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Arctic Climate Voyage tour

Arctic Climate Voyage

Hurtigruten
3.8 . Great
88%
Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
9 days
From: $ 3,483 $ 387 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Learn more about the climate changes
  • Fascinating lectures from the Expedition team
  • Landings, excursions and activities
  • Visit Iceland, Jan Mayen and Spitsbergen

Short Description

The first stop in Spitsbergen is Ny-Ålesund, one of the world’s northernmost permanently populated communities. As we try to cross the 80th parallel you might be in luck and spot walrus, whales and polar bears that use these waters as hunting grounds. After exploring the North West Spitsbergen National Park and the Isfjorden, it is time leave one of the last large European wilderness areas behind and end the Climate Voyage in Longyearbyen.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Internal airfare and ground transport
Start City Reykjavik
End City Longyearbyen/OSLO

Trip Includes

  • Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Wind and water resistant jacket
  • One way economy flight between Longyearbyen and Oslo
  • Transfer ship to airport in Longyearbyen
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities onboard and ashore
  • Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

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Itinerary

Day 1: Reykjavik

Reykjavik and Iceland is the starting point of the Climate Voyage. We sail towards Svalbard in the wake of the Vikings who pioneered this route more than 800 years ago. According to history they sailed for four days and three nights northbound before hitting something with a “cold edge” (the literal meaning of Svalbard). 

Day 2: Ísafjörður

Ísafjörður is the largest town in Iceland's Westfjord peninsula. It is an ancient church site and a trading post since the 16th century. Take a stroll around this cosy town and join one of our wide range of optional excursions.

Day 3: At sea

Crossing the Arctic Ocean we may encounter a variety of large-bodied marine mammals and be followed by the ‘sailors friend’, the Northern Fulmar, a bird of the same family as the graceful albatross. Our Expedition Team offers several lectures about climate change and there will be an on-board auction where the proceeds will go to relevant climate charities.

Day 4: Jan Mayen

The Norwegian island of Jan Mayen is one of the most isolated in the world and home to the northernmost active volcano on earth, Beerenberg. It is located where the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates meet. 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. MS Fram and her crew will, as one of the very few operating in this water, attempt to make a rare landing on this most exotic Arctic island.

Day 5: At sea

Once again you are welcome to join our lecture programme and observe seabirds and sea mammals from deck.

Day 6: Ny-Ålesund

Situated at 78º 55’ N, Ny-Ålesund is one of the world’s northernmost year-round communities. The settlement i historically rooted in coal mining. In the heroic age of exploration this was the starting point of several historical attempts to reach the North Pole. Names like Amundsen, Ellsworth and Nobile are strongly linked to the place, and you can still see the airship mast that Nobile’s dirigible “Norge” was moored to before its departure on the first trans-polar flight. Today, Ny-Ålesund is an important campus for scientists from leading research institutes such as the Alfred Wegener Institute and the Norwegian Polar Institute. In 2005, a state-of-the-art marine laboratory was opened to facilitate the fieldwork of marine biologists and oceanographers. There is also a small visitor centre in Ny-Ålesund.

Day 7: North West Spitsbergen National Park

We will try crossing the 80th parallel. Until a couple of decades ago, a plan to get this far north would have been inconceivable at this time of the year. If we are lucky we will spot some of the larger species that use these waters as hunting grounds. Keep your eyes open for walrus, whales and polar bears.

Day 8: North West Spitsbergen National Park

The Isfjord is a fraction more hospitable than the savage Arctic Ocean, and is home to several giant bird cliffs. The Alkhorn is nesting place for species like the Brünnich’s Guillemot and the Kittiwake. Seabirds make up an important link between the marine and the terrestrial food chain. We will see evidence of the lush areas below the cliff – fertilised by bird droppings.

Day 9: Longyearbyen/OSLO

When arriving after midnight in Longyearbyen, our Climate Voyage has come to an end. It's time for transfer to the airport and the flight back to Oslo.

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8 Hurtigruten Travel Reviews & Ratings

88%
3.8 out of 5 (100+ reviews)
Excellent 3
Great 3
Average 0
Disappointing 1
Terrible 1
Value
3.8
Guide
3.3
Activities
3.8
Lodging
3.5
Transportation
3.8
Meals
3.8

Arctic Climate Voyage

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An Excellent Adventure on the MV Fram and Crew

4.0
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Value4.0
Guide4.0
Activities4.0
Lodging4.0
Transportation4.0
Meals4.0
My travel buddy and I flew to Spitsbergen from Oslo. Before our cruise we stayed overyight at the Radisson Blu Hotel. Nothing fancy, just a place to wait for the ship. The staff was helpful and friendly. I'll start with my only real complaint about my Fram experience: the check in procedure. We all seemed to arrive by bus from our hotels at roughly the same time...then we proceeded to our assigned deck, where I stood in line for one hour to be checked in - really, to provide them with my credit card information. The check-in process needs to be streamlined and improved. Other than that, the crew, the ship, almost everything and everyone met or exceeded my expectations.

If we didn't want to purchase a drink package we were able to have water with each meal, and the food was VERY good. Our cabin was small but acceptable for the week we were on board. One of our excursions - a hike - was really more of a forced march. The terrain was so rough I couldn't enjoy the scenery because of the necessity to look where every step was taking me. The pace was far too fast for the conditions. Before we began our cruise I hoped for just one decent polar bear sighting. Of course, with wildlife there are never any guarantees.From the ship we saw a total of seven polar bear! I was thrilled to come home with five VERY nice photos of them.

We also spent an hour on land watching a large group of walrus. Gliding through the heavy ice was a thrilling experience. Because of ice conditions our route was changed and a couple of landings were not possible but we knew we were at the mercy of the weather and ice. In the end, because of the ice, we didn't just circle Spitsbergen - we went around Svalbard! Of course everyone should investigate any company and specific ship and itinerary before purchasing a cruise, but I will heartily recommend Hurtigruten and the Fram to experience Spitsbergen.
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Details

Ship Name

MS Fram

Ship Stats

Year built - 2007

Shipyard - Fincantieri, Italy

Passenger capacity-318

Beds - 276

Car capacity - 0

Gross tonnage - 11647

Length - 114

Beam - 20.2

Speed - 13

Ship Description

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram brings on the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology to make her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in Polar Regions.

Fram means ‘forward’ – lifting expectations of the voyage at hand. MS Fram was built in 2007 with one mission in mind – to bring her guests closer to nature, wildlife and unforgettable experiences. The spacious outside decks include access to the very front of the ship – a great place to observe marine wildlife.

The ship is purpose built as an expedition vessel with a higher ice-class, chart drawing tools,ship depth sounding database, extractable forward sounding sonar, iceberg search lights, autonomous tracking system, oversized oil retention system for self-sufficiency, and a full ‘expedition tools-deck’ equivalent to a car-deck that holds 25 vehicles. We believe that as an explorer you need an ‘expedition base-camp’ that is comfortable – something that combines ‘all oceans capabilities’ with safety, flexibility and environmental friendliness. That’s Fram – simply the best expedition ship imaginable.

The observation lounge, with comfortable sitting areas at the top of the ship and large panoramic windows, gives you incredible views of nature. A pair of binoculars is installed for spotting wildlife and details of the ever changing landscape.

In the restaurant on deck 5, you can enjoy the finest cuisine. The floor has different levels, so no matter where your table is placed; there are views to the outdoors. The restaurant is located in the aft of the ship, on your way there you walk through an exhibition of original artefacts from the historic expeditions of Amundsen and Nansen. At the far end of the restaurant there is a balcony for taking pictures when wildlife show up during a meal. On deck 7 you will find a well-equipped fitness room, with its panoramic ocean view there is no better place to exercise. On top of the ship you can get warm and cosy in the sauna or bathe in one of the outdoor Jacuzzis. Let the warm water surround you while the icebergs float silently past the side of the ship.

With 127 cabins on Fram, you have a choice of comfortable cabins and a number of superior suites to choose from. Our suites are named after Norwegian polar heroes, MS Fram travels in the wake of these great explorers. We are very proud of the art commissioned for MS Fram – local artists from the Arctic have contributed to making her a modern masterpiece. The ‘tender pit’ is where we embark, fully dressed in suitable expedition and excursion gear, on our sturdy Polarcirkel boats to take you safely from ship to shore. The original Fram was a ship for broadening the understanding of the world – let the new MS Fram do the same for you.

Deck & Cabin Plans

Expedition Suite

  • Seating area
  • TV
  • Double bed
  • Excellent view

Our Expeditions Suites are the most exquisite cabins on the ship. Situated on upper deck, you can enjoy the most comfortable suites on board. Inside you will find seating areas with TV, bathrooms with shower/wc and most of them have double beds. All of the suites offer cabin kits, which contains bathrobe, slippers and other beauty articles.  Some of the suites do have more facilities than others.

Grand Suite

Enjoy these exclusive suites with one or two rooms, seating area, TV, kettle, tea/coffee, stereo, internet access (except MS Fram) and mini-bar. Some of them also have bathtub. Most of these suites have a private balcony or bay window. These suites are marked “MG” on the deck plan.

Suite

These elegant suites are situated on upper deck with one or two rooms, seating area, TV and mini-bar. Some of them have private balcony. These suites are marked “M” on the deck plan.

Arctic Superior

Our Arctic Superior cabins are comfortable cabins situated on both upper and middle deck, where you can enjoy a relaxing atmosphere. All the cabins have bathrooms with shower/wc. You will also find coffee and tea facilities in these cabins. Most of them have separate beds, where one can be turned into a sofa and some have double beds. Some of the cabins have more facilities than others.

Arctic Superior – Upper deck

Enjoy these comfortable cabins situated on upper decks. Some have double beds, while others have separate beds where one bed can be turned into a sofa. These cabins are marked as “U” on the deck plan.

Mini suite

Relax in these comfortable suites on upper deck. They have double beds and sofa groups. In these suites you will also find TV and mini-bar, and you can enjoy a nice view. These suites are marked ”Q” on the deck plan.

Polar Inside

Our Polar Inside cabins are situated on lower deck and offer a cosy atmosphere. All cabins include bathrooms with shower/wc (except the cabins on our nostalgic ship MS Lofoten and MS Nordstjernen, where shared bathroom and wc will be found in the hall). Most of the cabins have separate beds where one can be turned into a sofa, and others offer upper and lower berths. Some of the cabins have more facilities than others.

Polar Inside - Standard

Relax in these comfortable, standard inside cabins. Most of the cabins have separate beds where one can be turned into a sofa, while some offer double bed or upper and lower berths. These cabins are marked ”I” on the deck plan.

Polar Outside

Our Polar Outside cabins are situated on lower deck and they all have bathrooms with shower/wc (except the cabins on our nostalgic ship MS Lofoten, where shared bathroom and wc will be found in the hall). Most of them offer separate beds where one can be turned into a sofa, and others offer upper and lower berths. Some of the cabins have more facilities than others.

Polar Outside – Standard Outside Cabin

Relax in these comfortable outside cabins found on middle deck. Some have double beds, others offer separate beds (where one is a sofa bed) or upper and lower berths. These cabins are marked “N” on the deck plan.

All Deck & Cabin Plans

Flights & Transport

Internal airfare and ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Accomodations

MS Fram

Cancellation Policy:

You, or any member of your party, may cancel your travel arrangements at any time. Written notification from the person who made the booking or your travel agent must be received at our offices. We recommend ‘Recorded Delivery’. Cancellation takes effect the day we receive your letter or email. Since we incur costs in relation to your arrangements from the time we confirm your booking you will have to pay the applicable cancellation charges as shown in the table below (which also applies if we cancel because you have failed to make payments on time - see ‘Payment’ section) together with the cost of any air fare for which we have had to pay at the time of the booking and will be payable immediately on cancellation.

When the cancellation letter is received by us before departure 60 or more days you will get Retention of deposit.

When the cancellation letter is received by us before 42-59 days of departure, then we Charges as a 30% of the total holiday cost (excl. insurance premiums).

When the cancellation letter is received by us before 28-41 days of departure, then we Charges as a 60% of the total holiday cost (excl. insurance premiums).

When the cancellation letter is received by us before 14-27 days of departure, then we Charges as a 90% of the total holiday cost (excl. insurance premiums).

When the cancellation letter is received by us before or less than 14days of departure, then we Charges as a 100% of the total holiday cost (excl. insurance premiums).

If you have to cancel for a reason covered by your travel insurance you may be able to reclaim the cancellation charges, less applicable excess. Insurance premiums are not refundable.

Additional Information:

  • All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change
  • Medical questionnaire mandatory
  • Rubber boots rental service on board

Trip ID#:

ArcCliHur

Trip Excludes

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities

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