Three Arctic Islands

Iceland, Greenland, and Norway's Spitsbergen Islands


National Geographic Traveler has named this voyage one of its 50 Tours of a Lifetime. To land on this prestigious list, this expedition had to be:

 “[One of the] most authentic, most innovative, most immersive, best-guided, and most sustainable tours.”

This 14-day cruise, encompassing three Arctic islands (Iceland, Greenland, and Norway's Spitsbergen), is exclusive to JOURNEYS' long-time Arctic partner, Quark Expeditions. Join this adventure in August 2014 and explore the magnificent northeast coast of Greenland with its icy fjords, rugged coastline, and massive glaciers. Along the way, you'll see plenty of Arctic wildlife, including bearded, ringed, and harp seals, musk oxen, walrus, beluga, bowhead whales, and, of course, polar bears!

This is the Arctic of Viking lore and legend -- a world of icy fjords, fiery volcanoes, and glittering, ice-bound seas. Here you'll encounter the majestic ice bear and the colossal walrus, seabirds by the thousands in their towering cliff-side rookeries, and breathtaking flower-dotted tundra plains.

Contact Polar Specialist Gail Scherer at JOURNEYS for this and other Arctic voyage options.  Gail will be happy to share her knowledge, and find the Arctic expedition that is perfect for you.




  • Day 1: Embarkation: Longyearbyen
    Arrive in Longyearbyen

    Depending on your airline schedule, you may have some time to explore the town before embarkation.

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  • Days 2-5: Exploring Spitsbergen
    You'll see abundant wildlife on and around Spitsbergen

    Largest of the Norwegian-ruled Svalbard islands, Spitsbergen is famed for its abundant wildlife and austere beauty. Here you'll visit spectacular glacier fronts, steep-walled fjords, and the tiny international research community of Ny Alesund. Wildlife-viewing opportunities include walrus, polar bear, and the unique Spitsbergen reindeer. Birders will thrill to see Arctic Terns, skuas, Long-tailed Ducks, kittiwakes, and Glaucous Gulls. As an added bonus, when conditions are right, you could sail within 10° of the North Pole!

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  • Days 6-7: Greenland Sea
    Relax and enjoy the views on the Greenland Sea (photo by J. Strzelecki)

    While sailing the historic Greenland Sea, you'll learn about the wildlife and history of Spitsbergen, your next stop. On deck you'll learn to identify seabirds on the wing. Share photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar -- watch a movie -- there are many things to do at sea.

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  • Days 8-12: Scoresbysund, Eastern Greenland
    You'll see herds of grazing musk oxen

    During your tour of Greenland's remote eastern coast, you'll enjoy sea-level Zodiac cruises and shore visits to several locations. Sail the ice edge searching for walrus and polar bear. Visit the remains of ancient Thule settlements, and keep an eye out for grazing musk oxen, because 40% of the world's population of this fascinating mammal lives on the east coast of Greenland. Finally, sail through spectacular Scoresbysund, birthplace of many icebergs, and -- some say -- the most beautiful fjord system in the world.

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  • Day 13: At Sea in the Denmark Strait
    Sail with the midnight sun in the Denmark Strait

    At sea, the Denmark Strait is your pathway east, towards Iceland. Your onboard Expedition Team will keep you informed and entertained with presentations about the history orf explorataion in the Arctic and the seabirds that you'll inevitably see soaring above your ship.

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  • Day 14: Disembarkation in Akureyri

    Your adventure ends at the port of Akureyri. From here we fly to the domestic airport of Reykjavik, Iceland's capital.  Transfer to the city center, to explore a bit or visit the Blue Lagoon.  Transfer to the international airport for yoru homebound flight.

    Want to stay longer, or arrive earlier? Contact us for seamless, worry-free booking of all trip extensions.

Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Sold Out Jul 26-Aug 8, 2015
Aug 14-27, 2015 aboard the Ocean Nova
Land Cost:
- $18,995
See additional information; airfare to Longyearbyen or Rekyjavik additional
Single Supplement:
twin cabin available at an additional 70% of cabin cost; no supplement if willing to share
Need to Know

Need to Know

2014 Cabin Dates and Rates

Rates are per person in US Dollars. No single supplement if willing to share - single occupancy of a twin cabin is available for an additional 70% of the cabin cost.

Sea Spirit

Sail aboard the remarkably comfortable Sea Spirit and experience the polar regions in grand style with spacious suites.

  • Quark's all-suite ship
  • Smallest suite is a spacious 215 square feet.
  • 15 suites have balconies.
  • Owner's Suite is an outstanding 550 sq. feet.
  • Flat Screen TVs and DVD players in every suite
  • Open bar
  • Optional kayaking and camping, climbing and cross-country skiing
  • Every suite has an exterior view
  • 10MB communications access card included in every voyage

Internet Access: The Sea Spirit does offer internet access on your Quark Voyage.  Click here for Onboard Internet Guidelines.  



 Days   Triple

Main Deck Suite

Classic Suite

Superior Suite

Deluxe Suite Premium Suite Owner's Suite
August 1-14  14 $7,995 $9,995 $10,995 $11,995 $13,995 $14,995 $18,995

 Kayaking is extra. Please see below.


2015 Cabin Dates and Rates

Rates are per person in US Dollars. No single supplement if willing to share - single occupancy of a twin cabin is available for an additional 70% of the cabin cost.

Sea Adventurer

Designed to carry travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world, Sea Adventurer was built in Yugoslavia in 1976, refurbished in 1999 and had further upgrades in 2002. You will be impressed by this ice-strengthened ship, which carries up to 117 passengers and features a spacious forward lounge and bar, window-lined dining room and promenades.

                            Sea Adventurer Dates 

 Days   Triple 

Lower Deck Twin

Main Deck Porthole

Main Deck Twin Window

Superior Twin Lower Berths Deluxe Suite
July 26- August 7, 2015  13 $6,995 $7,795 $8,695 $10,495 $11,495 $12,495 $13,495


Ocean Nova

Your Expedition Ship Ocean Nova: Designed to carry travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world, Ocean Nova was built in Denmark. This ship delivers clean, crisp Scandinavian styling with a reputation as an excellent ship in the Polar regions. Ocean Nova’s ice strengthened hull has enabled the ship to sail the ice-choked waters. The Ocean Nova accommodates 78 guests.

Ocean Nova Dates 

Days   Quad Triple 


Upper Deck Twin Bridge Deck Twin

August 14-27, 2015

11 $8,295 $8,995 $9,995 $10,795 $11,495



Fuel Surcharge may apply

This expedition includes:

  • Transfer from Longyearbyen airport to your hotel if you arrive one day prior to embarkation.
  • On embarkation day, transfer from your hotel or Longyearbyen airport to the ship.
  • On disembarkation day, flight from Akureyri to the domestic airport in Reykjavik and transfer to downtown Reykjavik.
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks on board throughout your voyage. (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
  • All shore landings per the daily program.
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities.
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and Special Guests as scheduled.
  • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage.
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
  • An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep.
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
  • A complimentary selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages.
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard ship.
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person
This expedition excludes:
  • For some specified departures, the purchase of transfer package including charter or domestic flights in conjunction with the expedition is mandatory.
  • Passport and any applicable visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation, when applicable.
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Laundry and other personal charges.
  • Telecommunications charges.
  • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew.
  • Adventure options that are not included in the cost of the voyage.

Sea-Kayaking   USD $595

Taken in small groups of 10-16 people, sea-kayaking adventures are only done during calm weather conditions.

We recommend you have some prior sea-kayaking experience, including the capability to do a wet exit. Special headgear, gloves and socks are highly recommended for our sea-kayakers.


14 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
All-suite ship
Group Size:
Aboard the Sea Spirit
Activity Level:
All-suite ship
Terms & Conditions: 

Quark Polar Cruise 2014/15

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Insurance: All travelers must be covered by comprehensive medical, repatriation, travel, trip delay, baggage, and trip cancellation insurance in case of emergency situations, which should be purchased at the time of booking.You must have a minimum of $50,000 of emergency medical coverage.  Proof of coverage is required at embarkation. Please contact us for a recommended policy.  

Emergency Evacuation Insurance: Emergency evacuation insurance, to a maximum benefit per paying traveler of US $100,000 is included in the cost of Quark Expeditions voyages from TravelEx Insurance Company. Included coverage is applicable only to travel occurring between the first and last day of the expedition purchased from Quark Expeditions. Due to the remoteness of the areas in which you will travel, an adequate medical facility could be up to 72 hours away or more, dependent on weather. Additional days of travel prior to the expedition and/or after the expedition, including pre- and post- packages/hotels/flights, are not covered by the included emergency evacuation insurance. 

Airfares: JOURNEYS can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors. For scheduled flights, the fare rules of the airline carrier, including payment and cancellation conditions apply.

Included in costs: Shipboard accommodation, highly experienced expedition leader, crew and lecturers, all meals including tea/coffee 24 hours a day, complimentary parka, boot loan on all departures, access to public viewing areas, shore excursions by Zodiac boat, on-board lectures, videos, slide and film shows, on-board medical officer, port taxes, comprehensive pre-departure information.

Not included in costs: Visa and passport fees, international airfare, charter flights, airport departure taxes, any pre-trip or post-trip hotel accommodation not indicated on the itinerary, laundry, postage, telephone calls, medical expenses, travel insurance, helicopter flights, gratuities to staff and crew, changes to the itinerary after confirmation, changes to itinerary after arrival at destination, or other costs as are more fully described in JOURNEYS Terms & Conditions.

Rates: Rates for voyages, flights, and pre-expedition and post-expedition extensions are based on tariffs and exchange rates in effect at the time of printing and are subject to change prior to departure. Substantial changes in tariffs, exchange rates and the price of fuel, services and labor sometimes increase the cost of expedition arrangements significantly, and we reserve the right to alter our prices or introduce surcharges accordingly, even if payment has been received in full.

Trip-specific payment & cancellation schedule: A deposit of 25% of the product cost (minimum $1,300) per person is required to confirm a reservation. You may sign up on-line and make your deposit at our secure website: The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card or Discover.  If you prefer, a Reservation Form may be submitted by fax, or mail, and payment may also be made by check. Final payment is due 120 days prior to departure and can be made by Visa, Master Card, or check. All prices and payments are in US Dollars and no other currencies can be accepted. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. Cancellations must be made in writing. Cancellations made up to 180 days prior to departure will be refunded less an administrative fee of $1300 per person. Cancellations made 179 to 120 days prior to departure forfeit the full deposit. Cancellations made less than 120 days prior to departure are subject to cancellation fee of 100% of the trip cost; if full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and unpaid monies are due immediately. It is understood that refunds cannot be made to passengers who do not complete the tour for any reason whatsoever. Prices quoted are based on group participation and no refunds will be made for any part of the program in which you choose not to participate, including any helicopter flying time (if applicable and which, at the discretion of the Captain and Expedition Leader, may or may not be utilized).

Cancellation by Quark Expeditions: Quark Expeditions begins planning voyages many months in advance of departure. Occasionally changes may be made before and after bookings have been confirmed. Quark reserves the right to cancel any service prior to departure, in which case payent will be refunded without further obligation on our part. Please note that in the event of cancellation, Quark Expeditions will not be responsible for the cost of any additiona travel arrangements beyond the voyge or other items not purchase through Quark Expeditions. Due to the nature of some of Quark's Antarctic programs, QUARK EXPEDITIONS WILL NOT OFFER PASSENGERS A REFUND IN THE EVENT OF TRIP CANCELLATION IF THE CHARTER FLIGHT IS NOT ABLE TO TAKE OFF BY 1400 HOURS ON DAY OF DEPARTURE. Travel Insurance is STRONGLY recommended. Be sure that if your expedition includes an Antarctic charter flight, that your policy includes a cancellation due to weather on the charter flight.

Quark Expeditions will not be held responsible for any change/cancellation fees due to weather related delays or any other delays arising from force majeure.

Photography: Passengers extend permission to the operator of the trip to take their photograph during the voyage, and release all rights over those images. Passengers who do not wish to be photographed during the voyage must inform the operator in writing prior to the voyage.

Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $300 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Changes must be made in writing and submitted a minimum of 120 days prior to departure. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Transfers of Deposits or Payments to Alternate Voyages: Should travelers be unable to take the expediton they originally booked but would like to travel on an alternate date, it may be possible to transfer deposits or payments from the original booking, subject to the following conditions: The new expedition must occur within one year of the original expediton date and a request to transfer must be made in writing to Quark Expeditons more than 120 days prior to the departure of the orginal voyage. Quarke Expeditions reserves the right to prohibit transfers on any of its vayages. Should a transfer request be granted, a fee of minimum US $1,000 will be charged.

Adventure Options: Prices quoted are based on group participation and no refunds will be made for any part of the program in which you choose not to participate, including kayaking, camping, skiing, mountaineering or ballooning (if applicable, and which, at the discretion of the Captain and Expedition Leader, may or may not be used.) It is understood that refunds cannot be made to travelers who do not complete the services for any reason whatsoever. All adventure options require a signed Adventure Option Waiver, which must be signed prior to your taking part in the adventure option. The Expedition staff reserve the right to deny participation to any client who has not signed the waiver, does not follow the rules set out be the expediton staff or is not medically or physically able to participate safely.

Medical Forms: Will be sent via an email link, once you have made a deposit. You must review, complete and submit the forms as soon as possibe. Questions that related to your physical or mental suitability must be completed by a medical practioner. Medical forms must be filled out in full, honestly and accurately and disclose all medical history and information. Should your medical situation change after submitting the medical forms, ti si your responsiblity to advise us immediately. Quark Expeditions reserves the right to deny passage to any traveerl on reaonable medical grounds.



Trip Extensions

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.