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Reykjavik to Tromso Expedition Cruise

03 - 17 Jun 2023

15 Days / 14 Nights

Intrepid travellers are drawn north by polar bears, volcanoes, and Arctic adventures. Explore the vistas of Iceland, Norway's fjords, and Svalbard. This quest exposes adventurers to wonderful wonders. Explore off-the-beaten-path terrain in search of polar bears and reindeer. Everything is illuminated by the midnight sun.

Itinerary in a Nutshell

14

Ports

2

Countries

Silver Endeavour

Expedition Cruise

Routes
Image by Annie Spratt
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Iceland: Reykjavik - Stykkisholmur - Flatey Island - Vigur Island - Bolungarvik - Akureyri
Norway: Jan Mayen Island - Svalbard Northern Region - Cruise & Explore Bear Island (Svalbard) - Gjesværstappan Islands - Skarsvag (Nordkapp) - Tromso

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Day 01  |  Reykjavik

Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland, which is a land of ice, fire, and natural wonders. It is a city like no other, growing in some of the most beautiful and dangerous scenery in the world. Two-thirds of Iceland's people live in Reykjavik, which is the only real city on the island. It is a friendly, walkable place where bicycles glide along boulevards or fight the wind when it gets strong. The streets have been painted, and there is an artistic and creative vibe in the studios and galleries, as well as in the kitchens, where a new and exciting food scene is growing.

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Day 02  |  Stykkisholmur - Flatey Island

Stykkishólmur is the commercial hub of western Iceland's Snaefellsnes peninsula. Its natural waterfront made this settlement an early Icelandic commerce center. First commercial post founded in 1550s; fishing is significant industry nowadays. The town center has wonderful historic residences. Flatey is a 'flat island' as its name suggests. Flatey has many beautifully painted, wooden summer houses. Flatey was a fishing and commercial hub like many other Icelandic islands. This island was the heart of 19th-century Icelandic commerce and culture. Flatey's nutrient-rich waters have attracted 35 kinds of birds, including Eider Ducks, Atlantic Puffins, Arctic Terns, Red-necked Phalaropes, Ringed Plovers, and Snow Buntings.

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Day 03  |  Vigur Island - Bolungarvik

Vigur Island, 2 km long and 400 m wide, is the second largest in Isafjordardjup Fjord. It's home to a single sheep farming family, who ferries the sheep to the mainland in summer so Eider Ducks can nest. This small island exported eider down, and you can still see where the ducks nest and how the down is cleaned. A few houses are on the south side, near to a rocky beach, concrete wall, and floating pier. Grey seals are often observed on the seaweed-covered stones. Besides basalt and grass, lichens give color. A road has been created and the grass trimmed so people can stroll around the island to enjoy the beauty and view the enormous colony of Arctic Terns, Black Guillemots, and Atlantic Puffins. Bolungarvik is the northernmost town in Westfjords of Iceland. Despite its seclusion, Bolungarvik has been settled for centuries and is recorded in Iceland's settlement period. Bolungarvik has long been a fishing village, and one of its attractions is a reproduction of a fishing station. Bolafjall Mountain prevents Atlantic Ocean wind and swell. At 638 meters above sea level, the view includes Bolungarvik, adjacent valleys and mountains, fjords, and Hornstrandir Nature Reserve.

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Day 04  |  Akureyri

Akureyri is only 60 miles from the Arctic Circle, but it has a bright, urban feel, and its outdoor cafes and swimming sites fill up with visitors in the summer. Feel the thundering effect of Iceland's famed natural wonders at Godafoss Waterfalls, known as the 'Waterfalls of the Gods' Skjálfandafljót river discharges a tremendous torrent over charcoal-black rocks. Find calm at the Botanical Gardens, which opened in 1957 and give room for contemplation among flora that blossom with unexpected vitality at this northern latitude. The Lutheran Akureyrarkirkja Church is the town's most prominent feature. The 112-step journey is worth it to witness light rush in through its thin stained glass windows, creating beautiful patchworks inside. Magic and mythology are essential parts of Icelandic folklore, and the town's high street is lined with huge troll sculptures. Meet more earthy - but no less wonderful - creatures at Akureyi, where blue whales cruise and dolphins leap.

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Day 05  |  Day at Sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax or maybe visit the gym, visit the spa, whale watching, catch up on your reading or simply top up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring the shoreside.

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Day 06  |  Jan Mayen Island

Humpback and minke whales feed among Jan Mayen's ebony peaks and black lava beaches. Mt Beerenberg, a 2,300-meter-high active volcano covered in glacial ice, dominates the terrain to the north. This infrequently visited outpost is landable with Norwegian authorization. Visitors can stroll to the research and weather station or beyond for views of the station and the island's long black sandy eastern shore. Atlantic Puffins, Northern Fulmars, and Snow Buntings are spotted here.

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Day 07  |  Day at Sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax or maybe visit the gym, visit the spa, whale watching, catch up on your reading or simply top up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring the shoreside.

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Day 08 - 10  |  Svalbard Northern Region

Northern Svalbard is less impacted by the Greenland Current than the south and has more ice. Northern Spitsbergen has many fjords, bays, and glaciers. Spitsbergen's east coast, the Hinlopen Strait, Nordaustlandet, and Kvitoya and Storoya are in the Nordaust Svalbard Nature Reserve. Several walrus haul-outs, stunning glaciers, bird cliffs, and bird islands, as well as astonishing flora in Arctic deserts, make this area prone to exploration. Ice conditions determine viewable spots.

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Day 11 - 12  |  Svalbard Southern Region

Svalbard's southern region and Spitsbergen's west coast have less ice due to the Gulf Stream. Several fjords cut into Spitsbergen's west shore, which trappers, hunters, and mining firms used to harvest the island's wealth. Huts, mines, and commercial and scientific villages can be visited. Seasonally, glaciers can be accessed by foot or by sea. Geological formations, jagged mountains, glaciers, and seabirds and seals can be seen in Hornsund.

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Day 13  |  Cruise & Explore Bear Island

Bear Island is halfway between Spitsbergen and Norway's North Cape. The last polar bear was observed in 2004, but the name comes from Willem Barentsz's 1596 visit. Walrus, whales, and coal have all been hunted on the island. Norway built up a meteorological station on Gravodden on Bear Island's north shore due to its important location between the Norwegian and Barents seas. Two-thirds of the island is a flat plain with shallow freshwater lakes and Ramsar Wetland. The island and surrounding seas are a Nature Reserve. Bear Island is a staging ground for Pink-footed and Barnacle Geese, while the high cliffs south of Srhamna are home to hundreds of seabirds.

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Day 14  |  Gjesværstappan Islands - Skarsvag (Nordkapp)

The Gjesværstappan islands are home to about a million birds. Gjesværstappan consists of 100 islands and rocks, generally high, steep-sided islets covered in grass and seabirds. These islands were named a natural reserve in 1983 due to their importance as seabird nesting grounds, some endangered. Gjesværstappan is one of Europe's easiest-to-access nesting places for Atlantic seabirds. Being at the north tip of Norway and inside the Arctic Circle is amazing. The North Cape (Nordkapp in Norwegian) is Europe's northernmost point, 1,306.3 miles from the North Pole. This is the land of the midnight sun, where the Atlantic and Arctic oceans meet. The magnificent scenery and 24-hour sunlight provide an euphoric informality aboard. Imagine sipping champagne at midnight in full daylight at the top of the globe. Skarsvag is for people who like to wander off the beaten path. Large, sparsely populated (there are just 60 year-round residents), and a thrill to everyone who revel in stark, untamed beauty, Skarsvag is the world's most northerly fishing village. Skarsvag is recognized for its proximity to the North Cape, not its hills, birds, or fjords. Magerya is home to Europe's northernmost point above the arctic circle. Svalbard archipelago is the only land between you and the North Pole. You're so far north that the sun doesn't set between May and July. The island's bird cliffs are home to puffins, gannets, and cormorants.

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Day 15  |  Tromso

Visit this Arctic doorway to see the famed emerald haze dancing across the heavens. In Norway's far north, in Tromso, visitors can see rough mountains, beautiful glaciers, and sleds pulled by huskies. You'll see the city, fjord, and Tromso's arching bridge. Polar Museum teaches about northern cultures, adventures, and hunting. The Science Centre explores Tromso's northern lights and discusses how humanity have harnessed and survived these spectacular environments. The city is known for its world-class views. The Alpine Botanic Garden is the world's northernmost botanical garden, featuring Norway's hardiest plantlife.

The Fleet

For more routes and detailed journey programs, please contact TRUVI team.

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