Enjoy a variety of islands in the Arctic. Explore the largest of them all, Greenland, the small and isolated Jan Mayen, stunning Iceland and the Arctic crown of Norway, Spitsbergen.
Unique culture and breathtaking nature
This expedition starts in Greenland where the Arctic wilderness offers us some of the most spectacular and unspoilt scenery on earth. Join us as we sail under the midnight sun, through a landscape that is rich in culture and history, and features spectacular wildlife. Our Expedition Team includes locals, to give you an authentic experience of the true Greenland.
Discover the true meaning of isolation
Jan Mayen is the most isolated island in the Northern Hemisphere. This exotic outpost has no permanent settlers, except for the 18 people working at the Norwegian radio and meteorological station.
From lush nature to dramatic tundra
Reykjavik is ideal for recreational activities. The dramatic, rugged landscape features volcanic craters, caves, lava fields, geothermal waters and hot springs. A variety of restaurants, museums, churches, lighthouses and festivals add a surprisingly rich cultural offering. Iceland's unspoiled landscapes feature stunning waterfalls, green meadows, volcanic craters, caves, lava fields, geothermal waters and hot springs form a lush contrast to the stops to come. The dramatic tundra nature in Spitsbergen is no less impressive with the magnificent Isfjord, majestic mountains and impressive wilderness only inhabited by birds, seals, walrus and polar bears.
Optional tours and activities are available, please contact us for details.
This expedition starts with a flight from Copenhagen. Less than five hours later you reach the settlement of Kangerlussuaq in Greenland. This small airstrip is the main gateway to Greenland, and on arrival your transfer to MS Fram will be waiting for you.
Nuuk is the capital and the oldest town in Greenland. Today, old and new traditions meet here, from picturesque old buildings in "Kolonihaven" to the modern building of the Greenland Home Rule. The town is located on the tip of a large peninsula, at the mouth of one of the largest and most spectacular fjord systems in the world.
The abandoned mining town of Ivittuut is a stronghold for musk oxen. More than a thousand years ago, Vikings settled the area. Ivittuut was built on top of the so-called Norse Middle settlement. In summertime we might meet some of the hunters who return to inhabit the old houses by the sea.
A little over a thousand years ago (985 A.D.), a group of Norsemen left Iceland to settle in Greenland. Their leader Erik the Red named his chieftain’s seat Brattahlíð, meaning "steep hill" in Old Norse. Soon afterwards, the Norsemen established a flourishing community in the fjord. Farming is still the main occupation in Qassiarsuk and the sheep farmers in the area cultivate the same fields, and let their animals graze on the same hillsides. Enjoy a guided walk through the village and see the reconstructions of Erik the Red's farm and Tjodhilde's Church.
We will spend two days at sea, sailing around the southernmost point of Greenland called Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell) before travelling across the Denmark Strait on our way to 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 such a profound impression. The surroundings offer fantastic natural beauty with geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths.
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.
We will be sailing along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a tectonic plate that separates the Eurasian and North American continents. This mid-ocean ridge is a part of the longest underwater mountain range in the world.
Jan Mayen is the most isolated island in the Northern Hemisphere. It is home to the Beerenberg Volcano, the northernmost active volcano on earth. Tourists visiting and actually landing on the shores of Jan Mayen are extremely rare. We will do our best to make it possible to set foot on this exotic outpost. This will be an experience of a lifetime.
Enjoy a day with lectures from the Expedition Team as we sail towards Spitsbergen and Longyearbyen.
The Isfjord is the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard, and we will sail through it on our way to Longyearbyen. We will arrive at this unique and exotic settlement during the night.
As we have reached the end destination for this expedition, you will probably sense that time has passed faster than expected. Lingering is the subtle exhilaration of having spent time on top of the globe, just a few hundred miles from the Geographical North Pole. An early morning transfer takes you to the airport for your flight back to Oslo.
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Polar Inside, seperate beds, one bed can be turned in to a sofa, some with upper/lower berths
Sitting area, tv, mini-bar, double bed, shower/wc, some with upper/lower berths
Sitting area, tv, minibarm double bed, shower/ wc
Outside Suite, one or two rooms, seating area, tv & minibar
Vessel Type: Expedition
Passenger Capacity: 276
MS Fram is designed for sailing in polar waters, holds 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. The Norwegian word Fram means ‘forward’ – lifting expectations of the voyage at hand.
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 Antarctica or Greenland.