Green and purple northern lights illuminate the sky and reflect in the ocean in front of the ship for the arctic sights cruise
a group of people hike across the tundra in the arctic circle
a person sits on a bench on the tundra in the arctic circle, looking at an iceberg in the distance
a zodiac boat motors toward icebergs in the arctic circle
Red bushes dot the hillside of the tundra, overlooking the ocean and ice caps in the arctic circle
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Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

Arctic Sights & Northern Lights

Arctic culture and landscapes come alive on this 11-day Arctic Sights & Northern Lights cruise aboard the luxury 114-guest expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Search for whales and Arctic wildlife while cruising roundtrip from Reykjavik, Iceland, through breathtaking fjords flanked by steep mountains along eastern Greenland. Across the Denmark Strait, explore the stunning Scoresby Sund fjord complex to discover unbelievable scenery, historical sites, massive icebergs, a contemporary Inuit village and of course the mesmerizing northern lights. Visit the unique Westfjords of Iceland. Every night on this voyage brings another excellent chance to experience the northern lights in a beautiful setting.

Kayaking is available at an added cost for those who wish to experience this paddler’s paradise. The islands and fjords of the High Arctic closely guard some of the world’s most unique and magical sea kayaking opportunities. Experience cathedral-like icebergs in Greenland, labyrinthine expanses of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean and rugged coastlines in remote waters that very few people have ever paddled. Photographic instructions, lectures and opportunities from expert photographers and guides are included in every departure.

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 voyage is complete. If icebergs, Arctic culture and wildlife and the aurora borealis are your polar interests, then this Arctic Sights & Northern Lights itinerary is the trip for you!

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Itinerary

Arctic Sights & Northern Lights Itinerary

This 11-day Arctic expedition sails to and from Reykjavik, Iceland to explore Greenland.

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Day 1
Arrive Reykjavik, Iceland

Welcome to Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland and starting point of the expedition. Take a 45-minute transfer from the Keflavik International Airport to the included hotel. Then enjoy free time to explore this fascinating city. Reykjavík is home to a wealth of cultural institutions including museums (like the Whales of Iceland museum), galleries, and the Hallgrímskirkja church. Leisure possibilities inside the city include parks, gardens and thermal baths. You can also take advantage of Reykjavík’s wide range of shopping possibilities, excellent dining options, and famous nightlife before heading to bed.

Accommodations

Grand Hotel Reykjavik

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Embark Reykjavik

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy free time to continue exploring Reykjavik. In the afternoon, take an included transfer from the hotel to the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. After getting underway, a full schedule of events kicks off with informative briefings and introductions from the expedition staff. After the first of many delicious dinners on board, step out onto the open decks to admire the views as the ship sails through Faxaflói, where it is possible to encounter the first whales of the voyage.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, dinner

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Day 3
Across Denmark Strait

As the ship sails north across the Denmark Strait to East Greenland, celebrate this crossing of the Arctic Circle. Keep a continuous lookout for great whales and flocks of seabirds feeding in the productive waters near the sharp rise of Greenland’s continental shelf. After nightfall there is the first of many opportunities to see the aurora borealis overhead.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 4 - 8
Scoresby Sund, Greenland

This part of the voyage focuses on the spectacular fjords, coasts and islands of Scoresby Sund, also known as Kangertittivaq in the
Greenlandic language. This area contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and Greenland’s best wildlife viewing. The exact schedule and route will be shaped by weather and ice conditions. Polar bears and other quintessential Arctic wildlife can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Scoresby Sund.

Scoresby Sund is the largest and longest fjord system in the world. This area contains some of the Arctic’s most impressive scenery with deep fjords and narrow channels flanked by rock walls up to 6561 feet high. Explore Northeast Greenland National Park, the largest and most northerly national park in the world. Hikers can appreciate astounding views and opportunities to spot wildlife such as the snowy owl, startled mountain hare, musk oxen, boreal fowl, polar bears, seals, walrus and narwhal.

Visit ancient Thule archeological sites, including the Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit, the only permanent settlement in the region and host to a museum, bookstore, handmade crafts, a post office and Greenlandic sled dogs. As night falls,watch for nature’s greatest celestial performance: the Northern Lights. East Greenland is one of the very best places in the Arctic to view this otherworldly natural phenomenon. This itinerary offers a deep dive into one of the Arctic’s most scenic and soulful environments.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Across Denmark Strait

After an amazing time in Scoresby Sund the ship heads back across Denmark Strait toward Iceland. 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 panoramic open decks as well as exterior stateroom windows and balconies. Nighttime offers still more possibilities for aurora borealis!

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Westfjords, Iceland

This expedition day in the Westfjords area reveals the rare beauty of the part of Iceland where mass tourism disappears – only about 10% of Iceland’s visitors ever see the region. 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 11
Disembark Reykjavík, Iceland

After breakfast on board, say farewell back in Reykjavík. Be transferred to the international airport or to the city center if you wish to spend another day or more in Iceland before flying home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

1 pre-voyage hotel night; transfer from the airport to the hotel if arriving on day 1 of the itinerary; 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; 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 Keflavik International Airport (KEF) or centrally located hotel, upon disembarkation; pre-departure materials; digital voyage Log; WiFi on board (2021).

Exclusions

Airfare; transfer from the airport to the hotel if arriving prior to day 1 of the itinerary; 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.; staff gratuities; kayaking; 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

The Arctic Sights & Northern Lights cruise begins and ends in Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF). Plan flights to arrive to Reykjavik anytime on day 1 of the itinerary. The estimated disembarkation time is 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. Optional sea kayaking is $655 per person (2020 & 2021). Experience cathedral-like icebergs in Greenland, 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 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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Sep 06 - Sep 16, 2021
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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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