About This Trip

Explore three Arctic islands and the least-visited national park in the world on an unforgettable wilderness adventure

This exploration begins in Spitsbergen and sails to Greenland and Iceland for an incomparable Arctic adventure. As we reach the least-visited national park in the world, we might sail for days without seeing another vessel. The chances of meeting a polar wolf or polar bear are far greater than meeting another human being. Join us for a voyage far beyond the ordinary.

Dates & Prices

  • Jul 26 2019 to Aug 6 2019
  • Polar Outside from $9,302 Per person based on double occupancy
  • Arctic Superior from $10,872 Per person based on double occupancy
  • Expeditions Suites from $12,938 Per person based on double occupancy

Tour Information

Tour/Price Includes

  • Hurtigruten expedition in the cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and set or buffet dinner)
  • Coach-class flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen
  • Transfer from the airport to the ship in Longyearbyen Trans
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary use of Muck Boot rubber boots

Disclaimer

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR EXPEDITION:

• International flights
• Travel protection plan
• Luggage handling
• Optional excursions and gratuities

Tour Map

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Friday, July 26 Oslo―Longyearbyen, Norway

Norway's capital city of Oslo is often referred to as 'the blue, the green, and the city in between.' Forests, lakes, hills, and a fjord surrounds this city. Downtown you will find unique architecture, a thriving cafe and bar culture, top-notch restaurants, endless shopping possibilities, and a large and visible immigrant community who add their own colorful touch to the city.

Leave Oslo in the late evening and head for the High Arctic—Svalbard.

Day 2: Saturday, July 27 Longyearbyen, Norway

The Svalbard Islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. In the midst of this mighty wilderness is the Norwegian settlement of Longyearbyen; warm under the light of the Midnight Sun as you arrive at the airport, transfer to the harbor where MS Roald Amundsen awaits.

Days 3―4: July 28-29 At Sea

Within the Svalbard Archipelago, there are about 3,000 polar bears—far more than the region's human population and probably one of the largest polar bear concentrations on Earth. That said, polar bears are solitary animals with no set colony or living area. They roam wherever they can expect to find food. While there are no guarantees of sighting these top predators, the more eyes scouting through binoculars, the better chance we have of spotting the King of the Arctic.

The polar bear is a marine mammal, so we are most likely to observe one close to, or even in, the water. When we are close to drift ice, we will be sure to look carefully, because there is a chance that a polar bear will use this ice floe as a platform when at sea.

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Days 5―8: July 30-August 2 Northeast Greenland National Park

As we arrive in the largest national park in the world, the splendid isolation of this journey begins to take hold. Apart from a few abandoned trapping stations, a weather station, and the traditional Sirius sled patrol, there are no traces of human life here.

Within the borders of Northeast Greenland National Park, there are only about 30 souls that overwinter. In the very short summer season, when the waters are free of ice, only 500 guests are able to visit the park. Once inside the fjords of northeast Greenland, your sense of distance, as well as your perceived size and shape of the surrounding scenery, will be challenged. These are the largest fjords in the world and the alpine landscape, with hanging glaciers and vertical granite faces, reaches as far as the eye can see.

Wildlife like musk oxen and Arctic foxes, hares, and wolves abound, as do a wide variety of seabirds. And remember, where there is ice, there might be polar bears!

We will call on the isolated research station of Danmarkshavn. Sailing into fjords like Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord or Alpefjord is an unforgettable experience. The majority of our landings are performed as pure wilderness expeditions. We might meet the Sirius Patrol (The Danish Navy) that supervises the park using traditional methods, like sled dogs.

Entering the fjords of Scoresbysund, a natural place to attempt a landing is Myggbukta (Mosquito Bay), where the legendary governor of northeast Greenland had his base. We have the chance to land on the small, flat islands of Bjørne Øer which are surrounded by sheer, pointed granite mountains. Our expert guides and lecturers will safely lead you on hikes and small boat trips in addition to giving briefings and lectures about the places we explore.

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Day 9: Saturday, August 3 Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland

In Ittoqqortoormiit you can visit the museum, church, and a photo exhibition, or explore on your own. The trappers living in this town are the only people that are allowed to hunt within Northeast Greenland National Park. You will likely see that they are drying animal skins and storing their dog sleds outside their houses.

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Day 10: Sunday, August 4 At Sea

As we leave Greenland, we sail towards the western coast of Iceland. This is an excellent day to attend lectures and prepare for our return to 'civilization.'

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Day 11: Monday, August 5 Stykkíshólmur, Iceland

As we reach the western region of Iceland, you will understand why this area is dubbed 'The Sagaland.' Take your time to explore Stykkishólmur’s diversity of lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanic activity, and hot and cold springs. Participate in a range of exciting excursions such as kayaking, hiking, and horseback riding.

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Day 12: Tuesday, August 6 Reykjavík

Iceland's capital city offers visitors a rich urban life. Relatively close to Reykjavík you will find glaciers, waterfalls, geysers, and mountains, while the city itself hosts fine restaurants, museums, and shops. We will arrive in the morning hours, and this is where our voyage ends.

Pre-Tour Extensions

  • Pre & Post Tour Extensions

    Copenhagen - Oslo Extension

    This 4-day package between Copenhagen and Oslo features an overnight cruise between the two Scandinavian capitals. Add this to your Scandinavian escorted tour as a pre- or post-tour package.

    Itinerary can be reversed (Oslo to Copenhagen).

  • Pre & Post Tour Extensions

    Reykjavik Extension (USA to Europe)

    Enjoy a 3-day independent extension in Iceland's vibrant capital city. Package includes a full-day Golden Circle Tour and a city tour of Reykjavik.

    Additional sightseeing tours on request.

  • Pre & Post Tour Extensions

    Stockholm - Oslo Extension

    This 3-day package between Stockholm and Oslo is the perfect extension to your Scandinavian escorted tour as a pre- or post-tour package.

    Itinerary can be reversed (Oslo to Stockholm)

Post-Tour Extensions

  • Pre & Post Tour Extensions

    Reykjavik Extension (Europe to USA)

    Explore the Land of Fire & Ice on this 3-day extension to Iceland! Visit the main attractions in Reykjavik and spend the day in the Icelandic countryside on the famous "Golden Circle" tour.