polar pioneer three arctic islands cruise

Jewels of the Arctic

  • Overview
    Your days will be jam-packed with once-in-a-lifetime moments: we Zodiac cruise amongst gigantic icebergs, revel in gorgeous tundra walks, spot Arctic foxes, musk ox, walrus and polar bears. Greenland’s breathtaking mountainous landscapes will leave you speechless as the voyage goes along, and Inuit communities will make you feel at home whilst we stop by their small settlement, Ittoqqortoormiit. These are the jewels of the Arctic!
    Duration: 14 days
    Passengers: 54 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Keflavik, Iceland
    Disembarkation Point: Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Cruise only
    Single Supplement: 1.7x - 2.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen; Embarkation Day

      We board Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon and sail down magnificent Isfjorde.

      IMPORTANT: The voyages departing 19 AUG 2018 & 17 AUG 2019 travels in reverse and will embark in Reykjavik, Iceland and disembark in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.

    • Day 2/3 - Spitsbergen

      Spitsbergen’s northwest coast features calving icebergs, historic whaling stations and trappers’ camps. Brunnich’s guillemots, little auks and kittiwakes nest in their thousands. Reindeer roam tundra dotted with wildflowers like saxifrage, moss campion and bell-heather. Zodiac to gain fantastic views of ice cliffs, including Monacobreen, one of Spitsbergen’s largest glaciers. In the north, we look for walrus and possibly polar bears.

    • Day 4/5 - Greenland Sea

      Crossing the Greenland Sea, our expert naturalists and guest lecturers entertain us with fascinating talks on plants, animals and early explorers like Nansen, Andrée and Scoresby. We keep an eye out for fin whales, encroaching sea ice and seabirds. Relax and prepare for a landing, if conditions permit, on Greenland’s northeast coast, home to polar bear, Arctic hare and musk oxen.

    • Day 6/8 - Exploring Greenland

      An ice cap covers 81 per cent of Greenland and pack ice, even in summer, may fill northern bays. Ashore, cosy trappers’ huts beckon from across the tundra, where musk ox, Arctic hare and eider ducks roam in Kejser Franz Josef Fjord. Lively cascades at Kap Humboldt provide a microclimate for spectacular hanging gardens. Kong Oskar Fjord offers spectacular glacier-carved mountains.

    • Day 9/11 - Scoresby Sund

      In Scoresby Sound, the world's biggest fjord system, massive glaciers calve explosively, creating giant icebergs. Near Rode Island, our Zodiacs weave through a maze of grounded icebergs, some more than 30 metres high, sculpted with deep green tunnels and aquamarine lakes. Enjoy a warm Ittoqqortoormiit welcome from Inuit happy to share their culture.Our kayakers find ideal paddling conditions, winding their way through interconnected waterways, watching for polar bears and narwhals.

    • Day 12 - Greenland Coast

      Sail south along the Blosseville Coast, search for musk ox and narwhals and marvel at the mountain scenery that dominates the skyline. If weather permits, we head for Rømer Fjord, a deep waterway with stunning mountain views.

    • Day 13 - Denmark Strait

      We sail across Denmark Strait, reflecting on our rich experiences and enjoying the antics of northern fulmars, black-backed gulls, dolphins, orcas and other whales.

    • Day 14 - Iceland; Disembarkation

      Arrive early morning in Keflavik. After breakfast, bid farewell to Polar Pioneer crew before your coach transfer to Reykjavik.

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your captain and expedition leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Highlights & Activities

    Kayaking

    The experience of sea kayaking in the humbling wilderness of Antarctica or the European Arctic is guaranteed to stir your soul. Paddle between brash ice and icebergs of all shapes and sizes, skim past penguin rookeries or under soaring bird cliffs, or drift quietly as you watch wildlife unobtrusively, absorbing the majestic scenery.

    AUD 1,250 per person

    Photography

    All of our expeditions and itineraries offer fantastic photography experiences, however on selected expeditions we offer specialised photography programs and workshops. Whether it be sitting quietly in the middle of a penguin rookery, visiting quaint historic sites or enjoying the thrill of a breaching whale or a polar bear on pack ice, there is an overwhelming number of opportunities to snap to your heart’s content!

    Included

    Endless Arctic nights

    Svalbard is the Arctic North as you always dreamed it existed. This wondrous archipelago is a land of dramatic snow-drowned peaks and glaciers, of vast icefields and forbidding icebergs, an elemental place where the seemingly endless Arctic night and the perpetual sunlight of summer carry a deeper kind of magic. One of Europe's last great wildernesses, this is also the domain of more polar bears than people, a terrain rich in epic legends of polar exploration.

    The Polar Bear

    To many people, the polar bear is the Arctic. The sight of such an impressive silky white bear wandering the frozen Arctic seas in search of seals symbolizes the cold, isolated nature of the Arctic so well. Polar bears are marine mammals because they spend so much of their lives away from land. In the high Arctic where there is always some sea ice to travel on, polar bears range over ice floes in the pack ice hunting seals all summer. In some areas (e.g. southern Hudson Bay, southern Svalbard) they are simply forced to come ashore. Polar bears rarely venture inland.

    Scoresby Sund

    Sailing deep into Scoresby Sund, towering mountains and unforgettable landscape make for a dramatic couple of days. However, it is icebergs on a grand scale that are sure to impress us the most. Scoresby Sund icebergs are often some of the most dramatic and intricately shaped, set against Greenland’s incredible mountains, there are few landscapes like this!

  • Inclusions

    Expedition Gear

    Complimentary custom-designed polar expedition jacket and use of gumboots during voyage

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - Professional produced voyage log
    - Comprehensive pre-departure information
    - Group sightseeing tour in Longyearbyen on arrival
    - Group transfer to/from airport to Polar Pioneer in Longyearbyen
    - Port taxes & entry fees
    - Medical services on board
    - All shore excursions and lectures during the voyage
    - All meals and accommodation during the voyage

    Not included in your Expedition

    - Communication charges
    - Gratuities
    - Medical expenses
    - Laundry
    - Beverages
    - Optional excursion and activities not included in the voyage itinerary
    - Mandatory waterproof gear not provided
    - Baggage / cancellation / interruption and medical travel insurance
    - Visa & Passport fees
    - Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
    - Government arrival and departure taxes
    - International and internal flights that are not specified
  • Map
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  • Gallery
  • Vessel

    POLAR PIONEER

    Polar Pioneer is one of the most popular style of vessels currently used in Antarctica and the Arctic. Originally built as an ice-strengthened research vessel in Finland in 1982, she was refurbished in 2000 and converted into a passenger ship for expeditions to the Polar Regions. Polar Pioneer’s excellent reputation for polar expedition cruising is due to her strength, manoeuvrability and size. She is small and nimble, which means she can sail up close to landing sites and venture where other, larger ships can’t. Carrying just 54 passengers, she allows us to offer you a far more personal and intimate experience of the destination we are visiting.

    Features & Facilities
    • Basic accommodation
    • Lounge bar
    • Spacious viewing platforms and decks
    • Presentation room
    • Sauna
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 3
    Guests #: 54
    Crew #: 23
    Ice Class: 1A
    Speed: 14
    Refurbished: 2000
    Technical Specs
    Year built: 1982
    Length: 71m
    Width: 13
    Draft: 4
    Tonnage: 1753
    Registry: Russia
    Elec Outlets: 220V / 2 Round Pin
Check Voyage Dates, Pricing and Availability

Triple

19 Aug 2018 - 01 Sep 2018
Triple public cabin, 3 x berths and shared facilities
AUD 8,900pp
AUD 8,900pp

Twin Public

19 Aug 2018 - 01 Sep 2018
Twin cabin with shared facilities
AUD 10,200pp
AUD 10,200pp

Twin Private

19 Aug 2018 - 01 Sep 2018
Twin cabin, with private facilities and window
AUD 12,700pp
AUD 12,700pp

Mini-Suite

19 Aug 2018 - 01 Sep 2018
Suite cabin with double bed, separate sitting room and private facilities
AUD 14,200pp
AUD 14,200pp

Owner's Suite

19 Aug 2018 - 01 Sep 2018
Suite cabin with double bed, separate sitting room and private facilities
AUD 15,200pp
AUD 15,200pp