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SVALBARD to REYKJAVIK – Silversea Expedition Cruise

from $14,800

DATES: 2022 – AUG 01-C
2023 –
JUN 30-W* (Reverse Itinerary) | JUL 30-W *

DURATION: 15 DAYS/14 NIGHT
*13 Days – One day less in each Northern and Southern Svalbard

EMBARK: LONGYEARBYEN, SVALBARD

DISEMBARK: REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

SHIP: Silver Cloud – C | Silver Wind – W

FROM: $14,800*

*After 10% Early Booking Savings

Free Economy or Reduced Rate Business Class Airfare, pre-cruise hotel and transfers.

Pre- and Post-Cruise tours are available.

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All about the SVALBARD to REYKJAVIK – Silversea Expedition Cruise.

From the capital of frozen fun to the most inspirational archipelago on earth embark on a voyage that will cover much more than mere miles. Enjoy Icelandic tall tales from its fabled past as you espouse the pretty coasts and give your taste buds a treat with some surprisingly good gastronomy. A day at sea prepares you to enter to realm of the polar bear and placid waters of Svalbard.

Join us for a journey from Iceland to Svalbard, Norway, visiting isolated islands and remote regions. Cruise past spectacular bird cliffs in Iceland, marveling at the multitude of puffins, guillemots and gulls that congregate to nest. While in Iceland, explore the area around Lake Myvatn to see how geology plays an important factor in Iceland’s daily life, or go whale-watching along Iceland’s northern coast. In Svalbard, encounter fascinating landscapes, mountains, fjords and glaciers while looking for walrus and polar bears. Throughout the voyage, learn about the geology, wildlife, botany and history of this spectacular area from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable on-board Expedition Team.

 

Voyage Highlights:

Latrabjarg Cliffs, Iceland –
Silver Cloud will sail next to one of Europe’s largest bird cliffs and a truly stunning sight to experience. The 14-kilometer cliff is covered with tens of thousands of Atlantic Puffins, Northern Gannets, Razorbills and guillemots that perch there safely from predators.

Dynjandi, Iceland –
Iceland is well-known for its dazzling waterfalls, and the Dynjandi is recognized as one of the country’s most impressive and majestic. Hike past 6 other spectacular waterfalls to reach Dynjandi, the Westfjords’ biggest at 100 feet wide, with a 330-foot tumble into the fjord below. Dynjandi means “the thundering one,” named for its enormous sound.

Vigur Island, Iceland – 
Visit the tiny and private island to see how Icelanders collect eider down. The island is also home to Atlantic Puffins and Arctic Terns, which can be seen while walking across the island. After the walk enjoy home-baked cakes and cookies made by the Vigur Island owners.

Akureyri, Iceland –
Akureyri is the gateway to Lake Myvatn (“Midges Lake”). The lake is part of a protected nature reserve and many birds (including thirteen species of ducks) frequent the surrounding wetlands. Nature’s power is plainly displayed in Namafjall’s geothermal springs, as well as on a walk along the lake’s shore onto some pseudo-craters, and through the massive, often unusual lava formations of Dimmuborgir.

Jan Mayen, Norway – 
With permission from the Norwegian authorities and the right weather conditions, we will make a landing at this rarely visited outpost to visit the research and weather station. Walks to the station and beyond will give us a view of the meteorological station and of the long black sandy eastern shore of the island. The waters around Jan Mayen are known as feeding ground for whales of several species.

Svalbard Northern Region, Norway –
In Svalbard we will enter fjords, searching the ice and the shores for seabirds, walruses, seals, and polar bears. Shore walks and Zodiac landings will bring us up close to these mystical wintry settings. The Expedition Leader and Captain will determine the best course, depending on changing weather, ice conditions and the wildlife we encounter.

Kayaking –
Weather permitting, Silversea Expeditions offers the opportunity to kayak in a small group under the guidance of certified kayak instructors. These special excursions are a chance to appreciate the wilds of the Arctic in silence.

Cultural Highlights:

  • Meet the owners of Vigur Island to learn about Eider Duck farming. Enjoy their company over a cup of tea or coffee and home-baked cookies and cakes.

 

Wildlife Watch List:

  • Polar bear and Svalbard reindeer
  • Bearded seals, grey seals, harbor seal, and walrus
  • Humpback whales, blue whales, fin whales, beluga whales, and harbor porpoises
  • Birds of note: Red-breasted Merganser, Barnacle Goose, Common Eider, Common Raven, Black-legged Kittiwake, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, Ivory Gull, Great Skua, Arctic Skua, Redwing, Razorbill, Common Guillemot, Black Guillemot, Brünnich’s Guillemot, Atlantic Puffin, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Redshank, Meadow Pipit, Arctic Tern, Northern Gannet, Northern Fulmar

Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Free economy Air, or reduced rate Business Class
  • Pre-cruise hotel and transfers
  • Unlimited onboard Wi-Fi
  • All meals
  • Beverages, open bar, beer, wine, liquor
  • Room service
  • Butler service
  • All excursions
  • Expedition leaders and guest speakers
  • Gratuities to ship crew.
  • Port charges and taxes

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

Pre- and Post-cruise tours

Travel Insurance

 

  1. Day 1 LONGYEARBYEN - EMBARKATION - Depart 4:00 PM

    Arrive a day or two early to avoid travel problems and see something of Norway.

    A pre-cruise hotel night is included, either in Longyearbyen or on the mainland, depending on flight schedule, or in Reykjavik on reverse itinerary.

    Seat of the Norwegian administration, it also has the best services and infrastructure in the archipelago. Located deep in the Adventfjord, a sidearm of the Isfjorden (Icefjord), Longyearbyen’s airport can be used all-year round, but its harbor is blocked by ice in winter. Most shops, hotels, restaurants and a hospital are within easy walking distance of the port. One of the most prominent buildings in town is the UNIS center, where several Norwegian universities have joined forces to operate and offer the northernmost higher education to both Norwegian and international students. Adjacent to UNIS, and well worth a visit, is the Svalbard Museum, covering the natural history and exploitation of Svalbard. Remnants of the former mining activity can be seen all around Longyearbyen and even in town.

  2. Days 2-4 SVALBARD NORTHERN REGION, NORWAY

    Svalbard’s northern region is less influenced by the Norwegian Current coming through the Greenland Sea than the southern region and shows more ice. The northern part of the island of Spitsbergen shows quite a number of impressive fjords, bays and glaciers. The Nordaust Svalbard Nature Reserve includes Spitsbergen’s east coast, the Hinlopen Strait, Nordaustlandet and some islands further east like Kvitoya and Storoya. Several walrus haul-outs, spectacular glaciers, bird cliffs and bird islands, as well as surprising flora in Arctic deserts and the possibility to see polar bears and to visit historically important sites make this an area prone for exploration. Ice conditions will dictate which sites can be seen.

    There are several deep fjords and prominent glaciers in the northern reaches of Svalbard, as well as the northern hemisphere’s widest glacier front. Ice conditions will dictate how much can be accessed in terms of cruising bird islets like the Andøyane Islets or approaching glaciers like Monaco Glacier and Seliger Glacier. The Northern Region is also known to have several walrus haul-outs and areas defined as “Arctic Desert”. Walks and hikes ashore to have a closer look at flora and wildlife are a possibility in the spectacular Northern Region of Svalbard.

     

  3. Days 5-7 SVALBARD SOUTHERN REGION, NORWAY

    Svalbard’s Southern Region and specifically Spitsbergen’s west coast is less ice-clogged than the rest of Svalbard due to the moderating influenced of the Gulf Stream. Several fjords cut into the western coast of Spitsbergen and have been used by trappers and hunters, as well as the different mining companies that tried to exploit the riches of the archipelago’s largest island of Spitsbergen. Remains of huts and mines, as well as active commercial and scientific settlements can be found and visited. Depending on the time of the season, glaciers can be visited on foot or by sea. Northern places like Magdalenefjorden and Hornsund will reveal fascinating views of geological formations, craggy mountains, spectacular glaciers and a variety of seabirds and seals.

  4. Days 8-9 DAYS AT SEA

    Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

     

  5. Days 10-12 SCORESBY SUND, GREENLAND

    Scoresby Sund is the largest and longest fjord sys-tem in the world and exhibits all the natural wonders Greenland has to offer. This labyrinth of islands, fjords and ice boggles the mind at every turn. Named in honor of William Scoresby, the English explorer who mapped the area in 1822, Scoresby Sund today hosts only the small town of Ittoqqortoormiit, although it has been inhabited by many Paleo-Eskimo cultures in the past. The area is incredibly rich in Arctic wildlife, hosting musk oxen, arctic foxes and a wealth of marine life including whales, belugas, narwhals, walrus and seals, as well as several species of sea birds, including King Eiders, Atlantic Puffins and several species of geese which migrate to the area during the fleeting Arctic Summer. It is also one of the best places in the world to see polar bears in their natural habitat, an experience that can never be forgotten. But the scenery is the true highlight of Scoresby Sund.

  6. Day 13 ITTOQQORTOORMIIT, GREENLAND

    Less than 10 kilometers from the entrance to the Scoresbysund system, Ittoqqortoormiit (“Big House Dwellers”) lies on the southern tip of Liverpool Land, a low and rounded area compared to the steeper mountains further south or into the fjord system. Some 460 inhabitants call Ittoqqortoormiit, one of Greenland’s most isolated settlements, their home. Today hunting narwhals, seals, polar bears and muskoxen is still an important part of the life, but tour-ism is gaining importance.

  7. Day 14 DAY AT SEA

    Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

  8. Day 15 REYKJAVIK, ICELAND – DISEMBARK

    Sprawling Reykjavík, the nation’s nerve center and government seat, is home to half the island’s population. On a bay overlooked by proud Mt. Esja (pronounced eh-shyuh), with its ever-changing hues, Reykjavík presents a colorful sight, its concrete houses painted in light colors and topped by vibrant red, blue, and green roofs. In contrast to the almost treeless countryside, Reykjavík has many tall, native birches, rowans, and willows, as well as imported aspen, pines, and spruces. Reykjavík’s name comes from the Icelandic words for smoke, reykur, and bay, vík. In AD 874, Norseman Ingólfur Arnarson saw Iceland rising out of the misty sea and came ashore at a bay eerily shrouded with plumes of steam from nearby hot springs. Today most of the houses in Reykjavík are heated by near-boiling water from the hot springs. Natural heating avoids air pollution; there’s no smoke around.

    Tours of Iceland are available.

SILVER CLOUD & SILVER WIND

After extensive refurbishment, Silver Cloud and Silver Wind are the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessels in expedition cruising. Their large suites, destination itineraries and unparalleled service make them truly special. Their four dining options will tantalize your taste buds and as 80% of the suites include a veranda, watching a breaching whale or a few cavorting penguins has never been so personal. Broad sweeping decks with multiple open spaces and a swimming pool complete what are surely the most distinctive expedition ships sailing today. A limited number of guests in polar waters, mean that Silver Cloud has the highest space to guest and crew to guest ratios in expedition cruising. With at least 16 zodiacs, 10 kayaks, possibilities are almost limitless with ship-wide simultaneous explorations. Finally, a team of at least 22 passionate and dedicated expedition experts are always at hand to ensure your voyage is enhanced every step of the way.

GUESTS: 254
CREW: 223
LENGTH: 514.14 Feet / 156.7 Meters

SUITES

Silversea’s oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote – guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Owner’s Suite
This stylish apartment offers the superlative in levels of space, comfort and service on board. A perfect mix of expedition experience with luxury lifestyle. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two bedroom by adjoining with a Vista Suite.

Grand Suite
Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed. The ideal space for sharing stories with fellow explorers and new friends. With enough space to roam both in and outside, this suite is perfect relaxing and recounting the highlights of your day. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two-bedroom by adjoining with a Veranda Suite.

Royal Suite
Stately. Commanding and majestic. Perfect for relaxing after a days’ exploring and looking through your photos. With lectures being streamed live to your room, this is the pinnacle of good living at sea. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two-bedroom by adjoining with a Veranda Suite.

Silver Suite
Stylish and sophisticated with larger verandas, excellent for taking pictures and bird-watching. Situated midship, this suite is perfection in design and comfortable living. A huge walk in wardrobe, a beautiful marbled bathroom and a spacious living area completes the picture. Silver Suites accommodate three guests.

Medallion Suite
With a room configuration that favors watching the sun rise from the comfort of your bed and losing yourself in the mesmerizing seascapes, this suite is the perfect answer to adventure cruising. A large walk-in wardrobe, and an expansive living make the Medallion Suite a your home away from home on the high seas. Medallion Suites accommodate three guests.

Deluxe Veranda Suite
A Silversea signature, with a preferred central location, the Veranda Suite is spacious and welcoming.Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a furnished private teak veranda from where you can contemplate anything from the midnight sun to an antarctic sunrise. The Deluxe Veranda Suite offers preferred central location with identical accommodation to a Veranda Suite.

Veranda Suite
A Silversea signature, the Veranda Suite is spacious and welcoming. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a furnished private teak veranda from where you can contemplate anything from the midnight sun to an Antarctic sunrise. Some Veranda Suites accommodate three guests (Suites going from 505 to 510, and from 605 to 610).

Vista Suite
Your home away from home while you embrace the intrepid explorer within. The suite’s seating area has plenty of room to relax while you go over your notes, ready for the next adventure. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views, ideal for appraising the local wildlife.

RESTAURANTS

Discover our collection of onboard venues where you’ll enjoy spending time with like-minded travelers and of course, our personalized all-inclusive service.