Three Arctic Islands: Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen

Three Arctic Islands: Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen

Three Arctic Islands: Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen

Trip Details:

Operator:   Quark Expeditions
Price From: 7,695 USD
Fitness Needs:  Light Impact
Program duration: 13 days

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About this program

Join this award-winning expedition cruise departing above the Arctic Circle in Norway. Travel on to Greenland and finish in breathtaking Iceland.

Watch for iconic Arctic wildlife including reindeer, walrus, musk ox and the mystical polar bear!

Bear witness to active volcanoes, enormous glaciers, and wildlife viewing regions. When traveling to the Arctic, it’s a must to visit the Arctic islands of Iceland, Greenland and Spitsbergen!


Day 1: Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Norway

Your voyage will embark in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen.

Days 2-5: Spitsbergen, Norway

Exploring Spitsbergen, the largest of the Norwegian-ruled Svalbard islands rewards you with abundant wildlife and austere beauty. Here, you’ll visit spectacular glacier fronts and steep-walled fjords with walrus, polar bears and Spitsbergen reindeer among your possible wildlife sightings. Birders will be thrilled to see arctic terns, skuas, long-tailed ducks, kittiwakes and ivory gulls. When conditions are right, you could sail within 10 degrees of the North Pole!

Days 6 and 7: 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 8 to 11: East Greenland

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 muskoxen; 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.

Day 12: 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 13: Depart Reykjavik

You’ll disembark in Akureyri, and transfer to your waiting charter flight to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, at the end of your journey. If you have booked post-expedition accommodation, we provide a transfer to a central downtown location.

Country Fast Facts


Flag flag_of_norway-svg
Official Language(s)Norweigan, Sami
Climate(s)Tundra, Subarctic, Subpolar
Major Airport(s):Oslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL), Bergen Airport (BGO),
Economic Driver(s):Resources, Oil Fields,

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