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 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.

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



Itinerary

2022 Arctic Odyssey Itinerary

In 2022, 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, Svalbard and ends in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Arctic Odyssey route map from Svalbard to Iceland.
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Day 1
Arrive Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Welcome to Longyearbyen, the Arctic adventure capital of the Norwegian territory of Svalbard and starting point of the expedition. After arriving via scheduled commercial flight service, enjoy free time to explore this fascinating Arctic settlement. Be sure to see the excellent Svalbard Museum and take advantage of quality shopping and dining opportunities in the town center. Your hotel for the night has been arranged and is included in the price of the voyage.

Accommodations

Radisson Blu Polar Hotel

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Embark Longyearbyen

In the afternoon, take included transfers from the hotel to the expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit where you are welcomed aboard. Explore the ship and get comfortable in this home-away-from-home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of Arctic dreams coming true as the ship slips her moorings and sails into a true wilderness. The scenery while sailing through Isfjorden is spectacular and there is already the possibility of marine mammal encounters.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, 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; 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; pre-departure materials; 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; and 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.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at the 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 120 days – $750 cancellation fee
119 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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

For the 14-day Arctic Odyssey itinerary, plan flights to arrive into Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, (LYR) anytime the day before embarkation. Longyearbyen is only accessed via flights from Oslo, Norway (OSL). Some flights arrive very early in the morning, before standard hotel check-in; in these cases, we recommend booking an extra hotel night or arranging a day room option. 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 voyage for $655 (2022). 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.

2023 Arctic Odyssey Itinerary

In 2023, the 15-day Arctic Odyssey explores Svalbard, Eastern Greenland and Iceland, packing in three Arctic islands into one epic voyage (with 1 extra day exploring East Greenland than in 2022). This voyage begins in Longyearbyen, with a pre-voyage hotel night in Oslo, Norway, and ends in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Arctic Odyssey route map from Svalbard to 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 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 - 12
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 13
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 14
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 15
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; and 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.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at the 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 120 days – $750 cancellation fee
119 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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

For the 15-day Arctic Odyssey itinerary, plan flights to arrive into Oslo, Norway, (OSL) anytime the day before embarkation. 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 (2023). 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.

Welcome to The Land of Vikings Itinerary

The 14-day South & West Greenland and Disko Bay: Welcome to The Land of Vikings voyage explores Southern and Eastern Greenland. This voyage begins in Reykjavik, Iceland and ends in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.

Route map of Welcome to The Land of Vikings Arctic voyage from Reykjavik, Iceland, to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.
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Day 1
Arrive Reykjavik, Iceland

Welcome to Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland and starting point of this expedition cruise. Even though this country lies below the Arctic Circle, Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital of a sovereign state. Visitors needn’t travel far to find geysers and waterfalls, mountains and glaciers. Accommodations tonight at a centrally located deluxe hotel will make embarkation tomorrow much more convenient.

Accommodations

Reykjavik Hotel TBA

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Embark Reykjavik

This afternoon, meet in the lobby for the transfer to the port and embarkation of the ship. There’s time to get settled in and explore the ship. After departure, keep an eye out for the first whales (humpback and Minke whales are most common) as the ship sails out of the picturesque bay.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, dinner

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Days 3 - 4
At Sea

Enjoy a few restful days at sea and get ready for icebergs, Inuit villages, whales and much more. Along with the expedition team, watch for whales and seabirds from the deck, or participate in their presentations in the lounge on the flora, fauna, geology and cultural heritage to be found along West Greenland’s western coast.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 9
Exploring South & West Greenland

The ship rounds Cape Farewell, the southernmost point in Greenland, and calls in at Greenland’s most southerly town Nanortalik. The town lies at the mouth of beautiful Tasermiut Fjord surrounded by steep mountains that flank an intricate fjord system. The local open-air museum demonstrates the fascinating history from Viking and Inuit times to the present days. The Uunartoq area is famous for its natural hot springs, where all can soak in the geothermal waters while watching the icebergs pass by.

During the next few days, head further north to visit some enchanting Greenlandic settlements and explore the beautiful fjords of Greenland’s western side. Hvalsey, or “Whale Island,” is the site of Greenland’s largest and best-preserved Norse ruins. It was originally settled by an ancestor of Erik the Red in the late 10th century. There’s time to wander and learn about the ancient farmstead that includes a granite stone Christian church, likely built in the early 14th century, and several adjacent buildings. The fells and fjord around the farmstead have not changed at all over the centuries, and the site is believed to have been a meeting place for festivals and banquets throughout the year.

Set amidst breathtaking scenery, the visit to Qaqortoq provides additional cultural and Viking background on the region. Placed on a beautiful hillside, the small settlement boasts colorful houses and a museum. Continue north in the wake of the Vikings as othe ship navigates through the picturesque Eriksfjord to the settlement of Qassiarsuk. The town was founded back in the 10th century by Eric the Red following his exile from Iceland for murder. See the foundation remains of his manor house and other buildings. Nowadays, the area is known as a sheep farming settlement. As the ship approaches Paamiut, there are good opportunities to see humpback and fin whales along the coastline. It is also an especially good place to spot white-tailed eagles. Paamiut is inhabited by incredibly welcoming locals who are justifiably proud of their church that was built in 1909. The architecture reflects the Danish colonization of Greenland.

Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, is lively and surrounded by natural beauty. Here, old traditions meet modern change. Fashion shops and a cultural center represent the modern Greenland; the picturesque old port area, however, testifies to the island’s long history. The town was founded by the Danish missionary Hans Egede in the early 18th century. Learn more about the area on an included tour. In the National Museum, be fascinated by the mummies of Qilakotsoq–evidence of a bygone era.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 10 - 13
Exploring Disko Bay

Fjords and scenic Inuit villages shape the landscape of this icy region of western Greenland. The ship holds her course north, and landings and activities are adapted to the current ice and weather conditions. Accordingly, plan to visit some of the following: Sisimiut, the second-largest city in Greenland with about 5,400 inhabitants, is located roughly 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle. There are modern elements as well as an outdoors hunting and fishing culture. A small museum depicts the history of trade, shipping and industry in the region. Ilulissat, the “city of icebergs,” is a focal point of West Greenland tourism. The fjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and pushes unimaginable amounts of icebergs into the bay.

A hike to the historic Sermermiut settlement offers some spectacular views. The famous Danish polar explorer Knut Rasmussen is a son of the city and an interesting museum here is dedicated to his life. Itilleq is a typical Greelandic fishing village on a small island just above the Arctic Circle, with a local population of about 120. The residents make a living from fishing and hunting and there are probably more dog sleds than residents.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Disembark Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, Fly to Reykjavik, Iceland & Depart

The adventure finishes at the port of Kangerlussuaq. Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for the outbound flight and further connection flights home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

1 pre-voyage hotel night on Day 1 in Reykjavik; 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 upon disembarkation; pre-departure materials; digital voyage log.

Exclusions

Airfare, including optional one-way charter flight from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, to Reykjavik, Iceland ($399 economy or $699 business class per person in 2023); visa and passport fees (if applicable); transfers from the airport to the hotel; 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; and 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.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at the 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 120 days – $750 cancellation fee
119 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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

For the Welcome to The Land of Vikings itinerary, plan flights to arrive into Reykjavik, Iceland, (OSL) anytime the day before embarkation. 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

An optional group charter flight from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Reykjavik, Iceland is available on this trip’s itinerary; see pricing information listed above under Exclusions. There is a strict luggage limit of two checked bags weighing up to 57 lbs (25 kg) combined, and one carry-on bag weighing up to 17 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 Welcome to The Land of Vikings voyage for $655 (2023). 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.

Three Pearls of The Arctic Itinerary

This 12-day Iceland to Svalbard cruise begins in Reykjavik and ends in Longyearbyen. Experience the rarely visited Westfjords region of Iceland, Grimsey Island right on the Arctic Circle, and Spitsbergen’s Ny Ålesund.

Route map of Three Pearls of the Arctic voyage, operating from Reykjavik, Iceland, to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, with visits along the Arctic Circle & Jan Mayen Island.
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Day 1
Arrive Reykjavik, Iceland

Welcome to Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland and starting point of our expedition. After arriving via scheduled commercial flight service, enjoy free time to explore this fascinating city. Reykjavík is home to a wealth of cultural institutions including museums, galleries and the Hallgrímskirkja church. Leisure possibilities inside the city include parks, gardens and thermal baths. There is also a wide range of shopping possibilities, excellent dining options and famous nightlife.

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Included Hotel TBA

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Day 2
Embark Reykjavik

In the afternoon, be welcomed aboard the ship. Explore the ship and get comfortable in this home-away-from-home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of Arctic dreams coming true as the ship slips her moorings and sails out of the harbor.

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Sea Spirit

Meals

dinner

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Day 3
Westfjords

Today’s expedition in the Westfjords area reveals the rare beauty of the part of Iceland where mass tourism disappears—only about 10% of Iceland’s visitors ever see the region. Taking advantage of every weather favorable condition, choose the best places to discover breathtaking coastal fjords, jagged bird cliffs and tiny fishing villages embracing traditional ways of life.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Grimsey Island

The tiny island of Grimsey lies exactly on the Arctic Circle. Grimsey is remarkable for majestic basalt rocks and bird colonies where one can see the Atlantic puffins, also known as the “clowns of the sea.”

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Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Jan Mayen, Norway

Jan Mayen hosts the landscapes of breathtaking beauty and northernmost subaerial active volcano on the planet–the Beerenberg. The island is wild and uninhabited aside from the members of the Norwegian weather station. The signboard at the entrance door says (translated from the Norwegian): “Theory is when you understand everything but nothing works. Practice is when everything works but nobody understands why. On this station, we combine theory and practice in a way that nothing works and nobody understands why”. Northern fulmars, kittiwakes and Brünich’s guillemots breeding on steep cliffs and slopes represent the birdlife of Jan Mayen.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
At Sea

The lectures of invited speakers prepare all for meeting with the unique Arctic wildlife and awesome landscapes of Spitsbergen.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 7 - 11
Exploring Spitsbergen

This is a real expedition in a true high Arctic wilderness. As such, the route and exploration opportunities here are heavily dependent on the weather and sea ice conditions encountered. 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. Polar bears and other quintessential Arctic wildlife can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Svalbard.

The ship’s crew will take every opportunity for you to experience excellent wildlife viewing, discover incredible scenery and to walk in the footsteps of the historic polar expeditions that came before. Anticipate exploring the spectacular fjords, coasts and islands in the western part of Svalbard. 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. On ice floes and on fast ice several species of seals watch vigilantly for polar bears. Fields of flowering tundra are home to grazing reindeer and playful Arctic fox. Bountiful inshore and offshore waters are home to walrus and a wide variety of whales. The whole area is alive with migratory birds, including numerous rare species, taking advantage of summer’s fecundity in 24-hour daylight.

To complete the Arctic experience, also explore places rich with history. The area of exploration contains the historical remnants of whaling camps, coal mining operations, trappers’ cabins, staging areas for historic attempts to discover the North Pole and even an abandoned polar research station. Human habitation in this area can be found only at Ny Ålesund, a former mining town that is now home to an international community of Arctic researchers. This is one of the world’s most northerly settlements, complete with museum, gift shop and post office. The days are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by experts, and enough stunning scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.

Accommodations

Sea Spirit

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Disembark Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

After breakfast, say farewell in the town of Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Norwegian territory of Svalbard. Take provided transfer to the airport, or to the town center to spend more time here. If staying in Longyearbyen, then be sure to see the excellent Svalbard Museum and take advantage of quality shopping and dining opportunities in this fascinating Arctic settlement. 

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included 

Pre-voyage hotel night in Reykjavik, 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, 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, WiFi on board. 

Exclusions 

Airfare, visa and passport fees, luggage and trip cancellation insurance, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations, personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges, tips for local guides and drivers, 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; 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.

Payment & Cancellation 

 In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at the 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 121 days – $750 cancellation fee
120 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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking. 

Arrival & Departure 

The Three Pearls of the Arctic itinerary begins in Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF), and ends in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen (LYR). 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 Reykjavik anytime on day 1 of the itinerary. The estimated disembarkation time is after breakfast, between 8:00am and 9:00am on day 12. Plan flights to depart Longyearbyen no earlier than 2:30am. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page. 

Activities 

Various optional, included activities are available on your Three Pearls of the Arctic cruise, including hiking, Zodiac cruising, lectures, workshops and an expert photography guide on board each voyage. 

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 conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

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