Svalbard & Scoresby Sund
Longyearbyen to Reykjavik
August 8, 2017

Overview:

Discover three Arctic islands on an incredible expedition featuring Svalbard, Greenland, and Iceland. Here, daylight stretches well into the evening hours, allowing more time to scan the surrounding waters for the fluke of a whale’s tail or signs of the mythical narwhal with their characteristic long single tusk. Explore towering snow-capped mountains and glacier-filled bays, observe vast colonies of seabirds nesting among coastal cliffs and walrus snuggled together for a snooze, and venture deep into remote regions at the top of the world in search of reindeer, Arctic fox, seals, walrus, whales and, the most impressive of all – the polar bear. Aboard 132-passenger Silver Explorer.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Longyearbyen, Norway
Days 2-6: Cruise & Explore Svalbard
Days 7–8: Cruising the Greenland Sea
Days 9–12: Scoresby Sund, Greenland
Day 13: Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland
Day 14: Crossing the Denmark Strait
Day 15: Reykjavik, Iceland

Interested in more information? Please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

Svalbard & Scoresby Sund
Longyearbyen to Reykjavik
August 8, 2017

Day-By-Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Longyearbyen, Norway
Departing from Oslo, fly to Longyearbyen and embark the Silver Explorer for your exciting expedition – Svalbard & Scoresby Sund. You will be introduced to your Expedition Team and attend a Zodiac briefing, as well as an Arctic regulations refresher course that outlines the environmental policies all must adhere to in order to enjoy the privilege of visiting this pristine region at the top of the world. Tonight, you’re invited to familiarize yourself with the elegant Silver Explorer, meet some of your fellow travelers and enjoy the first of many memorable meals in The Restaurant.

Days 2-6: Cruise & Explore Svalbard
An expansive Arctic Ocean archipelago woven between the North Pole and Norway, Svalbard is one of the last major European wilderness areas with pristine mountains, fauna, deep fjords, picturesque icebergs, and massive ice sheets. The goal is to explore Svalbard’s breathtaking and dramatic Spitsbergen Island. Svalbard is home to approximately 3,000 polar bears and the hope is to encounter a good number of them during the trip.

The flexible itinerary allows an opportunity to take advantage of favorable ice and weather conditions. Whether cruising by Zodiac amongst floating icebergs or heading ashore for a guided walk, adventures bring you up close to mystical settings. Each day the Expedition Leader and Captain will determine the best course depending on changing weather, ice conditions and the wildlife we encounter. Here is a list of places visited on past expeditions – Contact Expedition Easy for destinations and experiences that may happen on your preferred departure.

Hornsund – This is the southernmost fjord on the rugged west coast of Spitsbergen Island. Jagged mountain peaks tower above glacier-filled bays. Listen for the crash of white thunder as huge chunks of ice fall into the fjord. Amidst these floating icebergs, watch for bearded seals, the rare beluga whale and the king of the Arctic – the polar bear. Sightings are fairly common as the polar bear’s favorite food, the ringed seal, breeds in the fjord. The surrounding bird cliffs are home to thousands of pairs of nesting little auks. You may visit the Polish research station or the remains of whaling stations and trappers’ huts.

Bellsund – About 50 miles (80 kilometres) into Spitsbergen is the more than 12-mile wide Bellsund. At the entrance of the fjord, you are likely to encounter some common eiders, Arctic terns and Arctic skuas. Snow bunting and purple sandpipers are also common in the area. The plan is to explore the seldom-visited Van Keulenfjord, where you will witness awe-inspiring landscapes as you trek along the tundra.

Prins Karls Forland – Off the west coast of Spitsbergen, encounter the island home of Forland National Park with cragged mountains, massive glaciers and remarkable wildlife. The entire island and the surrounding seas make up Forland National Park. Members of the Expedition Team takes you ashore at Poolypnten, a well-known walrus haul out, where a marine biologist explains the habits and habitat of these amazing creatures.

Ice Cruising – With the strengthened hull of the Silver Explorer, there is the perfect platform to search for walrus and polar bears as you devote at least one day to exploring the pack ice north of Spitsbergen. Conditions permitting, the Expedition Leader may choose to take you out in the Zodiacs for an even closer look.

Days 7–8: Cruising the Greenland Sea
The knowledgeable Lecture Staff members are experts in a variety of scientific fields. Gather in The Theater to hear their fascinating tales of adventure and to learn more about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Other onboard diversions include spa treatments, a workout in the Fitness Center, and, of course, exquisite dining experiences.

Days 9–12: Scoresby Sund, Greenland
Scoresby Sund is named for the Arctic explorer and whaler William Scoresby who charted the region in 1822, an impressive undertaking considering the vastness of the area. You have three full days to explore the largest and longest fjord in the world, and the days will indeed be full – filled with discoveries of spectacular icebergs and fascinating wildlife. The onboard ornithologist will point out a variety of bird species. Watch for pink-footed geese and whooper swans as well as ducks, guillemot, auk, puffin, fulmar, kittiwake and tern.

Together, experience the best of the region. Plans may include a cruise by Zodiac along the coastline to look for polar bear and musk ox, and a landing at Danmarksø to see the excellently preserved remains of an Inuit settlement, abandoned about 200 years ago. If lucky, it may be possible to add lemmings and narwhals to the growing list of animal and bird species seen on this voyage.

Day 13: Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland
During the last day in Scoresby Sund, visit Ittoqqortoormiit, the easternmost settlement in Greenland and the only permanent settlement in all of Scoresby Sund. Founded in 1925 by Ejnar Mikkelsen and some 80 Inuit settlers from Tasiilaq — and even some from western Greenland, it was formerly known as Scoresbysund.

The settlement was encouraged by the colonial power Denmark which at the time had a growing interest in Northeast Greenland (as did Norway). The settlers soon prospered on the good hunting conditions of the new area, which was and is rich in seals, walrus, Narwhal, Polar Bear and Arctic Fox. On the walk through the village, visit the small museum, the church, and can see a bust honoring Mikkelsen, and even walk up to the helicopter landing pad for a grand view over the village and adjacent bays. During the afternoon, leave the icebergs and Scoresby Sund behind, heading south.

Day 14: Crossing the Denmark Strait
As you make the way toward Iceland, head out on deck to watch for seabirds and whales. When not attending an informative lecture, take some time to peruse the well-stocked Library, enjoy a fine cognac in the Connoisseur’s Corner or indulge in any of the other special amenities offered aboard ship.

Today the on-board videographer will present his voyage-DVD, letting you reminiscence the special moments in Svalbard and Scoresby Sund.

Day 15: Reykjavik, Iceland
Following breakfast, disembark Silver Explorer.

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions.

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Svalbard & Scoresby Sund
Longyearbyen to Reykjavik
August 8, 2017

Rates:

Contact Expedition Easy for Svalbard & Scoresby Sund rates
*Please note an Air Charter Package for an additional charge is required for charter air service between Oslo and Longyearbyen plus applicable transfers in Longyearbyen between airport/pier.

Rates are approximate until the time of booking. Please note rates are subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Included:

– Onboard gratuities; complimentary beverages served throughout the ship, including fine wines, champagnes, spirits, beer, bottled water, specialty coffees and soft drinks; in-room bar and refrigerator stocked with your preferred beverage selections; complimentary 24-hour room service and in-suite dining served course-by-course from The Restaurant; complimentary shoreside events on select voyages; complimentary guided excursions ashore aboard Silver Explorer; complimentary transportation into town in most ports of call; aboard the Silver Explorer expedition ship: select suites have verandas or French balconies; production shows and in-suite dining are not offered.

Not Included:

– Airfare; optional hotel accommodation; transfers and luggage handling; fuel surcharges; optional shore excursions; meals ashore; accommodation while ashore; security surcharges; items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa treatments or purchases from the ship boutiques. Some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars are not included in your fare.

Deposit & Payments

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Expedition Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

Reservations

To reserve space on a trip on the Expedition Easy website, please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

August 8, 2017