SPITSBERGEN – GREENLAND – ICELAND  

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15 DAYS

ITINERARY SUMMARY
Day Place Highlights
Day 1 Longyearbyen Transfer from airport, overnight hotel
Day 2-3 Explore Svalbard Polar bears, bird life, beautiful landscapes
Day 4-5 Across the Greenland Sea On board presentations, sea birds, whales
Days 6-11
East Greenland Fjords, Glaciers
Days 12 Denmark Strait On board presentations, sea birds, whales
Day 13-15 Iceland Ísafjörður, Snæfellsnes, Reykjavík

Day 1 Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen Spitsbergen Svalbard
Overview:

Longyearbyen is the capital of Svalbard, a Norwegian territory. After arriving you will have time to explore the Svalbard Museum, look around the shops and try out a restaurant in the town centre. You will spend a night in a hotel in Longyearbyen.

Day 2 Embarkation in Longyearbyen

In the afternoon you will be welcomed on board the Sea Spirit where you will settle into your cabin and meet the expedition team and fellow travellers. Admire the beautiful mountains as the ship leaves port and off to explore Spitsbergen.

Days 3 Ny Alesund – Spitsbergen

Polar bear and cub Spitsbergen
Overview:

The ship will head northwest where you will witness some impressive scenery where jagged mountains flank deep fjords and narrow channels. Enormous glaciers carve into turquoise waters and icebergs choke the waterways. Here you will also find some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing. Keep a look out for polar bears, arctic fox, reindeer and seabirds.

Days 4-5 Greenland Sea

At Sea

From Spitsbergen head southwest toward East Greenland across the Greenland Sea. The ship may encounter sea ice along the way which sometimes offers sightings of polar bears and seals. You may see breaching whales along the way and seabirds. If the nights are dark enough you may see the aurora borealis.

Days 6-11 Exploring East Greenland

Greenlands Fjords

As you explore East Greenland you will be in awe of the huge mountains, incredible glaciers and picturesque fjords. Visit Scoresby Sund, the largest fjord system in the world as well as Kaiser Franz Joseph and Kong Oscar Fjord system. There will be many opportunities to go hiking and on Zodiac cruises.

Visit ancient Thule archaeological sites, historical trappers’ huts and modern Inuit hunters’ cabins. You will stop at Ittoqqortoormiit, the only permanent settlement in the region. Here you will meet locals, visit the museum and see the sled dogs.

Please keep in mind the itinerary is weather dependent but you will be privy to incredible scenery wherever the ship takes you.

Day 12 Denmark Strait 

Head towards Iceland across the Denmark Strait. Along the way there will be presentations and workshops conducted by the expedition leaders. Seabirds and whales will often be sighted so be ready to head out on deck with your camera.

Day 13-15 Iceland

West Iceland Snæfellsnes

Once the ship reaches Iceland you will visit Ísafjörður, Snæfellsnes and then disembark at Reykjavík.

 

Ísafjörður is located in the Westfjords and is filled with culture and charm. The town contains the largest collection of old timber fram houses constructed in the 18th century and in the folk museum is the oldest house in Iceland built in 1974.

 

Snæfellsnes volcano and Kirkjufell mountain are the iconic features of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. The local fishing villages are full of culture and history.

 

When the ship reaches Reykjavik the voyage comes to an end. After breakfast on the final day bid farewell to your expedition team and you can either take the transfer to the airport or to the centre of town if you choose to stay in Iceland  to explore for a bit longer. Reykjavik is a beautiful city with many lovely restaurants. You may wish to visit the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir and the tectonic plate boundary where North America and Europe are pulling away from each other.

To book this cruise contact us on 1300 784 794 or email: contact@arctictravelcentre.com.au

We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.