Svalbard, Iceland, and Greenland's East Coast

  • Trip Type: Expedition Cruise
  • 17 Days | Oslo to Reykjavik
  • Group Size: Max 148

Expedition Details


Venture to the wonders of the north on an epic expedition aboard the National Geographic Explorer that combines the polar bears of Svalbard, the geological phenomena of Iceland, and the ice-hewn coasts of Greenland. Kayak among incandescent icebergs, visit some of the most remote settlements on Earth, and watch for polar bears, walruses, and whales on a quest to discover the Arctic’s grand wilderness.

Trip Highlights

  • Using the latest satellite imagery and the ice-strengthened hull of the National Geographic Explorer, we find navigable spots among the ice to discover some of the planet’s most pristine waters.
  • This itinerary is shaped by potential wildlife sightings, increasing our opportunities for spotting walruses, whales, reindeer, and polar bears.
  • Slip among massive ice floes, and view icebergs at water level while exploring by kayak and Zodiac.
  • Go ashore with our naturalists to hike Svalbard’s vast tundra and explore remote Icelandic isles.

Itinerary - 17 Days

Days 1 & 2 — U.S./Oslo, Norway

Fly overnight to Oslo and check in to the SAS Radisson Blu Airport Hotel. Explore this charming city upon arrival. Stroll amid the famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures set in parkland. Then visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian polar explorers Nansen and Amundsen.
(Day 2: B, D)

Day 3 — Oslo/Longyearbyen

Catch a charter flight to Longyearbyen, the largest settlement in Svalbard, and embark the National Geographic Explorer.

Days 4 through 16 — Exploring Svalbard, Greenland, and Iceland

Situated far above the Arctic Circle, Svalbard is an archipelago of deep fjords, snowcapped mountains, massive ice sheets—and it’s one of the best places to see polar bears in their natural environment. Venture to the foot of vast tidewater glaciers, kayak among sparkling icebergs, hike the tundra, and explore fjords that split the coastline.

Then turn west toward he Greenland Sea. In keeping with the nature of a true Arctic expedition, our itinerary here is defined by the water. Using the latest satellite imagery—and our extensive experience exploring the region—we’ll chart where the ice is impenetrable and choose our route accordingly. Our strengthened hull and forward-searching sonar, as well as agile Zodiacs and kayaks, allow us to make forays amid the ice to search for wildlife.

Be on deck as our captain navigates among icebergs that drift from calving glaciers along Greenland’s eastern shore. If the ice yields, we’ll maneuver into the Scoresbysund fjord to visit a remote settlement as it awakens from winter’s icy grip. If the ice does not relent, we’ll continue south, exploring the ice edge, or set a course to Iceland to continue our explorations. Our voyage ends on Iceland’s west coast, where we’ll visit the picturesque town of Ísafjördur, spot razorbills on the immense Látrabjarg cliffs, and visit the former trading post of Flatey Island.
(B,L,D daily)

Day 17 — Reykjavík, Iceland/U.S.

In Reykjavík, get a guided overview of the old town and soak in the famous Blue Lagoon prior to our flight home.

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Special Offer

Complimentary Airfare and Bar Tab

Book now and receive complimentary one-way charter airfare from Oslo to Longyearbyen. We will also cover your bar tab and all tips for the crew.

Offers are for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to availability. Please call for details.

National Geographic Expert

Dan Westergren

Dan WestergrenAs the longtime photo editor for National Geographic Traveler magazine, Dan Westergren was responsible for the magazine’s photographic vision, which has earned the publication numerous awards for photography. Dan enjoys exploring cold, high places, having photographed the Arctic while on expedition with Will Steger and the summits of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mont Blanc, and the Matterhorn for the pages of Traveler. He also enjoys leading photo workshops for the Society, and is a popular photography instructor.

Dan will join the following departure:

Jun 13 - 29, 2018


Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.


  • Jun 13 - 29, 2018
  • Jun 30 - Jul 16, 2019

If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2.

Expedition Cost

Category 1 $15,650
Category 2 $16,560
Category 3 $17,310
Category 4 $18,590
Category 5 $21,470
Category 6 $24,990
Category 7 $28,750
Category Solo A $20,690
Category Solo B $21,640

Category 1 $15,990
Category 2 $16,970
Category 3 $17,740
Category 4 $18,990
Category 5 $21,990
Category 6 $25,610
Category 7 $29,470
Category Solo A $21,220
Category Solo B $22,180

Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy.

Airfare to Oslo and return from Reykjavik and airfare within Norway is not included in the expedition cost. The charter flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen is $380 in 2018 or $400 in 2019 (subject to change).

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Activity Level

Light or Moderate

Travelers can choose between a light or moderate activity level. For a light level of activity, they should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives on bumpy roads, or easy hikes.

For a moderate level, travelers should be prepared for multiple hours of physical activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day.

Click here for a description of all activity levels.