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What’s included

  • 14 nights aboard the M/S Expedition in twin-share cabins (all with en suite bathrooms and porthole window). Please note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing.
  • Prices based on Category 2 cabins
  • Zodiac excursions and shore visits with our expert Expedition team. Lectures and educational programs
  • Free high performance expedition parka jacket
  • Free Mountain Kingdoms fleece
  • Use of on board sauna, gym and library
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • 2 nights in 4* hotel accommodation in Oslo and Longyearbyen
  • Waterproof boots supplied for men's UK sized 7-13 & women's UK sized 3-7
  • All meals included on board the M/S Expedition. Breakfast included at the hotels
  • One Expedition team member per 10 guests.(the highest ratio amongst Polar ships 1:10)
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option

Arctic Highlights

Polar Cruising

Arctic | Polar Cruising

New for 2017
Arctic Highlights

Duration:  17 days from the UK

Flight inclusive from £5,945,
Land only from £5,395

Book now or call 01453 844400

Sail from Spitsbergen to Greenland and south to Iceland, an unforgettable voyage through the Arctic.

Highlights

  • Expert guides, great food and spacious cabins on the M/S Expedition cruise ship
  • Daily Zodiac excursions to get up close to the abundant wildlife
  • The chance to spot polar bears, whales & Arctic foxes
  • A breathtaking landscape of spectacular icebergs, fjords and glaciers

Reviews          

in the Arctic from Spitsbergen to Greenland and finally Iceland. Travelling on a warm and comfortable ship, with excellent and plentiful food, you pass through the dramatic scenery with regular trips off the ship both by zodiac and on foot. There are plenty of lectures to fill your day when you are not on deck looking for whales, dolphins and the numerous sea birds. A truly amazing experience.
Liz Noakes, Mountain Kingdoms

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Sailing from Spitsbergen to Greenland to Iceland, this is a voyage of impressive highlights that reveals the contrast and change in the Arctic landscape.

We start our journey amidst the dramatic scenery of Northwest Spitsbergen National Park then travel south, following the ice’s edge along the coast of Greenland in search of the amazing wildlife of the Arctic region. Orca, humpback and minke whales are routinely spotted in the Arctic waters whilst polar bears roam the shoreline and unique reindeers graze on the summer vegetation alongside colonies of seabirds.

We sail through some of the most spectacular fjord country in the world while exploring rarely visited glaciers, bays and inlets on our regular Zodiac excursions and shore landings. And, we spend time at the tiny Inuit settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit to gain an insight into how these most northerly of people live.

On board, we relax and enjoy the good food and excellent facilities on the M/S Expedition and learn about the history, geology and wildlife of the Arctic from the expert expedition team. Our adventure ends in ‘the land of fire and ice’ when we reach Reykjavik.

Our ‘Land Only’ and ‘Flight Inclusive from’ prices are based on category 2 cabins, twin-share with porthole windows, and include 1 night in a hotel in Oslo and one night in a hotel in Longyearbyen before the start of the cruise, plus arrival and departure transfers.


At a glance

Duration:  17 days from the UK

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 1 clients

Maximum group size: 0

Land only joining city: Oslo

Accommodation types: Hotels, Expedition Ship

Hotels:

The M/S Expedition boasts spacious, en suite, cabins. Our prices are based on Category 2 twin cabins which have a porthole window and ample storage for all your kit.

Upgrades are available to the following cabin types: Category 3 twin cabins which are slightly roomier and have a picture book window; Category 4 twin share which are larger still with a bigger window; and Category 5 cabins that offer a junior double suite with separate living area as well as larger bedroom and bathroom.

        Safety Features:
• Designed to Ice Class 1B specifications for service in sea ice.
• Four totally covered lifeboats provide capacity for all passengers and crew, while six life-rafts boast a capacity of 150 persons.
• Full immersion cold weather survival suits for all passengers and crew

Facilities & Amenities:
The M/S Expedition offers stability at sea, comfortable cabins and ample communal areas. With a maximum of 140 guests you will be well catered for by expert guides, staff and crew.
• 360° top observation deck
• All cabins with private, en suite bathrooms and outside views
• Raised forward observation deck
• Large fleet of Zodiacs with four stroke engines
• Complimentary wellington boots for duration of your cruise
• Fine dining – international cuisine in one sitting
• Large aft deck with barbecue facilities
• Polar Bear Pub
• Gift shop
• Medical clinic
• Sauna
• Computer room with internet where available
• Gym
• Expert guides, 55 members of staff & crew

Meal arrangements: B&B at hotels, full board on cruise

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-2
Fly to Oslo, overnight in an airport hotel, then fly onward to Longyearbyen and spend one night before the cruise departs
3
Embarkation day Longyearbyen
4-7
Spitsbergen & the Svalbard peninsula
8-9
Cross the Greenland Sea
10-14
Scoresby Sund & the Denmark Strait
15-16
Denmark Strait to Reykjavik
17
Disembark in Reykjavik and fly to London
Leader: Specialist Leaders, Polar cruises
Specialist Leaders, Polar cruises

On board are expert, English-speaking guides who have an intimate knowledge of the area and an infectious passion for nature. They are very hard-working, attentive and helpful. On your Expedition cruise, shore excursions, and on board, lectures will be provided by knowledgeable, expert members of the crew.


The M/S Expedition has one of the highest ratios of expedition team members to guests – with one expert for every 10 guests there is always someone on hand to answer your questions and provide greater insight and appreciation of the world at its extremes. The expedition team is comprised of professional and highly skilled historians, marine biologists, and naturalists who offer keen insight and a unique personal perspective to each and every adventure. Their goal is to provide an informed and balanced interpretation of the destination, accomplished through stimulating lectures, day-to-day briefings, and informal discussions. Your lecturers and Expedition Leader will cover all aspects of the voyage including ornithology, marine biology, geography, geology, history and the environment, as well as practical things like photography. The expedition staff work conscientiously with you on deck and in the field, improving your observational skills to allow you to experience all that the destination has to offer. Their strong sense of ethics and ecological knowledge make for stimulating and mindful conversation whether onshore or at the dinner table. The Expedition Staff will pilot the Zodiac landing craft used for shore landings and Zodiac cruises; they are experienced drivers who operate the Zodiacs in a responsible manner.


  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Oslo
    Fly London to Oslo. Arrive Oslo and make your way to the airport hotel (100m from terminal).
    Overnight iconOvernight: Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardermoen
  2. Day 2 - Fly Oslo to Longyearbyen. Day at Leisure.
    Make your own way back to the terminal to check in and then fly from Oslo to Longyearbyen. On arrival in Longyearbyen you will be met and transferred to your hotel. You are then free to relax around your hotel and mooch around Longyearbyen at leisure which, while not the main event, has quite an interesting history.

    Longyearbyen is the largest settlement on the archipelago of Svalbard with a population of about 2,060 people and about as many snowmobiles. Most of the inhabitants are Norwegian, and some are Russian. Located in the Advent Fjord at the entrance of the Advent Valley, this community has an infrastructure fit for a much larger city. Within the islands, there are four inhabited settlements and some scientific stations. All are found on the west coast, the part of Spitsbergen with the mildest climate due to the warm Gulf Current.

    Longyearbyen is located at 78°13°N 15°33°E. Due to its location far north of the polar circle, it is polar night from mid-October to mid-February and polar day from mid-April to mid-August. Longyearbyen has an arctic tundra climate.
    Overnight iconOvernight: Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, Longyearbyen
  3. Day 3 - Embarkation day, Longyearbyen.
    Today is embarkation day in Longyearbyen. All passengers are required to drop their luggage at the meeting point between 09:00-13:00. Conveniently the meeting point is the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel. All passengers will be transferred to the ship as a group for embarkation at 16:00. You can also walk down to the ship as it is only 10 minutes from the hotel. When you embark you are given a card which is your identification and used to swipe off and on the ship each day to ensure you are not left on shore at any point! It is also used for any purchases and the final bill paid at the end of the cruise.
    Overnight iconOvernight: M/S Expedition
  4. Day 4 - Spitsbergen / Greenland Sea
    By not having a set itinerary, we take on an expedition spirit and are free to seek out the best that Svalbard has to offer. Each day will be planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. Distances are relatively short in the Archipelago and seas relatively calm. Svalbard is one of the few places on the planet that offers such a wealth and diversity of natural and cultural history sites. You will visit ice-covered seas, fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery and glaciers flowing into the surrounding sea.
    Overnight iconOvernight: M/S Expedition
  5. Day 5 - Spitsbergen / Greenland Sea
    Over the next four days, we will explore a small portion of the western coast of Spitsbergen. Entering the autumn, the days are getting shorter so try to take advantage of all of the sunlight possible to search for wildlife.

    We will spend these days in search of the elusive polar bears as they hunt seals. We will also keep a close lookout for Arctic foxes and Svalbard's unique subspecies of reindeer - although much smaller than their southern relatives, they still carry impressive antlers.

    The Zodiacs will be primed and ready for one or two shore landings per day or to cruise around the ice floes. Ice permitting, spectacular bird cliffs filled with thousands of murres (guillemots), as well as kittiwakes and glaucous gulls. A little auk colony will also be on your agenda.

    The plant life here has adapted to survive in this terrain and we will have the opportunity to observe and discuss some of their adaptations to what is considered a harsh environment.

    This is also a land of history: from whaling to reaching for the pole, to trapping, coal mining and war. We will visit some of these historic sites.
    Overnight iconOvernight: M/S Expedition
  6. Day 6 - Spitsbergen / Greenland Sea
    We continue sailing through the Greenland Sea and exploring the coast of Spitsbergen.
    Overnight iconOvernight: M/S Expedition
  7. Day 7 - Spitsbergen / Greenland Sea
    As we continue our cruise, there will be time to discover enjoy the many facilities on board the M/S Expedition Polar Cruise Ship. The two large observation decks give superb views of the surrounding land and sea and the aft deck even provides an opportunity for an al fresco BBQ if the weather holds good. You can even venture onto the bridge and meet the Captain and crew at any time.

    Below deck, the ship's library has an array of literature to expand your knowledge, whilst a sauna and gym are available for those looking to keep fit and active. The Poar Bear pub is a great place to relax and share the events of each day with your fellow travellers, and you may also enjoy live music in the evenings as well as many presentations throughout the voyage.

    Meals are served in the spacious dining room and food is both plentiful and prepared to a very high standard.
    Overnight iconOvernight: M/S Expedition
  8. Day 8 - Svalbard Archipelago / Spitsbergen
    Keep an eye out for whales, which are known to feed here in the summer months. We may spot Spot orca, humpback and minke whales, as well as dolphins.

    Frigid waters drain from the Arctic Ocean in a southwest current along the coast of northeast Greenland. Often drifting pack ice is pushed along the coast. We will attempt to approach and follow the pack ice edge to explore the polar seascape. Along with sea mammals we should also expect sightings of many sea birds such as kittiwakes and fulmars.
    Overnight iconOvernight: M/S Expedition
  9. Day 9 - Greenland Sea / Scoresby Sund
    Along with wildlife viewing from the observation decks and Zodiac tours, we can enjoy daily lectures presented by experts from the M/S Expedition team on a range of subjects including wildlife, geology, photography and the history and exploration of the Arctic.
    Overnight iconOvernight: M/S Expedition
  10. Day 10 - Scoresby Sund / Denmark Strait
    Sail through and land in some of the most spectacular fjord country in the world, down the coast of Greenland, while exploring rarely visited glaciers, bays and inlets. This is the Northeast Greenland National Park - the largest and most northerly national park in the world. It is nearly impossible to reach except on expedition ships.

    Spectacular geology combined with glacial features create steep mountains raising directly from the sea. Look out for picturesque scenery, wildlife and other interesting landing sites in this unspoiled wilderness. Depending on ice, spend these days exploring the massive fjord system of the region, which includes portions of Scoresby Sund. These intricate fjord systems are everything from wide and unimaginable to narrow and steeply spectacular with some of the best mountain scenery in the world. Walking over lush stands of colourful autumn tundra may lead to opportunities to see muskox grazing nearby.

    Visit the tiny settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit for a look at how these most northerly people live. This isolated town in Greenland is far from any other inhabited settlements and is only accessible by expedition ships three months of the year. The town's population of 450 rely on hunting and fishing as they only have one grocery store. Locals enjoy the warmer spring weather and sunshine by taking dog sled or snowmobile trips as well as camping.
    Overnight iconOvernight: M/S Expedition
  11. Day 11 - Scoresby Sund / Denmark Strait
    Sail south along the east coast of Greenland, exploring as we go.
    Overnight iconOvernight: M/S Expedition
  12. Day 12 - Scoresby Sund / Denmark Strait
    Sail south along the east coast of Greenland, exploring as we go.
    Overnight iconOvernight: M/S Expedition
  13. Day 13 - Scoresby Sund / Denmark Strait
    Sail south along the east coast of Greenland, exploring as we go.
    Overnight iconOvernight: M/S Expedition
  14. Day 14 - Scoresby Sund / Denmark Strait
    Sail south along the east coast of Greenland, exploring as we go.
    Overnight iconOvernight: M/S Expedition
  15. Day 15 - Denmark Strait to Reykjavik
    Enjoy the lecture series while watching the seas for whales. Head towards Iceland and the steaming hot springs of Reykjavík. The view is often complemented by soaring fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets, guillemots, and razorbills.
    Overnight iconOvernight: M/S Expedition
  16. Day 16 - Denmark Strait to Reykjavik
    Attend lectures hosted throughout the day on anything from local wildlife to the history and exploration of the Arctic.
    Overnight iconOvernight: M/S Expedition
  17. Day 17 - Disembark M/S Expedition. Fly Reykjavik to London.
    Shortly after breakfast, disembark in Reykjavík, within walking distance from downtown.

    Transfers to the airport are available to all passengers who have flights booked on the disembarkation day. Immediately upon disembarkation there will be a transfer to the airport, that includes a stop en route at the Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel. Passengers planning on staying in Reykjavik post trip, may take this transfer, or hire a taxi at the pier for transfer to their accommodations.

    For those with flights later in the day, we will offer a luggage storage area at the pier, until 2pm, (timings to be confirmed on-board), at which time a transfer will be provided to the airport for those passengers with early evening and evening flights. Passengers taking advantage of this opportunity, will be able to explore downtown Reykjavik in the morning, and early afternoon.

    All transfer arrangements will be confirmed while on-board prior to departure, to ensure that all needs are met.

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We will be able to advise on fares with alternative airlines, upgrades to Business Class, and the options for flights from regional UK airports, please contact us for more details.

What’s included

  • 14 nights aboard the M/S Expedition in twin-share cabins (all with en suite bathrooms and porthole window). Please note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing.
  • Prices based on Category 2 cabins
  • Zodiac excursions and shore visits with our expert Expedition team. Lectures and educational programs
  • Free high performance expedition parka jacket
  • Free Mountain Kingdoms fleece
  • Use of on board sauna, gym and library
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • 2 nights in 4* hotel accommodation in Oslo and Longyearbyen
  • Waterproof boots supplied for men's UK sized 7-13 & women's UK sized 3-7
  • All meals included on board the M/S Expedition. Breakfast included at the hotels
  • One Expedition team member per 10 guests.(the highest ratio amongst Polar ships 1:10)
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option

What’s not included

  • Lunch and dinner in Oslo and Longyearbyen
  • Tips


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Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 1 reviews)


A truly amazing experience          

A cruise which heads south enabling you to witness the contrast and change in the Arctic from Spitsbergen to Greenland and finally Iceland. Travelling on a warm and comfortable ship, with excellent and plentiful food, you pass through the dramatic scenery with regular trips off the ship both by zodiac and on foot. There are plenty of lectures to fill your day when you are not on deck looking for whales, dolphins and the numerous sea birds.


Extend your holiday

There are many ways you can extend your holiday with Mountain Kingdoms: book extra hotel nights, relax at a beautiful beach resort, take a warm-up trek, arrange a personal sightseeing tour or enjoy specialist activities such as rafting, birdwatching or a safari.

We're happy to suggest ideas, provide quotes and make all the arrangements. We can also assist with flight and hotel upgrades. Just call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 or email info@mountainkingdoms.com and we will be pleased to help.

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