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Icebergs, Arctic

Spitsbergen and Greenland Cruise with The Friends of The Scott Polar Research Institute

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Single Supplement Tour Expert Group Size Status
08/27/22 09/09/22 14 days $0 $8,730 $6,087 Julian Dowdeswell 20 Max AVAILABLE Reserve place

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Julian Dowdeswell 1

Expert Hosts

Hosted by Julian and Evelyn Dowdeswell, and John Shears from SPRI

Huskies, Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland 2

Polar History

Travel in the wake of British Arctic explorers, Poole, Clavering and Scoresby

Iceberg reflections with zodiac, Greenland 3

Daily excursions

Take to the icy blue waters in zodiacs, exploring jagged coastlines and calm bays

Ortelius, Antarctica 4

Expedition ship

Voyage aboard the comfortable, 108 passenger expedition vessel, Ortelius

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1


  • Day 2

    Western coast of Spitsbergen

  • Days 3 - 4

    At sea

  • Day 5

    Clavering Island

  • Day 6


  • Day 7

    Segelsällskapets Fjord

  • Day 8


  • Day 9


  • Day 10

    Røde Island

  • Day 11


  • Day 12


  • Day 13

    Blosseville Coast

  • Day 13

    Day at Sea

  • Day 14


Day 1


Midnight Sun, Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Embark Ortelius in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen.

Day 2

Western coast of Spitsbergen

Polar bear on the drift ice with snow, with evening yellow sun, Spitsbergen, Norway

Sail towards Raudfjorden, on the north coast of Spitsbergen. The cliffs and shoreline of this fjord also support thriving seabird colonies, rich vegetation, and the possibility of polar bears.

Days 3 - 4

At sea

Kittiwake, Russian Arctic

Set sail for Greenland. Keep watch for whales and migrating seabirds.

Day 5

Clavering Island

Musk Oxen, Greenland

Arrive at Clavering Island in remote Northeast Greenland. Bones of muskoxen and Arctic hare suggest that the Inuit were hunting in this area. Nowadays we may encounter muskoxen in this region. In the afternoon, land at Myggebugten.


Day 6


Arrive at Teufelschloss (Devil’s Castle), a mountain with layered geology.

Day 7

Segelsällskapets Fjord

Ice Glacier, Russian Arctic

Enter Segelsällskapets Fjord, with the streaked slopes of the Berzelius Mountains bordering the north side.

Day 8


Musk Ox, Greenland

Explore Antarctichavn, an extensive valley where groups of musk oxen are frequently spotted.

Day 9


Iceberg reflections with zodiac, Greenland

Explore Scoresbysund, sailing along the glaciated Volquart Boons Kyst. Visit Danmark Island, find the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago.

Day 10

Røde Island

Icebergs at Midnight, Greenland

Zodiac cruise near Røde Island, one of the world’s most cherished iceberg attractions: The austere blue-white of the icebergs sets sharp against the brooding red backdrop of the sediment slopes.

Day 11


Hare, Greenland

In the morning you encounter colossal icebergs, some over 100 meters high and more than a kilometre long. Land near Sydkap, with fine views of Hall Bredning and a good shot of seeing Arctic hares.

Day 12


Colourful houses, Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sound Fjords, Eastern Greenland

Make a tundra landing on Liverpool Land, in Hurry Inlet. The afternoon stop is Ittoqqortoormiit, the largest settlement in Scoresbysund at about five hundred inhabitants.

Day 13

Blosseville Coast

Huskies, Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland

In the afternoon you sail south, passing the picturesque landscapes of the Blosseville Coast.

Day 13

Day at Sea

A sea day grants you the opportunity to spot whales and seabirds – and at night, the magical northern lights (Aurora Borealis).

Day 14


Thingvellier National Park, Iceland

Disembark in Akureyri. From here, transfer by bus to Reykjavik.

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

Ortelius, Antarctica
Ortelius, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
Ortelius, Quadruple Porthole Cabin, Greenland, Antarctica, Spitsbergen
Greenland, Antarctica, Spitsbergen
Ortelius Dining Room
Ortelius Twin Window Deck Cabin
Ortelius, Twin Deluxe Cabin, Greenland, Antarctica, Spitsbergen
Greenland, Antarctica, Spitsbergen
Deck, Ortelius, Spitsbergen
Ortelius, Spitsbergen, Spitsbergen

Expedition Ship

Originally built in Poland in 1989 as an ice-strengthened passenger vessel, the 298-foot-long Ortelius spent many years plying the frozen waters of the Arctic and Northern Pacific before being totally refurbished in 2005.

Sleeping a total of 108 passengers, the vessel provides comfortable (but not luxurious) cabins that range from quads to suites, each with a private bathroom. She carries a fleet of zodiacs for landings.

We have 20 berths, in a range of cabin types allocated as part of this part charter.

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Huskies, Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland
Huskies, Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland

The Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute

Established in 1920 as part of the University of Cambridge, the Scott Polar Research Institute is a centre of excellence in the study of the Arctic and Antarctic. The mission of the SPRI is to enhance the understanding of these polar regions through scholarly research and its publication, educating new generations of polar researchers, caring for and making accessible its collections (including its library, archives, photographic and object collections), and projecting the history and environmental significance of the polar regions to the wider community for public benefit.

This Arctic cruise is in partnership with The Friends of The Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) and will be accompanied by expert glaciologists, Julian and Evelyn Dowdeswell.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Moderate Activity
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.


To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf, please get in touch with our travel experts for a quote. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Voyage aboard the Ortelius on a full board basis including snacks, coffee and tea
  • Accompanied onboard by Julian and Evelyn Dowdeswell and John Shears from The Scott Polar Research Institute.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage with daily afternoon tea
  • Transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes
  • £25 to help fund the communities, conservation agencies and NGOs that we work with
  • £25 contribution to ‘Trees and Science’ in mitigation of your carbon emissions

What is excluded

  • International flights
  • Pre or post-cruise hotel accommodation
  • Personal expenses on board such as alcoholic beverages, bar charges or laundry expenses
  • Visa and passport expenses
  • Baggage, cancellation or medical travel insurance
  • Gratuities at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and ship crew (suggested amount €10-12 Euro per day)

Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Like-minded travellers

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people; interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours, usually consisting of eight to ten travellers, aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

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4.Peace of mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

3.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

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For further information about any of these tours please call 1 800 571 2985

Start date End date Days
Prices from
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Single Supplement Tour Expert Group Size Status
08/27/22 09/09/22 14 days $0 $8,730 $6,087 Julian Dowdeswell 20 Max AVAILABLE Reserve place

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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