Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 3 full days exploring Svalbard and the far north
- 3 full days in East Greenland
- July departure meaning 24 hour daylight, perfect for wildlife spotting
- Travel on a true expedition ship with a 1B ice class rating
- Kayaking (extra cost), hiking & snowshoeing
- Experienced expedition crew onboard
Day 1 – Embark in Longyearbyen:
Upon arriving to Longyearbyen, a short city tour will introduce you to the fascinating history and contemporary society in the Capital of Svalbard. In the afternoon, board the vessel where the crew and a welcome drink will be awaiting you.
The Expedition Leader will provide information about the voyage, the ship's daily routines and the various security and safety procedures. Before sailing, there will be a mandatory safety drill. The Captain then takes the ship out of Advent Fjord and the Arctic adventure commences.
Day 2 – Kongsfjorden, Ny Ålesund and Ny London:
After passing Prins Karls Forland overnight you will have arrived in the magnificent Kongsfjord. Visiting Svalbard in the early summer is both the challenge and gift of this special voyage. Winter ice will possibly block the inner waters of many fjords, but this will provide the best opportunities to observe the omnipresent – but still elusive – polar bear, hunting for seals in its prime habitat.
At this time of year the migrating birds have also just arrived. They are all eager to settle and feed to get the best start for the coming hectic summer months.
The first landing will be at Ny Ålesund, the northernmost town in the world although more of a settlement in size, consisting of a few scientific stations, a post office and a shop. You'll get to uncover it's interesting history taking a walk through the town.
Day 3 – Bellsund, Vårsol Bay and Calypsobyen:
Bellsund has some of the richest coal layers in Svalbard and Svea Mine, far into the fjord, was formerly one of the biggest communities on the island. But prices spiralled, and the coal mine is currently being dismantled.
You will stop at the fjord entrance and make landings at the Vårsol Bay. The biggest attraction here is the little auk cliff. Tundra is richly fertilized by hundreds of thousands of little auks, which the Svalbard reindeer love to graze.
Walk along the beach and spot remains from early industrial eras, then after lunch cross the fjord along the 4 km long island of Akseloya.
The next Zodiac landing will be at Calypsobyen in Recherche Fjord. Coal was extracted here in the early 1900s, but the enterprise never attained full production. Today, Calypsobyen gives visitors a glimpse of the era of Neo-Industrialism, when all opportunities for profit were attempted.
Day 4 – Hornsund:
Hornsund is often called ‘Svalbard in a nutshell’ because of the abundance of dramatic terrains and rich wildlife. A landing in Gåshamna is planned; where you can discover remains of trappers, Russian settlers and blubber boilers.
In the afternoon, head out to the open sea towards Greenland.
Days 5 & 6 – At sea towards Ittiqqortoormiit:
During these days at sea as you travel towards North East Greenland, enjoy presentations by the Expedition Team, watch a film about Arctic nature, and marvel at the wildlife viewings from the deck – sighting migrating birds and hopefully some whales.
Day 7 to 9 – Fjord of Scoresbysund:
In the most unique and unspoiled nature of North East Greenland, scout after wildlife along the pack ice and cruise into the fjord, hopefully landing at Bear Island and Cape Brewster.
You will then visit Ittiqqortoormiit, which is one of Greenland's most isolated towns and accessible only for a short time in the summer and by helicopter for the rest of the year. The town is located at the longest fjord in the world, Scoresby Sund. You will spend time exploring and potentially even kayak if weather and ice conditions permit.
Days 10 & 11 – At sea towards Iceland:
Possibly the most dramatic coast outside of Antarctica, the Blosseville is guarded by Greenland’s highest mountains and steepest fjords – and a belt of pack ice which before global warming would keep out any adventurous sailor for years. Recent warmer summers and much less ice enables ice strengthened vessels to venture along the coast. As you do so, look out for stunning wildlife, abandoned Inuit settlements and landscapes of another world.
On the final afternoon, you will set course for Iceland and its capital of Reykjavík.
Day 12 – Disembark in Reykjavík:
Arrive in Reykjavík and disembark the ship, farewelling the crew and your fellow travellers. Enjoy the city before your flight home, or perhaps extend your stay for a few more days exploring locally.
NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only. Each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expeditionary cruise.
About The Ship
- Choice of 8 cabins and suite categories
- Dedicated single cabins
- Multiple observation decks for spotting wildlife
- Chef-prepared meals and dining room with unreserved seating
- Fleet of 20 zodiacs
- Zodiac cruising, hiking and snowshoeing all included
- Polar library stocked with a large collection of polar books, and games
- Gym, lecture theatre, and polar boutique
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $5200
Single Supplement And Child Policy
For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement in a twin cabin is 1.7 times the cost of a single berth. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.
At date of embarkation, the minimum age restriction of 8 years and a minimum height and weight requirement of 64lbs or 29kg and 48” or 1.2m must be met.
- All excursions and activities by zodiac
- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodation during the voyage on full board basis
- All shore excursions and zodiac activities
- Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
- Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
- Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites
- Flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation
- Any additional services before and after your voyage
- Transfers not specific to the itinerary
- Travel insurance
- Optional adventure activities
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
- Airport arrival or departure taxes Items of a personal nature: laundry, beverages, etc
- Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
- Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gifts, drinks)