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Daily Overview

Day Destination Activities
1 Bergen EMBARKATION

Cruise the same route as the Vikings

2 Væerlandet

Bulandet

Explore Norway’s westernmost archipelago

See the area’s most fascinating sites

3 Lerwick Discover Lerwick’s most attractive scenery

See Europe’s best-preserved broch

4 Kirkwall Visit the famous St. Magnus Cathedral
5 Tórshavn See the smallest capital city in the world
6 Eiði Hear tales of the Vikings

Set off on an optional hike in the area

7 Mykines Hike to see the island’s puffin colonies
8 At Sea Relax during a day spent at sea

Lectures offered on board

9 Surtsey

Heimaey

Visit Surtsey, a volcanic island

Discover the colourful fishing port of Heimaey

10 Reykjavik DISEMBARKATION

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1 / BERGEN / EMBARKATION 

Your journey starts in Bergen, a town founded in 1070 by Viking King Olav Kyrre. He called the city Bjørgvin, meaning the “meadow between the mountains.” Departing from Bergen, you’ll follow the same route that the Vikings once sailed when they went to explore or plunder.

 

DAY 2 / VÆRLANDET / BULANDET 

Located northwest of Bergen, Værlandet/Bulandet and Atløy/Nærvik form the westernmost archipelago of Norway. Enjoy visits to the most fascinating sites in this area.

 

DAY 3 / LERWICK 

Lerwick is the main port in the Shetland Islands. In and around the town, you will find some of Shetland’s most attractive scenery and an extraordinary concentration of archaeological sites, including two remarkable Iron Age villages and Europe’s best-preserved broch, a drystone dwelling dating from this period.

 

DAY 4 / KIRKWALL 

The capital of the Orkneys, Kirkwall, is the largest town in the Islands, and is dominated by the famous St. Magnus Cathedral. The settlement was first referenced in a saga dating back to 1046, and the name Kirkwall derives from the Norse kirkjuvagr, meaning “church bay.”

 

DAY 5 / TÓRSHAVN 

The Faroe Islands are a group of islands in the middle of the North Atlantic. The capital city, Tórshavn, is one of the smallest in the world, with only 15,000 inhabitants. The city was founded in the 10th century and might very well be the oldest capital in northern Europe. The Vikings established their parliament here on the Tinganes Peninsula in 850 AD, and Tórshavn has remained the capital of the Faroe Islands ever since.

 

DAY 6 / EIDI 

During the 9th century A.D., the Vikings settled in Eiði. A visit here will provide a chance to hear exciting Viking stories and discover more about Viking history. It is also a great place to enjoy a hike led by our Expedition Team.

 

DAY 7 / MYKINES 

A thousand years ago, the Vikings who lived in Mykines would climb over the ridge to visit their neighbouring community for special occasions such as christenings, weddings and funerals. This was hiking the way it used to be—no trampled path, no paving stones and no handrail. If you enjoy hiking, join us for a landing here and take the opportunity to see the island’s puffin colonies.

 

DAY 8 / AT SEA 

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea. Take in the views from on deck or participate in our lectures as we sail towards Iceland.

 

DAY 9 / SURTSEY / HEIMAEY 

The Vestmannaeyjarm or Westman Islands are a group of fifteen spectacular islands and about 30 rock pillars, located off Iceland’s south coast. The islands are named after the Gaelic slaves who were captured by Norsemen. The Old Norse word vestmenn literally means “men from the west.” Even though we now know that there are countries further west than Iceland, the name has stuck. Visit Surtsey, one of the volcanic islands here, as well as the fishing port of Heimaey.

 

DAY 10 / REYKJAVIK / DISEMBARKATION 

Reykjavik was the first Viking settlement in Iceland. Today, Iceland’s capital offers a lot to entice the curiosity of its visitors. Within the city itself, you’ll find a vast selection of restaurants, museums and shops. And relatively close to Reykjavik, you’ll find glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and mountains. Arrive in the city early in the morning, and prepare for your onward journey.

Dates & Prices

Itinerary Code (Name of Itinerary) Itinerary Start Date  Route Duration (Nights) Ship Name Fare Range Category Price PP
Polar Inside Polar Outside Arctic Superior Expedition Suite
B I K J / AJ A / N O P U QJ Q MG MX
ENAR-03
(Wake of the Vikings)
5/12/2017 Bergen/Reykjavik 9 MS Spitsbergen Min $5,620 $5,890 $6,170 $6,460 $7,160 $7,380 $7,680 $8,050 $9,260 $9,650 $10,130 $12,740
Max $7,490 $7,850 $8,230 $8,610 $9,540 $9,850 $10,240 $10,740 $12,350 $12,860 $13,500 $16,980

Prices are per person based on double occupancy.

ENAR-03 Port Charges: N/A

ENAR-03 Single Supplement:

  • Polar Inside: 50%
  • Polar Outside: 75%
  • Arctic Superior: 75%
  • Expedition Suite: 100%

Terms and Conditions 

Inclusions

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
  • Complimentary tea and coffee

Ship Details

MS Spitsbergen

BuiltLengthDecksCabinsPassengersCabin Size
2009; Refurbished in 2015/1697.8m61003359 - 33m²More Details

Travel Tips

The Arctic

Travel Documents / Visas

1. Passport

Canadian citizens must have a valid passport for entry to any of our Arctic destinations.

Our cruise partners require that your passport be valid for 6 months after the end date of your trip.

Citizens of other countries should consult with their travel agent or our office.

2. Visa

No visa is required for citizens of Canada to enter any of our Arctic destinations.

Packing List

A handy checklist of what to bring on your trip can be downloaded here.

Insurance

You MUST have travel insurance to participate in any Arctic program. Options on coverage are available from your travel agent or here.

Smoking

Not permitted anywhere indoors. There are designated areas on the outside decks.

Weather

The weather in the Arctic regions of the North Atlantic can vary greatly depending on fronts that can move fairly rapidly in conjunction with ocean currents. We advise to be on the safe and bring adequate warm cloting.

Summer days often do not exceed 10C, although it is possible for temperatures to reach into the high teens under the strong sun in protected areas like Greenlandic fjords.

It is typically quite dry in the summer months but can be very windy, particularly when crossing open stretches of sea. The wind combined with the cool temperatures could make it feel colder than it actually is. As is so often suggested, dressing in layers is the best way to stay warm and yet account for the changing temperatures.

Arrival / Departure

Upon booking, we will provide detail instructions on where to check-in for your Arctic expedition depending upon your embarkation point.  We strongly suggest arriving at least one day prior to avoid any chance of missing the sailing since there is no easy way to join the ship after it has departed.

On your return, if you are flying back home the same day as the ship arrives (assuming you are not on a program where the charter flight is part of the program), we strongly recommend that you stay over at least one night were possible. Although very rare, weather conditions could delay the exact return time and we cannot assume any responsibility for missed flights due to any delays.

Money

The currency of Norway is the Norwegian Kronor (NOK).

The currency of Greenland is the Danish Krone (DKK).

The currency of Iceland is the Icelandic Krona (ISK).

Onboard, you will be issued a cruise card which you can use to charge all purchases during your voyage. You must provide a Visa, American Express, Diners or MasterCard that is valid for at least 3 months after your trip date.

The final bill will be charged to your account in Norwegian Kronor (NOK).

ATM’s accepting most international debit and credit cards can be found in abundance in Norway and Iceland. However, after you leave these cities for the trip, it is extremely unlikely you will see another ATM until your voyage ends. We regret, there is no currency exchange facility onboard the ship.

For small purchases in Iceland and Greenland, you should have some of the local currency as USD may not be accepted.

Gratuities (Tipping)

Gratuities suggested by the cruise line are:

USD 12.00 per guest per day to be divided amongst the entire crew.

Laundry

Laundry service is available for a small fee. Regrettably, dry cleaning is not available.

Excursions

All regular shore landings as noted in the itinerary are included in your voyage. Some additional excursions may be available on board at an extra cost. Please check with us or consult the purser onboard for additional information.

Many shore landings will start a zodiac boat ride to shore where you will land and be assisted onto shore via some portable steps. The ground is sometimes covered with small rocks / gravel.

Activity Level / Strenuousness

Light to Moderate – Participation in the shore landings requires the ability to board (with assistance) a zodiac boat from the main ship and on to shore. There are generally no long distances to walk on the Arctic programs.

Food

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included in your cruise fare.

Should you have the opportunity to sample Greenlandic fare, you should jump at the chance. Much of the food here comes either from the sea like the infamous Greenlandic halibut, but also truly ‘free range’ meat from animals like the reindeer, muskox, and local lamb.

When in Iceland, you’ll find that the food is somewhat more “Europeanized”. However, local dishes such as “Hangikjöt” (smoked lamb) or “Skyr” (kind of like yoghurt but not), are well worth trying. If you are really brave, look for “Svið” which is boiled sheep’s head. They say it’s delicious.

Language

In all the stops along the way, you will find that the local people speak at least some, if not fluent, English. You may find run into a real native Greenlander who doesn’t understand you, but then you’d be lucky.

Medical Facilities

There is an English-speaking physician and nurse on board at all times. The ship has a small medical facility with the necessary equipment and drugs to handle small emergencies. In the event of a serious emergency, the nearest hospital will be contacted. Medical consultations as well as medicines will be charged to the passenger affected. If you depend on medication, remember to bring sufficient supplies 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 upon arrival.  Illness on board can lead to quarantine and orders from the ship’s physician and captain, must be followed.

Phone & Internet

There is a phone in each cabin. Call rates are very high as a satellite connection is the only one possible.

Wi-Fi is available in certain areas of the ship at a modest charge. As it is a satellite connection, internet speed will be very slow and we suggest it be used for urgent matters only.

Health / Vaccinations

There are no vaccinations required to travel to Arctic destinations. However, we suggest you consult your physician with any specific personal requirements for this program.

You must also have travel insurance to participate on this voyage.

Safety & Security

Our ships are equipped with the latest in emergency communication, life boats and other equipment to deal with any kind of problematic event. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office for more details.

The destinations involved do not currently have any security threats.

Suggested Reading

This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland

Arctic: A Guide to Coastal Wildlife

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga

Baffin Island: Field Research and High Arctic