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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.
- 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
- 12 Days
- Group Size
- 80 - 530
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.
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.
- 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
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Optional excursions and gratuities
- Luggage handling
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.
AccommodationMS 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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
NOTE: prices are per person, and are indicative only as they fluctuate daily.
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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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Practical Information before your Hurtigruten MS Fram, MS Roald Amundsen & MS Spitsbergen Explorer Voyage
Practical Information before your Hurtigruten MS Fram, MS Roald Amundsen & MS Spitsbergen Explorer Voyage
Hurtigruten have been the original coastal voyage in Norway since 1893 and offer knowledge and expertise on voyages that frequently exceed our guests' expectations. Life aboard Hurtigruten has its own special rhythm.
From the deck or the observation lounge you can observe the breathtaking scenery while we silently glide through the water. For Nansen, Amundsen and Sverdrup, Fram was a vessel for world exploration - let MS Fram be the same for you. You can journey to some of the most ecologically fascinating and scenically diverse landscapes. Each of these spectacular adventures is a voyage of discovery; through pristine environments and in the meeting of people from different cultures.
Seasickness pills are available at the reception at a low cost. If you are prone to seasickness please bring pills you are familiar with. You may also buy a 'sea band' onboard.
All cabins are equipped with a telephone. In order to call from the ship a card has to be purchased at the reception desk. To call the ship simply dial the number below. Phone : +47 51 40 64 40 E-mail: email@example.com
Depending on the carrier company with which you have subscribed, mobile phones will function in some areas. Check with your supplier for more details. Guests may use their own GSM telephones on board the ship at all times at an international price level. The price will vary depending on which mobile operator you use. If there is no local reception the MCP Satellite System may be available. Please check with your supplier for rates and to ascertain if your subscription is valid on this.
Cruise cards can be issued upon arrival on board as part of the check-in procedure in accordance with ISPS regulations. All our guests are requested to wear this card when disembarking in all ports of call and landingsas it serves as a control system on the gangway enabling us to know which of our guests are on board or ashore at any time. This card, in addition to being the key card for your cabin, is also to be activated as your payment card on board. The card is the only means of payment for the on board facilities. To activate the cruise card account Visa and MasterCard are accepted on board. Please note that when using your credit card on the ship your account will be debited in Norwegian kroner (NOK). The rate of exchange will be the one validated by your credit card company. Indicative rates are given on board but are not fixed. The evening before the cruise ends the account will be added up to be settled on board and a receipt brought to your cabin. We regret that there are no cash withdrawal or money exchange facilities on board.
Special diets, such as vegetarian must be ordered well before departure.
The ship is suitable for wheel-chair users. Heavily disabled persons or those in need of special assistance must travel with a companion. Please note that the ships gangway must be used in order to embark/disembark wheelchairs. In ports where tidal conditions or other circumstances require use of portable gangway, or during landings with Polarcirkel Boats, there is no possibility to use/take wheelchairs. This means that in order to travel with MS Fram in Greenland, you need to get in and out of the Polarcirkel boat in order to participate in the voyage.
The ships are licensed to sell drinks onboard. If you would like to drink water with your meal please advise staff. If you prefer bottled water there is a charge for this.
220 V AC 2 pin, and a continental adaptor is required.
A fitness room and a sauna are available.
There is limited Internet access, which may be purchased on board. Wireless access is only available on deck 4 - reception area - no connection from cabins/suites. Please note that the connection is a 512 MB line and both internet and telephones will be out of range from time to time due to the vessel's location. We kindly ask our guests not to use live streaming media while on internet like video calls via skype, Youtube etc , all share the same limited band width, and live streaming occupies large parts of the capacity.
We offer a selection of excursions which can be pre-booked and only remaining places will be sold on board the ship. (Exception: Helicopter flight to the Icefjord. This excursion can only be booked on board). The staff will inform you of your options. Unfortunately, most excursions are not adapted for disabled persons. The excursions have to be booked well in advance due to deadlines on shore. Please consider which excursions you would like to participate in and note that registration is binding. The Expedition Team will inform you about deadlines when booking onboard. The excursions will have English speaking guides. German and Scandinavian cannot be guaranteed. The excursions are subject to cancellation depending on the number of participants and weather conditions.
Laundry service is available on board for a small fee. No dry cleaning is possible.
Our spacious restaurant has an ocean view from every table. Our menu has a Scandinavian base with an international touch. On board we serve a buffet breakfast and buffet lunch. Dinner may be a buffet, a set meal or a barbeque as announced in the daily programme. Our head waiter will assign tables and your table number and meal times will be in your cabin upon arrival. Please provide information regarding special requests for seating arrangements to your sales office/travel agent. If you have special dietary requirements, like vegetarian, diabetic or celiac diet, please inform us as early as possible, and contact the head waiter when on board. The chefs will do their utmost to meet your dietary requirements.
There is an English-speaking doctor and nurse on board. The ship has a small hospital with the necessary equipment and drugs to handle some emergencies. In serious emergencies the nearest hospital will be contacted. There is a charge for medical consultations as well as medicines. The price for a consultation is approximately 285 NOK. If you are taking medication remember to bring sufficient to last through any unforeseen delays. We also recommend that you keep your medication in your hand luggage, properly labelled and with clear instructions for its use. If you depend on vital drugs, please inform the ship's doctor. Illness on board can lead to quarantine and orders from the ship's doctor and captain must be followed. All guests must have travel/health insurance which includes the cost of repatriation.
Do not forget to bring your binoculars, swimming trunks, camera and/or a video camera. Take practical, warm and windproof clothing for going out on deck. Smart, but casual clothes are recommended on board. Good comfortable footwear is vital for excursions.
Souvenirs, knitwear, postcards, stamps and a small supply of toiletries are sold on board.
Smoking is only permitted in designated areas on the outside decks. Please do not smoke in your cabin, if you choose to ignore this a fine will be levied. To show respect for the environment please use the provided ashtrays. Throwing cigarette ends overboard is strictly prohibited.
For reasons of safety it may sometimes be necessary to keep cabin ventilators/port-holes obscured.
The on board Expedition Team is composed of an Expedition Leader, a Trip Coordinator and several lecturers. Your Expedition Leader will regularly update you on the progress of the trip as well as the different points of interest and wildlife sightings that might occur. Biographies of the Expedition Team can be found on the Information bulletin board located close to their information desk. At the expedition desk you will be able to find information regarding the trip and book optional excursions.
There is a safe in reception. Hurtigruten accept no responsibility for valuables and money kept in cabins.
The planned itinerary may change due to weather and local conditions. Hurtigruten reserves the right to make changes due to this.
Hurtigruten has learned that many of our guests wish to give a special thanks to our service crew on board. It is at your discretion if you wish to reward service by the crew in bars, restaurant and cabins. As a guideline we recommend 50 NOK (approx 6 Euro, 8 USD) per passenger per day as an average gratuity. Whatever amount you have decided to give, please fill in the form you will find in your cabin and give it to the purser two nights before the end of the cruise. The amount will then be debited to your cruise account.
Weather, wind and other operational conditions will determine our programme and our schedule. Safety is always the priority and the ship's Captain will decide the final itinerary during the voyage, therefore every voyage is unique and all published routes are only indicative. Every day the expedition team prints and distributes a daily programme with a list of port calls, landings, lectures, meals and activities on board. As this is an Explorer voyage it will be your Expedition Leader and Captain who decide the final route, depending on factors such as weather (temperatures, rain, wind) and other unforeseeable events, and we cannot guarantee a specific route or landing. All our published plans are subject to change.
Weather conditions can also make any landings with Polarcirkel boats more difficult or sometimes impossible. Remember that unforeseen twists often turn out to be the highlight of a trip. We invite you to be open to unexpected experiences, and flexibility is important on our Explorer cruises. We are also subject to written and unwritten laws like assisting vessels or people in need. Such situations are subject to natural laws and therefore are not within our liability.
Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/