The Extremes of the Arctic

The Extremes of the Arctic

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See three Arctic islands and one the of the least-visited and largest national parks in the world.

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  • Participate in an exclusive expedition to Greenland, Spitsbergen, and Iceland
  • Experience the largest national park in the world
  • Witness the untouched landscapes, deep fjords, and high mountains
  • Opportunity to see the northern lights, polar bears, musk oxen, polar hares, Greenland Falcon, and polar wolves
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This expedition takes you to the biggest islands in the Arctic: Spitsbergen, Greenland, and Iceland. This is an adventure that cannot be compared to anything else in the Northern Hemisphere.

SEE THE ARCTIC CROWN OF NORWAY: SPITSBERGEN
After a short stop in Longyearbyen, the expedition starts by taking you through the magnificent North West Spitsbergen National Park. The area is characterized by big inland glaciers and typical alpine landscapes, and is filled with spectacular contrasts from lush areas to naked moraines, rocky ridges, and glaciers tumbling into the sea. Kongsfjorden and Magdalenefjorden impress with their dramatic landscapes and interesting history. At 78º 55' N you visit Ny Ålesund, one of the world’s northernmost year-round communities and an advanced High Arctic research station. 

SAILING FOR DAYS WITHOUT SEEING OTHER PEOPLE OR VESSELS
As we start sailing along the coast of Greenland, you will realize that we are quite alone in this remote corner of the world. Once in the fjords of North East Greenland, your sense of distance, size, and shape of landscapes will be challenged. These are the largest fjords in the world and the surrounding alpine landscape, with its hanging glaciers and dramatic vertical granite walls, reach as far as the eye can see. The chance of meeting a polar wolf or a polar bear is far greater than meeting members of our own species.

THE MYTHICAL SAGA OF ICELAND
From the Westfjords of Iceland we spend three days exploring untouched nature with cliffs and valleys, high waterfalls, and pure streams. This includes seeing famous places such as Grundarfjörður, Flateyri, and Ísafjörður before ending this extraordinary Arctic voyage in Reykjavik.

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:Oslo/Longyearbyen

Norway's capital, Oslo, is often referred to as "the blue, the green, and the city in between". Forest, lakes, hills, and a fjord surround this city. Downtown you will find varied architecture, a strong café and bar culture, top-notch restaurants, endless shopping possibilities, and a large and visible immigrant community who adds their own colorful touch to the city. You leave Oslo in the evening, heading for the High Arctic - Spitsbergen.

Day 2:Longyearbyen

The Svalbard Islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. In the midst of a mighty and wild nature you find the Norwegian settlement of Longyearbyen. Join a sightseeing tour of Longyearbyen before embarking the MS Fram.

Day 3:North West Spitsbergen National Park

The first national park we visit covers the northwest corner of Spitsbergen. The area is characterized by big inland glaciers and a typical alpine landscape contrasted with green areas and moraines. We continue into Kongsfjord and Magdalenefjord, offering spectacular scenery and interesting history. At 78º 55’ N we visit Ny-Ålesund, the starting point for numerous expeditions toward the North Pole in the past. Today it is home to an advanced High Arctic research station.

Day 4:At sea

Spend a relaxing, yet also exciting, day at sea. We will begin our lecture series on this day and enjoy sightings of wildlife from the deck.

Day 5:North East Greenland National Park

As we arrive in the largest national park in the world, you will start realizing that we are quite alone in the far corner of the Earth. Apart from some abandoned trapping stations, a weather station, and the traditional Sirius sled patrol, there are no other signs of humans here.

Day 6:North East Greenland National Park

Within the borders of North East Greenland National Park there are only about 30 souls that overwinter. In the very short summer season, when the waters around are not frozen, 500 expedition cruise guests visit the park. Yellowstone has 1 visitor per hour of the year; North East Greenland National Park has .002!

Day 7:North East Greenland National Park

Once inside the fjords of North East Greenland your sense of distance, size, and shape of landscapes will be challenged. These are the largest fjords in the world, and the alpine landscape, with hanging glaciers and vertical granite faces, reaches as far as the eyes can see.

Day 8:North East Greenland National Park

As well as terrestrial wildlife such as musk oxen, Arctic fox, hare, and wolf, we may see a variety of seabirds. And remember, where there is ice there may be polar bears!

Day 9:North East Greenland National Park

Danmarkshavn, a very isolated weather and research station, is one of the places we visit en route. Sailing into fjords such as Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord and Alpefjord will give you unforgettable experiences. The majority of our landings are performed as pure wilderness expeditions.

Day 10:North East Greenland National Park

We might meet the Sirius Patrol (the Danish Navy) that supervises the park using traditional methods, mushing dogs. Before the Danes acquired sovereignty of this area, the Norwegians claimed it. A natural place to attempt a landing is Myggbukta (Mosquito bay), where the legendary Governor of North East Greenland had his base.

Day 11:North East Greenland National Park

During this expedition you will often have the feeling of being in one of the most isolated places on earth. Relish this feeling! And you will feel totally safe aboard our expedition vessels. Our expert guides and lecturers will safely guide you on hikes and small boat trips in addition to providing briefings and lectures about all the places we go.

Day 12:Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresbysund)

In the most isolated town in Greenland, you can visit the museum, church, and a photo exhibition, or walk around the town on your own.

Day 13:The Westfjords of Iceland

We set course towards the Westfjords of Iceland. The area has the feel of untouched nature with cliffs and valleys, high waterfalls, and crystal-clear streams. Grundarfjörður is located at the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, often called ‘Iceland in a nutshell’. Enjoy the sights of lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanic activity, and hot and cold springs, as well as an abundance of birdlife and picturesque landscapes.

Day 14:The Westfjords of Iceland

Flateyri has been a trading post since 1792 and was a base for shark hunting and whaling operations in the 1900s. Today Flateyri is dependent on tourism. There is a nice, sandy beach on the other side of the fjord, and although the sea might be colder for swimming than most people prefer, the sand is great for building sand castles. We offer optional excursions to explore the area.

Day 15:The Westfjords of Iceland

Ísafjörður is the capital of the Westfjords region. Take a stroll around this cozy town and enjoy its diverse architecture. You'll find the country's oldest dwelling here, along with fine examples of timber houses built by wealthy foreign traders in the 18th century. Our optional excursions offer a variety of experiences from hikes to tastings of local foods.

Day 16:Reykjavik

Iceland's capital offers numerous things to  tempt the curiosity of its visitors. Relatively close to Reykjavik you find glaciers, waterfalls, geysers, and mountains. Reykjavik has also a vast selection of restaurants, museums, and shops. We will arrive in the morning hours, and here our voyage ends.