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Tour highlights

  • Visit the spectacular Scoresby Sund, rich in Arctic wildlife from musk oxen to little auks.

  • Possible northern lights sightings when you travel towards the end of the year.

  • Whales, including the possibility of narwhals.

  • Visit ancient Inuit sites.

Price includes

  • Scheduled international flights
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation

Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Longyearbyen. Arrive in Longyearbyen and make your way to your hotel.

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  • After a morning to explore Longyearbyen and the excellent museum you will board the ship and set sail along the fjord.

  • Spend a day exploring the coast of Spitsbergen.

  • A day at sea.

  • A day at sea.

  • Reach the coast of Greenland and make your first landing.

  • Landings in Greenland will vary from cultural visits to sites of historical and geological significance.

  • Each day will be different with wildlife sightings always a possibility. In Antarcticahavn, a wide valley, it's possible to see musk oxen.

  • Today you may sail down Scoresby Sund, the world's longest fjord, passing the serrated glaciers of the Volquart Boons coastline. If weather conditions allow, you may go out in the Zodiacs to cruise alongside some of the glacier snouts. In the afternoon, you may explore an excellently preserved former Inuit settlement, before heading back into iceberg-choked fjords.

  • Today may see you sailing past Cape Hofmann Halvø. Its shores are full of Arctic vegetation such as dwarf willow, dwarf birch and Arctic blueberry bushes. Keep an eye out for musk oxen. Birdlife includes ptarmigans and great northern divers.

  • Scoresby Land's northwest fjord is one of the shallowest points in the entire fjord, in places only 400 m (1,312 ft) deep. Today, while exploring this area, you might see huge 100 m (328 ft) high icebergs, some of which are grounded on the bottom of the fjord. Later on, in Sydkap, you might visit the remains of dwellings made using whale vertebrae, and thought to belong to Greenland's Thule culture (from whom modern Inuits are descended).

  • Today, you may go ashore at Ittoqqortoormit, a settlement of 500 people in the Scoresby Sund. You may visit one of the world's most remote post offices and in the streets, you'll see vignettes of daily life: dog sleds and the drying skins of seals and musk oxen.

  • Sailing across the open sea to northern Iceland.

  • Landing in northern Iceland and transfer to Reykjavik.

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  • Make your way to the airport for your onward flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

When to go

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July is one of the best times to visit
Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Longyearbyen
 
Reykjavík
 
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