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Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland's East Coast

Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland's East Coast

Book now to receive complimentary charter airfare (Oslo/Longyearbyen). Subject to availability; must be ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions; new bookings only.

2017 prices are guaranteed for all 2018 departures if booked by June 1, 2017. After June 1, 2017, call for new 2018 prices.

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At a glance

17 Days / 16 Nights

Oslo, Norway to Reykjavik, Iceland

From $14,950

Sails: June - July

Activities: Birding, Hiking, Photography, Sightseeing, Wildlife viewing, Zodiac cruises

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Lindblad Expeditions, in partnership with National Geographic

Magnificent wildlife in three quintessential Arctic locations

See the majestic setting that the lordly polar bear freely roams as we explore the Arctic Svalbard archipelago of Norway, pulling the ship’s bow up to blue-veined glaciers, alighting on islands where caribou drift like smoke across the tundra. Go from the TV series depiction of Vikings to a real sense of their heroism. From Svalbard, we’ll follow in the wake of these, and other fearless explorers and colonists to discover the dramatic landscapes and rich traditions of Greenland and Iceland. This itinerary enables you to:

  • See polar bears in their natural habitat, the sea ice, in the gorgeous, uninhabited wilds of Svalbard far from any human settlements — accompanied by expert spotters to increase your sightings;
  • Follow in the wake of the 10th-century Viking explorers along the ice shelf;
  • Discover the dramatic landscapes and rich traditions of Greenland; explore the seldom-seen east coast fjords & icebergs; spot white-tailed eagles, among the 60 species of birds that breed in Greenland;
  • Actively explore Iceland’s Westfjord region; walk on lava fields and ice sheets, feel the spray of gushing hot springs and cascading waterfalls; cruise among magnificent icebergs;
  • Meet the intriguing people able to thrive in their Arctic homelands;
  • Enjoy superlative photos ops & on-board photo assistance
  • Travel confidently in the company of Arctic experts, committed and able to provide you with an extraordinary experience

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Flexibility is a hallmark of our expeditions, and it is the mission of this expedition. Ice conditions and miraculous opportunities will dictate the details of our day-by-day itinerary — as we take advantage of rare wildlife sightings or linger to let the photographers aboard get their shots. In this region of the Arctic, extraordinary adventure is a guarantee.

Day 1-2: U.S. Fly Overnight to Oslo, Norway

Fly overnight to Oslo. On arrival, check into Oslo’s Thon Bristol Hotel (or similar) and explore this charming city. Stroll amid Oslo’s famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures set in parkland. Visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian polar explorers Nansen and Amundsen. The evening is at leisure.

Day 3: Oslo / Longyearbyen / Embark

Depart Oslo on a charter flight, and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen. Embark National Geographic Explorer. (B,L,D)

Day 4-16: Exploring Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland

Our day-by-day itinerary, in keeping with the nature of an expedition, will be a thoughtfully considered framework based on our long experience in this dynamic arctic region. We’ll take full advantage of our ‘human resources’—our experienced Captain, expedition leader and naturalists—as well as our technological resources. Armed with the latest satellite imagery, we’ll chart where the ice is impenetrable, and where there are leads guiding us to exciting discoveries. We have an ice-strengthened hull and forward-searching sonar, plus agile Zodiacs and kayaks, allowing us to make forays among the icebergs. The Undersea Specialist will deploy the ROV, bringing back imagery few, if any, have ever seen. And with unforgettable days in the ice and two photographers on board, you’ll have assistance to get your best photos ever.

We 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. Our quest is to discover the Arctic’s grand wilderness. Be on deck as our captain navigates between icebergs that drift from the calving glaciers. And if the ice yields, we’ll aim for Scoresbysund, on the east coast of Greenland, still awakening from winter’s long icy grip. If the ice is unrelenting, we’ll head to Iceland.

The finale of our journey is the west coast of Iceland: Isafjördur, a picture postcard of Icelandic life; the immense Látrabjarg cliffs, home to a huge population of razorbills; and Flatey Island, a former trading post. (B,L,D)

Day 17: Reykjavik / Disembark / Home

Our grand adventure takes us to Iceland’s lively capital city, Reykjavík. Have a guided overview of the old town, and visit the famous Blue Lagoon thermal baths, prior to our flight home. (B,L)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

Dates & Rates

Book now to receive complimentary charter airfare (Oslo/Longyearbyen). Subject to availability; must be ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions; new bookings only.

2017 prices are guaranteed for all 2018 departures if booked by June 1, 2017. After June 1, 2017, call for new 2018 prices.

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Dates 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 SA SB
Jun 13, 2018 $14,950 $15,780 $16,530 $17,800 $20,350 $23,750 $27,280 $19,720 $20,660

*Reverse itinerary

Included in Cruise Fare

  • All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar
  • All meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated
  • Air transportation where indicated as included
  • Shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • Use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks (where available)
  • Gratuities (except to Egyptologists and ship’s crew)
  • Taxes and service charges
  • Services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of our expedition staff

Not Included in Cruise Fare

  • Air transportation (except where shown as included)
  • Extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees
  • Scuba diving (where available)
  • Meals not indicated
  • Baggage/accident/travel protection plan
  • Items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, and laundry
  • Gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion

Map

Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland's East Coast Itinerary Map

Ships

National Geographic Explorer

National; Geographic ExplorerNational Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship, and the latest addition to the Lindblad fleet. It is a fully stabilized, ice-class vessel, enabling it to navigate polar passages while providing exceptional comfort. It carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac landing craft. An Undersea Specialist operates a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and sophisticated video equipment, extending access to the underwater world. View ship details...

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