The Spitsbergen and Greenland cruise sails the Arctic waters filled with breath-taking scenery, passing through areas that are home to seals, seabirds, whales, and hopefully polar bears.
Greenland or “Kalaallit Nunaat” (“Land of the People") in the Greenlandic language is a place of extremes. Located between the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, it is dominated by the second largest ice-sheet in the world. Despite the restricted access to land due to the ice sheet, Greenland sports a diverse array of wildlife.
Many land mammals enjoy the northern and eastern shores of Greenland where human populations are few and far between. The waters around Greenland are alive with belugas, blues, fins, Greenland whales, minkes, narwhals, and sperm whales. This Arctic Voyage is an expedition-style adventure like none other, and promises to be a memorable experience.
At a glance
19 Nights / 20 Days
14 Guests, 2 Wild Eye Guides
From $22,650.00 per single guest
Minimum 25% deposit to secure
Wildlife, Landscapes, Expedition-style Adventure
Svalbard, Greenland, Iceland
- Local guides
- Two Wild Eye photographic guide
- In field photographic tuition
- Post processing tuition
- Full Expedition from day 1 (embarking on the vessel at 16:00), to leaving the vessel on day 20
- All meals and drinks during the tour
- Passport and visa costs (if applicable)
- Gratuities and items of a personal nature
- Drinks and meals not specified
- Transfers not specified
- International flights to Longyearbyen, and from Akureyri / Iceland
- Pre accommodation in Oslo + Longyearbyen and Post Accommodation on the in Akureyri, which can be arrange by Wild Eye.
6 Spaces available
15 Aug - 03 Sep 2024
Gerry van der Walt
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Day 1 Embarkation in Longyearbyen | Day 2 – 3 West Spitsbergen | Day 4 – 5 Days at sea along the sea ice | Day 6 – 9 Northeast Greenland | Day 10 Greenland exploration | Day 11 Isikaja and mainland | Day 12 – 15 Scoresby Sund | Day 16 Scoresby Sund , Ittoqqortoormiit | Day 17 – 18 Days at sea across the Denmark Strait | Day 19 Ocean crossing and overnight | Day 20 Disembarkation Akureyri / Iceland
Touch down in Longyearbyen
Touch down in Longyearbyen, the administrative centre of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Luggage and passenger transfer from Longyearbyen airport to ship will be provided. In our free time, we'll enjoy strolling around this former mining town, enjoying its fascinating attractions. Embarkation starts at 16:00 hrs. In the early evening the ship sails out of Isfjorden, where we might spot the first minke whale of our voyage. In the evening we sail for Trygghamna, where we'lll see the remains of a 17th-century English whaling station and 18th-century Pomor hunting station, and more!
Foxes, seabirds, and grazing reindeer
From Trygghamna we'll 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 we may also see reindeer grazing on the lush vegetation if there’s not too much snow.
Fuglefjorden to Raudfjorden
We sail into Fuglefjorden amid views of Svitjodbreen and Birgerbukta, both breeding places for great skuas as well as likely spots to view 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.
Day 4 - 7
Onward to east Greenland
You may eventually see the jagged edge of the east Greenland sea ice flashing into sight ahead, depending on the conditions. Keep watch for whales and migrating seabirds along the way.
Remains of the trappers
The goal is to sail into Foster Bay, making our 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.
Bright bergs and big mountains
We sail through Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, enjoying its lofty mountains and bright interior icebergs. In the evening we'll 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 16 km (10 miles). This rust-red multi-layered unique geology defines the scenery over the coming days.
The essential Arctic
Landing at Blomsterbugten, we'll 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 we'll venture deeper into Kaiser Franz Joseph Fjord, finding shelter in Renbugten. Colossal icebergs and quintessential Arctic scenery accompany us while passing through this narrow fjord system.
Into the Antarctic Sound
Today the aim is to land in Renbugten in search of musk oxen and Arctic hares. Around lunch we head east into the inversely named Antarctic Sound, enjoying views of the ancient sedimentary rock. We should arrive at Maria Island before nightfall.
We'll cut into Kong Oscars Fjord for an attempted landing near Menander Øer, a location with lively walking opportunities.
Colors of Arctic autumn
Continuing east, we'll land in Antarctic Havn. We'll spend the afternoon in this expansive valley, where we can see groups of musk oxen. At this time of year, the sparse vegetation is colored with golden fire. Our guide will be able to tell us about the intriguing geopolitics that played out here in the early 1930s between Norway and Denmark.
Sailing to Scoresbysund
Spending the day at sea, we make for the largest fjord system in the world: Scoresbysund.
Inuit neighborhood of yesteryear
Today we'll reach Scoresbysund, sailing along the glaciated Volquart Boons Kyst. We may also 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 we'll 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, you sail along the east side of Milne Land amid a number of scattered icebergs.
Nordvestfjord’s enormous icebergs
Today, we'll land near Sydkap, where Arctic hares are often seen, and during lunch we'll get a glimpse of the entrance to Nordvestfjord in Scoresby Land. Here you encounter colossal icebergs, some over 100 meters high (328 feet) and more than a kilometer in length (.6 mile). Most of these bergs are grounded, as the fjord is only about 400 meters deep (1,312 feet).
Settlement at Scoresbysund
In the morning we'll 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. The afternoon stop is Ittoqqortoormiit, the largest settlement in Scoresbysund at about five hundred inhabitants. At the post office you can buy stamps for your postcards, or just stroll around to see the sled dogs and drying skins of seals and musk oxen. In the evening we sail south, passing the picturesque landscapes of Kap Brewster on the Blosseville Coast.
Day 18 - 19
Sea Life under the northern lights
Two days at sea grants us the opportunity to spot whales and seabirds – and at night, the magical northern lights.
Journey’s end at Akureyri
Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. We'll disembark in Akureyri latest at 09:00 AM.
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