Svalbard, Iceland and Greenland's East Coast

National Geographic Explorer Cruise Ship
National Geographic Explorer
148 Passengers

See the majestic setting that the lordly polar bear freely roams as we explore the Arctic Svalbard archipelago of Norway, pulling the ship’s bow up to blue-veined glaciers, alighting on islands where caribou drift like smoke across the tundra. Go from the TV series depiction of Vikings to a real sense of their heroism. From Svalbard, we’ll follow in the wake of these, and other fearless explorers and colonists to discover the dramatic landscapes and rich traditions of Greenland and Iceland. This itinerary enables you to:

• See polar bears in their natural habitat, the sea ice, in the gorgeous, uninhabited wilds of Svalbard far from any human settlements — accompanied by expert spotters to increase your sightings
• Follow in the wake of the 10th-century Viking explorers along the ice shelf
• Discover the dramatic landscapes and rich traditions of Greenland; explore the seldom-seen east coast fjords & icebergs; spot white-tailed eagles, among the 60 species of birds that breed in Greenland
• Actively explore Iceland’s Westfjord region; walk on lava fields and ice sheets, feel the spray of gushing hot springs and cascading waterfalls; cruise among magnificent icebergs
• Meet the intriguing people able to thrive in their Arctic homelands
• Enjoy superlative photo ops & on-board photo assistance
• Travel confidently in the company of Arctic experts, committed and able to provide you with an extraordinary experience

Brief Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 Home Fly Overnight to Oslo, Norway
Day 3 Oslo/Longyearbyen/Embark
Days 4 to 16 Exploring Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland
Day 17 Reykjavik/Disembark/Home

Days 1 & 2 — Home/Fly Overnight to Oslo, Norway

Fly overnight to Oslo (flight not included). On arrival, check into the hotel and explore this charming city. Stroll amid Oslo’s famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures set in parkland. Visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian polar explorers Nansen and Amundsen. The evening is at leisure.

Day 3 — Oslo/Longyearbyen/Embark

Depart Oslo on a charter flight and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen. Embark National Geographic Explorer.

Days 4 to 16 — Exploring Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland

Our day-by-day itinerary, in keeping with the nature of an expedition, will be a thoughtfully considered framework based on our long experience in this dynamic arctic region. We’ll take full advantage of our ‘human resources’—our experienced Captain, expedition leader and naturalists—as well as our technological resources. Armed with the latest satellite imagery, we’ll chart where the ice is impenetrable, and where there are leads guiding us to exciting discoveries. We have an ice-strengthened hull and forward-searching sonar, plus agile Zodiacs and kayaks, allowing us to make forays among the icebergs. The Undersea Specialist will deploy the ROV, bringing back imagery few, if any, have ever seen.  And with unforgettable days in the ice and two photographers on board, you’ll have assistance to get your best photos ever.

We begin in Svalbard, Norway—a place of deep fjords, snowcapped mountains, and massive ice sheets. Nowhere can the polar bear be seen more reliably in its natural environment than here. Venture to the foot of vast tidewater glaciers, kayak among sparkling icebergs, hike the tundra, and explore fjords that split the coastline.

Svalbard’s wonders are a prelude to days ahead of discoveries on unknown shores, following the ice’s edge. Our quest is to discover the Arctic’s grand wilderness. Be on deck as our captain navigates between icebergs that drift from the calving glaciers. And if the ice yields, we’ll aim for Scoresbysund, on the east coast of Greenland, still awakening from winter’s long icy grip. If the ice is unrelenting, we’ll head to Iceland.

The finale of our journey is the west coast of Iceland: Isafjördur, a picture postcard of Icelandic life; the immense Látrabjarg cliffs, home to a huge population of razorbills; and Flatey Island, a former trading post.

Day 17 — Reykjavik/Disembark/Home

Our grand adventure takes us to Iceland’s lively capital city, Reykjavik. Have a guided overview of the old town, and visit the famous Blue Lagoon thermal baths, prior to your flight home (flight not included).

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Cat SB Solo
Charter
Air
Photography
$17,940Full$18,980Full$19,990Full$21,470Full$24,890Full$29,250Full$33,700Full$23,720Full$24,990Full$400 
Photography
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$10,850Limited$11,590Limited$12,100Limited$12,790Limited$16,350Limited$17,900Full$20,400Limited$14,490Limited$15,130Limited$800 
Photography
$10,850Limited$11,590Limited$12,100Limited$12,790Limited$16,350Limited$17,900Limited$20,400Limited$14,490Limited$15,130Limited$800 
Photography
$10,850Limited$11,590Limited$12,100Limited$12,790Limited$16,350Limited$17,900Limited$20,400Limited$14,490Limited$15,130Limited$800 
Photography
$10,850Limited$11,590Limited$12,100Limited$12,790Limited$16,350Limited$17,900Limited$20,400Limited$14,490Limited$15,130Limited$800 
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Free Charter Air Oslo/ Longyearbyen
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Photography
$10,990Limited$12,460Limited$12,990Limited$14,790Limited$16,230Limited$19,380Limited$22,500Limited$15,550Limited$16,270Limited 
Photography
$10,990Limited$12,460Limited$12,990Limited$14,790Limited$16,230Limited$19,380Limited$22,500Limited$15,550Limited$16,270Limited 
Photography
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Photography
$10,990Limited$12,460Limited$12,990Limited$14,790Limited$16,230Limited$19,380Limited$22,500Limited$15,550Limited$16,270Limited 
Photography
Charter air: Reykjavík/Kangerlussuaq/Reykjavík
$16,890Limited$17,990Limited$18,920Limited$20,300Limited$24,490Limited$28,200Limited$32,500Limited$22,490Limited$23,600Limited$1,520 
Photography
$9,620Limited$10,170Limited$10,620Limited$11,320Limited$13,350Limited$15,250Limited$18,100Limited$12,710Limited$13,280Limited 
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Prices are per person, double occupancy unless indicated solo.  All trips may incur a fuel surcharge.

Kayaking is available as an additional activity available to all passengers and arranged onboard free of charge.

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$11,320Limited$12,730Limited$13,240Limited$15,130Limited$16,470Limited$19,720Limited$22,870Limited$15,910Limited$16,550Limited 
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Charter air: Reykjavík/Kangerlussuaq/Reykjavík
$17,290Limited$18,530Limited$19,280Limited$20,700Limited$24,970Limited$28,790Limited$33,370Limited$23,160Limited$24,100Limited$1,520 
Photography
$9,810Limited$10,370Limited$10,750Limited$11,430Limited$13,470Limited$15,420Limited$18,330Limited$12,970Limited$13,440Limited 
Photography
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Prices are per person, double occupancy unless indicated solo.  All trips may incur a fuel surcharge.

Kayaking is available as an additional activity available to all passengers and arranged onboard free of charge.

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   Category 1
Cabins feature one or two Portholes. Most cabins feature two lower single beds. Cabins 303-306 feature one queen-sized bed. All offer a writing desk, reading lamps, bathroom with a roomy glass-wall shower stall, and a TV showing the ship's position and programing.
    Category 2 with Window
Cabins feature two lower single beds (some can convert to a queen-sized bed), and one large window. They offer a writing desk, reading lamps, bathroom with a roomy glass-wall shower stall, and a TV showing the ship's position and programming.
  Category 3 with Window
Cabins feature two lower single beds (some can convert to a queen-sized bed), one large window, and two sitting chairs and a small table and ample storage. They have a writing desk, reading lamps, bathroom with a roomy glass-wall shower stall, and a TV showing the ship's position and programming.
  Category 4 with Window
Cabins feature two lower single beds and at least one large window. Cabin 217, 226 & 228 feature one queen-size bed. All cabins feature climate controls, a TV showing the ship's position and programing. Bathrooms are also generously sized with a roomy glass-walled shower stall.
  Category 5 with Balcony
These cabins feature a balcony with sliding glass doors, feature one queen-sized bed, a writing desk and chairs, climate controls, a TV showing the ship's position and programing. Bathrooms are also generously sized with a roomy glass-walled shower stall. Cabin 221 has two lower single beds that can convert to an Olympic-sized queen.
  Category 6 Suite
Spacious cabins. Those on the Veranda Deck can be converted into Triples, while Upper Deck cabin has private balcony. All feature two lower single beds that can be converted into a queen, a writing desk, chairs, and a TV. Bathrooms are generously sized with a roomy glass-walled shower stall and twin sinks.
  Category 7 Suite with Balcony
These large cabins with private balconies have two lower single beds that can convert to an Olympic-sized queen. They have seating areas and can be converted to triples. Bathrooms are generously sized with a roomy glass-walled shower stall and twin sinks.
  Category Solo A with Window
These cabins feature one lower single bed and a large window, a writing desk, reading lamp, bathroom with a roomy glass-wall shower stall, and a TV showing the ship's position and programming.
  Category Solo B with Window
These cabins feature one lower single bed and a large window, a writing desk, reading lamp, bathroom with a roomy glass-walled shower stall, and a TV showing the ship's position and programming.