East Greenland and Svalbard – A True Arctic Expedition

East Greenland and Svalbard – A True Arctic Expedition

East Greenland and Svalbard – A True Arctic Expedition

East Greenland and Svalbard – A True Arctic Expedition

Travel information 17 days MS Maud
Departures
18 August 2023
3 September 2023
16 August 2024
1 September 2024
Price from
7303 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Epic Arctic scenery and pristine wilderness 

Awe-inspiring Svalbard 

From Reykjavík, we’ll sail to picturesque Ísafjörður before heading towards volcanic Jan Mayen - one of our planet’s most remote places. Continuing to stunning Svalbard, we'll visit some of Spitsbergen’s most remarkable fjords and witness awe-inspiring vistas, from the towering mountains of Hornsund to the lush, glacier-carved valleys of Isfjorden. 

Greenland’s majestic fjords 

Sailing along Greenland’s pristine east coast, we’ll head for Scoresby Sund and spend three days exploring the serene 15,000 square-mile expanse of fjords and glaciers. A community visit to remote Ittoqqortoormiit rounds off our adventure before we return to Reykjavík where it all began. 

East Greenland and Svalbard – A True Arctic Expedition East Greenland and Svalbard – A True Arctic Expedition
  • Day 1
    Reykjavík

    Cosmopolitan Reykjavík

    Discover Iceland's modern capital 

    Your expedition cruise to east Greenland and Svalbard starts in Reykjavík – a vibrant city full of culture and history. Take a stroll down Laugavegur to striking Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral or visit one of the many art galleries and museums. 

    MS Maud awaits you in Reykjavík Harbour. Find your cabin, meet your Expedition Team, explore the ship and enjoy a relaxed welcome dinner as we set sail on your adventure. 

    Pre-Programme 

    With so much to see, why not come early and join one of our Pre-Programmes to the Golden Circle or Icelandic Highlands and experience Iceland's amazing waterfalls, hot springs and geysers. 

    Day 1
    Reykjavík

    Cosmopolitan Reykjavík

  • Day 2
    Ísafjörður

    Picturesque Ísafjörður

    Explore Westfjords’ beautiful harbourside town 

    Flanked by towering mountains on all sides, Ísafjörður is a nearly perfect natural harbour. You’ll arrive just after lunch, so there’s plenty time to explore this picturesque harbourside town. Stroll around to see the architecture, shop for a variety of local handicrafts and view some of the oldest houses in Iceland.  

    One of these historic 18th century buildings is home to Westfjords Heritage Museum, where you can learn about the maritime past of this fascinating port. Or if you prefer something more energetic, you could take the steep hike up to Naustahvilft - the Troll’s Throne. You’ll be rewarded for your efforts at the top by the stunning panoramic view. 

    Day 2
    Ísafjörður

    Picturesque Ísafjörður

  • Day 3
    Relaxing at sea

    Relaxing at sea

    Appetite for adventure 

    As we sail towards Jan Mayen, it’s time to relax and get to know the great onboard facilities of our expedition ship. 

    Your Expedition Team will explain the protocols of respectfully visiting wildlife habitats and indigenous Arctic communities. In the Science Center, you’ll find out what to expect in the epic fjords of Greenland and Norway’s stunning Arctic wonderland – the Svalbard archipelago. Join one of our Citizen Science projects and contribute to global research, if you’d like to help out. 

    Then, you could hit the gym, float in a hot tub and relax in the sauna, or just enjoy a delicious meal in one of our three onboard restaurants – it's totally up to you. 

    Day 3
    Relaxing at sea

    Relaxing at sea

  • Day 4
    Jan Mayen

    Volcanic Jan Mayen

    Visit an active volcano that's a haven for birdlife 

    Jan Mayen is an island that has no permanent residents and visits here are rare. In fact, we're one of the few to attempt landings here, so if conditions are favourable you’ll be setting foot on one of Earth’s most remote places. 

    Jan Mayen’s moss and lichen-streaked landscape is dominated by the volcanic cone of Mount Beerenberg. It's the world's northernmost active volcano and it last erupted in 1985. 

    You won’t see land mammals, but the island is designated an Important Bird Area, supporting large populations of Northern Fulmars, Brünich’s Guillemots and Little Auks. Look out for abundant marine life in the waters, including whales and seals. 

     

    Day 4
    Jan Mayen

    Volcanic Jan Mayen

  • Day 5
    Sailing towards Svalbard

    Sailing towards Svalbard

    Unwind and prepare for Svalbard 

    As we sail towards Svalbard, spending a day cruising through Arctic waters is a great chance to relax on board the ship. Enjoy panoramic views and chat to fellow guests in the Explorer Lounge or take a soak in the hot tubs out on deck and fill your lungs with fresh air. 

    Your time onboard is yours to fill. This is your chance to get away from the busy everyday world and reflect on the wild beauty that surrounds you. Don’t miss the fascinating lectures given by members of the Expedition Team – sometimes out on deck – covering topics such as Arctic history, geology and wildlife. 

    Day 5
    Sailing towards Svalbard

    Sailing towards Svalbard

  • Day 6-9
    Svalbard

    Stunning Svalbard

    On expedition in Svalbard 

    Our daily activities in this remote Arctic peninsula will be determined by the ever-changing weather conditions and the expertise of the Expedition Team. The first planned stop is Hornsund – one of Svalbard’s most beautiful fjords. Rich, colourful vegetation makes way for towering mountains along this picturesque waterway. 

    We then hope to journey north, going past beautiful Bellsund with its snow-capped cliffs as we head towards Isfjorden. The lush fjord system here, with its immense, glacier-carved valleys, is rich in wildlife, flora and human history.  

    Our last planned stop in Svalbard is Ny Ålesund. It’s known as the northernmost settlement in the world and the starting point for many renowned Arctic expeditions. 

    Day 6-9
    Svalbard

    Stunning Svalbard

  • Day 10-11
    At sea

    Crossing the Greenland Sea

    Learning and leisure time 

    After the last few days in Svalbard, you’ll no doubt have lots of photos and a hunger for learning more about the destinations on our voyage. As we cross the Greenland Sea, the Expedition Team will be giving lectures and answering your questions about the destinations. 

    You can use this time to enjoy the ship’s facilities and take it easy. Why not head out on deck with a pair of binoculars and look for wildlife, such as whales and following seabirds. Or perhaps you’ll find a cosy corner inside to read a book with a hot drink. 

    Day 10-11
    At sea

    Crossing the Greenland Sea

  • Day 12-14
    East Greenland

    Scoresby Sund fjord system

    Soak up the serenity in the world’s largest fjord system 

    Prepare to be awed. Local conditions will dictate our exact route, but our plan for the next three days is to explore east Greenland’s Scoresby Sund, the world’s largest fjord system.    

    You’ll feel a deep sense of serenity in this wild and rugged landscape, with white and blue icebergs floating in mirror-like waters surrounded by looming mountains.  

    Making the most of the conditions, we’ll pack in as many shore landings, nature walks, kayaking tours and wildlife sightings as possible. This really is one of the most beautiful places on the planet, and it’s up to you whether you want to be active, or just want to soak up the feeling of serenity.   

    Day 12-14
    East Greenland

    Scoresby Sund fjord system

  • Day 15
    Ittoqqortoormiit

    Community Visit

    Get an insight into authentic Greenlandic life 

    After our expedition in Scoresby Sund, we return to – relative – civilisation. Ittoqqortoormiit is the only permanent settlement in the region, and it’s located on an Arctic peninsula that’s encased by sea ice for nine months of the year. This makes the settlement the most remote inhabited community in the western hemisphere!   

    Ittoqqortoormiit was founded in 1925 as a hunting and fishing town, and today, that cultural legacy is still very much in evidence. Less than 500 hardy souls call this remote outpost home, and they’ll be proud to show you around and give you a warm welcome. 

    Day 15
    Ittoqqortoormiit

    Community Visit

  • Day 16
    Sailing back to Iceland

    Sailing back to Iceland

    Rest and relax as you cross the Irminger Sea 

    The ethereal beauty of Greenland and Svalbard will by now have suffused your soul! As we cruise back towards Iceland you’ll feel invigorated and more connected to nature. On deck, you might spot seabirds following the ship, or whales breaching the surface in the surrounding seas. 

    Spend your time at sea sharing your experiences with new friends, recapping highlights with the Expedition Team, or discovering more about the delicate ecology of Greenland's fjord system in the Science Center.  

     

    Day 16
    Sailing back to Iceland

    Sailing back to Iceland

  • Day 17
    Reykjavík

    Return to Reykjavík

    Unforgettable memories of your time in Greenland 

    We say a fond farewell to MS Maud as we end where we started in the fabulous city of Reykjavík. Why not visit the places you may have missed when you arrived. With its stylish galleries, restaurants and geothermal pools, there’s so much to enjoy in Reykjavík. 

    Post-Programme 

    If you want to discover more of Iceland, why not join our optional Post-Programme and tour the south of the country before you head home. Or simply extend your stay and enjoy more of Reykjavík and its surrounding geothermal attractions. It’s a great place to end your epic journey! 

    Day 17
    Reykjavík

    Return to Reykjavík

Departures

2023

  • January
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  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
August:
18.
September:
3.

2024

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
August:
16.
September:
1.

What's included

Included in your voyage

Expedition Cruise 

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in Restaurants Aune and Fredheim 
  • À la carte Restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 

Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to and streaming is not supported. 

*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water 

 

Onboard Activities 

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team 
  • Full use of our Science Center, extensive library and advanced biological and geological equipment 
  • Citizen Science programme where you can assist with live scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer 
  • Use of ship's hot tubs, panoramic sauna and indoor gym 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings 

Landing Activities 

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats 
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities 
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you 

Notes 

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change 
  • Please make sure you meet your entry and boarding requirements  
  • No gratuities expected 

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Luggage handling 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team 
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Interior in restaurant Lindstrøm
Photo: Oscar Farrera
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MS Maud

Year built 2003
Shipyard Fosen Mek. Verk. (N)
Passenger capacity 528 (500 in Antarctica)
Beds 500
Gross tonnage 16,151 T
Length 135,75 m
Beam 21.5 m
Speed 15 knots

Formerly the MS Midnatsol, the MS Maud is well-suited for expedition cruising.

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