Explore some of the most spectacular and unspoiled scenery on Earth
Enjoy great wildlife spotting opportunities – including polar bears and walrus
Trace the history as we explore the routes of famous past expedition vessels
Discover the Ilulissat Icefjord, an UNESCO World Heritage site
August 14, 2020 Departs From Reykjavik, Iceland
DAY 1: REYKJAVIK
World`s Northernmost Capital
Docked – Embarkation
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city. Nordic settlers named the place Reykjavik (meaning “Smoky Bay”) after the columns of steam rising from area hot springs. The surroundings offer fantastic natural beauty with geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths that are well worth exploring before embarking on MS Fram.
DAY 2-3: AT SEA
The Denmark Strait
We cross Denmark Strait, plied by Vikings to migrate from Iceland to South Greenland some 1,000 years ago. Use the days at sea preparing for your upcoming adventure. Enjoy lectures by the expedition team, explore our Science Center, relax with a book or get to know your fellow explorers.
DAY 4: PRINCE CHRISTIAN SOUND REGION
Mountains, Glaciers and Icebergs
Prince Christian Sound separates Greenland from the Cape Farewell archipelago. If conditions allow, we will sail through this narrow channel and enjoy the spectacular scenery. The sound is around 60 miles long and very narrow. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell).
DAY 5: KVANEFJORD
Kvanefjord is a 30 mile-long fjord on the west coast of Greenland. We will spend the day here exploring the amazing landscape.
DAY 6: NUUK
The Capital of Greenland
Nuuk is the oldest town in Greenland, founded in 1728. Nuuk, which means peninsula, is located at the mouth of one of the most spectacular fjord systems in the world. Today, Nuuk is where old and new traditions meet, from historic buildings in ”Kolonihaven” to sleek modern architecture.
DAY 7: SISIMIUT
Modern Settlement with Ancient Traditions
Anchored – Full Day
Sisimiut is situated 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle and is a modern settlement that maintains ancient traditions. Come ashore and explore this colorful town. Visit the small museum, hike in the hills and shop for local handicrafts.
DAY 8: ILULISSAT
Birth of Icebergs
Anchored – Full Day
Ilulissat lies in the stunning setting of Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Just outside town you can often see enormous icebergs from Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the most productive glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere. The icebergs make their way down the 12-mile-long fjord before entering Disko Bay.
DAY 9: AT SEA – LABRADOR SEA
Crossing the Davis Strait
Davis Strait is named for English explorer John Davis, who led expeditions searching for the Northwest Passage between 1585 and 1587. He was the first to draw USDope’s attention to the region’s seal hunting and whaling possibilities and that the Newfoundland cod fisheries extended this far north.
DAY 10: SAM FORD FJORD
East Coast of Baffin Island
Sam Ford Fjord is on the east coast of Baffin Island. The fjord is known for its magnificent glaciers and granite cliffs rising steeply from the shoreline to heights reaching 5,000 ft above sea level.
DAY 11-17: NORTHWEST PASSAGE
Heart of the Northwest Passage
Next, we intend to head into the heart of the historic Northwest Passage. The first recorded voyage here was led by John Cabot in 1497. The most famous journeys were James Cook’s failed attempt to sail the passage in 1776, and the ill-fated Franklin expedition of 1845. The first to conquer the passage by ship was Norwegian Roald Amundsen on an expedition from 1903 to 1906. The ice varies from year to year. We hope to be able to show you some of the following places: Pond Inlet, called “Mittimatalik” in Inuktitut, is a traditional Inuit community surrounded by mountains, glaciers, fjords, ice caves, geological hoodoos and drifting icebergs. Dundas Harbour is an abandoned settlement with an old Royal Canadian Mounted Police camp and several archaeological sites. Come ashore to see the ruins of some of these buildings, along with an impressive Thule site. Radstock Bay is dominated by the striking rock of Caswell Tower. The shoreline here is ideal for walking to a pre-historic Inuit site. Caswell Tower itself features a challenging hike to the summit for great views. Beechey Island is known for the ill-fated Franklin expedition. Two ships sailed into the passage in 1845, but neither were ever seen again. It is known that the Franklin Expedition overwintered on Beechey Island in 1845-1846. Fort Ross is a trading post established in 1937. There are two small huts ashore that are maintained by the Canadian Coast Guard. Gjøa Haven, which honors the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, who wintered here in 1903/04 and 1904/05. He learned a lot from about survival and travel in polar regions from the local Netsilik Inuit people. Throughout our journey, we will sail in amazing waters with unique nature and hopefully enough ice to spot exciting wildlife like polar bears.
DAY 18: CAMBRIDGE BAY
A Good Fishing Place
Disembarkation & Flight
In Inuinnaqtun, Cambridge Bay is called “Iqaluktuuttiaq,” meaning a “good fishing place.” It is known for the giant char caught nearby. Local wildlife is abundant and includes seals, geese, muskoxen and caribou. Our expedition ends here, and you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Edmonton.
DAY 19: EDMONTON
Enjoy the exciting city of Edmonton before your flight home or extend your stay with one of our post-cruise Land Adventures.
Arrival September 01, 2020 Location Edmonton, Canada
INCLUDED IN YOUR EXPEDITION:
Hurtigruten expedition cruise in the cabin grade of your choice
One night in Edmonton, incl. breakfast
Coach-class flight from Cambridge Bay to Edmonton
Transfer ship to airport in Cambridge Bay and airport to hotel in Edmonton
EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE
A rich program of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including small boat cruising and onshore exploration with the expedition team
Professional English-speaking expedition team – an international handpicked team of highly educated experts in various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail through
Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket
Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities
ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION
In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience
Explorer Science program, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
Introductory photo lecture, including camera adjustments and tips and tricks
Photos and film/video footage from the voyage shared in the Expedition Logbook
Casual opportunities to engage with the expedition team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
Opportunities to dine and interact with the expedition team and officers
Destination-focused onboard library
Port presentations providing destination insight
A farewell event
PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT
All meals including beverages (beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all ship restaurants)
Coffee and tea included throughout the day
Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests)
Gym, outdoor hot tubs and sauna with windows
Free Wi-fi onboard for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
No gratuities expected
NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR EXPEDITION:
Optional shore excursions with our local partners
Optional small-group adventures such as kayaking with our expedition team
Travel protection plan
Medical questionnaire mandatory. See our Entry Requirements for more details.
The voyage is not suitable for wheelchair disembarkation (use of tender boats)