Expedition to the Arctic Islands

Oslo - Longyearbyen - Greenland - Reykjavik

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.

  • Embark on an expedition to Spitsbergen, Greenland, and Iceland
  • Discover the largest national park in the world, with opportunities to see polar bears, musk oxen, polar hares, polar wolves, and the Greenland falcon
  • Observe and admire untouched landscapes, deep fjords, and high mountains
  • Have an opportunity to see the northern lights, a magical winter phenomena


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 this 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 characterised by big inland glaciers and a typical alpine landscape, and is filled with spectacular contrasts from lush areas to naked moraines, rocky ridges and glaciers diving 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 start to realise 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 hanging glaciers and dramatic vertical granite walls, reaches as far as the eye can see. The chances of meeting a polar wolf or a polar bear are far greater than meeting representatives of our own species.

The mythical Saga 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 like 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


  • 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

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Cruise Itinerary

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. Therefore, this itinerary is only an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

August 24, 2017

Departure port Oslo, Norway/Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Day 1
Photo: Henrik Nilsen Photo

The blue, the green and the city in between

Location : 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.

Day 2
Photo: Linda Rayner Photo

Arctic landscapes

Location : 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.

Day 3
Photo: Esther Kokmeijer Photo

Submerged in alpine landscapes

Location : 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.

Day 4
Photo: Hurtigruten Photo

Sailing the Arctic Seas

Location : 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.

Days 5-11
Photo: Chelsea Claus Photo

The world's largest national park

Location : 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.

Day 12
Photo: Sandra Walser Photo

The most isolated town in Greenland

Location : 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.

Day 13

Vigur Island

Location : Vigur Island

We set course towards the Westfjord and head for Vigur Island, the second largest of the islands in Ísafjarðardjúp fjord.

The island is privately owned and has a well-deserved reputation for bird watching and during the breeding season it is home to puffins, black guillemot, Arctic terns, eider ducks and other seabirds. Although the main season is far gone, it should still be possible to see birds.

Vigur’s beautiful landscape conveys a sense of timelessness and the family that still lives here bases its livelihood mainly on tourism along with collection of eggs and eiderdown. The only surviving windmill of the country is maintained here as is the smallest post office in Europe.

The island is about 2 km long and 400 m wide and can accommodate visitors in small groups only. A local guide will lead the way on a leisurely walk on the island, after which light refreshments will be served.

Come afternoon the ship will leave the fjord to start the final leg of the voyage, sailing along the western part of Iceland on the way to Reykjavik.  

Day 14

The Capital of Iceland - Reykjavik

Location : Reykjavik, 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.

September 6, 2017

Location Reykjavik, Iceland
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