From icy fjords to the Northern Lights, there’s no shortage of natural wonders on this Arctic expedition.
An Arctic expedition through East Greenland and Iceland is the perfect opportunity to mix nature and culture. From the spectacular icebergs of Scoresbysund, often touted as the world’s most beautiful fjords in the world, to the largest bird cliff in Europe, which is cluttered with cute puffins and other seabirds, there’s something to satisfy every outdoors-y type. And then, the surprising culture and history of this remote region – from meeting the Inuit people and learning about their way of life to the quaint island of Flatey where you can visit a church sporting a mural of Jesus in a classic Icelandic sweater.
Witness inspiring vistas of mountains, fjords and towering cliffs of the Westfjords.
Sail through the icebergs of Scoresbysund, arguably the most beautiful fjord system on the planet.
Explore the remains of ancient Thule settlements in Frederiksdal and Sydkap.
Keep an eye out for the Northern Lights in Ittoqqortoormiit.
As you’d expect, temperatures in the Arctic are very cold. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing. Please see the Essential Trip Information for further important details about what to bring.
Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships also have a lot of stairs.
The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area.
This trip takes places during the time of year that Spitsbergen enjoys 24-hour daylight. Just one of the benefits of this is that incredible wildlife can be seen at any time of the day – be prepared to be woken at any time so as to not miss out on exciting animal sightings.
Polar bears are one of the most incredible and appealing animals on the planet, but they are also powerful predators with little fear of humans. Therefore, it’s necessary to be aware of the guidelines surrounding any contact with Polar bears. Follow your leader’s instructions and do not stray from your group.
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20% of the full voyage cost (before any discount). The balance is due 120 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 120 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 119 days and departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a Polar voyage.
Kayaking is available to book on all Arctic voyages (except the North Pole). This must be booked prior to departure and incurs an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking. To participate in kayaking, previous, recent experience is essential. In addition, there are other included optional activities offered on some voyages such as hiking. This activity does not need to be booked in advance and no additional cost applies.
Your voyage is operated by our sister company, Quark Expeditions. All accommodation and transfer arrangements as listed in the itinerary are also operated by Quark Expeditions or their local representatives.
INCREASED HEALTH SCREENING MEASURES APPLY TO THIS TRIP
All customers must be fully vaccinated to join this trip and you will be required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
You will need to arrive with a negative PCR test administered within 3 days prior to day Day1 (the day you arrive at your hotel)
Quark Expeditions will also conduct an additional test on day 1 (the day prior to embarkation). We recommend you arrive between 10am-4pm on Day 1 of the itinerary as this is when Quark Expeditions testing teams are scheduled to be available at your joining point hotel.
If you are arriving late on day one and are unable to be tested by Quark at the hotel you will be required to obtain your own PCR test from a local testing facility in the gateway city and bring the covid test result with you to show Quark staff. Contact your sales agent if you need assistance booking a covid test in a gateway city.
Customers will be required to complete a health questionnaire upon arrival.
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