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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $8695  
Length: 14 days
Arrive: Longyearbyen, Norway
Depart: Akureyri, Iceland
Lodging: 13 nights aboard 106-passenger expedition vessel
Meals: All meals included aboard ship
Activity: Small Ship Cruising, Sea Kayaking
Trip Level: 13-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours

The cruise was very well organized with all operations carried out very professionally.Dan B.—Gilford, NH

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Join us for a thrilling journey across the Arctic to the land of Vikings, fjords, and magnificent landscapes. The glaciers and abundant wildlife of Spitsbergen, Greenland’s remote eastern coast, with its musk oxen and remains of ancient Thule settlements, the towering mountains and icebergs of Scoresbysund, optional sea kayaking—they’re all on this spectacular adventure!

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.


Day 1, August 15, 2016
Longyearbyen, Norway / Embark Ocean Nova

Arrive in Longyearbyen and embark on the Ocean Nova.

Days 2-5, August 16 - 19, 2016

Exploring Spitsbergen, the largest of the Norwegian-ruled Svalbard islands, rewards us with abundant wildlife and austere beauty. We visit spectacular glacier fronts and steep-walled fjords with walrus, polar bear, and Spitsbergen reindeer among the possible wildlife sightings. Birders will be thrilled to see Arctic terns, skuas, long-tailed ducks, kittiwakes, and glaucous and ivory gulls. As an added bonus, when conditions are right, we might sail within 10° of the North Pole!

Days 6-7, August 20 - 21, 2016
Sailing the Greenland Sea

While sailing the historic Greenland Sea, we learn about the wildlife and history of Greenland, our next stop. On deck we learn to identify seabirds on the wing, and inside we share photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar, or watch a movie; there are many things to do during our time at sea.

Days 8-12, August 22 - 26, 2016
Greenland’s remote eastern coast

During our tour of Greenland's remote eastern coast, we enjoy Zodiac cruises and shore visits to several locations. We visit the remains of ancient Thule settlements and keep an eye out for grazing musk oxen, as 40% of the world's population of this fascinating mammal lives here. Finally, we sail through spectacular Scoresbysund, where we encounter massive icebergs and an ancient Thule settlement as we approach Sydkap and Øfjord. The scenery here is unimagineable, with towering mountainsides and hundreds of apartment-size icebergs playing tricks with our sense of perception.

Day 13, August 27, 2016
Sailing the Denmark Strait

The Denmark Strait is our pathway east, toward Iceland. Our onboard Expedition Team  keeps us informed and entertained with presentations about the history of exploration in the Arctic and the seabirds we inevitably see soaring above the ship.

Day 14, August 28, 2016
Disembark in Akureyri / Fly home via Reykjavík

Our adventure ends at the port of Akureyri. From here we fly to the domestic airport in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital. We provide a transfer to the city center if you wish to explore this great city. Depart on homeward-bound flight.

What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated Level 1, Easiest, and is appropriate for anyone in good health who is physically active. Zodiac landing crafts are used to explore the coastline and transport passengers ashore for walks to wildlife sanctuaries and the remains of ancient settlements. Some agility is required for getting in and out of the Zodiac landing crafts. Options for sea kayaking are available.

Explanation of Trip Levels



Aug 15-28, 2016   Ocean Nova

*13-day departure, call for details

Trip Cost

Cruise Rates by Cabin Category
Per person, double occupancy

Aug 15-28, 2016 aboard the Ocean Nova

CategoriesCruise Price
Quad $8,695
Triple $9,495
Upper (Lower Berth) Twin $10,495
Upper Deck Twin $11,295
Bridge Deck Twin $11,995

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: 20% of trip cost
130 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum fee: $1000 per person
121-179 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
120 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Deck Plan


Trip Cost Includes:

  • Transfer from Longyearbyen airport to your hotel if you arrive one day prior to embarkation
  • On embarkation day, transfer from your hotel or Longyearbyen airport to the ship
  • On disembarkation day, flight from Akureyri to the domestic airport in Reykjavik and transfer to downtown Reykjavik
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks on board throughout your voyage. (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and Special Guests as scheduled
  • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • A complimentary selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard ship
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person
  • In-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control in every cabin

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew, adventure options that are not included in the cost of the voyage, baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance, excess baggage charges, laundry and other personal charges, telecommunications charges, passport and any applicable visa expenses, government arrival and departure taxes.

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please call our office at 1-800-368-2794.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

Aug 15-28, 2016 aboard the Ocean Nova

Arrival & Meeting Place
Ocean Nova, Longyearbyen, Norway
Day 1
Suggested flight arrival time: 2:00pm
Ship departure time: 5:00pm

Suggested Arrival Airport
Longyearbyen, Norway (airport city code LYR)

We strongly suggest that clients arrive Longyearbyen one day before the trip begins to allow for unforeseen flight delays. A transfer from the ship to a hotel in Longyearbyen the day before Day 1 of the cruise is included in the trip cost. Also, a transfer from your hotel to the ship on Day 1 is included. Please inform us of your flight plans as soon as they are available.
Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 15
Suggested flight departure: Afternoon

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for return flights home.

Suggested Airport for Departure
Reykjavik, Iceland (airport city code KEF)

Expedition Details


A valid passport is required for traveling on this trip. Be sure to check the expiration date. Your passport must be valid for six months after the conclusion of your trip. It is a good idea to carry photocopies of your passport photo page in case your passport is lost or as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos.


No visa is required for US Citizens traveling to Iceland, Greenland or Norway.


We recommend checking the Center for Disease Control at should you have any international health concerns.


No vaccines are required for this trip.

Ocean Nova

The Ocean Nova is an expedition-style ship carrying just 68 to 86 guests, depending on the destination. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, and her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for travel in polar regions. The ship offers basic but comfortable outside-facing cabins, all with private facilities. Six of the cabins on the upper deck have upper and lower berths, while all other cabins have two lower berths. In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, the Ocean Nova has a spacious dining room, bar, and library. Guests are welcome on the bridge around the clock and there is always something to see or search for from the spacious observation decks. There are seven Zodiacs on board, ideal for disembarking for shore excursions and wildlife watching.

Client Comments

The cruise was very well organized with all operations carried out very professionally. Dan B., Gilford, NH This was a wonderful experience with great wildlife and spectacular scenery. Ginger A., Owlshead, ME
A very enjoyable trip! Olaf M., Webster, NY