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Lilac Flowers, Spitsbergen

Jewels of the Arctic: Spitsbergen, East Greenland & Iceland



15 Days

Prices Start from

£6,000 (ex. flights)

This expeditionary voyage incorporates the jewels of the ArcticSpitsbergen, East Greenland and Iceland – in an expertly guided wildlife and wilderness exploration of the high polar region.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Polar Bear, Churchill, Canada 1

Spot Polar Bears

Spot polar bears in what is arguably the best place in the Arctic to see this frosty predator.

Kayaking, Icebergs, Antarctica 2

Arctic Kayaking

Take to the icy blue waters in a kayak, exploring jagged coastlines and calm bays.

northern lights over a traditional wooden house, Greenland 3

Northern Lights

Aim to witness the enchanting Northern Lights while sailing in little-visited East Greenland

Polar Bear, MS Quest, Spitsbergen 4

Specialised Vessels

Voyage aboard an smaller ice-strengthened ship, renowned for their expeditionary feel.

Why we like it

Combining extraordinary wildlife, gigantic icebergs and a chance to see the spectacular Northern Lights in some of the least visited parts of East Greenland, this expeditionary cruising is a dreamlike holiday for fortunate travellers. In the natural home of polar bears, walruses, seals, reindeer and a plethora of birdlife, voyage aboard one the smaller ice-strengthened ships that are renowned for their expert guiding, informal atmosphere, expeditionary feel and ease of logistics. There are very few polar voyages available which offer so much variety in terms of wildlife and landscapes, which is what makes this particular trip so compelling.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
    Oslo - Longyearbyen
  • Days 3-5
    Sailing the Arctic: Spitsbergen & Islands of Svalbard
  • Days 6-7
    Sailing the Arctic: Spitsbergen to North-Eastern Greenland
  • Days 8-11
    Sailing the Arctic: Eastern Greenland
  • Days 12-14
    Sailing the Arctic: Crossing the Denmark Strait
  • Day 15
Village of Ny Alesund, Spitsbergen, Arctic
Village of Ny Alesund, Spitsbergen, Arctic
Polar Bears
Polar Bears

Expeditionary Experiences

An on-board Expedition Team plans all activities to take advantage of local weather and ice conditions. Anticipate visits to the stunning 14th of July Glacier, the settlement of Ny Alesund, a base station for international Arctic research and the Monaco Glacier. Be on the alert at all times for wildlife, in particular polar bears, who hunt along the edges of the pack ice for seals. With a bear population of approximately 3,000 between Spitsbergen and Franz Josef land, there are excellent chances of sightings.

Colorful Houses, Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sound Fjords, Eastern Greenland
Colorful Houses, Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sound Fjords, Eastern Greenland

Unlock Greenland

Little-visited and ice-locked for much of the year, enigmatic East Greenland’s great draw is its magnificent scenery, gigantic icebergs and a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights. There is also a good chance of experiencing large areas of sea ice en route to Greenland.

Northern Lights, Spitsbergen, Svalbard
Northern Lights, Spitsbergen, Svalbard

See the Northern Lights

One of the greatest attractions of any trip to Greenland is the chance of seeing the Northern Lights. Clear skies and good luck are required to see this most incredible natural phenomenon.

Wild Reindeer in Snow, Svalbard
Wild Reindeer in Snow, Svalbard
Bearded Seal, Arctic, Svalbard
Bearded Seal, Arctic, Svalbard
Walrus, Svalbard
Walrus, Svalbard
Reindeer, Spitsbergen
Reindeer, Spitsbergen

Wild Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen, with its sheltered fjords, dazzling glaciers and rich history is an extraordinary destination in its own right. The most wildlife-rich place in the entire Arctic region, look out for polar bears, reindeer and walruses.

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What can I say – Sue knew everything there was to know about Spitsbergen. The number of options can be overwhelming, but from my first conversation with Sue I knew we would be pointed in the right direction.

Destination: Spitsbergen
Travel Expert: Sue

From the Northern Lights to meeting Innuits, Sue put together a trip that exceeded all our expectations. She was the most knowledgeable of anyone we spoke to about Greenland, and we could tell she knew things that only come from personal travels.

Destination: Greenland
Travel Expert: Sue

Sue knew how important it was to me to spot polar bears and did everything she could to ensure we had the best chances possible. We were even lucky enough to see Arctic foxes and walruses.

Destination: Spitsbergen
Travel Expert: Sue

Thank you, Sue, for arranging our family snowmobiling trip, which was simply out of this world. We left with memories to last a lifetime.

Destination: Spitsbergen
Travel Expert: Sue

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