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Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland’s East Coast Cruise

On this 16-day Arctic voyage aboard National Geographic Endurance or Resolution, experience magnificent wildlife in three quintessential Arctic locations. Spend time discovering western Iceland and eastern Greenland, and combine them with either Svalbard or Norway. And add a visit to the seldom-seen Jan Mayen Isle.

Encounter the wildlife of Svalbard, the ice-hewn east coast of Greenland, and the stunning fjords of western Iceland. Kayak among incandescent icebergs; visit some of the most remote settlements on Earth; and watch for polar bears, walruses, reindeer and whales. Along the way, enjoy supreme flexibility to take advantage of the weather and wildlife.

Explore aboard 138-guest Nat Geo Resolution. This small expedition ship is technologically advanced, fully stabilized and equipped with a well-rounded set of exploration tools including an ROV and enough kayaks and Zodiacs to send all guests out exploring at the same time.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Arctic cruises, Arctic trips, Greenland cruisesIceland cruises and Spitsbergen & Svalbard cruises.


Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland's East Coast Itinerary

On this 16-day Svalbard to Reykjavik via Greenland itinerary, enjoy a flexible itinerary. Begin with a charter flight from Oslo to embark in Longyearbyen, explore Svalbard, cross the sea via the seldom-visited isle of Jan Mayen, visit eastern Greenland and take in Iceland’s less-visited Westfjords before disembarking in Reykjavik.

Route map of Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland's East Coast cruise, from Oslo, Norway, to Reykjavik, Iceland, with visits to Svalbard, Jan Mayen & eastern Greenland.
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Day 1
Arrive Oslo, Norway

Arrive in Oslo and transfer to the group hotel. This afternoon explore the charming city of Oslo on a guided tour. Visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian polar explorers Nansen and Amundsen. Join your fellow travelers for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner this evening.


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Day 2
Fly to Longyearbyen & Embark

Depart Oslo on a charter flight and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen. Embark the ship.


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Days 3 - 15
Exploring Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland

The day-by-day itinerary is flexible, taking into account the wisdom of the experienced captain, guides and onboard technology. Begin in Svalbard, Norway—a place of deep fjords, snowcapped mountains and massive ice sheets. Nowhere can the polar bear be seen more reliably in its natural environment than here. Venture to the foot of vast tidewater glaciers, kayak among sparkling icebergs, hike the tundra and explore fjords that split the coastline. Svalbard’s wonders are a prelude to days ahead of discoveries on unknown shores, following the ice’s edge. Discover the Arctic’s grand wilderness. Be on deck as the captain navigates between icebergs that drift from calving glaciers.

With a course set west, Jan Mayen is on the itinerary–an isolated volcanic island in the Arctic Ocean. Discover the island’s unique geology including black-sand beaches and learn of the interesting history of Jan Mayen’s storied past inhabitants. And if the ice yields, the ship will aim for Scoresbysund, on the east coast of Greenland, still awakening from winter’s long icy grip. If the ice is unrelenting, the ship will head to Iceland. The finale of this journey is the west coast of Iceland. Explore Isafjördur, a picture postcard of Icelandic life; Vigur Island, which hosts the largest eider farm in the world; and either Flatey Island, a former trading post, or Grundarfjordur, known for Icelandic most photographed mountain, Kirkjufell, and it’s neighboring waterfall.


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Day 16
Disembark Reykjavik, Iceland

Disembark in Reykjavík and take a morning excursion. After lunch, transfer to the airport for flights home.




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Inclusions, Terms & Notes


Expedition parka to keep; all accommodations (including one hotel night in Oslo); meals as indicated; beer, wine & full bar; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes; basic WiFi (enhanced and premium packages available for purchase). Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.


One-way charter flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway ($380 per person in 2024, subject to change; TBD for 2025); air transportation; passport; visa; immigration fees; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more; inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost
**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking. 

(For expeditions booked prior to May 1, 2023: Please refer to your invoice for your payment and cancellation terms.)

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 Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland’s East Coast cruise begins in Oslo, Norway (OSL), and ends in Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF). Embarkation time may vary based upon arrival of group flights. Disembarkation in Reykjavik, Iceland, is after breakfast on Day 16 of the outlined itinerary. Departure times on Day 16 may vary depending on group flights. Inquire with your Adventure Specialist upon booking for details. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

A group charter flight between Oslo and Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, is required on this trip’s itinerary; see this trip’s Exclusions. There is a strict luggage limit of 50 lbs checked luggage and 18 lbs cabin baggage on the flight between Oslo and Longyearbyen.


Activities included aboard this expedition include Zodiac cruises, hiking and kayaking. Other activities may include yoga and stretching, land treks, photography, glacier viewing and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. 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

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change.

Jun 24 - Jul 09, 2025
National Geographic Resolution • 16 days
From $21269USD
Per Person
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National Geographic Resolution

The 138-guest National Geographic Resolution is one of the newest additions to the National Geographic fleet. This expedition ship is specifically designed for stability, efficiency, scholarship and long-range exploration in the polar regions.

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