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

Discover abundant wildlife, traditional Inuit communities and awe-inspiring scenery as you experience four unique Arctic regions on this exciting expedition cruise, with thrilling Zodiac landings

Expedition Holiday
  • Polar Bear in the Arctic
  • Longyearbyen, Svalbard
  • Svalbard
  • Svalbard
  • Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland
  • Greenland

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From glistening icebergs to incredible wildlife and traditional Inuit culture, the Arctic islands of Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Greenland and Iceland have a lot to offer.

Join your ship in Longyearbyen in the Svalbard archipelago, renowned for its stunning scenery and varied wildlife including polar bears and walrus. Sail south to the volcanic island of Jan Mayen, a nature reserve so remote that few have been fortunate enough to explore it. Continue to Greenland’s east coast, cruising deep into Scoresbysund to explore the world’s largest fjord system. Sailing under the midnight sun to Reykjavik is a fitting finale to this epic expedition voyage.

You'll discover why the Arctic has been inspiring explorers for centuries, and enjoy exciting Zodiac landings accompanied by an experienced Expedition Team.

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Four Arctic Islands

Day 1 - Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)

Embark your ship in Longyearbyen.

Days 2-5 - Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen is the largest island in the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago and offers abundant wildlife and outstanding natural beauty. You may be lucky enough to see walrus, polar bears and Svalbard reindeer. Bird lovers will be thrilled to see arctic terns, skuas and kittiwakes, to name but a few. If conditions permit, you could sail within 10 degrees of the North Pole!

Days 6-7 - At sea

As you sail south towards Jan Mayen, your Expedition Team will keep you informed with presentations about the fascinating wildlife, geology, ecology and climate, and the incredible sights that await. On deck, you’ll learn to identify seabirds and keep an eye out for whales.

Days 8-9 - Jan Mayen Island

Jan Mayen in the North Atlantic Ocean is often shrouded in thick fog. This natural reserve is rarely visited and landing here will be determined by the weather conditions. The Beerenberg volcano has impressive glaciers which flow into the sea. You may be able to get a good view of the volcano and the cliffs as you cruise by Zodiac around the island, which is home to breeding seabirds.

Days 10-14 - Scoresbysund (Greenland)

There will be plenty of opportunities to explore ashore or by Zodiac. Discover the remains of ancient Thule settlements and meet the locals in Ittoqqortoormiit to learn about their way of life. You'll have the chance to purchase unique handicrafts. In terms of wildlife, you may be able to see muskoxen, polar bears and arctic hares, as well as seabirds.

Days 15-16 - At sea

Enjoy a lecture with the Expedition Team as you spend time at sea cruising the Denmark Strait towards Iceland.

Day 17 - Reykjavik (Iceland)

Disembark in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik.

When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

Price Includes

  • 16-night full board cruise
  • Wine and beer with dinner during the cruise
  • Soft drinks during bar opening hours during the cruise
  • Complimentary coffee, tea and water at all times during the cruise
  • Zodiac landings and shore landings, walks and hikes
  • Lectures by the Expedition Team
  • Quark Parka to keep
  • Loan of waterproof knee-high boots
  • Port charges and taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights – we can arrange these for you
  • Overseas transfers
  • Optional excursions such as paddling and kayaking
  • Gratuities

Additional Information

  • We recommend you take Quark's transfer package for $695 USD which includes:
  • Overnight pre-cruise airport hotel stay in Oslo
  • Oslo to Longyearbyen charter flight
  • Airport to port transfer in Longyearbyen
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