Arctic Islands: Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland

Experience close encounters of the Arctic kind on this 14 day cruise from Oslo to Reykjavic. Visit the world's largest national park and spot wildlife.

14 Days
Oslo to Reykjavik
From (AUD)
$ 23,945
Dates & Pricing

2020 Oslo > Reykjavik

Close encounters of the Arctic kind

This cruise offers the complete Arctic experience, walking on the tundra in the midst of exquisite dwarf vegetation, searching for sometimes elusive wildlife, hiking to breathtaking mountain vistas and mingling with indigenous communities.
Starting on Spitsbergen, explore the magnificent coastline of carved glaciers, towering bird cliffs and pack ice. Search for walrus, reindeer and even polar bear, the kings of the Arctic. Cross the Greenland Sea and follow the Greenlandic coastline, visiting the world’s largest national park and cruising through some of the world’s largest, pristine fjord systems.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
201N
Duration:
14 days
Departure City:
Oslo
Return City:
Reykjavik

Selected Itinerary

14 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Oslo - Longyearbyen

    Fly from Oslo to the administrative capital of Svalbard, Longyearbyen, where you will board Scenic Eclipse and be warmly welcomed by the crew. Toast the start of your adventure at tonight’s welcome reception where the Captain will introduce the crew and your expert Discovery Team. 

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Svalbard Archipelago

    The Svalbard Archipelago is one of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas, with rugged glaciers and frozen tundras waiting to be explored. Due to her size and unique technological capabilities, Scenic Eclipse will take you on an in-depth exploration of this fragile region of vast environmental significance with minimal impact. Due to the extraordinary nature of the region, the sailing and expedition schedule is flexible. Your experienced Captain and Discovery Leader will carefully plan each day’s activities based on the conditions. 
    Discovery: Our cruises include a vast range of tailored Scenic Discovery experiences and getting out into the big wild will be a highlight. Equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs, kayaks and a submarine (additional cost and subject to regulatory approval), daily Scenic Discovery excursions to search for the wildlife, marine life and their predators will take you to places of your wildest dreams.

    Scenic Eclipse cruises in the prime time for wildlife spotting, and there will be opportunities to be on the lookout for the dominant predators including Polar bear, who number as many as 3,000 animals, as well as the Arctic fox. Marine species include the carefully protected walrus with its characteristic tusks and several species of whales. Once hunted almost out of existence in a region now transformed into a dedicated conservation area, your encounters with these giants of the sea will be a memory to treasure. There will be the chance to cruise secluded bays and stunning fjords and glaciers on the west coast of the island. Each day, the Discovery Leaders will schedule activities so that when you’re on board you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied, including entertaining presentations, documentaries and more. There will also be time for you to relax in your suite, watch the live streaming on your TV from the exterior cameras, and tempt your palate as you explore the extensive range of dining options.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Svalbard Archipelago

    Continue exploring the Svalbard Archipelago.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Svalbard Archipelago

    Continue exploring the Svalbard Archipelago.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - At Sea

    Cruise towards the East Coast of Greenland, crossing the Greenland Sea and following the edge of the ice. Relax on board and make use of the Spa Sanctuary or even take a yoga class in the studio. There’ll be insightful lectures and presentations from the Discovery Team in the theatre. From your verandah keep an eye out for whales and sea ice.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - At Sea

    Enjoy a day relaxing at sea and take advantage of the many facilities on board your luxury yacht.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - North East Greenland

    Approaching North East Greenland you may encounter  a variety of seabirds such as northern Fulmar and migratory Brunnichs guillemots. This stretch of coastline is ripe for exploration, with its many secrets locked in place by drift ice for up to eight months each year. Home to polar bear, snowy owl and musk ox, it’s the world’s largest national park, covering 972,000km2, most of which is inland ice, and the rest a fjord landscape.
    Discovery: Enjoy Scenic Discovery excursions exploring by Zodiac, looking for musk ox, Arctic hare and eider ducks, or discover old trappers huts on hikes across the tundra. Conditions permitting, there will be a good chance for kayakers to paddle the waterways.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - East Coast Fjords

    Spend five days cruising and exploring Greenland’s magnificent East Coast Fjords, the world’s largest fjord system. Cruise among glorious icebergs and active volcanoes and feel the spray of thundering waterfalls. Enter Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, a remote and rarely visited fjord system that lies within the North East Greenland National Park with countless opportunities for exploration. Cruising through Kong Oskar Fjord you will marvel at the geological beauty of the mountains. Head south along the coast of Liverpool Land, on a passage that is dependent on ice conditions, to reach Scoresby Sund, the world’s biggest fjord. Massive glaciers dump into this fjord, the birthplace of the famous big Greenland icebergs. Visit the remote Inuit community of Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresby Town) to learn about their lifestyle in this remote and harsh environment.
    Discovery: Partake in Scenic Discovery excursions from hiking across the tundra in search of ancient graveyards and abandoned summer villages occupied 3,000 years ago by Eskimos. This area provides excellent opportunities for kayaking in its maze of calm, interconnecting waterways. If luck is on your side, the shy and sometimes elusive wildlife may be seen, from musk oxen to Arctic hares.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - East Coast Fjords

    Cruise among glorious icebergs and active volcanoes and feel the spray of thundering waterfalls.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - East Coast Fjords

    Cruise among glorious icebergs and active volcanoes and feel the spray of thundering waterfalls.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - East Coast Fjords

    Cruise among glorious icebergs and active volcanoes and feel the spray of thundering waterfalls.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - East Coast Fjords

    Cruise among glorious icebergs and active volcanoes and feel the spray of thundering waterfalls.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - At Sea

    Cruise the Denmark Strait across to the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik. The  expert Discovery Team will recount your extraordinary adventures to leave you with a rich understanding and lasting memories of this very remote, pristine and fragile environment.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Reykjavik

    Iceland’s capital city signals the end of your cruise as you disembark taking away a lifetime of wonderful memories.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Your all-inclusive cruise features:
  • Only 200 guests on board
  • 100% spacious Verandah Suites
  • Butler service for every guest
  • Up to nine on board dining experiences, from casual to fine dining
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • 16 member Specialist Polar Discovery Team
  • Scenic Discovery excursions
  • Engaging lecture and education program on board
  • Complimentary expedition parka, water bottle plus use of special polar boots
  • Internal flights and taxes
  • All tipping and gratuities

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