Arctic to Iceland

This journey through the Arctic from Spitsbergen to Iceland gives a fantastic in-depth look into the fascinating landscapes and wildlife of this part of the world. If you want to experience the Arctic in all of its beauty, then this is the cruise for you.


  • Cruise via Greenland to Iceland
  • Spot dolphins and whales from your ship and polar bears on land
  • Cross the Arctic Circle
  • Walk through spectacular polar scenery

Day 1: Longyearbyen, Norway

Your voyage will begin in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen.

Days 2-5: Spitsbergen, Norway

Exploring Spitsbergen, the largest of the Norwegian-ruled Svalbard islands, rewards you with abundant wildlife and austere beauty. Here, you’ll visit spectacular glacier fronts and steep- walled fjords with walrus, polar bears and Spitsbergen reindeer among your possible wildlife sightings.

Days 6-7: Greenland Sea

While sailing south through the historic Greenland Sea, you’ll learn about the wildlife and history of Greenland, your next stop. On deck, you’ll learn to identify seabirds on the wing, and possibly spot breaching whales as you travel. Take in a lecture, share your photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar or watch a movie - there are many things to do during your time at sea.

Days 8-12: Northeast Greenland

During your tour of Greenland’s remote eastern coast, you’ll enjoy Zodiac cruises and shore visits to several locations. Visit the remains of ancient Thule settlements, and keep an eye out for grazing muskoxen; 40% of the world’s population lives here.

Finally, you will sail through spectacular Scoresbysund, the birthplace of many icebergs and, some say, the most beautiful fjord system in the world.

Days 13-14: Denmark Strait

At sea, the Denmark Strait is your pathway toward Iceland. Your Expedition Team will keep you informed and entertained with presentations about the history of exploration in the Arctic and the seabirds you’ll see soaring above your ship.

Day 15: Depart Reykjavik 

You’ll disembark in Akureyri, and transfer to your waiting charter flight to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, at the end of your journey. If you have booked post-expedition accommodation, we provide a transfer to a central downtown location.

Prices from:

Triple share cabins - £3,999 pp

Twin share cabins - £5,499 pp

Please contact one of our Travel Specialists for full details of departure dates, prices and special offers

The Classic Arctic itinerary is available on the following ships:

G Expedition

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Sea Adventurer

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MS Fram

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MV Plancius

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Silver Explorer

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Ocean Nova

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  • Prices the same or better than the operators direct, with full package protection as standard.

  • Specialists in polar expedition cruises to the Arctic, Antarctic and Norway

  • Impartial - we will match you with your ideal cruise based on your requirements

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Why book with Polar Routes?

  • We have access to a wide selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators.
  • From simple & great value to 5* luxury, choose the style of expedition cruise to suit you.
  • Our Travel Specialists will help you choose the perfect expedition cruise for your budget.
  • We only cover the Arctic & Antarctica, which ensures we know our destinations inside out.
  • Our team of Travel Specialists has extensive knowledge of all the expedition ships & operators.
  • Our team has personally seen most of the ships in our core programme.
  • Prices the same or better than the operators direct, with full package protection as standard.
  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL, for your complete peace of mind.
  • As a team of passionate travellers, we really do care about you and your holiday.