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Jewels of the Arctic

The wildlife watching around Spitsbergen and East Greenland is excellent with Arctic foxes, bearded seals, walrus, beluga whales and the ultimate wildlife encounter – the mighty polar bear

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Jewels of the Arctic

Combination of Spitsbergen and Greenland


On our expedition cruises around Norway's Svalbard archipelago and the beautiful coast of East Greenland, you will sail along sculpted glacier fronts, through breathtakingly scenic fjords and amongst sparkling ice caps lit by the midnight sun. The wildlife watching around Spitsbergen is excellent with Arctic foxes, bearded seals, walrus, beluga whales and the ultimate wildlife encounter – the mighty polar bear.
This voyage offers a complete European Arctic experience: tundra walks amidst plentiful wildlife and exquisite dwarf vegetation, Zodiac cruises near calving glacier fronts, hikes to breathtaking mountain vistas and warm welcomes into indigenous communities. We may see reindeer, Arctic fox, musk ox, countless sea and land birds, walrus, seals, whales and polar bears. There is something for everyone, whether you’re an active adventurer or you’ve come to relax. This journey takes us from Spitsbergen to Iceland via Greenland or in reverse. Please note that ice conditions vary enormously from year to year along Greenland’s coast.

The Polar Regions are still the most remote destinations on earth and a privilege to visit. East Greenland is today a protected national park with shy and elusive wildlife, the most awesome expanses of stunning natural landscapes and legendary stories of mankind's exploration and settlement in this challenging environment from the hunter's huts to today's Greenlandic Inuit communities. Join us as we explore this landscape of dramatic fjords, pack ice, late summer icebergs and endless tundra – truly stunning.

Note:
This is a sample itinerary. We do our utmost to guarantee the best experience, unfortunately we have no control over the weather or wildlife behaviour. Ports of embarkation and disembarkation and sites may change depending on vessel and departure dates, weather- and ice conditions.

  • We board our vessel in the late afternoon, settle in and sail down magnificent Isfjorden, flanked by bird cliffs, vast glaciers and jagged mountains.

    Spitsbergen's northwest coast features calving icebergs, historic whaling stations and trappers' camps. Brunnich's guillemots, little auks and kittiwakes nest in their thousands. Reindeer roam the tundra and so can you, photographing wildflowers like saxifrage, moss campion, bell-heather and hairy lousewort. From our Zodiacs, gain fantastic views of ice cliffs, including Monacobreen, one of Spitsbergen's largest glaciers. In the north, there's a good chance of seeing walrus – and possibly even polar bears – on the pack ice.

    Crossing the Greenland Sea, we sail through the Polar Basin's nutrient-rich waters, searching for fin and beluga whales, encroaching pack ice, and seabirds. Our expert naturalists and guest lecturers entertain us with fascinating, illustrated talks on European Arctic plants and animals, and epic tales of such early explorers as Nansen, Andrée and Scoresby. These are relaxed days, wonderful for getting to know fellow expeditioners and preparing for a landing, if conditions permit, in the world's largest national park – Greenland's northeast coast. The region is home to polar bear, walrus, Arctic hare and musk ox. Watch for ringed, bearded, harp and hooded seals from the Zodiacs.

  • Ice is often the overwhelming first impression of Greenland. An ice cap covers 81 per cent of the island and pack ice, even in summer, may fill northern bays. Ashore, cosy trappers' huts beckon from across the tundra, where musk ox, Arctic fox and eider ducks roam. These are just some of the delights in Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord. Lively cascades at Kap Humboldt provide a microclimate for spectacular hanging gardens. Kong Oskar Fjord offers spectacular glacier-carved mountains.

    In Scoresbysund, the world's biggest fjord, the vast Greenland icecap sweeps down in massive glaciers that calve explosively, creating giant icebergs. Near Sydkap, our Zodiacs weave through a maze of grounded icebergs, some more than 30-metres high, sculpted with deep green tunnels and aquamarine lakes. Enjoy a warm Ittoqqortoormiit welcome, from Inuit happy to share their culture and explain the challenges of Arctic life. Our kayakers find ideal paddling conditions, wending their way through interconnected waterways, watching for polar bears and narwhals.

  • Sailing south along the Blosseville Coast, searching for musk ox and narwhals and marvel at the mountain scenery that dominates the skyline. If weather permits, we head for Rømer Fjord, a deep waterway with stunning mountain views.

    As we sail across Denmark Strait towards Iceland, there's time to reflect on our rich experiences, enjoy the flying antics of northern fulmars and black-backed gulls, and spot dolphins, orcas and other whales in their feeding grounds.

    Arrive early morning in Isafjordur, a stunning fishing town in Iceland's northwest. After breakfast, bid farewell to Polar Pioneer as you are transfered to the airport for your flight back to Reykjavik.

*NOTE: Snorkeling & Diving activity on designated trips need a minimum of 6 participants.

Dates & Rates

  • Plancius Jewels of the Arctic

    Dates
    • 2nd Sep - 15th Sep 2019
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Akureyri
    Prices from
    Superior Cabin
    EUR 9,900
    Twin Window
    EUR 8,300
    Triple Porthole
    EUR 6,500
    Quadruple cabin
    EUR 5,350

    German speaking guides on board

  • Greg Mortimer Jewels of the Arctic

    Dates
    • 26th Jul - 8th Aug 2020
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Reykjavik
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 15,600
    Junior Suite
    USD 13,500
    Balcony Suite
    USD 13,500
    Balcony stateroom
    USD 11,500
    Aurora Stateroom
    USD 8,200
  • Greg Mortimer Jewels of the Arctic

    Dates
    • 8th Aug - 31st Aug 2020
    • Embark: Reykjavik
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 25,100
    Junior Suite
    USD 21,700
    Balcony Suite
    USD 18,500
    Balcony stateroom
    USD 15,000
    Aurora Stateroom
    USD 13,200

    This combination of Exploring Spitsbergen and the Jewels of the Arctic will allow you to experience the best of the European Arctic over 24-days.

  • World Explorer Jewels of the Arctic

    Dates
    • 11th Aug - 25th Aug 2020
    • Embark: Oslo
    • Disembark: Reykjavik
    Prices from
    Owner's Suite
    EUR 17,400
    Deluxe Suite
    EUR 16,100
    Superior Suite
    EUR 14,800
    Veranda Suite
    EUR 13,500
    Infinity Suite
    EUR 13,500
    Triple Cabin
    EUR 8,700
  • Ocean Adventurer Jewels of the Arctic

    Dates
    • 13th Aug - 30th Aug 2020
    • Embark: Oslo
    • Disembark: Reykjavik
    Prices from
    Owner's Suite
    EUR 21,800
    Suite
    EUR 20,500
    Deluxe Cabin
    EUR 18,700
    Superior Cabin
    EUR 17,000
    Main Deck Twin Window...
    EUR 15,700
    Main Deck Twin Porthole...
    EUR 14,000
    Lower Deck Twin Cabin
    EUR 12,600
    Triple Cabin
    EUR 9,600
  • World Explorer Jewels of the Arctic

    Dates
    • 24th Aug - 7th Sep 2020
    • Embark: Reykjavik
    • Disembark: Oslo
    Prices from
    Owner's Suite
    EUR 17,400
    Deluxe Suite
    EUR 16,100
    Superior Suite
    EUR 14,800
    Veranda Suite
    EUR 13,500
    Infinity Suite
    EUR 13,500
    Triple Cabin
    EUR 8,700
  • Plancius Jewels of the Arctic

    Dates
    • 31st Aug - 13th Sep 2020
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Akureyri
    Prices from
    Superior Cabin
    EUR 10,300
    Twin Window
    EUR 8,650
    Twin Porthole
    EUR 7,900
    Quadruple cabin
    EUR 5,600

    German speaking guides on board

  • World Explorer Jewels of the Arctic

    Dates
    • 6th Sep - 20th Sep 2020
    • Embark: Oslo
    • Disembark: Reykjavik
    Prices from
    Owner's Suite
    EUR 17,400
    Deluxe Suite
    EUR 16,100
    Superior Suite
    EUR 14,800
    Veranda Suite
    EUR 13,500
    Infinity Suite
    EUR 13,500
    Triple Cabin
    EUR 8,700
  • Greg Mortimer Jewels of the Arctic

    Dates
    • 18th Aug - 11th Sep 2021
    • Embark: Kirkenes
    • Disembark: Reykjavik
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    EUR 28,300
    Junior Suite
    EUR 24,600
    Balcony Suite
    EUR 20,800
    Balcony stateroom
    EUR 18,500
    Aurora Stateroom
    EUR 16,600
  • Greg Mortimer Jewels of the Arctic

    Dates
    • 30th Aug - 11th Sep 2021
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Reykjavik
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    EUR 15,100
    Junior Suite
    EUR 13,100
    Balcony Suite
    EUR 11,100
    Balcony stateroom
    EUR 9,900
    Aurora Stateroom
    EUR 8,900