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Sail in small-ship style through stunning Arctic landscapes to go in search of polar bears and narwhals

» 15 day expedition cruise

» Accommodation: Superior A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)

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Greenland’s east coast is an adventurer’s idyll, a region of spectacular mountain peaks, dramatic fjords and glaciers that shed house-sized icebergs into the chill waters of the North Atlantic. It’s also home to some incredible wildlife, not least polar bears and narwhals, and the welcoming peoples of the Ittoqqortoormiit Inuit tribe. You’ll take it all in on this remarkable expedition cruise with Aurora Expeditions, which begins further east in the spectacular icy remotes of Norway’s Svalbard Archipelago. Here, Zodiac cruises and kayak paddles will bring you to trappers’ camps and long-since-used whaling station dotted amid the Arctic tundra. Then, after your brush with Greenland’s coastal delights, the Midnight Sun will lead you south, across the Denmark Strait to Iceland and the end of your voyage.  

Day by day itinerary

  • Day 1 » Depart for Svalbard

    Depart the UK on a flight, via Oslo, to Longyearbyen on the island of Spitsbergen. On arrival, you’ll transfer from the airport to the designer comforts of Funken Lodge, where chic rooms are complemented by sweeping views across the neighbouring Lars Glacier and delicious dining courtesy of the town’s best restaurant. 

    Stay: Funken Lodge, Longyearbyen

  • Days 2-5 » Spitsbergen

    Board your expedition ship, the Greg Mortimer, on the afternoon of day two. Then, set sail along the spectacular Isfjorden to begin your exploration of Svalbard’s largest island. Across three dramatic days, you’ll visit abandoned whaling stations and historic trappers’ camps, keeping an eye out for roaming herds of reindeer, swooping seabirds inciuding little auks, guillemots and kittiwakes, and even the odd polar bear. Along the way, Zodiac cruises will bring you right up to the coastline to view the glassy ice cliffs of Monacobreen, Spitsbergen’s largest glacier, at close quarters.

    Stay: Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Days 6-7 » Greenland

    As you cross the Greenland Sea, your ship’s expert naturalists and guest lecturers will share their knowledge about the region’s plants and animals, stories of the early polar explorers such as Nansen, Andrée and Scoresby. Make the most of the ship’s observation decks as you keep an eye out for fin whales and seabirds among the sea ice. There’s also time to relax as you prepare to make land, conditions permitting, on Greenland’s northeast coast, a region home to polar bear, Arctic hare and musk oxen. If conditions are right, you might even have the chance to strike out through the sea ice on Zodiacs or, for a supplement, by kayak.

    Stay: Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Days 8-9 » Greenland

    An ice cap covers 81 per cent of Greenland and, even under summer’s Midnight Sun, pack ice might fill the country’s northern bays. On land, trappers’ huts dot the tundra as musk ox, Arctic hare and eider ducks roam in and around the Kejser Franz Josef Fjord. Elsewhere, plunging cascades at Kap Humboldt provide a microclimate for spectacular hanging gardens, while remote Kong Oskar Fjord offers view of spectacular glacier-carved mountains.

    Stay: Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Days 10-12 » Greenland

    The drama continues In Scoresby Sund, the world's biggest fjord system, where massive glaciers shed giant icebergs into the Greenland Sea. Pausing near Rode Island, you’ll head out by Zodiac to weave through a maze of grounded icebergs, some more than 30 metres high. You’ll then contrast the austerity of the landscape as you enjoy a warm Ittoqqortoormiit welcome from a local Inuit tribe happy to share their culture. Then, your expedition’s expert kayakers will set out to find ideal paddling conditions before you join them to wind through interconnected waterways, watching for polar bears and narwhals. Your route then traces the Blosseville Coast south to search for musk ox and marvel at the mountain that dominate the skyline. If weather permits, you’ll make a landing at Romer Fjord.

    Stay: Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 13 » Denmark Strait

    Sail across the Denmark Strait, with time to reflect on the incredible experiences of the last few days, and make the most of the ship’s facilities as you head towards Iceland.

    Stay: Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 14 » Akureyri/Reykjavik

    Arrive in the north Icelandic port of Akureyri and transfer south to the capital, Reykjavik where you'll make your way to your downtown hotel to spend the night. Then, take time to head out into Iceland’s fun-loving capital, perhaps exploring its contemporary museums and galleries, dining out at one of its many superb restaurants, or hitting the town to experience its world-renowned bar scene, the perfect way to celebrate after recent adventures.

    Stay: Hotel Reykjavík Centrum, Iceland

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 15 » Depart for UK

    Transfer to Keflavik Airport, perhaps calling into the Blue Lagoon en route, before boarding your flight back to the UK. Alternatively, why not extend your stay to explore the geothermal wonders and waterfalls of the iconic Golden Circle? Speak to our specialists for prices and details.

    Meals: Breakfast

To book call us on:

020 7664 2239

Make an enquiry

At a glance…

Sail in small-ship style through stunning Arctic landscapes to go in search of polar bears and narwhals

» 15 day expedition cruise

» Accommodation: Superior A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)

Call for details of price

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