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Spitsbergen, East Greenland & Iceland 2015

Spitsbergen, East Greenland & Iceland 2015

Arctic Exploration

Musk Ox

On board to a strange new world at Longyearbyen

Polar bears

Walk Reykjavik’s Laugavegur day or night

Splash out in Reykjavik’s pools

Iceland’s only native land mammal, the Arctic Fox

Greenland Sea

Denmark Strait

Eat fermented shark, Reykjavik

Explore the Scoresbysund fjord complex

Fjords, icebergs and Inuit, East Coast of Greenland

Fountains of youth: Vestmannaeyjar Archipelago

Trip rating
  • This expedition cruise takes you to Scorsbysund, on the northeast coast of Greenland, Iceland, and high above the Arctic Circle in Spitsbergen, Norway. Iconic Arctic animals such as the polar bear, musk ox, reindeer and walrus are commonly seen. No other Arctic adventure takes in such varied destinations ranging from active volcanoes to massive glaciers. If you want to experience the Arctic in all of its beauty, then you must venture to these three Arctic islands.


    Sea Kayaking

    Imagine gliding along the surface of a bay in the presence of icebergs and glaciers! Our sea-kayaking adventures are the best way to feel at one with the sea.  Taken in small groups of 10-16 people, multiple times per voyage, sea-kayaking adventures are only done during calm weather conditions. We require you to have some prior sea-kayaking experience, including the capability to do a wet exit.

    More information about your Adventure Options, including physical requirements and cost of each option is available by contacting Peregrine.


    Possible Landings and Wildlife Sightings



    The Red Fjord, or Rypefjord, is named for the colorful sandstone located on its western side. The stone has been ‘stained’ red by hematite, creating an oddity in this part of Greenland.



    Revered by many as the most beautiful fjord system in the world, Scoresbysund is definitely the longest and largest. The sound was named after William Scoresby, a whaler, scientist and man of the cloth, who was famed for mapping more than 400 miles of Greenland coastline.



    Discovered in 2005, this small island is called a ‘warming island’ as it was uncovered as the result of climate change and the melting of ice.



    This is often the best location for getting close to musk oxen. The Cape is also home to wheateaters and snow buntings, while you may also spot rock ptarmigans or northern divers while at sea.



    Near Fohn Fjord, some of the most stunning icebergs are to be encountered before taking a hike across Denmark Island, which offers stupendous views of the Scoresbysund and Fohn Fjord below.

    Svalbard Possible Landings and Wildlife Sightings



    This cliff is a seabird center, where brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres) raise their young. An estimated 100,000 breeding pairs raise their young here in the basalt cliffs. The birds do not build nests, rather they lay an egg on the bare ledge.



    In 1906, His Serene Highness Prince Albert I of Monaco visited Lilliehöök Glacier to conduct scientific investigations. His great-great-grandson visited the glacier 100 years later. He, too, was part of a scientific investigation, this time to further our understanding of the Arctic clam, a species that lives for more than a century. The growth rings of a single clam’s shell contain evidence of the chemicals encountered by the clam. Scientists can determine the variations of the water’s temperature and pollutant content by studying the shell.



    Eighteen hundred people inhabit the administrative capital of Svalbard, which is situated on the shore of Isfjorden. The settlement was founded in 1905 by John Munroe Longyear, the majority owner of the Arctic Coal Company of Boston.



    This island is designated as a protected sanctuary for walrus.



    HSH Prince Albert I of Monaco, a pioneer of oceanography, led an expedition to Svalbard in 1906. His team used sophisticated photographic techniques to understand the shape and position of several glacier fronts. Monaco Glacier honours the expedition, the prince and the principality over which he reigned.


    IMPORTANT REMINDER Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When travelling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

    Why we love it


    Day 1 - Embarkation from Longyearbyen

    Your expedition begins when you board your ship in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement.


    Day 2-5 - Exploring Spitsbergen

    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 bear and Spitsbergen reindeer among your 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, you could sail within 10° of the North Pole!

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6-7 - Greenland Sea

    While sailing 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. Share photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar or watch a movie; there are many things to do during your time at sea.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 8-12 - Eastern Greenland

    During your tour of Greenland’s remote eastern coast, you’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, sail you will sail through spectacular Scoresbysund, the birthplace of many icebergs, and - some say - the most beautiful fjord system in the world.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 13 - At Sea, the Denmark Strait

    At sea, the Denmark Strait is your pathway east, towards Iceland. Your onboard Expedition Team will keep you informed and entertained with presentations about the history of exploration in the Arctic and the seabirds that you’ll inevitably see soaring above your ship.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 14 - Disembark in Reykjavik

    Your journey comes to an end with a morning arrival in Reykjavik.  We provide transfer to downtown.

  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
    • • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on board throughout your voyage
    • • All shore landings per the daily program
    • • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
    • • A daily program of lectures by noted naturalists
    • • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
    • • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and Special Guests as scheduled
    • • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage
    • • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
    • • A Waterproof expedition parka to keep
    • • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
    • • A selection of non-alcoholic beverages
    • • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
    • • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
    • • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
    • • All luggage handling aboard ship
    • • Arrival transfer from Longyearbyen airport to your hotel if you arrive one day prior to embarkation
    • • On embarkation day transfer from your hotel or Longyearbyen airport to the ship
    • • On disembarkation day group transfer to downtown Reykjavik
    • • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person
    • • Pre and/or post night accommodations as indicated in the itinerary
    • • Greenland voyages Cruise Passenger Tax

    Not Included

    • • All International airfares
    • • Passport and any applicable visa expenses
    • • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
    • • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel
    • • Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance
    • • Excess baggage charges
    • • Laundry and other personal charges
    • • Telecommunications charges
    • • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
    • • Any pre or post voyage overnight accommodation
    • • Optional sea-kayaking activities

    Safety Information

    Safety is paramount on a Peregrine voyage. Due to new International Security Regulations, you will not be able to approach the ship on your own. You will have to arrive with the rest of the group, accompanied by a Peregrine representative. Full details of embarkation/disembarkation procedures will be supplied with your final documentation. On board you will be asked to participate in the obligatory lifeboat drill. We will also conduct important briefings on landing procedures, Zodiac operations, polar bear management and firearm safety (there is a good chance that we will see some of these magnificent animals during this trip, but extreme care must be taken if we ever encounter them whilst we are ashore!).

  • Our Ships

    Ocean Nova

    Ocean Nova

    Built in Denmark in 1992, the Ocean Nova delivers clean, crisp Scandinavian styling and has a reputation as an excellent ship for expeditions to Antarctica. Originally built to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, Ocean Nova’s ice-strengthened hull has enabled the ship to park in the ice of the Weddell Sea! With a glass-enclosed observation lounge, a presentation room on the top deck, and all ensuite cabins, this expedition vessel is a comfortable option for discovering the polar regions. With a maximum of just 83 guests, the Ocean Nova offers a more intimate, small group, expedition experience with all the benefits that affords.

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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PPIC15
Start City: Longyearbyen
End City: Reykjavik
Style: Polar

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