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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Arctic Islands Discovery

Discover the dynamic landscapes and superb wildlife of mythical Iceland, visit far-flung Jan Mayen Island and explore Spitsbergen, land of the polar bear, on this Arctic Islands expedition cruise

Cruise Only
9 nights from £3507pp

Expedition Holiday
  • Reykjavik
  • Geyser, Iceland
  • Puffins
  • Spitsbergen
  • Polar bear

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

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Explore the highlights of the Arctic, from the teeming birdlife of Iceland to the isolated island of Jan Mayen and Svalbard’s powerful walrus and polar bear. Optional excursions include kayaking, hiking and horse riding.

Sail from Reykjavik to the pretty town of Stykkisholmur to see its dramatic landscape of lava formations, glaciers and hot springs, and see the colourful puffins on the picturesque island of Flatey.

Explore the remote, rarely-visited island of Jan Mayen which is dominated by a huge active volcano. The Svalbard Archipelago is home to 3,000 polar bears so there may be the chance to spot one of these magnificent beasts. Spitsbergen's landscape ranges from dramatic glaciers and stunning fjords to green tundra and colourful summer flowers.

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Arctic Islands Discovery 9-night Itinerary

Day 1 - Reykjavik (Iceland)

Embark ship in Reykjavik. Perhaps take the opportunity to explore the city's surrounding mountains, geysers and glaciers before embarkation.

Day 2 - Stykkisholmur - Flatey

Enjoy a visit to Stykkisholmur, which has well-preserved houses in the town centre. Explore the several interesting museums or enjoy the view from the church over Breidarfjordur. Exciting optional activities include kayaking, hiking and horse riding. Take a step back in time on the picturesque island of Flatey where colourful puffins come to breed and look after their young in early summer.

Day 3 - Hornbjarg Cliff - Reykjafjordur

Hornbjarg Cliff is home to a rich diversity of birds, which you'll be able to see from the deck of the ship. Reykjafjordur can only be reached by boat or on foot and conditions permitting, we will take a closer at this beautiful area.

Day 4 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day sailing through the Denmark Strait.

Day 5 - Jan Mayen Island (Norway)

This isolated island is visited by very few people and is dominated by Beerenberg, the most northerly active volcano in the world. Visits to Jan Mayen are very rare; Fram is one of the few vessels operating in the area and today the crew will attempt to land on this remote island.

Day 6 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day cruising the Barents Sea.

Days 7-9 - South Spitsbergen National Park

The ice and weather will guide where the ship visits whilst exploring South Spitsbergen National Park. There might be a trip to Hornsund to see the majestic Brepollen Glacier and, conditions permitting, there could be the chance to traverse a glacier on foot. At St Jonsfjord the green tundra contrasts with the pink and yellow summer flowers and the blue and white ice. There may be the chance to spot walrus at Poolepynten on Prins Karls Forland and as the Svalbard archipelago is home to around 3,000 polars there may be a sighting of this marine mammal on the drift ice or in the ocean.

Day 10 - Longyearbyen - Oslo

Disembark ship in Longyearbyen and transfer to the airport for the flight to Oslo.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Arctic Islands Discovery 11-night Itinerary

Day 1 - Reykjavik (Iceland)

Embark ship in Reykjavik. Perhaps take the opportunity to explore the city's surrounding mountains, geysers and glaciers before embarkation.

Day 2 - Stykkisholmur - Flatey

Enjoy a visit to Stykkisholmur, which has well-preserved houses in the town centre. Explore the several interesting museums or enjoy the view from the church over Breidarfjordur. Exciting optional activities include kayaking, hiking and horse riding. Take a step back in time on the picturesque island of Flatey where colourful puffins come to breed and look after their young in early summer.

Day 3 - Patreksfjordur

This picturesque fjords offers scenic hiking opportunities, weather permitting. Patreksfjördur is close to the spectacular Dynjandi waterfall and Latrabjarg which is famous for its birdlife.

Day 4 - Isafjordur

Isafjordur is the capital of the Westfjords region of Iceland, and for centuries it was a major centre of commerce and trading. Stroll around this charming town and marvel at the diverse architecture. Discover the country's oldest dwelling and timber houses built by wealthy foreign traders in the 18th century. Choose from optional excursions including horse riding and walking tours.

Day 5 - Djupavik

Discover the natural beauty of Djupavik, a remote settlement with a ruined herring salting factory dating back to 1917.

Day 6 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 7 - Jan Mayen Island (Norway)

This isolated island is visited by very few people and is dominated by Beerenberg, the most northerly active volcano in the world. Visits to Jan Mayen are very rare; Fram is one of the few vessels operating in the area and today the crew will attempt to land on this remote island.

Day 8 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Days 9-11 - North West Spitsbergen National Park

The ice and weather will guide where the ship visits whilst exploring North West Spitsbergen National Park. There may be landings to explore Svalbard's whaling history, with the remnants of antique blubber ovens to discover. In Kongsfjord mighty glaicers calve icebergs into the sea and in Liefdefjord there is the chance to enjoy a small boat cruise past the magnificent Monaco Glacier or possibly land here for a hike. In Magdalenafjord there may be the chance for a swim to earn your Arctic swimming certificate, or enjoy a kayak trip.

Day 12 - Longyearbyen - Oslo

Disembark ship in Longyearbyen and transfer to the airport for the flight to Oslo.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 9 or 11-night full-board voyage in cabin grade of your choice
  • Flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo
  • Transfer from ship to airport in Longyearbyen
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Wind and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats
  • Activities on board and ashore
  • Lectures with the Expedition Team

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights - we can arrange these for you, please contact us for a quote
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

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