Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland
A voyage encompassing three Arctic countries with dramatic, contrasting and
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
This voyage combines the spectacular wildlife in Spitsbergen with the striking desolate landscapes of Eastern Greenland. After several days in the Svalbard Archipelago, scouring the ice and glaciers for bears, walrus, foxes and birdlife, the ship crosses the Greenland Sea to explore the rugged coast of Greenland, with an excursion into Scoresbysund, the largest fjord complex in the world, and the birthplace of many icebergs. Being above the Arctic Circle means 24 hour daylight so there is virtually unlimited time to relish in the experiences on this remarkable Arctic voyage.
* All meals while on the ship
* 12 nights on the ship
* All transport and listed activities
* Full complement of qualified Expedition Staff
* Airport transfers (at designated times)
- Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
- Discover the wild and rugged coast of eastern Greenland
- Chance to observe walrus, Polar bear, Arctic terns, kittiwakes and Glaucous gulls
- An excursion into Scoresbysund, one of the largest fjord complexes in the world
- If conditions are right, we could sail within 10° of the North Pole!
Start Longyearbyen, board ship and begin exploration.
The transfer to the ship takes place in the afternoon. Once on board there is a get together for introductions to the expedition team, to learn about the ship and its layout, talk about the itinerary and participate in the obligatory lifeboat drill.
Explore Spitsbergen and the Svalbard Archipelago.
Exploring Spitsbergen, the largest of the Norwegian-ruled Svalbard islands, rewards us with abundant wildlife and austere beauty. Here we’ll visit spectacular glacier fronts and steep-walled fjords with walrus, Polar bear and Spitsbergen reindeer among our possible wildlife sightings. Birders will be thrilled to see Arctic terns, skuas, Long-tailed ducks, kittiwakes and Glaucous and Ivory gulls. As an added bonus, when conditions are right, we could sail within 10° of the North Pole!
While sailing the historic Greenland Sea, you’ll learn about the wildlife and history of Greenland, our next stop. On deck we’ll learn to identify seabirds on the wing.
Explore Eastern Greenland.
During our tour of Greenland’s remote eastern coast, we’ll enjoy sea-level Zodiac cruises 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, we will sail through spectacular Scoresbysund, the birthplace of many icebergs, and – some say – the most beautiful fjord system in the world.
At sea in the Denmark Strait.
Sail through the Denmark Strait en route to Iceland. The onboard Expedition Team will inform and entertain with presentations about area wildlife – especially the seabirds we’ll see soaring above the ship.
Disembark Akureyri; fly to Reykjavik.
We disembark in Akureyri and fly to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, at the end of our journey.
Polar Adventure Ship
The Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland voyage is offered on the Ocean Adventurer which is a Polar Adventure Ship. Please visit the Polar Fleet page (www.exodus.co.uk/polar-holidays/polar-fleet) for Ship Information and Deck Plans.
Polar Adventure Ships
These are small (approx. 100 passengers) ice rated vessels well qualified for Polar waters. Intimate adventures are always more enjoyable with like-minded passengers and staff, so these voyages are for people who like flexible itineraries and plenty to keep them busy. Activities include frequent Zodiac excursions, trekking and many hours on deck in areas that other ships only dream about accessing. Food and staff are superb and every guest benefits from the technical advances of this superb fleet. Rest assured our Polar Adventure Ships enable any traveler to maximize their experience sensitively in the Poles.
All meals while on the ship included.
The ships galley offers good quality service and cuisine throughout, with excellent chefs preparing international menus including vegetarian dishes, accompanied by a wide variety of drinks from around the world on sale.
Breakfast: Buffet style – unlimited tea and coffee, a selection of fruit juices, hot options including bacon and eggs or omelettes, a selection of bread and toast and jam/honey/marmalade, fruit and cereal.
Lunch: Three course set meal or buffet, or the occasional BBQ.
Dinner:Three or four courses with a starter of soup and/or salad, a choice of mains with at least one vegetarian option and a dessert, with tea and coffee.
The voyages are designed to be as flexible as possible, taking advantage of circumstances and events as they occur, as well as passengers’ wishes and particular interests wherever possible. The atmosphere on board is relaxed and friendly with expedition staff, including naturalists and Polar experts, on hand and the opportunity to mingle with people from all over the world. The ship is kept warm, clean and comfortable with a wet / mud room in which to hang gear and store boots ready for the next adventure.
On the Zodiac cruises you are sitting still for most of the time with the potential for some sea spray and a cold headwind – if you are not dressed appropriately you will get cold. On the shore excursions, the majority of landings are ‘wet’ which means that the Zodiacs beach and you are helped to slide into the ankle deep shore break before walking up onto dry land (wellington boots are issued to all passengers). There are, of course, no paths, so be prepared for slippery, rough terrain and sometimes fairly deep snow. Back on board the cozy ship after each adventure, you can have a sauna and/or a hot shower and then relax with a tea, coffee, hot chocolate or something stronger from the bar.
Sea kayaking option
On our Spitsbergen Greenland & Iceland voyages there is the chance for some members of the party to take regular sea kayak excursions in place of the Zodiac excursions. There are a limited number of kayaks on each ship, and you must book and pay for this option in advance. All kayak trips are guided, and are subject to suitable locations and weather conditions. Should the kayaking not be possible, a place on a Zodiac is always available. Basic kayak competence is required.