A full arctic trip visiting Svalbard, Greenland and Iceland.
The trip begins in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, and navigates to the scenic Greenland, visiting the highlights of the largest island in the world.
Duration: 14 nights
Embarkation: Kirkenes, Norway
Language: English speaking voyage
Arrive in Kirkenes, on the northern coast of Norway. Late afternoon sees us warmly welcomed on board the Greg Mortimer.
Days 2 to 3 – Spitsbergen
During the crossing of the Barents Sea, enjoy informative lectures from our team of experts. We arrive in Svalbard in the afternoon of Day 3 for our first activity in South West Nordauslandet.
Days 4 to 5 – Greenland Sea
Crossing the Greenland Sea, our expert naturalists and guest lecturers entertain us with fascinating talks on plants, animals and early explorers like Nansen, Andrée and Scoresby. We keep an eye out for fin whales, encroaching sea ice and seabirds. Relax and prepare for a landing, if conditions permit, on Greenland’s northeast coast, home to polar bear, Arctic hare and musk oxen.
Days 6 to 8 – Greenland
An ice cap covers 81 per cent of Greenland and pack ice, even in summer, may fill northern bays. Ashore, cosy trappers’ huts beckon from across the tundra, where musk ox, Arctic hare and eider ducks roam in Kejser Franz Josef Fjord. Lively cascades at Kap Humboldt provide a microclimate for spectacular hanging gardens. Kong Oskar Fjord offers spectacular glacier-carved mountains.
Days 9 to 11 – Greenland
In Scoresby Sund, the world's biggest fjord system, massive glaciers calve explosively, creating giant icebergs. Near Rode Island, our Zodiacs weave through a maze of grounded icebergs, some more than 30 metres high, sculpted with deep green tunnels and aquamarine lakes. Enjoy a warm Ittoqqortoormiit welcome from Inuit happy to share their culture. Our kayakers find ideal paddling conditions, winding their way through interconnected waterways, watching for polar bears and narwhals.
Day 12 to 13 – Greenland
Sail south along the Blosseville Coast, search for musk ox and narwhals and marvel at the mountain scenery that dominates the skyline. If weather permits, we head for Rømer Fjord, a deep waterway with stunning mountain views.
Day 14 – Denmark Strait
On Day 14 Cross Denmark Strait, watching northern fulmars, orcas and dolphins, reflecting on rich experiences and sharing final night celebrations.
Day 15 - Reykjavik
Disembark the Greg Mortimer and transfer to downtown Reykjavik or to the airport.
-Group transfer from Longyearbyen airport to ship
-Group transfer from ship to downtown Reykjavik or airport
-Fully-serviced accommodation in your chosen stateroom
-Daily shore excursions, guided walks, Zodiac cruises
-An experienced team of destination specialists and activity leaders
-An informative and entertaining lecture program by our team of experts
-Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner including house wines, beers and soft drinks, afternoon tea and snacks
-Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
-Pre-dinner drinks including canapes and bar snacks
-Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
-Complimentary use of gumboots
-Complimentary use of fitness centre
-Complimentary access to on board expedition doctor and medical clinic
-Personalised photo book (post voyage)
-Entry fees to historic or tourist sites
-Port, pilotage charges and landing fees
-Flights to and from your voyage
-Airport arrival or departure taxes
-Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
-Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
-Hotels or meals not included in voyage itinerary
-Optional excursions not included in the voyage itinerary
-Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking or polar snorkelling
-Any items of a personal nature including: Alcoholic beverages or soft drinks outside of meal times, gratuities, laundry
* The prices are per person expressed in US Dollars.
NOTE: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.
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