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Grand Arctic Traverse

Join us for an expedition unlike any other in this hemisphere. See the Lofoten Islands in Norway, the exotic island of Jan Mayen, Iceland, and the southern and western parts of Greenland – some of which are only accessible by boat. The spectacular scenery and fantastic fjords under the midnight sun provide a stunning backdrop to this diverse voyage.

Duration: June 5, 2017

Price: from $9,914

Highlights

  • Visit the Lofoten Islands, Iceland, and Greenland on one expedition
  • Engage in interesting lectures on environmental and historical topics presented by the expedition team
  • Take part in a variety of landings, excursions, and activities to fully explore the wonderous Arctic destinations
  • Experience the midnight sun, a surreal summer phenomenon.

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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)
    Transfer from ship to airport in Kangerlussuaq
    Excursion toward ice sheet, incl. dinner, after the voyage
    Economy flight from Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen
    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:
    All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions
    All itineraries are subject to change
    Rubber boots are available to rent on board free of charge
    Single cabins on request

This is an expedition that is unlike anything else in this hemisphere. See the Lofoten Islands, the exotic Jan Mayen, Iceland and the south and west parts of Greenland.
Arctic Norway

Tromsø is often referred to as "The Gateway to the Arctic". Young, ambitious explorers like Roald Amundsen came to town to recruit capable hands for future adventures. Your adventure starts here as well. First we spend two days exploring the stunning Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands which are known for their extreme natural beauty. As we cross the Norwegian Sea, the only island you will see between the Norwegian mainland and Iceland is Jan Mayen. Being this far north and this isolated, there are no permanent settlers here, aside from for the 18 people working at the Norwegian radio and meteorological station. If you see them, give them a wave!

Iceland is located at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which runs right through it. This location means that the island is highly geologically active with many volcanoes and geysers. The unspoiled nature, majestic mountains and stunning waterfalls are among Europe's most powerful and awe-inspiring. We will spend three days discovering many of Iceland's secrets, both of nature and of culture.

From Iceland we continue to the less-visited parts of southern Greenland, and then onward to the highlights of Disco Bay. En route we will visit traditional Inuit settlements and other places of historical interest. You will experience Greenland’s fascinating culture, visit historical sites from the Viking era, and see impressive alpine landscapes and the Ilulissat Icefjord. The spectacular scenery and the midnight sun provide a stunning backdrop to this expedition.

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Day 1: The Gateway to the Arctic

Location : Tromsø, Norway

When Roald Amundsen recruited members to his famous expeditions, he traveled to Tromsø in order to find men (yes – it was men only in those days) with navigational experience in icy oceans, men who knew how to survive with minimal means in the Arctic. Today, Tromsø is a refined version of itself 100 years ago, and the gateway to the Arctic.

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Day 2: The most beautiful islands

Location : Lofoten Islands, Norway

We reach the Vesterålen Islands early in the morning. As we sail along the coast there are good opportunities to spot whales from the deck, as they usually feed in this area. Myre is one of the largest fishing villages in Norway, and a place to experience local culture and hikes. In the evening we will sail through the narrow Raftsund between Lofoten and Vesterålen, with mountains stretching up nearly 4,000 feet straight from the sea. Then you will experience something extraordinary as we sail into the pristine Trollfjord. The midnight sun and sea eagles circling around the mountain peaks will make it even more memorable.

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Day 3: The fishing village

Location : Henningsvær, Norway

The picturesque fishing village of Henningsvær is comprised of a number of islets spread among the waters of the Vestfjord. Go ashore and discover the most well-preserved architecture of the traditional Norwegian villages, charming cafés, small restaurants, and the Hus Gallery. In the afternoon we will sail with the tidewater current through the 11-mile long Gimsøy Strait.

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Day 4: Sailing the Norwegian Sea

Location : Norwegian Sea

This is an excellent day to participate in expert lectures from our expedition team.

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Day 5: One of the most isolated islands in the world

Location : Jan Mayen, Svalbard

Jan Mayen is the most isolated island in the Northern Hemisphere. Tourists visiting and actually landing on the shores of Jan Mayen are extremely rare. We will do our best to make it possible to set foot on this exotic outpost. 

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Day 6: Towards the Saga Island

Location : Greenland Sea

We will be sailing along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a tectonic plate that separates the Eurasian and North American continents. This mid-ocean ridge is a part of the longest underwater mountain range in the world.

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Day 7: Where the Arctic Circle meets Iceland

Location : Grímsey, Iceland

Grímsey is where the Arctic Circle touches Iceland, and we will use our Polarcirkel boats to reach this green and grassy island. The Arctic Circle cuts across the island and you can step across that line. 

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Day 8: The Sagaland

Location : Stykkishólmur, Iceland

As we reach the west region of Iceland, you will understand why this area is called ‘The Sagaland’. Take your time to explore Stykkishólmur and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula with lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanic activity, and hot and cold springs. Participate in a range of exciting excursions such as kayaking, hiking, and horseback riding.

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Day 9: Smoky Bay

Location : Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city. Norwegian settlers named the place Reykjavik (meaning ‘Smoky Bay’) after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area and made such a profound impression. The surroundings offer fantastic natural beauty with geysers, mountains, glaciers, and hot springs.

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Day 10: Towards Greenland

Location : Denmark Strait

While crossing the Denmark Strait we sail in the wake of the great Norse settlers who left the shores of Iceland more than 900 years ago. 

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Day 11: Through the narrow channel

Location : Prins Christian Sund / Nunap Isua

We will sail through the narrow channel of Prins Christian Sund and enjoy the spectacular scenery here. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell).

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Day 12: A colourful contrast

Location : Qassiarsuk, Greenland

In Qassiarsuk you will find green fields dotted with white sheep, lush vegetation, and busy farmsteads. This forms a colorful contrast to the icescapes at sea. Qassiarsuk is also where Viking Erik the Red built his Brattahlíð estate in 982 A.D. It is a great area to try optional activities such as kayaking, hiking, or exploring the town on foot.

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Day 13: Kaffemik and colourful houses

Location : Hvalsey and Qaqortoq, Greenland

In Hvalsey you will find some of the best-preserved ruins from the Norse period. Hvalsey Church was probably built in the 14th century. We use Polarcirkel boats to go ashore so you can explore the area for yourself. Many consider Qaqortoq one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland due to its colorful houses. The excursions we offer here include an interesting visit to the only tannery in Greenland, a city walk with a guide, and a 'kaffemik' to meet the locals and share in a traditional open-house gathering featuring a selection of homemade foods.

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Day 14: The Oldest Town in Greenland

Location : Nuuk, Greenland

Nuuk is the oldest town in Greenland. It is situated at the mouth of one of the largest and most spectacular fjord systems in the world. City tours and hikes are among the optional excursions you can participate in while you are here.

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Day 15: The Disko Bay

Location : Sisimiut, Greenland

The Disco Bay area offers fantastic sailing with wildlife and spectacular nature. Colorful villages cling to rough, rocky hills at the feet of the mountains surrounding the inland ice. Join excursions such as kayaking, hiking, or other activities. In Sisimiut you can watch the artists make jewelry and crafts from bone, leather and metal; join a sightseeing tour or hike; and taste Greenlandic specialities at a local restaurant. 

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Day 16: Ilulissat Icefjord

Location : Ilulissat, Greenland

Ilulissat is set in marvelous surroundings at the Ilulissat Icefjord and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. You will see enormous icebergs run aground at the mouth of the fjord just outside the town. We offer a variety of optional shore excursions including hikes, a town walk with a historical theme, and a boat tour to the Icefjord.

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Day 17: The hollow

Location : Itilleq, Greenland

The small settlement of Itilleq has around 130 inhabitants. They are mainly engaged in hunting and fishing occupations. Visit one of the families who live here, shop for some of the area’s arts and crafts, or have fun playing soccer with the locals.

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Day 19: The almighty Ice Cap

Location : Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Kangerlussuaq is situated at the end of the Kangerlussuaq Fjord and this is where the expedition ends. After disembarking, you can join an excursion to the ice cap before you take the night flight to Copenhagen.

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Day: 19 The city awaits

Location : Copenhagen, Denmark

Your flight arrives in Copenhagen early in the morning.

Dates for Summer 2017:

June 5, 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 Grand Arctic Traverse

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Highlights

  • Visit the Lofoten Islands, Iceland, and Greenland on one expedition
  • Engage in interesting lectures on environmental and historical topics presented by the expedition team
  • Take part in a variety of landings, excursions, and activities to fully explore the wonderous Arctic destinations
  • Experience the midnight sun, a surreal summer phenomenon.

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