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12 Days - Visit the National Parks of Northeast Greenland with Hurtigruten

Join an extraordinary and exclusive expedition taking you to three Arctic islands; Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland. The emphasis is on the rarely visited North East Greenland National Park, the largest National Park in the world and the least visited with only about 500 visitors every year. This is a special opportunity to experience the Arctic in autumn before winter closes in and makes this corner of the planet uninhabitable for all but the hardiest of species.

Highlights include

  • Visit three Arctic islands in one expedition
  • Explore the largest National Park in the world
  • Visit the most isolated settlements in Greenland
  • Chance to see polar bears, musk oxen, polar hares, greenland falcons and polar wolves
Days 1 - 2
Overnight in Longyearbyen and then board MS Roald Amundsen
Days 3 - 4
Spotting Wildlife From the Deck - At sea
Days 5 - 8
North East Greenland National Park, Greenland
Day 9
Ittoqqortoormiit - meet the locals in the most isolated town in Greenland.
Day 10
At sea
Day 11
Iceland in a Nutshell
Day 12
Reykjavik, Iceland
Start Place
Longyearbyen, Svalbard
End Place
Reykjavik, Iceland
Countries Visited
Svalbard
Iceland
Duration
12 Days
Group Size
80 - 530
Type
Cruising
Suitability
Easy

Details

Transportation

In 2019, Hurtigruten will add a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.

MS Roald Amundsen is the first of two hybrid ships Hurtigruten will add to its fleet over the next few years, cutting emissions by sailing with electrical propulsion. Hybrid technology, combined with the advanced construction of the hull and effective use of electricity on board will reduce fuel consumption and CO2-emissions on the ships by 20 percent. The build of these two ships represents the largest single investment in the history of Hurtigruten.

The future of shipping will be silent and emission free. MS Roald Amundsen will lead the way towards an even more sustainable way of traveling. Sailing on electrical power is not only a great benefit for the environment, but it will also enhance the impact of experiencing nature for the guests. The ship will be specially constructed for voyages in polar waters and serve as a comfortable basecamp at sea – bringing adventurers from all over the world to the most spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way.

Ship facilities:

One of the most eye-catching exterior design features of the ships will be the two-level indoor/outdoor Observation Deck wrapped around the top of the ships’ raked bow. In a vast area behind it, you’ll find the core of the onboard experience: Amundsen Science Center.

Packed with state of the art technology and high tech gadgets such as touch screens and science equipment, the immersive edutainment area will be the place guests and staff/crew meet, mingle and create a deeper understanding for the areas they explore. The flexible venue will feature lecture spaces, a small library, and speciality areas for workshops in photography, biology, and more. The area, featuring large windows, will also be the onboard HQ for Hurtigruten’s hand picked Expedition Team.

The stunning scenery will be reflected in a rich and comfortable interior design. Scandinavian materials from nature, such as granite, oak, birch and wool will be used to create relaxed and stylish cabins and public areas. All cabins are outside, 50 % will have private balconies, aft suites will feature private outdoor Jacuzzis with spectacular views.

Included
  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities onboard and ashore
  • Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
  • Economy flight between Oslo and Longyearbyen or Longyearbyen to Oslo
  • Transfer from hotel to ship including an excursion in Longyearbyen
Not Included
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions and gratuities
  • Luggage handling

Itinerary

Days 1 - 2 - Overnight in Longyearbyen and then board MS Roald Amundsen

Norway's capital 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 colourful touch to the city. You leave Oslo in the evening, heading for the High Arctic - Svalbard.

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, and we transfer you to the harbour where MS Roald Amundsen awaits.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
MS Roald Amundsen

Days 3 - 4 - Spotting Wildlife From the Deck - At sea

Sea days can be as active or relaxing as you choose! You won’t want to miss the fascinating lectures given by members of the Expedition team as they prepare you for the adventures ahead. Perhaps you´d like to join a photography workshop or learn about the ecosystems of the maritime Arctic. We hope to encounter the fascinating and beautiful world of sea ice as we sail. Whenever we are close to drift ice, we will look carefully, because there is a chance that a polar bear uses this ice floe as a platform when hunting at sea.

Meals
2 Breakfasts
2 Lunches
2 Dinners

Days 5 - 8 - North East Greenland National Park, Greenland

As we arrive in the largest national park in the world, the splendid isolation of this journey begins to take hold. Apart from some abandoned trapping stations, a weather station and the traditional Sirius sled patrol, there are no traces of humans 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 expedition guests visit the park. Once inside the fjords of North East Greenland, your sense of distance, size and shape of landscapes 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, arctic fox, hare and wolf, abound, as do a wide variety of sea birds. 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 North East Greenland had his base. We have the chance to land on the small, flat islands of Bjørne Øer which are surrounded 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.

Meals
4 Breakfasts
4 Lunches
4 Dinners

Day 9 - Ittoqqortoormiit - meet the locals in the most isolated town in Greenland.

Ittoqqortoormiit or Scoresbysund is our last call in North East Greenland. This is the most isolated town in Greenland. The trappers living in this town are the only ones that are allowed to hunt within the North East Greenland National Park and you will probably observe that outside their houses they are drying animal skins and are storing their dog-sleds.

The local guides will meet us and hand out maps as well as give information on what is open during our visit. The program is set individually for each stay, and would normally include museum, church, photo exhibition and even a launch of a weather balloon, all with local guides. You are welcome to walk around on your own, and see the places of interest.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 10 - At sea

As we leave Greenland, we sail towards the western coast of Iceland. This is an excellent Day to attend to lectures and prepare for our return to “civilisation”.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 11 - Iceland in a Nutshell

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

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 12 - Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik is the world's northernmost capital city and home for about 171,000 people. In the relatively close surroundings of Reykjavik you may find glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and mountains. Reykjavik has also a vast selection of restaurants, museums and shops. We will arrive in the morning hours, and here our voyage ends.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

NOTE: prices are per person, and are indicative only as they fluctuate daily.

Dates
Start Date
End Date
Price
Status
Accommodation
26 Jul 2019
6 Aug 2019
26 Jul 2019
6 Aug 2019
EUR 5,195
On request
Outside (Window)
26 Jul 2019
6 Aug 2019
26 Jul 2019
6 Aug 2019
EUR 5,374
On request
Superior
26 Jul 2019
6 Aug 2019
26 Jul 2019
6 Aug 2019
EUR 6,748
On request
Suite

Important Information

Hurtigruten does two North East Greenland National Park Expeditions for 2019, the second departure doesn't include Spitsbergen. Please ask us for details about the dates for these journeys.

  • Planned landings will depend on weather and ice conditions.
  • We reserve the right to change the scheduled program and itinerary.
  • The use of rubber boots is available on board.

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