Spitsbergen, Iceland, Faroe Islands – Island Hopping In and Around the Arctic (Itinerary 2)

Spitsbergen, Iceland, Faroe Islands – Island Hopping In and Around the Arctic (Itinerary 2)

Travel information 14 days MS Spitsbergen
Departure
22 September 2021
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Visit five wild and beautiful islands in and around the Arctic across four countries
  • Destinations include Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Scotland
  • Journeying in late Autumn means the mesmerising Northern Lights might appear
  • Explore habitats with a range of wildlife and famous for bird and whale-watching

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.

Spitsbergen, Iceland, Faroe Islands – Island Hopping In and Around the Arctic (Itinerary 2)
  • Day 1
    Oslo / Longyearbyen

    From 59º N to 78º N

    Your trip starts with an evening flight from Oslo. If time allows, enjoy the museums, parks and trendy cafés of the Norwegian capital before your flight to Longyearbyen in the Svalbard Archipelago. Transfer to and overnight at your hotel.

    Day 1
    Oslo / Longyearbyen

    From 59º N to 78º N

  • Day 2
    Longyearbyen

    Lively Frontier Town in the High Arctic

    Join an excursion after lunch to explore Svalbard’s capital, nestled next to the Isfjord and surrounded by rugged mountains. You’ll find it a surprisingly modern settlement with a small and welcoming international community running cafés, bars, restaurants, artisanal shops, and even a chocolatier and a micro-brewery. Board your ship in the afternoon.

    Day 2
    Longyearbyen

    Lively Frontier Town in the High Arctic

  • Day 3-4
    North West Spitsbergen National Park

    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 3-4
    North West Spitsbergen National Park

    On the Look-out for Polar Bears in Svalbard

  • Day 5
    At sea

    Relaxing at Sea

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with onboard lectures while we set course towards Jan Mayen. Our Expedition Team will hold talks and workshops and share their knowledge and experience.

    Day 5
    At sea

    Relaxing at Sea

  • Day 6
    Jan Mayen Island

    The Isolated Arctic Island with an 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 6
    Jan Mayen Island

    The Isolated Arctic Island with an Active Volcano

  • Day 7
    At sea

    Towards Iceland

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

    Day 7
    At sea

    Towards Iceland

  • 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.

    • Included Akureyri - Town Walk & Botanical Garden
    Day 8
    Akureyri

    Capital of Northern Iceland

  • Day 9
    Húsavík

    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.

    • Included Husavik - Whale museum visit
    Day 9
    Húsavík

    Top Spot for Whale-Watching

  • Day 10
    Bakkagerði

    The Land of the Elves

    Bakkagerði is one of Iceland’s smallest hamlets, a quiet haven well off the tourist track. The place is well-known for its fairy-tale-like natural beauty, and 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.

    • Included Bakkagerdi - Puffin Colony visit
    Day 10
    Bakkagerði

    The Land of the Elves

  • Day 11
    At sea

    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.

    Day 11
    At sea

    Enjoy a day at sea

  • Day 12
    Elduvík

    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 12
    Elduvík

    Charming Village of the Faroe Islands

  • Day 13
    Lerwick

    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 13
    Lerwick

    Centre of Scotland’s Shetland Islands

  • Day 14
    Bergen

    End of the Expedition

    Your journey ends in the bustling port city of Bergen. We recommend booking a Post-Programme to extend your stay here to explore Bergen´s famous fish market and its UNESCO-listed Bryggen wharf of colourful wooden warehouses. You can also board a funicular up to Mount Fløyen for views over city, the fjord, and the surrounding mountains.

    Day 14
    Bergen

    End of the Expedition

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What's included

Included in your voyage

Flights

  • Flight in economy class from Oslo to Longyearbyen before the expedition cruise

Hotel

  • Overnight in Longyearbyen before the expedition cruise, including breakfast and lunch

Transfers

  • All transfers in Longyearbyen including an excursion before 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
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MS Spitsbergen

Year built 2009
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard 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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