Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Total of 17 days exploring - Svalbard (10 days) & Greenland (7 days)
- A totally unique voyage in both duration and breadth
- We love this small 54-passenger ship for its ease of logistics
- Kayaking, snorkelling & scuba diving (additional cost for each)
- Complimentary parka jacket + post trip voyage journal
Day 1: Longyearbyen
Enjoy a tour of Longyearbyen upon arrival, before boarding the ship and setting sail along breathtaking Isfjorden, featuring dramatic bird cliffs, sweeping glaciers and gorgeous mountain ranges.
Days 2-3: Spitsbergen's West Coast
Awake as the ship sails along Spitsbergen's west coast and its outstanding aqua-blue ice cliffs. The nutrient-rich Gulf Stream provides us with relatively mild temperatures, a delight for Atlantic puffins and Brunnich's guillemots that have settled on these cliffs. Embark on a thrilling tundra hike, keep an eye out for reindeer and Arctic fox and gaze at the majestic glaciers from the Zodiacs. Explore the remains of the 350-year-old Dutch whaling settlement.
Days 4-6: Spitsbergen's Northwest Coast
Continue the adventure along Spitsbergen's northwest coast into the Arctic Ocean, whales, pack ice and maybe even polar bears keep us on alert. As the ship continues and turns south into Woodfjorden, search for ringed, bearded and harp seals and keep an eye out for fascinating walrus haul outs on the beaches. With almost 24-hour daylight, enjoy tundra walks and take the time to observe at the microflora. Depending on ice conditions, you may cross latitude 80 degrees north - a cause for celebration.
Days 7-8: Hinlopen Strait
Air and sea temperatures start lowering due to the frigid Arctic currents around Spitsbergen's northeast, creating a landscape eroded by severe frost. Even at summer time, there's a chance pack ice could bar the way, but the Russian crew and expedition team ensure you reach the highlights of the European Arctic. You'll attempt to sail through the narrow Hinlopen Strait, where you'll Zodiac cruise along the busy bird cliffs of Alkefjellt as well as walk along the east coast's polar desert, filled with stunted glaciers and exposed fossil fields.
Days 9-10: South Cape or Hornsund
Ice conditions and weather changes dictate our expedition plans. You may be able to reach South Cape and head north toward Hornsund and Bellsund, two magnificent deep fjords boasting superb glaciers and wildlife. In case ice stops you, the crew will change the itinerary and you'll spend more time exploring the jewels of Spitsbergen's north and west coasts.
Day 11: Isfjorden & Longyearbyen
A midnight cruise of Isfjorden returns you to Longyearbyen, where you'll enjoy a day dog sledding around Spitsbergen interior before setting off again this afternoon on the next leg of your Arctic adventure.
Day 12-13: Spitsbergen/Greenland Sea
As you head back north, enjoy the last moments in Spitsbergen. Cruise past calving glaciers and land ashore to learn about the area's rich history and observe Spitsbergen's fascinating wildlife.
(Note: as this expedition is a combination of two itineraries, these days may stop at some places already visited on the voyage's first leg.)
Day 14-15: Greenland Sea
As the ship sails across the Greenland Sea, search for fin whales, pack ice and sea birds. The expert naturalists and guest lecturers provide you with great interpretation of the Arctic's flora and fauna as well as early explorers' epic adventures through illustrated talks.
Days 16-18: Greenland
When going to Greenland for the first time, seeing ice is often an awe-inspiring moment. Even in summer time, bays and inlets can still be frozen. However the experienced Captain and team of expedition experts know alternative options to keep you busy with exploration! In Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, enjoy walks across the tundra as you visit old trapper's huts and observe musk ox, Arctic fox and eider ducks; spend some time admiring the stunning hanging gardens of Kap Humboldt; Kong Oskar Fjord provides gorgeous glacier-carved mountains as a delightful backdrop.
Days 19-21: Scoresby Sund
Reach Scoresby Sund, the world's largest fjord. The huge Greenland icecap continuously sweeps down gigantic glaciers, making it the birth place 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.
Days 22: Romer Fjord
Keep watch for musk ox and narwhals as you sail along the breathtaking mountains of the Blosseville Coast, before the attempt to cruise through Romer Fjord.
Days 23: Denmark Strait
Continue on with your Arctic adventure and cruise across Denmark Strait on your way to Iceland. Take time to reflect on your various experiences, gaze at northern fulmars and black-backed gulls, and spot dolphins and whales from the ship's bow.
Days 24: Reykjavik
We dock in Iceland early this morning; after breakfast, there is a group transfer to downtown Reykjavik or the airport to carry one with your further travel arrangements..
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.
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in AUD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $16200
Optional Adventure Activities
Sea Kayaking (GBP 1230-1260) - basic abilities required, all departures
Rock Climbing (GBP 550) - experienced climbers, outings in Greenland, only on 17-Aug-2019 and 9-Aug-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.
- 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 services before & 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. gift shop)