Iceland to Jan Mayen and Svalbard

What a taste of the Arctic this is! Explore the jagged coastline of Iceland and spot whales on your way to the most northely active volcano. Beerenberg dominates the tiny island of Jan Mayen and makes for a spectacular backdrop as you explore. Look out for whales once more as you reach Svalbard and the focus turns to polar bears.
11 Days

Iceland to Jan Mayen and Svalbard - 11 Days - $4,610

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 2 full days exploring the coast of Iceland
  • 1 full day exploring Jan Mayen
  • 3 full days exploring Svalbard
  • Kayaking option is available for the adventurous
  • Single departure

Start from Reykjavik and end at Longyearbyen

Landmarks potentially visited on Iceland to Jan Mayen and Svalbard

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Reykjavik, Iceland

After making your own way to Reykjavik pier, embark your vessel in the late afternoon.

Days 2 & 3: West and North-West Iceland

One third of Iceland's coastline is in the Westfjords, and the entire peninsula is carved and cut by long fjords. The Westfjords region is home to Latrabjarg; the westernmost point in Europe, and one of the continent's most remarkable seabird breeding cliffs, a delight for birdlovers. It is one of the best places in Iceland to photograph puffins, an opportunity you'll have on a Zodiac cruise, weather permitting.

The small town of Safjarur is the largest town in the Westfjords peninsula, with some 2,600 inhabitants. It is an ancient church site and has been a trading post since the 16th century. The growth of the town was triggered by salt fish production and fishing industry still remains the town's main activity, along with tourism which has grown significantly in recent years.

Nearby Hornstrandir nature reserve is a peninsula accessible only by boat or by foot and inhabited by Arctic foxes, seals, birds and the occasional hiker. There is a planned Zodiac cruise along the shoreline of Hornstrandir nature reserve and attempted landing, subject to approval by the park ranger.

Day 4: At Sea

Cross the Denmark Strait to Jan Mayen island accompanied by sea birds while keeping a look out for whales. Enjoy a presentation from the team of experts, get to know your fellow expeditioners, work out at the gym or treat yourself to a massage in the wellness centre.

Day 5: Jan Mayen

The approach to Jan Mayen is spectacular. The huge Beerenberg volcano (2,277 metres/7,470 feet altitude) is the world's northernmost active volcano, and last erupted in 1985. The northern part of the island is a great place to look for whales and dolphins, and contains impressive glaciers, some of which reach the sea.

If the weather is friendly, the crew will try to land at Kvalrossbukta, a relatively sheltered bay on the island's west coast. This is one of the landings used to supply the weather station Olonkinbyen, situated on the eastern side of the island. The hope is to land on front of the Norwegian station at Olonkinbyen, stopping to visit the weather station before embarking on a three-hour hike (weather permitting) to the other side of the island where your vessel will be waiting for you in Kvalrossbukta, and the trusty Zodiacs will transport you back to the ship.

Days 6-7: At Sea

The sea around Jan Mayen offers excellent whale-watching opportunities (bottlenose, fin, and perhaps bowhead whales in the pack ice). Sail towards Svalbard, searching for the ice edge as you continue north, retracing the route of Dutch explorer Willem Barents who discovered Spitsbergen and the Barents Sea, named after him. It's breeding season for the harp seals and hopefully you'll see them breeding on the sea ice. As you approach Svalbard, all eyes will be focused on spotting polar bears in the pack ice.

Days 8-10: Northern Svalbard & Northwest Corner of Spitsbergen

You will aim to cross 80 degrees North, always on the lookout for polar bears on the pack ice, to reach Moffen Island, famous for its large walrus colony. In the coming days, depending on the weather and sea ice conditions, you may explore sites including the incredibly scenic Kongsfjorden (Kings Bay), a fjord headed by two giant glaciers.

Perhaps spend time ashore to hike on the lush tundra amongst the early summer flowers and observing the remarkable bird cliffs near the 14th July Glacier, where puffins nest between the cracks in the cliffs. Keep watch for polar bears and Arctic fox and feel a sense of history at the 350-year-old remains of a Dutch whaling settlement, Smeerenberg. You may visit Raudfjord which features fascinating geology, glaciers and bird cliffs. A possible hike on Ytre Norskya offers splendid views to the north coast of Spitsbergen and maybe even to the North Pole in clear weather!

Day 11: Longyearbyen

During the early morning cruise into Longyearbyen. Farewell your expedition team and fellow expeditioners as you all continue your onward journeys. Enjoy a town tour of Longyearbyen before a transfer to the airport in the afternoon.

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.

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.

Additional Notes

Optional Adventure Activities

Sea Kayaking (AUD $1,200 per person) – basic ability required

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo who would like 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 64 lbs or 29kg and 48” or 1.2 meters must be met.


  • Half day tour of Longyearbyen upon disembarkation on day 11
  • On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell drinks including a four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises mentioned in the itinerary
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
  • Access to our onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary loan of muck boots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A digital photo book produced with photos and ship logs from your voyage


  • International or domestic flights unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity fees and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (except during dinner), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, Wi-Fi, email, or phone charges.
  • Gratuities for ship crew 

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