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
Landmarks visited on High Arctic Explorer: Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland
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
- Her unique X-BOW design isn’t only eye-catching, the practical benefits are a smoother ride for passengers and lower fuel consumption, which is good for us all
- Even with a capacity 120 passengers the large, highly experienced expedition team of 15 - 18 people will deliver a very personalised experience for all on board
- Choose from 5 well-appointed cabin categories, 80% of which have balconies, which is rare on polar ships
- The combination of a small number of passengers and multiple zodiac loading decks means great chance of spontaneity and faster zodiac logistics
- Optional kayaking is always popular, while this is one of only a few ships to also offer scuba diving and polar snorkelling
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.
Please note: the 26 July 2020 departure is 1 day longer than all other voyages (15 days) and days 2 & 3 are spent at sea.
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in AUD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $12000
Optional Adventure Activities:
Sea Kayaking (AUS $1520) - basic abilities required, all departures
Rock Climbing (AUS $1520) - experienced climbers, outings in Greenland, only on 30-Aug-2021 departure
Polar Diving (AUS $1520) - available to experienced dry-suit divers, only on 30-Aug-2021 departure
Polar Snorkelling (AUS $780) - available on 30-Aug-2021 departure
Stand-up Paddleboarding (AUS $670) - available on 30-Aug-2021 departure
Single Supplement And 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.
- 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 & 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