The Extremes of the Arctic

Explorer CruiseIceland, Greenland, and Spitsbergen

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From $7,914 USD
August 24 - September 8, 2017
16 Days / 15 Nights

Extremes of the Arctic expedition takes you to three Arctic islands Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland, and the least visited national park in the world.

Overview

Join Extremes of the Arctic expedition on MS Fram to Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland. Sail the North West coast of Spitsbergen with its largest fjord, the Kongsfjord and Magdalenefjord; visit Ny Alesund, a High Arctic research station. Explore North East Greenland National Park, largest and least visited park in the world. See Greenland's colossal calving icebergs, perhaps Northern Lights, cruise long fjords, and enjoy a variety of wildlife life.

Operation

August 24 - September 8, 2017

Departure

August 24 - September 8, 16 days, Oslo- Longyearbyen-Reykjavik

Price

  • from $7,914 per person, Polar in Inside cabin I
  • Don't miss our Early Booking discount!
  • PolarInside
  • $7,914
  • I
  • $7,914
  • PolarOutside
  • $12,311
  • F/J
  • $8,688
  • ArcticSuperior
  • $13,798
  • N
  • $8,688
  • ExpeditionSuite
  • $17,283
  • U
  • $9,540

RatF$ in USD per person, double occupancy.

  • M
  • $11,712
  • MG
  • $13,443

Voyage 1607, September 8, Early booking rate, rates in USD per person, double occupancy.

Included

  • Flight from Oslo - Longyearbyen
  • Transfer Airport - Hotel in Longyearbyen
  • 1 night Hotel in Longyearbyen w/ Breakfast
  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage
  • Cabin category of your choice
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Longyearbyen City Tour Excursion w/ Lunch
  • Transfer Hotel - Ship in Longyearbyen
  • Expedition voyage in cabin grade of your choice
  • Full board and free tea & coffee
  • Wind and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats
  • Activities on board and ashore
  • Lectures and landings with Expedition Team
  • Voyage 1607, September 8:
  • Expedition voyage in cabin grade of your choice
  • Full board and free tea & coffee
  • Wind and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with Po­larcirkel boats
  • Activities on board and ashore
  • Lectures and landings with Expedition Team
  • Transfer Ship to Airport in Oslo
  • Flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo

Not Included

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

Please note

  • All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change
  • Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Prices may change at any time before departure date. The applicable price will be quoted at the time of booking.

Tour Options

  • Optional excursions

Day 1 FLIGHT OSLO - LONGYEARBYEN

Norway's capital, Oslo, is often referred to as "the blue, the green, and the city in between". Forest, lakes, hills, and a fjord surround this city. Downtown you will find varied architecture, a strong cafe and bar culture, top-notch restaurants, endless shopping possibilities, and a large and visible immigrant community who adds their own colorful touch to the city. You leave Oslo in the evening, heading for the High Arctic - Spitsbergen.

Day 2 LONGYEARBYEN (B)

The Svalbard Islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. In the midst of a mighty and wild nature you find the Norwegian settlement of Longyearbyen. Join a sightseeing tour of Longyearbyen before embarking the MS Fram.

Day 3 NORTH WEST GREENLAND NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D)

The first National Park we visit covers the northwest corner of Spitsbergen. The area is characterized by big inland glaciers and a typical alpine landscape contrasted with green areas and moraines. We continue into Kongsfjord and Magdalenefjord, offering spectacular scenery and interesting history. At 78º 55' N we visit Ny-Alesund, the starting point for numerous expeditions toward the North Pole in the past. Today it is home to an advanced High Arctic research station.

Day 4 AT SEA (B, L, D)

Spend a relaxing, yet also exciting, day at sea. We will begin our lecture series on this day and enjoy sightings of wildlife from the deck.

Day 5 NORTH EAST GREENLAND NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D)

As we arrive in the largest National Park in the world, you will start realizing that we are quite alone in the far corner of the Earth. Apart from some abandoned trapping stations, a weather station, and the traditional Sirius sled patrol, there are no other signs of humans here.

Day 6 NORTH EAST GREENLAND NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D)

Within the borders of North East Greenland National Park there are only about 30 souls that overwinter. In the very short summer season, when the waters around are not frozen, 500 expedition cruise guests visit the park. Yellowstone has 1 visitor per hour of the year; North East Greenland National Park has .002!

Day 7 NORTH EAST GREENLAND NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D)

Once inside the fjords of North East Greenland your sense of distance, size, and shape of landscapes will be challenged. These are the largest fjords in the world, and the alpine landscape, with hanging glaciers and vertical granite faces, reaches as far as the eyes can see.

Day 8 NORTH EAST GREENLAND NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D)

As well as terrestrial wildlife such as musk oxen, Arctic fox, hare, and wolf, we may see a variety of seabirds. And remember, where there is ice there may be polar bears!

Day 9 NORTH EAST GREENLAND NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D)

Danmarkshavn, a very isolated weather and research station, is one of the places we visit en route. Sailing into fjords such as Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord and Alpefjord will give you unforgettable experiences. The majority of our landings are performed as pure wilderness expeditions.

Day 10 NORTH EAST GREENLAND NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D)

We might meet the Sirius Patrol (the Danish Navy) that supervises the park using traditional methods, mushing dogs. Before the Danes acquired sovereignty of this area, the Norwegians claimed it. A natural place to attempt a landing is Myggbukta (Mosquito bay), where the legendary Governor of North East Greenland had his base.

Day 11 NORTH EAST GREENLAND NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D)

During this expedition you will often have the feeling of being in one of the most isolated places on earth. Relish this feeling! And you will feel totally safe aboard our expedition vessels. Our expert guides and lecturers will safely guide you on hikes and small boat trips in addition to providing briefings and lectures about all the places we go.

Day 12 ITOQQORTOORMIIT (SCORESBYSUND) (B, L, D)

In the most isolated town in Greenland, you can visit the museum, church, and a photo exhibition, or walk around the town on your own.

Day 13 WEST FJORDS - GRUNDARFJORDUR / ICELAND (B, L, D)

We set course towards the Westfjords of Iceland. The area has the feel of untouched nature with cliffs and valleys, high waterfalls, and crystal-clear streams. Grundarfjordur is located at the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, often called "Iceland in a Nutshell". Enjoy the sights of lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanic activity, and hot and cold springs, as well as an abundance of birdlife and picturesque landscapes.

Day 14 WEST FJORDS - FLATEYRI (B, L, D)

Flateyri has been a trading post since 1792 and was a base for shark hunting and whaling operations in the 1900s. Today Flateyri is dependent on tourism. There is a nice, sandy beach on the other side of the fjord, and although the sea might be colder for swimming than most people prefer, the sand is great for building sand castles. We offer optional excursions to explore the area.

Day 15 WEST FJORDS - ISAFJORDUR / ICELAND (B, L, D)

Isafjordur is the capital of the Westfjords region. Take a stroll around this cozy town and enjoy its diverse architecture. You'll find the country's oldest dwelling here, along with fine examples of timber houses built by wealthy foreign traders in the 18th century. Our optional excursions offer a variety of experiences from hikes to tastings of local foods.

Day 16 REYKJAVIK (B)

Iceland's capital offers numerous things to tempt the curiosity of its visitors. Relatively close to Reykjavik you find glaciers, waterfalls, geysers, and mountains. Reykjavik has also a vast selection of restaurants, museums, and shops. We will arrive in the morning hours, and here our voyage ends.

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