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TROMSO TO REYKJAVIK

Encounter calving glaciers, witness an abundance of wildlife, visit historical sites, and explore more on shore aboard this life changing 13-day trip to the Arctic. Beginning with Zodiac trips around the famous bird cliffs of Bear Island - Svalbard's southernmost island, you'll enjoy both the north and the south of this spectacular region, as well as sightings (hopefully) of its most famous residents, the giant Polar Bear. Sail on to the rarely visited Jan Mayen Island, followed by entry into Icelandic waters for a taste of its culture and community.

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    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Visit Bear Island, Svalbard's southernmost island, roughly half way between Spitsbergen and Norway's North Cape
    • Explore Svalbard's Southern and Northern Regions
    • Enjoy Shore Excursions and Zodiac Cruises with the Silversea Expedition team    
    • Go Hiking and Kayaking with the Silversea Expedition team    
    • Visit Jan Mayen Island and see Humpback and minke whales cavort and feed in the waters around the impressive volcanic island
    • Visit Vigur Island, the second largest island in the Isafjardardjup Fjord, and more...

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    ITINERARY

    Day 01: Tromsø, Norway
    Feel your heart flutter, as you catch your first glimpse of that famous emerald haze dancing across the stars, during your visit to this wonderful Arctic gateway. Located in the far north of Norway, a visit to Tromso beckons you to the extremes of this magical country, to explore a fairytale land of jagged mountains, glistening glaciers and husky-pulled sledges. Despite its remote location, you'll discover a perhaps surprisingly cosmopolitan city, with a healthy student population injecting plenty of energy. Sat 250 miles above the Arctic Circle - at 69° north - you can bathe in the midnight sun's glow during summer, before winter brings the thick blackness and starry skies of endless polar nights. The darkness doesn't stop the fun - with a polar night half-marathon taking place in January - but the return of the sun is always a reason for a celebration here. To get the best view over the city, take the cable car to Storsteinen's amazing viewpoint. Magnificent views down over the city, fjord and Tromso's arching bridge will unravel before you. Learn more about northerly traditions, polar expeditions and arctic hunting at the Polar Museum. The Science Centre, meanwhile, explains how humans have harnessed and survived these epic landscapes over the years, and explores Tromso's breathtaking natural spectacle - the northern lights. The city is famed for its extraordinary viewing opportunities, which are often said to be the best in the world. The Alpine Botanic Garden is the most northern such garden on the planet, showcasing some of Norway's hardiest plantlife, which survives and thrives at this nose-bleeding altitude.

    Days 02: Cruise & Explore Bear Island, Svalbard
    Bear Island is considered Svalbard's southernmost island, roughly half way between Spitsbergen and Norway's North Cape. Although the last polar bears were seen in 2004, the name goes back to Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz and his visit in 1596. The island has been used to hunt walrus, for whaling, and even coal mining has taken place. The strategic location on the border of the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea has led to a meteorological station being set up by Norway near Gravodden on Bear Island's north coast. Some two thirds of the island is a relatively flat plain with shallow freshwater lakes and Ramsar Wetland, while the entire island and the surrounding waters are a Nature Reserve. Bear Island has also been designated an Import Bird Area as it is a staging area for Pink-footed and Barnacle Geese and the steep cliffs south of Sørhamna are home to thousands of breeding seabirds. This is a specially protected area where Zodiacs are allowed to cruise along the cliffs around Kapp Kolthoff. In smaller amounts Atlantic Puffins, Northern Gannets, Glaucous Gulls and Great Skuas are found in between the large Black-legged Kittiwake, Little Auk, Common Guillemot and Brünnich's Guillemot colonies. The constant battering of the sea has not only created impressive sea caves and tunnels, but unfortunately the Russian vessel Petrozavodsk shipwrecked near Revdalen at the base of the limestone cliffs and the waves are causing a continuous disintegration of the remains of the ship.

    Days 03-04: Svalbard Southern Region
    Svalbard's Southern Region and specifically Spitsbergen's west coast is less ice-clogged than the rest of Svalbard due to the moderating influenced 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. Hornsund will reveal fascinating views of geological formations, craggy mountains, spectacular glaciers and a variety of seabirds and seals.

    4 Included Shore Excursions
    Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team    
    Activity Level: Moderate
           
    Hiking with Silversea Expedition team    
    Activity Level: Extensive
           
    Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team    
    Activity Level: Extensive
           
    Expedition Activities with Silversea Expedition team    
    Activity Level: Moderate


    Days 05-07: Svalbard Northern Region
    Svalbard's northern region is less influenced by the Norwegian Current coming through the Greenland Sea than the southern region and shows more ice. The northern part of the island of Spitsbergen shows quite a number of impressive fjords, bays and glaciers. The Nordaust Svalbard Nature Reserve includes Spitsbergen's east coast, the Hinlopen Strait, Nordaustlandet and some islands further east like Kvitoya and Storoya. Several walrus haul-outs, spectacular glaciers, bird cliffs and bird islands, as well as surprising flora in Arctic deserts and the possibility to see polar bears and to visit historically important sites make this an area prone for exploration. Ice conditions will dictate which sites can be seen.

    4 Included Shore Excursions
    Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team    
    Activity Level: Moderate
           
    Hiking with Silversea Expedition team    
    Activity Level: Extensive
           
    Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team    
    Activity Level: Extensive
           
    Expedition Activities with Silversea Expedition team    
    Activity Level: Moderate


    Day 06: Day at sea (International waters)
    Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you've been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

    Day 07: Jan Mayen Island
    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 of the island. Birds to be seen here may include Atlantic Puffins, Northern Fulmars, and Snow Buntings.

    4 Included Shore Excursions
    Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team    
    Activity Level: Moderate
           
    Hiking with Silversea Expedition team    
    Activity Level: Extensive
           
    Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team    
    Activity Level: Extensive
           
    Expedition Activities with Silversea Expedition team    
    Activity Level: Moderate


    Day 08: Day at sea (International waters)


    Day 09: Vigur Island
    Vigur Island is the second largest island in the Isafjardardjup Fjord, measuring 2 kilometers in length by 400 meters in width. It is home to a single sheep farming family, which ferries the sheep in summer across to the mainland, so that the Eider Ducks nesting on the island will not be disturbed. One of the export articles from this small island was eider down and one can still see where the Eider Ducks nest and how the down is collected and cleaned. The small settlement of a few houses is on the southern side, next to a small rocky beach, a concrete wall and floating pier. On approach grey seals can often be seen on the otherwise seaweed-covered boulders. Apart from the grey of the basalt and green of the grass, lichens add a splash of color. A path has been prepared and the grass cut, so that visitors can leisurely walk across the island to take in the beautiful scenery and to observe the large colony of Arctic Terns, Black Guillemots and Atlantic Puffins usually only seen during the summer months. A meticulously preserved historical landmark, a small windmill dating back to the 1840s was still in use in 1917 to grind wheat imported from Denmark. Viktoria House, one of the preserved wooden farm houses dating back to 1862, is used as a café where home-baked cakes and cookies are offered to guests. One of Europe’s smallest post offices can be found here, too.

    1 Included Shore Excursions
    Vigur Island Walking Tour
    ACTIVITY LEVEL: Extensive

    Day 09: Isafjordur
    Dwarfed by the gargantuan terraces of sloping mountains around it, Isafjordur hangs on to a spit that rolls out into the scenic fjord waters of the Skutulsfjörður. A population of 2,600 calls this remote, beautiful location in the Westfjords Peninsula home. The setting is colossal and otherworldly, with plunging mountains and gouged fjords jutting inland, but there's a lively feel in town, with an abundance of cafes and restaurants dotted between pretty, half-timber houses. Built on the waters of a deep natural harbour, sea-faring and fishing is written into the DNA here. Delve into these central traditions at the Maritime Museum, before getting a taste for Icelandic specialities like the divisive delicacy of fermented shark meat. Rich, troll-inspired folklore and feisty festivals add even more colour and intrigue throughout the year – from mud football mayhem to cross country skiing exhibitions. A place to get active and involved, hook fish from the frozen depths while ice fishing, strap on skis in powder-coated mountains, or crack golf balls along rolling courses while soaking in the gorgeous scenery. The wedding-veil falls of Tungudalur Valey Waterfall are close by, splashing down the blackened rocks. Further afield, Hornstrandir Nature Reserve's emerald marshes and wildflower sprinkled cliffs make for a refreshing shock of colour amid Iceland's moody, brooding monochrome palette. Excellent birdlife is waiting offshore on Vigur Island, where puffins and arctic terns chatter, and traditional farming traditions are kept alive.


    4 Included Shore Excursions
    Experience Downtown Ísafjörður    
    Activity Level: Extensive
           
    Horse Riding in Thingeyri    
    Activity Level: Moderate
           
    Sudureyri Food Trail    
    Activity Level: Moderate
           
    Arctic Foxes & Avalanches    
    Activity Level: Moderate
       
    Day 10: Stykkishólmur
    Stykkishólmur, located in western Iceland at the northern end of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, is the commerce center for the area. Its natural harbor allowed this town to become an important trading center early in Iceland’s history. The first trading post was established in the 1550s, and still today fishing is the major industry. The town center boasts beautiful and well-preserved old houses from earlier times. Stykkisholmur is very environmentally conscious – it was the first community in Europe to get the EarthCheck environmental certification, was the first municipality in Iceland to start fully sorting its waste, and was the first town in Iceland to receive the prestigious Blue flag eco-label for its harbor. It has also been a European Destination of Excellence (EDEN), since 2011.

    4 Included Shore Excursions
    Taste of the ocean – Boat Adventure around Breiðafjörður Bay    
    Activity Level: Moderate
           
    Stykkishólmur Walking Tour and Eider down center    
    Activity Level: Moderate
           
    Hiking in the Berserk Lava fields    
    Activity Level: Extensive
           
    Bjarnarhöfn Shark Farm and Helgafell    
    Activity Level: Moderate

    Day 10: Flatey Island
    Flatey is the ‘flat island’ just as the name sounds. These days Flatey is mainly seasonally populated with many brightly painted, wooden summer cottages to be found here. Like many other small islands around Iceland though, Flatey was once a hub for fishing and trade. This particular island prospered so much that it was the center of commercial and cultural life in the 19th century for this part of Iceland. Thanks to the surroundiung nutrient-rich waters 35 species of birds have been counted on Flatey ranging from Eider Ducks and Atlantic Puffins, to Arctic Terns, Red-necked Phalaropes, Ringed Plover and Snow Buntings.

    1 Included Shore Excursion
    Flatey Island Walking Tour    
    Activity Level: Moderate

    Day 11: Reykjavik, Iceland
    The capital of Iceland’s land of ice, fire and natural wonder, Reykjavik is a city like no other - blossoming among some of the world’s most vibrant and violent scenery. Home to two-thirds of Iceland’s population, Reykjavik is the island’s only real city, and a welcoming and walkable place - full of bicycles gliding along boulevards or battling the wind when it rears up. Fresh licks of paint brighten the streets, and an artistic and creative atmosphere embraces studios and galleries - as well as the kitchens where an exciting culinary scene is burgeoning. Plot your adventures in the city's hip bars and cosy cafes, or waste no time in venturing out to Iceland’s outdoor adventures. Reykjavik’s buildings stand together in a low huddle - below the whip of winter’s winds - but the magnificent Hallgrímskirkja church is a solid exception, with its bell tower rising resolutely over the city. Iceland’s largest church's design echoes the lava flows that have shaped this remote land and boasts a clean and elegant interior. The Harpa Concert Hall’s sheer glass facade helps it to assimilate into the landscape, mirroring back the city and harbour. Its LED lights shimmer in honour of Iceland’s greatest illuminated performance – the northern lights. Walk in the crusts between continents, feel the spray from bursts of geysers and witness the enduring power of Iceland’s massive waterfalls. Whether you want to sizzle away in the earth-heated geothermal pools, or hike to your heart’s content, you can do it all from Reykjavik - the colourful capital of this astonishing outdoor country.

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    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • Transfers (between airport, hotel and ship)
    • In-country flights when required by itinerary
    • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
    • Parka
    • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
    • Spacious suites
    • Butler service in every suite
    • Unlimited Free Wifi
    • Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
    • Choice of restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
    • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
    • In-suite dining and room service
    • Onboard entertainment
    • Onboard gratuities

    ADVENTURE OPTIONS
    • Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team
    • Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
    • Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team
    • Expedition Activities with Silversea Expedition team
    • Whale Watching

     
    
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