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Iceland, Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen - Arctic Islands Discovery

Discover Arctic highlights! Iceland impresses with magical landscapes and teeming birdlife, remote Jan Mayen rises from the mid-Atlantic ridge and Svalbard’s high Arctic islands host powerful walrus and polar bear. Spectacular scenery, fantastic fjords and the Midnight Sun provide a stunning backdrop to this expedition.

Unspoiled and geologically active
Icelandic nature offers stunning landscapes with waterfalls amongst Europe's most powerful and awe-inspiring. Iceland is located at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a position that means that the landscape is highly active geologically, with many erupting volcanoes and geysers. Experience a variety of islands, towns and settlements, spectacular views and interesting sites, accompanied by our knowledgeable Expedition team.

Remote beauty - cruising to Jan Mayen
Discover the unique settlement of Jan Mayen, with a population of just 14 persons. This volcanic island in the middle of the north Atlantic is rarely visited by ships. We should get a fine view of Beerenburg volcano stretching 2,277 metres above sea level.

Realm of the polar bear - Svalbard
Located just 600 miles from the north pole, Svalbard is an island of deep fjords, mighty glaciers and pure wilderness. In the summer, beautiful colours and contrasts frame dramatic glaciers, mountains, bird cliffs and endless arctic tundra with diverse flora and fauna, dominated by the mighty polar bear. Join us as we set sail for South Spitsbergen National Park and Isfjorden on Svalbard's largest island, Spitsbergen.

Please Note: your voyage rates include Economy flight Longyearbyen to Oslo.

26 May, 2019 to 07 June, 2019 Make a booking request for Iceland, Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen - Arctic Islands Discovery, departing on 26 May, 2019

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Polar Inside. From £ 3607 GBP pp
Our Polar Inside cabins are situated on lower deck and offer a cosy atmosphere. All cabins include bathrooms with shower/wc. 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.
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Polar Outside. From £ 4102 GBP pp
Our Polar Outside cabins are situated on lower deck and they all have bathrooms with shower/wc. 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.
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Arctic Superior. From £ 4695 GBP pp
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.
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Expedition Suite. From £ 5816 GBP pp
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.
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Iceland, Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen - Arctic Islands Discovery itinerary:

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Day 1 The Land of Fire and Ice
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city. Norwegian settlers named the place Reykjavik (meaning 'Smoky Bay') after the impressive columns of steam that rose from the local hot springs. The surroundings offer fantastic natural beauty with geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths that are well worth exploring before embarking on MS Fram.
Day 2 Glaciers and lava
As we reach the west of Iceland, you will come to understand why this area is dubbed the "Sagaland". Take your time to explore Stykkishólmur's beauty, with lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanic activity, and hot and cold springs. Join in a range of exciting excursions such as kayaking, hiking and horse riding. Tiny Flatey Island rises only 22 metres above the sea and has no permanent population. In the early summer, colourful puffins return to their burrows on the island for the breeding season. We quietly observe these charming birds as they care for their young.
Day 3 Stunning sea cliffs
Hornbjarg cliff is located in the most remote location in Iceland, the northwest of the Westfjords. Hundreds of thousands of seabirds use the cliff face as their summer nesting location, with species that include razor bills, brünnich and common guillemots, kittiwakes and fulmars. Cruising in the midst of such abundant wildlife, on the cusp of the breeding season, with the rock face towering some 400 metres above is a memory that will stay with you for a long time. Reykjafjörður is a pebbly beach nestled between two rock ridges on the north coast. In calm conditions our tender boats can take us ashore for an expedition landing where we may find shore birds wading along the beach and beautiful spring flowers.
Day 4 Sailing North through the Denmark Strait
Days at sea are an opportunity to wind down and watch the waves, or enjoy a lecture or two from the Expedition team.
Day 5 Isolated in the Arctic Ocean
The Norwegian island of Jan Mayen is one of the most isolated places in the world. Located where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, the island is dominated by 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 her crew will attempt to make a landing on this most exotic Arctic island.
Day 6 Into the Barents Sea
As we sail further north and the air cools, we will be joined by an escort of fulmars flying along at port-hole level! Sea days are a chance to sort out your photos, relax and recharge for adventures ahead.
Days 7 - 9 Summer Fun in the Arctic
Cruising northbound from Jan Mayen, we will take advantage of the conditions at hand, and let the ice and weather guide us. We will explore several of the fjords on the western side of Svalbard. We might head into Hornsund to see the enormous Brepollen Glacier. If the conditions allow, you can try what the Norwegians call “brevandring” – this means traversing a glacier on foot. Don’t mistake this for ice climbing. Our brevandring is on relatively “even ice” – but on some occasions, we will have to negotiate small crevasses. Further north at St Jonsfjord we may experience the contrasting colours of lush green tundra, with pink and yellow summer flowers close to blue and white ice. If we are lucky, we may see walrus at Poolepynten on Prins Karls Forland. Within the Svalbard Archipelago there are about 3,000 polar bears, probably the largest concentration on Earth. Polar bears are solitary animals with no set colony or living area. We are most likely to observe this marine mammal on the drift ice, close to the ocean or even in the water. We often observe polar bears on this itinerary – although not every day and seldom at very close range. Like most things in a true wilderness, there are no absolute guarantees. But the more eyes scouting through binoculars, the better our chances of observing the King of the Arctic.
Day 10 Longyearbyen and Disembarkation
In Longyearbyen it is time to say goodbye. The transfer bus takes you early in the morning to the airport for your flight to Oslo.
Please Note:
This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

Iceland, Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen - Arctic Islands Discovery reverse itinerary:

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This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.
In Longyearbyen it is time to say goodbye. The transfer bus takes you early in the morning to the airport for your flight to Oslo.
Cruising northbound from Jan Mayen, we will take advantage of the conditions at hand, and let the ice and weather guide us. We will explore several of the fjords on the western side of Svalbard. We might head into Hornsund to see the enormous Brepollen Glacier. If the conditions allow, you can try what the Norwegians call “brevandring” – this means traversing a glacier on foot. Don’t mistake this for ice climbing. Our brevandring is on relatively “even ice” – but on some occasions, we will have to negotiate small crevasses. Further north at St Jonsfjord we may experience the contrasting colours of lush green tundra, with pink and yellow summer flowers close to blue and white ice. If we are lucky, we may see walrus at Poolepynten on Prins Karls Forland. Within the Svalbard Archipelago there are about 3,000 polar bears, probably the largest concentration on Earth. Polar bears are solitary animals with no set colony or living area. We are most likely to observe this marine mammal on the drift ice, close to the ocean or even in the water. We often observe polar bears on this itinerary – although not every day and seldom at very close range. Like most things in a true wilderness, there are no absolute guarantees. But the more eyes scouting through binoculars, the better our chances of observing the King of the Arctic.
As we sail further north and the air cools, we will be joined by an escort of fulmars flying along at port-hole level! Sea days are a chance to sort out your photos, relax and recharge for adventures ahead.
The Norwegian island of Jan Mayen is one of the most isolated places in the world. Located where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, the island is dominated by 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 her crew will attempt to make a landing on this most exotic Arctic island.
Days at sea are an opportunity to wind down and watch the waves, or enjoy a lecture or two from the Expedition team.
Hornbjarg cliff is located in the most remote location in Iceland, the northwest of the Westfjords. Hundreds of thousands of seabirds use the cliff face as their summer nesting location, with species that include razor bills, brünnich and common guillemots, kittiwakes and fulmars. Cruising in the midst of such abundant wildlife, on the cusp of the breeding season, with the rock face towering some 400 metres above is a memory that will stay with you for a long time. Reykjafjörður is a pebbly beach nestled between two rock ridges on the north coast. In calm conditions our tender boats can take us ashore for an expedition landing where we may find shore birds wading along the beach and beautiful spring flowers.
As we reach the west of Iceland, you will come to understand why this area is dubbed the "Sagaland". Take your time to explore Stykkishólmur's beauty, with lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanic activity, and hot and cold springs. Join in a range of exciting excursions such as kayaking, hiking and horse riding. Tiny Flatey Island rises only 22 metres above the sea and has no permanent population. In the early summer, colourful puffins return to their burrows on the island for the breeding season. We quietly observe these charming birds as they care for their young.
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city. Norwegian settlers named the place Reykjavik (meaning 'Smoky Bay') after the impressive columns of steam that rose from the local hot springs. The surroundings offer fantastic natural beauty with geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths that are well worth exploring before embarking on MS Fram.
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MS Fram, the ship servicing Iceland, Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen - Arctic Islands Discovery

MS Fram

Vessel Type: Expedition

Length: 114m

Passenger Capacity: 276

Built: 2007

MS Fram is designed for sailing in polar waters, holds the highest safety standards and is the perfect size for optimum nautical manoeuverability and guests' comfort. With space for only 276 guests, you are sure to get to know many of your fellow travellers. You will share stunning sights and memories of a lifetime long after returning home. The Norwegian word 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. As well as offering numerous lounges in which to relax, our more active guests can use our well-equipped gym. Meanwhile, on deck, our Jacuzzis guarantee you surreal memories when passing the towering icebergs of Antarctica or Greenland.

 

Cabin layout for MS Fram
• Experience true wilderness and amazing birdlife on Iceland

• Discover Jan Mayen, one of the most isolated islands in the world

• Encounter Arctic wildlife

• Enjoy small boat cruising
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