Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Greenland, Iceland – Arctic Islands Discovery (Westbound)

Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Greenland, Iceland – Arctic Islands Discovery (Westbound)

Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Greenland, Iceland – Arctic Islands Discovery (Westbound)

Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Greenland, Iceland – Arctic Islands Discovery (Westbound)

Travel information 15 days MS Fram
Departure
18 July 2024
Price from
7690 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Greenland, Iceland – Arctic Islands Discovery (Westbound) 

Urban Oslo, cosy Longyearbyen 

Your Arctic adventure starts in cosmopolitan Oslo, which you can explore before your flight to Svalbard. After an overnight stay in Longyearbyen, we'll set sail for the rugged fjords and towering mountains of Northwest Spitsbergen National Park – the land of polar bears.  

Volcanic islands, spectacular fjords 

From here, you'll cruise to the isolated island of Jan Mayen, where you'll visit an active volcano. You’ll then head to the Scoresby Sund in eastern Greenland to marvel at the largest fjord system on Earth, before heading to beautiful Stykkishólmur in Iceland. Your expedition cruise ends in lively Reykjavík. 

Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Greenland, Iceland – Arctic Islands Discovery (Westbound) Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Greenland, Iceland – Arctic Islands Discovery (Westbound)
  • 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 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

    Explore the town at the top of the world 

    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 3-6
    North West Spitsbergen National Park

    Expedition days 

    Experience pristine Arctic wilderness 

    Over the next three days, you'll explore the natural beauty and rugged tundra of Northwest Spitsbergen National Park. In this wilderness of steep mountains, stark glaciers and beautiful offshore islands, we’ll scan for animals of the Arctic – whales, seals, walruses and reindeer. If we’re really lucky, we might even see the elusive polar bear hunting on the ice.   

    The conditions will determine our route. We may see glaciers calving into the sea in Kongsfjord or cross the 80 parallel north, sailing through the Hinlopen strait. We might also cruise through Freemansundet and visit the stunning mountains and fjords of Hornsund.  

    Be ready for adventure; we'll seize any opportunity to launch our kayaks or use our small expedition boats and go ashore to hike or participate in a beach clean up.  

    Day 3-6
    North West Spitsbergen National Park

    Expedition days 

  • Day 7
    At sea

    A relaxing day at sea

    Enjoy a restorative day in the Arctic 

    Take advantage of a day cruising through Arctic waters to relax on board the ship. 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. 

    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 the places we'll be visiting and maybe participate in a Citizen Science project that contributes to ongoing scientific research. 

    Day 7
    At sea

    A relaxing day at sea

  • Day 8
    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 8
    Jan Mayen Island

    Volcanic Jan Mayen

  • Day 9
    At sea

    Heading towards Greenland

    Unwind and prepare for more adventures

    At this point, you'll have seen some spectacular Arctic wildlife and scenery, and may be curious to learn more. Join the Expedition Team in the Science Center and find out about what’s coming up next   in eastern Greenland and northern Iceland.   

    A day at sea is also an opportunity to sort through your images and pick up some tips from our onboard photographer as we cruise towards the Scoresby Sund. 

    Day 9
    At sea

    Heading towards Greenland

  • Day 10
    Akureyri

    Greenland’s Scoresby Sund fjord system

    Witness the largest fjord system on Earth  

    With stunning white and blue icebergs, mirror-like waters and looming mountains, the scenery in the world’s largest fjord system is simply spectacular. 

    Scoresby Sund’s steep peaks, open waters and ice-free winters are a haven for Greenland’s iconic wildlife. Scan for musk oxen, Arctic foxes, mountain hares, whales and seals. 

    Birdlife also thrives here, including Little Auks, Atlantic Puffins, fulmars, Snowy Owls, Greenlandic Gyrfalcons and Great Black-backed Gulls. 

    We’ll make the best of the conditions, packing in as many shore landings, nature walks, kayaking tours and wildlife sightings as possible.  

    • Included Akureyri City Walk
    Day 10
    Akureyri

    Greenland’s Scoresby Sund fjord system

  • Day 13
    At sea

    A relaxing day at sea

    Relax as we head for Iceland 

    A day at sea is an opportunity to wind down. Recline in the panoramic Explorer Lounge & Bar and take in the view. For even deeper relaxation, soak in a hot tub and recap the journey so far with your fellow travellers.   

    If you’d rather work up a sweat, head to the gym on Deck 7.  Equipped with large windows, you can work out knowing you’re not missing out on any of the stunning scenery outside.  

    Day 13
    At sea

    A relaxing day at sea

  • Day 14
    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. 

    Day 14
    Stykkishólmur

    Snæfellsnes peninsula

  • Day 15
    Reykjavík

    Reykjavík and beyond

    Explore Reykjavík at your leisure 

    Your Arctic expedition cruise concludes in Reykjavik, a city full of art, culture and history. 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.  

    Before you leave, visit Iceland’s most famous geothermal spa, the Blue Lagoon and experience the blend of silica, algae and minerals in its warm waters.  

    You can also join our Post-Programme to explore Iceland's beautiful South Coast, with waterfalls, black sand beaches, geothermal springs and majestic mountains. 

    Day 15
    Reykjavík

    Reykjavík and beyond

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What's included

Included in your voyage

Flights  

  • Flight in economy class from Oslo to Longyearbyen  

Transfers   

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

Hotel   

  • Overnight in a Longyearbyen hotel 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  
  • 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, 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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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
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