MS Spitsbergen
15 days

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

Price from
5090 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Spitsbergen
15 days

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

Price from
5090 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Spitsbergen, Iceland, Faroe Islands – Island Hopping In and Around the Arctic (Southbound)
Departure
22 September 2022
  • Visit five wild and beautiful islands in and around the Arctic across four countries
  • Destinations include Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Scotland
  • Journeying in late Autumn means the mesmerising Northern Lights might appear
  • Explore habitats with a range of wildlife and famous for bird and whale-watching

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Itinerary

This late autumn voyage takes in a variety of wild, lush green islands in and around the Arctic region, all the while with chances of the aurora borealis appearing above. We start in Svalbard, Norway and sail south down to the northern coasts of Iceland via volcanic Jan Mayen. Then, it’s on to the Faroe Islands, across to Scotland, and ending in Norway.
Day 1
Oslo / Longyearbyen

22 September 2022

From 59º N to 78º N
Polar bear crossing sign, Longyearbyen, Svalbard!
Watch out - there are more polar bears than humans on the Svalbard archipelago!
Photo: Dominic Barrington

Your trip starts with an evening flight from Oslo. If time allows, enjoy the museums, parks and trendy cafés of the Norwegian capital before your flight to Longyearbyen in the Svalbard Archipelago. Transfer to and overnight at your hotel.

Polar bear crossing sign, Longyearbyen, Svalbard!
Watch out - there are more polar bears than humans on the Svalbard archipelago!
Photo: Dominic Barrington
Longyearbyen´s mining history is on display.
Longyearbyen´s mining history is on display.
Photo: Genna Roland
Day 2
Longyearbyen

23 September 2022

Estimated time of departure is 8:00 PM

Lively Frontier Town in the High Arctic
Longyearbyen´s mining history is on display.
Longyearbyen´s mining history is on display.
Photo: Genna Roland

After an overnight stay, you have the opportunity to explore the colorful frontier outpost of Longyearbyen before boarding your ship in the afternoon. An excursion after lunch is included in your voyage--or, choose from a selection of optional adventures before your voyage begins. 

Kayaking in Smeerenburg, Svalbard.
Day 3-4
Spitsbergen

24 September 2022 - 25 September 2022

Exploring Spitsbergen
Day 3-4
Spitsbergen

24 September 2022 - 25 September 2022

Exploring Spitsbergen
Kayaking in Smeerenburg, Svalbard.
Photo: Lise Dreistel

Summertime in the Svalbard Archipelago is when polar bears trek along the coast’s drifting ice on the hunt for seals. With a bit of luck, we hope to spot one or more of these top predators in the national park.

Depending on the movement and thickness of the sea ice, we might visit Kongsfjord´s mighty glaciers and catch sight of icebergs calving into the sea. There we plan to make some exciting landings and have scenic kayaking opportunities.

The Kongsfjord´s glacier calve ice into the sea.
The Kongsfjord´s glacier calve ice into the sea.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Expedition team and guetst taking water sample from small expedition boat. Water and mountains in the background.
Photo: Genna Roland
Relax in the quiet of a day at sea.
Relax in the quiet of a day at sea.
Photo: shutterstock
Scan for rich marine life from deck.
Scan for rich marine life from deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 5
At sea

26 September 2022

Relaxing at Sea
Relax in the quiet of a day at sea.
Relax in the quiet of a day at sea.
Photo: shutterstock

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with onboard lectures while we set course towards Jan Mayen. Our Expedition Team will hold talks and workshops and share their knowledge and experience.

Landscape shaped by the northernmost volcano on Earth.
Day 6
Jan Mayen Island

27 September 2022

The Isolated Arctic Island with an Active Volcano
Day 6
Jan Mayen Island

27 September 2022

The Isolated Arctic Island with an Active Volcano
Landscape shaped by the northernmost volcano on Earth.
Landscape shaped by the northernmost volcano on Earth.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

The Norwegian island of Jan Mayen has two main areas. The north is dominated by ice-capped Beerenberg, the northernmost active volcano on earth. The south is flatter and unglaciated, and where 30 people live at a weather station. The island is a breeding site for large numbers of seabirds such as fulmars, auks, and guillemots. 

Visits to Jan Mayen are extremely rare, and Hurtigruten are one of the few to attempt landings on this Arctic island.

Stunning contrasts in remote Jan Mayen.
Stunning contrasts in remote Jan Mayen.
Photo: Flickr / Aah-Yeahn
Join the Expedition Team for fantastic hiking.
Join the Expedition Team for fantastic hiking.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Enjoy fascinating talks in the Science Center.
Enjoy fascinating talks in the Science Center.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Dramatic sights from deck.
Dramatic sights from deck.
Photo: Michael Hall
Day 7
At sea

28 September 2022

Towards Iceland
Enjoy fascinating talks in the Science Center.
Enjoy fascinating talks in the Science Center.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Days at sea are an opportunity to wind down and watch the waves or enjoy a lecture or two from the Expedition Team.

Day 8
Akureyri

29 September 2022

Capital of Northern Iceland
Discover the power of the Goðafos waterfall.
Discover the power of the Goðafos waterfall.
Photo: Shutterstock

Welcome to Iceland’s largest community outside of Reykjavík. Expect comfy cafés, restaurants, and chic art galleries. There are also various museums of interest, distinct churches, and the botanical gardens which will be in full bloom at the time of your visit. Akureyri is also close to natural treasures, such as lake Mývatn and Goðafoss waterfall.

Discover the power of the Goðafos waterfall.
Discover the power of the Goðafos waterfall.
Photo: Shutterstock
Lava fields in the area of Akureyri, Iceland.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Take in breathtaking local nature.
Day 9
Húsavík

30 September 2022

Top Spot for Whale-Watching
Stroll in Iceland´s oldest Norse settlement.
Stroll in Iceland´s oldest Norse settlement.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Learn about the massive scale of whales in Husavik.
Learn about the massive scale of whales in Husavik.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 9
Húsavík

30 September 2022

Top Spot for Whale-Watching
Take in breathtaking local nature.
Take in breathtaking local nature.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

Húsavík is Iceland’s oldest Norse settlement and considered one of the best whale-watching spots in Europe. Up to 23 species of whale, including the blue whale, are known to visit nearby Skjálfandi Bay. The town also has many interesting museums and an outdoor thermal bath on the picturesque peninsula.

Day 10
Bakkagerði

1 October 2022

The Land of the Elves
Get close to the natural beauty of the Land of the Elves.
Get close to the natural beauty of the Land of the Elves.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

Bakkagerði is one of Iceland’s smallest hamlets, a quiet haven well off the tourist track. The place is well-known for its fairy-tale-like natural beauty, and the locals have come to call the region `The Land of the Elves´. Many puffin colonies also line the nearby fjord, making it a popular place for birdwatching.

Get close to the natural beauty of the Land of the Elves.
Get close to the natural beauty of the Land of the Elves.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Local puffin colony.
Local puffin colony.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Share tips and memories in the lounges.
Share tips and memories in the lounges.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Scan for abundant bird life from deck.
Scan for abundant bird life from deck.
Photo: Martin Johansen
Day 11
At sea

2 October 2022

Enjoy a day at sea
Share tips and memories in the lounges.
Share tips and memories in the lounges.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

The day is at your leisure aboard the ship. Relax while gazing out at the view, learn more from the knowledgeable Expedition Team in our lecture series, or swap experiences of the expedition so far with your fellow explorers.

Day 12
Elduvík

3 October 2022

Charming Village of the Faroe Islands
Colourful local houses.
Colourful local houses.
Photo: shutterstock

Located in the Funningsfjordur inlet in the Faroe Islands, the village of Elduvík lies by the shore at the end of a long, lush valley surrounded by stunning green mountains and with the river Stórá running through the middle. Just 23 people inhabit the village, complete with a school, church, dock, pier, and colourful houses.

Colourful local houses.
Colourful local houses.
Photo: shutterstock
Rugged and majestic local landscape.
Rugged and majestic local landscape.
Photo: shutterstock
Tórshavn is one of the smallest capitals in the world.
Day 13
Torshavn, Faroe Islands

4 October 2022

The Oldest Capital in the World
Colourful small houses at every turn.
Colourful small houses at every turn.
Photo: shutterstock
Wander the lanes amid sod roofs.
Wander the lanes amid sod roofs.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 13
Torshavn, Faroe Islands

4 October 2022

The Oldest Capital in the World
Tórshavn is one of the smallest capitals in the world.
Tórshavn is one of the smallest capitals in the world.
Photo: shutterstock

The Faroe Islands are a group of 18 isles that lie in the middle of the North Atlantic, halfway between the Shetland Islands and Iceland. Tórshavn is one of the smallest capitals in the world, with just 15,000 inhabitants. It was founded in the 10th century, and might very well be the oldest capital in northern Europe. Since the turn of the 20th century, Tórshavn has grown rapidly, and is today the economic, cultural and administrative centre of the Faroes. The town is a charming blend of old and new with small houses in nearly every colour.

Day 14
Lerwick

5 October 2022

Centre of Scotland’s Shetland Islands
History is everywhere in Lerwick.
History is everywhere in Lerwick.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

Built on the herring trade in the 17th century, Lerwick has grown in Scotland’s northernmost town and is home to a third of the Shetland Islands' population. Visit local boutique shops along Commercial Street, wander along the waterfront with its sandstone buildings, or visit the museum to learn more about the town’s Norse heritage.  

History is everywhere in Lerwick.
History is everywhere in Lerwick.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Wander the lanes of Scotland´s northernmost town.
Wander the lanes of Scotland´s northernmost town.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Take in the magnificent view from Mount Fløyen..
Take in the magnificent view from Mount Fløyen.
Visit the famed Bergen Brygge area.
Visit the famed Bergen Brygge area.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 15
Bergen

6 October 2022

Estimated time of arrival is 8:00 AM

End of the Expedition
Take in the magnificent view from Mount Fløyen..
Take in the magnificent view from Mount Fløyen.

Your journey ends in the bustling port city of Bergen. We recommend booking a Post-Programme to extend your stay here to explore Bergen´s famous fish market and its UNESCO-listed Bryggen wharf of colourful wooden warehouses. You can also board a funicular up to Mount Fløyen for views over city, the fjord, and the surrounding mountains.

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

Flights

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

Hotel

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

Transfers

  • All transfers in Longyearbyen including an excursion before 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
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with very limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • 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, panoramic sauna and 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 before landings

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 

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 spitsbergen
A group of people posing for the camera
Photo: Stefan Dall / Hurtigruten
A room filled with furniture and a large window
Photo: © Tor Farstad

Your ship

MS Spitsbergen

Year built 2009
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo (POR)
Passenger capacity 335
Beds 243
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 7,344
Length 100.54m
Beam 18m
Speed 14.5 knots
MS spitsbergen

MS Spitsbergen will take you on a voyage beyond the ordinary. She cruises along the Norwegian coast from September to May, and becomes part of our global Expedition sailings during the rest of the year.

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