Arctic Highlights 16 days
Arctic

Arctic Highlights

JOIN 'THE URBAN BIRDER' David Lindo IN ANTARCTICA!

JOIN 'THE URBAN BIRDER' David Lindo IN ANTARCTICA!

Arctic Highlights 16 days aboard MS Expedition

This is a comprehensive Arctic islands expedition taking in the west coast of the beautiful and scenic island of Spitsbergen and the less-visited east coast of Greenland, where the highlight is the spectacular Scoresby Sund, the world's longest fjord system. Then, ending up in Iceland with opportunities to stay on and explore. With time at sea as well, we will always be on the lookout for birds and wildlife and may see polar bears in Spitsbergen, various whales and dolphins, Arctic fox and musk oxen and all sorts of birdlife. An unforgettable experience.

Highlights

  • Land, marine and avian wildlife, including polar bears, whales, musk oxen, etc.
  • Scoresby Sund
  • Spectacular mountain, glacial and tundra scenery
  • Exciting Zodiac excursions
  • Historical sites
  • Possible Northern Lights

What's Included

  • All meals and accommodation on board ship
  • Photo workshops with photography expert
  • Shore and Zodiac excursions
  • Programme of lectures by experts
  • Expedition parka
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Transfers to ship
15 nights 01/09/2017 - 16/09/2017
From Only £3,499pp
Gillian Landells
Gillian Landells
Arctic Specialist

Speak to someone who’s been to Arctic. Start planning your tailor-made trip by calling one of our friendly destination specialists on 0800 195 3385 or 44 1625 581143 for outside the UK.

ITINERARY

15 Nights   16 Days

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 | Longyearbyen
  • Days 2 - 5 | West Coast of Spitsbergen
  • Days 6 - 7 | Greenland Sea
  • Days 8 - 13 | North East Greenland National Park and Scorsbysund
  • Days 14 - 15 | Denmark Strait
  • Day 16 | Reykjavik
Longyearbyen
1Day

Longyearbyen

Embark on the expedition ship in the afternoon and depart Longyearbyen in the evening.

West Coast of Spitsbergen
2 - 5Days

West Coast of Spitsbergen

Taking advantage of local ice and weather conditions, explore the Spitsbergen coast looking out for polar bears, Arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer, walrus, whales and birds. The scenery here is magnificent, with towering mountains, glaciers and rolling tundra. We may also visit some historical sites associated with mining and whaling in past centuries.  

Greenland Sea
6 - 7Days

Greenland Sea

Look out for whales, which feed here in the late summer. Spot orca, humpback and minke whales as well as white-beaked dolphins. Enjoy informative lectures by expert expedition staff.  

North East Greenland National Park and Scorsbysund
8 - 13Days

North East Greenland National Park and Scorsbysund

Head south along the eastern coast of Greenland. Sail through some of the most spectacular fjord country in the world. Explore rarely visited glaciers, bays and inlets in the world's largest national park. Look for wildlife such as walruses, seals, musk oxen, foxes, Arctic hares, lemmings, and a variety of birds. Explore in Zodiacs to get a closer look at some of the birdlife and to walk on the tundra.

We also plan to visit the small settlement of Ittorqqortoormiit to see local crafts and Inuit culture.

Denmark Strait
14 - 15Days

Denmark Strait

Enjoy the lecture series while watching the seas for whales. Head towards Iceland and the steaming hot springs of Reykjavik. The view is often complemented by soaring fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets, guillemots, and razorbills.

Reykjavik
16Day

Reykjavik

Disembark in the morning. The port here is within easy walking distance of the city.

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What Our Customers
Say...

Ann Macleod, Scotland Sarah & David, Portsmouth James and Pamela Chapman, Halifax Geoff & Magda, Adelaide, Australia Ann & Paul, East Grinstead, Sussex Chris Janner, Manchester Gavin Burnett Stirling, United Kingdom Chris Pye, North Wales Chris Pye, North Wales Chris Conlan, Manchester, UK Boyan Todorov, Holland Karen Worton, Suffolk,UK Malcolm Green , UK Malcolm Green , UK Frances Hadfield, East Sussex, UK Mike Unwin, Brighton, UK Christine Matthews, London, UK
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
We have just returned from our Spitsbergen trip with Wildfoot and had to tell you what an amazing time we had! We saw 6 polar bears including a mother with 2 cubs as well as whales, walruses and lots of birds. The ship (Expedition) was really comfortable and the guides were so helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for making it all so easy.
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
We had always wanted to see the Arctic and travelling all the way from Australia needed lots of information. After getting nowhere, we came across Wildfoot and found people who knew what they were talking about! Sara and John were so helpful and made the process easy, suggesting Iceland Greenland and Spitsbergen. This was perfect for us – amazing scenery and lots of wildlife, especially the polar bears in Spitsbergen. Thanks for everything. Ps, the ship was great too!
Just wanted to say thank you for suggesting a trip to Franz Josef Land as something different for the Arctic. We had a super trip and really enjoyed the Sea Spirit. Galapagos next!
Standing on the North Pole has been an ambition of mine since childhood and now I have done it! Thank you for making the process so easy - seeing polar bears and whales too was a real bonus.
The Sea Spirit expedition was excellent and the team organising it all were extremely good. 10 out of 10. Everything went very smoothly. The Iceland extension worked perfectly, all the organisation, connections etc. were excellent
The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
Thanks so much for enabling me to get to places I had always wanted to see from a very young age. “Ace” as my boys used to say!
Just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you very much for all your help in arranging our recent trip to Svalbard. Everything ran smoothly and the trip was a great success. Unfortunately I had to flew back a few days early and missed out on Isfjord Radio, which the rest of the team said was a brilliant place with amazing food, still the Basecamp Hotel and Nordenskiold Lodge were pretty amazing places, so I’m not complaining!
Writing back to tell you that the trip to the Arctic was all that it promised and more. It was a great wild-life sightseeing opportunity and the staff were really good.I had an excellent trip and have thousands of photos to go through.
I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful cruise in the Russian Far East. The landscape and destination were inspiring, we had some excellent wildlife sightings (sea otter, grey whale, Steller's sea eagle, snowy owl and Arctic fox were all firsts for me), and the Heritage team were superb. Rough seas forced a few changes to the itinerary but we also had some fabulous weather. All in all, a thrilling travel experience.Thanks once again for all your efforts
I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.

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