Spitsbergen - Climate Voyage
Reykjavik, Iceland to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen,
With Reykjavik as the starting point, we set course south-west towards the tip of Greenland. We navigate through
sounds and fjords, and visit small Inuit settlements, abandoned villages and the lively Greenlandic capital, Nuuk
before continuing north into the Disko Bay area and the northern lands of the Midnight Sun.
|Day 1 Reykjavik, Iceland
Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik, is the starting point of our climate voyage. Our route for this
particular voyage is Hurtigruten’s homage to the trail the Vikings blazed more than 800 years ago.
We are setting sail for one of the most diverse and isolated islands on Earth, Jan Mayen.
|DAY 2 At sea
As our northbound heading takes us across open sea today, you are welcome to join us for a
programme of lectures and observations on seabirds and sea mammals. Our team of experts will also
invite you to the lecture halls to learn more about climate change. MS Fram is following the
so-called Global Conveyor Belt. This global superhighway of seawater is immensely important for the
global climate and temperature distribution on the planet.
|DAY 3 Jan Mayen, Norway
Jan Mayen is one of the most isolated
islands in the world. The closest land mass is Iceland some 600 kilometres away. Tourists
visiting Jan Mayen are extremely rare, and not many of these are able to land on the shores. MS
Fram and the expedition team will do their best to make it possible to set foot on this
fascinating outpost as it is sure to be an experience of a lifetime. You will also see
Beerenberg, the world’s northernmost active volcano.
|DAY 4 At sea
Once again you are welcome to join our programme
of lectures and observation of seabirds and sea mammals. This is the day to remember the
experiences from yesterday and to prepare for the next highlight of the voyage – Spitsbergen.
We will learn more about why Spitsbergen is such a strong symbol for climate change and why it
is considered a global thermometer.
|DAY 5 Ny Ålesund, Spitsbergen, Norway
At 78º 55’N, Ny Ålesund
is the world’s northernmost permanently inhabited community, where a number of countries run
their own national research stations. Ice and weather permitting we will try to cross the 80th
parallel. Keep your eyes open for walrus, whales and polar bears.
|DAY 6 North west Spitsbergen National Park, Svalbard,
Ice conditions allowing, we hope to cross the 80th parallel and explore a
landing site on the North West Corner. If we are lucky we will spot some of the larger species
using these waters as hunting grounds. Keep your eyes open for walrus, whales and polar
|DAY 7 – 8 Isfjord and Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Norway
Coming into Isfjord we will again observe giant bird cliffs. Isfjord is the largest fjord complex
in Spitsbergen, almost slicing the island in half. In the afternoon our Expedition Team will search
for a fitting bay where we can make our last expedition landing and we will wrap things up with
some onboard festivities. We call at Longyearbyen after midnight, and our voyage comes to an
|14 July 2015
|Early booking from
|Early booking from
July 14-23, 2015
Includes: Voyage full board basis, wind and water resistant jacket, landings with Polarcirkel boats
activites onboard and ashore, professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as
accompany landings and activites, and free coffee and tea.
International flights, travel insurance, optional excursions and gratuities,
Prices are in US Dollars per person
All planned landings are subject to
weather and ice conditions
All itineraries are subject to change
rental service on board