2 large blue icebergs float in still water under a sepia sky during the Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland voyage.
small house on a hilltop with the green arctic aurora borealis behind it
lone musk ox in spitsbergen standing on dry arctic tundra with sunny skies above
polar bear jumping from one piece of sea ice to another, with dark arctic water below
small arctic coastal fishing village on a partly cloudy day with mountains in the distance
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Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

Spitsbergen – Northeast Greenland

A voyage of icebergs, glaciers and Arctic wildlife, this 14-day Spitsbergen-Northeast Greenland expedition offers something for everyone. Spitsbergen is the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago and Greenland’s surface area is more than 80 percent covered by ice, reaching a thickness of over 10,000 feet in the interior. Experience dramatic coastlines and cruise through icy waters, searching for iconic Arctic wildlife like polar bears, musk oxen, hares and perhaps even experience the famed aurora borealis, or northern lights, as they light up the Arctic sky.

Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord is magnificent with towering mountains on both sides. Devil’s Castle, or Teufelschloss, is layered with geology and proceeds sailing through the Antarctic Sound. Segelsällskapets Fjord offers ancient sedimentary geology and the chance to see musk oxen, arctic hares and ptarmigans while hiking on Arctic land. Scoresby Sund is famous for glaciers, basalt columns and abandoned Inuit settlements with the remains of tent rings, meat caches and graves. Røde Island is one of the world’s most cherished iceberg attractions, where azure-white icebergs contrast beautifully with brooding red sediment slopes. Ittoqqortoormiut is the biggest settlement in the Scoresby Sund with about 500 current inhabitants.

In addition to the main 14-day Spitsbergen–Northeast Greenland itinerary, an alternative 14-day itinerary (special in 2023) trades a visit to Spitsbergen’s Raudfjord with time exploring Greenland’s Nansen Fjord. There is also a 19-day alternative itinerary that spends two extra days exploring the northwest coast of Spitsbergen, three extra days exploring the east coast of Greenland, and has a charter flight from Greenland to Reykjavik, Iceland, capitalizing time spent exploring the Arctic. In 2022, a special 16-day departure adds a visit to Jan Mayen and one of Svalbard’s largest fjord systems: Bellsund.

The Spitsbergen – Northeast Greenland Arctic cruise is aboard the 170-guest sister ships Janssonius and Hondius, 116-guest sister ships Plancius and Ortelius, or 33-guest Rembrandt van Rijn, all of which are equipped for intimate exploration of incredible Arctic waters. Regardless of itinerary choice, the wildlife, history and frigid magnificence of the Arctic makes sailing from Spitsbergen to Greenland a trip to remember. Contact the polar experts at AdventureSmith Explorations to discuss which itinerary and ship best suits your interests, ability and budget.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Arctic cruises, Spitsbergen Cruises and Arctic trips.



Itinerary

14-Day Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland, Aurora Borealis Itinerary

The 14-day Spitsbergen – Northeast Greenland, Aurora Borealis voyage begins in Longyearbyen, Norway, and ends in Reykjavik, Iceland. This Arctic expedition sails to Greenland and explores waters filled with breath-taking scenery and areas that are home to seals, seabirds, whales and polar bears.

Route map of Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland Arctic cruise, from Akureyri, Iceland, to Longyearbyen- Norway, with visits to the Scoresby Sund, Kong Oscar & Kejser Franz Joseph Fjords.
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Day 1
Embark Longyearbyen, Norway

Arrive in Longyearbyen, Norway, the administrative capital of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy strolling through this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum are well worth visiting. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plants have been recorded in it. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden and possibly spot the first minke whale of the voyage.

Accommodations

Hondius, Janssonius, Ortelius, Plancius

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Raudfjord

Sail into Raudfjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, take in an expansive fjord spilling with glaciers, sometimes visited by ringed and bearded seals. The cliffs and shoreline of this fjord also support thriving seabird colonies, rich vegetation and the possibility of polar bears.

Accommodations

Hondius, Janssonius, Ortelius, Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 4
At Sea to East Greenland

Depending on conditions, you may eventually see the jagged edge of the east Greenland sea ice flashing into sight ahead. Keep watch for whales and migrating seabirds.

Accommodations

Hondius, Janssonius, Ortelius, Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Foster Bay, Myggebugten & Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord

Approaching Greenland, attempt to sail through the sea ice into Foster Bay and land at Myggebugten. Beyond the old hunters’ hut, where Norwegian trappers hunted here for polar bear and arctic fox in the first half of the 20th century, there is a sprawling tundra populated by musk oxen, with geese floating the small lakes. Sail through Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, surrounded by towering mountains and bright interior icebergs. An alternative is Sofia Sund, a narrower waterway.

Accommodations

Hondius, Janssonius, Ortelius, Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Teufelschloss, Blomster Bugt & Antarctic Sound

Arrive at Teufelschloss (Devil’s Castle), a mountain with layered geology. On the other side of the fjord is Blomster Bugt and the intended landing site. In the afternoon sail into the Antarctic Sound, including the islands of Ruth, Maria and Ella. Maria is the most likely spot for a landing.

Accommodations

Hondius, Janssonius, Ortelius, Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Segelsällskapets Fjord & Alpe Fjord

In the morning, enter Segelsällskapets Fjord with the beautiful streaked slopes of the Berzelius Mountains bordering the north side. By Zodiac, land on the south side of the fjord in an astounding place where the ancient sedimentary geology is literally at your feet. A hike takes you near a small lake with good chances to see musk oxen, arctic hares and ptarmigans. In the afternoon, venture into Alpe Fjord, aptly named for the spire-like peaks that thrust up around it. Embark on a Zodiac cruise around the Gully Glacier that once blocked the access to the interior of the fjord. Venturing deep into the fjord, experience a definitive Greenland adventure.

Accommodations

Hondius, Janssonius, Ortelius, Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Antarctic Havn

Spend the first half of the day in Antarctic Havn, an extensive valley where you may see groups of musk oxen. At this time of year, the sparse vegetation is dressed in the fiery colors of autumn.

Accommodations

Hondius, Janssonius, Ortelius, Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Scoresby Sund

Today reach the Scoresby Sund and sail in the morning along the glaciated Volquart Boons Kyst. Take a Zodiac cruise along one of the glacier fronts, along with a visit to the basalt columns and ice formations of Vikinge bugt. The afternoon goal is to visit Danmark Ø, to find the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago. The circular tent rings of stones indicate the summer houses, while the winter houses can be seen closer to a small cape. The sites are well preserved, allowing entrances and even bear-proof meat caches to be identified. There are also grave sites. In the evening, continue sailing the berg-crowded fjords to the west.

Accommodations

Hondius, Janssonius, Ortelius, Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Røde Island

The goal is a Zodiac cruise near Røde Ø, one of the world’s most cherished iceberg attractions. The austere blue-white of the icebergs sets sharp against the brooding red backdrop of the sediment slopes. The afternoon plan is to sail through the northern parts of Røde Fjord, with the chance to see musk oxen and warm autumnal foliage.

Accommodations

Hondius, Janssonius, Ortelius, Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Iceberg Exploration & Sydkap

In the morning encounter colossal icebergs, some over 328 feet high and more than 3,280 feet in length. Most of the bergs are grounded as the fjord is only about 1,312 feet deep here. Land near Sydkap to view the Hall Bredning fjord and possible arctic hares.

Accommodations

Hondius, Janssonius, Ortelius, Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Liverpool Land, Ittoqqortoormiut & Scoresby Sund

Today, make a tundra landing on Liverpool Land in Hurry Inlet. The afternoon stop is at Ittoqqortoormiut, the biggest settlement in the Scoresby Sund with about 500 inhabitants. At the post office you can buy stamps for your postcards or just wander around to see the sled dogs and the drying skins of seal and musk oxen. In the afternoon sail south passing the amazing landscape of the Blosseville Coast.

Accommodations

Hondius, Janssonius, Ortelius, Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
At Sea

A day at sea grants fabulous opportunities to spot whales and seabirds and, at night, the magical northern lights.

Accommodations

Hondius, Janssonius, Ortelius, Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Disembark Akureyri to Reykjavik, Iceland

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must come to an end. Disembark in the morning at Akureyri, where on request you can transfer by charter bus (six-hour drive that you must book in advance) to the Reykjavik city hall. Take home memories that will accompany you wherever you travel next.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Voyage aboard the indicated vessel in the itinerary; all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea; all shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac; program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff; free use of rubber boots and snow shoes; transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to Longyearbyen; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; AECO fees and governmental taxes; comprehensive pre-departure material.

Exclusions

Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post-cruise land arrangements; transfers to/from the vessel outside Spitsbergen; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges, telecommunication charges, personal gear; transfer supplement for bus shuttle between Akureyri (ship) and Radhus Reykjavikur / city hall in Vonarstraeti (6 hours); the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at 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 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The 14-day Spitsbergen – Northeast Greenland, Aurora Borealis voyage begins in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen (LYR). 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. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. The ship disembarks in Akureyri, Iceland (AEY), with a transfer back to Reykjavik on Day 14. Plan flights to depart Reykjavik anytime on the day after disembarkation. The bus transfer is not included and must be pre-booked; 2022 USD cost is $120 one-way, $200 round-trip. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Guided shore excursions, walks, wildlife spotting and Zodiac cruises are included in the fare and will be offered to all passengers during the voyages. Every day there will be excursions on land, weather and ice permitting. The landings will take 3 to 6 hours per day over untracked area. According to circumstances (the weather, the ice-situation or the passengers’ wishes) the program can sometimes be adjusted. Ample time will be devoted to wildlife, vegetation, geography and history.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x the per-person Twin or Superior listed rates. Single travelers wishing to book on a “sharing basis” may do so at no additional cost in Twin, Triple or Quadruple categories upon availability.

Families & Children

Upon request (some voyages may be excluded), children under 16 years old with parents may receive a 40% discount in the following cabins: Grand Suite, Superior, Triple (1 child sharing with 2 parents/adults) and Quadruple (1 child sharing with 3 parents/adults, or 2 children sharing with 2 parents/adults). Parents are entirely responsible for their children at all times, on land and on board; there is no onboard day care or nursery facility.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $100,000 per person. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; 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 conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

14-Day Northeast Greenland - Scoresby Sund, Nansen Fjord Itinerary

The 14-day Northeast Greenland – Scoresby Sund, Nansen Fjord voyage begins in Longyearbyen, Norway, and ends in at the Port of Keflavik, Iceland, with a unique visit to Nansen Fjord. This adventurous Arctic voyage through the fjords of Greenland visits areas that are home to seals, whales and musk oxen.

Route map of Northeast Greenland-Scoresby Sund, Nansen Fjord Arctic voyage between Spitsbergen & Keflavik, Iceland.
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Day 1
Embark Longyearbyen, Norway

Arrive in Longyearbyen, Norway, the administrative capital of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy strolling through this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum are well worth visiting. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plants have been recorded in it. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden and possibly spot the first minke whale of the voyage.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

dinner

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Days 2 - 3
At Sea to East Greenland

Depending on conditions, you may eventually see the jagged edge of the east Greenland sea ice flashing into sight ahead. Keep watch for whales and migrating seabirds.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Foster Bay, Margrethedal & Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord

Approaching Greenland, attempt to sail through the sea ice into Foster Bay and land at Margrethedall, where the east side of the river hosts remains of Thule culture from centuries ago. The lower tundra areas near the shores are populated by musk oxen. Sail through Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, surrounded by towering mountains and bright interior icebergs. An alternative is Sofia Sund, a narrower waterway.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Teufelschloss, Blomster Bugt, Antarctic Sound & Marie Island

Arrive at Teufelschloss (Devil’s Castle), a mountain with layered geology. On the other side of the fjord is Blomster Bugt and the intended landing site. In the afternoon sail into the Antarctic Sound and make a landing on Marie Island.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Blomsterdal or Ørsted Dal

Spend the first half of the day in Blomsterdal (Flower Valley) near Antarctic Havn, a place where groups of musk oxen are often spotted. Another possibility is Ørsted Dal, with landing at Cape Seaforth.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Scoresby Sund

Today reach the Scoresby Sund and sail in the morning along the glaciated Volquart Boons Kyst. Take a Zodiac cruise along one of the glacier fronts, along with a visit to the basalt columns and ice formations of Vikinge bugt. The afternoon goal is to visit Danmark Ø, to find the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago. The circular tent rings of stones indicate the summer houses, while the winter houses can be seen closer to a small cape. The sites are well preserved, allowing entrances and even bear-proof meat caches to be identified. There are also grave sites. In the evening, continue sailing the berg-crowded fjords to the west.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Røde Island

The goal is a Zodiac cruise near Røde Ø, one of the world’s most cherished iceberg attractions. The austere blue-white of the icebergs sets sharp against the brooding red backdrop of the sediment slopes. The afternoon plan is to sail through the northern parts of Røde Fjord, with the chance to see musk oxen and warm late summer foliage.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Iceberg Exploration & Sydkap

In the morning encounter colossal icebergs, some over 328 feet high and more than 3,280 feet in length. Most of the bergs are grounded as the fjord is only about 1,312 feet deep here. Land near Sydkap to view the Hall Bredning fjord and possible arctic hares.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Ittoqqortoormiut & Scoresby Sund

Today, make a tundra landing at a lagoon, just west of Kap Stewart. The afternoon stop is at Ittoqqortoormiut, the biggest settlement in the Scoresby Sund with about 500 inhabitants. At the post office you can buy stamps for your postcards or just wander around to see the sled dogs and the drying skins of seal and musk oxen. In the afternoon sail south passing the amazing landscape of the Blosseville Coast.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
D'Aunay Bay

This attractive fjord with several side arms, was discovered and first described by the Frenchman de Blosseville in 1833. Polar bears and narwals have been seen here during previous visits.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Nansen Fjord

In Nansen Fjord, surrounded by enormous glacier fronts, spot Gunnbjörns Fjeld. At over 12,100 feet, it is the highest mountain north of the Arctic circle. Near the glacier fronts hope to see bearded seals and at the mouth of the fjord, large groups of harp seals.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
At Sea

Sail eastward in the cold East Greenland current and later in the warm Gulfstream current with a multitude of sea life (whales, seals, seabirds) at the mixing zones of these waters.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Disembark Keflavik, Iceland

Finally arrive at Iceland’s international port and airport Keflavik. Disembark the vessel, taking home priceless memories of friends made, wildlife encountered and a once-in-a-lifetime Arctic adventure.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Voyage aboard the indicated vessel in the itinerary; all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea; all shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac; program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff; free use of rubber boots and snow shoes; transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to Longyearbyen; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; AECO fees and governmental taxes; comprehensive pre-departure material.

Exclusions

Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post-cruise land arrangements; transfers to/from the vessel outside Spitsbergen; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges, telecommunication charges, personal gear; the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at 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 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The 14-day Northeast Greenland – Scoresby Sund, Nansen Fjord voyage begins in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen (LYR), and ends in Keflavik, Iceland (KEF). 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. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. The ship disembarks in Kelfavik, Iceland (KEF) after breakfast on Day 14. Plan flights to depart Keflavik anytime on the day after disembarkation. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Guided shore excursions, walks, wildlife spotting and Zodiac cruises are included in the fare and will be offered to all passengers during the voyages. Every day there will be excursions on land, weather and ice permitting. The landings will take 3 to 6 hours per day over untracked area. According to circumstances (the weather, the ice-situation or the passengers’ wishes) the program can sometimes be adjusted. Ample time will be devoted to wildlife, vegetation, geography and history.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x the per-person Twin or Superior listed rates. Single travelers wishing to book on a “sharing basis” may do so at no additional cost in Twin, Triple or Quadruple categories upon availability.

Families & Children

Upon request (some voyages may be excluded), children under 16 years old with parents may receive a 40% discount in the following cabins: Grand Suite, Superior, Triple (1 child sharing with 2 parents/adults) and Quadruple (1 child sharing with 3 parents/adults, or 2 children sharing with 2 parents/adults). Parents are entirely responsible for their children at all times, on land and on board; there is no onboard day care or nursery facility.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $100,000 per person. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; 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 conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

Spitsbergen - Greenland - Jan Mayen - Spitsbergen Itinerary

This 16-day Spitsbergen – Greenland – Jan Mayen – Spitsbergen voyage uniquely cruises round-trip from Spitsbergen with visits along Northeast Greenland and a special visit to Jan Mayen, plus time exploring one of the largest fjord systems in Svalbard: Bellsund. This voyage features breath-taking scenery along the ice edge, vibrant wildlife and landings in some of the most remote places on the planet.

Route map of Spitsbergen - Greenland - Jan Mayen Arctic voyage, round-trip counterclockwise from Svalbard.
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Day 1
Embark Longyearbyen, Norway

Arrive in Longyearbyen, Norway, the administrative capital of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy strolling through this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum are well worth visiting. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plants have been recorded in it. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden and possibly spot the first minke whale of the voyage.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Krossfjorden

Before the ship begins her crossing to Greenland, sail into Krossfjorden in the main island of Spitsbergen and pass through staggeringly scenic alpine mountaintops, active glaciers, still-occupied seabird colonies and rich vegetation.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 4
At Sea to East Greenland

Depending on conditions, you may eventually see the jagged edge of the east Greenland sea ice flashing into sight ahead. Keep watch for whales and migrating seabirds.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
Foster Bay, Magrethedal & Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord

Approaching Greenland, attempt to sail through the sea ice into Foster Bay and land at Magrethedal, where the east side of the river hosts remains of Thule culture from centuries ago. The lower tundra areas near the shores are populated by musk oxen. Sail through Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, surrounded by towering mountains and bright interior icebergs.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
Teufelschloss, Blomster Bugt & Antarctic Sound

Pass Teufelschloss (Devil’s Castle), a mountain with layered geology. On the other side of the fjord is Blomsterbugt (Flower Bay) and the intended landing site. In the afternoon, continue through the Antarctic Sound and make a landing on Marie Island.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
Blomsterdal or Ørsted Dal

Spend the first half of the day in Blomsterdal (Flower Valley) near Antarctic Havn, a place where groups of musk oxen are often spotted. Another possibility is Ørsted Dal, with landing at Cape Seaforth.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
Scoresby Sund

Today reach the Scoresby Sund and sail in the morning along the glaciated Volquart Boons Kyst. Take a Zodiac cruise along one of the glacier fronts, along with a visit to the basalt columns and ice formations of Vikinge bugt. The afternoon goal is to visit Danmark Ø, to find the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago. The circular tent rings of stones indicate the summer houses, while the winter houses can be seen closer to a small cape. The sites are well preserved, allowing entrances and even bear-proof meat caches to be identified. There are also grave sites. In the evening, continue sailing the berg-crowded fjords to the west.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 9
Røde Island

The goal is a Zodiac cruise near Røde Ø, one of the world’s most cherished iceberg attractions. The austere blue-white of the icebergs sets sharp against the brooding red backdrop of the sediment slopes. The afternoon plan is to sail through the northern parts of Røde Fjord, with the chance to see musk oxen and warm late summer foliage.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 10
Iceberg Exploration & Sydkap

In the morning encounter colossal icebergs, some over 328 feet high and more than 3,280 feet in length. Most of the bergs are grounded as the fjord is only about 1,312 feet deep here. Land near Sydkap to view the Hall Bredning fjord and possible arctic hares.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 11
At Sea to Jan Mayen

Sail eastward in the cold East Greenland current and later in the warm Gulfstream current, with a multitude of sea life to observe. This sea day grants the opportunity to spot whales and seabirds.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Jan Mayen

Jan Mayen is a stark volcanic island crowned by the snow-capped summit of Mt. Beerenberg. From the slopes of this imposing 7,545-foot-high volcano, broken glaciers grasp out into the frigid sea. With permission from the Norwegian authorities, visit the weather station. One can also walk to the remains of a 17th- century Dutch whaling station amid the thick moss beds of this stark volcanic landscape.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 13 - 14
At Sea to Spitsbergen

Sail northeast toward Spitsbergen in search of whales, seals and a variety of seabirds, cutting east to the rocky edges of the continental shelf of west Spitsbergen. Here exists a good chance of seeing fin whales andnear the glacial mouths of the gaping Spitsbergen fjordssurfacing minke whales.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 15
Bellsund: Ahlstrandhalvøya or Other

Today visit Bellsund, one of the largest fjord systems in Svalbard. The ocean currents make this area slightly warmer than other areas in the archipelago, which shows in the relatively lush vegetation. Here there are excellent opportunities to enjoy both history and wildlife. A possibility is Ahlstrandhalvøya, at the mouth of Van Keulenfjorden, where piles of beluga skeletons can be found. These remains of 19th-century whale slaughter are a haunting reminder of the consequences of rampant exploitation. Fortunately, belugas were not hunted into extinction, and there exists a good chance of coming across a pod. Alternatively, while cruising the side fjords of Bellsund, explore tundra where reindeer like to feed as well as rock slopes where little auks are breeding.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 16
Disembark Longyearbyen, Norway

Finally return to Svalbard’s principal town to disembark the vessel, taking home priceless memories of friends made, wildlife encountered and a once-in-a-lifetime Arctic adventure.

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n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Voyage aboard the indicated vessel in the itinerary; all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea; all shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac; program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff; free use of rubber boots and snow shoes; transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to Longyearbyen; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; AECO fees and governmental taxes; comprehensive pre-departure material.

Exclusions

Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post-cruise land arrangements; transfers to/from the vessel outside Spitsbergen; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges, telecommunication charges, personal gear; the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at 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 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The 16-day Spitsbergen – Greenland – Jan Mayen – Spitsbergen voyage begins and ends in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen (LYR). 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. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues.

Plan flights to arrive to Longyearbyen by 3:00pm on Day 1 of the itinerary. Embarkation time is between 4:00 and 5:00pm on day of departure, with a 6:00pm departure. Transfers in Longyearbyen are provided on specified group flights. Travelers arriving on independently arranged flights should make their own way to the port on day of embarkation and to the airport upon disembarkation.

Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 16 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Longyearbyen no earlier than 2:30am on Day 16. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Guided shore excursions, walks, wildlife spotting and Zodiac cruises are included in the fare and will be offered to all passengers during the voyages. Every day there will be excursions on land, weather and ice permitting. The landings will take 3 to 6 hours per day over untracked area. According to circumstances (the weather, the ice-situation or the passengers’ wishes) the program can sometimes be adjusted. Ample time will be devoted to wildlife, vegetation, geography and history.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x the per-person Twin or Superior listed rates. Single travelers wishing to book on a “sharing basis” may do so at no additional cost in Twin, Triple or Quadruple categories upon availability.

Families & Children

Upon request (some voyages may be excluded), children under 16 years old with parents may receive a 40% discount in the following cabins: Grand Suite, Superior, Triple (1 child sharing with 2 parents/adults) and Quadruple (1 child sharing with 3 parents/adults, or 2 children sharing with 2 parents/adults). Parents are entirely responsible for their children at all times, on land and on board; there is no onboard day care or nursery facility.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $100,000 per person. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; 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 conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

19-Day Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland Itinerary

The 19-day Spitsbergen – Northeast Greenland voyage begins in Longyearbyen, Norway, and ends in Keflavik, Iceland. This Arctic expedition sails to Greenland and explores waters filled with breath-taking scenery and areas that are home to seals, seabirds, whales and polar bears.

Route map of Spitsbergen Northeast Greenland Arctic cruise, operating from Longyearbyen, Norway, to Keflavik, Iceland.
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Day 1
Embark Longyearbyen, Norway

Touch down in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy strolling around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum make for fascinating attractions. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plant have been recorded in it. In the early evening the ship sails out of Isfjorden to possibly spot the first minke whale of the voyage. In the evening, sail for Trygghamna to visit the remains of a 17th-century English whaling station and 18th-century Pomor hunting station the next morning.

Accommodations

Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Trygghamna

From Trygghamna walk to Alkhornet, a large seabird cliff where the birds are scouting out breeding places. Below the cliffs is a common place to spot arctic foxes and see reindeer often graze on the lush vegetation if there’s not too much snow.

Accommodations

Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Fuglefjorden & Raudfjorden

Sail into Fuglefjorden amid views of Svitjodbreen and Birgerbukta, both breeding places for great skuas as well as likely spots to spy a polar bear. Raudfjorden, on the north coast of Spitsbergen, is a fine area for gazing over the glaciers. It’s also a favorite hangout for ringed and bearded seals, colonies of seabird, and the occasional polar bear and beluga whale.

Accommodations

Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 4 - 7
At Sea to East Greenland

After sailing in the Greenland Sea, eventually catch glimpse of the jagged edge of the east Greenland sea ice flashing into sight ahead, depending on the conditions. Keep watch for whales and migrating seabirds here.

Accommodations

Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Foster Bay & Myggbukta

The goal is to sail into Foster Bay, making the first landing at Myggbukta in the late afternoon or evening. Beyond the old hunters’ hut, where in the first half of the 20th century, Norwegian trappers hunted for polar bear and arctic fox, there is a sprawling tundra populated by musk oxen, with geese floating the small lakes.

Accommodations

Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord & Teufelsschloss

Today, sail through Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, enjoying its lofty mountains and bright interior icebergs. In the evening, reach Teufelsschloss, a prominent mountain that comprises part of the Eleonora Bay Supergroup: sedimentary rock created between 950–610 million years ago to a depth of 10 miles. This rust-red, multi-layered unique geology defines the scenery over the coming days.

Accommodations

Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Blomsterbugten & Renbugten

Landing at Blomsterbugten, have a good chance of spotting arctic hare and musk oxen. Noah Lake is home to great northern divers as well as their young, and the hiking opportunities here are numerous. In the afternoon, venture deeper into Kaiser Franz Joseph Fjord, finding shelter in Renbugten. Colossal icebergs and quintessential Arctic scenery accompany you while passing through this narrow fjord system.

Accommodations

Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Renbugten & Antarctic Sound

Today the aim is to land in Renbugten in search of musk oxen and arctic hares. Around lunch, head east into the inversely named Antarctic Sound to enjoy views of the ancient sedimentary rock, arriving at Maria Island before nightfall.

Accommodations

Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Kong Oscars Fjord & Menander Øer

Cut into Kong Oscars Fjord for an attempted landing near Menander Øer, a location with lively walking opportunities.

Accommodations

Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Antarctic Havn

Continuing east, land in Antarctic Havn. Spend the afternoon in this expansive valley, searching for groups of musk oxen. At this time of year, the sparse vegetation is colored with golden fire. Learn about the intriguing geopolitics that played out here in the early 1930s between Norway and Denmark.

Accommodations

Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Scoresby Sund

After spending the day at sea, make for the largest fjord system in the world: Scoresby Sund.

Accommodations

Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 15
Danmark Island

Reach Scoresbysund and sail along the glaciated Volquart Boons Kyst. Enjoy a Zodiac cruise past one of the glacier fronts, along with a visit to the basalt columns and ice formations of Vikingebugt. The afternoon goal is to visit Danmark Island, where you find the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago. The circular stone tent rings indicate the summer houses, while the winter houses can be seen closer to a small cape. The sites are well preserved, with easy identifiable entrances, bear-proof meat caches and grave sites. During the afternoon, sail along the east side of Milne Land amid a number of scattered icebergs.

Accommodations

Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 16
Sydkap & Nordvestfjord

Land near Sydkap, where arctic hares are often seen and during lunch get a glimpse of the entrance to Nordvestfjord in Scoresby Land. Encounter colossal icebergs, some over 328 feet high and a half mile in length. Most of these bergs are grounded, as the fjord is only about 1,312 feet deep.

Accommodations

Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 17
Hurry Inlet & Ittoqqortoormiit

Today, make a tundra landing on Liverpool Land, in Hurry Inlet. The afternoon stop is Ittoqqortoormiit, the largest settlement in Scoresby Sund at about five hundred inhabitants. Buy stamps for your postcards at the post office or just stroll around to see the sled dogs and drying skins of seals and musk oxen. In the afternoon, sail south past the picturesque landscapes of the Blosseville Coast.

Accommodations

Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 18
Hurry Inlet & Jameson Land

In the morning, stop on the south coast of Jameson Land, at a lagoon near Kap Stewart. Here the waders and geese are collecting for their autumn migration, and musk oxen and collared lemmings survive on the meager vegetation. Farther inside Hurry Inlet, take a walk near the head of the fjord as well as one of the rivers that terminate here. There’s also the chance of a climb up the mountain of J.P. Koch Fjeld, near Hareelv. In this remarkable area, scientists found fossils that linked fish and amphibians in the lower Cretaceous period. Spend the night at anchor off Constable Pynt.

Accommodations

Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 19
Disembark Constable Pynt, Greenland, to Keflavik, Iceland

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. Make the final landing at the airfield on Constable Pynt, Greenland, then fly by chartered plane to Keflavik, Iceland, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

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n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Voyage aboard the indicated vessel in the itinerary; all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea; all shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac; program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff; free use of snow shoes; transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to Longyearbyen; Transfer and baggage handling between ship and airport in Constable Pynt; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; AECO fees and governmental taxes; comprehensive pre-departure material.

Exclusions

Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post-cruise land arrangements; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at 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 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The 19-day Spitsbergen – Northeast Greenland voyage begins in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen (LYR), and ends in Keflavik, Iceland (KEF). 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. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. The ship disembarks in Constable Pynt, Greenland, with a charter flight transfer to Keflavik, Iceland (KEF) on Day 19. There is a surcharge for this airfare; contact AdventureSmith to request price details when they become available. Plan flights to depart Keflavik anytime during the day after disembarkation. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Guided shore excursions, walks, wildlife spotting and Zodiac cruises are included in the fare and will be offered to all passengers during the voyages. Every day there will be excursions on land, weather and ice permitting. The landings will take 3 to 6 hours per day over untracked area. According to circumstances (the weather, the ice-situation or the passengers’ wishes) the program can sometimes be adjusted. Ample time will be devoted to wildlife, vegetation, geography and history.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x the per-person Twin or Superior listed rates. Single travelers wishing to book on a “sharing basis” may do so at no additional cost in Twin, Triple or Quadruple categories upon availability.

Families & Children

Upon request (some voyages may be excluded), children under 16 years old with parents may receive a 40% discount in triple cabins (1 child sharing with 2 parents/adults). Parents are entirely responsible for their children at all times, on land and on board; there is no onboard day care or nursery facility.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $100,000 per person. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; 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 conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

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Hondius

The 170-guest M/V Hondius was built exclusively for cruises in Antarctica and the Arctic. She is one of the strongest ice-strengthened vessels currently cruising in the polar regions.

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Janssonius

The 170-guest M/V Janssonius is built exclusively for polar cruises in Antarctica and the Arctic. View ship info and a review from the experts at AdventureSmith Explorations.

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Ortelius

The 116-guest M/V Ortelius is an ice-strengthened small ship designed for polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica. She offers passengers a quality exploratory wildlife program to spend as much time ashore as possible.

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Plancius

The Plancius is a 116-passenger small ship designed and built exclusively for polar cruises. A wide variety of cabins, ample space on five decks and a wide range of activities offered make the Plancius a great option for active expedition cruises.

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Rembrandt van Rijn

The intimate 33-guest three-mast schooner S/V Rembrandt van Rijn is well suited for expedition cruising among the fjords of Greenland, and for a Northern Lights itinerary in the Arctic.

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