Day 1: Longyearben, NorwayStay overnight at your hotel. The evening is at your own leisure.
Day 2: Longyearbyen / BarentsburgLongyearbyen is a Norwegian settlement often referred to as the capital of Svalbard. This is a lively small town, situated among fantastic Arctic landscape. After breakfast, enjoy some time to explore Longyearbyen on your own or join an optional excursion of the town and its surroundings. Transfer from the hotel to the pier in the afternoon.
Your first stop is Barentsburg, a Russian settlement with an exotic collection of artifacts and architecture.
Day 3: Kongsfjorden / Northwest Spitsbergen National ParkKongsfjorden or Kings Bay is the largest fjord on the northwest coast of Spitsbergen. At 78º 55’ N, Ny Ålesund is the world’s northernmost permanently inhabited community, where a number of countries run their own national research stations. Activity here is particularly high in the summer. North West Spitsbergen National Park in local slang is called The Northwest Corner. Scattered with islands, fjords and beaches, it has a long history of exploration.
When Willhelm Barentz discovered Svalbard in 1596, this was the land he saw. He named it Spitzbergen, reflecting the sharp and steep mountains in the area. Magdalenefjorden is one of the fjords that we aim to visit. Home to a very important piece of cultural heritage; Magdalenefjorden has a whaling station from the 16th century.
Day 4: At SeaAfter exploring the Spitsbergen shore, set course for the isolated coast of Northeast Greenland. Spend the day crossing the Fram Straight, during which our expedition team will give lectures on interesting subjects connected to this area.
Days 5 - 11: Northeast Greenland National ParkLeave the warmer waters of the Gulf Stream to enter the cold water current that follows the coast of East Greenland. Make your way south, within the boundaries of Northeast Greenland National Park; the largest national park on Earth. The mountains are alpine, the waters are scattered with large icebergs and the valleys are populated with musk oxen. Remember, where there is ice there might be polar bears! Also keep an eye out for Arctic hares, foxes and the elusive Arctic wolf. As for birds, you may encounter the white Greenland falcon, ptarmigan, snowy owl and a variety of sea birds. This voyage will take you to one of the most isolated places on Earth – but aboard one of the most capable specially-built expedition vessels. Expert guides and lecturers will safely guide you on hikes and small boat trips in addition to briefings and lectures on the places you visit.
Day 12: Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresbysund), GreenlandIttoqqortoormiit or Scoresbysund is the most isolated town in Greenland. The trappers living here are the only ones allowed to hunt within the Northeast Greenland National Park. Observe the outside of their houses where they might be drying animal skins and storing their dog-sleds. Be met by local guides and receive a map to explore town on your own and see places of interest which might include the museum, church and photo exhibition.
Day 13: Isafjörður, IcelandSailing across the Denmark Strait to Iceland, arrive at Ísafjörður on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Snæfellsnes is known as “Iceland in a nutshell” due to of the diversity of its landscape; lava and rock formations, glaciers and volcanic activity, and a wealth of bird life. Ísafjörður has a long history as center of commerce and fish trading. Take a stroll in the cozy town with its timber houses built by wealthy foreign traders in the 18th century.
Day 14: Flateyri, IcelandSpend the morning in Flateyri, a trading post and fishing village since 1792 with a lovely beach on the other side of the fjord. Enjoy your surroundings: mountains, water and sand.
Day 15: Grundarfjörður, IcelandGrundarfjörður is considered a place of unusual beauty and is one of very few places in the world where the authorities have provided reserved areas for the “hidden people” or elves!
Day 16: Reykjavik, IcelandReykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city and referred to locally as the “smallest big city on Earth.” In relative close surroundings of the city, you may find glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and mountains. Arrive in the morning hours and disembark the vessel saying goodbye to fellow passengers and crew.
The above itinerary is a guide only, as the exact program depends on weather and ice conditions and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
1 hotel night incl. breakfast and lunch in Longyearbyen before the voyage; transfer from hotel to ship in Longyearbyen; guests in suites may be upgraded to business class on the flight from Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen, depending on availability; onboard cabin accommodations; lectures, shore landings and guides; coffee and tea; suites include a range of additional complimentary amenities such as drinks with meals; wind and water-resistant jacket.
Airfare; travel insurance; luggage handling; passport and visa expenses; optional excursions and gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.