Towards the high Arctic – from Iceland to Svalbard 2021


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Jun. 12, 2021
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11 days
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, Boat, Bus Excursion, Kayaking, Photography, Snowshoe, Wildlife observations, Zodiac

This voyage is the perfect chance to experience the Arctic region in its early summer splendor. You can look forward to magnificent scenery on the northernmost islands of the planet

After embarking at Reykjavik onboard Albatros Expeditions’ vessel Ocean Atlantic, we begin our spectacular voyage towards the high Arctic as we depart from Iceland’s volcanic wonderland. Along our way we have planned landings at an incredible four Arctic islands: Iceland, Grimsey, Jan Mayen and Spitsbergen. Our first, days will take us by the ragged cliffs of the Icelandic western and northern coasts, including planned visits at the famed “Iceland in miniature”, Snaefellness and the little Vigur island in the middle of the large fjord,  Ísafjarðardjúp. From here we will make calls on the enigmatic island of Jan Mayen and the glaciated islands of Svalbard. This is early summer; the air is filled with migrating birds – and the sun never sets. When approaching Svalbard, we will scout for sea mammals and seal-hunting polar bears on the pack ice. The spring allows us to enjoy the immense beauty of Svalbard on this high Arctic adventure voyage among whales, walruses and millions of sea birds.

Day 1

Embark Ocean Atlantic in Reykjavík

Day 2

Iceland’s west coast with Snaefellness. Landing with Zodiac boats

Day 3

Northern Iceland's rugged coast with Vigur Island and Hornbjarg Cliff

Day 4

Whales at Husavik Bay and the Arctic Circle at Grimsey

Day 5

Enjoy lectures on board en route to Jan Mayen Island

Day 6

We make a shore landing by Zodiacs on Jan Mayen, at the foot of the 2200 meter Beerenberg volcano

Day 7

At sea towards Svalbard looking for seabirds, dolphins and whales

Day 8

Svalbard in sight. Evening call in beautiful Bellsund

Day 9

Ny Ålesund, Kongsfjorden and Blomstrandhalvøya

Day 10

Prince Karls Forland with herds of walruses around Poolepynten and the Icefjord

Day 11

Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen. Disembarkation

Adventure options

Boat Trips

Wide-open spaces, crisp air, seemingly endless landscapes and the absence of modernity, enjoyed from the water's comfort during a delightful boat trip.

Bus Excursions

We now offer a variety of outings filled with stunning sights and interesting activities that will keep you wanting to come back for more.


Glide through the waters and take in the royal grace of the icebergs, see the varied birds and seals, and maybe even the whales in their natural habitat under the supervision of experienced kayak guides, who will...


We always have a dedicated expedition photographer onboard to document the voyage and share their passion for photography through lectures and during landings and zodiac cruises.


Snowshoeing is an activity that allows you to hike across soft, powdery snow up gentle slopes to reach to unique vantage points without the hassle of sinking into deep snow. Snowshoeing is as basic as hiking and...

Wildlife Observations

One of the greatest pleasures of our expeditions, is being able to experience the Polar regions' wildlife from a safe distance, respectfully enjoying their beauty in their natural habitat.


Essential for expedition cruises, Zodiacs are robust boats that can go up on a beach, a rocky outcrop, a river bank or even an ice floe push through bergy bits of ice floating in the water. This is definitely one...

Departure dates

Jun. 12, 2021