Epic Crossing of the Arctic North

Kangerlussuaq - Reykjavik - Bergen

Embark on an incredible expedition to Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, the Shetland Islands, and Norway. The North Atlantic beckons active explorers with the promise of glistening glaciers, spectacular fjords, and unique cultural experiences.

  • Learn about the unique and distinct characteristics of the local islanders
  • Experience one of the most diverse expeditions Hurtigruten offers
  • Take part in exciting excursions throughout the expedition
  • Engage in interesting lectures on relevant topics presented by our expedition team

Overview

This expedition takes you to Greenland, the biggest island in the Arctic, the mythical Iceland and the smaller Faroe and Shetland Islands. This is an adventure that cannot be compared to anything else in the Northern Hemisphere.

Explore Greenland's arctic wilderness

Greenland is the largest island on the planet and its frozen coastline has witnessed the birth of some of nature’s most breathtaking creations. Here, the struggle for survival has engendered mankind with a healthy respect for the environment and we witness the unique interaction of man and nature as we sail through a landscape rich in culture, history and spectacular wildlife, into the northern lands of the midnight sun.

Wild and mythical islands

From Greenland, we sail east to visit Iceland's historical capital, Reykjavik. Then, we cross the North Sea to experience the wild beauty of the Faroe and Shetland Islands. We end this adventure in Bergen, Norway, the so-called 'Gateway to the Fjords'. We can certainly say that this is one of our most diverse expeditions!

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 Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq
  • Transfer from airport to ship in Kangerlussuaq
  • 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:

• 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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Itinerary

Voyage 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 20, 2017

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

The adventure begins


Location : Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Your flight from Copenhagen lands in Kangerlussuaq in the evening. You'll find MS Spitsbergen here, ready to start your expedition.

Why Copenhagen?

  • Easy to access – Enjoy direct-flight accessibility to Greenland (included in your voyage price) with multiple international flight carriers.

  • Charming and picturesque – Being there is like taking a page from a Hans Christian Andersen story!

  • Friendly and welcoming people – Danish people are officially the happiest people on Earth!

  • Multiple accommodation options, versus those you’ll find in Reykjavik, which are often sold out and very pricey.

  • Award-winning food – This small city boasts 15 Michelin-starred restaurants and counting!

  • Beautiful palaces - The three central palaces of Copenhagen are must-sees: Christiansborg, for the (free) tower climb; Rosenborg, for the beautiful Knights’ Hall; and Amalienborg, for the changing of the guards.

  • Denmark doesn't use the Euro, but the Danish Krone, which is great for currency conversion! Tipping is minimal. Restaurant bills normally include a service charge and taxi drivers don't expect a tip, although it's customary to round up the amount.
Days 2-4
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Photo: Chelsea Claus Photo

Exploring Northwest Greenland


Location : Qeqertarsuaq, Ilulissat and Sisimut, Greenland

Qeqertarsuaq is the only town situated on the old volcanic island of Disko. The area offers amazing Arctic experiences. Join optional excursions such as a tour of the town, kayaking, or an ice-cruising boat tour. If you appreciate archaeology and history, you should definitely pay a visit to the local museum. Alternatively, you can stroll around the town on your own. 

Day 5
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Photo: Thomas Haltner Photo

The oldest town in Greenland


Location : Nuuk, Greenland

Nuuk is the oldest town in Greenland and is situated at the mouth of one of the largest and most spectacular fjord systems in the world. Today, this is where old and new traditions meet, from picturesque old buildings in Kolonihaven to the buildings of the Greenland Home Rule. As the capital city, Nuuk is also home to a university, a teacher-training college, many churches, and the Greenland National Museum, which houses the mummies from Qilakilsoq. City tours, hikes, and possibly a flight are among the optional excursions. 

Days 6-7
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Photo: Mads Phil Photo

Exploring Southern Greenland


Location : Narsaq, Qassiarsuk, Hvalsey and Qaqortoq, Greenland

Narsaq is located on the beautiful shores of the Tunulliarfik Fjord. This part of South Greenland has been inhabited for thousands of years. It is a great area for optional activities such as kayaking, hiking, or wandering around the town. Join the optional boat trip or the settlement walk to explore Qassiarsuk, the site where Eric the Red built his Brattahlíð estate in 982 A.D. When Eric the Red was banished from Iceland he escaped to the land he called Greenland. He chose to settle in Qassiarsuk because he believed the area to be the richest and best site in on the island.

Day 8
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Photo: Thomas Mauch Photo

The southern shores


Location : Nunap Isua, Greenland

Greenland’s southern shores contain some of the most culturally and scenically diverse regions on this giant island. Conditions permitting, we will try to sail through the narrow, 70-mile-long Prins Christian Sund channel, which crosses the southernmost point of Greenland, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell).

Day 9
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Photo: Martin Johansen Photo

Heading east


Location : Denmark Strait

As we cross the Denmark Strait, you can either use the day to relax or join the variety of lectures on topics including history, biology, and geology.

Day 10
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The capital of Iceland


Location : Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik is believed to be the first permanent Viking settlement in Iceland and is now its modern capital. The surrounding area offers fantastic natural beauty: geysers, mountains, glaciers, and geothermal hot springs.

Day 11
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Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen Photo

Sailing towards the Faroe Islands


Location : The Arctic Seas

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with onboard lectures as we sail to the Faroe Islands.

Day 12
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Photo: Leslie A. Kelly Photo

The Volcanic Island


Location : Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands are a group of 18 volcanic islands in the middle of the North Atlantic, half way between the Shetland Islands and Iceland. Tórshavn is one of the smallest capital cities in the world, with only 15,000 inhabitants. It was founded in the 10th century, and might very well be the oldest original capital in northern Europe. Since the turn of the 20th century, Tórshavn has grown rapidly, and is now the economic, cultural, and administrative center of the Faroe Islands. The town is a charming blend of old and new, featuring small houses in nearly every color.

Day 13
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Photo: Barbara Schoog Photo

Exploring the Shetland Islands


Location : Lerwick, Shetland Islands

Lerwick is the main port in the Shetland Islands, and by far the northernmost town of Scotland. It was founded in the 17th century as a fishing port, and fishing is still the main industry on the island, in addition to the ferry and oil industry. Today, while most of Shetland remains isolated, Lerwick is a bustling, cosmopolitan seaport with services and amenities typically found only in much larger places on the British mainland.  The old waterfront is packed with visiting yachts and working fishing boats. In the surrounding area, you will find some of Shetland's most attractive scenery and an extraordinary concentration of archaeological sites, including two remarkable Iron Age villages and Europe's best-preserved broch, a drystone dwelling also dating from the Iron Age.

Day 14
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Photo: Hurtigruten Photo

Return to civilisation


Location : Bergen, Norway

Our arrival in Bergen signals the end of this expedition, but we recommend that you take the time to explore this charming city before you head home. Stroll through the picturesque streets and enjoy the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of ‘Bryggen’ (the Wharf) and the fish market.

September 2, 2017

Location Bergen, Norway
Your Ship Experiences

Excursions

Challenge your inner explorer and experience everything the North Atlantic islands have to offer with our diverse range of optional excursions.

Articles

Learn more about our destinations on this voyage.

Videos

Immerse yourself in the adventures you can experience on a voyage to Greenland

Extend Your Voyage

Flight Packages

Please contact us if you want to add on a flight from the US to Copenhagen or from Bergen to the US. Flight packages include transfers.