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SCANDINAVIA: ARCTIC CLIMATE VOYAGE

Places Covered:Reykjavik, Iceland,Ísafjörður, Iceland
Duration:8 Nights/ 9 days
Tour Cost:€2,264

The Arctic Climate Voyage sets out from Reykjavik in Iceland to Svalbard to cross the Arctic Ocean and encounter a variety of large bodied marine mammals. On our voyage between Iceland and Spitsbergen we will visit one of the most isolated islands in the world - Jan Mayen.

There will be many lectures from our Expedition Team about climate change during this expedition, in addition we will hold an on board auction where the proceeds will be given to relevant climate charities.

Departure Date:

  • 14 July 2015
  • 13 July 2016

From €2,264 per person

Itinerary

Day 1

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik is the starting point of the Arctic Climate Voyage. It was here the first references to Svalbard, the archipelago of which Spitsbergen is the largest island, were found. In the Icelandic Annals from 1194 the sentence ‘Svalbard fundinn’ is written. According to the story the Vikings sailed four days and three nights northbound and hit something with a “cold edge” (meaning of Svalbard).

This route for this particular voyage is a repetition of what the Vikings pioneered more than 800 years ago.

Day 2

Ísafjörður, Iceland

The capital of the Westfjords (Vestfirðir) region of Iceland and with a population of about 4,100 Ísafjörður is the largest town in the Westfjords. The town has a long history and for centuries it was a major centre of commerce and trading, all based on fish. Take a stroll around this cosy town and enjoy its diverse architecture.
You'll find the country's oldest dwelling here, along with other fine examples of timber houses built by wealthy foreign traders in the 18th century. Isafjordur offers a wide range of optional excursions of various levels of difficulty.

Day 3

At Sea, lectures and observation of wildlife

The northbound heading takes us across the open ocean. MS Fram is now heading in the same direction as the phenomenon known as ‘the global ocean conveyor belt’. This belt is a constantly moving system of deep-ocean circulation driven by temperature and salinity. The phenomenon is immensely important for the global climate and how temperatures are distributed on the globe.

Day 4

Jan Mayen, Norway

Jan Mayen is a part of the North Atlantic ridge that separates the North American- and the Eurasian Continental Plate. It is also one of the most isolated islands in the world.
The volcano, Beerenberg, is the northernmost active volcano on earth, and had its last eruption in 1985. It is also one of the highest mountains in Norway with a perfectly coned shape and a summit at 2277 meters above sea level. In the 16th century Ducth whalers operated out of Jan Mayen. Today a Norwegian weather station holds a few souls all year round having mail dropped from a plane occasionally.

We will do our best to make an extremely rare visit to this island.

Day 5

At Sea, lectures and observation of seabirds and sea mammals

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 6

Ny-Ålesund, Spitsbergen, Svalbard

Coal mining was the origin for settlement in Ny Ålesund, but mining was put to an end after a serious accident in 1962, leaving behind numerous cultural remains of technical and industrial importance. Ny Ålesund has also been the starting point of several historical attempts to reach the North Pole. Names like Amundsen, Ellsworth and Nobile are strongly linked to the place.
Today, Ny Ålesund is one of the world’s northernmost year-round communities and an extremely important campus for scientists from leading institutes such as Alfred Wegener Institute and Norwegian Polar Institute. In 2005, a state of the art marine laboratory was opened to facilitate for the fieldwork of marine biologists and oceanographers – this is the most sophisticated marine laboratory in the world at this latitude.

Day 7 – 8

North West Spitsbergen National Park, Spitsbergen, Svalbard

Dependent on ice conditions we will attempt to cross the 80th parallel. In the beginning of last century, up until less than a couple of decades ago, reaching this far north would've been unthinkable at this time of the year. However, ice conditions have changed with the passing of time to make this a possibility.

Today we will find ourselves in an area close to the marginal ice-zone, an area known for relatively large yearly variations. This is the edge of the frozen Arctic Ocean, the place the original Fram that Fritjof Nansen had purposely built with an egg-shaped hull to prevent being torn apart by the enormous power of shifting ice.

Our Fram, the modern expedition vessel used for the Arctic Climate Voyage runs no larger risk taking us into this fairyland of ice flows and leads. Here we'll observe the habitat where cornerstone biological production takes place in this region of the world. Only up until a few years ago, science underestimated the importance of algae growth underneath first year sea ice, propelled into production by rays of the 24hrs sunlight shining through the snow and ice.

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 bears.

Day 9

Isfjorden, Spitsbergen, Svalbard

Today we are visiting the “capital” of Svalbard, Longyearbyen. This Norwegian town of about 2000 inhabitants is very much an Arctic outpost, but with modern amenities such as a hospital, school, university and power plant.
In Longyearbyen the University Centre is very much focused on natural sciences and one of the prestige projects of this institution is to find a viable method of storing CO2 in geologic layer underneath the permanently frozen ground – the vision is to make Longyearbyen climate neutral.

Our Climate Voyage has come to an end. Early morning transfer from the pier of MS Fram to Longyearbyen airport and charter flight back to Oslo.

2015 Pricing

DATES

CABIN TYPES

 

Inside

Outside

14 July 2015

Twin From

3189

3453

Single From

5580

6043

2016 Pricing

DATES

CABIN TYPES

 

Inside

Outside

13 July 2016

Twin From

2264

2464

Single From

3764

4115

There are a number of cabin grades, the above prices indicate the lead in price and are subject to availability.

Included in price:

  • Expedition Voyage in cabin grade of your choice.
  • Full board and free tea and coffee.
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats.
  • Activities on board and ashore.
  • Lectures and landings with Expedition Team.

Price does not include:

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions and gratuities

Please note:
Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Prices may change at any time before departure date. The applicable price will be quoted at the time of booking. Prices are in Euro per person.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Areas we explore:       Iceland, Jan Mayen and Spitsbergen
Vessel:                         MS Fram
Sailing Distance:         Approx. 1600 nautical miles (2950 kilometers)
Some activities and excursion trips will only be sold on board. There is a rental of rubber boots available on board. We recommend purchasing travel and cancellation insurance.

As much as we strive to be punctual in order to reach flights and agreements to visit eg. Scientific stations we are “polar opportunists” – this means having an open mind to changes if opportunities arise or weather dictates. Our explorer cruises have a wide range of landing options. Every voyage is unique.

What to bring:

  • Wind and water resistant trousers
  • Shoes with a good grip sole
  • Warm cap or headband
  • Scarf
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Thermal underwear
  • Warm sweaters/jacket
  • Warm socks
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunscreen/sunglasses
  • Small backpack

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