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Explore Spitsbergen & Greenland 14 Days aboard MS Expedition

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13 nights
Thursday 19 AUG, 2021
Wednesday 1 SEP, 2021

Explore Spitsbergen & Greenland 14 Days aboard MS Expedition

Step aboard the MS Expedition for an adventure sail into two of the Arctic’s most iconic destinations. Discovering the unspoilt wilderness of both Northeast Greenland and Northwest Spitsbergen in one exciting voyage, you will see unforgettable fjords and glaciers, enjoy thrilling Zodiac cruises, visit unique communities and step foot in the glacial paradise that is the Arctic.

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 >

Doug Allan

Special Guest Lecturer

Exclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >

Highlights

  • Explore around the massive fjord system of the Northeast Greenland National Park and Scoresbysund
  • Visit the Greenlandic community of Ittoqqortoormiit
  • Discover the geology and history of the awe-inspiring Northwest Spitsbergen National Park
  • See fascinating flora and fauna throughout

What's Included

  • 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
  • Road transfers to and from ship
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

  • Day 1 | Longyearbyen - Embarkation
  • Days 2 - 8 | At Sea / Northeast Greenland National Park
  • Day 9 | Ittoqqortoormiit
  • Days 10 - 13 | Greenland Sea to Spitsbergen
  • Day 14 | Longyearbyen - Disembarkation
Longyearbyen - Embarkation
1Day

Longyearbyen - Embarkation

Having made your way independently to the Arctic town of Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Svalbard archipelago, you will be transferred to the port where your expedition ship awaits for late afternoon embarkation.

After settling in to your comfortable cabin and familiarising yourself with the ship, you may wish to spend some time on deck watching as the Spitsbergen coastline fades into the distance and your journey to Greenland begins.

At Sea / Northeast Greenland National Park
2 - 8Days

At Sea / Northeast Greenland National Park

Some enjoyable days at sea, where informative lectures, discussions and photo workshops will keep you entertained, will bring us to the stunning fjord system of Northeast Greenland National Park, the largest National Park in the world. Here we will sail into the winding, iceberg filled fjords of Scoresbysund to enjoy visits to remote bays, inlets and glaciers whilst keeping a lookout for the Arctic wildlife that resides here including whales, seals and numerous Arctic birds such as fulmars and kittiwakes. Enjoying our days surrounded by breath-taking mountain scenery, you will take thrilling Zodiac cruises into the harder to reach bays, enjoy walks across the lush and colourful autumn tundra to search for musk oxen and learn all about the incredible geological features of this unforgettable region.

Sailing through vast fjords and narrow inlets, the photo opportunities here are endless. And with the ever-changing light of Polar sunrises and sunsets blanketing the mountains in lavish colours, your cameras are likely to be just as full as your hearts. On the dark, star-filled nights, there may even be the chance to witness the spectacular natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

Ittoqqortoormiit
9Day

Ittoqqortoormiit

Having spent several days traversing through the magnificent scenery of the far reaches of Greenland’s wilderness, there’s time for one more Greenlandic adventure as we visit the traditional community of Ittoqqortoormiit. Home to only 450 inhabitants, this small and vibrant community will offer you an insight into life this far north. Greenland’s most remote town, Ittoqqortoormiit is characterised by its brightly coloured buildings set amongst a beautiful landscape of mountains and sea. Experience the warm hospitality of the community’s inhabitants and learn about the traditions and ways of life where the locals rely heavily on hunting and fishing. You may get to meet some Greenlandic husky puppies and see the locals driving their dog sleds and snowmobiles.

Greenland Sea to Spitsbergen
10 - 13Days

Greenland Sea to Spitsbergen

Having sailed back across the Greenland Sea, we will now spend some time exploring the equally impressive Northwest Spitsbergen National Park on the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. Blessed with unforgettable scenery, a fascinating history and a rich wildlife population, Spitsbergen is one of the most unique places on the planet. Our Polar vessel will allow us to visit remote and seldom-visited areas on a constant search for wildlife and historical and scenic experiences. Our exact route and itinerary will be dependent on ice, sea and weather conditions and will be determined on a day by day basis - this is true expedition sailing after all.

Exploring a small portion of Spitsbergen’s west coast, we will hope to make numerous stops to search for Svalbard reindeer, Arctic foxes and other fascinating Arctic wildlife. Thrilling Zodiac cruises will bring us up-close to the area’s delights and your expert expedition team will keep you informed along the way about this remarkable region’s geology, wildlife and history.

Longyearbyen - Disembarkation
14Day

Longyearbyen - Disembarkation

As your exciting expedition sadly comes to an end, it will be time to disembark in Longyearbyen and join your transfer back to the airport. We will arrive in Longyearbyen late in the evening of day 13 to allow those with early morning flights to disembark early.

There are countless opportunities in Longyearbyen for further Arctic adventures so please enquire if you would like to extend your stay to discover more of this very special region.

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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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