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Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Greenland, Iceland - Arctic Islands Discovery (Westbound)

15 Day Oslo/Longyearbyen to Reykjavik


Urban Oslo, cosy Longyearbyen
Your Arctic adventure starts in cosmopolitan Oslo, which you can explore before your flight to Svalbard. After an overnight stay in Longyearbyen, we'll set sail for the rugged fjords and towering mountains of Northwest Spitsbergen National Park – the land of polar bears.  

Volcanic islands, spectacular fjords
From here, you'll cruise to the isolated island of Jan Mayen, where you'll visit an active volcano. You’ll then head to the Scoresby Sund in eastern Greenland to marvel at the largest fjord system on Earth, before heading to beautiful Stykkishólmur in Iceland. Your expedition cruise ends in lively Reykjavík.

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    ITINERARY


    Day 1  Oslo / Longyearbyen
    Day 2  Longyearbyen
    Day 3-6  North West Spitsbergen National Park
    Day 7  At sea
    Day 8  Jan Mayen Island
    Day 9  At sea
    Day 10  Akureyri
    Day 13  At sea
    Day 14  Stykkishólmur
    Day 15  Reykjavík

    DAY 1
    Explore cosmopolitan Oslo
    Enjoy time in Oslo before flying to Svalbard
    Your expedition begins in Oslo, Norway’s fjord-side capital. If you have time before your flight, why not explore the city centre.
    With its rich history and fashionable art scene, Oslo is a fascinating city. You'll find museums, galleries, and breathtaking architecture all within easy reach – including the beautiful Opera House and new Munch Museum.
    Take a stroll in the Ekebergparken sculpture park, visit or relax in a floating sauna. Explore modern Sørenga and enjoy urban beach life or try New Nordic cuisine before flying out to Longyearbyen in the Svalbard archipelago.

    DAY 2
    Longyearbyen adventures
    Explore the town at the top of the world
    After breakfast, it’s time to explore the world's northernmost town, a colourful frontier settlement where people are outnumbered by snowmobiles.
    Longyearbyen is perfect for exploring on foot. Stroll down the main street and you might see Svalbard reindeer saunter by. Although wild, they're curious and tame. Admire the polar bear–inspired art or visit the North Pole Expedition Museum.
    Before boarding your ship in the afternoon and continuing your Arctic discovery, join an included excursion after lunch, or try an optional electric bike, dogsledding or hiking tour.

    DAY 3-6
    Expedition days
    Experience pristine Arctic wilderness
    Over the next three days, you'll explore the natural beauty and rugged tundra of Northwest Spitsbergen National Park. In this wilderness of steep mountains, stark glaciers and beautiful offshore islands, we’ll scan for animals of the Arctic – whales, seals, walruses and reindeer. If we’re really lucky, we might even see the elusive polar bear hunting on the ice. 
    The conditions will determine our route. We may see glaciers calving into the sea in Kongsfjord or cross the 80 parallel north, sailing through the Hinlopen strait. We might also cruise through Freemansundet and visit the stunning mountains and fjords of Hornsund.
    Be ready for adventure; we'll seize any opportunity to launch our kayaks or use our small expedition boats and go ashore to hike or participate in a beach clean up.

    DAY 7
    A relaxing day at sea
    Enjoy a restorative day in the Arctic
    Take advantage of a day cruising through Arctic waters to relax on board the ship. Enjoy panoramic views and chat with fellow guests in the Explorer Lounge & Bar or take a soak in a hot tub out on deck while scanning for seabirds.
    Don’t miss the fascinating lectures given by members of the Expedition Team, which cover topics such as local history, geology or Arctic wildlife. Visit the Science Center for more in-depth insights into the places we'll be visiting and maybe participate in a Citizen Science project that contributes to ongoing scientific research.

    DAY 8
    Volcanic Jan Mayen
    Visit an active volcano that's a haven for birdlife
    Jan Mayen has no permanent residents and visits to the island are rare. In fact, we're one of the few to attempt landings here. If conditions allow, you’ll be setting foot in one of Earth’s most remote places.
    Jan Mayen’s surreal, moss- and lichen-streaked landscape is dominated by the Beerenberg volcanic cone. It's the world's northernmost active volcano and last erupted in 1985.
    You won’t see land mammals here, but the island is designated an Important Bird Area, supporting large populations of Northern Fulmars, Brünnich’s Guillemots and Little Auks. Look out for abundant marine life in the surrounding waters too, including whales and seals.

    DAY 9
    Heading towards Greenland
    Unwind and prepare for more adventures
    At this point, you'll have seen some spectacular Arctic wildlife and scenery, and may be curious to learn more. Join the Expedition Team in the Science Center and find out about what’s coming up next   in eastern Greenland and northern Iceland. 
    A day at sea is also an opportunity to sort through your images and pick up some tips from our onboard photographer as we cruise towards the Scoresby Sund.

    DAY 10
    Greenland’s Scoresby Sund fjord system
    Witness the largest fjord system on Earth
    With stunning white and blue icebergs, mirror-like waters and looming mountains, the scenery in the world’s largest fjord system is simply spectacular.
    Scoresby Sund’s steep peaks, open waters and ice-free winters are a haven for Greenland’s iconic wildlife. Scan for musk oxen, Arctic foxes, mountain hares, whales and seals.
    Birdlife also thrives here, including Little Auks, Atlantic Puffins, fulmars, Snowy Owls, Greenlandic Gyrfalcons and Great Black-backed Gulls.
    We’ll make the best of the conditions, packing in as many shore landings, nature walks, kayaking tours and wildlife sightings as possible.

    INCLUDED
    Explore Iceland’s beautiful city of Akureyri and discover why it’s known as the ‘Capital of the North’.

    DAY 13
    A relaxing day at sea
    Relax as we head for Iceland
    A day at sea is an opportunity to wind down. Recline in the panoramic Explorer Lounge & Bar and take in the view. For even deeper relaxation, soak in a hot tub and recap the journey so far with your fellow travellers. 
    If you’d rather work up a sweat, head to the gym on Deck 7.  Equipped with large windows, you can work out knowing you’re not missing out on any of the stunning scenery outside.

    DAY 14
    Snæfellsnes peninsula
    Gateway to spectacular Snæfellsnes
    It’s as though time has stood still at Stykkishólmur, the small fishing town in Breiðafjörður bay, where colourful houses stand out in contrast to distant mountains.
    Nearby, you’ll find Snæfellsnes Peninsula National Park, with the striking, ice-capped Snæfellsjökull volcano at the peninsula’s western tip. It’s nicknamed 'Little Iceland' for its array of volcanic landscapes.
    At the national park you can visit Djúpalónssandur's black sand beach and the Lóndrangar basalt cliffs. Or why not ride a snowcat to the top of the Snæfellsjökull glacier or take a guided coastal hike with a glacial cave tour.

    DAY 15
    Reykjavík and beyond
    Explore Reykjavík at your leisure
    Your Arctic expedition cruise concludes in Reykjavik, a city full of art, culture and history. In the city centre, stroll along Laugavegur, the main shopping street, then head towards the striking Hallgrimskirkja church. Or why not explore the city's galleries and museums.
    Before you leave, visit Iceland’s most famous geothermal spa, the Blue Lagoon and experience the blend of silica, algae and minerals in its warm waters.
    You can also join our Post-Programme to explore Iceland's beautiful South Coast, with waterfalls, black sand beaches, geothermal springs and majestic mountains.

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    WHAT'S INCLUDED


    • Flight in economy class from Oslo to Longyearbyen 
    • Overnight in a Longyearbyen hotel before the expedition cruise, including breakfast and lunch.
    • All transfers in Longyearbyen including an excursion before the expedition cruise
    Expedition Cruise
    • A stay in a cabin of your choice
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages in restaurant Aune 
    • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
    • Complimentary tea and coffee
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
    • Complimentary reusable water bottle
    • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
    • Range of included activities
    Onboard Activities
    • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team
    • Full use of our Science Center, extensive library and advanced biological and geological equipment
    • Citizen Science Programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research
    • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer
    • Use of ship's hot tubs, panoramic sauna and gym. 
    • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings
    Landing Activities
    • Escorted landings with small expedition boats
    • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities
    • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
    • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you
    Notes
    • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
    • Excursions and activities are subject to change
    • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
    • No gratuities expected
    What's not included
    • International flights
    • Travel insurance
    • Luggage handling
    • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
    • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

     

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