Greenland to Svalbard Expedition

Kangerlussuaq - Longyearbyen - Oslo

Set out on an Arctic expedition to four remote and uniquely different islands. Explore the largest of them all, Greenland; the small and isolated Jan Mayen; stunning Iceland; and the Arctic crown of Norway, Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Sailing though spectacular landscapes steeped in history, culture, and amazing wildlife makes an extraordinary expedition.

  • Discover Norse heritage in Greenland, Jan Mayen, Iceland, and Spitsbergen - all in the same journey
  • See a number of spectacular large fjord systems in Greenland and Spitsbergen
  • See the amazing and varied Arctic wildlife at each destination
  • Enjoy a summer expedition under the midnight sun

Overview

Enjoy a variety of islands in the Arctic. Explore the largest of them all, Greenland, the small and isolated Jan Mayen, stunning Iceland, and the Arctic crown of Norway, Spitsbergen. 

Unique Culture and Breathtaking Nature

This expedition starts in Greenland, where the Arctic wilderness offers us some of the most spectacular and pristine scenery on earth. Join us as we sail under the midnight sun, through a landscape that is rich in culture and history, and has spectacular wildlife. Our expedition team includes locals, to give you an authentic experience of the true Greenland.

Discover the True Meaning of Isolation

Jan Mayen is the most isolated island in the Northern Hemisphere. This exotic outpost has no permanent settlers, except for the 18 people working at the Norwegian radio and meteorological station.

From Lush Nature to Dramatic Tundra

Reykjavik is ideal for recreational activities. The dramatic, rugged landscape features volcanic craters, caves, lava fields, geothermal waters, and hot springs. A variety of restaurants, museums, churches, lighthouses, and festivals add surprisingly rich cultural offerings. Iceland's unspoiled landscapes feature stunning waterfalls, green meadows, volcanic craters, caves, lava fields, geothermal waters, and hot springs form a lush contrast to the landscapes of Spitsbergen, but the dramatic tundra nature in Spitsbergen is no less impressive, with the magnificent Isfjord, majestic mountains, and impressive wilderness only inhabited by birds, seals, walrus, and polar bears.

Your Voyage Price Includes:

  • Hurtigruten expedition voyage in the cabin category of your choice on a full board basis (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
  • Economy flights from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq and Longyearbyen to Oslo
  • Transfer from the airport to the ship in Kangerlussuaq
  • Transfer from the ship to the airport in Longyearbyen
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket (yours to keep)
  • 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 to/from the US
  • Travel Insurance
  • 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
Itinerary

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 22, 2017

Departure port Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Day 1
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Photo: Heather Poon Photo

From the Big City to the Arctic Wilderness


Location : Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

This expedition starts with a flight from Copenhagen. Less than five hours later you'll reach the settlement of Kangerlussuaq in Greenland. This small airstrip is the main gateway to Greenland, and upon arrival, your transfer to MS Fram will be waiting for you.

Kangerlussuaq is the main gateway to Greenland. Slightly fewer than 600 people live and work in Kangerlussuaq (which means 'the long fjord'). The airport was built by the Americans during World War II and operated as an American base until 1992. Today, Kangerlussuaq is a commercial airport. Kangerlussuaq is situated only 25 miles from the immense Greenland ice sheet. This indescribable wasteland of ice stretches 1,553 miles from north to south and nearly 621 miles from east to west at the widest part of the country. The tallest point of the ice sheet is 1,988 feet above sea level. The unpaved road here goes through a wide variety of the most beautiful natural scenery, from Arctic desert to tundra with low-growing shrubs, and through hilly terrain with a grand view of the edge of the ice sheet.

Day 2
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Photo: Thomas Haltner Photo

The Oldest Town in Greenland


Location : Nuuk, Greenland

Nuuk is the capital and the oldest town in Greenland. Old and new traditions meet here, from picturesque old buildings in ‘Kolonihaven’ to the modern buildings of the Greenland Home Rule. It is located on the tip of a large peninsula, at the mouth of one of the largest and most spectacular fjord systems in the world.

The capital of Greenland inhabits about 16,000 people and is the political and social center of Greenland. Nuuk is the oldest town in Greenland, and was founded by the Danish-Norwegian missionary Hans Egede in 1728. The name 'Nuuk' means 'peninsula', an accurate description of the city’s location on the tip of a large peninsula at the mouth of one of the largest and most spectacular fjord systems in the world. Today the town is a place where old and new traditions meet, from picturesque old buildings in Kolonihaven to the modern buildings of the Greenland Home Rule. As the capital city, Nuuk is also home to a university, a teacher-training college, churches, and the Greenland National Museum, which houses the mummies from Qilakilsoq.

Day 3
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Photo: Hilde Foss Photo

The Abandoned Mining Town of Ivittuut


Location : Ivittuut, Greenland

The abandoned mining town of Ivittuut is a stronghold for musk oxen. Vikings settled the area more than a thousand years ago. Ivittuut was built on the ruins of the so-called Norse Middle Settlement. In summertime, we might meet some hunters who return to inhabit the old houses by the sea.

Day 4
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Photo: Mads Phil Photo

The Hillsides of Qassiarsuk


Location : Qassiarsuk, Greenland

A little over a thousand years ago (985 A.D.), a group of Norsemen left Iceland to settle in Greenland. Their leader, Erik the Red, named his chieftain’s seat 'Brattahlíð', meaning ‘steep hill’ in Old Norse. Soon afterward, the Norsemen established a flourishing community in the fjord. Farming is still the main occupation in Qassiarsuk, and the sheep farmers in the area cultivate the same fields and let their animals graze on the same hillsides. Enjoy a guided walk through the village and see the reconstructions of Erik the Red’s farm and the church he built for his wife, Tjodhilde’s Church.

Days 5-6
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Sailing Nunap Isua and the Denmark Strait


Location : Denmark Strait

On this day we leave Greenland behind and sail around the southernmost point of Greenland, called 'Nunap Isua' (Cape Farewell), before traveling across the Denmark Strait on our way to Iceland. The Denmark Strait connects the Greenland Sea to the Irminger Sea. This is the crossing the Vikings used while migrating from Iceland to South Greenland some 1,000 years ago. Ingeneously, the Vikings would look at the direction of the flight of the seabirds to find land.

The Denmark Strait was also a battle ground during World War II between ships of the UK's Royal Navy and Germany's Kriegsmarine on May 24, 1941. At this battle, the British battleship HMS Prince of Wales fought the largest German battleship, Bismark, which was attempting to break into the North Atlantic to attack Allied merchant shipping.

During these days at sea the expedition team will be at your disposal and will share their knowledge during interesting lectures.

Day 7
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The Capital of Iceland


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. Its surrounding areas offer fantastic natural beauty with geysers, mountains, glaciers, and hot springs.

Day 8
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Photo: Hilde Foss 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
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Photo: Trond Gansmoe Johnsen Photo

Heading North


Location : Greenland Sea

Following the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that divides the North American and the Eurasian continental plates, we enter into the Greenland Sea on this crossing. The Greenland Sea borders Greenland to the west and the Svalbard archipelago to the east. This complex water current system was first described in detail in 1909 by Fridtjof Nansen. This area was also a popular whale-hunting ground for 300 years, until the beginning of the 20th century. Whales in this area have been protected since 1911. The expedition team will share their knowledge during the lectures as we set sail toward Jan Mayen.

Day 10
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Photo: Tom Lennie Photo

An Extreme Rarity


Location : Jan Mayen, Svalbard

Jan Mayen is the most isolated island in the Northern Hemisphere. It is home to the Beerenberg Volcano, the northernmost active volcano on earth. 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 11
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Sailing to Spitsbergen


Location : Sailing the Barents Sea/Arctic Ocean

Enjoy a day at sea with lectures from the expedition team as we sail toward Spitsbergen and Longyearbyen.

We sail through a rather shallow shelf with an average depth of only 755 feet. Part of the Arctic Ocean, the Barents Sea has a high biological production compared to other oceans of similar latitude.

The Barets Sea was named after the Dutch explorer Wilhelm Barents, who on one of his expeditions to find the Northern Sea Route, happened to sight Spitsbergen - a name he gave due to the alpine mountains he observed.

 

Day 12
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Photo: Linda Rayner Photo

The Most Prominent Fjord System


Location : The Isfjord & Longyearbyen, Svalbard

The Isfjord is the most prominent and extensive fjord system on Svalbard, and we will sail through it on our way to Longyearbyen. We will arrive at this unique and exotic settlement during the night.

Longyearbyen is the Norwegian administrative center of Svalbard. It is a small community of only 2,000 inhabitants but has an atmosphere that resembles it being part of a much larger city. Here you will find cafés and several excellent restaurants and hotels. There's also a hospital, a university, and more sports-equipment outfitters than anywhere else on Earth, in preportion to its population.

Day 13
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Photo: Henrik Nilsen Photo

The Edventure Ends


Location : Longyearbyen & Flight to Oslo

As we have reached the end destination for this expedition, you will probably sense that time has passed faster than expected. Lingering is the subtle exhilaration of having spent time on top of the world, just a few hundred miles from the Geographic North Pole. An early morning transfer takes you to the airport for your flight back to Oslo.

July 4, 2017

Location Longyearbyen and Flight to Oslo
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