Epic Crossing of the Arctic North

Explorer CruiseNorway, Iceland, and Greenland


From $8,909 USD
August 20 - September 2, 2017
14 Days / 13 Nights

Epic Crossing of the Arctic North on the MS Spitsbergen. Sail from Kangerlussuaq Greenland to Iceland, Faroe Islands, Shetland Islands, and Bergen, Norway

Overview

Epic Crossing of the Arctic North on the MS Spitsbergen, the newest Hurtigruten ship, sailing to Greenland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Shetland Islands, and Norway. The North Atlantic beckons explorers with glistening glaciers, spectacular fjords, and unique cultural experiences. From Copenhagen flight to Kangerlussuaq, where you embark. From Greenland, sail east to Reykjavik, cross the North Sea to Torshavn and Lerwick, ending your adventure in Bergen.

Operation

August 20 - September 2, 2017

Departure

August 20, 2017

Price

  • from $8,909 per person, Polar Inside cabin, double occupancy
  • Polar Inside
  • $8,909
  • Polar Outside
  • $9,794
  • Arctic Superior
  • $11,483
  • Expedition Suite
  • $14,213

Regular Rates in USD per person, double occupancy, subject to change without notice.

Included

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage
  • Cabin category of your choice
  • Full board: daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner
  • Economy flight from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq
  • Transfer from airport to ship in Kangerlussuaq
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives
  • lectures and accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary use of Muck Boot rubber boots
  • Complimentary tea and coffee

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Optional Shore Excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • $25 service fee

Please note

  • This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind, and ice conditions will determine our schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is only an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.
  • Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability.

Tour Options

  • Optional shore excursions

Day 1 COPENHAGEN - KANGERLUSSUAQ

The adventure begins
Your flight from Copenhagen lands in Kangerlussuaq in the evening. You'll find MS Spitsbergen here, ready to start your expedition.

Day 2 - 4 QEQERTARSUAQ - ILULISSAT - SISIMIUT (B, L, D)

Exploring Northwest Greenland
Qeqertarsuaq is the only town situated on the old volcanic island of Disko. The area offers amazing Arctic experiences. Join optional excursions such as a tour of the town, kayaking, or an ice-cruising boat tour. If you appreciate archaeology and history, you should definitely pay a visit to the local museum. Alternatively, you can stroll around the town on your own.

Day 5 NUUK (B, L, D)

The oldest town in Greenland
Nuuk is the oldest town in Greenland and is situated at the mouth of one of the largest and most spectacular fjord systems in the world. Today, this is where old and new traditions meet, from picturesque old buildings in Kolonihaven to the buildings of the Greenland Home Rule. As the capital city, Nuuk is also home to a university, a teacher-training college, many churches, and the Greenland National Museum, which houses the mummies from Qilakilsoq. City tours, hikes, and possibly a flight are among the optional excursions.

Day 6 - 7 NARSAQ - HVALSEY - QAQORTOQ (B, L, D)

Exploring Southern Greenland
Narsaq is located on the beautiful shores of the Tunulliarfik Fjord. This part of South Greenland has been inhabited for thousands of years. It is a great area for optional activities such as kayaking, hiking, or wandering around the town. Join the optional boat trip or the settlement walk to explore Qassiarsuk, the site where Eric the Red built his Brattahlid estate in 982 A.D. When Eric the Red was banished from Iceland he escaped to the land he called Greenland. He chose to settle in Qassiarsuk because he believed the area to be the richest and best site in on the island.

Day 8 NUNAP ISUA - CAPE FARWELL (B, L, D)

The southern shores
Greenland's southern shores contain some of the most culturally and scenically diverse regions on this giant island. Conditions permitting, we will try to sail through the narrow, 70-mile-long Prins Christian Sund channel, which crosses the southernmost point of Greenland, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell).

Day 9 DENMARK STRAIT (B, L, D)

Heading east
As we cross the Denmark Strait, you can either use the day to relax or join the variety of lectures on topics including history, biology, and geology.

Day 10 REYKJAVIK - ICELAND (B, L, D)

The capital of Iceland
Reykjavik is believed to be the first permanent Viking settlement in Iceland and is now its modern capital. The surrounding area offers fantastic natural beauty: geysers, mountains, glaciers, and geothermal hot springs.

Day 11 ARCTIC SEAS - FAROE ISLANDS (B, L, D)

Sailing towards the Faroe Islands
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with onboard lectures as we sail to the Faroe Islands.

Day 12 TORSHAVN - FAROE ISLANDS (B, L, D)

The Volcanic Island
The Faroe Islands are a group of 18 volcanic islands in the middle of the North Atlantic, half way between the Shetland Islands and Iceland. Torshavn is one of the smallest capital cities in the world, with only 15,000 inhabitants. It was founded in the 10th century, and might very well be the oldest original capital in northern Europe. Since the turn of the 20th century, Torshavn has grown rapidly, and is now the economic, cultural, and administrative center of the Faroe Islands. The town is a charming blend of old and new, featuring small houses in nearly every color.

Day 13 LERWICK - SHETLAND ISLANDS (B, L, D)

Exploring the Shetland Islands
Lerwick is the main port in the Shetland Islands, and by far the northernmost town of Scotland. It was founded in the 17th century as a fishing port, and fishing is still the main industry on the island, in addition to the ferry and oil industry. Today, while most of Shetland remains isolated, Lerwick is a bustling, cosmopolitan seaport with services and amenities typically found only in much larger places on the British mainland. The old waterfront is packed with visiting yachts and working fishing boats. In the surrounding area, you will find some of Shetland's most attractive scenery and an extraordinary concentration of archaeological sites, including two remarkable Iron Age villages and Europe's best-preserved broch, a drystone dwelling also dating from the Iron Age.

Day 14 BERGEN - NORWAY (B)

Return to Civilisation
Our arrival in Bergen signals the end of this expedition, but we recommend that you take the time to explore this charming city before you head home. Stroll through the picturesque streets and enjoy the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of 'Bryggen', the colorful Wharf and the Fish and Flower Market.

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