High Arctic Explorer: Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland

Beginning in Svalbard before arcing westwards across the Greenland Sea and then down East Greenland’s long coastline to finish in Iceland, this is an audacious Arctic journey of startling diversity and contrast. Spectacular landscapes, towering glaciers and once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters will all vie for the highlights list.

14 Days

$7,168

High Arctic Explorer: Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland - 14 - $7,168

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 9 full days - Svalbard (2 days) & East Greenland (7 days)
  • The best of both world’s - great wildlife & incredible scenery
  • Only 54 people = speedy zodiac operations and a convivial onboard atmosphere
  • Photography workshops (complimentary) & kayaking (additional cost)
  • Complimentary parka jacket + post trip voyage journal

Start from Longyearbyen and end at Reykjavik

Landmarks visited on High Arctic Explorer: Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Longyearbyen

Board the ship in the late afternoon and sail down magnificent Isfjorden.


Days 2-3: Monaco Glacier

Spitsbergen's northwest coast features calving icebergs, historic whaling stations and trappers' camps. Brunnich's guillemots, little auks and kittiwakes nest in their thousands. Reindeer roam tundra dotted with wildflowers like saxifrage, moss campion and bell-heather. Zodiac to gain fantastic views of ice cliffs, including Monacobreen, one of Spitsbergen's largest glaciers. In the north, look for walrus and possibly polar bears.


Days 4-5: 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, Andr?e 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 6-8 - 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 9-11: Scoresby Sund

Reach Scoresby Sund, the world's largest fjord. The huge Greenland icecap continuously sweeps down gigantic glaciers, making it the birthplace for some of the world's largest icebergs! The Zodiacs take you through an incredible maze of icebergs, as you head to the shores for some exciting tundra hikes, and a visit to Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the rare villages of the East Greenland coast.


Day 12: Blosseville Coast and Romerfjord

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, you head for Romer Fjord, a deep waterway with stunning mountain views.


Day 13: Denmark Strait

Sail across Denmark Strait, reflecting on the rich experiences and enjoying the antics of northern fulmars, black-backed gulls, dolphins, orcas and other whales.


Day 14: Reykjavik

Arrive early morning. After breakfast, bid farewell to the ship's crew before your coach transfer downtown or the airport.


NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only as 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

  • With only 54 guests, it's one of our smallest ships
  • Speedy logistics = up to 3 landings a day
  • Time saving flights on some departures
  • High 1A ice class + active stabilisers
  • Optional kayaking 
  • Rubber boots are provided on loan
Alex Mudd

I've known this ship for many years now and she remains a firm favourite with a loyal following.

Alex Mudd General Manager

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.

Triple
Shared Twin
Private Twin
Mini Suite
Suite
August 2018
6-Aug-2018 $7,038 $7,820 Full Full Full
19-Aug-2018 Full $7,820 Full Full Full
August 2019
4-Aug-2019 Full* $8,601 Full Full Full
17-Aug-2019 $7,168* Full Full Full $13,163
July 2020
26-Jul-2020 Full Full Full Full Full

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in GBP (£) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost £5500

Optional Adventure Activities

Sea Kayaking ( GBP 760)  - basic abilities required, all departures

Rock Climbing (GBP 550) - experienced climbers, outings in Greenland, only on 4-Aug-2019, 17-Aug-2019 and 26-Jul-2020 departures. 


Single Supplement & Child Policy

There is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin. For those who want their own cabin, the single supplement in a twin cabin is 1.7 times the cost of sharing with another passenger.


Includes

  • 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

Excludes

  • Flights to & from points of embarkation/disembarkation
  • Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
  • Transfers not specific to the itinerary
  • Optional adventure activities (e.g. kayaking)
  • Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. laundry & beverages)
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage

Questions about this Voyage?