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  • 10% Early Booking Discount for bookings made before September 30, 2019 on all cabins except Triple cabins.
  • Complimentary Hotel and Flight package valued at $595 per person valid on all cabins except Triple.

Valid until September 30, 2019

Spitsbergen, Greenland, and Iceland aboard the World Explorer

Overview

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.

Itinerary

Itinerary for August 11-25, 2020 departure

Days 1-2
Oslo, Norway / Embark World Explorer

On Day 1, arrive Oslo at any time and transfer on your own to included hotel. Check in time is 3:00 pm.  This evening you are on your own to explore Oslo. The next day, enjoy breakfast then you will transfer to the airport and board the private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement. As you embark this afternoon, you’ll enjoy great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop for this seaside town.

Days 3-6
Spitsbergen

Exploring Spitsbergen, the largest of the Norwegian-ruled Svalbard islands, rewards us with abundant wildlife and austere beauty. Here, you’ll 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 7-8
Sailing the Greenland Sea

While sailing south through the historic Greenland Sea, you’ll learn about the wildlife and history of Greenland, your next stop. On deck, you’ll learn to identify seabirds on the wing. Take in a lecture, share your photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar or watch a movie—there are many things to do during your time at sea.

Days 9-12
Greenland’s Remote Eastern Coast

During your tour of Greenland’s remote eastern coast, you’ll enjoy Zodiac cruises and shore visits to several locations. Visit the remains of ancient Thule settlements, and keep an eye out for grazing musk oxen; 40% of the world’s population lives here. Finally, you will sail through spectacular Scoresbysund, the birthplace of many icebergs and, some say, the most beautiful fjord system in the world.

Days 13-14
Sailing the Denmark Strait

At sea, the Denmark Strait is your pathway toward Iceland. Your Expedition Team will keep you informed and entertained with presentations about the history of exploration in the Arctic and the seabirds you’ll inevitably see soaring above your ship.

Day 15
Disembark in Reykjavík / Fly home

You’ll disembark in Reykjavík. A transfer is provided to a central downtown location.

Itinerary for August 24-September 7, 2020 departure

Day 1
Reykjavík

Your arctic expedition begins in Reykjavík. Arrive in the Icelandic capital in the morning and make your way to your hotel. You will have the day to explore the city on your own.

Day 2
Reykjavík / Embark World Explorer

This afternoon, you’ll board your vessel and begin your expedition. Get ready for a great adventure ahead!

Days 3-4
At Sea

While sailing north through the Denmark Strait, your Expedition Team will keep you informed about the wildlife and history of Greenland, your next stop. You’ll learn about the history of exploration in the Arctic, as well as polar politics, glaciology and climate science. You’ll also learn about the incredible sights, geology and ecology you will soon explore.

Days 5-8
Greenland’s Remote Eastern Coast

During your tour of Greenland’s remote eastern coast, you’ll enjoy Zodiac cruises and shore visits to several locations. Visit the remains of ancient Thule settlements, and keep an eye out for grazing musk oxen; 40% of the world’s population lives here. Finally, you will sail through spectacular Scoresbysund, the birthplace of many icebergs and, some say, the most beautiful fjord system in the world.  If conditions allow, you may also visit Ittoqqortoormiit, the most remote community in East Greenland.

Days 9-10
Sailing the Greenland Sea

As you continue to cruise north, the Greenland Sea is your pathway toward Svalbard. On deck, you’ll learn to identify seabirds on the wing. Take in a lecture, share your photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar or watch a movie—there are many things to do during your time at sea.

Days 11-14
Spitsbergen

Exploring Spitsbergen, the largest of the Norwegian-ruled Svalbard islands, rewards us with abundant wildlife and austere beauty. Here, you’ll 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, you might sail within 10° of the North Pole!

Day 15
Disembark in Longyearbyen / Fly to Oslo

You’ll disembark in Longyearbyen and transfer to town to enjoy some free time on your own before being transferred to the airport for your return charter flight to Oslo, Norway’s capital.

Highlights

Highlights

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

Details

Length: 15 days
Cost From: $9995  
Arrive: Oslo, Norway, or Reykjavík, Iceland (depending on departure)
Depart: Oslo, Norway, or Reykjavík, Iceland (depending on departure)
Lodging: 13 nights aboard 176-passenger expedition vessel, 1 night hotel
Meals: All meals included aboard ship (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Small Ship Cruising, Sea Kayaking
Trip Level:

14-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours
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