Our 20th Anniversary Luxury Cruise/Tour Expedition
Join us on an Arctic Circle adventure from Reykjavik, Iceland to Svalbard (Spitsbergen),
Tromso and Oslo, Norway aboard Silver Cloud Expedition
Welcome to the Realm of the Polar Bear! With over 60% of the Svalbard region covered in ice, the
breathtakingly beautiful icebergs and glaciers of the Svalbard Archipelago will not disappoint. Elusive
and serene, the King of the Arctic makes his happy home here; zodiac cruises provide many opportunities
to get as close to the wondrous beast as possible, meaning you can cross off this bucket list must see.
Iceland & Svalbard, Norway – A Polar Circle & Bear Adventure!
Begin your adventure with a 2-night stay in Reykjavik, Iceland with two full days touring the outstanding beauty of Iceland. It is followed by a 15-day luxury expedition. Who has not dreamed of the land of the midnight sun? Travel to places seen by famous polar explorers such as Andrée, Nordenskjöld, Amundsen and Nobile for a journey like no other. Search the Spitsbergen pack ice for the elusive Polar Bear in Zodiacs®, observe huge colonies of seabirds and enjoy the coastal culture along the way. Conclude our expedition with a tour of Tromso and a 2-night stay in Oslo, Norway.
An expedition with Silversea is unlike any other form of travel – thrilling, awe-inspiring and humbling all at the same time.
Below please find itinerary information about this adventure.
Day 1 Depart CANADA
Day 2 Reykjavik, ICELAND Hotel Overnight
Day 3 Reykjavik, ICELAND Hotel Overnight
Day 4 Reykjavik, ICELAND Embark
Day 5 Latrabjarg Cliffs, ICELAND
Day 6 Vigur Island, ICELAND
Hornbjarg Cliffs, ICELAND
Day 7 Akureyri, ICELAND
Day 8 At Sea
Day 9 Jan Mayen, NORWAY
Day 10 At Sea
Day 11 Svalbard Northern Region, NORWAY
Day 12 Svalbard Northern Region, NORWAY
Day 13 Svalbard Northern Region, NORWAY
Day 14 Svalbard Southern Region, NORWAY
Day 15 Svalbard Southern Region, NORWAY
Day 16 Svalbard Southern Region, NORWAY
Day 17 Bear Island, NORWAY
Day 18 Tromso, NORWAY Disembark
Oslo, NORWAY Hotel Overnight
Day 19 Oslo, NORWAY Hotel Overnight
Day 20 Depart for CANADA
Day 1 — Saturday, June 15, 2019 Depart Canada for Reykjavik, ICELAND – Meet your fellow guests at the departure gate in Toronto for our flight to Reykjavik, Iceland.
Day 2 — Sunday, June 16, 2019 Reykjavik, ICELAND – Upon arrival in Reykjavik, we will transfer to a local restaurant for a full buffet breakfast. Later we will take our city tour of the capital. We will see the old town center, the Parliament, the Cathedral, the Hallgrimskirkja, the harbour and the National Museum. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. After lunch we will proceed to check into our hotel (please note standard check-in time is at 3 pm). Evening is at your leisure in the unique Icelandic city. Accommodation: CENTERHOTEL MIDGARD or similar (2 nights). (B/L)
Day 3 — Monday, June 17, 2019 Reykjavik, ICELAND – Breakfast at the hotel. We travel along the south shore stopping at Gullfoss, which means “Golden Waterfall”. Next, we arrive in the geothermal area of Haukadalur Valley. Here lies the now dormant Great Geysir but you will have the chance to see Strokkur which erupts every 7 minutes. Our last stop is Pingvellir National Park where the ancient parliament of the country was established in 930. We arrive back in Reykjavik the late afternoon. Dinner will be served at our hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 4 — Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Reykjavik, ICELAND – We visit the famous Blue Lagoon for an opportunity to bathe in the mineral-rich geothermal pools. Entrance and towel included with lunch at the Lava restaurant in the Blue Lagoon. After lunch, we will embark the SILVER CLOUD EXPEDITION for your exciting 15-day Silversea Expedition — To the Land of Fire and Ice. You will be introduced to your Expedition Team and attend a Zodiac briefing as well as an Arctic regulations refresher course that outlines the environmental policies we must all adhere to in order to enjoy the privilege of visiting this pristine region at the top of the world. Tonight, we invite you to familiarise yourself with the elegant Silver Cloud, meet some of your fellow travellers and enjoy the first of many memorable meals in one of the restaurants. (B/L/D)
Day 5 — Wednesday, June 19, 2019 Latrabjarg Cliffs & Dynjandi, ICELAND – On Iceland’s north coast and close to the westernmost tip of the country are the impressive cliffs of Latrabjarg; Europe’s largest bird cliff. Millions of individual seabirds make their home along the promontory safe from the range of scavenging foxes on the steep ledges. Atlantic Puffins, Northern Gannets, Razorbills, and guillemots have each selected their preferred areas in and above the cliff in which to roost and nest. The Latrabjarg cliffs reach heights of up to 440 meters along a staggering 14-kilometer stretch of the coast. Iceland is well-known for its spectacular waterfalls. The iconic Dynjandi waterfall, located in the Westfjords region, is regarded as one of Iceland’s most impressive and majestic waterfalls. At the top, the cascading water is roughly 100 feet wide and tumbles down about 330 feet into the fjord. Its name Dynjandi means, “the thundering one” and its vast size, enormous sound, and sheer force is overwhelming. It has also been nicknamed, ‘The Bridal Veil’ because of the way the water sprays and spreads over the rocks. (B/L/D)
Day 6 — Thursday, June 20, 2019 Vigur Island & Hornbjard Cliffs, ICELAND – Vigur Island is a little more than a mile (1.6 km) in length and about 450 yards (412 m) wide. This green oasis punctuates the waters of the Ísafjarðardjúp fjord east of the town of Isafjordur. The island is home to a single farming family and has some meticulously preserved historical landmarks including Iceland’s only windmill, built in 1840 and used until 1917 for grinding imported wheat from Denmark; and a 200-year-old rowing boat, which is still in use to ferry sheep to the mainland. Summer is the best time to see large numbers of Atlantic Puffins, Arctic Terns, and Black Guillemots. In the afternoon cruise along the Hornbarjard Cliffs. (B/L/D)
Day 7 — Friday, June 21, 2019 Akureyri, ICELAND – Akureyri, called the Capital of the North is the second largest urban area in Iceland, and a lively one at that. Hemmed by the 60-km (37-mile) long Eyjafjörður, Akureyri is sheltered from the ocean winds and embraced by mountains on three sides. Late 19th-century wooden houses impart a sense of history, and the twin spires of a modern Lutheran church rising on a green hill near the waterfront, provide a focal point. To the south of Akureyri is the pyramid-shape rhyolite mountain Súlur. Beyond it is Kerling, the highest peak in Eyjafjörður District. (B/L/D)
Day 8 — Saturday, June 22, 2019 Cruising the Greenland Sea – Our Expedition Team members will recap our experiences in Iceland in the Lecture Theatre and will prepare you for the island of Jan Mayen. Other onboard diversions include spa treatments, a workout in the Fitness Centre, and, of course, exquisite dining experiences. (B/L/D)
Day 9 — Sunday, June 23, 2019 Jan Mayen, NORWAY – Humpback and minke whales cavort and feed in the waters around the impressive volcanic island of Jan Mayen with its towering ebony peaks and broad black lava beaches. The primordial landscape is dominated to the north by the 7,500 feet high (2,300 meters) Mt Beerenberg, an active volcano covered in glacial ice that last erupted in 1985. With permission from the Norwegian authorities, a landing is possible at this rarely visited outpost. Visitors may walk to the research and weather station, or beyond, for birds-eye views of the meteorological station and the long black sandy eastern shore. (B/L/D)
Day 10 — Monday, June 24, 2019 Cruising the Greenland Sea – Our Expedition Team members will recap our experiences in Jan Mayen in the Lecture Theatre and will prepare you for the island of Svalbard. Other onboard diversions include spa treatments, a workout in the Fitness Centre, and, of course, exquisite dining experiences. (B/L/D)
Days 11 to 13 – Tuesday, June 25 to Thursday, June 27, 2019 Cruise & Explore Northern SVALBARD – There are several deep fjords and prominent glaciers in the northern reaches of Svalbard, as well as the northern hemisphere’s widest glacier front. Ice conditions will dictate how much can be accessed in terms of cruising bird islets like the Andøyane Islets or approaching glaciers like Monaco Glacier and Seliger Glacier. The Northern Region is also known to have several walrus haul-outs and areas defined as “Arctic Desert”. Walks and hikes ashore to have a closer look at flora and wildlife are a possibility in the spectacular Northern Region of Svalbard. (B/L/D)
Days 14 to 16 – Friday, June 28 to Sunday, June 30, 2019 Cruise & Explore Southern SVALBARD – Svalbard’s Southern Region and specifically Spitsbergen’s west coast is less ice-clogged than the rest of Svalbard due to the moderating influence of the Gulf Stream. Several fjords cut into the western coast of Spitsbergen and have been used by trappers and hunters, as well as the different mining companies that tried to exploit the riches of the archipelago’s largest island of Spitsbergen. Remains of huts and mines, as well as active commercial and scientific settlements can be found and visited. Depending on the time of the season, glaciers can be visited on foot or by sea. (B/L/D)
Day 17 — Monday, July 1, 2019 Bear Island (Bjørnøya), NORWAY – Almost half way between Tromsø and Svalbard is isolated Bear Island – considered the southernmost island of the Svalbard Archipelago. The unglaciated island is an impressive Nature Reserve of steep, high cliffs that are frequented by seabirds, specifically at the southern tip. Brünnich’s Guillemots, Common Guillemots, Black Guillemots, Razorbills, Little Auks, Northern Fulmars, Glaucous Gulls, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and even Atlantic Puffins and Northern Gannets nest along the cliffs south of Sørhamna. (B/L/D)
Day 18 — Tuesday, July 2, 2019 Tromsø – Oslo, NORWAY – This morning you will disembark the Silver Cloud and enjoy a half-day guided city tour of Tromso, a city in northern Norway, is a major cultural hub above the Arctic Circle. After the tour enjoy lunch at a local restaurant followed by a transfer to airport for your short flight to Oslo. Upon arrival in Oslo, transfer to your hotel, the evening is at your leisure. Accommodation: RADISSON BLU PLAZA or similar (2 nights). (B/L)
Day 19 — Wednesday, July 3, 2019 Oslo, NORWAY – Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will enjoy a guided visit of the Norwegian Capital where you will admire the Royal Palace, The National Theatre, the Parliament, the Opera House by the water front, and the medieval Akershus fortress. There will be time for a pleasant stroll through the Frogner Park with the controversial sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. Dinner will be served at our hotel. (B/D)
Day 20 — Thursday, July 4, 2019 Oslo, NORWAY – CANADA – Breakfast at the hotel and check out from our hotel and transfer to the airport for our flight back to Canada via Reykjavik. (B)
Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions.
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