Destination: Arctic Cruises
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Greenland, Iceland and Spitsbergen—visit all three Arctic islands on a single adventure! We'll cruise fjords and scenic waterways keeping an eye out for iconic Arctic wildlife including polar bears, walrus, reindeer and whales.Contact us about this trip Share
• Offer good through June 30, 2013
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Luxury Expeditions Ships
Embark in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, either August 9, 2012 or September 4, 2012. The August 22, 2012 departure embarks in Reykjavik. This itinerary reflects embarkation in Reykjavik. The itinerary will be operated in reverse when embarking in Longyearbyen.
Named long ago for Irishmen (Westmen) enslaved by the medieval Norse-Gaels, this small archipelago is one of Iceland's gems. Here you'll learn of the area's fascinating history and famed volcanic geology while touring the town of Heimaey. There's also a good chance you'll spot large colonies of puffins on one of the outlying islands.
Sail through the Denmark Strait en route to Greenland's mysterious eastern shore. Your onboard Expedition Team keeps you informed and entertained with presentations about area wildlife—especially the seabirds you'll see soaring above your ship.
During your tour of Greenland's remote eastern coast, you'll enjoy sea-level Zodiac cruises and shore visits to several locations. Sail the ice edge searching for walrus and polar bear. Visit the remains of ancient Thule settlements, and keep an eye out for grazing musk oxen, because 40% of the world's population of this fascinating mammal lives on the east coast of Greenland. Finally, sail through spectacular Scoresbysund, birthplace of many icebergs, and—some say—the most beautiful fjord system in the world.
While sailing the historic Greenland Sea, you'll learn about the wildlife and history of Spitsbergen, your next stop. On deck you'll learn to identify seabirds on the wing. Share photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar—watch a movie—there are many things to do at sea.
Largest of the Norwegian-ruled Svalbard islands, Spitsbergen is famed for its abundant wildlife and austere beauty. Here you'll visit spectacular glacier fronts, steep-walled fjords and the tiny international research community of Ny Alesund. Wildlife-viewing opportunities include walrus, polar bear and the unique Spitsbergen reindeer. Birders will thrill to see Arctic Terns, skuas, Long-tailed Ducks, kittiwakes and Glaucous Gulls. As an added bonus, when conditions are right, you could sail within 10° of the North Pole!
If you board the ship in Reykjavik, you will disembark in Longyearbyen. If you embark in Longyearbyen, you will disembark in Reykjavik.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of expedition cruising, itineraries are subject to change due to weather, ice conditions, natural and cultural events, wildlife viewing opportunities and other logistical considerations. In general, a ship's crew will endeavor to complete the itinerary provided, but the ultimate decision lies with the ship's captain and expedition leaders.