The 12- to 15-day Arctic Odyssey explores between Svalbard and Iceland, with select departures adding Eastern Greenland to pack three Arctic islands into one epic voyage aboard the 114-guest Sea Spirit small expedition ship. Enjoy a flexible itinerary based around sea and ice conditions. The captain and crew are determined to exploit every opportunity for wildlife viewing, and the possibility exists to see the dazzling northern lights in these unique polar ecosystems.
Start by exploring Svalbard—one of the best places in the world to observe polar bears hunting in their preferred habitat, the pack ice. Discover the spectacular fjords, coasts and islands in the northwestern part of Svalbard. Polar bears, walruses, endangered bowhead whales and other arctic wildlife can be spotted anywhere, anytime in and around this High Arctic archipelago. Visit historical trappers’ cabins and the arctic research community of Ny Ålesund, complete with gift shop, post office, and museum—all testimonies to incredible human history.
Move on to East Greenland, focusing on parts of Northeast Greenland National Park—the world’s largest national Park. Be awed as your small expedition ship slips through deep fjords and narrow channels flanked by ice-clad peaks and massive tidewater glaciers. Watch for iconic arctic animals such as the arctic hare, musk oxen, polar bears and reindeer. Before finishing the voyage in Reykjavík, have the chance to explore along the west coast of the scenic and diverse country of Iceland. On the Snæfellsnes peninsula, visit the famous Snæfellsjökull volcano and picturesque Kirkjufell mountain of Iceland, where a rich cultural and literary history and the success of fishermen and merchants are evident in local fishing villages. In the ruggedly beautiful Westfjords visit the historic fishing port of Ísafjörður, a small town that embodies Iceland’s trademark blend of contemporary charm and rich cultural heritage.
In 2023, the main itinerary adds a day exploring East Greenland. Also in 2023, the alternative 14-day Welcome to The Land of Vikings voyage cruises from Reykjavik, Iceland, with a focus on southern and western Greenland, disembarking in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, with a charter flight to end back in Reykjavik. Finally, in 2023 consider the alternative “Three Pearls of The Arctic” itinerary to travel from Reykjavik to explore the rarely visited Westfjords region of Iceland and its breathtaking fjords and bird cliffs, plus friendly fishing towns. Go on to visit Grimsey Island, right on the Arctic Circle, for its basalt rocks and clown-like Atlantic puffins. While exploring Spitsbergen, uniquely visit Ny Ålesund, a former mining town that is now home to an international community of Arctic researchers.
Sailing aboard the 114-guest Sea Spirit is like floating aboard a fine hotel that is highly maneuverable and capable of navigating narrow bays and icy channels. Add the luxury of incredible amenities, a generous crew, expert leaders and onboard photography lessons and this Arctic voyage is complete.
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