Three Arctic Islands

Iceland, Greenland, and Norway's Spitsbergen Islands
Overview

overview

National Geographic Traveler has named this voyage one of its 50 Tours of a Lifetime. To land on this prestigious list, this expedition had to be:

 “[One of the] most authentic, most innovative, most immersive, best-guided, and most sustainable tours.”

This 14-day cruise, encompassing three Arctic islands (Iceland, Greenland, and Norway's Spitsbergen), is exclusive to JOURNEYS' long-time Arctic partner, Quark Expeditions. Join this adventure in August 2014 and explore the magnificent northeast coast of Greenland with its icy fjords, rugged coastline, and massive glaciers. Along the way, you'll see plenty of Arctic wildlife, including bearded, ringed, and harp seals, musk oxen, walrus, beluga, bowhead whales, and, of course, polar bears!

This is the Arctic of Viking lore and legend -- a world of icy fjords, fiery volcanoes, and glittering, ice-bound seas. Here you'll encounter the majestic ice bear and the colossal walrus, seabirds by the thousands in their towering cliff-side rookeries, and breathtaking flower-dotted tundra plains.

Contact Polar Specialist Gail Scherer at JOURNEYS for this and other Arctic voyage options.  Gail will be happy to share her knowledge, and find the Arctic expedition that is perfect for you.

 

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: Embarkation: Longyearbyen
    Arrive in Longyearbyen

    Depending on your airline schedule, you may have some time to explore the town before embarkation.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    aboard the Sea Spirit
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  • Days 2-5: Exploring Spitsbergen
    You'll see abundant wildlife on and around Spitsbergen

    Largest of the Norwegian-ruled Svalbard islands, Spitsbergen is famed for its abundant wildlife and austere beauty. Here you'll visit spectacular glacier fronts, steep-walled fjords, and the tiny international research community of Ny Alesund. Wildlife-viewing opportunities include walrus, polar bear, and the unique Spitsbergen reindeer. Birders will thrill to see Arctic Terns, skuas, Long-tailed Ducks, kittiwakes, and Glaucous Gulls. As an added bonus, when conditions are right, you could sail within 10° of the North Pole!

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    aboard the Sea Spirit
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  • Days 6-7: Greenland Sea
    Relax and enjoy the views on the Greenland Sea (photo by J. Strzelecki)

    While sailing the historic Greenland Sea, you'll learn about the wildlife and history of Spitsbergen, your next stop. On deck you'll learn to identify seabirds on the wing. Share photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar -- watch a movie -- there are many things to do at sea.

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    aboard the Sea Spirit
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  • Days 8-12: Scoresbysund, Eastern Greenland
    You'll see herds of grazing musk oxen

    During your tour of Greenland's remote eastern coast, you'll enjoy sea-level Zodiac cruises and shore visits to several locations. Sail the ice edge searching for walrus and polar bear. Visit the remains of ancient Thule settlements, and keep an eye out for grazing musk oxen, because 40% of the world's population of this fascinating mammal lives on the east coast of Greenland. Finally, sail through spectacular Scoresbysund, birthplace of many icebergs, and -- some say -- the most beautiful fjord system in the world.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    aboard the Sea Spirit
  • Day 13: At Sea in the Denmark Strait
    Sail with the midnight sun in the Denmark Strait

    At sea, the Denmark Strait is your pathway east, towards Iceland. Your onboard Expedition Team will keep you informed and entertained with presentations about the history orf explorataion in the Arctic and the seabirds that you'll inevitably see soaring above your ship.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 14: Disembarkation in Akureyri

    Your adventure ends at the port of Akureyri. From here we fly to the domestic airport of Reykjavik, Iceland's capital.  Transfer to the city center, to explore a bit or visit the Blue Lagoon.  Transfer to the international airport for yoru homebound flight.

    Want to stay longer, or arrive earlier? Contact us for seamless, worry-free booking of all trip extensions.

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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Jul 26-Aug 8, 2015 aboard the Sea Adventurer
Aug 14-27, 2015 aboard the Ocean Nova
Land Cost:
$7,995
- $18,995
See additional information; airfare to Longyearbyen or Rekyjavik additional
Single Supplement:
$6997-10497
twin cabin available at an additional 70% of cabin cost; no supplement if willing to share
Need to Know

Need to Know

2014 Cabin Dates and Rates

Rates are per person in US Dollars. No single supplement if willing to share - single occupancy of a twin cabin is available for an additional 70% of the cabin cost.

Sea Spirit

Sail aboard the remarkably comfortable Sea Spirit and experience the polar regions in grand style with spacious suites.

  • Quark's all-suite ship
  • Smallest suite is a spacious 215 square feet.
  • 15 suites have balconies.
  • Owner's Suite is an outstanding 550 sq. feet.
  • Flat Screen TVs and DVD players in every suite
  • Open bar
  • Optional kayaking and camping, climbing and cross-country skiing
  • Every suite has an exterior view
  • 10MB communications access card included in every voyage

Internet Access: The Sea Spirit does offer internet access on your Quark Voyage.  Click here for Onboard Internet Guidelines.  

 

                            Dates 

 Days   Triple

Main Deck Suite

Classic Suite

Superior Suite

Deluxe Suite Premium Suite Owner's Suite
August 1-14  14 $7,995 $9,995 $10,995 $11,995 $13,995 $14,995 $18,995

 Kayaking is extra. Please see below.

 

2015 Cabin Dates and Rates

Rates are per person in US Dollars. No single supplement if willing to share - single occupancy of a twin cabin is available for an additional 70% of the cabin cost.

Sea Adventurer

Designed to carry travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world, Sea Adventurer was built in Yugoslavia in 1976, refurbished in 1999 and had further upgrades in 2002. You will be impressed by this ice-strengthened ship, which carries up to 117 passengers and features a spacious forward lounge and bar, window-lined dining room and promenades.

                            Sea Adventurer Dates 

 Days   Triple 

Lower Deck Twin

Main Deck Porthole

Main Deck Twin Window

Superior Twin Lower Berths Deluxe Suite
July 26- August 7, 2015  13 $6,995 $7,795 $8,695 $10,495 $11,495 $12,495 $13,495

 

Ocean Nova

Your Expedition Ship Ocean Nova: Designed to carry travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world, Ocean Nova was built in Denmark. This ship delivers clean, crisp Scandinavian styling with a reputation as an excellent ship in the Polar regions. Ocean Nova’s ice strengthened hull has enabled the ship to sail the ice-choked waters. The Ocean Nova accommodates 78 guests.

Ocean Nova Dates 

Days   Quad Triple 

Upper

Upper Deck Twin Bridge Deck Twin

August 14-27, 2015

11 $8,295 $8,995 $9,995 $10,795 $11,495

 

 

Fuel Surcharge may apply

This expedition includes:

  • Transfer from Longyearbyen airport to your hotel if you arrive one day prior to embarkation.
  • On embarkation day, transfer from your hotel or Longyearbyen airport to the ship.
  • On disembarkation day, flight from Akureyri to the domestic airport in Reykjavik and transfer to downtown Reykjavik.
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks on board throughout your voyage. (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
  • All shore landings per the daily program.
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities.
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and Special Guests as scheduled.
  • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage.
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
  • An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep.
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
  • A complimentary selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages.
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard ship.
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person
This expedition excludes:
  • For some specified departures, the purchase of transfer package including charter or domestic flights in conjunction with the expedition is mandatory.
  • Passport and any applicable visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation, when applicable.
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Laundry and other personal charges.
  • Telecommunications charges.
  • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew.
  • Adventure options that are not included in the cost of the voyage.

Sea-Kayaking   USD $595

Taken in small groups of 10-16 people, sea-kayaking adventures are only done during calm weather conditions.

We recommend you have some prior sea-kayaking experience, including the capability to do a wet exit. Special headgear, gloves and socks are highly recommended for our sea-kayakers.

 

Duration:
14 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
2
All-suite ship
Group Size:
114
Aboard the Sea Spirit
Activity Level:
2
All-suite ship

Resources

Trip Extensions

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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