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MS Spitsbergen - 180 Guests

Spitsbergen, Iceland, Faroe Islands

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.  Visit the ''The lands of the Elves''! Experience the beauty of the waterfalls and spot whales or Puffins. A perfect itinerary for birdwatchers. 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. 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.



 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit five wild and beautiful islands from our countries in and around the Arctic
  • Destinations include Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Scotland
  • Journeying in late autumn means the mesmerizing Northern Lights might appear
  • Explore habitats with a range of wildlife and famous for bird- and whale-watching

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person
Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
Sep 22, 2022Oct 06, 20226,133 6,308
Sep 23, 2023Oct 07, 20236,133 6,308
Rates are listed per person
Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
Sep 22, 2022Oct 06, 20226,133 6,308
Sep 23, 2023Oct 07, 20236,133 6,308


ITINERARY

Day 1 Oslo / Longyearbyen
Day 2 Longyearbyen
Day 3-4 Spitsbergen
Day 5 At sea
Day 6 Jan Mayen Island
Day 7 At sea
Day 8 Akureyri
Day 9 Húsavík
Day 10 Bakkagerði
Day 11 Enjoy a day at sea
Day 12 Elduvík
Day 13 Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Day 14 Lerwick
Day 15 Bergen


Day 1 From 59º N to 78º N
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 Lively Frontier Town in the High Arctic
After an overnight stay, you have the opportunity to explore the colorful frontier outpost of Longyearbyen before boarding your ship in the afternoon. An excursion after lunch is included in your voyage or, choose from a selection of optional adventures before your voyage begins.

Day 3-4 Exploring Spitsbergen
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. There we plan to make some exciting landings and have scenic kayaking opportunities.

Day 5 Relaxing 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 The Isolated Arctic Island with an Active Volcano
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 Toward Iceland
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 Capital of Northern Iceland
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 Top Spot for Whale-Watching
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 The Land of the Elves
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 null
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 Charming Village of the Faroe Islands
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 The Oldest Capital in the World
The Faroe Islands are a group of 18 isles that lie in the middle of the North Atlantic, halfway between the Shetland Islands and Iceland.?Tórshavn?is one of the smallest capitals in the world, with just 15,000 inhabitants. It was founded in the 10th?century, and?might very well be the oldest capital in northern Europe. Since the turn of the 20th century,?Tórshavn?has grown rapidly, and is today the economic, cultural and administrative centre of the Faroes. The town is a charming blend of old and new with small houses in nearly every colour.?

Day 14 Center of Scotland’s Shetland Islands
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 15 End of the Expedition
The Faroe Islands comprise 18 isles in the middle of the North Atlantic, halfway between the Shetland Islands and Iceland. Tórshavn is one of the world’s smallest capitals, with just 15,000 inhabitants. It was founded in the 10th century, and might very well be the oldest capital in northern Europe. Since the turn of the 20th century, Tórshavn has grown rapidly, and today is the economic, cultural and administrative center of the Faroes. The town is a charming blend of old and new with small houses in nearly every color.

MS Spitsbergen (Expedition, 180-guests)

MS Spitsbergen joined the Hurtigruten fleet in 2016. The ship features high technical standards as well as comfortable, modern public areas and cabins. The vessel's fresh Scandinavian design reflects a colour palette derived from the sea. She is modern and environmentally progressive, and further improvements have been planned that will reduce emissions and fuel consumption even more. The new ship's maneuverability and optimal size make her quite suitable for exploring polar waters.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

Flights
  • Flights in coach class from Oslo to Longyearbyen after the expedition cruise
Transfers
  • Transfer from the airport in Longyearbyen to the ship before the expedition cruise
Expedition Cruise
  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with very limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions
Onboard Activities
  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, sauna with floor-to-ceiling window, and indoor gym
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come
Landing Activities
  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers help with your camera settings before landings
Not Included In Your Expedition
  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
Notes
  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected

 

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