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Iceland & Greenland - Northern Lights Explore

Iceland & Greenland - Northern Lights 14 Days aboard World Explorer

Prices From £5,900pp
13 nights
Saturday 19 SEP, 2020
Friday 2 OCT, 2020

Iceland & Greenland - Northern Lights 14 Days aboard World Explorer

Take your chance to discover the Arctic under the Northern Lights on this fantastic expedition to Iceland and East Greenland. You will sail around spectacular fjords and dramatic landscapes on a search for iconic Arctic wildlife and unforgettable experiences. See the world’s largest fjord system, experience Inuit culture and visit ancient Thule sites, Zodiac cruise around majestic icebergs and towering bird cliffs and immerse yourself in all that this remarkable part of the world has to offer. Travelling at the perfect time of year to experience the incredible spectacle of the Aurora Borealis, your chances of seeing the Lights are great, but of course can not be guaranteed. And whether Mother Nature is kind enough to offer up this show of twinkling skies or not, you can be assured of an unforgettable adventure that will live long in the memory.

Toni Hart

Namibia Birding and Photography Guide

An 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 >

Andy Pollard

Wildlife Guide & Photographer

Andy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >

Chris Coe

Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awards

A fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >

Jenny Luxton

Falklands Expert & Guide

Born 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 >

Highlights

  • Great chances to see the Northern Lights!
  • Discover Iceland’s enchanting Vestfjords region
  • See the world’s largest fjord system in Eastern Greenland
  • Great wildlife observation opportunities including muskoxen, whales and maybe even Polar bears
  • Abundant birdlife
  • Incredible scenery at every turn
  • Visits to ancient Thule sites and Inuit communities
  • Exciting Zodiac excursions, hikes and shore visits
  • Kayaking options available (fee applies)

What's Included

  • Group transfers to and from ship
  • Full board accommodation on board ship
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Reykjavik pre-voyage
  • Programme of expert lectures
  • Guided Zodiac excursions
  • Expedition parka
  • Loan of rubber boots
Simon Rowland
Simon Rowland
Arctic Specialist

Speak to someone who’s been to Arctic. Start planning your tailor-made trip by calling one of our friendly destination specialists on 0800 195 3385 or 44 1625 581143 for outside the UK.

ITINERARY

13 Nights   14 Days

Itinerary Summary

  • Days 1 - 2 | Reykjavik
  • Day 3 | Westfjords, Iceland
  • Day 4 | At Sea
  • Days 5 - 12 | Eastern Greenland
  • Days 13 - 14 | At Sea & Reykjavik
Reykjavik
1 - 2Days

Reykjavik

Your Arctic expedition will begin in the Icelandic capital city of Reykjavik where after arriving independently you can make your way to your hotel for your included overnight stay. You may wish to arrive a couple of days early to allow more time to sample some of this vibrant city’s many delights.

On the morning of day 2 you will join the transfer to the port board your ship and settle in to your comfortable surroundings. As we set sail you will get fantastic views of Reykjavik’s surrounding landscapes. Your experienced expedition crew will brief you on what’s ahead as you embark on your Arctic adventure.

Westfjords, Iceland
3Day

Westfjords, Iceland

The first stop on our Arctic cruise will see us discover rugged peninsula of the rarely visited Vestfjords (Westfjords). The dramatic scenery here of the land meeting the sea surrounded by towering cliffs, mountains and fjords will be sure to delight. Scenic photo opportunities are endless here and if weather conditions allow we will hope to enjoy a Zodiac cruise along the impressive Látrabjarg, Europe’s largest bird cliff. The birding enthusiasts among us will hope for sightings of the guillemots, razorbills and puffins that frequent the area in huge numbers along with numerous other seabirds.

We will also hope to visit the quaint island of Flatey to see its famous church and a replica of Iceland’s largest medieval manuscript.

At Sea
4Day

At Sea

Today will be spent at sea sailing across the Denmark Strait towards Greenland. Take the time to relax and enjoy the comforts of your expedition ship, watch a movie, sip on a cocktail from the bar or simply take advantage of the chance to put your feet up before the adventures that lie ahead. You can join interesting presentations and talks about the wildlife, geology and history of the Arctic, whilst on deck the nature experts onboard can help you to identify the seabirds and whales that may be following the ship.

In the evening, as with every night on this specially timed Arctic cruise, we will hope for clear skies and the chance to spot the incredible Aurora Borealis dancing in the night skies.

Eastern Greenland
5 - 12Days

Eastern Greenland

Sailing into spectacular Scoresby Sund, the birthplace of many icebergs and the longest fjord system in the world, you will experience the unique beauty of this remarkable area. Enjoying daily Zodiac excursions, you will visit several locations on Greenland’s remote eastern coast, exploring the remains of ancient Thule settlements and keeping an eye out for grazing muskoxen - 40% of the world’s muskoxen population lives here!

With a flexible itinerary for our time here, places we may visit include Frederiksdal and Sydkap where you can enjoy tranquil walks along the beautiful tundra, Røde Øya for an exciting Zodiac cruise around the sky-blue icebergs set against striking red sandstone cliffs, Kong Oscar Fjord, Botanikerbugt and the often ice-choked Ella Øya. We also hope to enjoy a visit to the remote community of Ittoqqortoormiit to learn all about the traditional way of life here and will keep our eyes peeled for more polar bear observation opportunities.

After a long day of excursions, each evening will bring another opportunity for viewing the spectacular Northern Lights!

At Sea & Reykjavik
13 - 14Days

At Sea & Reykjavik

Leaving the magnificent wonders of Greenland behind, your last day at sea will be the perfect opportunity to relax and reflect on all that you will have experienced over the last 2 weeks. Sip an icy cocktail in the bar, spend some time on deck spotting more seabirds and whales, take the time to collate the countless photos you will have no doubt taken on your voyage or join the last of your informative and entertaining presentations and talks on all things Arctic.

On the morning of day 14 your arrival back in the port in Reykjavik will sadly signal the end of your journey. After disembarkation a transfer will be provided to the airport or to a downtown location should you be extending your stay here in this unique capital city. Various tours and excursions are available in Reykjavik so please feel free to ask for advice and options for extending your trip.

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Ann Macleod, Scotland Sarah & David, Portsmouth James and Pamela Chapman, Halifax Geoff & Magda, Adelaide, Australia Ann & Paul, East Grinstead, Sussex Chris Janner, Manchester Gavin Burnett Stirling, United Kingdom Chris Pye, North Wales Chris Pye, North Wales Chris Conlan, Manchester, UK Boyan Todorov, Holland Karen Worton, Suffolk,UK Malcolm Green , UK Malcolm Green , UK Frances Hadfield, East Sussex, UK Mike Unwin, Brighton, UK Christine Matthews, London, UK Jan Broderick, Northumberland
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
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.
What a great trip! Wildfoot built a great trip for us and every aspect was spot on. Our Iguazu guide was fun, interesting and helpful and all the transfers were timely and comfortable. The Antarctica Trip was superb - WIldfoot had given us the best advice and helped us choose the right ship and tour for what we wanted - A truly memorable Experience Thank You Wildfoot

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Speak to someone who’s been to Arctic. Start planning your tailor-made trip by calling one of our friendly destination specialists on 0800 195 3385 or 44 1625 581143 for outside the UK.