MS Fram
14 days

Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Iceland – Arctic Islands Discovery (Westbound)

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6090 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fram
14 days

Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Iceland – Arctic Islands Discovery (Westbound)

Price from
6090 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Iceland – Arctic Islands Discovery (Westbound)
Departure
15 July 2022
  • Explore Spitsbergen’s North West National Park before voyaging to Iceland via isolated Jan Mayen
  • Journey in summertime for green landscapes in bloom under the Midnight Sun
  • See towering mountains, fjords, majestic waterfalls, and gigantic glaciers
  • A chance to spot a range of wildlife, including whales, walrus, seals and polar bears

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Itinerary

We start from Svalbard in the High Arctic, scanning the coasts of the national park for polar bears under the summer sun. Next is the isolated island of Jan Mayen dominated by the northernmost active volcano in the world. Finally, we explore various sites around beautiful Iceland, admiring its many green mountains, waterfalls, and variety of birdlife.
Day 1
Oslo / Longyearbyen
From 59º N to 78º N
Vigelandsparken in Oslo.
Vigelandsparken in Oslo.
Photo: Trine Syvertsen

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.

Vigelandsparken in Oslo.
Vigelandsparken in Oslo.
Photo: Trine Syvertsen
The town on the edge of wilderness - Longyearbyen.
Photo: Shutterstock / Hurtigruten
Houses in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
Photo: Nina Bailey
MS Fram in Svalbard.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 2
Longyearbyen
Lively Frontier Town in the High Arctic
Houses in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
Photo: Nina Bailey

After an overnight stay, you have the opportunity to explore the colorful frontier outpost of Longyearbyen before boarding your ship in the afternoon. An excursion after lunch is included in your voyage - or, choose from a selection of optional adventures before your voyage begins. 

The amazing power of glaciers.
Day 3-6
North West Spitsbergen National Park
On the Look-out for Polar Bears in Svalbard
Day 3-6
North West Spitsbergen National Park
On the Look-out for Polar Bears in Svalbard
The amazing power of glaciers.
The amazing power of glaciers.
Photo: Stefan Dall

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 may also 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.

Explore the pure wilderness in the North Est Spitsbergen National Park.
Explore the pure wilderness in the North Est Spitsbergen National Park.
Photo: Stefan Dall
Ny-Ålesund – The last town before the North Pole.
Ny-Ålesund – The last town before the North Pole.
Photo: Genna Roland
Scan for wildlife from deck.
Scan for wildlife from deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Scan for marine life from deck.
Scan for marine life from deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 7
At sea
A Relaxing Day at Sea
Scan for wildlife from deck.
Scan for wildlife from deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with onboard 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.

Come ashore with our expert Expedition Team.
Day 8
Jan Mayen Island
The Isolated Arctic Island with an Active Volcano
Day 8
Jan Mayen Island
The Isolated Arctic Island with an Active Volcano
Come ashore with our expert Expedition Team.
Come ashore with our expert Expedition Team.
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.

Get close to raw Arctic beauty.
Get close to raw Arctic beauty.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Dramatic contrasts in remote Jan Mayen.
Dramatic contrasts in remote Jan Mayen.
Photo: Aah Yeahn CC
Stunning scenery throughout the voyage.
Stunning scenery throughout the voyage.
Photo: Michael Hall
Scout for rich avian life from deck.
Scout for rich avian life from deck.
Photo: Martin Johansen / Theme Media
Day 9
At sea
A Relaxing Day at Sea
Stunning scenery throughout the voyage.
Stunning scenery throughout the voyage.
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.

Experience the power of Goðafoss waterfall.
Day 10
Akureyri
Capital of Northern Iceland
Day 10
Akureyri
Capital of Northern Iceland
Experience the power of Goðafoss waterfall.
Experience the power of Goðafoss waterfall.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

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.

Lava fields in the area of Akureyri, Iceland.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Man taking a picture of the wonderful coastline of Grimsey, Iceland.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Arctic Circle sign in Grímsey.
Arctic Circle sign in Grímsey.
Photo: Shutterstock
Puffins in the Grimsey area, Iceland.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Day 11
Grímsey
Step Across the Arctic Circle
Arctic Circle sign in Grímsey.
Arctic Circle sign in Grímsey.
Photo: Shutterstock

The Arctic Circle currently runs through this green and grassy Icelandic island and you’ll have the chance to step across that geographic line. The North Atlantic Current brings warm water up here from the Gulf of Mexico, creating a mild climate on the island popular with nesting seabirds such as auks and Arctic terns.

Day 12
Patreksfjördur
West of the Westfjords
Enjoy a day of spectacular landscape and teeming bird life.
Enjoy a day of spectacular landscape and teeming bird life.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Patreksfjördur is a charming settlement on the west coast of Iceland with around 660 inhabitants. The picturesque fjord offers scenic hiking trails if the weather allows. Patreksfjördur is also close to the spectacular waterfall of Dynjandi and to Látrabjarg, a renowned site for birdwatching.

Enjoy a day of spectacular landscape and teeming bird life.
Enjoy a day of spectacular landscape and teeming bird life.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Patreksfjörður at night.
Patreksfjörður at night.
Photo: Shutterstock
Stykkisholmur, Iceland.
Photo: Shutterstock
Cliff in Stykkisholmur, Iceland.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Stykkishólmur´s dramatic setting.
Stykkishólmur´s dramatic setting.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 13
Stykkishólmur
Welcome to Sagaland
Cliff in Stykkisholmur, Iceland.
Photo: Camille Seaman

The friendly town of Stykkishólmur has beautiful and well-preserved old houses in the town centre and is surrounded by wonderful scenery. Enjoy exploring the town´s interesting museums or join optional excursions to see the iconic sites of Snæfellsnes Penninsula such as the Lóndrangar basalt cliffs or the black sandy beaches of Djúpalónssandur.

Day 14
Reykjavik
The End of the Adventure
Discover the modern beauty of Reykjavik before sailing.
Discover the modern beauty of Reykjavik before sailing.
Photo: Ragnar Th Sigurdsson / Arctic-Images.com

Our voyage of discovery ends in Reykjavik. The name of Iceland’s capital means 'Smokey Bay', so called because of the columns of steam that rise from the many hot springs in the area. If you have the time, it is well worth booking a Post-Programme to explore the surrounding geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths.

Discover the modern beauty of Reykjavik before sailing.
Discover the modern beauty of Reykjavik before sailing.
Photo: Ragnar Th Sigurdsson / Arctic-Images.com
Wander the charming streets of the capital.
Wander the charming streets of the capital.
Photo: Genna Roland
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

Flights

  •  Flight in economy class from Oslo to Longyearbyen

Hotel

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

Transfers

  • All transfers in Longyearbyen including an excursion

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
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with 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, 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
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser

Your ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2020
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 11 647 T
Length 114 m
Beam 20.2 m
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram brings on the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology to make her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in Polar Regions.

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Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
Photo: Tomas Mauch
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