Location: Spitsbergen (Arctic Norway)
Destination: Spitsbergen Cruises
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Cruise around spectacular mountains, fjords, glaciers and icebergs while watching for polar bears, walrus, seals and seabirds. From Svalbard, visit Greenland’s Scoresby Sund – the largest and longest fjord in the world. And in Iceland, experience the drama of black lava land and yellow sand beaches.Contact us about this trip Share
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Day 1: Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Fly from Oslo to Longyearbyen and embark on your cruise. Meet the Expedition Team, have a Zodiac briefing, and settle into the luxury of your Silversea ship.
Days 2-6: Cruise & Explore Svalbard
Exploring this vast, expansive archipelago is exciting; in this pristine environment there are rugged mountains, deep fjords, impressive glaciers, massive ice sheets and icebergs of all sizes. Expect to see Arctic fox or bearded seal, the favorite food of polar bears, and hopefully many of the 3,000 polar bears living there! We hope to visit steep cliffs with thousands of little auks (seabirds), a Polish station or ruins of whaling stations, a place where walrus come up on shore, and the 12-mile wide Bellsund fjord.
Days 7-8: Cruising the Greenland Sea
Time on the ship can be spent watching for seabirds and whales, as well as attending lectures on a variety of topics.
Days 9-12: Scoresby Sund, Greenland
Scoresby Sund is the largest and longest fjord in the world, and 3 days will be spent exploring it. It was charted in 1822 by Arctic whaler and explorer William Scoresby. Keep a lookout for pink-footed geese, whooper swans, puffin, kittiwake, fulmar and terns.
Day 13: Crossing the Denmark Strait
Watch for whales and seabirds out at sea, and enjoy the fine library and other special amenities onboard.
Day 14: Grundarfjordur, Iceland
We will anchor off the rugged Snaefellsnes Peninsula at the port of Grundarfjordur. Here we’ll see the waterfalls, lava caves, glaciers and hot springs that make the area famous, and travel the dramatic coastline to the ice cap (Snaefellsjokull). This rocky place was the scenery for Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Passing the cliffs of Londrangar, we will visit the tiny fishing village of Arnarstapi where there is an abundance of birds. Experience the extremes of black lava surrounding the yellow sand beach at Budir, and head over The Old Hag’s Pass to The Holy Mount at Helgafell. This is a spiritual place where local guides share stories of heroines. Briefly visit charming Stykkisholmur before leaving the area.
Day 15: Reykjavik, Iceland
After a delicious breakfast onboard, disembark the Silver Explorer.
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.