Faroe Islands, Iceland, Spitsbergen – Island Hopping In and Around the Arctic
13 days with Hurtigruten Rating:
Day 1 Bergen
Explore Bergen´s historic harbor area with its fish market and UNESCO-listed Bryggen wharf of colorful wooden warehouses that date back to the 1300s. You can also board a funicular up nearby Mount Fløyen. There, you’ll enjoy views over Bergen, and maybe even spot your ship, MS Spitsbergen, docked below.
Day 2 Lerwick
Built on the herring trade in the 17th century, Lerwick is Scotland’s northernmost town and home to a third of the Shetland Islands' population.
Visit local boutique shops along Commercial Street, wander along the waterfront with its sandstone buildings, or visit the museum to learn more about the town’s Norse heritage.
Day 3 Elduvik
Located in the Funningsfjørður inlet in the Faroe Islands, the village of Elduvík lies by the shore at the end of a long, lush valley surrounded by stunning green mountains and with the river Stórá running through the middle of the village. Just 23 people inhabit the village, complete with a school, church, dock, pier, and colorful houses.
Day 4 At sea
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with onboard lectures from the Expedition Team while we set course toward Iceland.
Day 5 Bakkagerði
Bakkagerði is one of Iceland’s smallest hamlets, a quiet haven well off the tourist track. The place is so well-known for its fairy-tale-like natural beauty, the locals have come to call the region `The Land of the Elves.´ Many puffin colonies also line the nearby fjord, making it a popular place for birdwatching.
Day 6 Husavik
Húsavík is Iceland’s oldest Norse settlement and considered one of the best whale-watching spots in Europe. Up to 23 species of whale, including the blue whale, are known to visit nearby Skjálfandi Bay. The town also has many interesting museums and an outdoor thermal bath on the picturesque peninsula.
Day 7 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 8 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 9 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 10 At sea
The day is at your leisure aboard the ship. Relax while gazing out at the view, learn more from the knowledgeable Expedition Team in our lecture series, or swap experiences of the expedition so far with your fellow explorers.
Day 11-12 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 also plan to 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
Your journey ends in lively Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard situated next to a fjord and surrounded by rugged mountains as far as the eye can see. It is a surprisingly modern and cosmopolitan settlement with a small and welcoming international community. Transfer from the ship to the airport for your flight to Oslo.
All This Included
Discover a variety of stunning emerald islands in and around the Arctic region on this late spring voyage, right in time for the region’s flora to be in full bloom. We begin in Bergen, Norway, and sail over to Lerwick, Scotland, continuing on to the Faroe Islands, then the northern coasts of Iceland, and finally to northwest Svalbard via remote Jan Mayen.
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Spitsbergen
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