a sunset silhouettes fjords in the ocean in the arctic circle near spitsbergen
two people hold up a postcard to drop in the mail box in spitsbergen in the arctic circle
a polar bear lies down on its side on the ice cap in the arctic
Red and blue houses on a bluff overlooking the ocean in iceland
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Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

Arctic Odyssey

The 14-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 2025 find a reverse departure that visits the same islands but going northbound, starting in Reykjavík, Iceland and ending in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.

In 2024 the alternative 14-day “Icebergs, Fjords, Polar Bear & Arctic Wildlife” itinerary operates via round-trip charter flights between Oslo and Svalbard, with a focus on just northwest Svalbard and east Greenland’s Franz Joseph Fjord.

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.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Arctic cruises, Greenland cruises, Svalbard Cruises, Iceland cruises and Arctic land trips.



Itinerary

Arctic Odyssey Itinerary

The 14-day Arctic Odyssey explores Svalbard, Eastern Greenland and Iceland, packing in three Arctic islands into one epic voyage. This voyage begins in Longyearbyen, with a pre-voyage hotel night in Oslo, Norway, and ends in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Route map of Arctic Odyssey cruise, flying from Oslo, Norway to embark in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, before cruising northwestern Svalbard & east Greenland, disembarking to end in Reykjavik, Iceland.
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Day 1
Arrive Oslo, Norway

Welcome to Oslo, which in 2019 was awarded the prestigious title “Green Capital of Europe.” Check into the Oslo Airport hotel for a pre-arranged, comfortable overnight that’s conveniently close for tomorrow’s flight to Longyearbyen. For the adventurous with time, take the handy airport train into central Oslo–a 20-minute ride; trains depart and arrive frequently during the day. Near Oslo Central Station are shops, cafes, the Botanical Garden, cultural attractions and the attractive waterfront area.

Accommodations

Oslo Airport Hotel TBA

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Fly to Longyearbyen, Svalbard & Embark

Today you have a flight to Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Svalbard and starting point of our Arctic expedition! At the Longyearbyen airport, you will be greeted by our staff and transferred to the pier where we will warmly welcome you aboard the deluxe expedition vessel M/V Sea Spirit. Get settled in your spacious suite and explore the ship that will be your comfortable home during the extraordinary adventure to come. Once underway, a full schedule of events kicks off with informative briefings and introductions from your expedition staff. After the first of many delicious dinners on board, step out onto the open decks to admire the gorgeous scenery in endless evening light as we pass through the wildlife-rich waters of Isfjorden, one of the largest fjords in Svalbard.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

dinner

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Days 3 - 4
Exploration of Svalbard

Svalbard is a true High Arctic wilderness and this part of the voyage is a real expedition. The route and exploration opportunities here are heavily dependent on the weather and sea ice conditions. The experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant; be assured that the best possible advantage will be taken.

Anticipate exploring in the northwestern part of the island of Spitsbergen. This area contains the archipelago’s most impressive scenery and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Deep fjords and narrow channels are flanked by jagged snowy mountain peaks. Immense tidewater glaciers calve icebergs into turquoise waters. Fields of flowering tundra are home to grazing reindeer and playful arctic fox. Bountiful inshore and offshore waters are home to a wide variety of marine mammals. Polar bears can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Svalbard. Also in this area is Ny Ålesund, a former mining town that is now home to an international community of Arctic researchers, complete with museum, gift shop and post office. This was also a staging area for historic attempts to discover the North Pole.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 6
Across the Greenland Sea

From Svalbard the ship heads southwest across the Greenland Sea toward East Greenland. In these far northern latitudes it is possible to encounter sea ice any time of the year. All along the way the expedition team remains vigilant for sightings of marine mammals such as whales, seals and the polar bear. As the ship heads south, darker nights create a high possibility of seeing aurora borealis.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 7 - 11
Exploration of East Greenland

The itinerary and exploration opportunities in East Greenland are dependent on weather and sea ice conditions. The Franz Josef Fjord and Kong Oscar Fjord systems are part of Northeast Greenland National Park, the world’s largest national park. Scoresby Sund is the largest and longest fjord system in the world. This whole area contains some of the Arctic’s most impressive scenery. Deep fjords and narrow channels, flanked by ice-clad peaks over 6,560 feet high, reach far into the mountainous heart of Greenland. Tidewater glaciers create colossal icebergs that float with wind and tide throughout the fjord system. On shore, fields of multicolored tundra are home to musk oxen and arctic hare. The landscape—vast, open and seemingly untouched since the beginning of time—is a hikers’ paradise. Throughout this area one can also find ancient Thule archeological sites, historical trappers’ huts and modern Inuit hunters’ cabins.

The Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit is the only permanent settlement in the region. The community boasts an excellent museum, a gift shop, a post office, an abundance of Greenlandic sled dogs and of course the opportunity to meet Inuit people. The days are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by onboard experts and enough stunning scenery to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions. Each night brings new possibilities for incredible displays of aurora borealis—the Northern Lights. This is the perfect time and one of the world’s best places to experience this otherworldly celestial phenomenon.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Across Denmark Strait

After an amazing time in East Greenland, the ship crosses Denmark Strait toward Iceland, crossing the Arctic Circle on the way. Presentations and workshops by the expert staff, as well as a range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that this day at sea is not idly spent. Seabird viewing and whale sightings can be enjoyed from open decks as well as exterior stateroom windows and balconies.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Westfjords, Iceland

The last expedition day is spent in the beautiful Vestfirðir (Westfjords) of Iceland. This remote and sparsely populated region of crenulated coastlines, voluminous waterfalls and rugged mountains sees only 10% of Iceland’s visitors. Deep fjords are home to whales while estuaries abound with seals and birdlife.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Disembark Reykjavik, Iceland

After breakfast, say farewell in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland and ending point of the expedition. Take provided transfer to the airport or to the city center if you wish to spend more time here before flying home. Reykjavík is home to a wealth of cultural institutions such as museums, galleries and the Hallgrímskirkja church. Leisure possibilities inside the city include parks, gardens, thermal baths, a wide range of shopping possibilities, excellent dining options and famous nightlife. The options for additional adventures are endless!

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

1 pre-voyage hotel night on Day 1 in Oslo, flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen, group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation, shipboard accommodation, all meals on board throughout the voyage, tea and coffee station 24 hours daily, all scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions), leadership throughout the voyage by experienced expedition leader & expedition team, WiFi on board, branded Poseidon Expeditions parka, rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise, welcome and farewell cocktails, all port fees, group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation, pre-departure materials, digital voyage log.

Exclusions

Charter flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen (price TBA, contact your Adventure Specialist for details); international airfare; visa and passport fees (if applicable); transfers from the airport to the hotel if arriving prior to Day 1 of the program; luggage and trip cancellation insurance; soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations; personal expenses such as laundry, telecommunication charges, etc.; kayaking; staff gratuities; Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of $200,000 USD per person; the cost of any applicable medical tests (such as COVID-19) or vaccinations required either by a national government or the operator (Poseidon Expeditions) before, during or after the cruise. Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Arctic Odyssey itinerary begins in Oslo, Norway (OSL) and ends in Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Oslo anytime on Day 1 of the itinerary. The estimated disembarkation time is after breakfast, between 8:00am and 9:00am on the last day of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Reykjavik no earlier than 12:00pm noon. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit ourBooking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

A group charter flight between Oslo and Longyearbyen is required on this trip’s itinerary is not included in the cruise price, but is arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled charter flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. There is a strict luggage limit of one checked bag weighing up to 50 lbs (23 kg), and one carry-on bag weighing up to 18 lbs (8 kg) plus a personal item that can be stowed under the seat.

Activities

Hiking, Zodiac cruising, lectures, workshops and an expert photography guide on board each voyage are optional and included. Kayaking may be available on your Arctic Odyssey voyage for $655 (2024) and $795 (2025). Experience rugged coastlines and remote waters that very few people have paddled or labyrinthine expanses of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, all from sturdy and stealthy sea kayaks. Please contact AdventureSmith to reserve activity space with your booking.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x the per-person listed rate in Main Deck Suite, Classic Suite and Superior Suite; and 2x the per-person listed rate in Deluxe Suite, Premium Suite and Owner’s Suite, based upon availability. Cabin share is available only in the following Sea Spirit categories: Triple Classic, Main Deck Suite, Classic Suite and Superior Suite.

Families & Children

Children must be at least 12 years of age to participate in this trip; however, on a case-by-case basis, children ages 6-11 may be accepted with additional screening.

Travel Insurance

Emergency evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $200,000 USD per person, but is not included in the cost of this trip. In addition to the emergency evacuation insurance, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditionswildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

Icebergs, Fjords, Polar Bears & Arctic Wildlife Itinerary

The 14-day Icebergs, Fjords, Polar Bears & Arctic Wildlife cruise focuses on Svalbard and Eastern Greenland’s Franz Joseph Fjord. This voyage embarks and disembarks in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, bookended by charter flights connecting Oslo, Norway, where a pre-cruise overnight starts the trip.

Route map of Icebergs, Fjords, Polar Bears & Arctic Wildlife cruise, embarking & disembarking in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, exploring northwestern Spitsbergen & east Greenland, & bookended by round-trip flights connecting Oslo, Norway.
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Day 1
Arrive Oslo, Norway

Welcome to Oslo, which in 2019 was awarded the prestigious title “Green Capital of Europe”. Enjoy a pre-arranged, comfortable stay at an Oslo Airport hotel so that you’re conveniently close for your flight to Longyearbyen on Day 2. If you’re adventurous and have the time, take the handy airport train into central Oslo–it’s a 20-minute ride and trains depart and arrive frequently during the day. Near Oslo Central Station are shops, cafes, the Botanical Garden, cultural attractions and the beautiful waterfront area.

Accommodations

Oslo Airport Hotel (TBA)

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Fly to Longyearbyen & Embark

Today you have a flight to Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Svalbard and starting point of your Arctic expedition! At the Longyearbyen airport, be greeted by ship staff and transferred to the pier for a warm welcome aboard the ship. Get settled in your spacious suite and explore the ship that will be your comfortable home during the extraordinary adventure to come. Once underway, a full schedule of events kicks off with informative briefings and introductions from your expedition staff. After the first of many delicious dinners on board, step out onto the open decks to admire the gorgeous scenery in endless evening light as you pass through the wildlife-rich waters of Isfjorden, one of the largest fjords in Svalbard.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, dinner

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Days 3 - 4
Across the Greenland Sea

From Svalbard the ship heads southwest across the Greenland Sea toward East Greenland. In these far northern latitudes, it is possible to encounter sea ice any time of the year. All along the way the expedition team remains vigilant for sightings of marine mammals such as seals, and the majestic polar bear. In previous eras, a large number of different species of whales, especially bowhead whales, lived in the Greenland Sea. But due to hunting which lasted into the 20th century, the whales were on the verge of extinction. Now, fortunately, the populations are recovering, and sometimes you can see these majestic animals passing by.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 8
East Greenland Adventure

The itinerary and exploration opportunities in East Greenland are dependent on weather and sea ice conditions. The Franz Josef Fjord and Kong Oscar Fjord systems are part of Northeast Greenland National Park, the world’s largest national park. Scoresby Sund is the largest and longest fjord system in the world. This whole area contains some of the Arctic’s most impressive scenery. Deep fjords and narrow channels, flanked by ice-clad peaks over 6,560 feet high, reach far into the mountainous heart of Greenland. Tidewater glaciers create colossal icebergs that float with wind and tide throughout the fjord system. On shore, fields of multicolored tundra are home to musk oxen and arctic hare. The landscape—vast, open and seemingly untouched since the beginning of time—is a hikers’ paradise. Throughout this area one can also find ancient Thule archeological sites, historical trappers’ huts and modern Inuit hunters’ cabins.

Note: Days 5-8 and 11-13 might be reversed. This allows the captain and expedition team to monitor the weather and sea conditions.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 9 - 10
Across the Greenland Sea

Following exploration of the Northeast Greenland coastline and fjords, head back across the Greenland Sea toward Svalbard. Presentations and workshops by the onboard expert staff ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent; but that’s up to you! Seabird viewing and whale sightings can be enjoyed from panoramic open decks as well as exterior stateroom windows and balconies.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 11 - 13
Exploration of Svalbard

Svalbard is a true High Arctic wilderness and this part of the voyage is a real expedition. The route and exploration opportunities here are heavily dependent on the weather and sea ice conditions. The experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant; be assured that the best possible advantage will be taken.

Anticipate exploring in the northwestern part of the island of Spitsbergen. This area contains the archipelago’s most impressive scenery and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Deep fjords and narrow channels are flanked by jagged snowy mountain peaks. Immense tidewater glaciers calve icebergs into turquoise waters. Fields of flowering tundra are home to grazing reindeer and playful arctic fox. Bountiful inshore and offshore waters are home to a wide variety of marine mammals. Polar bears can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Svalbard. Also in this area is Ny Ålesund, a former mining town that is now home to an international community of Arctic researchers, complete with museum, gift shop and post office. This was also a staging area for historic attempts to discover the North Pole.

Note: Days 5-8 and 11-13 might be reversed. This allows the captain and expedition team to monitor the weather and sea conditions.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Disembark Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, Fly to Oslo & Depart

After filling up with one last buffet breakfast on board, bid the crew farewell in Longyearbyen and take an included transfer to your charter flight back to Oslo. By this time, you may already be making plans for your next amazing trip into the polar worlds!

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Round-trip flights between Oslo and Longyearbyen, 1 pre-voyage hotel night on Day 1 in Oslo, group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation, shipboard accommodation, all meals on board throughout the voyage, tea and coffee station 24 hours daily, all scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions), leadership throughout the voyage by experienced expedition leader & expedition team, WiFi on board, branded Poseidon Expeditions parka, rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise, welcome and farewell cocktails, all port fees, pre-departure materials, digital voyage log.

Exclusions

International airfare; visa and passport fees (if applicable); transfers from the airport to the hotel if arriving prior to Day 1 of the program; luggage and trip cancellation insurance; soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations; personal expenses such as laundry, telecommunication charges, etc.; kayaking; staff gratuities; Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of $200,000 USD per person; the cost of any applicable medical tests (such as COVID-19) or vaccinations required either by a national government or the operator (Poseidon Expeditions) before, during or after the cruise. Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Icebergs, Fjords, Polar Bears & Arctic Wildlife itinerary begins and ends in Oslo, Norway (OSL). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Oslo anytime on Day 1 of the itinerary. The estimated disembarkation time is after breakfast, between 8:00am and 9:00am on the last day of the itinerary. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit ourBooking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Longyearbyen and Oslo are included on this trip’s itinerary. These flights are expected to depart early on the second and final day of the itinerary. There is a strict luggage limit of 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 18 lbs (8 kg) cabin baggage. On the final day of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier between 8:00 and 9:00am local time. Disembarkation follows breakfast, with a transfer to the airport for the return charter flight to Oslo.

Activities

Hiking, Zodiac cruising, lectures, workshops and an expert photography guide on board each voyage are optional and included. Kayaking may be available on your Arctic Odyssey voyage for $655 (2024). Experience rugged coastlines and remote waters that very few people have paddled or labyrinthine expanses of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, all from sturdy and stealthy sea kayaks. Please contact AdventureSmith to reserve activity space with your booking.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x the per-person listed rate in Main Deck Suite, Classic Suite and Superior Suite; and 2x the per-person listed rate in Deluxe Suite, Premium Suite and Owner’s Suite, based upon availability. Cabin share is available only in the following Sea Spirit categories: Triple Classic, Main Deck Suite, Classic Suite and Superior Suite.

Families & Children

Children must be at least 12 years of age to participate in this trip; however, on a case-by-case basis, children ages 6-11 may be accepted with additional screening.

Travel Insurance

Emergency evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $200,000 USD per person, but is not included in the cost of this trip. In addition to the emergency evacuation insurance, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditionswildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

Arctic Odyssey Under a Solar Eclipse Itinerary

The 14-day Arctic Odyssey Under a Solar Eclipse route follows a similar route as the main itinerary, but positions in the path of totality for the August 12, 2026 total eclipse. This voyage begins after an included pre-voyage hotel night in Longyearbyen, and ends in Reykjavik, Iceland. Joining is special guest and astrophysicist Dr. Paul Sutter.

Route map of Arctic Odyssey Under a Solar Eclipse cruise, from Longyearbyen, Svalbard to Reykjavik, Iceland, with visits along east Greenland.
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Day 1
Arrive Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Welcome to Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Svalbard and starting point of your Arctic expedition! At the Longyearbyen airport, you will be greeted by ship staff and transferred to the included group hotel. You will then be free to explore the charming, walkable town center. Consider starting your discovery of this fascinating Norwegian High Arctic territory at the excellent Svalbard Museum, where you can also purchase hard-to-find polar books and maps. Afterward, you can enjoy an excellent dinner at one of Longyearbyen’s many delightful restaurants. If you are still awake at midnight, you will notice the sun has not set. In fact, the sun will not set for the entire duration of your time in Svalbard.

Accommodations

Included Hotel TBA

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Embark Longyearbyen

After breakfast at your hotel, the morning is yours to enjoy Longyearbyen. Take in the views of icy fjords and glaciated mountains surrounding this historic former coal-mining town. Take advantage of shopping for souvenirs or some last-minute necessities such as cold-weather gear. Just remember, you will soon receive your very own parka to keep and waterproof boots to borrow on board the ship. For lunch, Longyearbyen offers quick and easy meal options including the most northerly pizzas and kebabs in the world.

In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the pier and warmly welcomed aboard the ship. Get settled in your spacious suite and explore the ship that will be your comfortable home during the extraordinary adventure to come. After getting underway, a full schedule of events kicks off with informative briefings and introductions from your expedition staff. After the first of many delicious dinners on board, step out onto the open decks to admire the gorgeous scenery in 24-hour daylight as you pass through the wildlife-rich waters of Isfjorden.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, dinner

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Days 3 - 5
Exploration of Svalbard

Svalbard is a true High Arctic wilderness and this part of the voyage is a real expedition. The route and exploration opportunities here are heavily dependent on the weather and sea ice conditions. The experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant; be assured that the best possible advantage will be taken.

Anticipate exploring in the northwestern part of the island of Spitsbergen. This area contains the archipelago’s most impressive scenery and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Deep fjords and narrow channels are flanked by jagged snowy mountain peaks. Immense tidewater glaciers calve icebergs into turquoise waters. Fields of flowering tundra are home to grazing reindeer and playful arctic fox. Bountiful inshore and offshore waters are home to a wide variety of marine mammals. Polar bears can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Svalbard. Also in this area is Ny Ålesund, a former mining town that is now home to an international community of Arctic researchers, complete with museum, gift shop and post office. This was also a staging area for historic attempts to discover the North Pole.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 6 - 7
Across the Greenland Sea

From Svalbard, head southwest across the Greenland Sea toward East Greenland. In these far northern latitudes it is possible to  encounter sea ice any time of the year. All along the way, remain vigilant for sightings of marine mammals such as whales and seals.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 8 - 10
Exploration of East Greenland

This expedition cruising is at its most authentic. Your itinerary and exploration opportunities in East Greenland depend on weather and sea ice conditions. Rest assured, your experienced captain and expedition leader will seize every chance for exceptional wildlife viewing, discovering incredible scenery and going ashore wherever possible. You will navigate through the world’s largest national park, home to the Franz Josef Fjord and Kong Oscar Fjord systems, and explore Scoresby Sund, the planet’s most extensive fjord system.

These ice-bound regions showcase the Arctic’s most breathtaking landscapes, emphasizing the natural splendor and the significant influence of climate and geography. Beyond the scenic vistas, your expedition explores the Arctic’s rich cultural heritage, from ancient Thule sites to the contemporary Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Solar Eclipse

This trip isn’t just about seeing beautiful places; it’s also about experiencing a rare celestial event—a total solar eclipse. It will happen on August 12, 2026 and will pass over the Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, the Atlantic Ocean and northern Spain. Your ship will anchor in the best location in the waters of Greenland to ensure you enjoy this moment to the fullest. The journey is further enriched by astrophysicist Paul Sutter. Known for his ability to make complex scientific concepts accessible and engaging, Paul will enhance your eclipse experience with expert insights, making the moment of totality on August 12, 2026, even more unforgettable.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Across Denmark Strait

After an amazing time in East Greenland, the ship crosses Denmark Strait toward Iceland, crossing the Arctic Circle on the way. Presentations and workshops by the expert staff, as well as a range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that this day at sea is not idly spent. Seabird viewing and whale sightings can be enjoyed from open decks as well as exterior stateroom windows and balconies.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Westfjords, Iceland

The last expedition day is spent in the beautiful Vestfirðir (Westfjords) of Iceland. This remote and sparsely populated region of crenulated coastlines, voluminous waterfalls and rugged mountains sees only 10% of Iceland’s visitors. Deep fjords are home to whales while estuaries abound with seals and birdlife.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Disembark Reykjavik, Iceland

After breakfast, say farewell in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland and ending point of the expedition. Take provided transfer to the airport or to the city center if you wish to spend more time here before flying home. Reykjavík is home to a wealth of cultural institutions such as museums, galleries and the Hallgrímskirkja church. Leisure possibilities inside the city include parks, gardens, thermal baths, a wide range of shopping possibilities, excellent dining options and famous nightlife. The options for additional adventures are endless!

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

1 pre-voyage hotel night on Day 1 in Longyearbyen, group transfer from the airport to the hotel on Day 1, group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation, shipboard accommodation, all meals on board throughout the voyage, tea and coffee station 24 hours daily, all scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions), leadership throughout the voyage by experienced expedition leader & expedition team, WiFi on board, branded Poseidon Expeditions parka, rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise, welcome and farewell cocktails, all port fees, group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation, AECO fees and governmental taxes, digital voyage log.

Exclusions

Airfare; visa and passport fees (if applicable); transfers from the airport to the hotel if arriving prior to Day 1 of the program; luggage and trip cancellation insurance; soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations; personal expenses such as laundry, telecommunication charges, etc.; kayaking; staff gratuities; Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of $200,000 USD per person; the cost of any applicable medical tests (such as COVID-19) or vaccinations required either by a national government or the operator (Poseidon Expeditions) before, during or after the cruise. Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Arctic Odyssey Under a Solar Eclipse itinerary begins in Longyearbyen, Svalbard (LYR) and ends in Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Longyearbyen anytime on Day 1 of the itinerary. The estimated disembarkation time is after breakfast, between 8:00am and 9:00am on the last day of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Reykjavik no earlier than 12:00pm noon. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit ourBooking Flights resource page.

Activities

Hiking, Zodiac cruising, lectures, workshops and an expert photography guide on board each voyage are optional and included. Kayaking may be available on your Arctic Odyssey Under a Solar Eclipse voyage for $795 (2026). Experience rugged coastlines and remote waters that very few people have paddled or labyrinthine expanses of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, all from sturdy and stealthy sea kayaks. Please contact AdventureSmith to reserve activity space with your booking.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x the per-person listed rate in Main Deck Suite, Classic Suite and Superior Suite; and 2x the per-person listed rate in Deluxe Suite, Premium Suite and Owner’s Suite, based upon availability. Cabin share is available only in the following Sea Spirit categories: Triple Classic, Main Deck Suite, Classic Suite and Superior Suite.

Families & Children

Children must be at least 12 years of age to participate in this trip; however, on a case-by-case basis, children ages 6-11 may be accepted with additional screening.

Travel Insurance

Emergency evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $200,000 USD per person, but is not included in the cost of this trip. In addition to the emergency evacuation insurance, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditionswildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

Rates & Dates

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Aug 08 - Aug 21, 2024
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Aug 20 - Sep 02, 2024
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Aug 10 - Aug 23, 2025
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Aug 22 - Sep 04, 2025
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Sep 03 - Sep 16, 2025
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Aug 02 - Aug 15, 2026
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