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Arctic Highlights

Sailing from Spitsbergen to Greenland, follow the ices edge with an eye peeled to the horizon for wildlife. Navigating south, you'll explore this remote landscape not only by ship but also on foot and via Zodiac. This journey highlights the contrast and change in the Arctic as you move south, finally ending in Iceland, "the Land of Fire and Ice." An Inuit village, unique wildlife, and remote destinations are just some of the highlights on this truly unforgettable voyage through the Arctic.


Duration: 15 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Cruises, Canoeing, Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, Photography, History, Kayaking (unspecified), Wildlife, Multisport, Trekking Physical rating: 2 - Light
Accommodation standard:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126993
Starts: Svalbard, Norway Finishes: Reykjavik, Iceland
You will visit
  • Longyearbyen
  • Reykjavík

Itinerary

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Day 1: Longyearbyen (1D)

Drop off your checked luggage by 2pm at the joining hotel's luggage storage room and there will be a late afternoon transfer. Depart Longyearbyen in the evening.

Included Activities:
Embarkation of the G Expedition

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Day 2: Spitsbergen/Greenland Sea

Over four full days, explore a small portion of the western coast of Spitsbergen. Entering the fall the days are getting shorter so try to take advantage of all of the sunlight possible to search for wildlife.

Spend these days in search of the elusive polar bears as they hunt seals. Look out for Svalbard's unique subspecies of reindeer. Although much smaller than their southern relatives, they still carry impressive antlers. Keep a sharp lookout for Arctic foxes.

By not having a set itinerary, we take on an expedition spirit and are free to take advantage of the best that Svalbard has to offer.

Included Activities:
Zodiac Excursion (Arctic)

Transport:
G Expedition

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Day 6: Greenland Sea/Ittoqqortoomiit

Frigid waters drain from the Arctic Ocean in a southwest current along the coast of Northeast Greenland. Often, drifting pack ice is
pushed along the coast. We will attempt to approach and follow the pack ice edge to explore the polar seascape. Keep a lookout for sea mammals like seals and whales and also sea birds such as kittiwakes and fulmars.

Included Activities:
Arctic Lectures and Educational Programs

Transport:
G Expedition

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Day 8: Ittoqqortoomiit/Denmark Strait

Sail through and land in some of the most spectacular fjord country in the world along down the coast of Greenland, while exploring rarely visited glaciers, bays and inlets.

This is the largest national park in the world, nearly impossible to reach except on expedition ships. Spectacular geology combined with glacial features create steep mountains raising directly from the sea. Look out for picturesque scenery, wildlife and other interesting landing sites in this unspoiled wilderness.

Depending on ice, spend these days exploring the massive fjord system of Northeast Greenland National Park, which includes portions of Scoresbysund. These intricate fjord systems are everything from wide and unimaginable to narrow and steeply spectacular with some of the best mountain scenery in the world. Walking over lush stands of colourful autumn tundra may lead to opportunities to see muskox grazing nearby.

Included Activities:
Ittoqqortoormiit Community Visit

Transport:
G Expedition

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Day 13: Denmark Strait/Reykjavík

Enjoy the lecture series while watching the seas for whales. Head towards Iceland and the steaming hot springs of Reykjavík. The view is often complemented by soaring fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets, guillemots, and razorbills.

Included Activities:
Arctic Lectures and Educational Programs

Transport:
G Expedition

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Day 15: Reykjavík (1B)

Transfers to the airport are available to all passengers who have flights booked on the disembarkation day. Immediately upon disembarkation there will be offered a transfer to the airport, that includes a stop en route at the Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel. Passengers planning on staying in Reykjavík post trip, may take this transfer, or hire a taxi at the pier for transfer to their accommodations.

For those with flights later in the day, we will offer a luggage storage area at the pier, until 2pm, (timings to be confirmed onboard), at which time a transfer will be provided to the airport for those passengers with early evening and evening flights. Passengers taking advantage of this opportunity, will be able to explore downtown Reykjavík in the morning and early afternoon.

All transfer arrangements will be confirmed while on board prior to departure, to ensure that all needs are met.


Additional Notes:



Transport:
Private Vehicle

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • 14 nts aboard the G Expedition
    • Transfer from meeting point to ship (Longyearbyen)
    • Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team
    • Lectures and educational programs
    • Visit to a local community (Greenland)
    • Departure transfer (Reykjavík, depending on flight)
    • Waterproof boots supplied for USA size 6 - 16
    • Expedition parka
    Accommodation
    • Aboard the G Expedition in quad-, triple-, twin-share cabins, or suites (all with en suite bathrooms and porthole or window) (14 nts). Please note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing. Suites have one queen-size bed
    Meals Included
    • 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
    Transport
    • G Expedition, Zodiac, local bus
    Group Leader
    • One Expedition team member per 10 guests
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore the edges of an ice floe by Zodiac
  • Walk on the tundra searching for birds
  • Keep an eye out for a variety of whale species and dolphins
  • Learn about the Arctic from lectures and onsite briefings
  • Sail through magnificent fjords and visit a local Greenland community in Ittoqqortoormiit