord systems and icebergs the size of skyscrapers. Time spent on the ship will include educational presentations on tales of polar exploration and seabird identification, while there’ll be plenty of opportunities for spotting the region’s famed wildlife during Zodiac excursions. This voyage across the Arctic Circle allows travellers to experience three distinct sections of the Arctic in a relatively short space of time.
Breakfast Included: 14 Lunches Included: 12 Dinner Included: 13
Welcome to Norway! Your arctic adventure begins in Oslo, where you may arrive at any time today. Upon arriving in this splendid capital city, known for its green spaces and museums, check-in to your included pre-expedition accommodation, located near the airport.
Oslo to Longyearbyen
After breakfast, the group will transfer to the airport and board a private charter flight to Longyearbyen – Spitsbergen’s largest settlement. On arrival, there may be time to explore this town before embarking on your vessel in the afternoon. As you cruise away from Longyearbyen, you’ll enjoy great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop for this seaside town.
Exploring Spitsbergen, the largest of the Norwegian-ruled Svalbard islands, rewards you with abundant wildlife and austere beauty. Here, you’ll visit spectacular glacier fronts and steep-walled fjords with walrus, polar bears and Spitsbergen reindeer among your possible wildlife sightings. Birders will be thrilled to see arctic terns, skuas, long-tailed ducks, kittiwakes and ivory gulls. When conditions are right, you could sail within 10 degrees of the North Pole! While exact landing sites are determined after taking into account sea, ice and weather conditions, your expert polar crew will ensure they curate a route that maximises wildlife sightings and the best views possible in this region.
While sailing south through the historic Greenland Sea, you’ll learn about the wildlife and history of Greenland, your next stop. On deck, you’ll learn to identify seabirds on the wing. Take in a lecture, share your photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar or watch a movie—there are many things to do during your time at sea.
During your tour of Greenland’s remote eastern coast, you’ll enjoy Zodiac cruises and shore visits to several locations. Visit the remains of ancient Thule settlements, and keep an eye out for grazing muskoxen – 40% of the world’s population lives here. Finally, you will sail through spectacular Scoresby Sund, the birthplace of many icebergs and, some say, the most beautiful fjord system in the world.
At sea, the Denmark Strait is your pathway toward Iceland. Your Expedition Team will keep you informed and entertained with presentations about the history of exploration in the Arctic and the seabirds you’ll inevitably see soaring above your ship.
You’ll disembark in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, at the end of your journey. If you have booked post-expedition accommodation, we provide a transfer to a central downtown location.