Iceland, Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen – Arctic Islands Discovery
Duration: 12 days
Ship: MS Spitsbergen
1 July 2019
- Explore mythical Iceland - the land of fire and ice
- Discover rarely-visited Jan Mayen
- A chance to spot the King of the Arctic, the polar bear, amongst the foating ice
- See the gigantic glaciers of Svalbard
Many visitors find landing at Keflavik airport enchanting. The hub seems carved out of an arctic desert, with lava stones covered in moss and haunting mountains nearby. But just 45 minutes away, Reykjavik is a charming and vibrant modern city, offering top restaurants, interesting museums and quaint narrow streets.
West Iceland is often referred to as the “Sagaland”. Experience Stykkishólmur’s storybook landscape of lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanic activity and hot and cold springs.
Explore the town of Stykkisholmur on your own or join our optional excursions to explore more of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, which is said to be a miniature version of Iceland. In addition to the Snæfellsjökull glacier, there are black sandy beaches, bird cliffs, spectacular mountains and volcanic craters.
On the charming island of Flatey, time appears to stand still. Take a stroll around the scenic lanes of this tiny village.
Patreksfjördur is a charming settlement on the west coast of Iceland with around 660 inhabitants. The picturesque fjord offers scenic hiking trails if conditions allow. Patreksfjördur is also close to the spectacular waterfall of Dynjandi and to Látrabjarg, a renowned site for birdwatching.
Flanked by towering mountains on all sides, Ísafjörður is a nearly perfect natural harbour. Take a walk to see the local architecture, browse for local handicrafts and come across the oldest houses in Iceland, including the structure that houses the Maritime Museum. With our wide range of optional excursions, you can choose to follow in the footsteps of trolls or enjoy the beautiful scenery from horseback.
In 1917 Elías Stefánsson settled down in Djupavik and built a herring salting factory. Today you can still see the remains of the factory as well as only seven houses and a hotel here. We will explore the landing site, and the beautiful natural scenery surrounding it.
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with on board lectures while we set course towards Jan Mayen. Our Expedition team will hold talks and workshops to share their knowledge and experience to enhance the next days of our journey.
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 Spitsbergen and her crew will attempt to make a landing on this most exotic Arctic island.
Time to relax with a refreshing drink, take an invigorating stroll or deck or enjoy the company of fellow adventurers. Days at sea are yours to fill!
There might also be a chance to look behind the scenes and take part in our Guest Expedition Staff programme.
The North West Corner is scattered with islands, fjords and beaches. The ocean here is full of drifting ice and the frozen landscape changes constantly. Due to strong winds and currents, the Captain monitors conditions closely before deciding where we can land or sail. This is why all our itineraries are flexible; we work with the elements, not against them, and safety is our first priority.
If we are able to land, this area is excellent for exploring Svalbard’s history. You will have the chance to see the remnants of antique blubber ovens used to render whale oil. We might visit Kongsfjord, considered one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, framed by stunning mountain formations. On the shore of Kongfjord is the former mining settlement of Ny-Ålesund, now an international centre for research, with a picturesque mix of old and new buildings
Liefdefjord is the location of the enormous Monaco Glacier. There is a chance for small boat cruising here, or possibly a landing and a hike.
In Magdalenafjorden, a gently sloping sandy beach may give us the chance to go swimming and earn an Arctic swimming certificate! And, if conditions are calm, we may launch our kayaks for a paddle.
Every great explorer's voyage comes to an end. You will probably sense that time has passed faster than expected. Many guests report a subtle exhilaration in the afterglow of a journey to the very top of the globe, coming just a few hundred miles from the Geographical North Pole. The transfer vehicle takes you early in the morning to the airport for your flight back to Oslo.
Included in your voyage
- Hurtigruten Expedition in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
- Transfer ship to airport in Longyearbyen
- Economy flight Longyearbyen to Oslo
- Wind- and water-resistant jacket
- Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
- Professional English-speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanies landings and activities
- Free tea and coffee
Not included in your voyage
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Luggage handling
- Optional Excursions and Gratuities
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Our new ship, MS Spitsbergen will take you on a voyage beyond the ordinary.
Stykkisholmur - The Viking Sushi Adventure
Caves, craters and coves
Stykkishólmur - Highlights of Snæfellsnes
Hiking in the Berserk Lava field
Patreksfjordur - Latrabjarg Cliff
Patreksfjordur - Splendid Combination
Horse riding in Þingeyri
Vigur Paradise Island
Savour the flavour of Suðureyri
Ísafjörður - Dynjandi Waterfall & Local Village
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