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Iceland, Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen – Arctic Islands Discovery (Eastbound)

13 days with Hurtigruten   Rating: First Class

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Day 1 Reykjavík
Our voyage of discovery starts in Reykjavík. The name of Iceland’s capital means 'Smokey Bay,' so called because of the columns of steam that rise from its many hot springs. It is well worth booking a Pre-program to explore the surrounding geysers, mountains, glaciers, and geothermal hot springs before boarding MS Fram for your expedition.
Day 2 Stykkishólmur
The friendly town of Stykkishólmur has beautiful and well-preserved old houses in the town center and is surrounded by wonderful scenery. Enjoy exploring the town´s interesting museums or join optional excursions to see the iconic sites of Snæfellsnes Penninsula such as the Lóndrangar basalt cliffs or the black-sand beaches of Djúpalónssandur.
Day 3 Patreksfjörður
Patreksfjörður is a charming settlement on the west coast of Iceland with around 660 inhabitants. The picturesque fjord offers scenic hiking trails if the weather allows. Patreksfjörður is also close to the spectacular waterfall of Dynjandi and to Látrabjarg, a renowned site for birdwatching.
Day 4 Grímsey
The Arctic Circle currently runs through this green and grassy Icelandic island and you’ll have the chance to step across that geographic line. The North Atlantic Current brings warm water up here from the Gulf of Mexico, creating a mild climate on the island popular with nesting seabirds such as auks and Arctic terns.
Day 5 Akureyri
Welcome to Iceland’s largest community outside of Reykjavík. Expect comfy cafés, restaurants, and chic art galleries. There are also various museums of interest, distinct churches, and the botanical gardens which will be in full bloom at the time of your visit. Akureyri is also close to natural treasures, such as Lake Mývatn and the Goðafoss waterfall.
Day 6 At sea
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with onboard lectures while we set course towards Jan Mayen. Our Expedition Team will hold talks and workshops to share their knowledge and experience to enhance the next days of your journey.
Day 7 Jan Mayen Island
The Norwegian island of Jan Mayen has two main areas. The north is dominated by ice-capped Beerenberg, the northernmost active volcano on Earth. The south is flatter and unglaciated, and where 30 people live at a weather station. The island is a breeding site for large numbers of seabirds such as fulmars, auks, and guillemots. 
Visits to Jan Mayen are extremely rare, and Hurtigruten is one of the few to attempt landings on this Arctic island.
Day 8 At Sea
As we sail further north and the air cools, it’s possible we will be joined by an escort of fulmars flying alongside at port-hole level! Sea days are a chance to sort out your photos, relax and recharge for the adventures ahead.
Day 9-12 North West Spitsbergen National Park
Summertime in the Svalbard Archipelago is when polar bears trek along the coast’s drifting ice on the hunt for seals. With a bit of luck, we hope to spot one or more of these top predators in the national park.
Depending on the movement and thickness of the sea ice, we might visit Kongsfjord´s mighty glaciers and catch sight of icebergs calving into the sea. We may also call on Ny-Ålesund, a former mining town now transformed into an international science center. Here, you’ll find 16 permanent research stations from 10 countries dedicated to the study of glaciology, wildlife, and climate change.
Day 13 Longyearbyen/Oslo
Our arrival at the town of Longyearbyen marks the end of a remarkable voyage. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Oslo or explore Svalbard’s capital further with a Post-program. Nestled next to the Isfjord and surrounded by rugged mountains, Longyearbyen offers even more adventure here in the High Arctic.
All This Included
A summertime voyage is an ideal way to discover the Arctic’s highlights in Iceland and in Svalbard, stopping off at the rarely visited Jan Mayen along the way. Each island offers magical landscapes of mountains and fjords, which in turn act as havens for a variety of wildlife, such as seals, whales, walrus, seabirds, and, in Svalbard, the mighty polar bear.
  • Transfer from the ship to the airport in Longyearbyen after the expedition cruise
  • Flight in coach class from Longyearbyen to Oslo after the expedition cruise
Expedition Cruise
  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions
Onboard Activities
  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with currrent scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, sauna, indoor gym
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come
Landing Activities
  • Escorted landings with small explorer boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers help with your camera settings before landings
  • Explore the coasts of Iceland before voyaging up to Svalbard via isolated Jan Mayen.
  • Journey in summertime for green landscapes in bloom under the Midnight Sun.
  • See towering mountains, fjords, majestic waterfalls, and gigantic glaciers.
  • A chance to spot a range of wildlife, including whales, walrus, seals, and polar bears.

Cruising: Category I cabin onboard MS Fram
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Not Included: International flights, travel protection plan, luggage handling, optional excursions and gratuities.
  • All planned landings are subject to weather conditions.
  • All itineraries are subject to change.
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