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Alternative itinerary to Spitsbergen, Greenland (including Warming Island), ending in Iceland is available August 28 - September 10, 2008 ship dates (on board Antarctic Dream). Please call for information, 800-252-4910.

An Extraordinary Journey!

Bird photos by Charles Wyttenbach!
With 2-for-1 air + tax
September 16-27, 2008 - SOLD OUT

Dear Travelers:

We invite all travelers who are explorers at heart to join this extraordinary journey of discovery led by modern-day explorer Dennis Schmitt.

This fall, from September 16-27, 2008, we’ll join Dennis as he returns to East Greenland, and to his amazing discovery from the fall of 2005—a three-finger-shaped island in East Greenland’s Liverpool Land, which was totally unknown until it recently emerged from beneath the great Greenland ice sheet. It was discovered by Dennis on a voyage 400 miles north of the Arctic Circle in September 2005.

In the fall of 2006, Dennis and a small expedition team returned to the island by helicopter and spent a week camping on a glacier, climbing peaks, hiking, exploring, and surveying the animals and plants. The Aurora Borealis was awesome above glacier fields edged by rugged peaks.

In satellite photos from 1985, the island is totally locked in ice, and it appears to be part of the main-land. In just 20 years, the ice that tied it to the main-land has disappeared, and a striking island of rugged peaks steeply plunging into the ocean has emerged!

The island is a compelling indicator of the rapid speed of global warming—named “Warming Island” by Dennis’ expedition team—and is attracting global attention from major newspapers worldwide including the New York Times!

On this voyage, you will be among the first to see this spectacular island on an outstanding itinerary in Iceland and East Greenland.

Our journey will begin in Reykjavik, Iceland,with a flight to Akureyri where we’ll board the 50-passenger expedition vessel, M/V Aleksey Maryshev, and sail north across the Denmark Strait and above the Arctic Circle to the coast of East Greenland.

Our voyage will pass through an area rich in marine life. Blue whales, the largest animal that has ever lived on Earth, feed in the rich waters, and orcas (killer whales), white-beaked dolphins, and seabirds may be seen.

We will have a full day to explore the area around Warming Island and to learn from Dennis about his team’s discoveries. En route, we will have a complete lecture program on board ship, and you will have an opportunity to talk with Dennis about his other explorations in the Arctic, from the Bering Straits to the northern tip of Greenland.

We will then head south to explore the coast of East Greenland, including Scoresby Sund, the longest fjord in the world. At Cape Hofmann Halvø, we will look for musk oxen in the wild. Remains of remote Inuit villages will be of interest—all against the unbelievable setting of the stunning glaciers and peaks of coastal Greenland. It is an ideal time to seethe Aurora Borealis.

Our journey will also include intriguing volcanic and historic locations in Iceland. We will learn about the history of one of the world’s oldest democracies, see the original “Geysir” which all the world’s geysers are named after, and view Gullfoss falls!

We invite you to join us on this wonderful adventure of discovery!

Robert P. Nansen

$5,745 + air.

"The highlight of the trip? First views of icebergs inside Scores by Sund. Spectacular! Not to be missed!"

"This expedition was the best experience of my life, after getting married and the births of my daughters."

"Dennis was the best including music to illustrate his love of Arctic regions."

2007 Participants

To chat with Dennis Schmitt about Warming Island, please email:

Brochure (Requires an Adobe pdf reader to view)

The New York Times article: As Ice Recedes, Interest Surges



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