13 or 14 days
A Quark Expeditions exclusive. This award-winning expedition cruise takes you to Scorsbysund, on the northeast coast of Greenland, Iceland, and high above the Arctic Circle in Spitsbergen, Norway. Iconic Arctic animals such as the polar bear, musk ox, reindeer and walrus are commonly seen. No other Arctic adventure takes in such varied destinations ranging from active volcanoes to massive glaciers. If you want to experience the Arctic in all of its beauty, then you must venture to these three Arctic islands.
Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief
- Named one of National Geographic Travelers’ 50 Tours of a Lifetime
- Glaciers and wildlife of Spitsbergen
- Remote coast of Greenland
- Zodiac cruising
- Tundra hiking
- Optional kayak adventure option on selected expeditions
DAY 1 — Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen
Day 2-5 — Spitsbergen, Norway
DAY 6 - 7 — Greenland Sea
DAY 8 - 11 — Eastern Greenland
Day 12 — Denmark Strait
Day 13 — Disembarkation Day in Akureyri
Pre- and Post-Trip Options
From the charming city of Reykjavik, to the therapeutic waters of the Blue lagoon, and the bubbling hot springs of Thingveller National Park, you will be mesmerized by the unique beauty and striking geography of this Nordic island. Iceland offers adventures for every activity and skill level – ask about the other options available to enjoy the fresh air and explore the dramatic landscape.
Presentations by Quark’s Expedition Team are included as part of your voyage. Through formal illustrated presentations, as well as informal briefings, the Quark Expeditions Team will cover a range of topics including ornithology, marine biology, glaciology, geography, geology, history and the environment.
‘Odden Ice Tongue’
The Greenland Sea was home to a seasonal ice bridge called the ‘Odden Ice Tongue’. Last formed in 1997, this bridge of ice would form from the eastern edge of Greenland halfway to Svalbard, reaching Jan Mayen Island. The name came from the way the ice was formed in the currents of the Greenland Sea, which made it resemble a tongue.
The Quark Expedition Team Is Exceptional
“The Quark expeditions team is, as always, EXCEPTIONAL!! Their level of quality of care, enthusiasm, knowledge, friendliness, safety and passion exceed expectations. My first experience with the Quark family was earlier in the year with a trip to Antarctica. I was so happy with my experience that I had to book another trip with them later in the same year to the other end of the World - The Arctic, which was another great experience. I’m looking forward to where the Quark family can take me next!”
Three Arctic Islands, Sept. 4, 2012