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

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

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

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

Travel information 10 days MS Fram
Departure
29 May 2024
Price from
4790 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

10-day expedition cruise taking in Iceland, Jan Mayen and Spitsbergen 

'Land of Ice and Fire’ 

Your Arctic Islands expedition cruise begins in Reykjavík, Iceland's capital. First, you'll sail to beautiful Patreksfjörður, where you'll be captivated by stunning scenery. Next, we'll explore Akureyri and its surrounding landscapes before seeking out Atlantic Puffins and crossing the Arctic Circle on the island of Grímsey. 

Arctic highlights 

Your cruise continues to the isolated island of Jan Mayen, home to an active volcano, marine wildlife and many thousands of birds. From here, we sail farther north into the Arctic to the Svalbard archipelago. Experience rugged fjords and towering mountains in Northwest Spitsbergen National Park before your cruise ends in Longyearbyen. 

Iceland, Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen – Arctic Islands Discovery (Eastbound) Iceland, Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen – Arctic Islands Discovery (Eastbound)
  • Day 1
    Reykjavik

    Cosmopolitan Reykjavík

    Discover Iceland's modern capital

    Your Arctic expedition cruise starts in Reykjavík, a city full of art, culture and history. It's well worth spending time here before you set sail. You can visit Iceland’s most famous geothermal spa – the Blue Lagoon – and experience the blend of silica, algae and minerals in its warm waters. 

    In the city centre, stroll along Laugavegur, the main shopping street, then head towards the striking Hallgrimskirkja church. Or why not explore the city's galleries and museums.  

    MS Fram awaits you in Reykjavík Harbour. Collect your complimentary expedition jacket, settle into your cabin and get ready for adventure. 

    If you’d like to discover more of Iceland, book our Pre-Programme to extend your stay.   

    Day 1
    Reykjavik

    Cosmopolitan Reykjavík

  • Day 2
    Stykkishólmur

    Snæfellsnes peninsula

    Gateway to spectacular Snæfellsnes 

    It’s as though time has stood still at Stykkishólmur, the small fishing town in Breiðafjörður bay, where colourful houses stand out in contrast to distant mountains.  

    Nearby, you’ll find Snæfellsnes Peninsula National Park, with the striking, ice-capped Snæfellsjökull volcano at the peninsula’s western tip. It’s nicknamed 'Little Iceland' for its array of volcanic landscapes. 

    At the national park you can visit Djúpalónssandur's black sand beach and the Lóndrangar basalt cliffs. Or why not ride a snowcat to the top of the Snæfellsjökull glacier or take a guided coastal hike with a glacial cave tour. 

    • Included Stykkishólmur Discovery Walk
    Day 2
    Stykkishólmur

    Snæfellsnes peninsula

  • Day 3
    Patreksfjördur

    Beautiful Patreksfjörður

    A stunning beach, waterfalls and superb birdwatching 

    Patreksfjörður is unforgettably beautiful. Here, you’ll learn all about the fishing traditions in Europe's most westerly village. 

    Explore the surrounding area on a hike through the fjords or visit Rauðasandur beach and see the seals. You can also join a tour to the Dynjandi waterfalls – six falls combined that together make the largest and most spectacular in the Westfjords.  

    Birdwatchers shouldn’t miss a visit to Látrabjarg, where puffins, Northern Gannets, guillemots and razorbills cling to Europe’s largest bird cliff. 

    • Included Patreksfjörður - the Westernmost Village of Europe Revealed
    Day 3
    Patreksfjördur

    Beautiful Patreksfjörður

  • Day 4
    Akureyri

    Eyjafjörður to Akureyri

    Hot springs, waterfalls and volcanic moonscapes 

    Our expedition cruise continues to Iceland’s 'Northern capital’, Akureyri, surrounded by stunning volcanic landscapes. It's also one of the best places in Europe to spot whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises. 

    Walk around the city and stop at the peaceful oasis of the botanical gardens. You can learn more about the city and life in the Arctic at the Akureyri and Norðurslóð museums.  

    You can also visit the impressive Goðafoss waterfall; Mývatn Nature Baths; or Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord. Or why not go horse riding or explore off-road in a 4x4. 

    • Included Akureyri City Walk
    Day 4
    Akureyri

    Eyjafjörður to Akureyri

  • Day 5
    Grímsey

    Grímsey’s puffins

    Cross the Arctic Circle and see Atlantic Puffins 

    Grímsey is steeped in folklore, including tales of the island’s first settler, Grímur. This remote and windswept island, home to just 60 people, is famous for two things: its Atlantic Puffin colonies, and the fact that the Arctic Circle cuts right across it. 

    We'll reach Grímsey in our small expedition boats. There, you'll enjoy a special Arctic Circle crossing ceremony. Why not hike to the Orbis et Globus sculpture? It’s a huge concrete sphere that’s repositioned each year to fit the northward-moving Arctic Circle. 

    • Included Arctic Circle Crossing Ceremony
    Day 5
    Grímsey

    Grímsey’s puffins

  • Day 6
    At sea

    A relaxing day at sea

    Enjoy a restorative day as we sail to Jan Mayen  

    A day cruising through Arctic waters will allow you to relax and rejuvenate for the days ahead. Enjoy panoramic views and chat with fellow guests in the comfort of the Explorer Lounge & Bar. Or why not take a soak in a hot tub out on deck while looking for seabirds. 

    Don’t miss the fascinating lectures given by members of the Expedition Team, which cover topics such as local history, geology or Arctic wildlife. Visit the Science Center for more in-depth insights into Jan Mayen and Spitsbergen, and maybe participate in a Citizen Science project that contributes to ongoing scientific research. 

    Day 6
    At sea

    A relaxing day at sea

  • Day 7
    Jan Mayen Island

    Volcanic Jan Mayen

    Visit an active volcano that's a haven for birdlife  

    Jan Mayen has no permanent residents and visits to the island are rare. In fact, we're one of the few to attempt landings here. If conditions allow, you’ll be setting foot in one of Earth’s most remote places. 

    Jan Mayen’s surreal, moss- and lichen-streaked landscape is dominated by the Beerenberg volcanic cone. It's the world's northernmost active volcano and last erupted in 1985. 

    You won’t see land mammals here, but the island is designated an Important Bird Area, supporting large populations of Northern Fulmars, Brünich’s Guillemots and Little Auks. Look out for abundant marine life in the surrounding waters too, including whales and seals.  

    Day 7
    Jan Mayen Island

    Volcanic Jan Mayen

  • Day 8
    At sea

    Sailing towards Svalbard

    Unwind and prepare for more adventure  

    Join the Expedition Team in the Science Center to learn more about the spectacular Arctic wildlife and scenery you’ve seen so far and find out about what you can expect to experience next in Svalbard. 

    A day at sea is also an ideal opportunity to sort through the images on your camera and pick up some tips from our onboard photographer as we cruise towards Spitsbergen. 

    Day 8
    At sea

    Sailing towards Svalbard

  • Day 9
    North West Spitsbergen National Park

    Expedition day

    Experience pristine Arctic wilderness  

    Explore the natural beauty and rugged tundra of Northwest Spitsbergen National Park. In this wilderness of steep mountains, stark glaciers and beautiful offshore islands, we’ll scan for animals of the Arctic – whales, seals, walruses and reindeer.  

    As one of those rare parts of the world where natural beauty and fascinating history combine, you’ll also encounter cultural relics from Svalbard’s first explorers. 

    Be ready for adventure; we'll seize any opportunity to launch our kayaks or use our small expedition boats and go ashore to hike or participate in a beach clean up.  

    Day 9
    North West Spitsbergen National Park

    Expedition day

  • Day 10
    Longyearbyen

    Return to Longyearbyen

    Ending your adventure on a high 

    Your Arctic Islands expedition cruise ends back in Longyearbyen. You'll return home knowing more about Arctic animals, history, polar ice and climate change than when you arrived – and you’ll have memories of an incredible experience. 

    Before your flight back to Oslo, you'll have time to discover more of Longyearbyen and shop for keepsakes. Many guests opt to bring home a beautiful, warm Svalbard sweater.  

    Day 10
    Longyearbyen

    Return to Longyearbyen

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What's included

Included in your voyage

Flights   

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

Transfers   

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

Expedition Cruise 

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in Restaurant Aune  
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board† 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 

*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water 

†Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to, and streaming is not supported. When in Svalbard, there is no Wi-Fi or mobile coverage except in Longyearbyen. 

Onboard Activities 

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team 
  • Full use of our Science Center, extensive library and advanced biological and geological equipment 
  • Citizen Science Programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer 
  • Use of ship's hot tubs, sauna and gym 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings 

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 on hand to assist you 

Notes 

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change 
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities expected 

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 
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
Your ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2022
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 250 (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

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