Grand Arctic Traverse

Tromsø - Jan Mayen - Iceland - Greenland

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.

  • 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


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!

History, culture and wild coastal landscapes on the Saga island

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 unspoilt nature, majestic mountains and stunning waterfalls are amongst Europe's most powerful and awe-inspiring. We will spend three days discovering many of Iceland's secrets, both of nature and of culture.

Explore the heart of Greenland

From Iceland we continue to the less-visited parts of southern Greenland, and then onwards 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.

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


  • Prices are in USD per person
  • 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

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.

June 5, 2017

Departure port Tromsø, Norway
Day 1
Photo: Hurtigruten Photo

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.

Day 2
Photo: Hurtigruten Photo

The most beautiful islands in the world

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.

Day 3
Photo: Neuer Ordner Photo

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.

Day 4
Photo: Hurtigruten Photo

Sailing the Norwegian Sea

Location : Norwegian Sea

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

Day 5
Photo: Tom Lennie Photo

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. 

Day 6
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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.

Day 7
Photo: Shutterstock Photo

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. 

Day 8
Photo: Thomas Mauch Photo

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’s diversity 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.

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.

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. 

Day 11
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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).

Day 12
Photo: Mads Pihl Photo

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.

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.

Day 14
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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.

Day 15
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Photo: Thomas Haltner Photo

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. 

Day 16
Photo: Chelsea Claus Photo

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.

Day 17
Photo: Thomas Haltner Photo

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.

Day 18
Photo: Hurtigruten Photo

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.

Day 19
Photo: Heather Poon Photo

The city awaits

Location : Copenhagen, Denmark

Your flight arrives in Copenhagen early in the morning.

June 22, 2017

Location Copenhagen, Denmark
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