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13 Days - Island Hopping In and Around the Arctic on Hurtigruten Voyage
Discover a variety of stunning islands in and around the Arctic region on this late spring voyage, right on time for the region’s flora to be in full bloom. We begin in Bergen, Norway and sail over to Lerwick, Scotland, continuing on to the Faroe Islands, then the northern coasts of Iceland, and finally to northwest Svalbard via remote Jan Mayen.
- Visit five wild and beautiful islands in and around the Arctic across four countries
- Destinations include Scotland, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Jan Mayen, and Svalbard
- Sail in late spring to see lush green landscapes dotted with flowers in full bloom
- Explore habitats with a range of wildlife and famous for bird and whale-watching
- Day 1
- Bergen - Your Expedition Begins
- Day 2
- Centre of Scotland’s Shetland Islands
- Day 3
- Tórshavn, Faroe Islands - The world's oldest capital
- Day 4
- Elduvik - Charming village of the Faroe Islands
- Day 5
- Relaxing at Sea
- Day 6
- The Land of the Elves
- Day 7
- Husavik - Top Spot for Whale-Watching
- Day 8
- Akureyri - Capital of Northern Iceland
- Day 9
- Towards Jan Mayen
- Day 10
- The Isolated Arctic Island with Active Volcano
- Day 11
- Enjoy a day at sea
- Days 12 - 13
- On the Look-out for Polar Bears in Svalbard
- Day 14
- End of the Expedition
- Start Place
- Bergen, Norway tours
- End Place
- Tórshavn, Faroe Islands tours
- Destinations Visited
- Norway tours
- Faroe Islands tours
- 14 Days
- Expedition Cruises
- Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
- Full board including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water)
- English-speaking Expedition Team
- lectures on a variety of topics
- Escorted landings with small expedition boats
- Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
- Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
- Flights in economy class from Longyearbyen to Oslo after the expedition cruise
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Luggage handling
- Optional shore excursions with our local partners
- Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
Day 1 - Bergen - Your Expedition Begins
Explore Bergen´s historic harbour area with its fish market and UNESCO-listed Bryggen wharf of colourful wooden warehouses that date back to the 1300s. You can also board a funicular up nearby Mount Fløyen. There, you’ll enjoy views over Bergen, and maybe even spot your ship, MS Spitsbergen, docked below.
Day 2 - Centre of Scotland’s Shetland Islands
Built on the herring trade in the 17th century, Lerwick has grown in Scotland’s northernmost town and is home to a third of the Shetland Islands' population. Visit local boutique shops along Commercial Street, wander along the waterfront with its sandstone buildings, or visit the museum to learn more about the town’s Norse heritage.
Day 3 - Tórshavn, Faroe Islands - The world's oldest capital
The Faroe Islands consist of 18 islands halfway between the Shetland Islands and Iceland. Tórshavn is both its own municipality and capital - perhaps the world's smallest with its around 20,000 inhabitants. The city emerged in the Middle Ages and is considered the possibly oldest capital in Northern Europe. From the beginning of the 20th century, Tórshavn has grown rapidly. Today, the city is the economic, cultural and administrative center of the Faroe Islands. The city is a charming mix of old and new with small houses in all the colors of the rainbow.
Day 4 - Elduvik - Charming village of the Faroe Islands
Located in the Funningsfjordur inlet in the Faroe Islands, the village of Elduvík lies by the shore at the end of a long, lush valley surrounded by stunning green mountains and with the river Stórá running through the middle. Just 23 people inhabit the village, complete with a school, church, dock, pier, and colourful houses.
Day 5 - Relaxing at Sea
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with onboard lectures from the Expedition Team while you set course towards Iceland.
Day 6 - The Land of the Elves
Bakkagerði is one of Iceland’s smallest hamlets, a quiet haven well off the tourist track. The place is so well-known for its fairy-tale-like natural beauty, the locals have come to call the region 'The Land of the Elves'. Mnay puffin colonies also line the nearby fjord, making it a popular place for birdwatching.
Day 7 - Husavik - Top Spot for Whale-Watching
Húsavík is Iceland’s oldest Norse settlement and considered one of the best whale-watching spots in Europe. Up to 23 species of whale, including the blue whale, are known to visit nearby Skjálfandi Bay. The town also has many interesting museums and an outdoor thermal bath on the picturesque peninsula.
Day 8 - Akureyri - Capital of Northern Iceland
Welcome to Iceland’s largest community outside of Reykjavík. Expect comfy cafés, restaurants, and chic art galleries. There are also various museums of interest, distinct churches, and the botanical gardens which will be in full bloom at the time of your visit. Akureyri is also close to natural treasures, such as lake Mývatn and Goðafoss waterfall.
Day 9 - Towards Jan Mayen
Days at sea are an opportunity to wind down and watch the waves, or enjoy a lecture or two from the Expedition Team.
Day 10 - The Isolated Arctic Island with Active Volcano
The Norwegian island of Jan Mayen has two main areas. The north is dominated by ice-capped Beerenberg, the northernmost active volcano on earth. The south is flatter and unglaciated, and where 30 people live at a weather station. The island is a breeding site for large numbers of seabirds such as fulmars, auks, and guillemots.
Visits to Jan Mayen are extremely rare, and Hurtigruten are one of the few to attempt landings on this Arctic island.
Day 11 - Enjoy a day at sea
The day is at your leisure aboard the ship. Relax while gazing out at the view, learn more from the knowledgeable Expedition Team in our lecture series, or swap experiences of the expedition so far with your fellow explorers.
Days 12 - 13 - On the Look-out for Polar Bears in Svalbard
Summertime in the Svalbard Archipelago is when polar bears trek along the coast’s drifting ice on the hunt for seals. With a bit of luck, we hope to spot one or more of these top predators in the national park.
Depending on the movement and thickness of the sea ice, we might visit Kongsfjord´s mighty glaciers and catch sight of icebergs calving into the sea. We also plan to call on Ny-Ålesund, a former mining town now transformed into an international science centre. Here, you’ll find 16 permanent research stations from 10 countries dedicated to the study of glaciology, wildlife, and climate change.
Day 14 - End of the Expedition
Your journey ends in lively Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard situated next to a fjord and surrounded by rugged mountains as far as the eye can see. It is a surprisingly modern and cosmopolitan settlement with a small and welcoming international community. Transfer from the ship to the airport for your flight to Oslo.
Prices are from prices per person, based on twin share in an outside cabin.
12 Jun 2022
- All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
- Excursions and activities are subject to change