MS Spitsbergen
13 days

Faroe Islands, Iceland, Spitsbergen – Island Hopping In and Around the Arctic (Itinerary 1)

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Spitsbergen
13 days

Faroe Islands, Iceland, Spitsbergen – Island Hopping In and Around the Arctic (Itinerary 1)

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Faroe Islands, Iceland, Spitsbergen – Island Hopping In and Around the Arctic (Itinerary 1)
Departure
24 May 2021
  • 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

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Itinerary

Discover a variety of stunning emerald 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.
Day 1
Bergen, Norway
Your Expedition Begins
Take in the view from Mt. Fløyen.
Take in the view from Mt. Fløyen.
Photo: G. Schierle

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.

Take in the view from Mt. Fløyen.
Take in the view from Mt. Fløyen.
Photo: G. Schierle
Visit the famed Bergen Bryggen area.
Visit the famed Bergen Bryggen area.
Photo: shutterstock
Stroll the lanes of charming Lerwick.
Stroll the lanes of charming Lerwick.
Photo: Camille Seaman
History is at every turn.
History is at every turn.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 2
Lerwick
Centre of Scotland’s Shetland Islands
Stroll the lanes of charming Lerwick.
Stroll the lanes of charming Lerwick.
Photo: Camille Seaman

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.  

Visit remote Elduvik, population 23.
Day 3
Elduvík
Charming Village of the Faroe Islands
Day 3
Elduvík
Charming Village of the Faroe Islands
Visit remote Elduvik, population 23.
Visit remote Elduvik, population 23.
Photo: shutterstock

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.

Get a taste of local life.
Get a taste of local life.
Photo: shutterstock
Dramatic and rugged nature in the Faroe Islands.
Dramatic and rugged nature in the Faroe Islands.
Photo: shutterstock
Enjoy fascinating lectures in the Science Center.
Enjoy fascinating lectures in the Science Center.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Share and learn in our comfortable lounges.
Share and learn in our comfortable lounges.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Day 4
At sea
Relaxing at Sea
Enjoy fascinating lectures in the Science Center.
Enjoy fascinating lectures in the Science Center.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with onboard lectures from the Expedition Team while we set course towards Iceland.

Day 5
Bakkagerði
The Land of the Elves
Get close to local beauty in the Land of the Elves.
Get close to local beauty in the Land of the Elves.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

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´. Many puffin colonies also line the nearby fjord, making it a popular place for birdwatching.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Bakkagerdi - Puffin Colony visit
    Shuttle bus between port and Hafnarhólmi puffin colony.
Get close to local beauty in the Land of the Elves.
Get close to local beauty in the Land of the Elves.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Local puffin colony.
Local puffin colony.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Stroll the quaint lanes of the town.
Day 6
Húsavík
Top Spot for Whale-Watching
Experience stunning local nature.
Experience stunning local nature.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Learn about the scale of whales in Husavik.
Learn about the scale of whales in Husavik.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 6
Húsavík
Top Spot for Whale-Watching
Stroll the quaint lanes of the town.
Stroll the quaint lanes of the town.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

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.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Husavik - Whale museum visit
    We take the short walk to the whale museum where we have the opportunity to learn about the fascinating gentle giants of the ocean.
  • Husavik - Diamond Circle
    Explore the fantastic and surreal beauty of Iceland on this tour to The Whispering Cliffs, the canyon of Asbyrgi, and the powerful Dettifoss waterfall on a unforgettable guided tour.
  • Whales & Puffins
    How could the Húsavík Original Whale Watching tour possibly get better? Of course by sailing around Puffin Island, the home of thousands of puffins.
Day 7
Akureyri
Capital of Northern Iceland
Experience the power of Icelandic nature.
Experience the power of Icelandic nature.
Photo: Shutterstock

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.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Akureyri - Town Walk & Botanical Garden
    You will discover the past and present of Akureyri strolling at a leisurely pace around town.
  • Akureyri - Off the Beaten Track
    Dare to venture off the beaten track! This tour offers sights not seen by the usual tours. Our 4x4 Super Jeeps offer the chance for fun and excitement as we discover some of the best of the island.
  • Akureyri on Horseback
    Discover and enjoy Iceland’s beautiful nature on horseback.
  • Mývatn Nature Baths
    We visit the spectacular Godafoss falls before we take you to Mývatn Nature Baths, where you can enjoy a completely natural experience. Enjoy a relaxing dip amidst clouds of steam and a luxurious swim in a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths of up to 2,500 meters.
Experience the power of Icelandic nature.
Experience the power of Icelandic nature.
Photo: Shutterstock
Imagination and colour in every detail.
Imagination and colour in every detail.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Drama and beauty are our constant companions.
Drama and beauty are our constant companions.
Photo: Michael Hall
Scan for avian life from deck.
Scan for avian life from deck.
Photo: Martin Johansen
Day 8
At sea
Towards Jan Mayen
Drama and beauty are our constant companions.
Drama and beauty are our constant companions.
Photo: Michael Hall

Days at sea are an opportunity to wind down and watch the waves, or enjoy a lecture or two from the Expedition Team.

Explore the lava fields.
Day 9
Jan Mayen Island
The Isolated Arctic Island with an Active Volcano
Day 9
Jan Mayen Island
The Isolated Arctic Island with an Active Volcano
Explore the lava fields.
Explore the lava fields.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

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.

Strong contrasts in remote Jan Mayen.
Strong contrasts in remote Jan Mayen.
Photo: Flickr /Aah-Yeahn
Join the Expedition Team for amazing hiking.
Join the Expedition Team for amazing hiking.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Relax and enjoy the leisure of a day at sea.
Relax and enjoy the leisure of a day at sea.
Photo: shutterstock
Scan for marine life from deck.
Scan for marine life from deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 10
At sea
Enjoy a day at sea
Relax and enjoy the leisure of a day at sea.
Relax and enjoy the leisure of a day at sea.
Photo: shutterstock

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.

Day 11-12
North West Spitsbergen National Park
On the Look-out for Polar Bears in Svalbard
The Kongsfjord´s glacier calve ice into the sea.
The Kongsfjord´s glacier calve ice into the sea.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

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.

The Kongsfjord´s glacier calve ice into the sea.
The Kongsfjord´s glacier calve ice into the sea.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Ny-Ålesund is a world-renowned research centre.
Ny-Ålesund is a world-renowned research centre.
Photo: Stefan Dall
Get to know the town on the edge of wilderness.
Get to know the town on the edge of wilderness.
Photo: Shutterstock
Oslo´s Frogner Park is a must-see.
Oslo´s Frogner Park is a must-see.
Photo: Trine Syvertsen
Day 13
Longyearbyen/Oslo
End of the Expedition
Get to know the town on the edge of wilderness.
Get to know the town on the edge of wilderness.
Photo: Shutterstock

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.

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

Transfers

  • Transfer from the ship to the airport in Longyearbyen after the expedition cruise

Flights

  • Flights in economy class from Longyearbyen to Oslo after the expedition cruise

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with very limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna and indoor gym
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team 

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected
A large ship in the water
A group of people posing for the camera
Photo: Stefan Dall / Hurtigruten
Enjoy Norway's Coastal Kitchen on the new MS Spitsbergen
Photo: © Tor Farstad

Your ship

MS Spitsbergen

Year built 2009
Year of refurbishment 2016
Ship yard Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo (POR)
Passenger capacity 335
Beds 243
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 7,344
Length 100.54m
Beam 18m
Speed 14.5 knots
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Optional excursions

Some expedition cruises include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.

Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.

Included
A bird flying in the air A bird flying in the air

Bakkagerdi - Puffin Colony visit

Iceland

Duration

4h

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-BKK1

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Included
A huge whale skeleton laying in a museum A huge whale skeleton laying in a museum

Husavik - Whale museum visit

Iceland

Duration

1-2h

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-HSU1

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Hljodaklettar (The Whispering Cliffs) Hljodaklettar (The Whispering Cliffs)

Husavik - Diamond Circle

Iceland

Duration

6 hours 30 min

Price per person

From £ 113

Booking code

G-HUS4

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Schooners and boats in the harbour Schooners and boats in the harbour

Husavik - Whales and puffins

Iceland

Duration

4 hours

Price per person

From £ 144

Booking code

G-HUS1

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Included
A large building with a mountain in the background A large building with a mountain in the background

Akureyri - Town walk & Botanical Garden visit

Iceland

Duration

2h30

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-AKU1

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Magnificent Bárðardalur Valley Magnificent Bárðardalur Valley

Akureyri - Off the beaten tracks

Iceland

Duration

Approx. 7 hours 30 minutes

Price per person

From £ 247

Booking code

G-AKU4

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A group of sheep standing on top of a lush green field A group of sheep standing on top of a lush green field

Akureyri - Akureyri on Horseback

Iceland

Duration

2 hrs

Price per person

From £ 82

Booking code

G-AKU7

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Lake Mývatn is one of Europe’s greatest natural treasures Lake Mývatn is one of Europe’s greatest natural treasures

Myvatn Nature Baths

Iceland

Duration

Approx. 5 hours 30 minutes

Price per person

From £ 123

Booking code

G-AKU3

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