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Four Arctic Islands: Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Greenland & Iceland

18 Days FROM USD 10,995

Overview

This 18-day itinerary introduces you to four unique Arctic regions, as we explore Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen and Greenland, disembarking in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, a city that never sleeps. You will witness spectacular scenery and impressive icebergs, experience traditional Inuit culture and see iconic Arctic wildlife. Spitsbergen abounds with wildlife including polar bears and walrus, and is renowned for its immense beauty. Next stop is the mysterious Jan Mayen, a rarely visited nature reserve north of the Arctic Circle that is rich in birdlife. We then sail to Greenland’s east coast where we explore Scoresbysund, the largest, deepest and one of the world’s most beautiful fjord systems. Here you will visit ancient Thule settlements and remote communities, and encounter musk oxen and maybe Arctic hares. 

Optional Activities : Stand-up Paddle Boarding, Hiking

Trip Code: ACQEFAI

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise

Location: Arctic, Spitsbergen, Greenland

Ship: Ocean Adventurer

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to meet your cruise. Contact us today to discuss. 

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • You will have the unique opportunity to explore Scoresbysund, the worlds largest fjord system. 

  • Encounter the unique wildlife of the Arctic including seals, walrus, musk ox, Arctic fox, hares and the legendary polar bear. 

  • Undertake a true expedition experience, travelling to the most remote corners of the world and leaving with a profound sense of understanding and connection to these pristine and unique landscapes. 

CRUISE ITINERARY

Your arctic adventure begins in Oslo, where you may arrive at any time during Day 1 of your itinerary. Upon arriving in this splendid capital city, known for its green spaces and museums, you will check into your included airport hotel.

Arrive in Oslo, Norway

This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement. As you embark this afternoon, you’ll enjoy great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop for this seaside town.

Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Exploring Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, rewards you with abundant wildlife and austere beauty. Here, you’ll visit spectacular glacier fronts and steep-walled fjords, with walrus, polar bears and Svalbard reindeer amongst your possible wildlife sightings. Birders will be thrilled to see arctic terns, skuas, long-tailed ducks, kittiwakes and ivory gulls. If conditions permit, you could sail within 10 degrees of the North Pole!

Exploring Spitsbergen - Day 3 to 6

While sailing south through the historic Greenland Sea toward Jan Mayen, your Expedition Team will keep you informed with presentations about the storied history and politics of the Arctic, it’s fascinating wildlife, geology, ecology and climate, and the incredible sights you will soon explore. On deck, you’ll learn to identify seabirds “on the wing.” The team will also keep a lookout for the whales that frequent the waters here.

At Sea - Day 7 & 8

North of the Arctic Circle, about 280 miles (450 km) east of Greenland and 340 miles (550 km) north of Iceland, is the mysterious Jan Mayen, deep in the North Atlantic Ocean. Often shrouded in thick fog, the small mountainous island was declared a nature reserve in 2010 and is rarely visited, save for the 18 rotating personnel of the Norwegian military and Norwegian Meteorological Institute, who are the only inhabitants.

Landing here will be dictated by the weather and sea. If conditions allow, as we approach, keep watch on deck as the spoon-shaped island’s highest summit emerges. At 7,470 feet (2,277 meters) high, the breathtaking Beerenberg volcano features a symmetrical cone shape and impressive glaciers that spill into the sea. If we’re fortunate, we may get a close-up view of the volcano and the stratified cliffs of the spectacular north coast as we Zodiac cruise around the island, searching for wildlife. Designated an Important Bird Area by Bird Life International for the large numbers of breeding seabirds, Jan Mayen supports colonies of northern fulmars, little auks, glaucous gulls, kittiwakes, and black and Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres).

Exploring Jan Mayen - Day 9 & 10

Your tour of Scoresbysund—the largest, deepest and, some say, most beautiful multi-armed fjord system in the world—will offer plenty of opportunities to explore ashore or by Zodiac cruise. At one moment you’ll be stepping back in time, exploring the remains of ancient Thule settlements with views of icebergs and towering mountains rising straight out of the sea, and the next you’ll be immersed in contemporary culture, meeting the locals and gaining an appreciation for their way of life in Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland’s most remote community. At the mouth of the sound, this remote settlement boasts a blend of traditional and modern lifestyles and is actually closer to Iceland than it is to its nearest Greenlandic neighbours to the southwest. Here, you’ll have the chance to support local Inuit artisans by purchasing unique handicrafts.

In terms of wildlife, grazing muskoxen are a possible sight, as 40 percent of the world’s muskoxen population lives in this region. Polar bear sightings are also a remote possibility, as are encounters with more elusive arctic wildlife, such as the arctic hare. Seabirds to watch out for nesting atop the steep cliffs of the sound include little auks, fulmars and guillemots.

Exploring Scoresbysund, Greenland - Day 11 to 15

As we cruise south, the Denmark Strait is your pathway toward Iceland. Take in a lecture, share your photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar or watch a movie—there are many things to do during your time at sea. Your Expedition Team will also be on hand to answer any questions and point out wildlife.

At Sea - Day 16 & 17

You’ll disembark in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, at the end of your journey. If you have booked post-expedition accommodation, we provide a transfer to a central downtown location.

Depart Reykjavik, Iceland
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Pricing & date

Four Arctic Islands: Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Greenland & Iceland from USD 10,995

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Stand-up Paddle Boarding

Stand-up Paddle Boarding

Hiking

Hiking

Important Information

  • INCLUSIONS:
    Shipboard accommodation 
    All meals on board throughout your voyage
    Beer & Wine during dinner.Coffee,tea and cocoa available around the clock
    All shore landings per the daily program, weather permitting and zodiac cruising 
    Presentations by expedition team & special guests.
    Downloadable photographic journal documenting the expedition
    Expedition boots on loan for shore landings
    An expedition parka to keep
    Complimentary reusable water bottle
    Hairdryer and bathrobe available in every cabin
    All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
    Comprehensive onboard materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
    Luggage handling aboard the ship
    Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
    Transfer from Longyearbyen town center to port on embarkation day
    Group transfer to downtown Reykjavik on disembarkation day
    Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax

    EXCLUSIONS:
    Mandatory Transfer package
    Any airfare unless otherwise specified in the itinerary
    Arrival transfer in Oslo
    Airport transfer in Reykjavik
    Passport and visa expenses
    Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
    Any meals ashore unless otherwise specified
    Travel insurance
    Excess baggage charges
    Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
    Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
    Telecommunications charges
    Voluntary staff and crew gratuities

    MANDATORY PACKAGE INCLUDES
    One night’s pre-expedition hotel night at Oslo airport hotel, with breakfast
    Charter flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen
    Arrival transfer in Longyearbyen
          Mandatory Package Price: USD$695 pp

     

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • Please note this itinerary may be subject to change due to weather and ice conditions. 

  • Departure date, season & availability. 

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Sustainability

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Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

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