The transfer to the ship takes place in the afternoon. Once on board there is a get together for introductions to the expedition team, to learn about the ship and its layout, talk about the itinerary for the next 10 days and participate in the obligatory lifeboat drill.
Day 2 - 5
Exploring Spitsbergen, the largest of the Norwegian-ruled Svalbard islands, rewards us with abundant wildlife and austere beauty. Here we'll visit spectacular glacier fronts and steep-walled fjords with walrus, Polar bear and Spitsbergen reindeer among our possible wildlife sightings. Birders will be thrilled to see Arctic terns, skuas, Long-tailed ducks, kittiwakes and Glaucous and Ivory gulls. As an added bonus, when conditions are right, we could sail within 10° of the North Pole!
Day 6 - 7
While sailing the historic Greenland Sea, you?ll learn about the wildlife and history of Greenland, our next stop. On deck we'll learn to identify seabirds on the wing.
Day 8 - 12
During our tour of Greenland's remote eastern coast, we?ll enjoy sea-level Zodiac cruises and shore visits to several locations. Visit the remains of ancient Thule settlements, and keep an eye out for grazing Musk oxen, as 40% of the world's population of this fascinating mammal lives here. Finally, we will sail through spectacular Scoresbysund, the birthplace of many icebergs, and - some say - the most beautiful fjord system in the world.
Sail through the Denmark Strait en route to Iceland. The onboard Expedition Team will inform and entertain with presentations about area wildlife - especially the seabirds we'll see soaring above the ship.
We disembark in Akureyri. From here we fly to the domestic airport in Reykjavik, Iceland?s capital, and transfer to downtown Reykjavik.