Arctic Climate Voyage | Spitsbergen

Arctic Climate Voyage

from $3,410 per person

Learn more about climate change on this expedition from Iceland to Spitsbergen

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  • Learn more about climate change
  • Attend fascinating lectures from the Expedition Team
  • Participate in landings, excursions, and activities
  • Visit Iceland, Jan Mayen, and Spitsbergen
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Sailing northbound from Iceland we are heading in the same direction as the phenomenon known as the ‘global ocean conveyor belt’, a constantly-moving system of deep-ocean circulation driven by temperature and salinity. The phenomenon is immensely important for the global climate and how temperatures are distributed throughout the globe. You will learn about why it is a symbol for climate change and why this area is considered a global thermometer. While crossing the Arctic Ocean, there is a great chance of seeing a variety of large-bodied marine mammals and seabirds. While we are at sea, the Expedition Team willgive interesting presentationsthat give perspective and insight into climate change. There will also be an onboard auction where the proceeds will be donated to relevant climate charities. You will also be invited to take part in a series of activities as we sail north.

Visiting one of the most isolated islands in the world

In the middle of the Arctic Ocean you find Jan Mayen, home to the northernmost active volcano on Earth, Beerenberg. It is located where the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates meet, and is one of the highest mountains in Norway. There is a great chance that you might set foot on this exotic outpost.

North of the 80th parallel

The first stop in Spitsbergen is Ny-Ålesund, one of the world’s northernmost, permanently-populated communities. As we try to cross the 80th parallel you maybe in luck and spot walrus, whales, and polar bears thatuse these waters as hunting grounds. After exploring the North West Spitsbergen National Parkand the Isfjorden, it is time leave one of the last large European wilderness areas behind and end the Climate Voyage in Longyearbyen.

Voyage Itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage. Hence, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

Day 1:Reykjavik

Reykjavik and Iceland is the starting point of the Climate Voyage. We sail towards Svalbard in the wake of the Vikings who pioneered this route more than 800 years ago. According to history they sailed for four days and three nights northbound before hitting something with a “cold edge” (the literal meaning of Svalbard).

Day 2:Ísafjörður

Ísafjörður is the largest town in Iceland's Westfjord peninsula. It is an ancient church site and a trading post since the 16th century. Take a stroll around this cosy town and join one of our wide range of optional excursions.

Day 3:At sea

Crossing the Arctic Ocean we may encounter a variety of large-bodied marine mammals and be followed by the ‘sailors friend’, the Northern Fulmar, a bird of the same family as the graceful albatross. Our Expedition Team offers several lectures about climate change and there will be an on-board auction where the proceeds will go to relevant climate charities.

Day 4:Jan Mayen

The Norwegian island of Jan Mayen is one of the most isolated in the world and home to the northernmost active volcano on earth, Beerenberg. It is located where the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Dutch whalers operated from Jan Mayen in the 16th century, but today only a Norwegian weather station accommodates a few brave individuals throughout the year. Visits to Jan Mayen are extremely rare, especially from tourists. MS Fram and her crew will, as one of the very few operating in this water, attempt to make a rare landing on this most exotic Arctic island.

Day 5:At sea

Once again you are welcome to join our lecture programme and observe seabirds and sea mammals from deck.

Day 6:Ny-Ålesund

Situated at 78º 55’ N, Ny-Ålesund is one of the world’s northernmost year-round communities. The settlement i historically rooted in coal mining. In the heroic age of exploration this was the starting point of several historical attempts to reach the North Pole. Names like Amundsen, Ellsworth and Nobile are strongly linked to the place, and you can still see the airship mast that Nobile’s dirigible “Norge” was moored to before its departure on the first trans-polar flight. Today, Ny-Ålesund is an important campus for scientists from leading research institutes such as the Alfred Wegener Institute and the Norwegian Polar Institute. In 2005, a state-of-the-art marine laboratory was opened to facilitate the fieldwork of marine biologists and oceanographers. There is also a small visitor centre in Ny-Ålesund.

Day 7:North West Spitsbergen National Park

We will try crossing the 80th parallel. Until a couple of decades ago, a plan to get this far north would have been inconceivable at this time of the year. If we are lucky we will spot some of the larger species that use these waters as hunting grounds. Keep your eyes open for walrus, whales and polar bears.

Day 8:North West Spitsbergen National Park

The Isfjord is a fraction more hospitable than the savage Arctic Ocean, and is home to several giant bird cliffs. The Alkhorn is nesting place for species like the Brünnich’s Guillemot and the Kittiwake. Seabirds make up an important link between the marine and the terrestrial food chain. We will see evidence of the lush areas below the cliff – fertilised by bird droppings.

Day 9:Longyearbyen/OSLO

When arriving after midnight in Longyearbyen, our Climate Voyage has come to an end. It's time for transfer to the airport and the flight back to Oslo.