Viking Journey Through Spitsbergen, Northeast Greenland, and Iceland (14 Days)

Cruise Line: Hurtigruten
Oslo, Norway to Reykjavík, Iceland
Dates: 05 Aug 2018 - 18 Aug 2018

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05 Aug 2018
Oslo, Norway
Air travel
Longyearbyen, Svalbard And Jan Mayen

Norway's capital Oslo is often referred to as "the blue, the green, and the city in between". Forests, lakes, hills, and a fjord surrounds this city. Downtown you will find unique architecture, a thriving cafe and bar culture, top-notch restaurants, endless shopping possibilities, and a large and visible immigrant community who add their own colourful touch to the city. You leave Oslo in the evening, heading for the High Arctic – Svalbard.

06 Aug 2018
Longyearbyen, Svalbard And Jan Mayen

The Svalbard islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. In the midst of this mighty wilderness, is the Norwegian settlement of Longyearbyen. After an overnight stay in one of our hotels, you join an excursion to learn more about this remote area before embarking the MS Spitsbergen.

07 Aug 2018
Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Magdalene Fjord, Svalbard And Jan Mayen

The first national park we visit covers the northwest corner of Svalbard. The area is characterised by enormous inland glaciers and a landscape of contrasts, both lush pastures and barren 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 towards the North Pole in the old days. Today it is home to an advanced High Arctic research station.

08 Aug 2018

Within the Svalbard Archipelago, there are about 3,000 polar bears – far more than the human population and probably one of the largest polar bear concentrations on Earth. That said, polar bears are solitary animals with no set colony or living area. They roam to wherever they can expect to find food. While there are no guarantees of sighting these top predators, the more eyes scouting through binoculars, the better chance we have of spotting the King of the Arctic. The polar bear is a marine mammal, so we are most likely to observe one close to or even in the water. Whenever close to drift ice, we will look carefully, because there is a chance that a polar bear uses this ice floe as a platform when at sea.

09 Aug 2018
Danmarkshavn, Denmark, Greenland
10 Aug 2018
Myggbukta, Denmark, Greenland
11 Aug 2018
Franz Josef Fjord, Denmark, Greenland
12 Aug 2018
Alpefjord, Greenland

As we arrive in the largest national park in the world, the splendid isolation of this journey begins to take hold. Apart from some abandoned trapping stations, a weather station, and the traditional Sirius sled patrol, there are no traces of humans here. Within the borders of Northeast Greenland National Park there are only about 30 souls that overwinter. In the very short summer season, when the waters around are not frozen, only 500 expedition guests visit the park. Once inside the fjords of Northeast 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 reach as far as the eye can see. As well as wildlife like musk oxen, Arctic fox, hare, and wolf, we may see a variety of sea birds. And remember, where there is ice, there might be polar bears! We will call on the very isolated research station, Danmarkshavn. Sailing into fjords like Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord or Alpefjord is an unforgettable experience. The majority of our landings are performed as pure wilderness expeditions. We might meet the Sirius Patrol (the Danish Navy) that supervises the park using traditional methods like 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 Northeast Greenland had his base. Our expert guides and lecturers will safely lead you on hikes and small boat trips in addition to giving briefings and lectures about the places we explore.

13 Aug 2018
Scenic Cruising
DAY 10
14 Aug 2018
Scenic Cruising
DAY 11
15 Aug 2018
Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland

In Ittoqqortoormiit you can visit the museum, church, and a photo exhibition, or explore on your own. The trappers living in this town are the only people that are allowed to hunt within the Northeast Greenland National Park. You will probably see that they are drying animal skins and storing their dog sleds outside their houses.

DAY 12
16 Aug 2018

As we leave Greenland, we sail towards the western coast of Iceland. This is an excellent day to attend to lectures and prepare for our return to "civilisation".

DAY 13
17 Aug 2018
Stykkishólmur, Iceland

As we reach the west region of Iceland, you will understand why this area is dubbed "The Sagaland". Take your time to explore Stykkishólmur's diversity with lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanic activity, and hot and cold springs. Participate in a range of exciting excursions such as kayaking, hiking, and horse riding.

DAY 14
18 Aug 2018
Reykjavík, Iceland

Iceland's capital offers visitors a rich urban life. Relatively close to Reykjavík you will find glaciers, waterfalls, geysers, and mountains. Reykjavík itself hosts fine restaurants, museums, and shops. We will arrive in the morning hours, and this is where our voyage ends.

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About the Ship

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MS Spitsbergen

MS Spitsbergen is named after the island in the Svalbard archipelago, known as the Arctic crown of Norway. Joining the fleet in 2016, her maneuverability and optimal size make her especially suitable for exploring the coast of Norway and beyond, bringing Hurtigruten guests even closer to nature.

What's Included


  • Expedition jacket

  • Landings and activities on board and ashore

  • English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures and accompanies landings

  • Use of Muck® Boot rubber boots

  • Meals and Select Beverages

Not Included

  • Flights to/from the US

  • Travel Protection Plan

  • Luggage handling

  • Optional excursions and gratuities

About Us

Exploring since 1893, Hurtigruten operates premium exploration voyages to Norway, Antarctica, Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Europe, Africa, South/Central America and Arctic Canada. Our itineraries to these unique destinations focus on the stunning diversity of its wilderness, inhabitants, flora, and fauna. Hurtigruten’s unique heritage, combined with highly skilled crews and a diverse fleet of nimble, intimately-scaled expedition ships, enable us to offer guests unforgettable experiences in some of the most exciting corners of the world.

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Oslo, Norway - 05 Aug 2018

Reykjavík, Iceland - 18 Aug 2018

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