A small town Longyearbyen, honored to be the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago, is a starting point of our expedition. Visit Polar Museum, it will be a good start of your great arctic adventure. Embark the Sea Spirit in the afternoon and keep an eye for our first whales as we sail out of Isfjorden.
In the morning we visit the most northerly settlement in the world Ny Ålesund. Founded in 1917 by a mining company the town now houses several research stations of different countries. The mooring mast used by Amundsen and Nobile in their airship flights to the North Pole embodies the great history of Arctic exploration. In the afternoon our ship enters the picturesque Krossfjorden. We board our Zodiacs to cruise along the Glacier of 14th of July. This place is remarkable for the beautiful view: blue ice, green slopes near the glacier, a colorful variety of wild flowers, and bird colonies on the nearby cliffs. An Arctic Fox is also here – it patrols the base of the cliffs in case a chick falls from its nest.
Days at sea don’t mean idleness and bore. Visit lectures and presentations of our expedition team and invited guests. Socialize with new friends in the cozy lounge of the ship. Or warm up your muscles in the gym before landings, hikings and other expedition activities in Greenland. Our expedition ship is going to the northern part of Greenland with the most severe climate and ice conditions.
Our plan for the next days is exploring the fantastic spaces of Northeast Greenland National Park – the world's largest and most northerly national park. We do our best to visit the different places of this fascinating, remote and hard-to-reach place of the High Arctic. However remember that this is a Real Expedition. We have to be flexible as the weather in the Arctic usually changes several times during the day. Our itinerary, landings and all other activities here are strongly dependent on ice and weather conditions.
Welcome to the world’s largest, and – some say – most beautiful fjord system – Scorsebysund. If weather and ice conditions are favourable we plan to explore: abandoned Inuit settlement of Danmarks Ø and Sydkap; some of the most stunning icebergs in Fonfjord, Harefjord, and Rypefjord; red-gold “carpets” of the tundra at Frederiksdal ; modern lifestyle above the Arctic Circle in Ittoqqortoormiit.
The Ísafjörður fjord is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the country, mainly for its relief, forged by many very ancient basaltic flows. We visit a small town of Ísafjörður honored to be the capital of the Western fjords. The local old wooden houses bear witness to its past as a major fishing port. Get a glimpse of the traditional everyday life in Ísafjörður. Accompanied by a guide, we will walk around Ísafjörður to experience the town’s true spirit and meet the locals in their element. The towering steep mountains of the Western Fjords provide a perfect shelter for the lively harbour which is the heart of the town. For centuries Ísafjörður has been the largest fishing town in the area and the centre for export and trade. Colourful houses decked with corrugated iron give the bustling centre a friendly and almost mythical aura. The main industry is fishing and the townsfolk rely heavily on that for their financial security. Through time Ísafjörður has also played a significant role in Iceland’s national history and is still one of the most vibrant cultural centres in the country.
Grundarfjördur is a typical Icelandic fishing village, framed by beautiful mountains. During guided tour around the settlement we observe how people live here face to face with nature.
We finish our journey with disembarkation in the capital of Iceland Reykjavík.
This comprehensive voyage starts in Longyearbyen in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard and finishes in Reykjavík, Iceland. In Svalbard we experience the stark beauty of Spitsbergen’s mountainous northwestern coast while searching for polar bears, marine mammals, and other quintessential Arctic wildlife. We continue to East Greenland for a rare opportunity to explore part of the vast and unspoiled Northeast Greenland National Park. Then, in stunning Scoresby Sund, we discover incredible scenery, enormous icebergs, historical sites, a modern Inuit village, and a wonderful setting for northern lights.
The islands and fjords of Spitsbergen closely guard some of the world’s most magical and unique paddling opportunities. Join us for unscripted kayaking adventures as we explore remote waters that very few paddlers have experienced before. This pristine Arctic wilderness rewards kayakers with spectacular scenery, unique marine animals, and a range of incredible paddling locations. Spitsbergen also offers the possibility of kayaking in the vicinity of tidewater glaciers and icebergs. The protected and picturesque waters of Spitsbergen offer some of the best paddling adventures in the Arctic. If you enjoy sea kayaking, then do not miss your chance to participate in this exciting optional activity.
The vast, intricate, and ever-changing icescape of the Arctic Ocean offers a unique and challenging world of subjects for photographers of all backgrounds. Our free photography program gives you the chance to learn and practice your photography skills alongside an expert photographer. Primeval landscapes, intriguing geological features, poignant historical remains, and charismatic Arctic wildlife in Russia’s Franz Josef Land also provide a wealth of inspiration for the photographer. Our expert will be available to help you make the most of this bounty in your viewfinder.