Arctic Fjords Expedition - Polar History, Nature & Culture

Arctic Fjords Expedition - Polar History, Nature & Culture– Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Arctic Ocean –18 days / 17 nights, Reykjavik - Isafjördur - Ittoqqortoormiit - Scoresbysund - Jan Mayen - Raftsundet - Trollfjord - Lofoten Islands - Torghatten - Sistranda - Frøya - Andalsnes - BergenStart in Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, founded by Norwegian Viking explorers in the 9th century, we cross the ocean to Greenland. Spend five days sailing in the world’s biggest fjord system, featuring mountains, basalt cliffs, vast wilderness, and teeming wildlife. After we cross the Arctic Ocean to visit Jan Mayen, a volcanic island in the middle of the sea, we see some of the iconic Norwegian fjords and hidden pearls along the rugged Norwegian coast.

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Operation September 4 - September 21, 2017
Departure September 4 - September 21, 2017
Price from $9,893 per person, PolarInside, double cabin
Included Coach-class flight from the US to Reykjavik from select gateways
One night in first-class hotel in Reykjavik, including breakfast
Two excursions per itinerary (tour of Reykjavik and Golden Circle tour)
All transfers in Reykjavik
Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage, 15 days
Cabin category of your choice
Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Lectures and activities with Professor Terje Leiren, per the itinerary
Landings and activities on board and ashore
Professional English speaking Expedition team
Lectures on board
Excursion in Bergen
Transfers in Bergen
Flight to Oslo
One night in first-class hotel in Oslo, including breakfast
Coach class flight from Oslo to the US to select gateways
Wind and water-resistant jacket (yours to keep)
Complimentary use of Muck Boot rubber boots
Complimentary tea and coffee
Not Included International flights
Travel insurance
Luggage handling
Optional excursions & gratuities
Additional overnight hotel stays
$25 Service fee
Please Note All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions. All itineraries are subject to change.
Tour Options Shore excursions
Additional overnight hotel stays
More Information Arctic Fjords Expedition map
m/s Fram Deck Plan
Essential Information

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Day 1 FLIGHT US - REYKJAVIK / ICELAND (D) Fly from the US to Reykjavik on a direct flight from Seattle and few other US gateways. (Non-direct flights from the US to Reykjavik are also available.)

Day 2 REYKJAVIK (B) Arrival in Reykjavik. Breakfast at your hotel and check in for an overnight stay. Enjoy a tour of Reykjavik. Iceland's capital, Reykjavik, is home to an impressive collection of interesting attractions and places of historic significance, from landmarks such as Hallgrimskirkja and the Pearl to the natural wonders in close proximity to the city - including glaciers, waterfalls, geysers, and mountains. On this tour you'll visit all the main sites in Reykjavik. Consider planning a visit to the exquisite Blue Lagoon, an optional excursion.

Day 3 REYKJAVIK (B) Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and join a Guided Golden Circle tour of Iceland before embarking MS Fram in late afternoon. The full-day Golden Circle tour takes you to the beautiful Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, a place of tremendous interest as a primary site of both Iceland’s geological and historical heritage. It is one of the most important Viking sites in the world, as it was the original site of Iceland's parliament, the Althing. You'll also visit the most beautiful waterfall of the country, Gullfoss. Nearby stop at the Geysir geothermal area with its many hot springs. Enjoy a lunch buffet in the area and return to Reykjavik by passing through the Grimsnes region. Arrive at the pier for embarkation in the late afternoon.

Onboard MS Fram

Day 4 ISAFJÖRDUR (B, L, D) Isafjördur was an ancient church site before becoming a trading port in the 16th century. Today, it boasts charming streets of old timber houses, many of which have remained unchanged since the 18th century when the harbor was full of ships and Norwegian whaling crews. One of these timber houses, Turnhus, built in 1744, is now a maritime museum. Explore the city on your own or join the expedition team on optional excursions including hikes, horseback riding, and sampling the local cuisine.

Onboard MS Fram

Day 5 ITTOQQORTOORMIIT - SCORESBYSUND (B, L, D) Ittoqqortoormiit (or Scoresbysund) is the most isolated town in Greenland. With only 560 inhabitants, the trappers living here are the only people allowed to hunt within the Northeast Greenland National Park, the 'Patagonia of the Arctic'. As you explore the town, you'll probably notice the racks used by hunters to dry animal skins. The town is right next to the world’s largest and deepest multi-branched fjord system: Scoresbysund. A special basalt rock formation with horizontal lines runs through the cliffs, marking the transition to the even more desolate area of Northeast Greenland.

Onboard MS Fram

Day 6 SCORESBYSUND FJORD SYSTEM (B, L, D) We start exploring the world's largest fjord system. You will notice the change in climate as we leave the warmer waters of the Gulf Stream and enter the cold-water current that follows the coast of East Greenland. These are the conditions the early Norwegian explorers found on their pioneering expeditions to discover East Greenland and other polar destinations in both the Arctic and Antarctic: stunningly rugged beauty, untouched and unknown. Some of the places we visit on this expedition have not been visited by other humans for the last 200 years, if at all!

Onboard MS Fram

Day 7 SCORESBYSUND FJORD SYSTEM (B, L, D) As we explore the Scoresbysund fjord system, we will attempt to land in several places. These landings are pure wilderness expeditions. Here we will see the remains of old Thule settlements. Ancestors of the Inuit people, the Thule lived along Greenland's coasts and were the people the Vikings met when they sailed from Iceland to settle in southern Greenland in 982.

When we visit Syd Kap, the former trading post, you will see old blubber ovens and the remains of Thule dwellings. In Bjørne Øer, you can see even larger remains of an old Thule settlement. The hunters' cabin in Hecla Havn is also a great place to spot birds and smaller mammals, including Arctic hare, lemming, and ptarmigans. At Viking Bay, you can study the columnar basalt rock formations or visit a large glacier. Qupaulakajik is significant for its abundance of plant fossils - fossils over 200 million years old can be found here.

Onboard MS Fram

Day 8 SCORESBYSUND FJORD SYSTEM (B, L, D) The snow-capped mountains are almost alpine in nature, rising right out of the largest fjord systems on Earth to an altitude of more than 8,000 feet above sea level. The waters are scattered with large icebergs. Our expedition ships - some of the world's most technologically advanced icebreakers - pass through these waters with ease, but for Norway's early polar explorers, waters like these were treacherous. The first who dared to venture into these unknown regions, early Norwegian explorers sailed wooden ships with few and rudimentary navigational tools.

Onboard MS Fram

Day 9 SCORESBYSUND FJORD SYSTEM (B, L, D) As we continue to explore this fjord, watch out for wildlife such as the all-white Arctic hare, the Arctic fox, or the very rare Arctic wolf. Turn your eyes to the sky to spot the white Greenland falcon, ptarmigan, snowy owl, and a variety of seabirds.

Onboard MS Fram

Day 10 SCORESBYSUND FJORD SYSTEM (B, L, D) Sailing in the Scoresbysund fjord system is an experience of a lifetime. Exploring the world's biggest fjord, which stretches 217 miles inland, is like exploring a maze surrounded by spectacular snow-capped peaks. And don't forget to watch out for polar bears wherever you see ice!

Onboard MS Fram

Day 11 JAN MAYEN (B, L, D) The Norwegian island of Jan Mayen is one of the most isolated in the world. Located where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, the island is home to Beerenberg, the northernmost active volcano on Earth. Dutch whalers operated from Jan Mayen in the 16th century, but today only a Norwegian weather station accommodates a few brave individuals throughout the year who monitor the weather over the Norwegian Sea for the ships sailing there. Visits to Jan Mayen are extremely rare, especially from tourists. As one of the few vessels operating in this area, MS Fram and its crew will attempt to make a rare landing on this most exotic Arctic island.

Onboard MS Fram

Day 12 THE NORWEGIAN SEA (B, L, D) Spending a day at sea is an opportunity for relaxing and enjoying lectures. Or take a stroll around MS Fram to see the many works commissioned by Norwegian artists.

Onboard MS Fram

Day 13 TROLLFJORD - RAFTSUNDET - LOFOTEN ISLANDS (B, L, D) As we reach the Norwegian mainland, we sail through the narrow Raftsund strait before navigating into the even narrower Trollfjord, where the vertical mountain walls rise right out of the sea. Then, we spend the day in Lofoten, giving you the opportunity to explore this spectacularly beautiful area. Known for its excellent fishing, extreme nature, and picturesque fishing villages, Lofoten was captured in the paintings of native son Gunnar Berg (Trøndelag 1863–1893), who also painted the Battle of Trollfjord, which took place in 1890.

Onboard MS Fram

Day 14 TORGHATTEN - BRONNØY (B, L, D) Torghatten is one of the famous landmarks along the Helgeland coast, and from the deck you have front row seats to this mountain with a hole in the middle. According to Norwegian legend, the mountain was once a hat belonging to a troll king. To protect his daughter from the arrow of a rejected suitor, the troll king threw his hat in Trøndelag the arrow's path. The arrow pierced the hat, which landed on the coast and turned to stone.

Onboard MS Fram

Day 15 SISTRANDA - FRØYA (B, L, D) The island of Frøya is located off the coast of Trøndelag and is surrounded by more than 5,400 islets and reefs, making up an amazing archipelago. The islands are home to traditional fishing villages, some with only a few hundred inhabitants. Sistranda is the administrative center and a charming little village. Although there is a modern undersea tunnel system connecting the major islands and mainland, boats are still an important mode of transportation, with many different ferry services operating between the islands in addition to fishing boats. A nearby trade school east of the island teaches sailing and building traditional Norwegian boats similar to those built by the Vikings. Keep your eyes open - maybe you'll see one!

Onboard MS Fram

Day 16 ÅNDALSNES - TROLLSTIGEN (B, L, D) We will spend a day in Åndalsnes, a popular destination due to its location at the foot of spectacular mountains. The Trollstigen mountain road and Vermafossen Waterfall are also popular attractions here. If you are interested in textiles, you may want to visit the Rauma Ullvarefabrikk, a factory that produces Norwegian wool as well as finished products such as garments and rugs made in the Norwegian tradition.

Onboard MS Fram

Day 17 BERGEN (B) Our expedition ends in Bergen. You'll be transferred to your hotel via a guided 3-hour city tour and visit sites such as Bergen's colorful UNESCO-listed Bryggen district, which was built over the site of a Viking settlement. Then you'll be transferred the airport for a 3pm flight to Oslo. Check in at Radisson Blu Airport Hotel for one night.

Radisson Blu Airport Hotel

Day 18 DEPARTURE OSLO (B) After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight to US. (Note: Changing the date of your return from Oslo to the US is available on request.)

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