Spitsbergen to East Greenland Cruise

from £4987
excluding flights *
12–23 nights Sep, Jul-Aug

Overview

Three Arctic Islands in one memorable voyage! Covering many miles of extraordinary coastline, encounter wildlife such as narwhal, arctic fox, polar bear and musk oxen as you visit Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland.

Highlights

  • Encounter the majestic ice bear and colossal walrus
  • Observe seabirds by the thousands in towering cliff-side rookeries
  • Take in breathtaking flower-dotted tundra plains
  • Visit the largest fjord in the world
  • Witness glaciers, gigantic icebergs and rugged mountains
  • See remnants of Inuit settlements

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Shore landings & Zodiac cruises
  • Experienced Expedition Team
  • Presentations on board

Full description

This is the Arctic of Viking lore and legend - a world of icy fjords, fiery volcanoes and glittering, ice-bound seas. Commencing in Spitsbergen and ending in Iceland, this adventurous voyage focuses on the rugged and seldom visited northeast coast of Greenland.

Towards the end of the summer, as the surrounding pack ice breaks up, access to the most remote and very beautiful parts of East Greenland becomes possible. Even in today's age of receding last frontiers, this region sees few visitors. Though traces of former Inuit settlements are widespread, today just a handful of small hunting and fishing communities are found along the entire coast. In a place where man's impact has been so minimal, nature lies virtually undisturbed.

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Prices & Dates *

Offers

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

2018 Departures - prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp) Availability
27 Jul 2018 + 13 days Ocean Adventurer £7,304
27 Jul 2018 24 days Polar Pioneer £9,975 Limited Availability!
06 Aug 2018 14 days Polar Pioneer £5,700 Limited Availability!
19 Aug 2018 * 14 days Polar Pioneer £5,700 Limited Availability!
31 Aug 2018 15 days Sea Spirit £8,035 Limited Availability!
02 Sep 2018 15 days MS Expedition £4,987** Limited Availability!
05 Sep 2018 14 days M/V Plancius £6,359 Limited Availability!

Please contact us for details of quad, triple, single and superior cabins.

* This departure operates in reverse, from Reykjavik to Longyearbyen
+ This departure is a combination of an Around Spitsbergen and Spitsbergen to East Greenland voyage
** Special price – only available when booking voyage in conjunction with flights

Activity Key:
Kayaking

2019 Departures

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp)
25 Jul 2019+ 24 days Polar Pioneer £10,700
04 Aug 2019 13 days Ocean Adventurer £7,700
04 Aug 2019 14 days Polar Pioneer £6,600
17 Aug 2019**+ 24 days Polar Pioneer £10,700
17 Aug 2019** 14 days Polar Pioneer £6,600
01 Sep 2019 15 days G Expedition £6,099
02 Sep 2019 14 days MV Plancius £6,909
04 Sep 2019 14 days MV Hondius £6,909
06 Aug 2019 19 days SV Rembrandt van Rijn £6,182

** This departure operates in reverse, from Reykjavik to Longyearbyen
+ This departure is a combination of an Around Spitsbergen and Spitsbergen to East Greenland voyage

Activity Key:
Kayaking

Kayaking taster session

Climbing

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

NOTES

  • Expedition jackets are NOT provided on the Rembrandt Van Rijn, Plancius or Hondius. On all other ships you will be provided with an expedition jacket to keep.
  • Rubber boots are NOT provided on the Rembrandt van Rijn. On all other ships you will be provided with a pair of boots for the duration of the voyage.

Please contact us for full details and to discuss the options best for you.

Itinerary & Vessels

Itinerary & Vessels

Day 1: Embarkation Longyearbyen

At approx. 2,075 inhabitants, Longyearbyen is the largest community in the Svalbard Islands. Embarkation is in the early afternoon.

Days 2-3: Exploring Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen’s northwest coast features calving icebergs, historic whaling stations and trappers’ camps. Brunnich’s guillemots, little auks and kittiwakes nest in their thousands. Reindeer roam tundra dotted with wildflowers like saxifrage, moss campion and bell-heather. Board the Zodiacs to gain fantastic views of ice cliffs, including Monacobreen, one of Spitsbergen’s largest glaciers. In the north, look for walruses and polar bears as they walk and swim between the fractured pack ice.

Days 4-5: Greenland Sea

While sailing the historic Greenland Sea you'll learn about the Arctic's wildlife and history. On deck you'll learn to identify seabirds on the wing. Share photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar and keep an eye out for the fins and tails of the local whales - there are many things to do at sea.

Days 6-8: North-eastern Greenland

An ice cap covers 81 per cent of Greenland and pack ice, even in summer, may fill the northern bays. Ashore, cosy trappers’ huts beckon from across the tundra, where musk ox, Arctic hare and eider ducks roam in Kejser Franz Josef Fjord. Lively cascades at Kap Humboldt provide a microclimate for spectacular hanging gardens. Kong Oskar Fjord offers spectacular glacier-carved mountains.

Day 9-11: Scoresby Sund

In Scoresby Sund, the world's biggest fjord system, massive glaciers calve explosively, creating giant icebergs. Near Rode Island, the Zodiacs weave through a maze of grounded icebergs, some more than 30 metres high, sculpted with deep green tunnels and aquamarine lakes. Enjoy a warm Ittoqqortoormiit welcome from Inuit happy to share their culture. The kayakers will often find ideal paddling conditions, winding their way through interconnected waterways, watching for polar bears and narwhals.

Day 12: Blosseville Coast

Sail south along the Blosseville Coast, search for musk ox and narwhals and marvel at the mountain scenery that dominates the skyline. If weather permits, head for Rømer Fjord, a deep waterway with stunning mountain views.

Day 13: Denmark Strait

Sail across Denmark Strait, reflecting on your rich experiences and enjoying the antics of northern fulmars, black-backed gulls, dolphins, orcas and other whales.

Day 14: Disembark in Keflavik

Arrive early morning in Keflavik. After breakfast, bid farewell to the crew before your coach transfer to Reykjavik.

Notes

Important Reminder: All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions!

Ocean Adventurer

Antarctica

Type: Expedition Ship

This attractive ice-strengthened vessel is a comfortable base for its 132 passengers.

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Polar Pioneer

Antarctica

Type: Expedition Ship

Our smallest ship, Polar Pioneer offers traditional expedition voyaging, exploring areas that large vessels cannot access. Originally built as an ice-strengthened research vessel, the ship offers simple but comfortable accommodation.

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Sea Spirit

Antarctica

Type: Expedition Ship

This all suite vessel couples adventure with supreme comfort and style. Carrying 114 passengers it is one of the most spacious and luxurious expedition vessels currently operating.

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G Expedition

Antarctica

Type: Expedition Ship

This eye-catching ship is Danish-built, offering spacious and comfortable accommodation for up to 132 passengers.

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M/V Plancius

Antarctica

Type: Expedition Ship

This ship was completely rebuilt as a 116-passenger vessel in 2009.

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M/V Hondius

Antarctica

Type: Expedition Ship

The M/V Hondius (due for completion in 2019) is the first vessel built to ‘Polar Class 6’ standard making it the strongest ice-strengthened vessel in the polar regions.

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S/V Rembrandt van Rijn

Type: Sailing Ship

The S/V ‘Rembrandt Van Rijn’ was originally built as a herring lugger in the early 1900s.

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