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The Arctic Fjords Expedition

15 days
14 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

$ 9,625.00 (double occupancy)

Dates:

Sep 06, 2017 - Sep 20, 2017 

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Itinerary:

Day 1  : Reykjavik, Iceland

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 – including glaciers, waterfalls, geysers, and mountains. Enjoy discovering Reykjavik on your own before you embark on MS Fram in the afternoon.

Day 2  : Ísafjörður

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 remained unchanged since the 18 century when the harbor was full of ships and Norwegian whaling crews. Explore the city on your own or join the Expedition Team on activities including hikes, horseback riding, and sampling the local cuisine.

Day 3  : Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresbysund), Greenland

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 probably notice the racks used by these hunters to dry animal skins. 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 Northeastern Greenland.

Day 4  : Exploring the Scoresbysund Fjord System

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!

Day 5  : Exploring the Scoresbysund Fjord System

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 columnar basalt rock formations or visit a large glacier. Qupaulakajik is significant for its abundance of plant fossils – fossils over 200 million years old can be found here.

Day 6  : Exploring the Scoresbysund Fjord System

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 8,000 feet above sea level. The waters are scattered with large icebergs and the valleys are dotted with musk oxen.

Day 7  : Exploring the Scoresbysund Fjord System

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 seabirds.

Day 8  : Exploring the Scoresbysund Fjord System

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.

Day 9  : Jan Mayen

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 rare landing on this most exotic Arctic island.

Day 10  : At Sea

Spending a day at sea is great for relaxing, sorting photos, and enjoying lectures.

Day 11  : Raftsundet, Trollfjord and the Lofoten Islands

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.

Day 12  : Torghatten

Torghatten is one of the famous landmarks along the Helgeland coast, and from deck you have front-row seats to this mountain with a hole in the middle.

Day 13  : Sistranda and Frøya

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. Sistranda is the administrative center and a charming little village.

Day 14  : Åndalsnes

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.

Day 15  : Bergen

Our expedition ends in Bergen. Take the opportunity to spend some time strolling through the streets and enjoy sites such as Bergen’s colorful UNESCO-listed Bryggen district before you fly home.