Spitsbergen, Iceland, Faroe Islands – Island Hopping In and Around the Arctic
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 Longyearbyen 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 3-4 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 5 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 and share their knowledge and experience.
Day 6 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 7 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 8 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 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 9 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 hot spring on the picturesque peninsula.
Day 10 Bakkagerði
Bakkagerði is one of Iceland’s smallest hamlets, a quiet haven well off the tourist track. The place is well-known for its fairy-tale-like natural beauty, and 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 11 Enjoy a day 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 12 Elduvík
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. Just 23 people inhabit the village, complete with a school, church, dock, pier, and colorful houses.
Day 13 Lerwick
Built on the herring trade in the 17th century, Lerwick northernmost town is 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 14 Bergen
Your journey ends in the bustling port city of Bergen. We recommend booking a Post-program to extend your stay here to explore Bergen´s famous fish market and its UNESCO-listed Bryggen wharf of colorful wooden warehouses. You can also board a funicular up to Mount Fløyen for views over city, the fjord, and the surrounding mountains.
All This Included
This late autumn voyage takes in a variety of wild, lush green islands in and around the Arctic region, all the while with chances of the aurora borealis appearing above. We start in Svalbard, Norway, and sail south down to the northern coasts of Iceland via volcanic Jan Mayen. Then, we sail to the Faroe Islands, across to Scotland, and end in Norway.
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Spitsbergen
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