Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Iceland – Arctic Islands Discovery (Westbound)

Resort: Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Iceland – Arctic Islands Discovery (Westbound)
Operator: Hurtigruten
Destination: Iceland
Price From: £5271.00

Overview

We start from Svalbard in the High Arctic, scanning the coasts of the national park for polar bears under the summer sun. Next is the isolated island of Jan Mayen dominated by the northernmost active volcano in the world. Finally, we explore various sites around beautiful Iceland, admiring its many green mountains, waterfalls, and variety of birdlife.

Itinerary

Day 1 Oslo / Longyearbyen

Your trip starts with an evening flight from Oslo. If time allows, enjoy the museums, parks and trendy cafs of the Norwegian capital before your flight to Longyearbyen in the Svalbard Archipelago. Transfer to and overnight at your hotel.

Day 2 Longyearbyen

Join an excursion after lunch to explore Svalbards capital, nestled next to the Isfjord and surrounded by rugged mountains. Youll find it a surprisingly modern settlement with a small and welcoming international community running cafs, bars, restaurants, artisanal shops, and even a chocolatier and a micro-brewery. Board your ship in the afternoon.

Day 3-6 North West Spitsbergen National Park

Summertime in the Svalbard Archipelago is when polar bears trek along the coasts 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 Kongsfjords mighty glaciers and catch sight of icebergs calving into the sea. We may also call on Ny-lesund, a former mining town now transformed into an international science centre. Here, youll find 16 permanent research stations from 10 countries dedicated to the study of glaciology, wildlife, and climate change.

Day 7 At sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with onboard lectures while we set course towards Jan Mayen. Our Expedition Team will hold talks and workshops to share their knowledge and experience to enhance the next days of our journey.

Day 8 Jan Mayen Island

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

Day 9 At sea

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

Day 10 Akureyri

Welcome to Icelands largest community outside of Reykjavk. Expect comfy cafs, 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 Mvatn and Goafoss waterfall.

Day 11 Grmsey

The Arctic Circle currently runs through this green and grassy Icelandic island and youll have the chance to step across that geographic line. The North Atlantic Current brings warm water up here from the Gulf of Mexico, creating a mild climate on the island popular with nesting seabirds such as auks and Arctic terns.

Day 12 Patreksfjrdur

Patreksfjrdur is a charming settlement on the west coast of Iceland with around 660 inhabitants. The picturesque fjord offers scenic hiking trails if the weather allows. Patreksfjrdur is also close to the spectacular waterfall of Dynjandi and to Ltrabjarg, a renowned site for birdwatching.

Day 13 Stykkishlmur

The friendly town of Stykkishlmur has beautiful and well-preserved old houses in the town centre and is surrounded by wonderful scenery. Enjoy exploring the towns interesting museums or join optional excursions to see the iconic sites of Snfellsnes Penninsula such as the Lndrangar basalt cliffs or the black sandy beaches of Djpalnssandur.

Day 14 Reykjavik

Our voyage of discovery ends in Reykjavik. The name of Icelands capital means ‘Smokey Bay’, so called because of the columns of steam that rise from the many hot springs in the area. If you have the time, it is well worth booking a Post-Programme to explore the surrounding geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths.

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