Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
Greenland to Svalbard expedition tour

Greenland to Svalbard expedition

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
13 days
From: $ 6,531 $ 502 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • See a number of large fjord systems in Greenland and on Spitsbergen
  • Visit Greenland, Jan Mayen, Iceland and Spitsbergen in the same journey
  • See the wildlife in the Arctic
  • Enjoy an expedition under the midnight sun

Short Description

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.

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
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
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 Only ground transport
Start City Copenhagen
End City Oslo
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Itinerary

Day 1: Copenhagen/Kangerlussuaq

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

Day 2: Nuuk

Nuuk is the capital and the oldest town in Greenland. Today, old and new traditions meet here, from picturesque old buildings in "Kolonihaven" to the modern building of the Greenland Home Rule. The town 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.

Day 3: Ivittuut

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

Day 4: Qassiarsuk

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 afterwards, 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 Tjodhilde's Church.

Day 5: At sea, Nunap Isua and the Denmark Strait

We will spend two days at sea, sailing around the southernmost point of Greenland called Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell) before travelling across the Denmark Strait on our way to Iceland.

Day 6: Still at sea

Day 7: Reykjavik

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 geothermal baths.

Day 8: Stykkishólmur

As we reach the west region of Iceland, you will understand why this area is dubbed “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 horse riding.

Day 9: At sea, 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 10: Jan Mayen

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. This will be an experience of a lifetime.

Day 11: At sea, Barents Sea/Arctic Ocean

Enjoy a day with lectures from the Expedition Team as we sail towards Spitsbergen and Longyearbyen.

Day 12: Longyearbyen

The Isfjord is the most prominent 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.

Day 13: Longyerbyen/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 globe, just a few hundred miles from the Geographical North Pole. An early morning transfer takes you to the airport for your flight back to Oslo.

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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.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

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

Charges as a % of the total holiday cost (excl. insurance premiums)

60 or more days Retention of deposit

42–59 days is 30%

28–41 days will be 60%

14–27 days is 90%

Less than 14 days is 100%

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.

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