Abundant wildlife in Spitsbergen and stunning scenery in East Greenland combine to create a complete Arctic experience.
This comprehensive voyage starts in Longyearbyen in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard and finishes in Reykjavík, Iceland. In Svalbard we experience the stark beauty of Spitsbergen’s mountainous northwestern coast while searching for polar bears, marine mammals, and other quintessential Arctic wildlife.
We continue to East Greenland for a rare opportunity to explore part of the vast and unspoiled Northeast Greenland National Park. Then, in stunning Scoresby Sund, we discover incredible scenery, enormous icebergs, historical sites, a modern Inuit village, and a wonderful setting for northern lights.
The northwestern part of Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago, offers dramatic scenery along with some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. This High Arctic wilderness is home to polar bears, a variety of whales and seals, a great abundance of nesting seabirds, and land mammals such as Arctic fox and reindeer.
In this multifaceted landscape of glaciers, mountains, and flowering tundra we also find historical sites and the Arctic research community of Ny Ålesund, complete with gift shop, museum, and post office. You may even get a chance to swim in the Arctic Ocean.
Northeast Greenland National Park and Scoresby Sund offer some of the finest scenery in the world. Extensive fjord systems provide access to the mountainous interior of Greenland where tidewater glaciers create colossal icebergs. Coastal plains are home to prehistoric-looking musk oxen and other wildlife.
Throughout this area we find ancient archeological sites and historical huts. We also have the chance to visit a modern Inuit village complete with Greenlandic sled dogs at Ittoqqortoormiit. To cap it all off, each night in Greenland brings a new possibility to see incredible displays of northern lights, also known as aurora borealis.
Before finishing our voyage in Reykjavík, we have the chance to explore along the west coast of this scenic and diverse country. In the ruggedly beautiful Westfjords we visit the historic fishing port of Ísafjörður. This small town embodies Iceland’s trademark blend of contemporary charm and rich cultural heritage.
On the Snæfellsnes peninsula, the Snæfellsjökull volcano and picturesque Kirkjufell mountain are renowned features of the impressive landscape. The success of local fishermen and merchants are evident in traditional villages. The seas in this area are home to a variety of whales and seabirds.
This voyage offers a wide range of opportunities for photographers of all backgrounds. Our free photography program gives you the chance to learn and practice your photography skills alongside an expert photographer.
In Spitsbergen, polar bears and other charismatic megafauna abound in dramatic Arctic icescapes. In East Greenland photographers are treated to magnificent white icebergs juxtaposed against towering bluffs of tan and ocher.
Even at night, when the starry firmament becomes a stage upon which aurora borealis performs its otherworldly magic, our expert will be available to help you make the most of this bounty in your viewfinder.
On this voyage, our optional sea kayaking program is conducted in Spitsbergen and East Greenland. These are a truly world-class paddling destinations that very few kayakers have had the fortune to experience.
Spitsbergen delights kayakers with unique marine wildlife and a variety of excellent paddling locations. East Greenland offers the possibility of kayaking amongst enormous icebergs and some of the most amazing scenery in the world.
Kayaking is a fun and interesting way to experience the wildlife and landscapes of these unique environments. If you enjoy sea kayaking, then do not miss your chance to participate in this exciting adventure option.