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

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

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

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

Travel information 14 days MS Spitsbergen
June 1, 2024
Price from
$ 10,742
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

14-day expedition cruisefrom Bergen to the Shetland Islands, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, and Svalbard before ending in Oslo

Island adventures

Our springtime adventure starts in Bergen, Norway before sailing to Lerwick in the Shetland Islands of Scotland. From there, we travel to the green Faroe Islands, then cross to the north coast of Iceland. We finish our expedition cruise in Longyearbyen after sailing to scenic Spitsbergen to see the untouched glory of the High Arctic.

Keep watch for wildlife

The pristine waters and stunning islands on this North Atlantic island-hopping adventure are home to all kinds of wildlife. We’ll look out for birds, whales, and much more along the way. Keep your eyes peeled for the majestic but elusive polar bear as we sail the waters around Spitsbergen.

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

    Your Expedition Begins

    June 1, 2024
    Estimated time of departure is 6:00 PM

    Explore UNESCO-listed Bryggen and mountain peaks

    Your adventure begins in the charming city of Bergen. Surrounded by seven mountains and the sea, Norway’s former capital is also one of its most picturesque cities.

    Don’t miss the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district, with colorful wooden houses along the wharf dating back to the 14th century. Across from Bryggen, you’ll find the city’s famous fish market.

    Take the funicular railway to the top of Mount Fløyen for a refreshing hike and amazing views of the city, mountains, and the sea beyond.

    Day 1

    Your Expedition Begins

  • Day 2

    The Shetland Islands

    June 2, 2024

    Explore Scotland’s northernmost town

    Built on the herring trade, more fish comes into the port of Lerwick than in all of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland combined.

    The town has deep Norse roots. You’ll hear it in the dialect and see it in the Viking stories that are beautifully depicted in the impressive stained-glass windows at Lerwick Town Hall. By the old waterfront, you’ll find the Shetland Museum, showcasing Pictish carvings and lace shawls. Nearby, see Fort Charlotte and the regal town hall.

    Keep your binoculars handy to scan for gray and common seals along Lerwick’s beaches, as well as local birdlife such as red-throated divers, redshanks, and curlews.

    Day 2

    The Shetland Islands

  • Day 3
    Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

    10th-century Tórshavn

    June 3, 2024

    Visit Streymoy in the Faroe Islands

    Tórshavn is located on Streymoy, the largest of the Faroe Islands. Founded by Norsemen in the 10th century, Tórshavn (Thor’s Harbor) is one of Northern Europe’s oldest capitals.

    Wander through the cobblestone alleyways and delight in the coloful, turf-roofed houses. In the local museums, learn about the city’s origins and the flora, fauna, and geology of the Faroe Islands.

    About half a mile out of town, the Svartafoss waterfall tumbles over mossy rocks. And as you walk along the seafront, look out for eider ducks and the distinctive beige-tipped wings of the Faroese starling.

    • Included Explore Torshavn (Walking Tour)
    Day 3
    Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

    10th-century Tórshavn

  • Day 4

    Small, peaceful Elduvík

    June 4, 2024

    Surround yourself with the sounds of Faroese nature

    Today, we’ll stop to explore the tiny village of Elduvík, with just 23 inhabitants. It lies in the Funningsfjørður inlet in the Faroe Islands. Elduvík is split in two by the river Stórá.

    Though small, Elduvík has a school, church, dock, and pier. From the pier, enjoy the view across the sparkling water to the nearby island of Kalsoy. It is astonishingly peaceful here.

    As you walk through the village’s charming streets, listen for the songs of seabirds, bleating sheep, and waves from the fjord crashing on the shore. You may notice that the roofs of many houses are built in the traditional Icelandic style: They are covered in grass instead of slate, offering much-needed insulation and protection against the weather.

    Day 4

    Small, peaceful Elduvík

  • Day 5
    At sea

    A relaxing day at sea

    June 5, 2024

    Enjoy a relaxing day as we cruise toward Iceland.

    As we sail to Bakkagerði, you’ll have time to swap stories of your adventures with your new friends. Keep your eyes peeled while on deck for wonderful marine life. Or relax in a hot tub while you watch for seabirds.

    Join the Expedition Team in the Science Center as they set the scene for the next leg of your cruise in northern Iceland. Learn about the island’s stunning landscapes, culture, and beliefs, such as the Icelandic elves. Want to try something new? Join one of our knitting workshops!

    Day 5
    At sea

    A relaxing day at sea

  • Day 6

    Hike in Bakkagerði

    June 6, 2024

    Look for elves in natural beauty

    Your Iceland cruise continues to the tiny, remote settlement of Bakkagerði. According to folklore, Bakkagerði is inhabited by a large population of local land spirits or elves, known as huldufólk, meaning ‘hidden people’. Walk around town to explore this magical place.

    This popular hiking area features lush valleys and gorgeous scenery among colorful rhyolite rocks. The coastal cliffs are home to fulmars, kittiwakes, eider ducks, and puffins. We may also visit the Atlantic puffin colony on Hafnarhólmi, a true gem for nature lovers and wildlife photographers.

    • Included Local Living Walk of Bakkagerði
    Day 6

    Hike in Bakkagerði

  • Day 7

    Whale watching in Húsavík

    June 7, 2024

    Iceland's best whale-watching spot

    Today, you will discover Húsavík, a fascinating town that is one of the best places in the world for whale-watching.

    Húsavík looks out over Skjálfandi Bay, a hotspot for humpback and minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, and harbor porpoises—the elusive blue whale even makes appearances here. If you’re lucky, you might see one or more of these giants at sea. Learn more about them at Húsavík’s Whale Museum.

    There’s even a space exploration museum here. NASA thought Húsavík’s geology resembled lunar rocks and sent astronauts from their Apollo space missions here to train. You can also enjoy the geothermal waters at Geosea, which overlooks Skjálfandi bay, and pep yourself up with a beer at the local microbrewery.

    • Included Discover the Whale Capital of Iceland
    Day 7

    Whale watching in Húsavík

  • Day 8

    Akureyri and Goðafoss

    June 8, 2024

    Dramatic moonscapes and waterfalls

    Gaze at snowcapped peaks as we cruise along Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord. It's one of the best places in Europe to spot humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, and harbor porpoises. Look out for orcas, blue whales, and fin whales, too.

    Iceland’s 'Northern Capital’, Akureyri, sits at the base of the fjord. Here, you can enjoy the oasis of a botanical garden and visit top-notch eateries and museums.

    A little further afield, witness the picturesque Goðafoss waterfall, where turquoise waters pound against black rocks. Keep an eye out for eider ducks and Harlequin ducks at Lake Mývatn, one of Iceland’s most active volcanic areas.

    • Included Akureyri City Walk
    Day 8

    Akureyri and Goðafoss

  • Day 9
    At sea

    Learn and discover at sea

    June 9, 2024

    Time to relax and discover what adventures lie ahead

    As we cross the Arctic Circle and head toward Jan Mayen, you’ll enjoy a day at sea. There’s plenty to do on board. Scan for marine wildlife from on deck, enjoy the panoramic sauna, soak in a hot tub, or simply relax in the Explorer Lounge & Bar, a great place to read or watch the world float by.

    Visit the Science Center for insights into the destinations ahead on your island-hopping expedition cruise. Enjoy a fascinating lecture from the Expedition Team or help collect important data and contribute to Citizen Science projects.

    Photography enthusiasts can pick up some pointers on how to capture wildlife and landscapes from our onboard photographer.

    Day 9
    At sea

    Learn and discover at sea

  • Day 10
    Jan Mayen Island

    Volcanic Jan Mayen

    June 10, 2024

    Visit an active volcano that’s a haven for birdlife

    Jan Mayen has no permanent residents and visits to the island are rare. In fact, we’re one of the few to attempt landings here. If conditions allow, you’ll set foot in one of Earth’s most remote places.

    Jan Mayen’s surreal, moss- and lichen-streaked landscape is dominated by the Beerenberg volcanic cone. It’s the world’s northernmost active volcano, which last erupted in 1985.

    You won’t see land mammals here, but the island is designated an Important Bird Area, supporting large populations of northern fulmars, Brünnich’s guillemots and little auks. Look out for abundant marine life in the surrounding waters, including whales and seals.

    Day 10
    Jan Mayen Island

    Volcanic Jan Mayen

  • Day 11
    At sea

    Enjoy a day at sea

    June 11, 2024

    A peaceful interlude in your adventure

    Spend the day relaxing as we sail deeper into the Arctic toward the Svalbard archipelago. Savor the quiet moments, simply appreciating the peaceful feeling of being at sea. This is a rare opportunity to disconnect and take a break from the modern world.

    Feeling active? Do a workout in the gym or simply relax in the panoramic sauna while gazing out at the view. Like always, our Expedition Team will be on hand to answer your questions and offer insights into these Arctic islands.

    Day 11
    At sea

    Enjoy a day at sea

  • Day 12-13

    Scenic Spitsbergen

    June 12, 2024 - June 13, 2024

    A land of spectacular beauty

    Spitsbergen showcases Arctic beauty in its untouched glory – a wilderness of steep mountains, stark glaciers, and eerily beautiful islands. You’ll visit some of the world’s most dramatic fjords, immense U-shaped valleys, and glaciers preparing to calve icebergs into the sea. This may be your best chance to spot the region’s apex predator, the magnificent polar bear, in its natural environment. They trek the ice along the coast, hunting for seals.

    We’ll take advantage of every opportunity to land, taking small boats (RIBs) ashore for hiking and other activities. If we can, we’ll launch our kayaks to enjoy the scenery in almost perfect silence.

    Day 12-13

    Scenic Spitsbergen

  • Day 14


    June 14, 2024
    Estimated time of arrival is 6:00 AM

    The last day at the top of the world

    Your Arctic adventure ends in Longyearbyen.

    Before your flight back to Oslo, you’ll have time to explore more of Longyearbyen and do a bit of shopping – perhaps you’ll pick out a warm Svalbard sweater.

    You’ll return home knowing more about Arctic animals, history, polar ice, and climate change than when you arrived. You’ll also have lifelong memories from this incredible experience.

    Day 14




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What’s included


  • Flight in economy class from Longyearbyen to Oslo after the expedition cruise


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

Expedition Cruise

  • Stay in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages* in the Aune restaurant
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board†
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water

†Please note that Wi-Fi and phone reception are very limited in the remote areas where we travel and streaming is not supported. When in Svalbard, there is no Wi-Fi or cell coverage, except in Longyearbyen.

Onboard activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team
  • Full use of our Science Center, extensive library, and advanced biological and geological equipment
  • The Citizen Science Program allows guests to contribute to ongoing scientific research projects.
  • Our onboard professional photographer will give photography tips and teach techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife photos.
  • The ship has hot tubs, a sauna with a view, and a gym.
  • Join informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings.

Landing activities

  • Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for the activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers will be on hand to assist you.


  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you meet all entry and boarding requirements.
  • No gratuities are expected

Not included in your voyage

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

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements.
  • No gratuities are expected
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Longyearbyen, Svalbard - MS Spitsbergen
Photo: Genna Roland
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Photo: Stefan Dall / Hurtigruten
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MS Spitsbergen

Year built 2009
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo (POR)
Passenger capacity 220
Beds 243
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 7,344
Length 100.54 m
Beam 18 m
Speed 14.5 knots
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MS Spitsbergen is named after the crown jewel of Arctic Norway: the Svalbard archipelago and its biggest island, Spitsbergen. Hurtigruten has a long history of traveling to Spitsbergen, beginning in 1896 with the ‘Sports Route’. 

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