Iceland to Jan Mayen & Spitsbergen
Iceland to Jan Mayen & Spitsbergen 12 Days aboard MS Spitsbergen
A unique voyage designed to showcase some of the Arctic’s finest highlights. Sailing from Reykjavik to Longyearbyen this itinerary gives you the opportunity to visit a variety of islands, towns and settlements in some of Iceland’s most remote areas where abundant birdlife, spectacular views and interesting geological sites combine, before cruising to Jan Mayen, one of the most isolated islands in the world, to discover its unique geology. Your trip is then rounded off with a thrilling 3 day exploration of the spectacular Arctic wilderness of north Spitsbergen where polar bears and other enchanting Arctic wildlife roam amongst some of the world’s most majestic scenery.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
- Discover Iceland, Jan Mayen and Spitsbergen in one exciting itinerary
- Excellent chances of encountering Arctic wildlife including polar bears and walrus
- Myriad birds
- Visit some of the most remote areas in the world
- Thrilling small boat cruises and explorations
- Experience spectacular scenery with majestic fjords, glaciers and icebergs
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Economy flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo
- Transfers in Longyearbyen
- Wind and water-resistant jacket
- Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
- Professional English-speaking Expedition team that provide lectures as well as accompanying landings and activities
- Free tea and coffee
ITINERARY11 Nights 12 Days
- Day 1 | Reykjavik
- Day 2 | Stykkishólmur & Flatey
- Day 3 | Bjargtangar / Latrabjarg Peninsula
- Day 4 | Ísafjörður
- Day 5 | Hornbjarg Cliff and Reykjafjörður
- Day 6 | At Sea
- Day 7 | Jan Mayen
- Day 8 | At Sea
- Days 9 - 11 | Northwest Spitsbergen
- Day 12 | Longyearbyen to Oslo
Your Arctic cruise will begin in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik where your expedition vessel will be waiting for you. You may wish to arrive a day or 2 early to spend some time exploring this charming and vibrant modern city which offers top restaurants, interesting museums and quirky narrow streets. Embarkation will begin in the afternoon and as you settle in to your cabin and explore your new surroundings we will set sail for Stykkishólmur.
Stykkishólmur & Flatey
Welcome to West Iceland, otherwise known as “The Sagaland”, where we will find a spectacularly diverse landscape of lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanic activity and hot and cold springs. We will spend a day exploring here including the town of Stykkishólmur where you can enjoy a gentle stroll through the town or join an optional kayaking, horse riding or hiking excursion to explore more of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. On these excursions you can expect to see the Snæfellsjökull glacier as well as the area’s volcanic craters, black sandy beaches, bird cliffs and spectacular mountains. After an exploration of Stykkishólmur we will take a visit to uninhabited Flatey Island to take a stroll around the scenic village where time appears to stand still, and to see the bountiful colourful puffins that make their home here.
Bjargtangar / Latrabjarg Peninsula
Today we reach the Westfjords, Europe’s westernmost point and one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets. Here we will sail around the tip of the Látrabjarg peninsula to see the Bjargtangar lighthouse and the famous Látrabjarg cliffs. This is an excellent spot for birding with millions of birds of different species creating a hive of activity. From deck we may be able to see razorbills, puffins, northern gannets and guillemots amongst much more.
Today we arrive at the exceptionally scenic natural harbour of Ísafjörður, which is spectacularly flanked on all sides by majestic mountains and is home to the oldest houses in Iceland. Here you can enjoy a wide range of optional excursions including horseback tours and walks through the hills to follow in the footsteps of the trolls. Alternatively you can enjoy a gentle stroll through the area to see the architecture, visit the Maritime Museum or browse the variety of local handicrafts on offer.
Hornbjarg Cliff and Reykjafjörður
This stop will be one for the birders amongst us as we visit the Hornbjarg cliff, one of the greatest sea bird habitats in Iceland. Exploring by small boat we will attempt a landing here to take a hike to get a closer look and see the hundreds of thousands of seabirds that reside here including brünnich and common guillemots, razor bills, fulmars and kittiwakes.
In the afternoon we will cruise to Reykjafjörður to discover this equally stunning area. Here we expect to use the small boats to make a landing for a walk along the pebbly beach to see the shorebirds and beautiful spring flowers.
As we leave mystical Iceland behind we will spend a day at Sea sailing towards Jan Mayen. Whilst at sea you can choose to attend one of the informative and entertaining lectures and talks from your onboard experts covering everything from the wildlife and geology of the area to the history of polar exploration. We also recommend spending some time on deck looking out for seabirds and marine wildlife, or simply relax in the comfort of your ship and recharge for your next adventure.
Today we will reach one of the most isolated places in the world, the unique settlement of Jan Mayen. This volcanic island lies in the middle of the North Atlantic and is home to just 14 people, with visits from tourists exceptionally rare. We will attempt to make a landing here to discover the island’s unique landscape which is dominated by Beerenberg, the northernmost active volcano on earth.
As we sail further north towards Svalbard you will notice a distinct drop in air temperatures as we sail even further into Arctic territory. Your entertaining and informative lecture and presentation programme will continue, along with safety and bio-environmental briefings for your landings in Spitsbergen, and some time on deck should result in multiple seabird sightings.
As we arrive in the pristine wilderness of Svalbard the landscapes will astound and the wildlife will impress as we explore along the beautiful North West corner of Spitsbergen, an exceptionally scenic area scattered with islands, fjords and beaches, and a constantly changing frozen landscape. As with all Arctic expeditions our itinerary will be flexible, with your captain constantly monitoring the weather and ice conditions to establish the best routes to take to make the most of your time here and get the very best wildlife and scenic experiences. Throughout your time here we hope to make multiple landings to bring you up close to what this remarkable area has to offer and one of the highlights will be a visit to Kongsfjorden. Kongsfjorden is considered one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, framed by stunning mountain formations, and we hope to go on shore here to visit the former mining settlement of Ny-Ålesund.
We also hope to see the huge Monaco Glacier in Liefdefjord where we will take a Zodiac (small boat) cruise around the area. In the Magdalenafjorden and Gravneset areas we hope to offer the chance for guests to earn their Arctic Swimming Certificate as they take a dip in the frigid Arctic waters. Exciting hiking and kayaking excursions will also be offered as we take advantage of every minute here.
Throughout our time here there will be good chances of observing Polar bears, but like most things in a true wilderness, there are no absolute guarantees. Within the Svalbard archipelago there are over 3000 polar bears, probably the largest concentration on Earth, and they are often spotted on this itinerary, though we will need luck on our side to get a close-range encounter.
Longyearbyen to Oslo
Arrival in to the port of Longyearbyen signals the end of our Arctic adventure and sadly it will be time to bid a fond farewell to our expedition team and fellow passengers. After disembarkation you will be transferred to the airport to join your included flight to Oslo. Longyearbyen is the gateway to countless Arctic excursions so should you wish to stay on here for more adventures please feel free to contact us for more details.
What Our Customers
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We have just returned from our Spitsbergen trip with Wildfoot and had to tell you what an amazing time we had! We saw 6 polar bears including a mother with 2 cubs as well as whales, walruses and lots of birds. The ship (Expedition) was really comfortable and the guides were so helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for making it all so easy.
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
We had always wanted to see the Arctic and travelling all the way from Australia needed lots of information. After getting nowhere, we came across Wildfoot and found people who knew what they were talking about! Sara and John were so helpful and made the process easy, suggesting Iceland Greenland and Spitsbergen. This was perfect for us – amazing scenery and lots of wildlife, especially the polar bears in Spitsbergen. Thanks for everything. Ps, the ship was great too!
Just wanted to say thank you for suggesting a trip to Franz Josef Land as something different for the Arctic. We had a super trip and really enjoyed the Sea Spirit. Galapagos next!
Standing on the North Pole has been an ambition of mine since childhood and now I have done it! Thank you for making the process so easy - seeing polar bears and whales too was a real bonus.
The Sea Spirit expedition was excellent and the team organising it all were extremely good. 10 out of 10. Everything went very smoothly. The Iceland extension worked perfectly, all the organisation, connections etc. were excellent
The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
Thanks so much for enabling me to get to places I had always wanted to see from a very young age. “Ace” as my boys used to say!
Just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you very much for all your help in arranging our recent trip to Svalbard. Everything ran smoothly and the trip was a great success. Unfortunately I had to flew back a few days early and missed out on Isfjord Radio, which the rest of the team said was a brilliant place with amazing food, still the Basecamp Hotel and Nordenskiold Lodge were pretty amazing places, so I’m not complaining!
Writing back to tell you that the trip to the Arctic was all that it promised and more. It was a great wild-life sightseeing opportunity and the staff were really good.I had an excellent trip and have thousands of photos to go through.
I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful cruise in the Russian Far East. The landscape and destination were inspiring, we had some excellent wildlife sightings (sea otter, grey whale, Steller's sea eagle, snowy owl and Arctic fox were all firsts for me), and the Heritage team were superb. Rough seas forced a few changes to the itinerary but we also had some fabulous weather. All in all, a thrilling travel experience.Thanks once again for all your efforts
I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.
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