Ultimate Arctic Islands & Iceland

Experience the Ultimate Arctic Islands & Iceland on this 23 day journey from Oslo to Reykjavic. Encounter glaciers, active volcanoes & spectacular fjords.

23 Days
Oslo to Reykjavik
From (AUD)
$ 33,690
Dates & Pricing

2020 Oslo > Reykjavik

The jewels in the Arctic crown

This comprehensive voyage will take you from the Svalbard Archipelago to Greenland’s fjords and then a circumnavigation of Iceland. Massive glaciers, active volcanoes, spectacular fjords, unique cultures and intriguing history – this voyage has it all.
Explore the icy wonderlands at the top of the world in the Svalbard Archipelago, the kingdom of the polar bear. Discover the pristine fjords and waterways of the world’s largest island, along the east coast of Greenland before circumnavigating Iceland and uncovering its secrets.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
202N
Duration:
23 days
Departure City:
Oslo
Return City:
Reykjavik

Selected Itinerary

23 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.

    Please book your flight to arrive prior to 5am. A pre tour night or city stay is advisable to ensure you meet the included flight to Longyearbyen  on embarkation day. Your included ontour flight will not be finalised until closer to departure.

    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 quirky capital city is yours to discover at leisure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula

    Sparkling fjords, dramatic volcanic peaks, sheer sea cliffs and vast lava flows beckon as you cruise in and around the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Look for the vast concentrations of bird species nesting on the treacherous Látrabjarg cliffs, and marine life in the waters of the Peninsula. 
    Discovery: With a flexible itinerary and depending on the conditions, take Scenic Discovery excursions by kayak or onshore for landings.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Isafjördur

    Lying in the incredibly stunning landscapes of the Westfjords is the small town of Isafjördur.

    Freechoice

    Visit the Ósvör Maritime Museum.

    Discovery: Choose a Scenic Discovery excursion from a walk in search of birdlife on Vigur Island, to a hike in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, or take a kayak adventure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Grimsey Island - Akureyri

    Keep your eyes open for whales and dolphins as you cruise to Grimsey Island, straddling the Arctic Circle. 
    Discovery: Scenic Discovery excursions by kayak offer opportunities to spot puffins and other birdlife, or take a walk across this small island and cross the Arctic Circle. Cruise into the harbour of Akureyri this evening and admire the views of the brightly coloured houses against the backdrop of a snow-capped mountain under the sultry hues of the Arctic summer evening. There is ample time to explore at your leisure and enjoy some of the local nightlife.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Akureyri

    Freechoice

    Enter the Herring Era Museum to learn about this once thriving industry, or explore Akureyri and taste local specialties. Choose the Laufas Open Air Museum and Godafoss Waterfall or play a round of golf.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Húsavík

    Nestled on the edge of Shaky Bay, the town of Húsavík is one of the best locations in Iceland to see multiple species of whales.

    Freechoice

    Board the traditional fishing boats for a whale-watching cruise or visit the geothermal region of Lake Mývatn. Alternatively enter Vatnajökull National Park and see the impressive Dettifoss waterfall whose powerful flow originates from the largest glacier in Iceland.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Seydisfjördur

    Docking right in the heart of this charming town settled by wealthy Norwegian fishermen gives free time to explore at leisure.

    Freechoice

    Your local guide will share stories of the town on a walking tour including a short concert in the Blue Church, or meet some local residents and share morning tea together, discovering their way of life.

    Discovery: Choose a Scenic Discovery excursion hiking in the Skálanes nature reserve.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Westman Islands

    Born from geological volatility, this small archipelago is home to vast species of birdlife in the short summer, including nesting puffins. Heimaey was the site of the eruption of the Eldfell volcano in 1973 that covered most of the island with volcanic ash.

    Freechoice

    Tour the island and visit the Volcano Museum built around one of the destroyed houses, or cruise around the island with a local captain in search of birdlife, including the puffin colonies.

    Discovery: Take a Scenic Discovery excursion hiking over the lava fields to the top of the new volcanic cone.

    Enrich

    Be immersed in Icelandic culture and folklore at a private performance.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Thorlakshofn

    Freechoice

    Visit the geothermal area and see how the power generated sustains daily life on the island. Choose to visit the small village of Eyrarbakki and taste some local lobster, or take a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.

    Discovery: Take a Scenic Discovery excursion hiking the glacial fields at Mýrdalsjökull ice cap.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Reykjavik

    Reykjavik signals the end of your cruise as you disembark taking with you a lifetime of wonderful memories. Please book your flight to depart after 12pm.

    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 ten on board dining experiences, from casual to fine dining
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • 16 member Specialist Polar Discovery Team
  • Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Scenic Discovery excursions
  • Explore by night with late departures
  • 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

Pricing & Availability