Spitsbergen, Greenland, and Iceland aboard the Ocean Nova


Join us for a thrilling journey across the Arctic to the land of Vikings, fjords, and magnificent landscapes. The glaciers and abundant wildlife of Spitsbergen, Greenland’s remote eastern coast, with its musk oxen and remains of ancient Thule settlements, the towering mountains and icebergs of Scoresbysund, optional sea kayaking—they’re all on this spectacular adventure!

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.


Day 1
Longyearbyen, Norway / Embark Ocean Nova

Arrive in Longyearbyen and embark on the Ocean Nova.

Days 2-5

Exploring Spitsbergen, the largest of the Norwegian-ruled Svalbard islands, rewards us with abundant wildlife and austere beauty. We visit spectacular glacier fronts and steep-walled fjords with walrus, polar bear, and Spitsbergen reindeer among the possible wildlife sightings. Birders will be thrilled to see Arctic terns, skuas, long-tailed ducks, kittiwakes, and glaucous and ivory gulls. As an added bonus, when conditions are right, we might sail within 10° of the North Pole!

Days 6-7
Sailing the Greenland Sea

While sailing the historic Greenland Sea, we learn about the wildlife and history of Greenland, our next stop. On deck we learn to identify seabirds on the wing, and inside we share photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar, or watch a movie; there are many things to do during our time at sea.

Days 8-12
Greenland’s remote eastern coast

During our tour of Greenland's remote eastern coast, we enjoy Zodiac cruises and shore visits to several locations. We visit the remains of ancient Thule settlements and keep an eye out for grazing musk oxen, as 40% of the world's population of this fascinating mammal lives here. Finally, we sail through spectacular Scoresbysund, where we encounter massive icebergs and an ancient Thule settlement as we approach Sydkap and Øfjord. The scenery here is unimagineable, with towering mountainsides and hundreds of apartment-size icebergs playing tricks with our sense of perception.

Day 13
Sailing the Denmark Strait

The Denmark Strait is our pathway east, toward Iceland. Our onboard Expedition Team  keeps us informed and entertained with presentations about the history of exploration in the Arctic and the seabirds we inevitably see soaring above the ship.

Day 14
Disembark in Akureyri / Fly home via Reykjavík

Our adventure ends at the port of Akureyri. From here we fly to the domestic airport in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital. We provide a transfer to the city center if you wish to explore this great city. Depart on homeward-bound flight.



Cruise through dramatic fjords and past charming fishing villages
Enjoy long arctic light beneath the midnight sun
Incredible wildlife viewing including numerous seabirds and puffins


Length: 14 days
Cost From: $8695  
Arrive: Longyearbyen, Norway
Depart: Akureyri, Iceland
Lodging: 13 nights aboard 106-passenger expedition vessel
Meals: All meals included aboard ship
Activity: Small Ship Cruising, Sea Kayaking
Trip Level:

13-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours
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