Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Iceland – Arctic Islands Discovery (Westbound)
14 days with Hurtigruten Rating:
Day 1 Oslo / Longyearbyen
Your trip starts with an evening flight from Oslo. If time allows, enjoy the museums, parks and trendy cafés of the Norwegian capital before your flight to Longyearbyen in the Svalbard Archipelago. Transfer to and overnight at your hotel.
Day 2 Longyearbyen
Join an excursion after lunch to explore Svalbard’s capital, nestled next to the Isfjord and surrounded by rugged mountains. You’ll find it a surprisingly modern settlement with a small and welcoming international community running cafés, bars, restaurants, artisanal shops, and even a chocolatier and a micro-brewery. Board your ship in the afternoon.
Day 3-6 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 7 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 our journey.
Day 8 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 9 At sea
Days at sea are an opportunity to wind down and watch the waves or enjoy a lecture or two from the Expedition Team.
Day 10 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 11 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 that is popular with nesting seabirds such as auks and Arctic terns.
Day 12 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 13 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 14 Reykjavík
Our voyage of discovery ends in Reykjavík. The name of Iceland’s capital means 'Smokey Bay,' so called because of the columns of steam that rise from the many hot springs in the area. If you have the time, it is well worth booking a Post-program to explore the surrounding geysers, mountains, glaciers, and geothermal hot springs.
All This Included
We start from Svalbard in the High Arctic, scanning the coasts of the national park for polar bears under the summer sun. Then we journey to the isolated island of Jan Mayen, which is dominated by the northernmost active volcano in the world. Finally, we explore various sites around beautiful Iceland, admiring its many green mountains, waterfalls, and variety of birdlife.
Cruising: Inside cabin onboard MS Fram
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