Island Hopping in the North Atlantic

Island Hopping in the North Atlantic

from $10,333 per person

See the islands of the North Atlantic, as we go island hopping the explorer way

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  • An exclusive expedition to Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, the Shetland Islands and Norway
  • Enjoy a very diverse itinerary
  • Take part in exciting excursions throughout the expedition
  • Attend fascinating lectures from our Expedition Team

This expedition takes you to Greenland, the biggest island in the Arctic, the mythical Iceland and the smaller Faroe and Shetland Islands. This is an adventure that cannot be compared to anything else in the Northern Hemisphere.

Explore Greenland's Arctic Wilderness

Greenland is the largest island on the planet and its frozen coastline has witnessed the birth of some of nature’s most breathtaking creations. Here, the struggle for survival has engendered mankind with a healthy respect for the environment and we witness the unique interaction of man and nature as we sail through a landscape rich in culture, history, and spectacular wildlife, into the northern lands of the midnight sun.

Wild and Mythical Islands

From Greenland, we sail east to visit Iceland's historical capital, Reykjavik. Then, we cross the North Sea to experience the wild beauty of the Faroe and Shetland Islands. We end this adventure in Bergen, Norway, the the gateway to the fjords.  We can certainly say that this is one of our most diverse expeditions!

Voyage Itinerary

 

Day 1:Copenhagen/Kangerlussuaq

Your flight from Copenhagen lands in Kangerlussuaq in the evening. You'll find MS Spitsbergen here, ready to start your expedition.

Day 2:Exploring Northwest Greenland

Qeqertarsuaq is the only town situated on the old volcanic island of Disko. The area offers amazing Arctic experiences. Join optional excursions such as a tour of the town, kayaking or an ice cruising boat tour. If you appreciate archaeology and history, you should definitely pay a visit to the local museum. Alternatively, you can stroll around the town on your own. 

Day 3:Exploring Northwest Greenland

Ilulissat is set in the stunning scenery of the Ilulissat Icefjord. The area was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2004. Just outside the town, at the mouth of the fjord, you can often see enormous icebergs that have run aground. They originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the most productive glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere. We offer a variety of optional shore excursions such as hikes, historic town walks and a boat tour to the Icefjord.

Day 4:Exploring Northwest Greenland

Sisimiut is the southernmost town on the western coast of Greenland. We offer a variety of optional shore excursions here, including hikes, boat trips and sightseeing, as well as the chance to shop for local handicrafts and enjoy some Greenlandic specialities in a local restaurant. 

Day 5:Nuuk

Nuuk is the oldest town in Greenland and is situated at the mouth of one of the largest and most spectacular fjord systems in the world. Today, this is where old and new traditions meet, from picturesque old buildings in Kolonihaven to the buildings of the Greenland Home Rule. As the capital city, Nuuk is also home to a university, a teacher-training college, many churches and the Greenland National Museum, which houses the mummies from Qilakilsoq. City tours, hikes and possibly a flight are among the optional excursions. 

Day 6:South Greenland

Narsaq is located on the beautiful shores of the Tunulliarfik Fjord. This part of South Greenland has been inhabited for thousands of years. It is a great area for optional activities such as kayaking, hiking, or wandering around the town. Join the optional boat trip or the settlement walk to explore Qassiarsuk, the site where Eric the Red built his Brattahlíð estate in 982 A.D. Eric the Red was banished from Iceland and escaped to the land he called Greenland. He chose to settle in Qassiarsuk because he believed the area to be the richest and best site in on the island.

Day 7:South Greenland

Many consider Qaqortoq to be one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland thanks to its colourful houses. The excursions we offer here include an interesting visit to the only tannery in Greenland, a guided city walk and a kaffemik – a typical Greenlandic social gathering – to meet the locals. In Hvalsey, you’ll find Austurbygd, the best-preserved Norse ruins in Greenland. In 1408, 500 years after the town was established, all the inhabitants suddenly left. Among the ruins, you'll find the remains of the church where the last known Viking wedding took place. 

Day 8:Nunap Isua

Greenland’s southern shores contain some of the most culturally and scenically diverse regions on this giant island. Conditions permitting, we will try to sail through the narrow, 70-mile-long channel Prins Christian Sund, which crosses the southernmost point of Greenland, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Kap Farvel).

Day 9:Denmark Strait

As we cross the Denmark Strait, you can either use the day to relax or join the variety of lectures on topics including history, biology and geology.

Day 10:Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik is believed to be the first permanent Viking settlement in Iceland and is now the modern capital of Iceland. The surrounding area offers fantastic natural beauty: Geysers, mountains, glaciers, and geothermal bathing.

Day 11:At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with onboard lectures as we sail to the Faroe Islands.

Day 12:Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands are a group of 18 volcanic islands in the middle of the North Atlantic, half way between the Shetland Islands and Iceland. Tórshavn is one of the smallest capital cities in the world, with only 15,000 inhabitants. It was founded in the 10th century, and might very well be the oldest original capital in northern Europe. Since the turn of the 20th century, Tórshavn has grown rapidly, and is now the economic, cultural and administrative center of the Faroe Islands. The town is a charming blend of old and new with small houses in nearly every color.

Day 13:Lerwick, Shetland Islands

Lerwick is the main port in the Shetland Islands, and by far the northernmost town of Scotland. It was founded in the 17th century as a fishing port, and fishing is still the main industry on the island, in addition to the ferry and oil industry. Today, whilst most of Shetland remains isolated, Lerwick is a bustling, cosmopolitan seaport with services and amenities typically found only in much larger places on the British mainland.  The old waterfront is packed with visiting yachts and working fishing boats. In the surrounding area, you will find some of Shetland's most attractive scenery and an extraordinary concentration of archaeological sites, including two remarkable Iron Age villages and Europe's best-preserved broch, a drystone dwelling dating from this period.

Day 14:Bergen, Norway

Our arrival in Bergen signals the end of this expedition, but we recommend that you take the time to explore this charming city before you head home. Stroll through the picturesque streets and enjoy the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Bryggen’ (the Wharf) and the fish market.