Arctic cruise from Spitsbergen to Greenland

“A two week, small ship cruise sailing from Spitsbergen to Greenland and finally Iceland, with plenty of land excursions. Start in Longyearbyen and end in Reykjavík, Iceland”


Longyearbyen | Northwest Spitsbergen National Park | Svalbard and Spitsbergen wildlife | Polar bear watching opportunities | Whale watching | Northeast Greenland National Park | Ittoqqortoormiit and visit to Inuit village | Greenland wildlife | Greenland fjords including Scoresbysund | Reykjavík, Iceland

Description of Arctic cruise from Spitsbergen to Greenland

This Arctic cruise from Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago, takes you not only through the Arctic waters and landscapes of Spitsbergen but also on a magnificent journey to the fjords, Arctic wilderness and remote communities of Greenland and, finally, Iceland. On this journey you will be able to witness the change in landscape as we move south of the Arctic Circle with plenty of time to take in the wonders of both Northwest Spitsbergen National Park and Northeast Greenland National Park.

On this trip there will be Zodiac expeditions to see icebergs and fjords up close, a chance to see polar bears and a wide array of whales, with luck, as well as the most spectacular bird watching. You will travel on board the M/S Expedition, an ice strengthened ship with maximum 134 passengers on board, all in comfortable ensuite cabins. You will be spending plenty of time on deck on this trip, however, with lots of observation space to take in the extraordinary landscapes en route. This includes a 360 degree top observation deck.

In Greenland, a dramatically beautiful island, you get a chance to visit its wild, mountainous eastern side on land which is home to the island’s most remote settlement, Ittoqqortoormiit, an Inuit community of around 500 living in colourful wooden houses. Sailing around Greenland also proffers the most spectacular fjord systems.

This expedition finishes in Reykjavík, Iceland, the capital of Iceland, otherwise known as the Land of Fire and Ice. Many of our guests arrange to stay on in Iceland for a few days to enjoy the experiences and landscapes of this fascinating country.

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2022: 19 Aug

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

During this voyage you will learn how to respect and appreciate the delicate environment you will be visiting. The Expedition team will provide daily lectures and landings where you will gain a better understanding of the region and the changes that are currently occurring. The effects of global warming can clearly be seen in the Arctic and by witnessing this first hand we hope that you will become an ambassador in promoting sustainable and responsible living to minimise the lasting effects that are having such a large impact on this region and around the world in general.

During the trip we will abide by the strict rules of the Association of Arctic Cruise Operators (AECO) which is dedicated to managing responsible, environmentally friendly and safe tourism in the Arctic and strive to set the highest possible operating standards. All of the crew and expedition team act as stewards of the environment and adhere to the strict environmental protocols on board and on land.

All passengers will be shown an AECO video at the start of the trip with guidelines on how to witness wildlife in the region. The trained expedition team will accompany passengers on all excursions and ensure the strict rules are adhered to ensuring no trace is left and that any wildlife is witnessed safely and left undisturbed.

On the ship, all paper and toilet paper is recycled non chlorine bleached paper and the ship operates on marine gas oil which generates lower emissions than regular diesel.

The Impacts of this Trip

We hand pick our partners to ensure all operations support the local environment and community and during this voyage local operators and services will be used wherever possible to benefit these locals. Should you wish to book any pre or post cruise accommodation, tours or transfers which will also help support local businesses we can arrange this for you no problem.

At the end of the cruise if you do not wish to keep your expedition parka you can leave it on the ship and at the end of the season all parka's will be donated to a local community. An auction will also be held at the end of each departure where the Captain’s Sea Chart together with expedition books signed by the staff, the flag from the bow of the ship and many other items as souvenirs of the voyage will be auctioned off. All proceeds are then donated to support the Bear Health project and the Save the Albatross campaign.


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