MS Spitsbergen
13 days

Faroe Islands, Iceland, Spitsbergen – Island Hopping In and Around the Arctic (Itinerary 1)

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Spitsbergen
13 days

Faroe Islands, Iceland, Spitsbergen – Island Hopping In and Around the Arctic (Itinerary 1)

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Faroe Islands, Iceland, Spitsbergen – Island Hopping In and Around the Arctic (Itinerary 1)
Departure
May 26, 2022
  • Visit five wild and beautiful islands in and around the Arctic across four countries
  • Destinations include Scotland, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Jan Mayen, and Svalbard
  • Sail in late spring to see lush green landscapes dotted with flowers in full bloom
  • Explore habitats with a range of wildlife and famous for bird and whale-watching

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Itinerary

Discover a variety of stunning emerald islands in and around the Arctic region on this late spring voyage, right in time for the region’s flora to be in full bloom. We begin in Bergen, Norway, and sail over to Lerwick, Scotland, continuing on to the Faroe Islands, then the northern coasts of Iceland, and finally to northwest Svalbard via remote Jan Mayen.
Day 1
Bergen
Your Expedition Begins
Take in the view from Mt. Fløyen.
Take in the view from Mt. Fløyen.
Photo: G. Schierle

Explore Bergen´s historic harbor area with its fish market and UNESCO-listed Bryggen wharf of colorful wooden warehouses that date back to the 1300s. You can also board a funicular up nearby Mount Fløyen. There, you’ll enjoy views over Bergen, and maybe even spot your ship, MS Spitsbergen, docked below.

Take in the view from Mt. Fløyen.
Take in the view from Mt. Fløyen.
Photo: G. Schierle
Visit the famed Bergen Bryggen area.
Visit the famed Bergen Bryggen area.
Photo: shutterstock
Stroll the lanes of charming Lerwick.
Stroll the lanes of charming Lerwick.
Photo: Camille Seaman
History is at every turn.
History is at every turn.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 2
Lerwick
Center of Scotland’s Shetland Islands
Stroll the lanes of charming Lerwick.
Stroll the lanes of charming Lerwick.
Photo: Camille Seaman

Built on the herring trade in the 17th century, Lerwick is Scotland’s northernmost town and 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.  

Visit remote Elduvik, population 23.
Day 3
Elduvík
Charming Village of the Faroe Islands
Day 3
Elduvík
Charming Village of the Faroe Islands
Visit remote Elduvik, population 23.
Visit remote Elduvik, population 23.
Photo: shutterstock

Located in the Funningsfjørður inlet in the Faroe Islands, the village of Elduvík lies by the shore at the end of a long, lush valley surrounded by stunning green mountains and with the river Stórá running through the middle of the village. Just 23 people inhabit the village, complete with a school, church, dock, pier, and colorful houses.

Get a taste of local life.
Get a taste of local life.
Photo: shutterstock
Dramatic and rugged nature in the Faroe Islands.
Dramatic and rugged nature in the Faroe Islands.
Photo: shutterstock
Enjoy fascinating lectures in the Science Center.
Enjoy fascinating lectures in the Science Center.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Share and learn in our comfortable lounges.
Share and learn in our comfortable lounges.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Day 4
At sea
Relaxing at Sea
Enjoy fascinating lectures in the Science Center.
Enjoy fascinating lectures in the Science Center.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with onboard lectures from the Expedition Team while we set course toward Iceland.

Day 5
Bakkagerði
The Land of the Elves
Get close to local beauty in the Land of the Elves.
Get close to local beauty in the Land of the Elves.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

Bakkagerði is one of Iceland’s smallest hamlets, a quiet haven well off the tourist track. The place is so well-known for its fairy-tale-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.

Get close to local beauty in the Land of the Elves.
Get close to local beauty in the Land of the Elves.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Local puffin colony.
Local puffin colony.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Stroll the quaint lanes of the town.
Day 6
Húsavík
Top Spot for Whale-Watching
Experience stunning local nature.
Experience stunning local nature.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Learn about the scale of whales in Husavik.
Learn about the scale of whales in Husavik.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 6
Húsavík
Top Spot for Whale-Watching
Stroll the quaint lanes of the town.
Stroll the quaint lanes of the town.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

Húsavík 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 Skjálfandi Bay. The town also has many interesting museums and an outdoor thermal bath on the picturesque peninsula.

Day 7
Akureyri
Capital of Northern Iceland
Lava fields in the area of Akureyri, Iceland.
Photo: Camille Seaman

Welcome to Iceland’s largest community outside of Reykjavík. 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 Mývatn and the Goðafoss waterfall.

Lava fields in the area of Akureyri, Iceland.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Experience the power of Icelandic nature.
Experience the power of Icelandic nature.
Photo: Shutterstock
Drama and beauty are our constant companions.
Drama and beauty are our constant companions.
Photo: Michael Hall
Scan for avian life from deck.
Scan for avian life from deck.
Photo: Martin Johansen
Day 8
At sea
Toward Jan Mayen
Drama and beauty are our constant companions.
Drama and beauty are our constant companions.
Photo: Michael Hall

Days at sea are an opportunity to wind down and watch the waves, or enjoy a lecture or two from the Expedition Team.

Explore the lava fields.
Day 9
Jan Mayen Island
The Isolated Arctic Island with an Active Volcano
Day 9
Jan Mayen Island
The Isolated Arctic Island with an Active Volcano
Explore the lava fields.
Explore the lava fields.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

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 is one of the few to attempt landings on this Arctic island.

Strong contrasts in remote Jan Mayen.
Strong contrasts in remote Jan Mayen.
Photo: Flickr /Aah-Yeahn
Join the Expedition Team for amazing hiking.
Join the Expedition Team for amazing hiking.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Relax and enjoy the leisure of a day at sea.
Relax and enjoy the leisure of a day at sea.
Photo: shutterstock
Scan for marine life from deck.
Scan for marine life from deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 10
At sea
Enjoy a day at sea
Relax and enjoy the leisure of a day at sea.
Relax and enjoy the leisure of a day at sea.
Photo: shutterstock

The day is at your leisure aboard the ship. Relax while gazing out at the view, learn more from the knowledgeable Expedition Team in our lecture series, or swap experiences of the expedition so far with your fellow explorers.

Kayaking in Smeerenburg, Svalbard.
Day 11-12
North West Spitsbergen National Park
On the Look-out for Polar Bears in Svalbard
Day 11-12
North West Spitsbergen National Park
On the Look-out for Polar Bears in Svalbard
Kayaking in Smeerenburg, Svalbard.
Photo: Lise Dreistel

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, we hope to spot one or more of these top predators in the national park.

Depending on the movement and thickness of the sea ice, we might visit Kongsfjord´s mighty glaciers and catch sight of icebergs calving into the sea. There we plan to make some exciting landings and have scenic kayaking opportunities.

The Kongsfjord´s glacier calve ice into the sea.
The Kongsfjord´s glacier calve ice into the sea.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Expedition team and guetst taking water sample from small expedition boat. Water and mountains in the background.
Photo: Genna Roland
Polar bear crossing sign, Longyearbyen, Svalbard!
Polar bear crossing sign, Longyearbyen, Svalbard!
Photo: Dominic Barrington
Hiking near Longyearbyen surrounded by spectacular landscape
Hiking near Longyearbyen in spectacular landscape.
Photo: Hanne Feyling
Day 13
Longyearbyen/Oslo
End of the Expedition
Polar bear crossing sign, Longyearbyen, Svalbard!
Polar bear crossing sign, Longyearbyen, Svalbard!
Photo: Dominic Barrington

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, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

Transfers

  • Transfer from the ship to the airport in Longyearbyen after the expedition cruise

Flights

  • Flights in coach class from Longyearbyen to Oslo after the expedition cruise

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with very limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with current scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, sauna and indoor gym
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small explorer boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team 

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected
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A group of people posing for the camera
Photo: Stefan Dall / Hurtigruten
A room filled with furniture and a large window
Photo: © Tor Farstad

Your Ship

MS Spitsbergen

Year built 2009
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo (POR)
Passenger capacity 335
Beds 243
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 7,344
Length 100.54 m/ 330 ft
Beam 18.0 m/ 59 ft
Speed 14.5 knots
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