Explorer CruiseIceland and Spitsbergen
From $9,321 USD
June 27 - July 11, 2019
15 Days / 14 Nights
Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Iceland - Arctic Islands Exploration, 15-day cruise to North Atlantic Islands Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Iceland, Longyearbyen to Reykjavik.
15-day cruise on the M/S Fram to North Atlantic Islands Svalbard, Jan Mayen and Iceland. Starting in Longyearbyen, we sail above the 80th parallel, explore great national parks, most spectacular highlights and abundant wildlife of seals, seabirds, Arctic fox, reindeer and the King of the Arctic, the Polar bear. We head across the Arctic Ocean towards Jan Mayen island, follow the mid-Atlantic ridge to Iceland, a land of volcanoes, sagas and elves.
June 27 - July 11, 2019
June 27, 2019
from $9,321 per person, Polar Inside cabin, double occupancy
$9,321 Polar Inside
$10,565 Polar Outside
$12,058 Arctic Superior
$14,878 Expedition Suite
Regular Rates in USD per person, double occupancy, subject to change without notice.
- Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage
- Cabin category of your choice
- Full board: daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner
- Coach-class flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen
- Coach-class flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen
- One breakfast and lunch in Longyearbyen
- All transfers in Longyearbyen, including an
- Excursion before the cruise
- Wind- and water-resistant jacket
- Landings with small boats
- Activities on board and ashore
- Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives
- Lectures and accompanies landings and activities
- Complimentary tea and coffee
- International flights
- Optional Shore Excursions
- Travel insurance
- Luggage handling
- $25 service fee
- 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.
- Optional shore excursions
Day 1 OSLO - LONGYEARBYEN
From 59º N to 78º NThis Arctic voyage starts with an evening flight from Oslo. Norway's capital is often called 'The blue, the green and the city in between' because of its location nestled between the fjord and the forest. Spend a day checking out the museums, parks and cutting-edge architecture, and relax in one of the many cafés or bars.
Then prepare to enter an entirely different world when you set foot in Longyearbyen after your flight. Amazingly, this town on the edge of the harsh wilderness is a modern oasis, with first-class facilities, charming architecture, an internationally renowned museum and several bars and restaurants – all surrounded by untouched Arctic tundra.
Day 2 LONGYEARBYEN (B, L)
The Norwegian Stronghold in the High Arctic
After an overnight stay in one of our hotels, you can join an exciting excursion in unique Longyearbyen and the surrounding area. Here, the Arctic environment dominates, but the town maintains a surprisingly cosmopolitan character. Longyearbyen is often called an antidote to modern-day life and today serves as a prime destination for adventure travelers. Enjoy this remarkable place before boarding M/S Fram.
Day 3 - 4 NORTH WEST SPITSBERGEN (B, L, D)
Exploring Huge Fjords with Fascinating History
If we are able to land, this area is excellent for exploring Svalbard's history. You will have the chance to see the remnants of ancient blubber ovens used to render whale oil. We might visit Kongsfjord, considered one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, framed by stunning mountain formations. On the shore of Kongfjord is the former mining settlement of Ny-Ålesund, now an international center for research, with a picturesque mix of old and new buildings.
In the Magdalenafjorden and Gravneset areas, you may have the chance to actually swim and earn a rare arctic swimming certificate. There will also be exciting hiking and scenic kayaking opportunities, featuring the nearby Gully Glacier.
We may also get to see the enormous Monaco Glacier in Liefdefjord, and enjoy a chance to cruise in small boats.
Day 5 - 8 EASTERN SVALBARD - SOUTH SPITSBERGEN (B, L, D)
Enjoy Expedition Days in the Arctic
Eastern Svalbard boasts the highest population of polar bears on the archipelago – we have high hopes of seeing one on this journey!
If conditions allow, we will to sail to Isflakbukta on Phippsøya, part of Sjuøyane (Seven Islands), which are located at the far north of the Svalbard archipelago. Thousands upon thousands of seabirds mate here, while walrus dive for clams in the bays.
We also aim to cruise in Sorgfjord, which borders the North East Spitsbergen Nature Reserve, and was the site of a famous 17th-century battle between whalers. If the weather is favorable here, we can hike in beautiful Eolsneset or enjoy tender boat cruising in the Hinlopen Strait area.
Another part of our journey may be a visit to Torellneset, which is an excellent place to spot walruses sunning themselves on the flat beach.
We continue on to Edgeøya, the third-largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. On its western shores, the landscape is largely un-glaciated, unlike most other places on the east side of Spitsbergen. Kapp Lee is a wonderful site where you will find cultural heritage from all eras of human exploration of Svalbard. We make our way to the southern cape and the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen, where Hornsund hosts a wonderfully varied landscape and geology. Ice being pushed into the fjord early in the season attracts polar bears that hunt on the floes, so with a bit of luck, we may spot some of these magnificent predators.
Day 9 AT SEA (B, L, D)
Lectures, Photo Courses and Relaxing
As we start sail south, the Expedition Team continue the lecture program, covering topics related to the areas we sail, and the environmental challenges of the world’s oceans in a time of climate change. The expedition photographer will be available to show you the basics of photography. Of course, you will also have time to just enjoy being on board the ship.
Day 10 JAN MAYEN (B, L, D)
Isolated in the Arctic Ocean
The Norwegian island of Jan Mayen is one of the most isolated places in the world. Located where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, the island is dominated by 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. Visits to Jan Mayen are extremely rare, especially from tourists. As one of the few vessels operating in this area, MS Fram and her crew will attempt to make a landing on this most exotic Arctic island.
Day 11 AT SEA (B, L, D)
Unwind with a View
A day at sea means you can join the lectures by the expedition team, spend time on deck or in the Panorama lounge with fellow travelers as we sail towards Iceland. Enjoy a refreshing workout in the ship's well-equipped fitness room with a panoramic ocean view or let your muscles relax in one of the outdoor whirlpools.
Day 12 REYKJAFJÖRDUR - HORNBJARG CLIFFS (B, L, D)
Stunning Sea Cliffs
Reykjafjördur is a pebbly beach nestled between two rock ridges on the north coast. In calm conditions, our tender boats can take us ashore for an expedition landing where we may find shore birds wading along the beach and beautiful spring flowers.
Hornbjarg cliff is located in the remotest place in Iceland, the northwest of the Westfjords. Hundreds of thousands of seabirds use the cliff face as their summer nesting location, species include razor bills, brünnich and common guillemots, kittiwakes and fulmars. To cruise among such abundant wildlife, on the cusp of the breeding season, with the rock face towering 1,300 feet above is a memory that will stay with you for a long time.
Day 13 BILDUDALUR (B, L, D)
Guarded by Sea-Monsters
One of Iceland’s best-kept secrets are the Westfjords, and guarded by the sea monsters of Arnarfjördur, our destination Bildudalur has a reputation as the “good weather capital” of the region. Step ashore to sample life in this remote fishing community or visit the exhibition about the mythical marine beasts. In the late evening hours, we sail around the tip of the Latrabjarg peninsula. If conditions are right, you can see the Bjargtangar lighthouse, Europe’s westernmost point, from the deck.
Day 14 STYKKISHOLMUR (B, L, D)
Glaciers and Lava
As we reach the west region of Iceland, you will understand why this area is dubbed "The Sagaland". Take your time to explore Stykkisholmur's diversity with lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanic activity, and hot and cold springs. Participate in a range of exciting excursions such as kayaking, hiking and horse riding.
Day 15 REYKJAVIK (B)
End of the Expedition
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city. Norwegian settlers named the place Reykjavik (meaning 'Smoky Bay') after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area and made a profound impression. The surroundings offer fantastic natural beauty with geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths that are well worth exploring after disembarking from M/S Fram.