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

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

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

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

Travel information 14 days MS Spitsbergen
Departure
1 June 2024
Price from
5790 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

14-day expedition cruisefrom Bergen to the Shetland Islands, the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Svalbard before ending in Oslo 

Island adventures 

Our springtime adventure starts in Bergen, Norway, before sailing to Lerwick in Scotland’s Shetland Isles. From there, we travel to the green Faroe Islands, then cross to the north coast of Iceland. We finish our expedition cruise in Longyearbyen after sailing to scenic Spitsbergen in the High Arctic, in all its untouched glory. 

Keep watch for wildlife 

The pristine waters and stunning islands on this North Atlantic island-hopping adventure are home to all kinds of wildlife. We'll look out for birds, whales and more along the way. Keep your eyes peeled for the majestic – but elusive – polar bear as we sail the waters around Spitsbergen. 

Faroe Islands, Iceland, Spitsbergen – Island Hopping In and Around the Arctic (Northbound) Faroe Islands, Iceland, Spitsbergen – Island Hopping In and Around the Arctic (Northbound)
  • Day 1
    Bergen

    Your Expedition Begins

    1 June 2024
    Estimated time of departure is 6:00 PM

    Explore UNESCO-listed Bryggen and mountain peaks 

    Your adventure begins in the charming city of Bergen. Surrounded by seven mountains and the sea, Norway's old capital is also one of its most picturesque cities. 

    Stroll through the UNESCO-listed Bryggen district, with its colourful wooden wharfs dating back to the 14th century. Across from Bryggen, you'll find the city's famous fish market. 

    Take the funicular railway to the top of Mount Fløyen for a refreshing hike and amazing views of the city, the mountains and sea beyond.  

    Day 1
    Bergen

    Your Expedition Begins

  • Day 2
    Lerwick

    The Shetland Islands

    2 June 2024

    Explore Scotland's northernmost town 

    Built on the herring trade, more fish is landed in Lerwick than in England, Wales and Northern Ireland combined. 

    The town has deep Norse roots. You’ll hear it in the dialect and from the Viking stories beautifully depicted in the impressive stained-glass windows of Lerwick Town Hall. By the old waterfront, you’ll find the Shetland Museum, showcasing Pictish carvings and lace shawls. Nearby you can see Fort Charlotte and the regal-looking town hall.  

    Keep your binoculars handy to scan for grey and common seals along Lerwick's beaches, as well as local birdlife such as Red-throated Divers, redshanks and curlews.  

    Day 2
    Lerwick

    The Shetland Islands

  • Day 4
    Elduvík

    Peaceful, tiny Elduvík

    4 June 2024

    Surround yourself with the sounds of Faroese nature 

    Today we’ll stop to explore the tiny village of Elduvík, with just 23 inhabitants. Set in the Funningsfjørður inlet in the Faroe Islands. Elduvík is split in two by the river Stórá 

    While small, Elduvík comes complete with a school, church, dock and pier. From the pier, enjoy the view across the sparkling waters to the nearby island of Kalsoy – it’s astonishingly peaceful here. 

    As you walk through the village's charming streets, listen for the songs of seabirds, bleating sheep, and waves coming to shore from the fjord. You'll notice that the roofs of many houses are built in the traditional Icelandic style: covered in grass instead of slate, offering much-needed insulation and protection against the weather.  

    Day 4
    Elduvík

    Peaceful, tiny Elduvík

  • Day 5
    At sea

    A relaxing day at sea

    5 June 2024

    Enjoy a relaxing day as we cruise towards Iceland 

    As we sail to Bakkagerði, you'll have time to sit back and swap stories of your adventures with your new friends. Keep your eyes peeled while on deck for some wonderful marine life. Or why not relax in a hot tub and watch for seabirds at the same time. 

    Join the Expedition Team in the Science Center as they set the scene for the next leg of your cruise in northern Iceland. Learn about the island's stunning landscapes, cultures and beliefs – such as the Icelandic elves. If you want to try something new, why not join one of our knitting workshops! 

    Day 5
    At sea

    A relaxing day at sea

  • Day 6
    Bakkagerði

    Hike in Bakkagerði

    6 June 2024

    Look for elves in natural beauty 

    Your Iceland cruise continues to Bakkagerði, a tiny, remote settlement.  According to folklore, Bakkagerði is inhabited by a large population of local land spirits or elves, known as huldufólk, meaning 'hidden people'. Walk around town to explore this magical place.  

    A popular hiking  area, here you can walk through lush, green valleys and gorgeous scenery among colourful rhyolite rocks. The coastal cliffs are home to fulmars, kittiwakes, eiders and puffins. We may also visit the Atlantic Puffin colony on Hafnarhólmi – a true gem for nature lovers and wildlife photographers.  

    • Included Local Living Walk of Bakkagerði
    Day 6
    Bakkagerði

    Hike in Bakkagerði

  • Day 7
    Húsavík

    Whale watching in Húsavík

    7 June 2024

    Iceland's best whale watching spot 

    Today you’ll discover Húsavík, a fascinating small town that's one of the best places in the world from which to see whales.  

    Húsavík looks out over Skjálfandi bay, which enjoys visits from humpback and minke whales, white-beaked dolphin, harbour porpoise and even the elusive blue whale. If you’re  lucky, you might see one or more of these giants at sea. Learn more about them at Húsavík’s Whale Museum.  

    There's even a space exploration museum here; NASA thought Húsavík's geology resembled lunar rocks and sent astronauts from their Apollo space missions here to train. You can also enjoy the geothermal waters at Geosea, which overlooks Skjálfandi bay, and refresh with a beer at the local microbrewery. 

    • Included Discover the Whale Capital of Iceland
    Day 7
    Húsavík

    Whale watching in Húsavík

  • Day 8
    Akureyri

    Akureyri and Goðafoss

    8 June 2024

    See dramatic moonscapes and waterfalls 

    Gaze at snowcapped peaks as we cruise along Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord. It's one of the best places in Europe to spot humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises. Look out for orcas, blue and fin whales here, too.  

    Iceland’s 'Northern Capital’, Akureyri, sits at the fjord base. Here, you can enjoy the oasis of a botanical garden, and visit top-notch eateries and museums.  

     A little further afield, you can witness the picturesque Goðafoss waterfall, where turquoise waters pound against black rocks. You can also keep an eye out for Eider and Harlequin Ducks at Lake Mývatn, one of Iceland's more active volcanic areas. 

    • Included Akureyri City Walk
    Day 8
    Akureyri

    Akureyri and Goðafoss

  • Day 9
    At sea

    Learn and discover at sea

    9 June 2024

    Time to relax and discover what adventures lie ahead 

    As we cross the Arctic Circle and head towards Jan Mayen, you’ll enjoy a day at sea. There's plenty to do on board. Scan for marine wildlife from the deck, enjoy the panoramic sauna or soak in a hot tub, or simply relax in the Explorer Lounge & Bar, a great place to read or watch the world glide by. 

    Visit the Science Center for insights into the destinations ahead on your island-hopping expedition cruise. Enjoy a fascinating lecture from the Expedition Team or help collect important data and contribute to Citizen Science projects.  

    Photography enthusiasts can pick up some pointers on how to capture wildlife and landscapes from our onboard photographer.  

    Day 9
    At sea

    Learn and discover at sea

  • Day 10
    Jan Mayen Island

    Volcanic Jan Mayen

    10 June 2024

    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, Brünnich’s Guillemots and Little Auks. Look out for abundant marine life in the surrounding waters too, including whales and seals.  

    Day 10
    Jan Mayen Island

    Volcanic Jan Mayen

  • Day 11
    At sea

    Enjoy a day at sea

    11 June 2024

    A peaceful interlude in your adventure 

    Spend the day at your leisure as we sail deeper into the Arctic towards the Svalbard archipelago. Savour the quiet moments, simply appreciating the peaceful feeling of being at sea. This is a rare opportunity to disconnect and get a break from the modern world. 

    Feeling active? You can enjoy a workout in the gym or simply relax in the panoramic sauna while gazing out at the view. As ever, our Expedition Team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and offer insights about these Arctic islands.  

    Day 11
    At sea

    Enjoy a day at sea

  • Day 12-13
    Spitsbergen

    Scenic Spitsbergen

    12 June 2024 - 13 June 2024

    A land of spectacular beauty  

    Spitsbergen showcases Arctic beauty in its untouched glory, a wilderness of steep mountains, stark glaciers and eerily beautiful islands. You’ll visit some of the world’s most dramatic fjords, immense U-shaped valleys and glaciers preparing to calve icebergs into the sea.   Delight in the rare chance to seek the region’s apex predator, the magnificent polar bear, in its natural environment. They trek the ice along the coast, hunting for seals.  

    We’ll take advantage of every opportunity to land, taking expedition boats ashore for hiking and other activities. If we can, we’ll launch our kayaks to enjoy the scenery in near-perfect silence. 

    Day 12-13
    Spitsbergen

    Scenic Spitsbergen

  • Day 14
    Longyearbyen/Oslo

    Longyearbyen

    14 June 2024
    Estimated time of arrival is 6:00 AM

    A last day at the top of the world 

    Your Arctic adventure ends in Longyearbyen.  

    Before your flight back to Oslo, you'll have time to discover more of Longyearbyen and do a spot of shopping – perhaps a warm Svalbard sweater.  

    You'll return home knowing more about Arctic animals, history, polar ice and climate change than you arrived with – and memories of an incredible experience. 

    Day 14
    Longyearbyen/Oslo

    Longyearbyen

  • Day 3
    Torshavn, Faroe Islands

    10th century Tórshavn

    3 June 2024

    A visit to Streymoy in the Faroe Islands 

    Tórshavn is located on Streymoy, the largest of the Faroe Islands. Founded by Norsemen in the 10th century, Tórshavn – Thor’s Harbour – is one of Northern Europe’s oldest capitals.  

    Wander through the cobbled alleyways and delight in the colourful, turf-roofed houses found here. In the local museums, you can learn about the city’s origins and the flora, fauna and geology of the Faroe Islands.  

    About half a mile out of town, the Svartafoss waterfall tumbles over mossy rocks. And as you walk along the seafront, look out for Eider Ducks and the distinctive Faroese Starling with its beige-tipped wings 

    • Included Explore Torshavn (Walking Tour)
    Day 3
    Torshavn, Faroe Islands

    10th century Tórshavn

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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  
  • 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, panoramic 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 
Longyearbyen, Svalbard - MS Spitsbergen
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MS Spitsbergen

Year built 2009
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo (POR)
Passenger capacity 180
Beds 243
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 7,344
Length 100.54m
Beam 18m
Speed 14.5 knots
Longyearbyen, Svalbard - MS Spitsbergen
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