Arctic Complete - Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

24 DAYS from AU$14,490 per person

This combination of our popular Arctic itineraries (Spitsbergen Odyssey and Jewels of the Arctic) will allow you to experience the best of the European Arctic over 24-days. Starting on Spitsbergen, you’ll explore its coastline of calving glaciers, towering bird cliffs and pack ice and spot walruses, reindeer and even polar bears! After crossing the Greenland Sea, our ship will follow East Greenland’s coastline filled with the largest fjord system in the world, calving icebergs, friendly native communities and untouched tundra-covered valleys, before reaching its finishing point, Iceland.

Expedition Highlights

  • Explore Spitsbergen’s stunning northwest coast
  • Aim for 80° North alert for polar bears!
  • Zodiac cruise beneath buzzing seabird high cliffs
  • Explore North East Greenland National Park
  • Scoresby Sund, the world’s largest fjord system
  • Inuit communities share their Arctic lifestyle

Dates & Rates

Showing: All 2018 2019

27 Jul '18 19 Aug '18 24 DAYS

Arctic Complete - Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

Trip code: ACC02

27 Jul '18 19 Aug '18 - 24 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Group transfer from airport to Polar Pioneer in Longyearbyen
  • Group sightseeing tour in Longyearbyen
  • Dog sledding day tour in Longyearbyen
  • Transfer from Polar Pioneer to downtown Reykjavik or airport
  • Accommodation during the voyage onboard Polar Pioneer
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on board doctor and basic medical services
  • Complimentary custom-designed polar expedition jacket
  • Loan of gumboots during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and briefings
  • Professionally-produced hard back voyage log
  • Medical services on board
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All entry fees to historic landings sites

Voyage Exclusions

  • Air transport to and from the ship, unless specified
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in voyage itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the voyage itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking or polar snorkelling
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges
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Suite
Triple Cabin
Shared Bathroom
AU$14,490
Suite
Twin Public Cabin
Shared Bathroom
AU$16,920
Suite
Twin Private Cabin
Private Bathroom
AU$20,880
Suite
Mini Suite
Private Bathroom
AU$22,860
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
AU$25,560

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25 Jul '19 17 Aug '19 24 DAYS

Arctic Complete - Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

Trip code: ACC03

25 Jul '19 17 Aug '19 - 24 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Group sightseeing tour on arrival in Longyearbyen (pre-voyage)
  • Group transfer from Longyearbyen to Polar Pioneer
  • Dog Sledding tour in Spitsbergen
  • Group transfer from Polar Pioneer to downtown Reykjavik or airport (post-voyage)
  • Accommodation on the Polar Pioneer in your chosen cabin category with daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on-board doctor and basic medical services
  • A custom-designed polar expedition jacket to keep
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • All entry fees to historic landing sites
  • All port taxes and charges

Voyage Exclusions

  • Air transport to and from the ship, unless specified
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in voyage itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the voyage itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges
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Suite
Triple Cabin
Shared Bathroom
AU$14,670
Suite
Twin Public Cabin
Shared Bathroom
AU$17,550
Suite
Twin Private Economy Cabin
Private Bathroom
AU$20,520
Suite
Twin Private Cabin
Private Bathroom
AU$21,240
Suite
Mini Suite
Private Bathroom
AU$23,490
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
AU$26,730

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17 Aug '19 9 Sep '19 24 DAYS

Arctic Complete - Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

Trip code: ACC04

17 Aug '19 9 Sep '19 - 24 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Group transfer from downtown Reykjavik to Polar Pioneer
  • Group sightseeing tour upon disembarkation in Longyearbyen (post-voyage)
  • Dog sledding tour in Spitsbergen
  • Group transfer from Polar Pioneer to airport in Longyearbyen (post voyage)
  • Accommodation on the Polar Pioneer in your chosen cabin category with daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on-board doctor and basic medical services
  • A custom-designed polar expedition jacket to keep
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • All entry fees to historic landing sites
  • All port taxes and charges

Voyage Exclusions

  • Air transport to and from the ship, unless specified
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in voyage itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the voyage itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges
×
Suite
Triple Cabin
Shared Bathroom
AU$14,670
Suite
Twin Public Cabin
Shared Bathroom
AU$17,550
Suite
Twin Private Economy Cabin
Private Bathroom
AU$20,520
Suite
Twin Private Cabin
Private Bathroom
AU$21,240
Suite
Mini Suite
Private Bathroom
AU$23,490
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
AU$26,730

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Prices quoted are per person and in Australian dollars, based on twin share. Single occupancy is 1.7 times the twin share price. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin (twin and triple cabins only). Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. No refund for unused services.

Map & Itinerary

Day 1 – Spitsbergen
Enjoy a tour of Longyearbyen upon arrival, before boarding Polar Pioneer and setting sail along breathtaking Isfjorden, featuring dramatic bird cliffs, sweeping glaciers and gorgeous mountain ranges.
Days 2 to 3 – Spitsbergen
Awake as our ship sails along Spitsbergen’s west coast and its outstanding aqua-blue ice cliffs. The nutrient-rich Gulf Stream provides us with relatively mild temperatures, a delight for Atlantic puffins and Brünnich’s guillemots that have settled on these cliffs. Embark on a thrilling tundra hike, keep an eye out for reindeer and Arctic fox and gaze at the majestic glaciers from our Zodiacs. We also attempt to explore the remains of the 350-year-old Dutch whaling settlement.
Day 4 to 6 – Spitsbergen
As we continue our adventure along Spitsbergen’s northwest coast in to the Arctic Ocean, whales, pack ice and maybe even polar bears keep us on alert. As Polar Pioneer continues and turns south into Woodfjorden, we search for ringed, bearded and harp seals and keep an eye out for fascinating walrus haul outs on the beaches. With almost 24-hour daylight, enjoy tundra walks and take the time to observe at the microflora. Depending on ice conditions, we may cross latitude 80° North – a cause for celebration.
Day 7 to 8 – Spitsbergen
Air and sea temperatures start lowering due to the frigid Arctic currents around Spitsbergen’s northeast, creating a landscape eroded by severe frost. Even at summer time, there’s a chance pack ice could bar our way, but our Russian crew and expedition team ensure we reach the highlights of the European Arctic. We’ll attempt to sail through the narrow Hinlopen Strait, where we’ll Zodiac cruise along the busy bird cliffs of Alkefjellt as well as walk along the east coast's polar desert, filled with stunted glaciers and exposed fossil fields.
Day 9 to 10 – Spitsbergen
Ice conditions and weather changes dictate our expedition plans. We may be able to reach South Cape and head north toward Hornsund and Bellsund, two magnificent deep fjords boasting superb glaciers and wildlife. In case ice stops us, we’ll change our itinerary and spend more time exploring the jewels of Spitsbergen’s north and west coasts.
Day 11 – Spitsbergen
A midnight cruise of Isfjorden returns us to Longyearbyen, where you’ll enjoy a day dog sledding around Spitsbergen interior before setting off again this afternoon on the next leg of our Arctic adventure.
Day 12 to 13 – Spitsbergen/Greenland Sea
As we head back north, we enjoy the last moments in Spitsbergen. We cruise past calving glaciers and land ashore to learn about the area’s rich history and observe Spitsbergen’s fascinating wildlife. (Note: as this expedition is a combination of two itineraries, these days may stop at some places already visited on the voyage’s first leg.)
Day 14 to 15 – Greenland Sea
As Polar Pioneer sails across the Greenland Sea, we search for fin whales, pack ice and sea birds. Our expert naturalists and guest lecturers provide us with great interpretation of the Arctic’s flora and fauna as well as early explorers’ epic adventures through illustrated talks.
Day 16 to 18 – Greenland
When going to Greenland for the first time, seeing ice is often an awe-inspiring moment. Even in summer time, bays and inlets can still be frozen. However our experienced Captain and team of expedition experts know alternative options to keep us busy with exploration! In Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, we enjoy walks across the tundra as we visit old trapper’s huts and observe musk ox, Arctic fox and eider ducks; we spend some time admiring the stunning hanging gardens of Kap Humboldt; Kong Oskar Fjord provides gorgeous glacier-carved mountains as a delightful backdrop.
Day 19 to 21 – Greenland
We reach Scoresby Sund, the world’s largest fjord. The huge Greenland icecap continuously sweeps down gigantic glaciers, making it the birth place for some of the world’s largest icebergs! Our Zodiacs take us through an incredible maze of icebergs, as we head to the shores for some exciting tundra hikes, and a visit to Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the rare villages of the East Greenland coast.
Day 22 – Greenland
Keep watch for musk ox and narwhals as we sail along the breathtaking mountains of the Blosseville Coast, before our attempt to cruise through Rømer Fjord.
Day 23 – Greenland/Denmark Strait
We continue on with our Arctic adventure and cruise across Denmark Strait on our way to Iceland. We take time to reflect on our various experiences, gaze at northern fulmars and black-backed gulls, and spot dolphins and whales from the ship’s bow.
Day 24 – Iceland
Polar Pioneer docks in Iceland early this morning; after breakfast, there is a group transfer to downtown Reykjavik or the airport to carry one with your further travel arrangements.

Activities

The following activites are available on this expedition - register when booking. See all Activities
  • Sea Kayaking

    From AU$2,020 pp
    Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, you'll glide between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife.
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  • All of our expeditions and itineraries offer fantastic photography experiences, however on selected expeditions we offer specialised photography workshops with our expert photography guides.
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  • Rock Climbing in Greenland

    From AU$900 (Greenland Only) pp
    New to our 2019 Arctic program! Experienced climbers can explore the remote and rugged summits of East Greenland on a rock climbing adventure!
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Extension Tours

Extend your holiday with these optional tours. See all Extension Tours in European Arctic

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Trip: Arctic Complete (ACC02)

Voyage Inclusions

  • Group transfer from airport to Polar Pioneer in Longyearbyen
  • Group sightseeing tour in Longyearbyen
  • Dog sledding day tour in Longyearbyen
  • Transfer from Polar Pioneer to downtown Reykjavik or airport
  • Accommodation during the voyage onboard Polar Pioneer
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on board doctor and basic medical services
  • Complimentary custom-designed polar expedition jacket
  • Loan of gumboots during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and briefings
  • Professionally-produced hard back voyage log
  • Medical services on board
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All entry fees to historic landings sites

Voyage Exclusions

  • Air transport to and from the ship, unless specified
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in voyage itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the voyage itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking or polar snorkelling
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges

Trip: Arctic Complete (ACC03)

Voyage Inclusions

  • Group sightseeing tour on arrival in Longyearbyen (pre-voyage)
  • Group transfer from Longyearbyen to Polar Pioneer
  • Dog Sledding tour in Spitsbergen
  • Group transfer from Polar Pioneer to downtown Reykjavik or airport (post-voyage)
  • Accommodation on the Polar Pioneer in your chosen cabin category with daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on-board doctor and basic medical services
  • A custom-designed polar expedition jacket to keep
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • All entry fees to historic landing sites
  • All port taxes and charges

Voyage Exclusions

  • Air transport to and from the ship, unless specified
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in voyage itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the voyage itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges

Trip: Arctic Complete (ACC04)

Voyage Inclusions

  • Group transfer from downtown Reykjavik to Polar Pioneer
  • Group sightseeing tour upon disembarkation in Longyearbyen (post-voyage)
  • Dog sledding tour in Spitsbergen
  • Group transfer from Polar Pioneer to airport in Longyearbyen (post voyage)
  • Accommodation on the Polar Pioneer in your chosen cabin category with daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on-board doctor and basic medical services
  • A custom-designed polar expedition jacket to keep
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • All entry fees to historic landing sites
  • All port taxes and charges

Voyage Exclusions

  • Air transport to and from the ship, unless specified
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in voyage itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the voyage itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges
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