Arctic Highlights 15 daysAboard: MS Expedition
This is a comprehensive Arctic islands expedition taking in the west coast of the beautiful and scenic island of Spitsbergen and the less-visited east coast of Greenland, where the highlight is the spectacular Scoresby Sund, the world's longest fjord system. Then, ending up in Iceland with opportunities to stay on and explore. With time at sea as well, we will always be on the lookout for birds and wildlife and may see polar bears in Spitsbergen, various whales and dolphins, Arctic fox and musk oxen and all sorts of birdlife. An unforgettable experience.
- Land, marine and avian wildlife, including polar bears, whales, musk oxen, etc.
- Scoresby Sund
- Spectacular mountain, glacial and tundra scenery
- Exciting Zodiac excursions
- Historical sites
- Possibility of seeing the Northern Lights
- Photo workshop and shore visits accompanied by expert photographers
- All meals and accommodation on board ship
- Photo workshops with photography expert
- Shore and Zodiac excursions
- Programme of lectures by experts
- Expedition parka
- Loan of rubber boots
- Transfers to ship
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Your exciting Arctic cruise expedition begins today in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Svalbard archipelago. After arriving independently to this unique Arctic town you will be transferred to the port for late afternoon embarkation. After settling in to your comfortable cabin and familiarising yourself with your new surroundings the ship will sail through beautiful Isfjorden and your adventure will begin.
West Coast of Spitsbergen
Exploring the Northwest Spitsbergen National Park, our itinerary over these days is dependent on ice, sea and weather conditions and will be determined on a day by day basis - this is true expedition sailing. Exploring as many remote areas as possible we will visit ice-covered fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery and glaciers and spend time sailing through the ice in search of polar bears hunting seals. At one or more of the stops, we hope to see Arctic fox and Svalbard's unique reindeer, as well as visiting historical sites and learning about the area's distinctive tundra. Enjoying exciting Zodiac excursions you will come up-close to nature in its most impressive form.
Traversing the Greenland Sea towards the Northeast Greenland National Park, keep an eye out on deck for a variety of marine wildlife in the waters below including orca, humpback and minke whales, as well as dolphins. As we sail there will be informative and entertaining lectures and talks provided by your team of onboard experts on everything from the wildlife of the area to historic Arctic exploration. As we approach the eastern coast of Greenland we will attempt to follow the pack ice edge to explore the polar seascape and spot sea mammals and sea birds such as kittiwakes and fulmars.
North East Greenland National Park and Scorsbysund
Heading south along the eastern coast of Greenland we will sail through some of the most spectacular fjord country in the world. You can explore rarely visited glaciers, bays and inlets in the world's largest national park looking out for wildlife such as walruses, seals, musk oxen, foxes, Arctic hares, lemmings, and a variety of birds. Explore in Zodiacs to get a closer look at some of the birdlife and to walk on the tundra.
We also plan to visit the small settlement of Ittorqqortoormiit to see local crafts and Inuit culture.
As we head towards Iceland and the steaming hot springs of Reykjavik, you can continue to enjoy the lecture series while watching the seas for whales. The view is often complemented by soaring fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets, guillemots, and razorbills.
Arrival into Reykjavik signals the end of our Arctic adventure and after breakfast disembarkation will begin at the Midbakki Pier - Port of Reykjavik. The port is within walking distance of downtown and for those who are flying straight home a transfer will be provided to the airport.
A view from Above
The MS Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, all cabins have ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Common areas include 360 degree observation deck, lounge, dining room, library, bar, gift shop, clinic, computer room, gym, sauna, gift shop and mud room. Passengers also have access to rubber boots. The ship has ice-strengthened hull, forward looking sonar and stabilisers.
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