Northern Adventurer- Voyage Deep into the Arctic

Northern Adventurer- Voyage Deep into the Arctic

  • Attempt

Northern Adventurer- Voyage Deep into the Arctic

Northern Adventurer- Voyage Deep into the Arctic

  • Attempt
Travel information 13 days MS Fram
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Iconic Iceland 

Your Arctic adventure begins in Reykjavík, from where you’ll set sail to discover the iconic highlights of Iceland. In Snæfellsnes peninsula, Ísafjörður, Akureyri and Húsavík you’ll encounter active volcanoes, serene fjords and roaring waterfalls, and be on the lookout for marine wildlife like whales and dolphins.  

Voyage to the top of the world 

Continuing north, you’ll head for the remote volcanic island of Jan Mayen, a bird haven home to Northern Fulmars, Brünnich’s Guillemots and Little Auks. And in the Svalbard archipelago, you’ll explore an Arctic wilderness where nature reigns supreme and the majestic – if elusive – polar bear roams the icy tundra. 

Northern Adventurer- Voyage Deep into the Arctic Northern Adventurer- Voyage Deep into the Arctic

Our Attempts are voyages where we challenge the elements in true expedition style. As we explore these remote and captivating areas in a safe way, our adventure will ultimately be guided by nature. If weather, sea or ice conditions do not allow our planned navigation, our experienced crew will deliver an adapted itinerary. Flexibility and our deep knowledge of the area combine to give you an amazing exploration experience. 

  • Day 1

    Cosmopolitan Reykjavík

    Explore the world’s northernmost capital   

    Your adventure deep into the Arctic starts in Reykjavík. A laid-back city of art, culture and history, delightful Reykjavík is well worth spending some time getting to know.   

    Take a stroll along Laugavegur with its boutiques and outdoor shops, gaze in awe at the striking Hallgrímskirkja   

    Church, and drop in on the fascinating Reykjavík Art Museum.    

    Your expedition ship awaits you in Reykjavík Harbour. After being welcomed aboard and collecting your complimentary expedition jacket, it's time to settle into your cabin and enjoy your first dinner.    

    If you have the time, we recommend booking a Pre-Programme with us and discovering some of Iceland’s natural highlights before your cruise begins. 

    Day 1

    Cosmopolitan Reykjavík

  • Day 2
    Snæfellsnes peninsula

    Charming Grundarfjörður

    Gateway to spectacular Snæfellsnes 

    The majestic Kirkjufell mountain, one of the best-known landmarks of Iceland, rises just two miles west of the small harbour of Grundarfjörður, a quaint fishing town in Breiðafjörður bay.  

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

    At the national park, you can visit Djúpalónssandur's black sand beach and the Saxhóll crater. Or why not ride a snowcat to the top of the Snæfellsjökull glacier or take a guided underground tour along a gigantic lava tube 

    Day 2
    Snæfellsnes peninsula

    Charming Grundarfjörður

  • Day 3

    Picturesque Ísafjörður

    Explore Westfjords’ beautiful harbourside town 

    Flanked by towering mountains on all sides, Ísafjörður is a nearly perfect natural harbour and an excellent gateway to the Westfjords region. Stroll around to see the architecture, shop for a variety of local handicrafts and view some of the oldest houses in Iceland.  

    One of these historic 18th century buildings is home to Westfjords Heritage Museum, where you can learn about the maritime past of this fascinating port. Or if you prefer something more energetic, you could take the steep hike up to Naustahvilft - the Troll’s Throne. You’ll be rewarded for your efforts at the top by the stunning panoramic view. 

    Day 3

    Picturesque Ísafjörður

  • Day 4
    Akureyri and Goðafoss

    Akureyri and Goðafoss

    See dramatic moonscapes and waterfalls 

    Gaze at snowcapped peaks as we cruise along Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord. Together with neighbouring Skjálfandi bay, it's one of the best places in Europe to spot whales.  

    Iceland’s 'Northern Capital’, Akureyri, sits at the fjord head. Here, you’llenjoy the oasis of a botanical garden, and can visit some excellent eateries and museums.  

    A little further afield, witness the picturesque Goðafoss waterfall, where turquoise waters pound against black rocks. You can also see geology come to life around Lake Mývatn, one of Iceland's more active volcanic areas, and one of the few places to explore the Mid-Atlantic Ridge up close. 

    Day 4
    Akureyri and Goðafoss

    Akureyri and Goðafoss

  • Day 5

    Whale watching in Húsavík

    Whales, volcanos and the horse of Odin 

    Today you’ll discover Húsavík, a pleasant small town famous for excellent whale-watching opportunities. The town looks out over Skjálfandi bay, which enjoys visits from humpback and minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and even elusive blue whales. 

    Geology and mythology come together at nearby Ásbyrgi canyon, a horseshoe-shaped canyon which, according to Norse mythology, was created when Odin’s horse Sleipnir accidentally put one of his eight legs down on the ground.  

    Further south is Lake Mývatn. Nowhere else will you find such an array of active volcanic features and landscape evolution, including evidence of dramatic eruptions such as the 18th-century Mývatn fires and the Krafla fires of the late 1970s. 

    Day 5

    Whale watching in Húsavík

  • Day 6
    At sea

    A relaxing day at sea

    Enjoy a restorative day in the Arctic  

    Take time to relax on the ship day as we cruise through Arctic waters towards Jan Mayen. Enjoy panoramic views and chat with fellow guests in the Explorer Lounge & Bar, or take a soak in a hot tub out on deck while scanning for seabirds.  

    You can also listen to a lecture or two on topics such as local history, geology or Arctic wildlife. Or visit the Science Center for more in-depth insights into the places we'll be visiting 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

    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 it 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 7
    Jan Mayen

    Volcanic Jan Mayen 

  • Day 8
    At sea

    Enjoy a day at sea

    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 8
    At sea

    Enjoy a day at sea

  • Day 9-12

    Scenic Spitsbergen

    A land of spectacular beauty  

    Spitsbergen showcases Arctic beauty in its untouched glory; a wilderness of steep mountains, stark glaciers and eerily beautiful islands. Over the next four days you’ll visit some of the world’s most dramatic fjords and see glaciers preparing to calve icebergs into the sea.   

    Each day will be different. From landings to kayaking, be ready for anything as your Captain and Expedition Team decide on the best landing sites and activities based on the day’s conditions. Perhaps we’ll head to the snowcapped peaks of Isfjord, or visit Ny-Ålesund, the world’s northernmost settlement and an important climate research station. 

    If we’re really lucky, we might even see the elusive polar bear in its natural environment. 

    Day 9-12

    Scenic Spitsbergen

  • Day 13


    A final day on top of the world 

    Your island-hopping adventure into the Arctic comes to an end in Longyearbyen, a town on top of the world.  

    A transfer will take you to the airport for your flight home. You'll return with a wealth of knowledge about Arctic animals, geology, history, polar ice and climate change – and memories of an incredible experience that will last a lifetime 

    Day 13



What’s included


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


  • Transfer from the ship to the airport in Longyearbyen  

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, library and advanced biological and geological equipment 
  • Citizen Science Programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscapes 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 


  • 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 
  • Depending on your individual flight times, an additional overnight in Oslo might be necessary (not included)  

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights 
  • Additional overnight(s) if required due to international flight timings  
  • 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 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
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
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