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Ultimate Arctic Islands & Iceland

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This comprehensive voyage will take you from the Svalbard Archipelago to Greenland’s fjords and then a circumnavigation of Iceland. Massive glaciers, active volcanoes, spectacular fjords – this voyage has it all.
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Day 1

Fly from the UK to Oslo, where you’ll start your journey into wonder with an overnight stay in a luxurious hotel.

Day 2
Oslo > Longyearbyen

Fly from Oslo to the administrative capital of Svalbard, Longyearbyen, where you will board Scenic Eclipse and be warmly welcomed by your crew. Toast the start of your adventure at tonight’s welcome reception where the captain will introduce the crew and your expert Discovery Team.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3
Svalbard Archipelago

The Svalbard Archipelago is one of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas, with rugged glaciers and frozen tundras waiting to be explored. Due to her size and unique technological capabilities, Scenic Eclipse will take you on an in-depth exploration of this fragile region of vast environmental significance with minimal impact. Due to the extraordinary nature of the region, the sailing and expedition schedule is flexible. Your experienced Captain and Discovery Leader will carefully plan each day’s activities based on the conditions. 
Discovery: Our cruises include a vast range of tailored Scenic Discovery experiences and getting out into the big wild will be a highlight. Equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs, kayaks and a submarine (additional cost and subject to regulatory approval), daily Scenic Discovery excursions to search for the wildlife, marine life and their predators will take you to places of your wildest dreams.

Scenic Eclipse cruises in the prime time for wildlife spotting, and there will be opportunities to be on the lookout for the dominant predators including Polar bear, who number as many as 3,000 animals, as well as the Arctic fox. Marine species include the carefully protected walrus with its characteristic tusks and several species of whales. Once hunted almost out of existence in a region now transformed into a dedicated conservation area, your encounters with these giants of the sea will be a memory to treasure. There will be the chance to cruise secluded bays and stunning fjords and glaciers on the west coast of the island. Each day, the Discovery Leaders will schedule activities so that when you’re on board you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied, including entertaining presentations, documentaries and more. There will also be time for you to relax in your suite, watch the live streaming on your TV from the exterior cameras, and tempt your palate as you explore the extensive range of dining options.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Svalbard Archipelago

Continue exploring the Svalbard Archipelago.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Svalbard Archipelago

Continue exploring the Svalbard Archipelago.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
At Sea

Cruise towards the East Coast of Greenland, crossing the Greenland Sea and following the edge of the ice. Relax on board and make use of the Spa Sanctuary or even take a yoga class in the studio. There’ll be insightful lectures and presentations from the Discovery Team in the theatre. From your verandah keep an eye out for whales and sea ice.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
At Sea

Enjoy a day relaxing at sea and take advantage of the many facilities on board your luxury yacht.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
North East Greenland

Approaching North East Greenland you may encounter  a variety of seabirds such as northern Fulmar and migratory Brunnichs guillemots. This stretch of coastline is ripe for exploration, with its many secrets locked in place by drift ice for up to eight months each year. Home to polar bear, snowy owl and musk ox, it’s the world’s largest national park, covering 972,000km2, most of which is inland ice, and the rest a fjord landscape.
Discovery: Enjoy Scenic Discovery excursions exploring by Zodiac, looking for musk ox, Arctic hare and eider ducks, or discover old trappers huts on hikes across the tundra. Conditions permitting, there will be a good chance for kayakers to paddle the waterways.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
East Coast Fjords

Spend five days cruising and exploring Greenland’s magnificent East Coast Fjords, the world’s largest fjord system. Cruise among glorious icebergs and active volcanoes and feel the spray of thundering waterfalls. Enter Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, a remote and rarely visited fjord system that lies within the North East Greenland National Park with countless opportunities for exploration. Cruising through Kong Oskar Fjord you will marvel at the geological beauty of the mountains. Head south along the coast of Liverpool Land, on a passage that is dependent on ice conditions, to reach Scoresby Sund, the world’s biggest fjord. Massive glaciers dump into this fjord, the birthplace of the famous big Greenland icebergs. Visit the remote Inuit community of Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresby Town) to learn about their lifestyle in this remote and harsh environment.
Discovery: Partake in Scenic Discovery excursions from hiking across the tundra in search of ancient graveyards and abandoned summer villages occupied 3,000 years ago by Eskimos. This area provides excellent opportunities for kayaking in its maze of calm, interconnecting waterways. If luck is on your side, the shy and sometimes elusive wildlife may be seen, from musk oxen to Arctic hares.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
East Coast Fjords

Cruise among glorious icebergs and active volcanoes and feel the spray of thundering waterfalls.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11
East Coast Fjords

Cruise among glorious icebergs and active volcanoes and feel the spray of thundering waterfalls.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12
East Coast Fjords

Cruise among glorious icebergs and active volcanoes and feel the spray of thundering waterfalls.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13
East Coast Fjords

Cruise among glorious icebergs and active volcanoes and feel the spray of thundering waterfalls.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14
At Sea

Cruise the Denmark Strait across to the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik. The  expert Discovery Team will recount your extraordinary adventures to leave you with a rich understanding and lasting memories of this very remote, pristine and fragile environment.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15
Reykjavik

Iceland’s quirky capital city is yours to discover at leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 16
Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Sparkling fjords, dramatic volcanic peaks, sheer sea cliffs and vast lava flows beckon as you cruise in and around the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Look for the vast concentrations of bird species nesting on the treacherous Látrabjarg cliffs, and marine life in the waters of the Peninsula. 
Discovery: With a flexible itinerary and depending on the conditions, take Scenic Discovery excursions by kayak or onshore for landings.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 17
Isafjördur

Lying in the incredibly stunning landscapes of the Westfjords is the small town of Isafjördur.

Discovery: Choose a Scenic Discovery excursion from a walk in search of birdlife on Vigur Island, to a hike in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, or take a kayak adventure.

Freechoice

Visit the Ósvör Maritime Museum.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 18
Grimsey Island - Akureyri

Keep your eyes open for whales and dolphins as you cruise to Grimsey Island, straddling the Arctic Circle. 
Discovery: Scenic Discovery excursions by kayak offer opportunities to spot puffins and other birdlife, or take a walk across this small island and cross the Arctic Circle. Cruise into the harbour of Akureyri this evening and admire the views of the brightly coloured houses against the backdrop of a snow-capped mountain under the sultry hues of the Arctic summer evening. There is ample time to explore at your leisure and enjoy some of the local nightlife.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 19
Akureyri

Freechoice: Enter the Herring Era Museum to learn about this once thriving industry, or explore Akureyri and taste local specialties. Choose the Laufas Open Air Museum and Godafoss Waterfall or play a round of golf.

Freechoice

Enter the Herring Era Museum to learn about this once thriving industry, or explore Akureyri and taste local specialties. Choose the Laufas Open Air Museum and Godafoss Waterfall or play a round of golf.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 20
Húsavík

Nestled on the edge of Shaky Bay, the town of Húsavík is one of the best locations in Iceland to see multiple species of whales.

Freechoice

Board the traditional fishing boats for a whale-watching cruise or visit the geothermal region of Lake Mývatn. Alternatively enter Vatnajökull National Park and see the impressive Dettifoss waterfall whose powerful flow originates from the largest glacier in Iceland.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 21
Seydisfjördur

Docking right in the heart of this charming town settled by wealthy Norwegian fishermen gives free time to explore at leisure.

Discovery: Choose a Scenic Discovery excursion hiking in the Skálanes nature reserve.

Freechoice

Your local guide will share stories of the town on a walking tour including a short concert in the Blue Church, or meet some local residents and share morning tea together, discovering their way of life.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 22
Westman Islands

Born from geological volatility, this small archipelago is home to vast species of birdlife in the short summer, including nesting puffins. Heimaey was the site of the eruption of the Eldfell volcano in 1973 that covered most of the island with volcanic ash.

Discovery: Take a Scenic Discovery excursion hiking over the lava fields to the top of the new volcanic cone.

Freechoice

Tour the island and visit the Volcano Museum built around one of the destroyed houses, or cruise around the island with a local captain in search of birdlife, including the puffin colonies.

Enrich

Be immersed in Icelandic culture and folklore at a private performance.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 23
Thorlakshofn

Discovery: Take a Scenic Discovery excursion hiking the glacial fields at Mýrdalsjökull ice cap.

Freechoice

Visit the geothermal area and see how the power generated sustains daily life on the island. Choose to visit the small village of Eyrarbakki and taste some local lobster, or take a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 24
Reykjavik > UK

Reykjavik signals the end of your cruise as you disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK, taking with you a lifetime of wonderful memories.

Meals included: Breakfast
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