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Sailing amid an awe inspiring scenery of fjords and glaciers you pass by the world’s largest national park and see the birthplace of Greenland’s giant icebergs.

With a few days to explore Spitsbergen, the largest island in Svalbard, you may reach as far as 81˚ North and visit the walrus sanctuary at Moffen Island, where these tusked creatures are often seen hauled out on shore or swimming in the protected waters.

The stunning Monaco Glacier and 14th of July Glacier lie on your route, and there is an opportunity to land at one of the world’s northernmost settlements, the research station at Ny Alesund.

A typical Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland itinerary is shown below, however we offer a choice of itineraries, expedition vessels and cabin types to suit your requirements.

Typical itinerary

  1. Day 1: Embark Longyearbyen

    Embark and sail down Isfjorden, flanked by bird cliffs, vast glaciers and jagged mountains.

  2. Days 2-3 : Sail up Spitsbergen’s west coast

    Spitsbergen's northwest coast features calving icebergs, historic whaling stations and trappers' camps. Reindeer roam the tundra, and from zodiacs you will gain fantastic views of ice cliffs, including Monacobreen, one of Spitsbergen's largest glaciers. In the north, there's a good chance of seeing walrus - and possibly even polar bears - on the pack ice.

  3. Days 4-5 : Cross the Greenland Sea

    Cross the Greenland Sea, searching for fin and beluga whales. If conditions permit, land on Greenland's northeast coast - this region is home to polar bear, walrus, Arctic hare and musk ox.

  4. Days 6-10 : Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord and Scoresby Sund

    If ice conditions permit, visit Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord and Kong Oskar Fjords, and Scoresbysund, the world's biggest fjord - see vast glaciers and icebergs, some 30 metres high.

  5. Days 11-12 : Explore the east coast of Greenland

    Sail south along the Blosseville Coast, searching for musk ox and narwhals.

  6. Day 13: Cross Denmark Strait towards Iceland

    Sail across Denmark Strait towards Iceland; spot northern fulmars, black-backed gulls, dolphins and orcas.

  7. Day 14: Disembark at Isafjordur or Akureyri, Iceland, and fly or drive to Reykjavik

    Depending on which vessel is booked, you will disembark at Isafjordur and take a flight to Reykjavik, or disembark at Akureyri and transfer by road (approximately 6 hours) to  Reykjavik.

You should note: Exact itinerary and duration will depend on your chosen vessel, departure date and local conditions.

Key info

  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 13-14 days from £6,345 pp
  • Group size: Varies according to vessel
  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Departures: Please contact us for departure date details.
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Accommodation in twin-share cabin
    • All meals on board ship
    • Guided shore excursions
Featured locations:

Spitsbergen

High above the Arctic Circle lies the remarkable archipelago known in Norwegian as Svalbard. Spitsbergen, the main island, means “jagged peaks” and befits this remarkable land with its spectacular coastline, littered with glaciers flowing into the sea, and high cliffs with endless opportunities for viewing wildlife.

  • Ideal for viewing: Arctic tern, bearded seal, beluga whale, narwal, polar bear
  • Excellent for: Wildlife cruises, Whale watching, Polar bear watching

North East Greenland National Park

North East Greenland NP is the world’s largest (almost 1m sqkm). Though the park is part of the Greenland Ice Sheet, there are large ice-free areas of green mountains with beautiful wild flowers, long fjords, precipitous cliffs and hot springs. Off shore, huge icebergs in fantastic shapes float on the deep blue sea.

  • Ideal for viewing: bearded seal, musk ox, ringed seal, walrus, polar bear
  • Excellent for: Wildlife cruises, Whale watching
This itinerary is available on the following cruise vessels:

Plancius

The Plancius accommodates a maximum of 114 passengers in cabins ranging from triple to superior, all with outside view and private facilities. She offers a range of itineraries in Antarctica and the Arctic, and the large open deck spaces offer excellent opportunities to watch wildlife.

Polar Pioneer

Small and manoeuvrable, the Polar Pioneer is an ice-strengthened vessel, capable of venturing into remote corners of the world that many larger ships cannot reach. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal, and you will be in the company of an experienced team of expedition experts and crew.