Iceland, Jan Mayen and Spitsbergen - Arctic Islands Discovery (Itinerary 2)
12 days with Hurtigruten Rating:
DAY 1 Arriving in Iceland
Location : Reykjavik, Iceland
Many visitors find landing at Keflavik airport enchanting. The hub seems carved out of an arctic desert, with lava stones covered in moss and haunting mountains nearby. But just 45 minutes away, Reykjavik is a charming and vibrant modern city, offering top restaurants, interesting museums and quaint narrow streets.
DAY 2 Welcome to the "Sagaland"
Location : Stykkishólmur and Flatey
West Iceland is often referred to as the “Sagaland”. Experience Stykkishólmur’s storybook landscape of lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanic activity and hot and cold springs.
Explore the town of Stykkisholmur on your own or join our optional excursions to explore more of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, which is said to be a?miniature version of Iceland. In addition to the Snæfellsjökull glacier, there are black sandy beaches, bird cliffs, spectacular mountains and volcanic craters.
On the charming island of Flatey, time appears to stand still. Take a stroll around the scenic lanes of this tiny village.
DAY 3 Hidden Gems
Location : Bildudalur
One of Iceland’s best-kept secrets is the magical area of Westfjords. In the morning hours we sail around the tip of the Látrabjarg peninsula. If conditions are right, you can see the Bjargtangar lighthouse, Europe’s westernmost point, from the deck.
DAY 4 Wonderful Westfjords
Location : Ísafjörður
Flanked by towering mountains on all sides, Ísafjörður is a nearly perfect natural harbor. Take a walk to see the local architecture, browse for local handicrafts and come across the oldest houses in Iceland, including the structure that houses the Maritime Museum. With our wide range of optional excursions, you can choose to follow in the footsteps of trolls or enjoy the beautiful scenery from horseback.
DAY 5 Bird Watcher's Paradise
Location : Hornbjarg Cliff and Reykjafjörður
The Hornbjarg cliff is one of the greatest sea bird habitats in Iceland, and we will try to land here in our small boats. Reykjafjörður can only be reached on foot or by boat, and we plan to take a closer look at this stunning area as well.
DAY 6 A Relaxing Day at Sea
Location : At Sea
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with on board 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 our journey.
DAY 7 A Rarely-Visited Outpost
Location : Jan Mayen Island
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 Spitsbergen and her crew will attempt to make a landing on this most exotic Arctic island.
DAY 8 Watching the World Go By
Location : At Sea
Time to relax with a refreshing drink, take an invigorating stroll or deck or enjoy the company of fellow adventurers. Days at sea are yours to fill!
There might also be a chance to look behind the scenes and take part in our Guest Expedition Staff program.
DAYS 9-11 Large Fjords with Fascinating History
The North West Corner is scattered with islands, fjords and beaches. The ocean here is full of drifting ice and the frozen landscape changes constantly. Due to strong winds and currents, the Captain monitors conditions closely before deciding where we can land or sail. This is why all our itineraries are flexible; we work with the elements, not against them, and safety is our first priority.
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 antique 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 centre for research, with a picturesque mix of old and new buildings
Liefdefjord?is the location of the enormous Monaco Glacier. There is a chance for small boat cruising here, or possibly a landing and a hike.
In Magdalenafjorden, a gently sloping sandy beach may give us the chance to go swimming and earn an Arctic swimming certificate! And, if conditions are calm, we may launch our kayaks for a paddle.
DAY 12 End of the Expedition
Location : Longyearbyen/Oslo
Every great explorer's voyage comes to an end. You will probably sense that time has passed faster than expected. Many guests report a subtle exhilaration in the afterglow of a journey to the very top of the globe, coming just a few hundred miles from the Geographical North Pole. The transfer vehicle takes you early in the morning to the airport for your flight back to Oslo.
All This Included
This voyage takes you to a rich variety of Atlantic islands. Iceland is the perfect destination for explorers searching for the unexpected, while volcanic Jan Mayen rises from the mid-Atlantic ridge, snow-capped and surrounded by oceans full of life, and Svalbard is home to the King of the Arctic: the polar bear. Join us to experience powerful nature, adventure and history.
Cruising: Inside cabin onboard ms Spitsbergen
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