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Iceland, Greenland and Norway Cruise

(Tour code: INO17)Experience a true Arctic summer

From the Land of Ice and Fire and the calm waters of Norway's fjords, to the seldom seen islands that litter the Arctic sea, discover a side of Scandinavia you never even knew existed. Experience a true Arctic summer as you cruise through truly unbelievable scenery.

Tour Highlights
  • Reykjavik including a guided tour
  • The Blue Lagoon
  • Iceland’s Golden Circle
  • Remote Greenland
  • The Scoresbysund fjord system
  • The Lofoten Islands
  • Bergen including a city tour
  • The Flåm and Bergen Railways
  • Naeroyfjord, Jan Mayen and Oslo
What’s Included (Full details)
  • 5 Nights' Hotel Accommodation
  • Return Scheduled Flights
  • 14-night Hurtigruten cruise

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Departure Times

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Reykjavic
Day 1

London to Reykjavik

Our journey into some of the most astonishing landscapes on earth begins with a flight from London to Iceland's capital city, Reykjavik. Encircled by a spectacular region of lava fields, geysers and geothermal springs, we make our way to the now world-famous Blue Lagoon. This natural spa is supplied by waters that lie 2,000 metres below the earth's surface, keeping it a temperate 37-40 degrees all year round. Enjoy time to relax in the mineral-rich lagoon before we transfer by coach to the heart of Reykjavik, taking a tour that immerses us in both the quaint village feel, evident in the lovingly preserved Old Town, as well as the bustling modern city found in the centre.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Gullfoss
Day 2

The Golden Circle of Iceland

Today we embark on an exploration of some more of Iceland's natural wonders that collectively make up what's known as the Golden Circle of Iceland. This full-day excursion takes us to the highland plateau of Hellisheiði as well as Haukadalur, home to Great Geysir and Strokkur, which regularly erupts hydrothermally heated water up to 25 metres in the air. We continue to Gullfoss Waterfall, or the 'Golden Falls', which tumble majestically into the bubbling cauldron below. Our final stop is the UNESCO-protected Thingvellir National Park, site of Iceland's first parliament formed around 930AD. On our return to Reykjavik this evening we board our Hurtigruten ship, the MS Fram to begin our 14-night cruise.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Ísafjörður
Days 3-5

Ísafjörður & on to Greenland

We reach Ísafjörður this morning. Set away from the rest of the country on the fjord of the same name, the town is the largest in this wild region and retains much of the same feel as it did in its 18th century heyday as a bustling trading port. On Day 4 we continue to Ittoqqortoormiit, or 'Scoresbysund', one of the most isolated areas of Greenland. With a population of just 560 residents they are almost entirely self-sufficient hunters and trappers; the key to survival here for decades. Exploring the town we're transported into their way of life as we see the everyday tools they use to catch and prepare their own food. On Day 5 we continue out into the Scoresbysund fjord system, the largest of its kind in the world. Little explored over the last 200 years, this is a real expedition into the unknown and we'll try and land in many areas usually inaccessible to visitors, such as Syd Kap and Bjørne Øer which both still display remnants of ancient Thule settlements.

Includes:
  • Days 3-5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Scoresbysund
Days 6-9

The wildlife & scenery of Scoresbysund

Heading further into the main trunk of this tree-like warren of inlets, be on the look out for some of the unique animals who thrive in this habitat. Musk oxen as well as Arctic hares and foxes can often be spotted in the valleys, framed between the soaring mountains. And the iceberg strewn waters play host to seals and birds of prey such as the Greenland falcon. This part of the world is also the land of the polar bear, so if the MS Fram happens to glide past any large areas of sea ice, this is the time to keep watch in the hope of a rare chance to see such creatures in their natural environment.

Includes:
  • Days 6-9 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Jan Mayen
Days 10-11

Jan Mayen & at sea

After sailing out into the waters of Greenland, a marginal sea of the North Atlantic, we arrive at the Volcanic island of Jan Mayen, a detached Norwegian outpost situated in the Arctic Ocean. In-between Greenland and Norway, it is one of the most secluded spots on the planet, and as our ship attempts to make land it's easy to understand that we couldn't be venturing further off the beaten path. Once the base for 16th century Dutch whalers, these days just the Beerenberg volcano and a few hardy meteorological scientists can be found here amongst the tectonic terrain. Day 11 is spent at sea, giving you the opportunity to relax or attend one of the fascinating on board lectures.

Includes:
  • Days 10-11 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lofoten Islands
Days 12-13

Trollfjord, the Lofoten Islands & Torghatten

As we approach the Norwegian Mainland, we cruise through the narrow Raftsund strait, towering peaks looming over us on either side as we pass. We emerge into Trollfjord, an enclave of water just 300ft wide in places. Navigating this spectacular passageway brings us to the Lofoten archipelago. Described as Europe's most dramatic and spectacular islands, the Lofoten Islands are tethered to mainland Norway by a series of bridges and tunnels. The picturesque houses here are built on timber piles with seawater under the floorboards and imposing cliffs rising 3,000ft into the air. Making our way along the Helgeland coast on Day 13 we have front row seats for the moment we pass by Torghatten, a mountain that seems to grow straight out of the sea with a perfect hole through the middle of it. Local legend tells of the troll King that created it as he tried to save Lekamøya from her pursuer.

Includes:
  • Days 12-13 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bergen
Days 14-16

Frøya, Åndalsnes & arrival in Bergen

We moor in Frøya today, the hub of the surrounding island fishing communities and enjoy time to soak up the atmospheric setting. Day 15 brings us to Åndalsnes, where two popular attractions are the serpentine Trollstigen Mountain Road and the Vermafossen Waterfall in the Romsdalen Valley. Our cruise comes to an end on Day 16 as we dock in Bergen, transferring to our hotel for two nights, the Radisson Blu Royal.

Includes:
  • Days 14-15 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 16 - Breakfast, Dinner
Bergen
Day 17

Discovering Bergen

Today we enjoy a guided walking tour of Bergen, visiting the delightful Bryggen waterfront, the city's old Hanseatic trading wharf and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This historic quarter, with its charming timber houses, is the oldest part of Bergen - with some buildings dating back to the 15th century. Your afternoon is then free to continue exploring.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Flam
Day 18

Bergen to Flåm

We embark on a full-day excursion that encapsulates Norway in a nutshell today, taking to the water for a spellbinding cruise along Norway's tranquil Naeroyfjord to Flåm.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Oslo
Days 19-20

Oslo and return to London

Today we travel take a journey on the Bergen Railway to Voss, one of the most scenic routes in the world. Later we continue to Oslo on the Flåm Railway, before spending a night at the Thon Opera Hotel before a morning at leisure and our flight back to London on Day 20.

Includes:
  • Day 19 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 20 - Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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