Spitsbergen, East Greenland and Iceland Itinerary

    • 14
    • BQMT
    • Total price tool tip
      CHF FR7,540
      ZAR R80,055
      NZD $10,425
      GBP £5,165
      EUR €5,900
      AUD $8,795
      CAD $8,465
      USD $7,995
    • Polar, Wildlife
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Colourful houses of Longyearbyen

arctic reindeer

Longyearbyen Church

Arctic seal

Day 1 Embarkation in Longyearbyen

Climb aboard at Longyearbyen, the largest settlement on Spitsbergen. Get your first taste of the Arctic as you witness spectacular views of snow-topped mountains and clear, icy waters.

Days 2-5 Spitsbergen

A trove of natural beauty awaits in Spitsbergen and its outlying islands. The mammoth Monaco Glacier is a surreal sight to behold, and hiking among the colourful wildflowers of the 14th of July Glacier provides an other-worldly experience. With plenty of chances for hiking, snowshoeing and zodiac cruising, as well as ample opportunities for wildlife spotting and landscape gawking, exploring Spitsbergen can be as active or as slow-paced as you see fit. At Smeerenburg, examine old blubber ovens and other remnants of whaling expeditions, including a historic memorial. Head out to the rocky beaches of Torellneset and Phippsoya to see lumbering walruses laze about on the shores. Keep an eye out for Svalbard reindeer grazing along the coastlines. And try to spot polar bears in action – the ice sheets of Phippsoya and Isbukta are some of their favourite hunting spots. Note that weather and ice conditions are highly changeable, so much of the itinerary will be adapted to suit the conditions of each day.

Days 6-7 Greenland Sea

As the ship soars through the icy waters of the Greenland Sea, spend some time relaxing with your fellow travellers. Share a few drinks in the lounge, scout for seabirds from the deck and learn about the wildlife and history of Greenland – your next stop.

Days 8-12 Eastern Greenland

Refuel energy levels on Greenland’s remote eastern coast. The Inuit settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit provides a unique glimpse of the past. The locals live off the land just as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago. Hike the tundra of Greenland National Park, where herds of musk oxen and Arctic fox roam free, or watch for whales in the distant sea. Then sail through the spectacular Scoresbysund, the world’s largest fjord system, and be mesmerised by the massive icebergs jutting high out of the water.

Day 13 Denmark Strait

The voyage continues towards Iceland, along the Denmark Strait. Relax and rest your feet while learning from the expedition team about all the incredible things you have seen.

Day 14 Akureyri/Reykjavik

The adventure ends at the port of Akureyri, a bustling town at the head of a striking fjord. From here, fly to Reykjavik for an overnight stay in Iceland’s capital, a city famous for its energetic night-life, eclectic music scene and Viking history.