Greenland to Svalbard expedition
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.
Departure date: 22 June 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 for-mations, glaciers, volcanic activity, and hot and cold springs. Participate in a range of exciting excursions such as kayaking, hiking and horse riding.
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.
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.
Enjoy a day with lectures from the Expedition Team as we sail towards Spitsbergen and 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.
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.
The Blue Lagoon and Panoramic Tour of ReykjavikExcursion Iceland (5 hours) From £ 113
Geothermal Landscape and Viking History in ReykjavikExcursion Iceland (4 hours) From £ 82
Reykjavik - In the Heart of the GlacierExcursion Iceland (9,5 hours) From £ 237
Lille Malene hikeExcursion Greenland (0 Hour) From £ 41
Nuuk City tourExcursion Greenland, Nuuk (1 Hour) From £ 46
Cultural history walkExcursion Greenland, Nuuk (0 Hour) From £ 46
Boat trip to the Qooroq IcefjordExcursion Greenland (0 Hour) From £ 88
Erik the Red settlement walkExcursion Greenland, Qassiarsuq (3 Hours) From £ 39
Two fjords hikeExcursion Greenland, Qassiarsuq (3 Hours) From £ 31
Hiking in the Berserk Lava fieldExcursion Iceland (0 Hour) From £ 82
Stykkishólmur - Highlights of SnæfellsnesExcursion Iceland, Stykkisholmur (5 hours) From £ 92
The Viking Sushi AdventureExcursion Iceland (0 Hour) From £ 72
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