The Ultimate Fjord Expedition in the Arctic
Explore the biggest fjord system in the world.
Hurtigruten operates explorer cruises offering a wide range of landing options, making every voyage unique. The below itinerary is operated subject to weather and local ice conditions, which constantly change - the Expedition Leader and ship’s Master will confirm the final itinerary after embarking on your voyage.
Iceland's capital Reykjavik is home to an impressive collection of interesting attractions and places of historic significance, from landmarks such as Hallgrímskirkja and the Pearl to the natural wonders in close proximity to the city, which include glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and mountains. Enjoy discovering Reykjavik on your own before you embark on MS Fram in the afternoon.
Ísafjörður was an ancient church site before becoming a trading port in the 16th century. Today, it boasts charming streets of old timber houses, many of which have stayed unchanged since the 18th century when the harbour was full of ships and Norwegian whaling crews. Explore the city on your own or join the expedition team on activities including hikes, horse riding or sampling the local cuisine.
Ittoqqortoormiit or Scoresbysund is the most isolated town in Greenland. With only 560 inhabitants, the trappers living here are the only people allowed to hunt within the North East Greenland National Park – as you explore the town, you'll notice racks used by local trappers to dry the skins of the animals they have hunted. The town is right next to the world's largest and deepest multi-branched fjord system. A special basalt rock formation with horizontal lines runs through the cliffs, marking the transition to the even more desolate area of North-eastern Greenland.
Day 4 sees us sailing into the world's largest fjord system. You will notice the change in climate as we leave the warmer waters of the Gulf Stream and enter the cold water current that follows the coast of East Greenland. Some of the places we visit on this expedition have not been visited by other humans for the last 200 years, if at all!
As we explore the Scoresbysund fjord system, we will attempt to land in several places. These landings are performed as pure wilderness expeditions. When we visit the former trading post Syd Kap, you will see old blubber ovens and the remains of Thule dwellings. In Bjørne Øer, you can see the even bigger remains of an old Thule settlement. The hunters' cabin in Hecla Havn is a great place to spot birds and smaller mammals, including Arctic hare, lemming and ptarmigans. At Viking Bay, you can study the Colombia basalt rock formations or visit a large glacier. Qupaulakajik is significant for its abundance of plant fossils – it is possible to find fossils that are over 200 million years old here.
The mountains in this area are almost alpine in nature, rising right out of the largest fjord systems on earth to an altitude of more than 2,500 metres above sea level. The waters are scattered with large icebergs and the valleys are inhabited by musk oxen.
As we continue to explore this fjord, watch out for other wildlife such as the all-white Arctic hare, the Arctic fox or the very rare Arctic wolf. Turn your eyes to the sky to spot the white Greenland falcon, ptarmigan, snowy owl and a variety of sea birds.
Sailing in this fjord is an experience of a lifetime – it's like a maze surrounded by spectacular snow-capped peaks. Remember to watch out for polar bears wherever you see ice.
The Norwegian island of Jan Mayen is one of the most isolated in the world. Located where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, the island is home to Beerenberg, the northernmost active volcano on earth. Dutch whalers operated from Jan Mayen in the 16th century, but today only a Norwegian weather station accommodates a few brave individuals throughout the year. Visits to Jan Mayen are extremely rare, especially from tourists. As one of the few vessels operating in this area, MS Fram and her crew will attempt to make a landing on this most exotic Arctic island.
Spending a day at sea is great for relaxing, sorting photos and enjoying lectures.
As we reach the Norwegian mainland, we sail through the narrow Raftsund before navigating into the narrower Trollfjord where the vertical mountain walls rise right out of the sea. Then, we spend the day in Lofoten, giving you chance to explore this spectacular area, known for its excellent fishing, extreme nature and picturesque fishing villages.
Torghatten is one of the famous landmarks along the Helgeland coast, and from deck you have orchestra seats to this mountain with a hole in the middle.
The island of Frøya is located off the coast of Trøndelag, and is surrounded by more than 5,400 islets and reefs, making up an amazing archipelago. The landscape of Frøya is hilly, and the island has the charming village of Sistranda as its administrative centre.
We will spend a day in Åndalsnes, a popular destination due to its location at the foot of some spectacular mountains. The Trollstigen mountain road and Vermafossen waterfall are both popular attractions here.
Our expedition ends in Bergen. Take the opportunity to spend some time strolling through the streets and enjoy sites such as Bergen’s colourful UNESCO-listed Bryggen district before you fly home.
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