From Bridgetown to Reykjavík – Connecting Oceans, Nature, and Wellness

From Bridgetown to Reykjavík – Connecting Oceans, Nature, and Wellness

From Bridgetown to Reykjavík – Connecting Oceans, Nature, and Wellness

From Bridgetown to Reykjavík – Connecting Oceans, Nature, and Wellness

Travel information 14 days MS Fram
Departure
April 25, 2023
Price from $ 3,543
$ 3,189
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Deepen your knowledge of the oceans on this 14-day science-focused cruise at sea, and enrich your well-being at the same time.

Before your journey across the Atlantic begins, we’ll visit the picturesque island of Dominica, featuring mountainous, volcanic landscapes.

Understanding our oceans

As you sail from Bridgetown to Reykjavík, you’ll be able to take part in an engaging program of hands-on lectures, workshops, and classes that cover topics such as marine biology and the history of sea navigation from the Vikings to the modern day.

Learn from enthusiastic Expedition Team members that were handpicked for their expertise, and explore the ocean’s hidden ecosystem through microscopes in the ship’s Science Center. You can also participate in Citizen Science projects, which contribute to current scientific research around the world.

Finding inner peace

This cruise isn’t just about learning, although you are sure to do that on this expedition cruise. Rest and relaxation are just as important. Take time to live in the moment, watch the waves and for seabirds, and enjoy precious moments to reflect.

You can also reset your mind, body, and soul through yoga, meditation, and movement practices, guided by a wellness team of specialized instructors. If you find the arts soothing, channel your inner artist in one of our arts and crafts classes.

At the end of the journey, we hope you’ll leave the ship with your spirits lifted and a mind bursting with—and inspired by—new knowledge.

From Bridgetown to Reykjavík – Connecting Oceans, Nature, and Wellness From Bridgetown to Reykjavík – Connecting Oceans, Nature, and Wellness
  • Day 1
    Bridgetown, Barbados 

    Embarkation in Barbados

    April 25, 2023

    Your expedition begins in Barbados, the Caribbean’s easternmost island. Fully independent since 1966, Barbados is a young, English-speaking country with a interesting history. Settled first by the Arawaks and then the Caribs, it was invaded by the Spanish, named by the Portuguese, and eventually colonized by British immigrants and slaves from West Africa.  

    Our ship will dock at the island’s capital, Bridgetown (locals affectionately call it ‘Town’). Bridgetown’s historical center is compact and perfect to enjoy by foot, offering an attractive mix of old and new. It features outstanding examples of British Colonial architecture from the 17th to the 19th centuries and UNESCO-listed buildings worthy of exploration.  

    If you have time before embarking, explore Old Bridgetown. Stroll around the inner harbor of the Careenage and take in the UNESCO-listed parliament buildings, which are among the oldest in the English-speaking world. Then, head to to the Garrison Historic Area, where you’ll find more than 70 original buildings and forts from the 18th century. If you want to dig deep into the island’s history, Barbados Museum is the place to go.

    There’s more to Barbados than just Bridgetown. The island is blessed with charming fishing ports, old plantation houses, historic distilleries, marvelous beaches, and deep caves filled with dramatic formations. Make the most of your visit by booking our Pre-Program and spend extra time exploring this beautiful island. 

    Whether you take your time to explore the island or head directly to the port, we look forward to welcoming you aboard! 

    Day 1
    Bridgetown, Barbados 

    Embarkation in Barbados

  • Day 2
    Portsmouth, Dominica

    Mountain paradise by the sea

    April 26, 2023

    There are more mountains, volcanoes, and jungles in Dominica than anywhere else in the Lesser Antilles. Today, we call here, the mountain paradise by the sea: Dominica! 

    The Commonwealth of Dominica is located in the Windward Islands, between the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. Its official language is English. As part of the volcanic islands chain of the Lesser Antilles, Dominica is fairly active. The latest substantial eruption came as recently as 1997 and the island features volcanic wonders like Boiling Lake (the world’s second-largest thermally active lake), Morne Diablotins (the highest volcano on the island at 4,750 feet), and Morne Trois Pitons, an active volcano sitting 4,550 feet high, which is the main feature in the National Park listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

    The rugged landscapes of the island are Dominica’s true jewel, including basaltic rocks, thermal lakes, sulfurous fumaroles, and high volcanoes, and lush jungles. Dominica is green and luxuriant, with two-thirds of the island wild and densely forested, covered by lush mountain rainforests, and home to many endemic plants, animals, and bird species.

    We’ll call for the day at Portsmouth, Dominica’s second-most important town. Located in Prince Rupert Bay at the northwestern corner of the island, Portsmouth is ideal for exploring the island’s natural wonders. The headland of La Pointe, along with the historical remains of the 18th-century Fort Shirley, are both part of Cabrits National Park and located just a few miles away from our landing area. The tropical forest, swamps, sandy beaches, and coral reefs of Cabrits National Park are highlights of the northern half of Dominica and an excellent place for nature walks and birdwatching.  

    Join one of our optional excursions to tour the island and explore other highlights. We’ll take you to the great mountain landscapes of inner Dominica, see lakes and waterfalls, stop at a mountain village, drive through the rainforest, and learn about the islanders’ traditions. Dominica still has a population of the pre-Columbian Carib people, also known as Kalinago, most of whom live in the eastern side of the island (so-called Kalinago Territory).

    • Included Cabrits Historical & Fort Shirley
    Day 2
    Portsmouth, Dominica

    Mountain paradise by the sea

  • Day 3
    At sea

    Relax into nature’s rhythms

    April 27, 2023

    Relax and unwind as you settle into the ocean’s rhythm and life aboard the cozy ship. Check out the onboard amenities like the hot tub, gym, and sauna. Or, simply relax in the lounge with a book or get to know your fellow explorers.

    You’ll meet the wellness instructors and the Expedition Team, who are experts in oceanography, marine biology, and ornithology. This team was handpicked for this unique expedition cruise. They’ll introduce you to the range of science, nature, navigation, and wellness activities that will be available.

    Your time at sea will be an opportunity to connect with nature. Increasing your awareness and appreciation of the natural environment around you is an important key to mental and physical well-being. The Expedition Team will guide your discovery of nature throughout this ocean crossing, perhaps by helping you identify the seabirds that follow the ship or by showing you around the onboard Science Center.

    In the evenings, you can relax in the lounge and enjoy fun activities with the Expedition Team, including quiz nights, Q&A sessions, movie nights, and impromptu talks about the areas we’re navigating.

    Day 3
    At sea

    Relax into nature’s rhythms

  • Day 4-12
    At sea

    Oceans, nature, and you

    April 28, 2023 - May 6, 2023

    Over the next few exciting days at sea, you’ll be happily engaged in a range of hands-on activities.

    Oceanography and science at sea

    As we sail from the cool coast Nova Scotia to the warm, tropical climate of Panama, you’ll study the changes in the sea and the effect of ocean currents, such as the Gulf Stream, in lectures and workshops. You’ll also learn about the differences between the marine life found along the continental shelf and the deep ocean with the Expedition Team. This might involve observing seabirds or analyzing seawater samples in the Science Center.

    Navigation, old and new

    You’ll learn about celestial navigation and astronomy, and how this compares with navigating using modern-day electronic instruments. Explorers of old navigated the seas using tools like a sextant, while the Vikings used optical calcite and the stars.

    Conservation and Citizen Science

    You’ll discuss issues like the plastic pollution blighting our oceans, and what we can do to reduce it. We’ll explain Hurtigruten Expeditions’ commitment to the environment, and the steps we’re taking toward becoming a leader in sustainable travel.

    You can join Citizen Science projects that include whale spotting for Happywhale, a global tracker; noting cloud and sky conditions for the GLOBE Observer project, in conjunction with NASA; or counting seabirds.

    Science and art

    Before the invention of micro-photography, scientific researchers on expeditions had to paint their samples. You can join a unique art workshop where you can inspect samples under a microscope and try this out for yourself. If you prefer, you can take your artistic inspiration from the nature around you.

    Well-being and nature: a virtuous circle

    Learn about our symbiotic relationship with nature and how our well-being has a direct and positive impact on the planet’s health. Studies show that regularly interacting with nature makes us healthier and happier. Research also shows that people who feel connected to nature are more likely to behave in ways that promote environmental health, for example, through conservation activities. Explore what actions you can take to maintain this virtuous circle.

    Health and well-being

    You’ll have plenty of opportunities to engage in wellness activities and deepen your connection with nature. You can practice yoga every day, learn mindfulness and meditation techniques, and join the Expedition Team for a mile-long walk on deck in the mornings. There will also be a range of healthy and delicious vegetarian and plant-based menu options, as well as fresh smoothies, juices, and nutritious snacks available on board.

    Arts and crafts

    One of the best ways to disconnect from the stress of modern life and reconnect with yourself is through our arts and crafts workshops. Craft-based activities have been proven to promote relaxation, reduce anxiety, improve cognitive abilities, and contribute to overall happiness. You can put that to the test for yourself during your cruise with us.

    Day 4-12
    At sea

    Oceans, nature, and you

  • Day 13
    At sea

    Findings and conclusion

    May 7, 2023

    Our onboard program comes to a close as we sail toward Iceland on our last day at sea. Discuss your data and findings from the Citizen Science projects with the Expedition Team or take a last glimpse at the fascinating ocean life under the microscope in the Science Center. Or, simply relax and unwind in the hot tub, sauna, or lounge.

    Take this time to observe and appreciate nature’s wonder all around you. Contemplate the majesty of the sea or the shifting of the clouds above. Watch for wildlife from out on deck. You might even catch sight of dolphins, flying fish, and rare seabirds. Connect with the harmony of their movements and feel its calming effect.

    The Expedition Team will host a presentation featuring the cruise highlights and recapping what we’ve learned along the way. The officers might join you for a farewell dinner—and the crew may even put on a talent show for you!

    Day 13
    At sea

    Findings and conclusion

  • Day 14
    Reykjavík

    The end of the adventure

    May 8, 2023

    Say a fond farewell to the ship and crew as we end our journey in Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital. If you have time, this small city is packed full of art, culture, and history and perfect for a walking tour.

    Stroll along Laugavegur, the main shopping street, which is filled with boutiques, bars, and restaurants. Art lovers can visit the Reykjavík Art Museum, the National Gallery, and the many smaller galleries and museums throughout the city. From the comprehensive National Museum to the delightful and quirky Icelandic Punk Museum, you’re bound to find one or more museums to entertain and inform you.

    The first Viking settlers named the place Reykjavík (meaning ‘Smoky Bay’) after seeing steam rising from the surrounding geothermal features. The city lies only a few hours away from Iceland’s famous lagoons, geysers, hot springs, and waterfalls. 

    Iceland’s abundant geothermal energy has forged a strong tradition of soaking in public swimming pools and small hot tubs known as ‘heitur pottur’ (literally translated as ‘hot pots’). To Icelanders, they’re the perfect place to relax after a long day or visit with friends. Bring your swimsuit to take a dip in one of the city’s 18 swimming pools, many of which include saunas and heitur pottur.

    The Blue Lagoon is probably Iceland’s most famous heittur pottur. Situated in a vast 800-year-old lava field, the blend of silica, algae, and minerals in these waters have earned this magical location a place on National Geographic’s ‘Top 25 Wonders of the World.’ Nothing sends off your adventure like a relaxing soak in warm, milky-blue waters with your drink of choice in hand, surrounded by beauty.

    Post-Program We recommend extending your stay with our Post-Program, which brings you to more of Iceland’s natural wonders. Whatever’s next for you, we wish you a safe onward journey and look forward to seeing you for your next adventure!

    Day 14
    Reykjavík

    The end of the adventure

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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

Expedition Cruise

  • Wellness Cruise in the cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages in the Aune restaurant
  • Lindstrøm à la carte restaurant is included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at onboard water refill stations
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket

Specialized onboard activities and lectures

  • Hands-on demonstrations of navigation, oceanography, and marine biology with our onboard scientist
  • Bird- and sealife observation out on deck with our naturalists
  • Stargazing and informative lectures
  • Information on sustainable sailing and Hurtigruten’s commitment to the environment
  • Yoga, meditation, and classes led by experienced international instructors
  • Healthy and delicious vegetarian and plant-based menu options, plus fresh smoothies and juices
  • Inspiring and informative lectures on health and wellness
  • Workshops on the principles of yoga, meditation, mindfulness, deep breathing, and holistic wellness
  • Daily meditations to release stress and calm the mind
  • Daily walks and stretching sessions on deck
  • Arts and crafts workshops
  • Photography workshops led by our professional nature photographers

Onboard facilities

  • Use the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes.
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, indoor gym 

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Baggage handling
  • Optional Pre/Post-Programs with our local partners

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you meet all entry and boarding requirements.
  • No gratuities are expected
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
Your Ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2022
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 250 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 11,647 T
Length 374 ft
Beam 66.3 ft
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. The advanced technology on the MS Fram, in the spirit of the famous original, makes her exceptionally well suited for expedition cruises in polar regions.

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