Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland Fly & Sail - Antarctic Cruise

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This 19-day expedition takes you on a journey to some of the most remote and beautiful places in the Arctic. You'll fly from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, to Constable Pynt, Northeast Greenland, and then sail back to Longyearbyen, stopping at a variety of islands and destinations along the way.

You'll visit historical sites like the remains of a 17th-century English whaling station and a 20th-century Norwegian trapper's hut. You'll also have the opportunity to observe a variety of Arctic wildlife, including polar bears, musk oxen, Arctic foxes, and seabirds.

And of course, you'll have plenty of time to hike through the stunning landscapes of Spitsbergen and Northeast Greenland. You'll see towering mountains, glaciers, icebergs, and tundra.

19 Day Artic Itinerary

Day 1: Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen is the administrative centre of Spitsbergen - the largest of the Svalbard islands. This former mining city is a fascinating place to stroll around. The parish church and Svalbard Museum are both interesting attractions. The landscape may appear barren, but it is home to more than 100 species of plants. Early evening, the ship leaves Isfjorden. You might see the first minke of the voyage. The evening sail is to Trygghamna where the remains of an 18th century Pomor hunting and whaling station from the 17th century are visible.

Day 2: Trygghamna & Alkhornet

You can walk from Trygghamna to Alkhornet. This is a seabird cliff that the birds use for scouting breeding sites. You can often see Arctic foxes below the cliffs. If there is not much snow, you might also be able to observe reindeer feeding on lush vegetation.

Day 3: Fuglefjorden, Svitjodbreen, Birgerbukta & Raudfjorden

As you sail through Fuglefjorden, Svitjodbreen or Birgerbukta are visible. These two areas serve as breeding grounds for the great skuas and also provide a good opportunity to spot a polar-bear. Raudfjorden is located on the northern coast of Spitsbergen and offers a great place to view the glaciers. The area is also home to a variety of seals including ringed, bearded, and seabird colonies, as well as the occasional beluga and polar bear.

Day 4, 5, 6 & 7: Greenland

We continue our journey towards east Greenland. Conditions permitting, you may see the edge of sea ice on east Greenland flashing ahead. Watch out for migrating birds and whales.

Day 8: Foster Bay & Myggbukta

It is best to arrive at Myggbukta late in the afternoon or early evening after sailing into Foster Bay. The old hunters' hut, where Norwegian trappers used to hunt for Arctic fox and polar bear in the early 20th century is now surrounded by vast tundra, populated with musk-oxen. Geese float the lakes.

Day 9: Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord

As you sail along the Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord enjoying its high mountains and bright icebergs, it is a truly spectacular sight. You reach Teufelsschloss in the evening, which is a mountainous area that forms part of the Eleonora Bay Supergroup. This sedimentary rock was formed between 950 and 610 million year ago at a depth up to 16 kilometers (10 miles). The scenery will be dominated by this rusty red multi-layered geology.

Day 10: Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord

You can spot Arctic hares and musk-oxen if you land at Blomsterbugten. Noah Lake has a large population of great northern divers and their children. There are also many hiking options. You will then venture further into Kaiser Franz Joseph Fjord and find shelter at Renbugten. As you pass through the narrow fjord, giant icebergs will greet you.

Day 11: Renbugten

Renbugten is the destination for today. We are looking to find musk-oxen, and Arctic Hares. After lunch, you will head to the east and enjoy the views of ancient sedimentary rocks in the Antarctic Sound. Arrive at Maria Island by nightfall.

Day 12: Menander Oer

The landing is near Menander Oer. This area offers a variety of walking options.

Day 13: Antarctic Havn

Continue east and you will land at Antarctic Havn. Spend the afternoon exploring this vast valley where you will see herds of musk-oxen. The sparse foliage is a golden color at this time of the year. You guide might be able tell you more about the geopolitics played here between Norway and Denmark in the 1930s.

Day 14: Scoresby Sund

Scoresby Sund is the world's largest fjord network.

Day 15: Danmark Island

You will reach Scoresbysund today, after sailing the Volquart Boons Kyst. Enjoy a Zodiac ride past one of these glacier faces, as well as a stop at the basalt columns or ice formations on Vikingebugt. Danmark Island is the afternoon destination, and you will find remnants of an Inuit village abandoned 200 years ago. Summer houses are indicated by the circular stone tents, and winter houses near a small cape. These sites have been well-preserved, including easily identifiable entrances and bear-proof food caches. Grave sites also remain. You will sail through the afternoon along the eastern side of Milne Land, passing a few scattered icebergs.

Day 16: Sydkap & Nordvestfjord

You arrive near Sydkap where Arctic Hares can be seen. During lunch, you catch a glimpse at the entrance of Nordvestfjord, in Scoresbysund. You will see colossal, 100-meter high icebergs. Some are over a mile long and 328-feet tall. The fjord only measures 400 metres (1,312 ft) deep, so most of the icebergs have been grounded.

Day 17: Ittoqqortoormiit

You will be landing in Hurry Inlet on the tundra today. Ittoqqortoormiit is the biggest settlement of Scoresbysund with about 500 inhabitants. You can purchase stamps at the post-office for your postcards or stroll through the town to view the seals, musk oxen and sled dog skins drying. Afternoon sails south past the beautiful landscapes along the Blosseville Coast.

Day 18: Jameson Land

You stop in the morning on the southern coast of Jameson Land at a small lagoon, near Kap Stewart. The waders, geese and collared lesmmings are gathering here for the autumn migration. You can also take a stroll in Hurry Inlet near the fjord's head and one of its rivers. You can also climb the J.P. Koch Fjeld mountain near Hareelv. Scientists found fossils in this area that link fish to amphibians from the Lower Cretaceous Period. Spend the night at Constable Pynt.

Day 19: Constable Pynt

The adventure must end. Constable Pynt is your last landing. You fly to Keflavik by chartered aircraft, bringing with you memories of your adventure.

Itinerary Map

Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland Fly & Sail

19 Day Artic Itinerary Includes

  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • Free use snowshoes
  • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia.
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

19 Day Artic Itinerary Does not Include

  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post- land arrangements.
  • ​Transfers to the vessel in Ushuaia and Ascension and from the vessel in Ascension and Praia; passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore.
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

19 Day Artic Itinerary Highlights

  • Observe a variety of Arctic wildlife, including polar bears, musk oxen, Arctic foxes, and seabirds
  • Hike through stunning landscapes, including towering mountains, glaciers, icebergs, and tundra
  • Fly and sail from Spitsbergen to Northeast Greenland, two of the most remote and beautiful places in the Arctic
  • Visit historical sites such as the remains of a 17th-century English whaling station and a 20th-century Norwegian trapper's hut

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 18 Dinners
  • 19 Lunches
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19 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.
Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland Fly & Sail
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