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16 & 17 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
- Day 1
- The world’s northernmost capital, Reykjavik, Iceland
- Day 2
- Welcome Home! Heimaey
- Day 3
- At sea
- Day 4
- In Nansen’s Footsteps Umivik, Southeast Greenland
- Day 5
- Cruising Greenland deep fjords under the towering peaks Skjoldungen
- Day 6
- Exploration Day
- Day 7
- Mountains, glaciers and icebergs, Prince Christian Sound
- Day 8
- Natural hot springs Uunartoq
- Day 9
- Viking history and lush nature Qassiarsuk
- Day 10
- Igaliku and Hvalsey
- Day 11
- Musk oxen and a Norse settlement, Ivittuut
- Day 12
- The capital of Greenland, Nuuk
- Day 13
- Cruising the fjord, Kapisillit
- Day 14
- The Venice of Greenland, Maniitsoq
- Day 15
- See the Ice Sheet up close, Kangerlussuaq
- Day 16
- The stylish capital of Denmark, Copenhagen
- Start Place
- Reykjavik, Iceland tours
- End Place
- Kangerlussuaq, Greenland tours
- Destinations Visited
- Iceland tours
- Greenland tours
- 16 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.
MS Fram was built in 2007 with one mission in mind - to bring her guests closer to nature, wildlife and unforgettable experiences. As well as offering numerous lounges in which to relax, our more active guests can use our well-equipped gym. Meanwhile, on deck, our Jacuzzis guarantee you surreal memories when passing the towering icebergs of Greenland, majestic mountains of Norway or whale watching in Iceland.
MS Fram is designed for sailing in polar waters, hold the highest safety standards and is the perfect size for optimum nautical manoeuverability and guests' comfort. With space for only 276 guests, you are sure to get to know many of your fellow travellers. You will share stunning sights and memories of a lifetime long after returning home.
- Hurtigruten Expedition in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
- Transfer ship to airport in Kangerlussuaq
- Excursion towards Icecap including dinner after the voyage
- Economy flight Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen
- 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 accompany landings and activities
- Free tea and coffee
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Optional excursions and gratuities
- Luggage handling
Day 1 - The world’s northernmost capital, Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city. Norwegian settlers named the place Reykjavik (meaning 'Smoky Bay') after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area and made a profound impression. The surroundings offer fantastic natural beauty with geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths that are well worth exploring before embarking on MS Roald Amundsen.
AccommodationMS Roald Amundsen
Day 2 - Welcome Home! Heimaey
Heimaey, or “Home Island” welcomes us for our first landing. The harbor has a very narrow entrance, caused by a volcanic eruption in 1973. As the lava flow threatened to completely close the haven, the ingenious islanders pumped thousands of litres of sea water to cool and slow the progress of the molten rocks. We hope to see some of the eight million colourful puffins that return to the island each summer to breed. Take some time to sit close to their burrows and watch the comings and goings.
Day 3 - At sea
We leave Iceland behind and sail across the Denmark Strait to reach Greenland. The Denmark Strait connects the Greenland Sea to the Erminger Sea. This crossing was used by the Vikings to migrate from Iceland to South Greenland some 1,000 years ago. They calculated their distance to land by tracking the direction of flight of sea birds.
The Denmark Strait was also a WWII battleground, with the Royal Navy and German Kriegsmarine battling on the 24th of May 1941. The British battle ship HMS Prince of Whales fought the largest German battle ship, the Bismarck, which was attempting to reach the North Atlantic in order to attack the allied merchant marine.
Day 4 - In Nansen’s Footsteps Umivik, Southeast Greenland
History and scenery combine to make today special! Umivik bay is fringed by many glaciers which calve their icebergs into the sea. On the northern shore of the bay are two abandoned settlements: little remains today. Our landing here takes place 131 years (almost to the day!) after Nansen stepped ashore in this bay to begin his pioneering crossing of the Greenland icecap.
Day 5 - Cruising Greenland deep fjords under the towering peaks Skjoldungen
Skjoldungen Island has been carved from Greenland by mighty glaciers, which we can see as we enjoy a cruise through the deep fjords. Stare up at the steep rock cliffs, rising to the magnificent peak of Azimuthbjerg over 1,700 metres high at the north west point of the island. The island is currently uninhabited, the last Greenlanders re-settled to towns further north in 1965. During the Second World War a weather station was situated here: they had a hard winter in 1942 as all their supplies were buried by an avalanche.
Day 6 - Exploration Day
Our Captain and Expedition leader will be on the lookout for opportunities today: nature will dictate our activity programme. It may be possible to land at Igdlukulik in Lindenow fjord or take a cruise among the icebergs.
Day 7 - Mountains, glaciers and icebergs, Prince Christian Sound
Prince Christian Sound, located nearly at the tip of the huge island, separates mainland Greenland with Sangmissoq and other islands of the Cape Farewell Archipelago. We sail through this narrow channel and enjoy the spectacular scenery here. The sound itself is around 100 km long and very narrow, sometimes only 500 metres wide. This long fjord system is surrounded by steep mountains, some more than 1,200 metres high. Enjoy the sight of glaciers calving icebergs straight into the ocean from the deck. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell).
Day 8 - Natural hot springs Uunartoq
Come ashore on the uninhabited island of Uunartoq. This small island is blessed with natural hot springs warm enough to bathe in. Scattered around the island are a number of pools fed by hot springs bubbling up from the ground below, keeping the water temperature a balmy 34-38 degrees, even during the freezing winter. The springs are set in a completely natural environment, in the middle of a grassy field, surrounded by mountain peaks and drifting icebergs. Soak in the warm water and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings.
Day 9 - Viking history and lush nature Qassiarsuk
In Qassiarsuk you will find green fields dotted with white sheep, lush vegetation and busy farmsteads; all this forms a colourful contrast to the icescapes at sea. Qassiarsuk is also where Viking Erik the Red built his Brattahlíð estate in 982 A.D. He was banished from Iceland and escaped to the land he called Greenland. Erik settled in Qassiarsuk because the area was considered the most fertile place in Greenland when he arrived.
Join a guided walk through the settlement, where you will learn more about the history of the region. You can visit the reconstruction of Erik’s longhouse and the church that Erik’s wife Tjodhildur made him build. The walk will include a visit at the town´s current church. This is also a great area to try optional activities such as kayaking, hiking, or exploring the town on foot.
Day 10 - Igaliku and Hvalsey
Igaliku is one of the most beautiful villages in Greenland. This is the oldest sheep farming settlement on the island, and on arrival you will see tall mountains with peaks covered by snow during summer, lush valleys with flowers and, of course, sheep. Sandstone houses give a distinct flavour to the area, as does the stunning view to the Igaliku fjord. Experience the tranquillity and peace of this historic settlement.
Christianity was introduced to Greenland at the turn of the last millennium, with the first bishop being appointed way back in 1124. The impressive episcopal residence Garðar was established shortly after that date in Igaliku. A cathedral was built, the biggest of all churches in Greenland in the Middle Ages. For many years, the bishop's palace was a focal point for the Norsemen and visitors from Iceland and Norway. The ruins of the cathedral and the bishop's palace have been renovated during recent years and today constitute an attractive relic of the Viking period.
Igaliku's 27 inhabitants are very proud of their community and are eager to guide you through the village. In Hvalsey, you will find some of the best-preserved ruins from the Norse period; Hvalsey Church was probably built in the 14th century. Erik the Red's relatives established the farmstead late in the 10th century. In 1408, a wedding at the site's church is the last documented event to occur during the Norse settlement of Greenland. We use our PolarCirkel boats to come ashore to give you the chance to explore the area for yourself.
Day 11 - Musk oxen and a Norse settlement, Ivittuut
The abandoned mining town of Ivittuut is a stronghold for musk oxen. The settlement was built on top of the so-called Norse Middle settlement. More than a thousand years ago, Vikings settled the area with about twenty farms. It is the smallest and least well known of the Norse settlements on Greenland, and no written records of its residents have been found. This is why archaeologists believe it was the last one established, and the first to be abandoned. We might meet some of the hunters who return to seek shelter in the old houses by the sea.
Day 12 - The capital of Greenland, Nuuk
Nuuk is the oldest town in Greenland and is situated at the mouth of one of the largest and most spectacular fjord systems in the world. Today this is where old and new traditions meet, from picturesque historic buildings in “Kolonihaven” to the centre for Greenland Home Rule. Being the capital, Nuuk also houses a university, a teachers’ training college, churches and the Greenland National Museum - home to the mummies from Qilakilsoq. City tours, hikes and possibly a scenic flight are amongst the optional excursions.
Day 13 - Cruising the fjord, Kapisillit
Kapisillit, which means Salmon in Greenlandic, is a small settlement of just under 100 people at the head of the Nuuk fjord. The real attraction today is the cruise journey along the fjord to reach and leave Kapisillit. In calm conditions, the reflections of the mountains in the still fjord waters are breath taking.
Day 14 - The Venice of Greenland, Maniitsoq
Since Maniitsoq is situated in an archipelago, intersected by small natural canals, the locals have dubbed the town the “Venice of Greenland”. Still, situated between the rugged peaks of the Eternity Fjord and huge glaciers, this is where all comparisons to Venice ends. The town name means “The uneven place” and refers to the many rocky knolls and small mountains shaping the structural layout of the town. Small roads and wooden stairs connect the colourful houses.
The exhibitions at Maniitsoq Museum provide a good introduction to local culture and history. The town also has a supermarket, Brugseni, and a few smaller convenience stores. But it is the surrounding landscape that impresses the most, and the area is perfect for kayaking. In the ocean waters nearby, humpback whales are particularly playful and love to show off with aerial acrobatics and tail whips. Enjoy a day exploring this tiny town set in majestic nature.
Day 15 - See the Ice Sheet up close, Kangerlussuaq
As we reach Kangerlussuaq, your expedition with MS Roald Amundsen has come to an end. After disembarkation you will join a final excursion towards the Greenland Ice Sheet. This vast icy wasteland stretches 1,500 miles north and reaches heights of up to 3,200 metres above sea level. The road to the edge of the Ice Sheet boasts beautiful natural scenery, ranging from Arctic desert and tundra with low growing shrubs, to hilly terrain offering breathtaking views over the landscape. Enjoy a BBQ meal in the evening before we transfer you to the airport for your late evening flight to Copenhagen.
Day 16 - The stylish capital of Denmark, Copenhagen
You arrive in the Danish capital early in the morning and may even have the time to explore "Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen" before you head home.
- 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.
There is a 17 day voyage on MS Fram, departing 11th July 2019 following a similar itinerary. Please ask us for details if you would prefer these days.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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/