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Silver Wind - 298 Guests

Reykjavik To Longyearbyen

ARCTIC SVALBARD CRUISE

This is a voyage that will take you from being a tourist to being a traveller. If hidden beaches, sweeping valleys, surreal geology and unique wildlife are your cup of tea, then this is the cruise for you. Explore the land of fire and ice enjoying everything this prismatic island has to offer. Follow this with an in depth discovery of the Arctic, where you'll be impressed by the many fjords, bays and glaciers. But it is surely the special cold-adapted land and marine animals that live here who are the true stars of the region.

Beginning with Iceland's inspirational backdrop, venture north to experience isolated communities that have learnt to live among the elements. Be amazed by the frozen volcanic island Jan Mayen and even enjoy a couple of R&R days to relax and learn all about the Arctic. Because that is where we are going to next: the frozen north at the top of the world.

Remote, mysterious and extreme, the Arctic has been topping bucket lists for years. While the animals - of which there are many - may be elusive, the unexpected richness of the raw tundra makes up for it. Think bright coloured flowers underfoot, noisy colonies of seabirds nestig on the cliffs and silent, majestic marine mammals swimming past. 'You may arrive expecting a barren place of snow and ice, but you will leave with a very different impression.



 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit Iceland, the land of ice, fire and natural wonders
  • Explore Stykkisholmur, located in western Iceland at the northern end of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, which is the commerce center for the area
  • Go on a Flatey Island Walking Tour, which was once a hub for fishing and trade
  • Visit Vigur Island, which is the second largest island in the Isafjardardjup Fjord
  • Visit Bolungarvik, which is the Westfjords' second largest town
  • Explore Akureyri, Iceland's Capital of the North - a thrilling land of roaring waterfalls, soaring volcanoes and glorious wildlife
  • Watch Humpback and minke whales cavort and feed in the waters around the impressive volcanic island of Jan Mayen
  • Visit the Svalbard Northern Region, and watch several walrus haul-outs, spectacular glaciers, bird cliffs and bird islands
  • Also explore the Svalbard Southern Region, to find remains of huts and mines, as well as active commercial and scientific settlements
  • Land on Longyearbyen, the biggest settlement in Svalbard, and the seat of the Norwegian administration

DATES / RATES

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ITINERARY

Please Note: The Jul 14, 2024 sailing is a return trip in the opposite direction (from Longyearbyen to Reykjavik)

Day 01: Reykjavik, Iceland
The capital of Iceland's land of ice, fire and natural wonder, Reykjavik is a city like no other - blossoming among some of the world's most vibrant and violent scenery. Home to two-thirds of Iceland's population, Reykjavik is the island's only real city, and a welcoming and walkable place - full of bicycles gliding along boulevards or battling the wind when it rears up. Fresh licks of paint brighten the streets, and an artistic and creative atmosphere embraces studios and galleries - as well as the kitchens where an exciting culinary scene is burgeoning. Plot your adventures in the city's hip bars and cosy cafes, or waste no time in venturing out to Iceland's outdoor adventures. Reykjavik's buildings stand together in a low huddle - below the whip of winter's winds - but the magnificent Hallgrímskirkja church is a solid exception, with its bell tower rising resolutely over the city. Iceland's largest church's design echoes the lava flows that have shaped this remote land and boasts a clean and elegant interior. The Harpa Concert Hall's sheer glass facade helps it to assimilate into the landscape, mirroring back the city and harbour. Its LED lights shimmer in honour of Iceland's greatest illuminated performance – the northern lights. Walk in the crusts between continents, feel the spray from bursts of geysers and witness the enduring power of Iceland's massive waterfalls. Whether you want to sizzle away in the earth-heated geothermal pools, or hike to your heart's content, you can do it all from Reykjavik - the colourful capital of this astonishing outdoor country.

Day 02: Stykkisholmur, Iceland
Stykkishólmur, located in western Iceland at the northern end of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, is the commerce center for the area. Its natural harbor allowed this town to become an important trading center early in Iceland's history. The first trading post was established in the 1550s, and still today fishing is the major industry. The town center boasts beautiful and well-preserved old houses from earlier times. Stykkisholmur is very environmentally conscious – it was the first community in Europe to get the EarthCheck environmental certification, was the first municipality in Iceland to start fully sorting its waste, and was the first town in Iceland to receive the prestigious Blue flag eco-label for its harbor. It has also been a European Destination of Excellence (EDEN), since 2011.

4 Included Shore Excursions
Taste of the ocean – Boat Adventure around Breiðafjörður Bay
Activity Level: Moderate

Stykkishólmur Walking Tour and Eider down center
Activity Level: Moderate

Hiking in the Berserk Lava fields
Activity Level: Extensive

Bjarnarhöfn Shark Farm and Helgafell
Activity Level: Moderate

Day 02: Flatey Island, Iceland
Flatey is the ‘flat island' just as the name sounds. These days Flatey is mainly seasonally populated with many brightly painted, wooden summer cottages to be found here. Like many other small islands around Iceland though, Flatey was once a hub for fishing and trade. This particular island prospered so much that it was the center of commercial and cultural life in the 19th century for this part of Iceland. Thanks to the surroundiung nutrient-rich waters 35 species of birds have been counted on Flatey ranging from Eider Ducks and Atlantic Puffins, to Arctic Terns, Red-necked Phalaropes, Ringed Plover and Snow Buntings.

1 Included Shore Excursion
Flatey Island Walking Tour
Activity Level: Moderate

Day 03: Vigur Island, Iceland
Vigur Island is the second largest island in the Isafjardardjup Fjord, measuring 2 kilometers in length by 400 meters in width. It is home to a single sheep farming family, which ferries the sheep in summer across to the mainland, so that the Eider Ducks nesting on the island will not be disturbed. One of the export articles from this small island was eider down and one can still see where the Eider Ducks nest and how the down is collected and cleaned. The small settlement of a few houses is on the southern side, next to a small rocky beach, a concrete wall and floating pier. On approach grey seals can often be seen on the otherwise seaweed-covered boulders. Apart from the grey of the basalt and green of the grass, lichens add a splash of color. A path has been prepared and the grass cut, so that visitors can leisurely walk across the island to take in the beautiful scenery and to observe the large colony of Arctic Terns, Black Guillemots and Atlantic Puffins usually only seen during the summer months. A meticulously preserved historical landmark, a small windmill dating back to the 1840s was still in use in 1917 to grind wheat imported from Denmark. Viktoria House, one of the preserved wooden farm houses dating back to 1862, is used as a café where home-baked cakes and cookies are offered to guests. One of Europe's smallest post offices can be found here, too.

1 Included Shore Excursion
Vigur Island Walking Tour
Activity Level: Extensive

Day 03: Bolungarvik, Iceland
Although the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is further north across the Isarfjardardjup, Bolungarvik is Westfjords' and Iceland's northernmost town. Despite its relative isolation, Bolungarvik has been settled for hundreds of years and is already mentioned in the settlement period of Iceland. Located next to rich fishing grounds and the cove of the same name, Bolungarvik has always been a place for fishermen and one of the town's attractions is a replica of an old fishing station. Just to the northwest is Bolafjall Mountain which blocks off the wind and swell from the Atlantic Ocean. The view from the top (at 638 meters above sea level) not only covers Bolungarvik and the surrounding valleys and mountains, but several fjords and the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. Although only 950 residents call Bolungarvik their home, this is the Westfjords' second largest town. There even is a nine hole golf course (par 71) with 18 sets of tees.

5 Included Shore Excursions
Arctic Foxes & Avalanches
Activity Level: Moderate

Life & Culture
Activity Level: Moderate

Biking in Bolungarvík
Activity Level: Physically fit

Hike in Syðridalur & Mt Bolafjall
Activity Level: Extensive

Valagil Hike
Activity Level: Extensive

Day 04: Akureyri, Iceland
Iceland's Capital of the North is the gateway to a thrilling land of roaring waterfalls, soaring volcanoes and glorious wildlife. It may lie a mere 60 miles from the Arctic Circle, but Akureyi blossoms with a bright, cosmopolitan feel, and explodes into life during the summer months, when its outdoor cafes and open-air bathing spots fill up with visitors ready to immerse themselves in Iceland's cinematic scenery. Feel the thundering impact of Iceland's celebrated natural wonders shaking your bones at Godafoss Waterfalls, known as the ‘Waterfalls of the Gods'. Here, the Skjálfandafljót river unleashes a colossal torrent of water over charcoal-black rocks below. Or, find some peace at the Botanical Gardens, which opened in 1957 and offer space for contemplation - amid plants that bloom with unexpected vibrancy, even at this northerly latitude. The Lutheran, Akureyrarkirkja Church rises like a grand church organ and is the town's most striking landmark. The 112-step climb is worth the effort to see light flooding in through its narrow stain glass windows, spreading colourful patchworks across the interior. Magic and mythology are important elements of Icelandic folklore, and you'll even bump into giant sculptures of grizzled, child-snatching trolls on the town's high street. Or, meet more earthly - but no less magical - creatures in the waters around Akureyi, where immense blue whales cruise by and dolphins playfully leap.

7 Included Shore Excursions
Akureyri Farmland
Activity Level: Moderate

Wonders of the North
Activity Level: Moderate

Whale Watching
Activity Level: Moderate

River rafting in Skagafjörður
Activity Level: Physically fit

Mountain pass to Mountain top
Activity Level: Physically fit

Kjarnaskogur Forest Walk
Activity Level: Moderate

Past and Present walking tour with the Botanic Garden
Activity Level: Extensive

1 Selected Shore Excursion
Polar Flight to Grimsey Island
Activity Level: Moderate

Day 05: Day at sea (International Waters)
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you've been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 06: Jan Mayen Island, Norway
Humpback and minke whales cavort and feed in the waters around the impressive volcanic island of Jan Mayen with its towering ebony peaks and broad black lava beaches. The primordial landscape is dominated to the north by the 7,500 feet high (2,300 meters) Mt Beerenberg, an active volcano covered in glacial ice that last erupted in 1985. With permission from the Norwegian authorities, a landing is possible at this rarely visited outpost. Visitors may walk to the research and weather station, or beyond, for birds-eye views of the meteorological station and the long black sandy eastern shore of the island. Birds to be seen here may include Atlantic Puffins, Northern Fulmars, and Snow Buntings.

4 Included Shore Excursions
Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team
Activity Level: Moderate

Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
Activity Level: Extensive

Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team
Activity Level: Extensive

Expedition activities with Silversea Expedition team
Activity Level: Moderate

Day 07: Day at sea (International Waters)

Days 08-10: Svalbard Northern Region, Norway
Svalbard's northern region is less influenced by the Norwegian Current coming through the Greenland Sea than the southern region and shows more ice. The northern part of the island of Spitsbergen shows quite a number of impressive fjords, bays and glaciers. The Nordaust Svalbard Nature Reserve includes Spitsbergen's east coast, the Hinlopen Strait, Nordaustlandet and some islands further east like Kvitoya and Storoya. Several walrus haul-outs, spectacular glaciers, bird cliffs and bird islands, as well as surprising flora in Arctic deserts and the possibility to see polar bears and to visit historically important sites make this an area prone for exploration. Ice conditions will dictate which sites can be seen.

4 Included Shore Excursions
Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team
Activity Level: Moderate

Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
Activity Level: Extensive

Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team
Activity Level: Extensive

Expedition activities with Silversea Expedition team
Activity Level: Moderate

Days 11-12: Svalbard Southern Region, Norway
Svalbard's Southern Region and specifically Spitsbergen's west coast is less ice-clogged than the rest of Svalbard due to the moderating influenced of the Gulf Stream. Several fjords cut into the western coast of Spitsbergen and have been used by trappers and hunters, as well as the different mining companies that tried to exploit the riches of the archipelago's largest island of Spitsbergen. Remains of huts and mines, as well as active commercial and scientific settlements can be found and visited. Depending on the time of the season, glaciers can be visited on foot or by sea. Hornsund will reveal fascinating views of geological formations, craggy mountains, spectacular glaciers and a variety of seabirds and seals.

4 Included Shore Excursions
Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team
Activity Level: Moderate

Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
Activity Level: Extensive

Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team
Activity Level: Extensive

Expedition Activities with Silversea Expedition team
Activity Level: Moderate

Day 13: Longyearbyen, Norway
Longyearbyen is the biggest settlement in Svalbard. Seat of the Norwegian administration, it also has the best services and infrastructure in the archipelago. Located deep in the Adventfjord, a sidearm of the Isfjorden (Icefjord), Longyearbyen's airport can be used all-year round, but its harbor is blocked by ice in winter. Most shops, hotels, restaurants and a hospital are within easy walking distance of the port. One of the most prominent buildings in town is the UNIS center, where several Norwegian universities have joined forces to operate and offer the northernmost higher education to both Norwegian and international students. Adjacent to UNIS, and well worth a visit, is the Svalbard Museum, covering the natural history and exploitation of Svalbard. Remnants of the former mining activity can be seen all around Longyearbyen and even in town.

Silver Wind (Luxury Expedition, 298-guests)

Break new waters with Silver Wind. Still timelessly elegant, still luxuriously relaxed, her improved cruising versatility means she is able to whizz from the Polar Regions at the ends of the earth to the iconic ports of the Mediterranean with fluid ease.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Butler service in every suite
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Choice of restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
  • In-suite dining and room service
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Onboard gratuities

ADVENTURE OPTIONS
  • Boat Adventure around Breiðafjörður Bay
  • Stykkishólmur Walking Tour and Eider down center
  • Hiking in the Berserk Lava fields
  • Bjarnarhöfn Shark Farm and Helgafell
  • Flatey Island Walking Tour
  • Vigur Island Walking Tour
  • Arctic Foxes & Avalanches
  • Life & Culture
  • Biking in Bolungarvík
  • Hike in Syðridalur & Mt Bolafjall
  • Valagil Hike
  • Akureyri Farmland
  • Wonders of the North
  • Whale Watching
  • River rafting in Skagafjörður
  • Mountain pass to Mountain top
  • Kjarnaskogur Forest Walk
  • Polar Flight to Grimsey Island
  • Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team
  • Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
  • Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team
  • Expedition activities with Silversea Expedition team

 

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