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Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

Arctic Odyssey

The 14-day Arctic Odyssey explores Svalbard, Eastern Greenland and Iceland, packing in three Arctic islands into one epic voyage aboard the 114-guest Sea Spirit small expedition ship. Enjoy a flexible itinerary based around sea and ice conditions. The captain and crew are determined to exploit every opportunity for wildlife viewing, and the possibility exists to see the dazzling northern lights in these unique polar ecosystems.

Start by exploring Svalbard—one of the best places in the world to observe polar bears hunting in their preferred habitat, the pack ice. Discover the spectacular fjords, coasts and islands in the northwestern part of Svalbard. Polar bears, walruses, endangered bowhead whales and other arctic wildlife can be spotted anywhere, anytime in and around this High Arctic archipelago. Visit historical trappers’ cabins and the arctic research community of Ny Ålesund, complete with gift shop, post office, and museum—all testimonies to incredible human history.

Move on to East Greenland, focusing on parts of Northeast Greenland National Park—the world’s largest national Park. Be awed as your small expedition ship slips through deep fjords and narrow channels flanked by ice-clad peaks and massive tidewater glaciers. Watch for iconic arctic animals such as the arctic hare, musk oxen, polar bears and reindeer. Before finishing the voyage in Reykjavík, have the chance to explore along the west coast of the scenic and diverse country of Iceland. On the Snæfellsnes peninsula, visit the famous Snæfellsjökull volcano and picturesque Kirkjufell mountain of Iceland, where  a rich cultural and literary history and the success of fishermen and merchants are evident in local fishing villages. In the ruggedly beautiful Westfjords visit the historic fishing port of Ísafjörður a small town that embodies Iceland’s trademark blend of contemporary charm and rich cultural heritage.

Sailing aboard the 114-guest Sea Spirit is like floating aboard a fine hotel that is highly maneuverable and capable of navigating narrow bays and icy channels. Add the luxury of incredible amenities, a generous crew, expert leaders and onboard photography lessons and this Arctic Odyssey is complete.

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Itinerary

Arctic Odyssey Itinerary

The 14-day Arctic Odyssey explores Svalbard, Eastern Greenland and Iceland, packing in three Arctic islands into one epic voyage. This voyage begins in Longyearbyen, Svalbard and ends in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Arctic Odyssey route map from Svalbard to Iceland.
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Day 1
Arrive Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Welcome to Longyearbyen, the Arctic adventure capital of the Norwegian territory of Svalbard and starting point of the expedition. After arriving via scheduled commercial flight service, enjoy free time to explore this fascinating Arctic settlement. Be sure to see the excellent Svalbard Museum and take advantage of quality shopping and dining opportunities in the town center. Your hotel for the night has been arranged and is included in the price of the voyage.

Accommodations

Radisson Blu Polar Hotel

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Embark Longyearbyen

In the afternoon, take included transfers from the hotel to the expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit where you are welcomed aboard. Explore the ship and get comfortable in this home-away-from-home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of Arctic dreams coming true as the ship slips her moorings and sails into a true wilderness. The scenery while sailing through Isfjorden is spectacular and there is already the possibility of marine mammal encounters.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 4
Exploration of Svalbard

Svalbard is a true High Arctic wilderness and this part of the voyage is a real expedition. The route and exploration opportunities here are heavily dependent on the weather and sea ice conditions. The experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant; be assured that the best possible advantage will be taken.

Anticipate exploring in the northwestern part of the island of Spitsbergen. This area contains the archipelago’s most impressive scenery and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Deep fjords and narrow channels are flanked by jagged snowy mountain peaks. Immense tidewater glaciers calve icebergs into turquoise waters. Fields of flowering tundra are home to grazing reindeer and playful arctic fox. Bountiful inshore and offshore waters are home to a wide variety of marine mammals. Polar bears can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Svalbard. Also in this area is Ny Ålesund, a former mining town that is now home to an international community of Arctic researchers, complete with museum, gift shop and post office. This was also a staging area for historic attempts to discover the North Pole.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 6
Across the Greenland Sea

From Svalbard the ship heads southwest across the Greenland Sea toward East Greenland. In these far northern latitudes it is possible to encounter sea ice any time of the year. All along the way the expedition team remains vigilant for sightings of marine mammals such as whales, seals and the polar bear. As the ship heads south, darker nights create a high possibility of seeing aurora borealis.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 7 - 11
Exploration of East Greenland

The itinerary and exploration opportunities in East Greenland are dependent on weather and sea ice conditions. The Franz Josef Fjord and Kong Oscar Fjord systems are part of Northeast Greenland National Park, the world’s largest national park. Scoresby Sund is the largest and longest fjord system in the world. This whole area contains some of the Arctic’s most impressive scenery. Deep fjords and narrow channels, flanked by ice-clad peaks over 6,560 feet high, reach far into the mountainous heart of Greenland. Tidewater glaciers create colossal icebergs that float with wind and tide throughout the fjord system. On shore, fields of multicolored tundra are home to musk oxen and arctic hare. The landscape—vast, open and seemingly untouched since the beginning of time—is a hikers’ paradise. Throughout this area one can also find ancient Thule archeological sites, historical trappers’ huts and modern Inuit hunters’ cabins.

The Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit is the only permanent settlement in the region. The community boasts an excellent museum, a gift shop, a post office, an abundance of Greenlandic sled dogs and of course the opportunity to meet Inuit people. The days are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by onboard experts and enough stunning scenery to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions. Each night brings new possibilities for incredible displays of aurora borealis—the Northern Lights. This is the perfect time and one of the world’s best places to experience this otherworldly celestial phenomenon.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Across Denmark Strait

After an amazing time in East Greenland, the ship crosses Denmark Strait toward Iceland, crossing the Arctic Circle on the way. Presentations and workshops by the expert staff, as well as a range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that this day at sea is not idly spent. Seabird viewing and whale sightings can be enjoyed from open decks as well as exterior stateroom windows and balconies.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Iceland's Western Coast

In 2020 visit the famous Snæfellsjökull volcano and picturesque Kirkjufell mountain are dominant features in the impressive landscape of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. A rich cultural and literary history, and the success of fishermen and merchants, are evident in local fishing villages.

In 2021 the last expedition day is spent in the beautiful Vestfirðir (Westfjords) of Iceland. This remote and
sparsely populated region of crenulated coastlines, voluminous waterfalls and rugged mountains sees
only 10% of Iceland’s visitors. Deep fjords are home to whales while estuaries abound with seals and
birdlife.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Disembark Reykjavik, Iceland

After breakfast, say farewell in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland and ending point of the expedition. Take provided transfer to the airport or to the city center if you wish to spend more time here before flying home. Reykjavík is home to a wealth of cultural institutions such as museums, galleries and the Hallgrímskirkja church. Leisure possibilities inside the city include parks, gardens, thermal baths, a wide range of shopping possibilities, excellent dining options and famous nightlife. The options for additional adventures are endless!

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

1 pre-voyage hotel night; group transfer from the airport to the hotel on day 1; group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation; shipboard accommodation; all meals on board throughout the voyage; tea and coffee station 24 hours daily; all scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions); leadership throughout the voyage by experienced expedition leader & expedition team; Wifi on board; branded Poseidon Expeditions parka; rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise; welcome and farewell cocktails; all port fees; group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation; pre-departure materials; digital voyage Log.

Exclusions

Airfare; visa and passport fees (if applicable); luggage and trip cancellation insurance; soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations; personal expenses such as laundry, telecommunication charges, etc.; added cost activities; staff gratuities; and Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of $200,000 USD per person.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at the time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 120 days – $750 cancellation fee
119 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

For the 14-day Arctic Odyssey itinerary, plan flights to arrive into Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, (LYR) anytime the day before embarkation. Longyearbyen is only accessed via flights from Oslo, Norway (OSL). Some flights arrive very early in the morning, before standard hotel check-in; in these cases, we recommend booking an extra hotel night or arranging a day room option. The estimated disembarkation time is after breakfast, between 8:00am and 9:00am on the last day of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Reykjavik no earlier than 12:00pm noon. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit ourBooking Flights resource page. 

Activities

Hiking, Zodiac cruising, lectures, workshops and an expert photography guide on board each voyage are optional and included. Kayaking may be available on your Arctic Odyssey cruise for $655. Experience rugged coastlines and remote waters that very few people have paddled or labyrinthine expanses of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, all from sturdy and stealthy sea kayaks. Please contact AdventureSmith to reserve activity space with your booking.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x the per-person listed rate in Main Deck Suite, Classic Suite and Superior Suite; and 2x the per-person listed rate in Deluxe Suite, Premium Suite and Owner’s Suite, based upon availability. Cabin share is available only in the following Sea Spirit categories: Triple Classic, Main Deck Suite, Classic Suite and Superior Suite.

Families & Children

Children must be at least 12 years of age to participate in this trip; however, on a case-by-case basis, children ages 6-11 may be accepted with additional screening.

Travel Insurance

Emergency evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $200,000 USD per person, but is not included in the cost of this trip. In addition to the emergency evacuation insurance, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditionswildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

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Aug 25 - Sep 07, 2021
Sea Spirit • 14 days
From $9095USD
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Sea Spirit

Sail aboard the luxurious all-suite Sea Spirit to experience the Arctic and Antarctica in grand style with all the amenities of a fine hotel. Carrying just 114 passengers, this outstanding vessel is the perfect home away from home.

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