Greenland and Iceland - The Ultimate Fjord and National Park Expedition
12 days with Hurtigruten Rating:
DAY 1 The Crown of Arctic Norway
Norway's capital Oslo is often referred to as "the blue, the green and the city in between". Forests, lakes, hills and a fjord surrounds this city. Downtown you will find unique architecture, a thriving cafe and bar culture, top-notch restaurants, endless shopping possibilities, and a large and visible immigrant community who add their own colorful touch to the city.
You leave Oslo in the late evening, heading for the High Arctic - Svalbard.
DAY 2 Next to the North Pole
The Svalbard Islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. In the midst of this mighty wilderness is the Norwegian settlement of Longyearbyen, warm under the light of the midnight sun as you arrive at the airport, and we transfer you to the harbor where MS Roald Amundsen awaits.
DAY 3-4 Spotting Wildlife from the Deck
Location: At Sea
Within the Svalbard Archipelago, there are about 3,000 polar bears – far more than the human population and probably one of the largest polar bear concentrations on Earth. That said; polar bears are solitary animals with no set colony or living area. They roam to wherever they can expect to find food. While there are no guarantees of sighting these top predators, the more eyes scouting through binoculars, the better chance we have of spotting the King of the Arctic.
The polar bear is a marine mammal, so we are most likely to observe one close to or even in the water. Whenever close to drift ice, we will look carefully, because there is a chance that a polar bear uses this ice floe as a platform when at sea.
DAY 5-8 The Least-Visited National Park in the World
Location: Northeast Greenland National Park
As we arrive in the largest national park in the world, the splendid isolation of this journey begins to take hold. Apart from some abandoned trapping stations, a weather station and the traditional Sirius sled patrol, there are no traces of humans here.
Within the borders of Northeast Greenland National Park there are only about 30 souls that overwinter. In the very short summer season, when the waters are free of ice, only 500 expedition guests visit the park. 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 eye can see.
Wildlife like musk oxen, arctic foxes, hares and wolves, abound, as do a wide variety of sea birds. And remember, where there is ice, there might be polar bears!
We will call on the isolated research station of Danmarkshavn. Sailing into fjords like Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord or Alpefjord is an unforgettable experience. The majority of our landings are performed as pure wilderness expeditions. We might meet the Sirius Patrol (The Danish Navy) that supervises the park using traditional methods, like sled dogs.
Entering the fjords of Scoresbysund, a natural place to attempt a landing is Myggbukta (Mosquito Bay), where the legendary Governor of north-east Greenland had his base. We have the chance to land on the small, flat islands of Bjørne Øer which are surrounded sheer, pointed granite mountains. Our expert guides and lecturers will safely lead you on hikes and small boat trips in addition to giving briefings and lectures about the places we explore.
DAY 11 The Most Isolated Settlement in Greenland
In Ittoqqortoormiit you can visit the museum, church and a photo exhibition, or explore on your own. The trappers living in this town are the only people that are allowed to hunt within the Northeast Greenland National Park. You will probably see that they are drying animal skins and storing their dog sleds outside their houses.
DAY 10 Lectures and Wildlife Spotting
Location: At Sea
As we leave Greenland, we sail towards the western coast of Iceland. This is an excellent day to attend to lectures and prepare for our return to “civilization”.
DAY 11 Iceland in a Nutshell
As we reach the west region of Iceland, you will understand why this area is dubbed “The Sagaland”. Take your time to explore Stykkishólmur’s diversity of lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanic activity, and hot and cold springs. Participate in a range of exciting excursions such as kayaking, hiking and horseback riding.
DAY 12 The World’s Northernmost Capital
Iceland's capital offers visitors a rich urban life. Relatively close to Reykjavik you will find glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and mountains. Reykjavik itself hosts fine restaurants, museums and shops. We will arrive in the morning hours, and this is where our voyage ends.
All This Included
This exploration begins in Spitsbergen and sails to Greenland and Iceland for an incomparable Arctic adventure. As we reach the least-visited national park in the world, we might sail for days without seeing another vessel. The chances of meeting a polar wolf or a polar bear are far greater than meeting another human being. Join us for a voyage far beyond the ordinary.
Cruising: Category I cabin onboard MS Roald Amundsen
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