The Arctic Fjords Expedition

Reykjavik -  Jan Mayen -  Bergen

Join us for an expedition where you'll discover raw beauty and epic landscapes, from Iceland to the largest fjord system in the world to the gems of the stunning Norwegian coast.

  • Explore the biggest fjord system in the world and observe the effects of climate change
  • Visit Iceland, Greenland, and Norway on the same voyage
  • Observe the wildlife of the Arctic, including birds such as the ptarmigan, the Arctic hare, and the lemming
  • Discover the most isolated town in Greenland, which is inhabited by trappers with special permission to hunt within the area

Overview

On this amazing expedition, you explore the magnificent nature of Greenland in the Scoresbysund fjord. This fjord extends 217 miles inland and offers spectacular scenery and tranquil surroundings.

Understand the meaning of "isolated"

Starting in Iceland's capital Reykjavik, we cross the ocean to visit the most isolated and remote town on Greenland. Ittoqqortoormiit is almost as far as you can get from any other inhabited area in Greenland. For up to nine months of the year, the town is cut off from the outside world, as ice freezes the ocean. Neighbouring the town is the world’s largest national park, a vast wilderness featuring 11,000 miles of rugged coastline.

Enormous and stunningly beautiful

Then, we spend eight days cruising this vast wilderness, including the world's biggest fjord, which features high mountains and basalt cliffs. The awe-inspiring beauty of this enormous fjord system is enhanced further by its native wildlife. You will see birds, musk oxen, reindeer, walrus and maybe even a polar bear. Several places show no evidence that people have ever set foot there before. 

We cross the Arctic Ocean and land on Jan Mayen, a volcanic island in the middle of the sea. You'll then have the chance to see some of the Norwegian fjords and the gems along the rugged Norwegian coast.

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)
  • 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
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.

September 6, 2017

Departure port Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 1
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The cool capital


Location : Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, is home to an impressive collection of interesting attractions and places of historic significance, from landmarks such as Hallgrímskirkja and the Pearl to the natural wonders in close proximity to the city – including glaciers, waterfalls, geysers, and mountains. Enjoy discovering Reykjavik on your own before you embark MS Fram in the afternoon. 

Day 2
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Photo: Hilde Foss Photo

Charming Ísafjörður


Location : Ísafjörður, Iceland

Ísafjörður was an ancient church site before becoming a trading port in the 16th century. Today, it boasts charming streets of old timber houses, many of which have remained unchanged since the 18th century when the harbor was full of ships and Norwegian whaling crews. Explore the city on your own or join the expedition team on activities including hikes, horseback riding, and sampling the local cuisine.

Day 3
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Photo: Sandra Walser Photo

The most isolated town in Greenland


Location : Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland

Ittoqqortoormiit (or Scoresbysund) is the most isolated town in Greenland. With only 560 inhabitants, the trappers living here are the only people allowed to hunt within the Northeast Greenland National Park. As you explore the town, you’ll probably notice the racks used by these hunters to dry animal skins. The town is right next to the world’s largest and deepest multi-branched fjord system. A special basalt rock formation with horizontal lines runs through the cliffs, marking the transition to the even more desolate area of Northeastern Greenland.

Days 4-8
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Exploring the Scoresbysund Fjord System


Location : Scoresbysund, Greenland

On this day we start exploring the world’s largest fjord system. You will notice the change in climate as we leave the warmer waters of the Gulf Stream and enter the cold-water current that follows the coast of East Greenland. Some of the places we visit on this expedition have not been visited by other humans for the last 200 years, if at all!

Day 9
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Photo: Tom Lennie Photo

One of the most isolated islands in the world


Location : Jan Mayen, Svalbard

The Norwegian island of Jan Mayen is one of the most isolated in the world. Located where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, the island is home to Beerenberg, the northernmost active volcano on Earth. Dutch whalers operated from Jan Mayen in the 16th century, but today only a Norwegian weather station accommodates a few brave individuals throughout the year. Visits to Jan Mayen are extremely rare, especially from tourists. As one of the few vessels operating in this area, MS Fram and its crew will attempt to make a rare landing on this most exotic Arctic island.

Day 10
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Sailing the Norwegian Sea


Location : Norwegian Sea

Spending a day at sea is an opportunity for relaxing or enjoying lectures.

Day 11
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Photo: Trym Ivar Bergsmo Photo

Explore Raftsundet, Trollfjord and the Lofoten Islands


Location : Lofoten Islands, Norway

As we reach the Norwegian mainland, we sail through the narrow Raftsund before navigating into the even narrower Trollfjord, where the vertical mountain walls rise right out of the sea. Then, we spend the day in Lofoten, giving you the opportuity to explore this spectacular area, known for its excellent fishing, extreme nature, and picturesque fishing villages.

Day 12
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Photo: Hans Föller Photo

The mountain with a hole


Location : Torghatten, Norway

Torghatten is one of the famous landmarks along the Helgeland coast, and from the deck you have front row seats to this mountain with a hole in the middle. 

Day 13
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Photo: Tommy Simonsen Photo

The amazing archipelago


Location : Frøya, Norway

The island of Frøya is located off the coast of Trøndelag and is surrounded by more than 5,400 islets and reefs, making up an amazing archipelago. Sistranda is the administrative center and a charming little village.

Day 14
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Photo: Dominic Barrington Photo

Witness the Trollstigen Moutains and Vermafossen Waterfall


Location : Åndalsnes, Norway

We will spend a day in Åndalsnes, a popular destination due to its location at the foot of spectacular mountains. The Trollstigen mountain road and Vermafossen Waterfall are both popular attractions here. 

Day 15
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Return to civilisation


Location : Bergen, Norway

Our expedition ends in Bergen. Take the opportunity to spend some time strolling through the streets and enjoy sites such as Bergen’s colorful UNESCO-listed Bryggen district before you fly home.

September 20, 2017

Location Bergen, Norway
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