12-day Greenland to Svalbard Expedition
Jun 22 – July 4, 2017
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Enjoy a variety of islands in the Arctic. Explore Greenland, the small and isolated Jan Mayen, stunning Iceland, and the Arctic crown of Norway, Spitsbergen.
- See a number of large fjord systems in Greenland and Spitsbergen
- See the wildlife in the Arctic
- Visit Greenland, Jan Mayen, Iceland, and Spitsbergen on one expedition
- Enjoy an expedition under the midnight sun
Unique culture and breathtaking nature
This expedition starts in Greenland, where the Arctic wilderness offers us some of the most spectacular and unspoiled scenery on earth. Join us as we sail under the midnight sun through a landscape that is rich in culture and history and features spectacular wildlife. Our expedition team includes locals to give you an authentic experience of the true Greenland.
Discover the true meaning of isolation
Jan Mayen is the most isolated island in the Northern Hemisphere. This exotic outpost has no permanent settlers except for the 18 people working at the Norwegian radio and meteorological station.
From lush nature to dramatic tundra
Reykjavik is ideal for recreational activities. The dramatic, rugged landscape features volcanic craters, caves, lava fields, geothermal waters, and hot springs. A variety of restaurants, museums, churches, lighthouses, and festivals add a surprisingly rich cultural offering. Iceland’s unspoiled landscapes feature stunning waterfalls, green meadows, volcanic craters, caves, lava fields, geothermal waters, and hot springs form a lush contrast to the places we visit after it. The dramatic tundra nature in Spitsbergen is no less impressive with the magnificent Isfjord, majestic mountains, and impressive wilderness only inhabited by birds, seals, walrus, and polar bears.
Day 1: Copenhagen/Kangerlussuaq
This expedition starts with a flight from Copenhagen. Less than five hours later you reach the settlement of Kangerlussuaq in Greenland. This small airstrip is the main gateway to Greenland, and on arrival your transfer to MS Fram will be waiting for you.
Day 2: Nuuk
Nuuk is the capital and the oldest town in Greenland. Old and new traditions meet here, from picturesque old buildings in ‘Kolonihaven’ to the modern buildings of the Greenland Home Rule. It is located on the tip of a large peninsula, at the mouth of one of the largest and most spectacular fjord systems in the world.
Day 3: Ivittuut
The abandoned mining town of Ivittuut is a stronghold for musk oxen. Vikings settled the area more than a thousand years ago. Ivittuut was built on the ruins of the so-called Norse Middle Settlement. In summertime we might meet some hunters who return to inhabit the old houses by the sea.
Day 4: Qassiarsuk
A little over a thousand years ago (985 A.D.), a group of Norsemen left Iceland to settle in Greenland. Their leader, Erik the Red, named his chieftain’s seat Brattahlíð, meaning ‘steep hill’ in Old Norse. Soon afterward, the Norsemen established a flourishing community in the fjord. Farming is still the main occupation in Qassiarsuk, and the sheep farmers in the area cultivate the same fields and let their animals graze on the same hillsides. Enjoy a guided walk through the village and see the reconstructions of Erik the Red’s farm and the church he built for his wife, Tjodhilde’s Church.
Day 5: At Sea, Nunap Isua and the Denmark Strait
We will spend two days at sea, sailing around the southernmost point of Greenland called Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell) before traveling across the Denmark Strait on our way to Iceland.
Day 6: Still at Sea
Continue your voyage at sea.
Day 7: Reykjavik
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city. Norwegian settlers named the place Reykjavik (meaning ‘Smoky Bay’) after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area and made such a profound impression. Its surrounding areas offer fantastic natural beauty with geysers, mountains, glaciers, and hot springs.
Day 8: Stykkishólmur
As we reach the west region of Iceland, you will understand why this area is called ‘The Sagaland’. Take your time to explore Stykkishólmur’s diversity with lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanic activity, and hot and cold springs. Participate in a range of exciting excursions such as kayaking, hiking, and horseback riding.
Day 9: At Sea, Greenland Sea
We will be sailing along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a tectonic plate that separates the Eurasian and North American continents. This mid-ocean ridge is a part of the longest underwater mountain range in the world.
Day 10: Jan Mayen
Jan Mayen is the most isolated island in the Northern Hemisphere. It is home to the Beerenberg Volcano, the northernmost active volcano on earth. Tourists visiting and actually landing on the shores of Jan Mayen are extremely rare. We will do our best to make it possible to set foot on this exotic outpost.
Day 11: At Sea, Barents Sea/Arctic Ocean
Enjoy a day with lectures from the expedition team as we sail toward Spitsbergen and Longyearbyen.
Day 12: Longyearbyen
The Isfjord is the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard, and we will sail through it on our way to Longyearbyen. We will arrive at this unique and exotic settlement during the night.
Day 13: Longyearbyen/Oslo
As we have reached the end destination for this expedition, you will probably sense that time has passed faster than expected. Lingering is the subtle exhilaration of having spent time on top of the globe, just a few hundred miles from the Geographic North Pole. An early morning transfer takes you to the airport for your flight back to Oslo.