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Greenland & Svalbard Expedition Cruise


This expedition cruise offers an extraordinary journey that combines the islands of Svalbard and Greenland into one unforgettable voyage. Experience the breathtaking Arctic nature and polar wildlife in a comprehensive adventure.

The ship takes you north, along the coast of Svalbard, where you will sail along sculpted glacier fronts and through breathtakingly scenic fjords lit by the midnight sun. You may see reindeer, Arctic foxes, musk oxen, countless sea birds, walrus, seals, whales and polar bears. On your way to East Greenland, the ship will steer north towards the edge of the polar pack ice, possibly as far as 80 degrees north! This is the kingdom of the polar bear and we hope to spot them hunting for seals.


As you approach East Greenland, be prepared to encounter a completely different scenery from what you have seen in Svalbard. Deep fjords and narrow channels, flanked by sharp ice-clad peaks and glaciers birthing gigantic icebergs that drift throughout the fjord system. An otherworldly scene with it’s own unique polar wildlife. Perhaps you will spot ringed seals and a variety of seabirds, including the northern fulmar and Brünnich’s  guillemot. Stretch your legs on hikes across tundra in search of ancient graveyards and the remains of ancient Inuit villages. On land we may see musk ox, arctic hare and reindeer grazing.

This expedition ticks many boxes: hikes through the arctic tundra; a chance to spot wildlife including polar bears, musk oxen, seals, whales and walrus; and the opportunity to visit fascinating historical sites.


Day 1 & 2 | Oslo - Longyearbyen

You expedition starts with comfortable hotel night at Oslo Airport to ensure you’re conveniently close for your flight to Longyearbyen on Day 2. Upon arrival in Longyearbyen, the expedition staff will greet you and transfer you to the ship, where you’ll receive a warm welcome aboard the expedition vessel. Settle into your spacious suite and explore the ship that will be your cozy home during the extraordinary adventure ahead. As we set sail, a full schedule of events begins with informative briefings and introductions from your expedition staff. After enjoying the first of many delicious dinners on board, step out onto the open decks to admire the stunning scenery in the endless evening light as we pass through the wildlife-rich waters of Isfjorden, one of the largest fjords in Svalbard.

Day 3-4 | Greenland Sea

Crossing the Greenland Sea takes around 1,5 to 2 days. You will sail through the Polar Basin’s nutrient-rich waters, searching for fin and beluga whales, encroaching pack ice, and seabirds. The expert naturalists and guest lecturers entertain with fascinating talks on European Arctic plants and animals, and epic tales of the early polar explorers.

Day 5-8 | East Greenland

Ice is often the overwhelming first impression of Greenland. In Scoresbysund, the world’s biggest fjord system, the vast Greenland icecap sweeps down in massive glaciers that calve explosively, creating giant icebergs. The zodiacs weave through a maze of grounded icebergs, some more than 30-metres high, sculpted with deep green tunnels and aquamarine lakes. This region is home to the Arctic hare and musk ox, which you might spot during shore landings. Enjoy a warm welcome in Ittoqqortoormiit. The native Inuit are happy to share their culture and explain the challenges of Arctic life.

The ship might also enter Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, one of the rarely visited fjord systems located in the Northeast Greenland National Park. It offers countless opportunities for exploration in a geologically unique landscape.

Throughout the area, historical sites including trappers’ huts and ancient Thule remnants can be found. A highlight is a visit to Ittoqqortoormiit, the Inuit village is the most isolated and northernmost permanent settlement in the region. You might get a chance to visit museum and gift shop, and meet some of friendly locals and their sled dogs.

Iceberg in Greenland
Iceberg in Greenland

Day 9-13 | Exploring Svalbard

After another crossing of the Greenland Sea, you will spent several days exploring Svalbards northwest coast, featuring calving icebergs, historic whaling stations and trappers’ camps. Great places for zodiac cruising and shore landings. Reindeer roam the tundra and so can you, photographing wildflowers like saxifrage, moss campion, bell-heather and hairy lousewort. From the zodiacs you will gain fantastic views of ice cliffs, including Monacobreen, one of Svalbards largest glaciers. In the north, there’s a good chance of seeing walrus and possibly even polar bears on the pack ice.

Day 14 | Disembarkation in Longyearbyen

As you sail back to Longyearbyen, there’s time to reflect on the rich experiences of your voyage. After saying farewell to the expedition team you will be transported to the airport for your flight to Oslo.


Sea Spirit

114 passengers
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Dates & Rates

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Greenland & Svalbard Expedition Cruise

Dates and duration
08 Aug - 21 Aug 2024 14 days
Sea Spirit 114 passengers

From € 9395 per person
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