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 13 days MS Fram
Departure
28 May 2023
Price from
5890 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Discover picturesque fjords, majestic glaciers, mountain ranges and picturesque wildlife on an awe-inspiring expedition to remote Arctic islands. 

The land of Ice and Fire.

Your journey begins in Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital. Situated close to many of Iceland’s famous lagoons, geysers, hot springs and waterfalls, you’ll soak up the slow-paced life of remote fishing villages like Stykkishólmur and Patreksfjördur before exploring their scenic surroundings.

Rarely visited Arctic islands

Soak up the vibe of Iceland’s lively ‘northern capital’ Akureyri, before changing pace altogether in remote Grimsey, home to large colonies of Atlantic Puffins. On the vast island of Jan Mayen, you’ll see the imposing Mt Beerenberg, the most northerly active volcano on the planet. Visitors to this isolated land are rare, while the rugged terrain and unpredictable conditions mean we’re one of the few to attempt landings here.

North West Spitsbergen National Park in the Svalbard archipelago showcases Arctic beauty in all its rugged and pristine grandeur. Witness picturesque fjords, steep mountains and beautiful islands while looking out for the wildlife. Your expedition ends in Longyearbyen, the town on top of the world. Get a taste of what it feels like to live this far north as you explore this unique settlement.

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 9-12
    North West Spitsbergen National Park

    Adventures in an Arctic wilderness

    North West Spitsbergen National Park embodies Arctic beauty in all its rugged, untouched glory. This is a wilderness of steep mountains, stark glaciers and eerily beautiful offshore islands. It’s also one of those rare parts of the world where natural beauty and fascinating history combine. Here, you’ll find the largest concentration of graves, blubber ovens and other cultural relics from Svalbard’s first explorers.

    Weather and sea conditions will determine which areas we’ll attempt to visit. Kongsfjorden is one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with panoramic coastal views and a lush alpine tundra. Framed by dramatic mountain formations, you might catch sight of glaciers calving icebergs into the sea. 

    We may also call on Ny-Ålesund, a culturally rich former mining town now transformed into an international science hub. With a picturesque mix of old and new buildings, it hosts a variety of research stations from different countries dedicated to the study of glaciology, wildlife, and climate change.

    The north-west corner of Spitsbergen is a magnet for birdwatchers in the summer months. You’ll also scan for wildlife, including whales, bearded seals, walruses, Svalbard reindeer and the ‘Lord of the Arctic’ himself, the mighty polar bear. With a bit of luck, you’ll be able to spot one or more of these apex predators as they trek along the coast’s drifting ice on the hunt for seals.

    The stunning terrain of this region makes it ripe for outdoor adventure. We’ll attempt to take full advantage of any opportunities that come our way. Activities might include using our expedition boats to come ashore for hiking, participating in a beach clean-up or launching our kayaks.

    Day 9-12
    North West Spitsbergen National Park

    Adventures in an Arctic wilderness

  • Day 13
    Longyearbyen

    Lively Frontier Town in the High Arctic

    Your Arctic adventure around Svalbard is over for this time. As you wind down from your expedition, you’ll have some time to look back on all your new memories, still holding onto that elated feeling of having just been quite literally near the “top of the world.”

    After saying goodbye to the ship and its crew, you’ll take a transfer to the airport for your flight. If you want to spend more time in Longyearbyen, you can extend your stay with one of our Post-Programmes to really get to know the area.

    In Longyearbyen, you’ll find many places hold the record for being the most north anything. The world’s northernmost cinema, church, library, high school, supermarket – they’re all here. You can chalk off each landmark with a customary selfie.

    If you have the time, grab some souvenirs from the local shops before heading home. A toasty Svalbard sweater or a box of local handmade chocolates would make a wonderful gift for family and friends. Svalbard is a duty-free zone and Longyearbyen has a selection of sports and outdoor clothing shops, so you could stock up on supplies for your next adventure!

    Whatever’s next for you, we wish you a safe onward journey and look forward to seeing you again!

    Day 13
    Longyearbyen

    Lively Frontier Town in the High Arctic

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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
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. 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 or Barentsburg.
  • 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 activities

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, 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

Not included in your voyage

  • 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 make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities expected
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
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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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