Spitsbergen & East Greenland to Iceland 14 daysAboard: Sea Spirit
Join this fantastic Arctic cruise and visit three Arctic islands in one voyage. Your journey will start in Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago and the best place to observe arctic wildlife like reindeer, walrus and hopefully even Polar bears! You will then cross the Greenland Sea to explore the world's largest and most beautiful fjord system, Scorsebysund in East Greenland. After a brief exploration of northwest Iceland, your thrilling expedition will come to an end in the capital of Iceland – Reykjavik.
Various departures available. Mentioned activities may not be applicable to all departure dates. Please enquire for full rates and dates. 2023 itineraries will begin in Oslo, with an overnight stay in Oslo and flight to Longyearbyen included.
- Polar bears and other fascinating wildlife
- Myriad birdlife
- Visit three classic Arctic region islands
- Spectacular scenery at every turn
- Good chances of seeing the Northern Lights
- Exploration of the world's largest fjord system
- Photo workshops
- Kayaking options available
- One night's hotel pre-voyage in Longyearbyen (or Oslo)
- Flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen (2023 departures)
- Group transfers to and from ship
- Full board accommodation on ship
- All zodiac landings and excursions
- Programme of lectures by expert guides
- Expedition parka
- Loan of rubber boots
- All port fees
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Your adventure will begin in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Svalbard archipelago. You are invited to arrive at a time that is convenient to you and spend the day exploring this remote settlement. Accommodation tonight is included as part of your package.
Please note: 2023 departures will begin in Oslo. An overnight stay in Oslo and a flight to Longyearbyen on day 2 will be included. Please enquire for full details.
This morning you will have some time to explore this unique Arctic town at your leisure. You could visit the excellent Svalbard museum, take a walk round the cafes and shops or enjoy a hike nearby. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the port to board the luxury polar vessel M/v Sea Spirit. Make yourself comfortable in your new surroundings as your ship sails into the wilderness through Isfjorden. Spectacular scenery abounds and with virtually 24 hour daylight at this time of year, we can already be on the lookout for marine mammals.
As we make our way through the awe-inspiring landscapes of Spitsbergen, Svalbard's largest island, this is where your true High Arctic wilderness experience begins. The spectacular fjords, coasts, and islands in the western part of Svalbard are a haven for wildlife and your ship will traverse through these lands in search of the polar bears, Arctic fox, reindeer, walrus, a variety of whales and an abundance of birds that call these lands their home.
This is a true expedition style cruise and as such the route taken will be heavily dependent on ice and weather conditions. Your experienced captain and expedition leaders will decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be assured that the best possible advantage will be taken to explore as much of this wild and remote corner of the Arctic as possible.
Throughout your time here you will experience some of the archipelago’s most impressive scenery and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Deep fjords and narrow channels are flanked by jagged snowy mountain peaks and immense tidewater glaciers calve icebergs into turquoise waters.
Your days will be filled with exciting Zodiac excursions and land visits, and as well as the scenery and wildlife there should also be time to discover some of the rich history and geological features of the area including the historical remnants of whaling camps, coal mining operations, trappers’ cabins, staging areas for historic attempts to discover the North Pole, and even an abandoned polar research station.
We will now spend two relaxing days at sea sailing towards the eastern coast of Greenland. As we sail you can enjoy the lecture and presentation programme that will be delivered throughout by your expert expedition team. Enjoy some time relaxing in the comfort of your luxury Polar vessel and keep an eye out on deck for sightings of whales, seals, seabirds and maybe even polar bears. At this time of year there are good chances of spotting the natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights as we sail!
Scoresby Sund is the world's longest fjord system and contains some of the Arctic region's most impressive scenery with deep, narrow channels and icy peaks, where icebergs calve off glaciers and drift in the waters towards the sea. Our exploration here is sure to be an experience to remember!
In this region, there are fields of tundra where we hope to spot musk oxen and Arctic hare. Here too are ancient Thule archaeological sites, old trappers' huts and modern Inuit hunters' cabins.
We plan to visit Ittoqqortoormiit, the only permanent settlement in the region for an opportunity to mix with the locals and get an insight into their lifestyles.
Your days in Greenland will be filled with exciting Zodiac and land excursions as well as the opportunity to join a kayaking tour through the icy waters of these unique and remarkable lands. Each night brings new possibilities for incredible displays of Aurora Borealis — the Northern Lights. This is the perfect time of year and one of the best places in the world to experience this enthralling phenomenon.
After a fantastic time in Scoresby Sund your expedition ship will set course across the Denmark Strait towards Iceland. Spend time on the panoramic decks looking out for the seabirds following the ship and even more whale sightings. Nightfall may bring another opportunity to enjoy the Northern Lights.
As our voyage nears its end there’s time for one last adventure as today we get a sample of some of Iceland’s incredible charms on a visit to the Westfjords region. The stunning landscape in this remote and quiet part of Iceland is characterised by beautiful waterfalls, fringed coastlines and rugged mountains, which offer fantastic photo opportunities from the ship. We will also be on the lookout for seals, whales and abundant birdlife in the fjords and estuaries of the region. In the evening we will sail on towards Reykjavik.
Arrival into Reykjavík, Iceland's vibrant capital, signals the end of our journey and after breakfast it will be time to say farewell. A transfer will be provided to the international airport or to a downtown location should you wish to extend your stay here to experience more of this beautiful city. From Reykjavík the entire country is accessible through day tours or longer journeys by rental car. The options for additional adventures are endless! Should you need any advice or tour extensions please feel free to ask one of our team when booking your voyage.
A view from Above
Sea Spirit is a high-quality purpose-built Antarctica expedition ship with en-suite accommodation for up to 114 passengers. Recently refurbished, all suites and cabins have windows, satellite phone access, flat-screen TV and DVD player and king size or twin beds and a number also have private balconies. There is a passenger lift, spacious dining room, lounge, Polar library, bar, shop, gym and hot tub. The ship has plenty of open deck space and an open bridge policy. A 10mb communications access card is included in every voyage.
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