Spitsbergen, Iceland, Faroe Islands – Island Hopping in and around the Arctic (Southbound)

Spitsbergen, Iceland, Faroe Islands – Island Hopping in and around the Arctic (Southbound)

Spitsbergen, Iceland, Faroe Islands – Island Hopping in and around the Arctic (Southbound)

Spitsbergen, Iceland, Faroe Islands – Island Hopping in and around the Arctic (Southbound)

Travel information 15 days MS Spitsbergen
Departures
23 September 2023
11 September 2024
Price from
5990 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

15-day expedition cruise from Longyearbyen to Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Shetland Islands before ending in Bergen, Norway 

Norway and Iceland 

Fly from Oslo to Longyearbyen, the world’s northernmost town, and join an expedition cruise to discover Spitsbergen’s landscapes which are home to polar bears. Experience Iceland's volcanic terrain and look out for white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises, as well as humpback, minke and the elusive blue whale. 

Island communities 

Enjoy a taste of life on the Faroe Islands with visits to its capital, Tórshavn, and the tiny village of Elduvík. In the Shetland Islands, learn about Norse heritage and local customs, like the making of delicate Shetland lace shawls. Birdwatchers should keep an eye out for Red-throated Divers, redshanks, and curlews. 

Spitsbergen, Iceland, Faroe Islands – Island Hopping in and around the Arctic (Southbound) Spitsbergen, Iceland, Faroe Islands – Island Hopping in and around the Arctic (Southbound)
  • Day 1
    Oslo / Longyearbyen

    Explore cosmopolitan Oslo

    Enjoy time in Oslo before flying to Svalbard 

    Your expedition begins in Oslo, Norway’s fjord-side capital. If you have time before your flight, why not explore the city centre. 

    With its rich history and fashionable art scene, Oslo is a fascinating city. You'll find museums, galleries, and breathtaking architecture all within easy reach – including the beautiful Opera House and new Munch Museum. 

    Take a stroll in the Ekebergparken sculpture park, visit Akershus Fortress or relax in a floating sauna. Explore modern Sørenga and enjoy urban beach life or try New Nordic cuisine before flying out to Longyearbyen in the Svalbard archipelago. 

    Day 1
    Oslo / Longyearbyen

    Explore cosmopolitan Oslo

  • Day 2
    Longyearbyen

    Longyearbyen adventures

    Estimated time of departure is 8:00 PM

    Explore colourful Longyearbyen 

    After breakfast, it’s time to explore the world's northernmost town, a colourful frontier settlement where people are outnumbered by snowmobiles. 

    Longyearbyen is perfect for exploring on foot. Stroll down the main street and you might see Svalbard reindeer saunter by. Although wild, they're curious and tame. Admire the polar bear–inspired art or visit the North Pole Expedition Museum.  

    Before boarding your ship in the afternoon and continuing your Arctic discovery, join an included excursion after lunch, or try an optional electric bike, dogsledding or hiking tour.     

    Day 2
    Longyearbyen

    Longyearbyen adventures

  • Day 3-4
    Spitsbergen

    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. 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 native 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 3-4
    Spitsbergen

    Scenic Spitsbergen

  • Day 5
    At sea

    A day at sea

    Time to relax and discover what adventures lie ahead  

    As we head towards the island of Jan Mayen, enjoy a day at sea.  

    There's plenty to do on board. Why not scan the seas for marine wildlife from the deck, enjoy the panoramic sauna or a soak in a hot tub. 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 to contribute to Citizen Science projects. Photography enthusiasts can pick up some pointers on how to capture wildlife and landscapes from our onboard photographer. You'll find the comfort of the Explorer Lounge & Bar a great place to read, chat with other guests, or just watch the world glide by. 

    Day 5
    At sea

    A day at sea

  • Day 6
    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, Brünnich’s Guillemots and Little Auks. Look out for abundant marine life in the surrounding waters too, including whales and seals.  

    Day 6
    Jan Mayen Island

    Volcanic Jan Mayen

  • Day 7
    At sea

    To Iceland's north coast

    Enjoy a relaxing day as we cruise towards Iceland  

    As we sail from Jan Mayen to Akureyri, you'll have time to sit back and swap stories of your adventures so far. Keep your eyes peeled while on deck for some wonderful marine life and seabirds – you can even relax in a hot tub while doing so! 

    Join the Expedition Team in the Science Center as they set the scene for the next leg of your expedition. Learn about Iceland’s stunning landscapes, cultures and beliefs – such as the Icelandic elves or ‘hidden people’. Or try something new   in a knitting workshop!  

    Day 7
    At sea

    To Iceland's north coast

  • Day 8
    Akureyri

    Akureyri and Goðafoss

    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
    Húsavík

    Whale-Watching in Húsavik

    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 9
    Húsavík

    Whale-Watching in Húsavik

  • Day 10
    Bakkagerði

    Hike in Bakkagerði

    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 10
    Bakkagerði

    Hike in Bakkagerði

  • Day 11
    At sea

    Enjoy a day at sea

    Learn about the Faroe Islands and relax on board 

    Today we sail from Iceland towards the Faroe Islands. Take this opportunity to enjoy all the comforts your expedition ship has to offer and get ready for the days ahead. 

    You may have unanswered questions about things you've seen in Iceland, or things to come in the Faroe Islands. As ever, your Expedition Team will be on hand hosting lectures and offering insights about these remarkable islands.  

    The Science Center will keep enquiring minds busy. Work out in the gym or relax in the panoramic sauna, where you can watch the views as you sail. Look out for birds and wildlife from the decks, or just take the time to sort through all those photos you’ve been taking. 

    Day 11
    At sea

    Enjoy a day at sea

  • Day 12
    Elduvík

    Peaceful, tiny Elduvík

    Surround yourself with the sounds of Faroese nature 

    Your expedition cruise arrives in the Faroe Islands, part of the Kingdom of Denmark. We'll stop to explore the tiny village of Elduvík, with just 23 inhabitants. While small, it 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 12
    Elduvík

    Peaceful, tiny Elduvík

  • Day 13
    Torshavn, Faroe Islands

    10th century Tórshavn

    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 13
    Torshavn, Faroe Islands

    10th century Tórshavn

  • Day 14
    Lerwick

    Shetland Isles

    Discover Scotland's most northerly inhabited isle 

    Welcome to the Shetland Islands. Lerwick, the capital, is a friendly, Victorian-influenced fishing town set in beautiful scenery.  

    Navigate the narrow lanes on foot to discover little shops selling local whiskies, woollen sweaters and fudge. 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 14
    Lerwick

    Shetland Isles

  • Day 15
    Bergen

    Disembark in Bergen

    Estimated time of arrival is 8:00 AM

    Visit UNESCO-listed Bryggen and Mount Fløyen 

    Your expedition cruise ends in Bergen. Surrounded by mountains and the sea, the old capital is one of Norway’s most picturesque cities.  

    Why not join our Post-Programme for a guided hiking tour. Take the funicular railway up to the summit of Mount Fløyen for a refreshing hike and amazing views over the city.  

    Or discover the city on your own with a stroll through UNESCO-listed Bryggen and discover its colourful wooden wharfs. Why not pick up some souvenirs or gifts in the artisanal boutiques before heading home. 

    Day 15
    Bergen

    Disembark in Bergen

Departures

2023

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September:
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2024

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September:
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What's included

Included in your voyage

Flights 

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

Transfers 

  • All transfers in Longyearbyen including an excursion before the expedition cruise  

Hotel 

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

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. 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 
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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
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