Arctic Complete – Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland - Antarctic Cruise

Arctic Complete – Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland | Greg Mortimer | Antarctica Tours Arctic Complete – Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland | Greg Mortimer | Antarctica Tours

Combine "Jewels of the Arctic" with "Svalbard Odyssey" for a comprehensive exploration of the European Arctic's western side. Departing from Reykjavik, embark on a journey to Svalbard, where you'll search for whales, observe polar bears, and encounter walruses on pack ice. Explore the enchanting East Greenland with its vibrant icebergs and delve into Scoresbysund, the world's largest fjord system. Marvel at the colorful patterns in sandstone rocks, visit remarkable Palaeolithic sites, and have opportunities to encounter musk oxen and arctic hares.

24 Day Artic Itinerary

Day 1: Reykjavik

After arriving in Reykjavik, a representative will meet you and transfer you to the group hotel. Upon reaching the hotel, visit the hospitality desk to collect luggage cabin tags and get information from the ground operations team regarding pre-embarkation details, dining options, cash withdrawal, or last-minute shopping. The rest of the day is free, and all meals are at your own expense.

Accommodation: Fosshotel Reykjavik (or similar)

Day 2: Embarkation Day

In the morning, your luggage will be picked up from the hotel, sanitized, and transferred to the port for clearance, ensuring it reaches your cabin upon boarding. Make sure your luggage has cabin tags with your name and cabin number. Keep valuables with you. After checking out, embark on a Golden Circle excursion to explore Iceland's diverse landscapes. Later, transfer to the port for embarkation, attend safety briefings, and enjoy the Welcome Dinner with fellow expeditioners, the Expedition Team, and crew to kick off the adventure.

Day 3: Greenland

Sailing through the Denmark Strait toward Greenland, keep an eye out for whale blows and seabirds trailing the ship in the constant winds. Attend informative presentations in the lecture theatre covering topics like seabirds, wildlife, and ice, or take the opportunity to rest after active travel days.

Day 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10: East Greenland

In the upcoming days, we have a range of options to explore the east coast of Greenland, adapting to ice and weather conditions. The experienced Expedition Team will tailor the voyage for the best use of weather, ice conditions, and wildlife opportunities, including up to two landings or Zodiac excursions daily. Prepare for an icy experience as East Greenland showcases stunning scenery, with deep fjords, narrow channels, towering ice-clad peaks, and glaciers birthing colossal icebergs. The tundra landscape hosts musk oxen, arctic hares, and reindeer, while ancient Thule archaeological sites and Inuit villages, like Ittoqqortoormiit, offer cultural highlights. Explore Scoresbysund, the world's largest fjord system, rich in wildlife, and attempt to enter Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord for rare exploration. Enjoy hikes, sea kayaking, and the chance to spot polar bears, narwhals, and more in this Arctic wonderland.

Day 11 & 12: Greenland Sea

During the upcoming two days at sea, delight in engaging and informative lectures from the knowledgeable Expedition Team, featuring insights from naturalists and historians, as we approach the southeast coast of Svalbard.

Day 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23: Svalbard

In the next 10 days, the Expedition Team will adapt the itinerary daily, considering weather, sea-ice conditions, and wildlife possibilities in Svalbard's Arctic wilderness. Witness stunning fjords, majestic mountains, and a polar desert rich in fossils. Encounter walrus on sea ice or beaches, explore colorful tundra, visit cliffs teeming with nesting birds, and hope for unforgettable sightings of polar bears on pack ice. Optional activities like kayaking and the polar plunge are available, weather permitting, providing unique and memorable experiences.

Day 24: Longyearbyen

In the early morning, return to Longyearbyen and bid farewell to the Expedition Team upon disembarkation. Enjoy some free time before transferring to the airport for the next leg of your journey.

Note: Flights departing before 12:00 pm on the day of disembarkation are not recommended due to potential delays at the conclusion of the voyage.

Itinerary Map

Arctic Complete – Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland

24 Day Artic Itinerary Highlights

  • Sail through Spitsbergen's sheltered fjords.
  • Listen to Greenland's ice "sing" with pops and cracks.
  • Venture near 80° north for polar bear sightings on pack ice.
  • Enjoy diverse terrains: ice caps, tundra, polar desert, and alpine ranges.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 23 Dinners
  • 24 Lunches
Uummannaq | Greenland | Icebergs
 | Falkland | Orca
 | Cierva Cove | Leopard Seal

24 Day Artic cruise activities

Sea Kayaking
Under full instruction from your sea kayaking guide, experience true tranquillity as you paddle through clinking ice floes and realise the enormity of the surrounding scenery. Look out for breaching whales, lounging seals and penguins zipping alongside your kayak. Some experience is required.
Ice Camping
Camp out on the ice and experience the silence which blankets the continent by night. This is your chance to completely connect with this ethereal ice world – wrap up warm and embrace the Antarctic elements.
Get a spring in your step when you slip on a pair of snowshoes in Antarctica. Enabling you to easily scale gentle slopes, this unique activity allows you to access hard to reach places and seek out the most impressive views.
Learn to capture wildlife and landscape shots in a small group photography program, including critiquing sessions and editing classes. Plus, Explorer Boat excursions with a dedicated photography expert on landings.
Explorer Boats
Achieve the best views and photographs from a forward facing Explorer Boats. They allow you to sit comfortably and securely while crackling through the ice-strewn waters. Look out for wildlife such as penguins, seals and whales as you cruise.
It doesn’t get more serene than complimentary yoga classes to the tune of glacial scenery. Join the most unique exercise setting in the world after a day of exploration. Classes are regular but are dependent on weather conditions and swell.
Arctic Complete – Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland
24 Days

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