Three Arctic Islands

From Helsinki to Reykjavik
  • All Arctic Cruises
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Spitsbergen, known as the "wildlife capital of the Arctic," is the first stop on this unforgettable journey above the Arctic Circle. From there, you'll travel to East Greenland, where you'll witness the spectacular and remote landscape, and finally, you'll end your trip in Iceland, which was named one of National Geographic Traveler's 50 Tours of a Lifetime.

You may see walrus, polar bears, Svalbard reindeer, and tens of thousands of birds during your visit to Spitsbergen, where you will also find beautiful glacier fronts and windswept tundra. Explore ancient Thule towns and keep an eye out for grazing muskoxen on your trip of Greenland's undeveloped eastern coast, where 40 percent of the world's muskox population resides.

These stunning landscapes, with their towering cliffs, immense glaciers, rocky fjords, and large swathes of pristine tundra, will introduce you to sounds, views, and scenes you've never encountered before, forever altering your connection to the planet we call home. Experience the wonders of the Arctic, take in the delicate beauty of this extraordinary location, and bring back memories that will last a lifetime.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Your Arctic adventure begins in Helsinki, renowned for its extraordinary architecture and intriguing mix of eastern and western influences. If you arrive early, explore the many museums, galleries and restaurants, relax at a Finnish sauna or wander the vibrant Design District before retiring at your included hotel.

Day 2

After breakfast, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement, as part of the transfer package. As you embark this afternoon, you’ll enjoy great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop for this seaside town.

Day 3-6

Exploring Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, rewards you with austere beauty and opportunities to spot its abundant wildlife. Here, you’ll visit spectacular glacier fronts and tundra in full bloom, with walrus, polar bears and Svalbard reindeer amongst your possible wildlife sightings. Birders will be thrilled to see Arctic terns, skuas, Brünnich’s guillemots, black-legged kittiwakes and ivory gulls. If conditions allow, you could sail within 10 degrees of the North Pole!

Day 7-8
At Sea

While sailing south through the Greenland Sea, your Expedition Team will teach you about the wildlife and history of Greenland, your next stop. On deck, you’ll learn to identify seabirds on the wing. Take in a presentation, share your photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar or watch a film—there are many things to do during your time at sea.

Day 9-12

During your tour of Greenland’s remote eastern coast, you’ll enjoy Zodiac cruises and shore visits to several locations. Explore the remains of ancient Thule settlements and keep an eye out for grazing muskoxen—40 percent of the world’s muskoxen population lives here. Finally, you will sail through spectacular Scoresbysund, the birthplace of many icebergs and, some say, the most beautiful fjord system in the world. If conditions allow, you may also visit Ittoqqortoormiit, the most remote community in East Greenland.

Day 13-14
At Sea

As we sail south, the Denmark Strait is your pathway toward Iceland. Your Expedition Team will keep you informed and entertained with presentations about the history of exploration in the Arctic and the seabirds you’ll see soaring above your ship.

Day 15

You’ll disembark in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, at the end of your journey. If you have booked post-expedition accommodation, we provide a transfer to a central downtown location.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • Included Copy 20 All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage
  • Included Copy 20 Select beer and wine during dinner; and coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Expedition team that leads you through activities
  • Included Copy 20 Shore landings as stated
  • Included Copy 20 Presentations by your Expedition team and guest speakers
  • Included Copy 20 A photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • Included Copy 20 A pair of waterproof boots on loan
  • Included Copy 20 A parka to keep
  • Included Copy 20 All zodiac transfers and cruising as per daily program
  • Included Copy 20 Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person
  • Included Copy 20 All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • Included Copy 20 Transfer & charter flight package
  • Included Copy 31 Optional Activities: kayaking and paddling (additional cost)
  • Included Copy 7 Gratuities, Laundry, Drinks, International flights, Internet charges, Visa expenses,
  • Included Copy 7 Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance — strongly recommended

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  • Included Spot Arctic wildlife; muskoxen walrus, polar bears, Svalbard reindeer and thousands of birds
  • Included Jump into the cold and join in on the polar plunge
  • Included Visit remote Arctic sites on zodiac cruises
  • Included Kayaking or paddling in the Arctic
  • Included Hike the tundra and explore a remote fjord-strewn coast of East Greenland
  • Included Visit Reykjavik, the vibrant and artistic capital of Iceland
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15 days

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$11,490 USD

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Based on a triple share cabin

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