13 or 15 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, Norway
Days 2 to 5 — Spitsbergen, Norway
Days 6 and 7 — Greenland Sea
Days 8 to 11 — East Greenland
Day 12 — Denmark Strait
Day 13 — Depart Reykjavik
Day 1 — Arrive in Oslo, Norway
Day 2 — Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Days 3 to 6 — Exploring Spitsbergen
Days 7 and 8 — At Sea
Days 9 to 12 — Exploring East Greenland
Days 13 and 14 — At Sea
Days 15 — Depart Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 1 — Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 2 — Embarkation Day in Reykjavik
Days 3 and 4 — At Sea
Days 5 to 8 — Exploring East Greenland
Days 9 and 10 — At Sea
Days 11 to 14 — Exploring Spitsbergen
Day 15 — Disembark in Longyearbyen & fly to Oslo
Pre- and Post-Trip Options Extend Your Stay
Reaching the Arctic can be as fun as being there. Quark offers various travel packages that let you see more of the world before and after your Arctic adventure.
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 sea 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