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15
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Map of Spitsbergen, East Greenland and Iceland – Southbound including Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen Islands and Arctic

Voyage across the Arctic Circle to icy landscapes and incredible wildlife

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.


Start
Oslo, Norway
Finish
Reykjavik, Iceland
Destinations
Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Polar, Wildlife
Code
PPII16
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 176

Why you'll love this trip

  • 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.

  • Relax on board your fully equipped polar vessel during time at sea with multiple lounging areas, wellness facilities and a comprehensive lecture series to learn about the world around.

Is this trip right for you?

  • As you’d expect, temperatures in the Arctic are very cold. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks. Please see the ‘Packing’ section of the Essential Trip Information for details on what you will need to bring with you.

  • Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships have a lot of stairs, so please hold on to the handrails if seas are rough.

  • The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area.

  • This trip takes places during the time of year that Spitsbergen enjoys 24-hour daylight. Just one of the benefits of this is that incredible wildlife can be seen at any time of the day – be prepared to be woken at any time so as to not miss out on exciting animal sightings.

  • Polar bears are one of the most incredible and appealing animals on the planet, but they are also powerful predators with little fear of humans. Therefore it’s necessary to be aware of the guidelines surrounding any contact with Polar bears. Follow your leader’s instructions and do not stray from your group – your leader carries equipment to protect you.

Boats

Ocean Adventurer boat on adventure cruising tours

Ocean Adventurer

This sturdy expedition ship was built in 1975 and underwent an $8 million refurbishment in 2017 which included new engines and refurbished cabins...

World explorer boat on a tour in Polar region

World Explorer

Newly built in 2018 and designed specifically with polar cruising in mind, the beautiful World Explorer is one of our newest ships.

Itinerary

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.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
An arrival transfer is not included today, so please make your own way to the joining hotel, which is located close to the airport.
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.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
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.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (4)
  • Lunch (4)
  • Dinner (4)
Special Information
Potential excursions and landing sites are determined by weather, ice conditions and animal-spotting opportunities and cannot be guaranteed in advance. The destinations mentioned here should be used as a guide only.
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.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)
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.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (4)
  • Lunch (4)
  • Dinner (4)
Special Information
Potential excursions and landing sites are determined by weather, ice conditions and animal-spotting opportunities and cannot be guaranteed in advance. The destinations mentioned here should be used as a guide only.
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.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)
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.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
A departure transfer is not included to the airport.

Meals

14 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners

Transport

Ship, Zodiac, Plane

Accommodation

Hotel (1 night), Expedition cruise ship (13 nights)

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Important notes

BOOKING CONDITIONS
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20 per cent of the full voyage cost (before any discount). The balance is due 120 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 120 days or more before departure – the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 119 days and departure – the cancellation fee is 100 per cent of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a polar voyage.

ADVENTURE OPTIONS
These must be booked prior to departure and incur an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking. In addition, there are other included optional activities offered on some voyages such as snow shoeing and hiking. These activities do not need to be booked in advance and no additional cost applies.

HIKING - Hiking is a great way to appreciate the immense windswept landscapes of the Arctic. The tundra comes alive during the brief arctic summer, with bursts of color from shrubs and plants that eke out a living in this polar environment. You’ll find each hike is different – exploring communities, shorelines or glaciated landscapes, often on the lookout for wildlife. Hiking participation is optional and your Expedition Team will advise you of what levels of activity you can expect prior to each excursion.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
KAYAKING – Our kayaking adventures are the best way to feel at one with the sea. Taken in small groups of maximum 16 people, multiple times per voyage, kayaking adventures are only conducted during calm weather conditions. Kayaking is open to all levels of experience, however kayaking in the polar waters is not suitable for novice kayakers. Beginners interested in kayaking should first take an introductory course prior to the voyage which includes how to do a wet exit. In addition regardless of your experience, we recommend you take part in some kayaking practise prior to the voyage to ensure that you are comfortable on the water in the icy conditions.

Your voyage is operated by our polar partner, Quark Expeditions. All accommodation and transfer arrangements as listed in the itinerary are also operated by Quark Expeditions or their local representatives.

Strict luggage limits apply. Please see the 'Packing' section of the Essential Trip Information for more details.

Essential trip information

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