Spitsbergen to East Greenland Cruise

from £6099
excluding flights *
12–14, 18, 23 nights Jul-Sep

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.

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

Longyearbyen is the largest community in the Svalbard Islands, and well worth exploring before you board your ship this afternoon.

Days 2-3: Exploring Spitsbergen

Spend a couple of days exploring Spitsbergen’s northwest coast, which features calving icebergs, historic whaling stations and remote 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. Weather permitting you may board the Zodiacs for fantastic views of spectacular glaciers, and look out 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 your expedition team will entertain you with fascinating presentations on the wildlife and history of the Arctic. Keep an eye out for fin whales, encroaching sea ice and seabirds as you go.

Days 6-12: Northeast Greenland & Scoresby Sund

An ice cap covers 81 per cent of Greenland and pack ice may fill the northern bays, even in summer. Ashore, cosy trappers’ huts beckon from across the tundra, where musk ox, Arctic hare and eider ducks roam. Lively cascades at Kap Humboldt provide a microclimate for spectacular hanging gardens whilst Kong Oskar Fjord offers spectacular glacier-carved mountains. In Scoresby Sund, the world's biggest fjord system, massive glaciers calve explosively, creating giant icebergs. Near Rode Island, the Zodiacs may be able to weave through a maze of grounded icebergs, some more than 30 metres high, sculpted with deep green tunnels and aquamarine lakes. There may also be time to enjoy a warm Inuit welcome at Ittoqqortoormiit.

Days 13-14: Denmark Strait to Reykjavik, Iceland

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

Day 15: Disembarkation, Reykjavik

Shortly after breakfast, disembark in Reykjavik.

Notes

  • 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!
  • The above sample itinerary is based on the 15-day voyage on the G Expedition. Other departures may vary in duration and routing, please contact us for specific details.

Ocean Adventurer

Antarctica

Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

An attractive ice-strengthened vessel, the Ocean Adventurer features plenty of outside deck space making this a great choice for a polar adventure.

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Polar Pioneer

Antarctica

Grade: Simple

Type: Expedition Ship

One of our smallest ships, the Polar Pioneer offers traditional expedition voyaging with a range of optional adventure activities.  

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Sea Spirit

Antarctica

Grade: Superior

Type: Expedition Ship

This all-suite vessel couples adventure with spacious accommodation and a friendly atmosphere.

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G Expedition

Antarctica

Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

The ever-popular G Expedition offers spacious and comfortable accommodation at an affordable price.

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M/V Plancius

Antarctica

Grade: Simple

Type: Expedition Ship

The M/V Plancius is a traditional ex-research vessel, with proven experience in icy waters.

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M/V Hondius

Antarctica

Grade: Superior

Type: Expedition Ship

New for 2019, the M/V Hondius is one of the strongest vessels of its category 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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