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Expedition to the Arctic Islands

Embark on an adventure to the three largest islands in the Arctic: Spitsbergen, Greenland, and Iceland and discover dramatic landscapes, extreme isolation, and unique wildlife. Meet with the elements of the Arctic wilderness as we take you closer to raw and untouched nature on our expedition ship, MS Fram.

Duration: 14 days, Summer

Price: See below

Highlights

  • Participate in an exclusive expedition to Greenland, Spitsbergen, and Iceland
  • Experience the largest national park in the world.
  • Witness the untouched landscapes, deep fjords, and high mountains.
  • Opportunity to see the northern lights, polar bears, musk oxen, polar hares, Greenland falcon, and polar wolves.

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This expedition takes you to the biggest islands in the Arctic: Spitsbergen, Greenland, and Iceland. This is an adventure that cannot be compared to anything else in the Northern Hemisphere.

SEE THE ARCTIC CROWN OF NORWAY: SPITSBERGEN
After a short stop in Longyearbyen, the expedition starts by taking you through the magnificent North West Spitsbergen National Park. The area is characterized by big inland glaciers and typical alpine landscapes, and is filled with spectacular contrasts from lush areas to naked moraines, rocky ridges, and glaciers tumbling into the sea. Kongsfjorden and Magdalenefjorden impress with their dramatic landscapes and interesting history. At 78º 55' N you visit Ny Ålesund, one of the world’s northernmost year-round communities and an advanced High Arctic research station.

SAILING FOR DAYS WITHOUT SEEING OTHER PEOPLE OR VESSELS
As we start sailing along the coast of Greenland, you will realize that we are quite alone in this remote corner of the world. Once in the fjords of North East Greenland, your sense of distance, size, and shape of landscapes will be challenged. These are the largest fjords in the world and the surrounding alpine landscape, with its hanging glaciers and dramatic vertical granite walls, reach as far as the eye can see. The chance of meeting a polar wolf or a polar bear is far greater than meeting members of our own species.

THE MYTHICAL SAGA OF ICELAND
From the Westfjords of Iceland we spend three days exploring untouched nature with cliffs and valleys, high waterfalls, and pure streams. This includes seeing famous places such as Grundarfjörður, Flateyri, and Ísafjörður before ending this extraordinary Arctic voyage in Reykjavik.

Your Voyage Price Includes:
    Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin category of your choice on a full board basis (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
    Economy flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen
    Transfer from airport to hotel in Longyearbyen
    One hotel night in Longyearbyen, including breakfast
    Transfer from hotel to ship in Longyearbyen, including 2-course lunch and excursion
    Wind- and water-resistant jacket
    Landings and activities on board and ashore
    Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities
    Complimentary use of Muck Boot rubber boots
    Complimentary tea and coffee

Not Included:
    Flights from US
    Travel Protection Plan
    Luggage handling
    Optional excursions and gratuities

Notes:
    Prices are in USD per person
    All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions
    All itineraries are subject to change
    Single cabins on request

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage. Hence, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

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Day 1: The blue, the green and the city in between

Oslo, Norway/Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Norway's capital, Oslo, is often referred to as "the blue, the green, and the city in between". Forest, lakes, hills, and a fjord surround this city. Downtown you will find varied architecture, a strong café and bar culture, top-notch restaurants, endless shopping possibilities, and a large and visible immigrant community who adds their own colorful touch to the city. You leave Oslo in the evening, heading for the High Arctic - Spitsbergen.

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Day 2: Arctic landscapes

Longyearbyen, Svalbard

The Svalbard Islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. In the midst of a mighty and wild nature you find the Norwegian settlement of Longyearbyen. Join a sightseeing tour of Longyearbyen before embarking the MS Fram.

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Day 3: Submerged in alpine landscapes

North West Spitsbergen National Park, Svalbard

The first national park we visit covers the northwest corner of Spitsbergen. The area is characterized by big inland glaciers and a typical alpine landscape contrasted with green areas and moraines. We continue into Kongsfjord and Magdalenefjord, offering spectacular scenery and interesting history. At 78º 55’ N we visit Ny-Ålesund, the starting point for numerous expeditions toward the North Pole in the past. Today it is home to an advanced High Arctic research station.

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Day 4: Sailing the Arctic Seas

Fram Strait

Spend a relaxing, yet also exciting, day at sea. We will begin our lecture series on this day and enjoy sightings of wildlife from the deck.

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Day 5 to 11: The world's largest national park

North East Greenland National Park, Greenland

As we arrive in the largest national park in the world, you will start realizing that we are quite alone in the far corner of the Earth. Apart from some abandoned trapping stations, a weather station, and the traditional Sirius sled patrol, there are no other signs of humans here.

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Day 12: The most isolated town in Greenland

Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresbysund), Greenland

In the most isolated town in Greenland, you can visit the museum, church, and a photo exhibition, or walk around the town on your own.

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Day 13: Iceland in a nutshell

The Westfjords of Iceland

We set course towards the Westfjords of Iceland. The area has the feel of untouched nature with cliffs and valleys, high waterfalls, and crystal-clear streams. Grundarfjörður is located at the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, often called ‘Iceland in a nutshell’. Enjoy the sights of lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanic activity, and hot and cold springs, as well as an abundance of birdlife and picturesque landscapes.

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Day 14: The Capital of Iceland - Reykjavik

Reykjavík, Iceland

Iceland's capital offers numerous things to  tempt the curiosity of its visitors. Relatively close to Reykjavik you find glaciers, waterfalls, geysers, and mountains. Reykjavik has also a vast selection of restaurants, museums, and shops. We will arrive in the morning hours, and here our voyage ends.

Dates for Summer 2017:

08.24.2017

Hurtigruten uses variable pricing and prices depend on cabin availability. As cabin availability decreases, prices increase. Contact us for current prices.

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Views from Expedition to the Arctic Islands

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Highlights

  • Participate in an exclusive expedition to Greenland, Spitsbergen, and Iceland
  • Experience the largest national park in the world.
  • Witness the untouched landscapes, deep fjords, and high mountains.
  • Opportunity to see the northern lights, polar bears, musk oxen, polar hares, Greenland falcon, and polar wolves.

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