Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Greenland and Iceland - Arctic Islands Discovery

Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Greenland and Iceland - Arctic Islands Discovery

Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Greenland and Iceland - Arctic Islands Discovery

Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Greenland and Iceland - Arctic Islands Discovery

Travel information 16 days MS Spitsbergen
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

A voyage into the Arctic wilderness  

After flying from Oslo, your Arctic adventure starts in Longyearbyen, the town on top of the world. From here, you'll set sail for the rugged fjords, beautiful offshore islands and towering mountains of Northwest Spitsbergen National Park – the land of the polar bear.   

Spectacular fjords and a volcanic island 

Continuing to the isolated island of Jan Mayen, you'll visit the world’s most northerly active volcano, before heading to Scoresby Sund in eastern Greenland, the largest fjord system on Earth. Witness mirror-like waters surrounded by looming mountains, and discover awe-inspiring glaciers and Arctic wildlife.  

Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Greenland and Iceland - Arctic Islands Discovery Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Greenland and Iceland - Arctic Islands Discovery
  • Day 1

    Enjoy time in Oslo before flying to Svalbard  

    Your adventure begins in Oslo, Norway’s fjord-side capital. If you have time, why not explore the city and enjoy what it has to offer. 

    With its rich history, diverse eateries and lively art scene, Oslo is a fascinating place. You'll find museums, galleries, and some very modern architecture – including the beautiful Opera House and new Munch Museum.  And the city is compact enough to explore in a leisurely manner. 

    Take a stroll in the Ekebergparken sculpture park, visit Akershus Fortress, or relax in a floating sauna in the fjord. Explore modern Sørenga to sample urban beach life and perhaps try some New Nordic cuisine before you spend the night in your airport hotel. 

    Day 1

  • Day 2

    Longyearbyen Adventures

    Explore the town at the top of the world  

    After your morning flight to Longyearbyen, 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.  

    Before boarding your ship in the afternoon and continuing your Arctic discovery, join an included excursion and get a glimpse of this amazing polar bear–inspired region at the top of the world. And if you’d like to discover even more of Longyearbyen’s special surroundings, why not join our optional Pre-Programme.  

    Day 2

    Longyearbyen Adventures

  • Day 3-6
    Expedition days

    Expedition days

    Experience pristine Arctic wilderness  

    Over the next four 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 in its natural environment. 

    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 Raudfjord, Hornsund or Magdalenefjord, to see magnificent glaciers or visit Ny-Ålesund, the world’s northernmost settlement and an important climate research station. 

    Day 3-6
    Expedition days

    Expedition days

  • Day 7
    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 7
    At sea

    A relaxing day at sea

  • Day 8
    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 8
    Jan Mayen

    Volcanic Jan Mayen

  • Day 9
    At sea

    Heading toward 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 lecture hall 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 toward Greenland

  • Day 10-13
    Scoresby Sund

    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 and take our time, packing in as many shore landings, nature walks, ship cruising, kayaking tours and wildlife sightings as possible.   

    Day 10-13
    Scoresby Sund

    Greenland’s Scoresby Sund fjord system 

  • Day 14
    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.  Equipped with large windows, you can work out knowing you’re not missing out on any of the stunning scenery outside.   

    Day 14
    At sea

    A relaxing day at sea

  • Day 15
    Snæfellsnes peninsula

    Charming Grundarfjörður

    Gateway to spectacular Snæfellsnes 

    The majestic Kirkjufell mountain, one of the best-known landmarks of Iceland, rises just 2 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 15
    Snæfellsnes peninsula

    Charming Grundarfjörður

  • Day 16

     End of the expedition 

    We say a fond farewell to MS Spitsbergen as we end our expedition in the fabulous city of Reykjavík. With its interesting museums, stylish galleries, restaurants and geothermal pools, there’s so much to enjoy in Iceland’s capital. 

    And if you want to discover more of Iceland, you can join our optional Post-Programme. Or simply extend your stay to enjoy more of Reykjavík and its surrounding geothermal attractions. It’s a great place to end an epic journey.  

    Day 16


What’s included


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


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


  • Overnight in Oslo before the expedition cruise, including light dinner and breakfast 

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 

†Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to and streaming is not supported. 

*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water 

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 out on deck, 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 flight times, an additional overnight might be needed (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 Spitsbergen
Longyearbyen, Svalbard - MS Spitsbergen
Photo: Genna Roland
A group of people posing for the camera
Photo: Stefan Dall / Hurtigruten
Your ship

MS Spitsbergen

Year built 2009
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo (POR)
Passenger capacity 220
Beds 243
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 7,344
Length 100.54m
Beam 18m
Speed 14.5 knots
MS Spitsbergen

MS Spitsbergen is named after the crown jewel of Arctic Norway – the Svalbard archipelago and its biggest island, Spitsbergen. Hurtigruten has a long history of travelling to Spitsbergen, beginning in 1896 with the `Sports Route´.

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