Jewels of the Arctic | 15 days
The Polar regions are still the most remote destinations on earth and a privilege to visit. Northeast Greenland is today the world’s largest national park with shy and elusive wildlife – home to polar bear, walrus, Arctic hare and musk ox. Marine mammals include ringed, bearded, harp and hooded seals. Ice conditions are unpredictable here, often creating new opportunities to explore. If the pack ice allows, we’ll attempt to reach the rarely visited Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, possibly sighting seals along the coast. The first voyage spends two days in Spitsbergen and ends in Iceland. The second operates in reverse.
Ship: Polar Pioneer
3-17 August, 16-30 August 2019
Guide price:From £7,175 per person based on twin cabin (shared facilities)
Options:Polar Pioneer also has a 25 day Ultimate Adventure Arctic Complete voyage – circumnavigating Spitsbergen and continuing to Greenland and Iceland 24 July – 17 August 2019 and 16 August – 9 September 2019. Guide price £10,975 per person twin cabin (shared facilities).
Fiona’s travel tipsWHAT TO WEAR: Dress in layers with a wind and waterproof outer layer. Fleeces are great underneath. It can still be cold sailing in the middle of summer so a hat, scarf and gloves are sensible if you feel the cold.
BRING WITH YOU: Insect repellent and antihistamine as mosquitoes are around in summer.
“Once I got north of the Baldur Ferry it was more like Scotland. My hire car was excellent and the weather was kind – a cool wind but sunshine. In the Westfjords, the Fisherman Hotel at Suoureyri is lovely as is the Breidavik.”Martin Dawson, Iceland and Greenland, June 2017
John Hoskins, North-East Greenland voyage, September 2013
“Just a brief note to say thank you for your efforts. The travel arrangements went very smoothly. My cabin was midships on the lowest deck, and was exactly where I would have chosen for myself. The first two days were the roughest weather I have ever encountered, with winds 45-50 knots. There were only about twenty other passengers in the dining room with me (out of 106), during that time! Very congenial company on board. Plenty of activity, usually two shore trips per day, with choices of charging and grades between, right down to a gentle saunter.”
“Ship was very comfortable, lovely food, waiters and cabin stewards did a grand job. Good selection of talks and entertainment. It was a privilege to be welcomed into the Inuit and Newfoundland communities. A unique, once in a lifetime experience that I’ll look back on with great pleasure.”
Christine Lord, Wild Labrador and Greenland, September 2011
“The holiday was fantastic. Favourite aspects were the wonder of the Scoresby Sund fjord under clear blue skies, the northern lights and the icebergs. In Iceland the bus drivers, both male and female, were all very courteous. The B&B was excellent, very clean and friendly staff. I chose you as you offered en route accommodation and return flights – definitely a point in your favour.”
Sandy Lawson, Scoresby Sund, September 2011
“Pre-departure the service was very helpful and friendly. The whole trip was wonderful and friendly and everything went like clockwork. We enjoyed it all.”Pat Gellion and Margaret Moore, Scoresby Sund (Professor Molchanov)
“Thank you for arranging our trip to the Arctic. We found Fiona to be extremely helpful and very knowledgeable about the destination. We had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the Arctic experience. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to friends and would certainly use Arcturus again.”
Gillian and Neville Ham, Spitsbergen and NE Greenland
“I had a splendid holiday, I liked the Polar Star very much. Nansen Fjord was superb, at last we had sunshine. That night there was a good display of the aurora, the first time I had seen it. I had never been to the Westmann Islands and I found the harbour at Heimaey delightful. The arrangements you made for me were very good and I recommend Arcturus to all.”
Elizabeth Lonkhurst, Steam to Ice (Polar Star)