Arctic Sights & Northern Lights Adventure Cruise with Wildlife Viewing, Optional Kayaking and Photography Instruction

   
 

Arctic Sights & Northern Lights Adventure Cruise with Wildlife Viewing, Optional Kayaking and Photography Instruction

BY ADVENTURESMITH EXPLORATIONS

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1 month ago

DURATION

11 Days

SEASON

September 2019

RATES

USD 5,995.00 per person

EXPIRES

Sep 01, 2019
Arctic Sights & Northern Lights Adventure Cruise with Wildlife Viewing, Optional Kayaking and Photography Instruction
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Arctic culture and landscapes come alive on this 11-day Arctic Sights & Northern Lights cruise aboard the luxury 114-guest expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Search for whales and Arctic wildlife while cruising round trip from Reykjavik, Iceland, through breathtaking fjords flanked by steep mountains along eastern Greenland. Across the Denmark Strait, explore the stunning Scoresby Sund fjord complex to discover unbelievable scenery, historical sites, massive icebergs, a contemporary Inuit village and of course the mesmerizing northern lights. Visit the town of Isafjörour in the Westfjords of Iceland. On the 12-day alternative itinerary, explore Iceland’s picturesque Snaefellsnes peninsula. Every night on this voyage brings another excellent chance to experience the northern lights in a beautiful setting.

Kayaking is available at an added cost for those who wish to experience this paddler's paradise. The islands and fjords of the High Arctic closely guard some of the world’s most unique and magical sea kayaking opportunities. Experience cathedral-like icebergs in Greenland, labyrinthine expanses of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean and rugged coastlines in remote waters that very few people have ever paddled. Photographic instructions, lectures and opportunities from expert photographers and guides are included in every departure.

If icebergs, Arctic culture and wildlife and the aurora borealis are your polar interests, then this Arctic Sights & Northern Lights itinerary is the trip for you!

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

Rates vary by cabin, starting at $5995 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik, Iceland

Welcome to Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland and starting point of the expedition. After arriving via scheduled commercial flight service, you are free 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. You can also take advantage of Reykjavík’s wide range of shopping possibilities, excellent dining options, and famous nightlife. Your hotel for the night has been arranged and is included in the price of the voyage.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Included Reykjavik hotel

MEALS: dinner

Day 2: Embark Reykjavik
Reykjavik, Iceland

In the afternoon be welcomed aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Arctic dreams coming true as the ship slips her moorings and sails out of the harbor into the bay of Faxaflói, where it is possible to encounter your first whales.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Sea Spirit

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Across Denmark Strait
Denmark Strait, Iceland

From Iceland the ship heads across Denmark Strait toward Scoresby Sund in East Greenland, crossing the Arctic Circle on the way. There is a good possibility of whale sightings in this stretch of water. After nightfall, enjoy the first opportunity to see the aurora borealis.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Sea Spirit

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 4-8: Exploration Of Scoresby Sund, Greenland
Scoresby Sund, Greenland

Scoresby Sund is a true 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. Scoresby Sund is the largest and longest fjord system in the world. This area contains some of the Arctic’s most impressive scenery. Deep fjords and narrow channels, flanked by ice-clad peaks up to 6561 feet high, reach deep 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 we 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, expert presentations 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 and dinner

Day 9: Across Denmark Strait
Denmark Strait, Iceland

After an amazing time in Scoresby Sund the ship heads back across Denmark Strait toward Iceland. 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 panoramic open decks as well as exterior stateroom windows and balconies. Nighttime offers still more possibilities for aurora borealis!

ACCOMMODATIONS: Sea Spirit

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10: Westfjords, Iceland
Westfjords, Iceland

This expedition day 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, the expedition staff will 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 and dinner

Day 11: Disembark Reykjavík
Reykjavik, Iceland

After breakfast, say farewell in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland and ending point of the expedition. Be transferred to the international airport or to the city center if you wish to spend another day or more in Iceland before flying home. From Reykjavík the entire country is accessible through day tours or longer journeys by rental car.

ACCOMMODATIONS: n/a

MEALS: breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions)
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by experienced expedition leader & expedition team
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka; rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails
  • All port fees
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Digital voyage log
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
  • 1 pre-voyage hotel night is included on Arctic Sights and Northern Lights alternative itinerary

NOTES

Itinerary Notes: Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Activities: An expert photographer is on board all voyages to provide advice, lectures and workshops free of charge. Experience cathedral-like icebergs in Greenland, 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. Kayaking adventure options are $655 per person (2018 & 2019 season). Please contact AdventureSmith to reserve activity space with your booking.


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