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

The Three Arctic Islands

Explore the best of the eastern Arctic on this expedition cruise from Spitsbergen to Greenland and Spitsbergen, discovering iconic wildlife, ancient Thule settlements and calving glaciers

Cruise Only
13 nights from £7267pp

Expedition Holiday
  • Iceberg, Greenland
  • Iceberg, Greenland
  • Svalbard
  • Reykjavik

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Discover the Arctic on this Spitsbergen, Greenland, and Iceland adventure for the chance to see polar bears, walrus and muskoxen as well as spectacular glaciers and dramatic fjords.

Head above the Arctic Circle to Spitsbergen, in the Svalbard archipelago, then sail to Greenland to explore the world's largest fjord system before disembarking in Reykjavik, Iceland. The towering cliffs, iconic wildlife, massive glaciers and swaths of untouched tundra of these three islands never cease to impress. Whilst sailing, onboard experts will teach you about the wildlife and history of the places visited. The Arctic has been inspiring explorers for centuries, and this expedition cruise offers the chance for you to discover why.

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The Three Arctic Islands: Oslo to Reykjavik

Day 1 - Longyearbyen (Svalbard)

Embark your ship in Longyearbyen.

Day 2-5 - Spitsbergen

Exploring Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, rewards you with a wide range of wildlife and austere beauty. Here, you’ll explore spectacular glacier fronts and steep-walled fjords, with walrus, polar bears and Svalbard reindeer amongst the possible wildlife sightings as well as arctic terns, skuas, long-tailed ducks, kittiwakes and ivory gulls. If conditions allow there may be the chance to sail within 10 degrees of the North Pole.

Day 6-7 - At sea

While sailing south through the Greenland Sea, your Expedition Team will teach you about the wildlife and history of Greenland, your next stop. Enjoy a lecture, sip a cocktail in the bar or watch a movie - there are many things to do during your time at sea.

Day 8-11 - Greenland's East Coast Fjords

During your tour of Greenland’s remote eastern coast there will be Zodiac cruises and shore visits to several locations. Explore the remains of ancient Thule settlements and keep an eye out for grazing muskoxen - 40% of the world’s muskoxen population lives here. Sail through stunning Scoresbysund, the birthplace of many icebergs and one of the most beautiful fjord systems in the world.

Day 12-13 - At sea

Cruise south along the Denmark Strait toward Iceland. Your Expedition Team will keep you informed with presentations about the history of exploration in the Arctic and the seabirds you’ll see flying above your ship.

Day 14 - Reykjavík (Iceland)

Disembark ship in Reykjavík.

When travelling in extremely remote regions the expedition staff will allow the sea, ice and weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage.

The Three Arctic Islands: Reykjavik to Oslo

Day 1 - Reykjavik

Embark your ship in Reykjavik.

Day 2-3 - At Sea

Cruise along the Denmark Strait toward Greenland. Your Expedition Team will keep you informed with presentations about the history of exploration in the Arctic and the seabirds you’ll see flying above your ship.

Day 4-7 - East Greenland

During your tour of Greenland’s remote eastern coast, you’ll enjoy Zodiac cruises and shore visits to several locations. Explore the remains of ancient Thule settlements and keep an eye out for grazing muskoxen—40 percent of the world’s muskoxen population lives here. If conditions allow, you may also visit Ittoqqortoormiit, the most remote community in East Greenland.

Day 8-9 - At Sea

As we continue to cruise north, the Greenland Sea is your pathway toward Svalbard. On deck, you’ll learn to identify seabirds “on the wing.” Take in a presentation, share your photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar or watch a movie—there are many things to do during your time at sea.

Day 10-13 - Spitsbergen

Exploring Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, rewards you with a wide range of wildlife and austere beauty. Here, you’ll explore spectacular glacier fronts and steep-walled fjords, with walrus, polar bears and Svalbard reindeer amongst the possible wildlife sightings as well as arctic terns, skuas, long-tailed ducks, kittiwakes and ivory gulls. If conditions allow there may be the chance to sail within 10 degrees of the North Pole.

Day 14 - Longyearbyen

Disembark your ship in Longyearbyen.

When travelling in extremely remote regions the expedition staff will allow the sea, ice and weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage.

Price Includes

  • 13-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
  • Port charges and taxes
  • 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 £530pp which includes:
  • Charter flights between Oslo and Longyearbyen
  • Pre-cruise overnight stay in Oslo or Reykjavik
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • August
    • Aug 12th - Longyearbyen to Reykjavík - Sailing on: World Explorer From: £8540
      Infinity Suite Veranda Suite Superior Suite Deluxe Suite Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £8540 Blue Water Price from: £8540 Blue Water Price from: £9380 Blue Water Price from: £10150 Blue Water Price from: £10990
    • Aug 25th - Reykjavík to Longyearbyen - Sailing on: World Explorer From: £8540
      Infinity Suite Veranda Suite Superior Suite Deluxe Suite Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £8540 Blue Water Price from: £8540 Blue Water Price from: £9380 Blue Water Price from: £10150 Blue Water Price from: £10990
  • September
    • Sep 7th - Longyearbyen to Reykjavík - Sailing on: World Explorer From: £12200
      Infinity Suite Veranda Suite Superior Suite Deluxe Suite Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £12200 Blue Water Price from: £12200 Blue Water Price from: £13400 Blue Water Price from: £14500 Blue Water Price from: £15700

2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • September
    • Sep 5th - Reykjavík to Longyearbyen - Sailing on: Ocean Adventurer From: £7267
      Lower Deck Twin Main Deck Twin - Porthole Main Deck Twin - Window Superior Deluxe Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £7267 Blue Water Price from: £8185 Blue Water Price from: £9027 Blue Water Price from: £9868 Blue Water Price from: £9868 Blue Water Price from: £13387
    • Sep 18th - Longyearbyen to Reykjavík - Sailing on: Ocean Adventurer From: £7267
      Lower Deck Twin Main Deck Twin - Porthole Main Deck Twin - Window Superior Deluxe Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £7267 Blue Water Price from: £8185 Blue Water Price from: £9027 Blue Water Price from: £9868 Blue Water Price from: £9868 Blue Water Price from: £13387

Price Information

  • Please note dates shown are based on the cruise embarkation date. Pre-cruise hotel stay in Oslo or Reykjavik and Oslo to Longyearbyen charter flight are available for an additional £530pp
Map for The Three Arctic Islands