Iceland, Jan Mayen and Spitsbergen – Arctic Islands Discovery

Iceland, Jan Mayen and Spitsbergen – Arctic Islands Discovery

USD $9109 USD $7734 starting price
This sailing takes you to the coastal towns and spectacular natural formations of Iceland, before crossing over to Jan Mayen and Svalbard, where you will have a great opportunity to spot the king of the north: the Polar Bear.

Ship: MS Fram
Duration: 15 days

13-days Arctic Islands Discovery
DEPARTURE
25 May 2021
VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS
  • Explore mystical Iceland – the land of fire and ice
  • Enjoy the Midnight Sun
  • Experience majestic glaciers close up
  • Experience a paradise for bird and whale watching
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Day 1

The World’s Northernmost Capital

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavík is the world’s northernmost capital city, surrounded by fantastic natural beauty including geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths. This is a city well worth exploring before embarking on your expedition ship, MS Fridtjof Nansen.

Day 2

Sagaland

Stykkishólmur has well-preserved old houses in the town center and is surrounded by wonderful scenery. Enjoy exploring the town’s interesting museums or join optional excursions to iconic sites on Snæfellsnes Penninsula, such as the Lóndrangar basalt cliffs or the black sand beaches of Djúpalónssandur.

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Day 3

Patreksfjörður

Patreksfjördur is a charming settlement on the west coast with around 660 inhabitants. The picturesque fjord offers scenic hiking trails if conditions allow. Patreksfjördur is also close to the spectacular waterfall of Dynjandi and to Látrabjarg, a renowned site for birdwatching.

Day 4

Step Across the Arctic Circle

Grímsey, Iceland

We will use our tender boats to reach this green and grassy island. It is probably best known for its proximity to the Arctic Circle, which cuts across the island. With favorable conditions, you will have the chance to step across that iconic line, north to south.

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Day 5

Northern Center

Akureyri, Iceland

Lively Akureyri is famous for its botanical gardens and pretty traffic lights. This is the most populous community outside Reykjavík, and the center of trade, culture and services for the north of Iceland. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural treasures, likes Lake Mývatn and Goðafoss waterfall.

Day 6

Towards Jan Mayen

At sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with onboard lectures as we head towards Jan Mayen. Our expedition team will present talks and workshops and share their knowledge and experience. You will also have the chance to visit our science center to learn more.

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Day 7

Jan Mayen

 

The Norwegian island of Jan Mayen has two main areas. The north is dominated by ice-capped Beerenberg, the northernmost active volcano on Earth. The south is flatter and unglaciated, and where 30 people live at a weather station. The island is a breeding site for large numbers of seabirds such as fulmars, auks, and guillemots.

Visits to Jan Mayen are extremely rare, and Hurtigruten is one of the few to attempt landings on this Arctic island.

Day 8

At sea

As we sail further north and the air cools, it’s possible we will be joined by an escort of fulmars flying alongside at port-hole level! Sea days are a chance to sort out your photos, relax and recharge for the adventures ahead.

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Days 9- 12

Svalbard

Summertime in the Svalbard Archipelago is when polar bears trek along the coast’s drifting ice on the hunt for seals. With a bit of luck, we hope to spot one or more of these top predators in the national park.

Depending on the movement and thickness of the sea ice, we might visit Kongsfjord´s mighty glaciers and catch sight of icebergs calving into the sea. We may also call on Ny-Ålesund, a former mining town now transformed into an international science center. Here, you’ll find 16 permanent research stations from 10 countries dedicated to the study of glaciology, wildlife, and climate change.

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Day 13

Longyearbyen / Oslo

Arrive in Longyearbyen after a remarkable voyage. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Oslo or explore Svalbard’s capital further with a Post-program. Nestled next to the Isfjord and surrounded by rugged mountains, Longyearbyen offers even more adventure here in the High Arctic.

Included in Your Expedition

Transfer

  • Transfer from the ship to the airport in Longyearbyen after the expedition cruise

Flights

  • Flight in coach class from Longyearbyen to Oslo after the expedition cruise

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with currrent scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, sauna, indoor gym
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small explorer boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers help with your camera settings before landings

NOTES:
All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions

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