Day 1: Reykjavik, IcelandIceland’s capital city, Reykjavik, is the starting point of the climate pilgrimage. Set sail for one of the most diverse and isolated islands on Earth, Jan Mayen.
Day 2: Isafjordur, IcelandThe capital of the Westfjords region of Iceland, with a population of about 4,100, Isafjordur is the largest town in the Westfjords. For centuries it was a major center of commerce and trading, all based on fish. Take a stroll around this cozy 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 SeaHeading north, cross the open sea following the currents commonly known as the Global Conveyor Belt which transport warmer waters towards the North Pole. As you follow the warmer waters of the equatorial Atlantic as they head north towards the cooler polar regions, you are party to a phenomenon that is of immense importance to global climate and worldwide changes in temperature. You have an opportunity to enjoy a series of lectures on a wide range of climatic and natural themes.
Day 4: Jan Mayen, NorwayThe closest land mass to Jan Mayen Island is Iceland, located some 372 miles to the southwest. Without doubt, Norway’s most secluded piece of real estate. Jan Mayen rarely sees visitors of any kind, making your visit a unique opportunity. The crew of the MS Fram and your resident expedition team will endeavor to do their utmost to facilitate a landing on this remote outpost. Admire Beerenberg volcano, the northernmost active volcano on Earth with its perfect cone shape and mighty summit.
Day 5: At SeaA day at sea affords an opportunity to reflect on yesterday’s incredible experiences and anticipate the highlights that await you in Svalbard. A series of lectures and discussions on seabirds and marine mammals will help to highlight the rich diversity of these waters. A chance to learn a little more about Svalbard itself will illustrate why the region has become such a strong global thermometer in the ongoing debate about climate change.
Day 6: Ny Ålesund, SvalbardSituated at 78º 55’ N, Ny Ålesund is one of the world’s most northerly permanently-occupied communities and an important field station for marine biologists, oceanographers and climatologists. Enjoy the small visitor’s center with a good muliti-media show, in addition to the northernmost post office in the world.
Days 7 - 8: North West Spitsbergen National Park, SvalbardDependent on ice conditions, attempt to cross the 80th parallel. In the beginning of last century, up until less than a couple of decades ago, a plan to get this far north would have been unconceivable at this time of the year. However, times have changed and ice conditions as well. Some of the larger species use these waters as hunting grounds, so keep your eyes open for walrus, whales and polar bears.
Day 9: Isfjorden, SvalbardIsfjorden is the largest fjord complex in Svalbard, almost slicing the island in half. Sailing into the fjord, you are presented with the spectacular site of towering cliffs that lie beneath a moving blanket of seabirds–like the Brunnich Guillemot and the Kittiwake.This afternoon there is a fitting finale for your incredible journey, a final expedition landing followed later by festivities and an outdoor BBQ on the deck.
Day 10: Longyearbyen, SvalbardThe voyage has come to an end. Head for home an ambassador for one of the last large European wildernesses with a wealth of new climate knowledge and appreciation for the pristine Arctic nature and vulnerable wildlife.
The above itinerary is a guide only, as the exact program depends on weather and ice conditions and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $100,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage forr trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
Cabin accommodations; coffee and tea; wind and water-resistant jacket; landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities onboard and ashore; professional English speaking Expedition team that give lectures as well as accompany landings and activities; Suite - M and Grand Suite - MG include select complimentary beverages for lunch and dinner: chill filtered water (still or sparkling) by the carafe, sodas, soft drinks, beer and a selection of wines by the glass - no spirits. Subject to change without notice.
International and local flights; travel insurance; luggage handling; passport and visa expenses; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks except those that are included in itinerary; optional excursions and gratuities; personal expenses; fuel surcharge may apply.