Hurtigruten Island Hopping Around the Arctic
Explore a variety of wild, lush, emerald islands in and around the Arctic on this voyage that starts in Norway, on to Scotland and the rugged beauty of the Faroe Islands and via Iceland to the remote Jan Mayen and finally to Spitsbergen.
Visit a selection of ports, fjords and scenic areas as your expedition team bring every part of your journey to life with key insights ashore or in the onboard Science Centre. Get close to wildlife, from whales and arctic foxes to amazing birdlife and the ruler of Svalbard, the polar bear.
Highlights include: Visit five wild and beautiful islands in and around the Arctic across four countries, including Scotland, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Jan Mayen and Svalbard; sail late in the spring to see lush green landscapes dotted with flowers in full bloom; and explore habitats with a range of wildlife that are famous for bird and whale-watching.
Your Ships: MS Spitsbergen: Named after the crown jewel of Arctic Norway - the Svalbard archipelago and its biggest island, Spitsbergen. The ship features high technical standards as well as comfortable, modern public areas and cabins. The vessel's fresh Scandinavian design reflects a colour palette derived from the sea. She is modern and environmentally progressive, and further improvements are planned that will reduce emissions and fuel consumption even more. The new ship's maneuverability and optimal size make her quite suitable for exploring polar waters.
MS Fram: Fram means 'forward' - lifting expectations of the voyage at hand. MS Fram was built in 2007 with one mission in mind - to bring her guests closer to nature, wildlife and unforgettable experiences. The spacious outside decks include access to the very front of the ship which is a great place to observe marine wildlife. Refurbished in 2020 and now holds upgraded cabins, suites and public areas with relaxed, comfortable and stylish setting including new restaurants and Hurtigruten's signature Science Centre.
Day 1: Bergen Explore Bergen's historic harbour area with its fish market and UNESCO listed Bryggen wharf of colourful wooden warehouses that date back to the 1300s. You can also board a funicular up nearby Mount Floyen. There, you'll enjoy views over Bergen, and maybe even spot your ship docked below. Estimated time of departure is 6.00 pm.
Day 2: Lerwick Built on the herring trade in the 17th century, Lerwick has grown into Scotland's northernmost town and is home to a third of the Shetland Islands' population. Visit local boutique shops along Commercial Street, wander along the waterfront with its sandstone buildings, or visit the museum to learn more about the town's Norse heritage.
Day 3: Torshavn The Faroe Islands are a group of 18 isles that lie in the middle of the North Atlantic, halfway between the Shetland Islands and Iceland. Torshavn is one of the smallest capitals in the world, with just 15,000 inhabitants. It was founded in the 10th century, and might very well be the oldest capital in northern Europe. Since the turn of the 20th century, Torshavn has grown rapidly, and is today the economic, cultural and administrative centre of the Faroes. The town is a charming blend of old and new with small houses in nearly every colour.
Day 4: Elduvik Located in the Funningsfjordur inlet in the Faroe Islands, the village of Elduvik lies by the shore at the end of a long, lush valley surrounded by stunning green mountains with the river Stora running through the middle. Just 23 people inhabit the village, complete with a school, church, dock, pier, and colourful houses.
Day 5: Relaxing at sea Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with onboard lectures from the Expedition Team while your ship sets course towards Iceland.
Day 6: Bakkagerdi Bakkagerdi is one of Iceland's smallest hamlets, a quiet haven well off the tourist track. The place is so well-known for its fairytale-like natural beauty, the locals have come to call the region 'The Land of the Elves'. Many puffin colonies also line the nearby fjord, making it a popular place for birdwatching.
Day 7: Husavik Husavik is Iceland's oldest Norse settlement and considered one of the best whale-watching spots in Europe. Up to 23 species of whale, including the blue whale, are known to visit nearby Skjalfandi Bay. The town also has many interesting museums and an outdoor thermal bath on the picturesque peninsula.
Day 8: Akureyri Welcome to Iceland's largest community outside of Reykjavik. Expect comfy cafés, restaurants, and chic art galleries. There are also various museums of interest, distinct churches, and the botanical gardens which will be in full bloom at the time of your visit. Akureyri is also close to natural treasures such as Lake Myvatn and Godafoss waterfall.
Day 9: Day at sea As you travel towards Jan Mayen, there is opportunity to wind down and watch the waves, or enjoy a lecture or two from the Expedition Team.
Day 10: Jan Mayen Island The Norwegian island of Jan Mayen has two main areas. The north is dominated by ice-capped Beerenberg, the northernmost active volcano on earth. The south is flatter and unglaciated, and where 30 people live at a weather station. The island is a breeding site for large numbers of seabirds such as fulmars, auks, and guillemots. Visits to Jan Mayen are extremely rare, and Hurtigruten are one of the few to attempt landings on this Arctic island.
Day 11: Day at sea The day is at your leisure aboard the ship. Relax while gazing out at the view, learn more from the knowledgeable Expedition Team in a lecture series, or swap experiences of the expedition so far with your fellow explorers.
Day 12: Exploring Spitsbergen Summertime in the Svalbard Archipelago is when polar bears trek along the coast's drifting ice on the hunt for seals. With a bit of luck, you will hopefully spot one or more of these top predators in the national park. Depending on the movement and thickness of the sea ice, you might visit Kongsfjord's mighty glaciers and catch sight of icebergs calving into the sea. There the plan is to make some exciting landings and have scenic kayaking opportunities.
Day 13: Longyearbyen > Oslo Your journey ends in lively Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard, situated next to a fjord and surrounded by rugged mountains as far as the eye can see. It is a surprisingly modern and cosmopolitan settlement with a small and welcoming international community. Transfer from the ship to the airport for your flight to Oslo.
*Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions, nature prevails. Weather, as well as ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all of Hurtigruten's operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times the top priorities. All indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly present - or exciting possibilities that nature and wildlife offer. That is why it is called an expedition!
• Transfer from ship to airport in Longyearbyen • Flight Longyearbyen > Oslo • Hurtigruten Expedition cruise in cabin of your choice • All onboard meals • House beer, wine and mineral water during meals • Tea and coffee • English speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore • Escorted landings with small expedition boats • Complimentary wind and water resistant jacket
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Booking conditions • Itinerary also operates in reverse - please contact us for dates
• Itinerary also operates in reverse - please contact us for dates