Day 1: Troms¸
Takeoff Point for ExplorersEmbarkationOur voyage begins in Troms¸. Spend some time exploring before embarking on MS Spitsbergen. Take the Fjellheisen Cable Car to the top of the Fl¸yfjellet and enjoy breathtaking views of the city and fjords. For inspiration, you should visit the Polar Museum to learn more about early exploration history.
Day 2: S¸r¸ya
Hike Near the Top of the WorldHalf dayS¸r¸ya the fourth-largest island in Norway has a great deal of wilderness and few inhabitants. We will step ashore to visit one of the roadless fishing settlements or if weather permits, do some hiking in this relatively easy terrain to get some fantastic views.
Day 3: Murmansk
Into RussiaHalf dayWelcome to Russia! Murmansk is a young city, founded in 1916 and is the largest city found north of the Arctic Circle. The origins of Murmansk lie in the need for a northern sea port and it is the marine industry that still dominates today. We will make a short stop here before we head north.
Day 4-5: At sea
Heading North!Our Expedition Team will prepare you for our landings ahead with a series of lectures and a chance to learn about the history and wildlife of Franz Josef Land. Keep a lookout for the first ice floes as we sail ever further north. Take the chance to enjoy the ship and relax in the Panorama Lounge.
Day 6-10: Franz Josef Land
The Barents SeaWillem Barents was an explorer searching for the Northeast Passage. For the next two days we will cross the sea named after him. As we sail over the sea, it is a chance to relax after all our activities, to enjoy the whirlpools on deck, take part in one of the talks from the Expedition Team and get to know your fellow explorers.
Day 11-12: At sea
History DayFull dayWe return to Murmansk to explore the city. Overlooking the port is a huge memorial to Russian soldiers. Beyond is the Saviour on the Waters church part of a memorial complex dedicated to the memory of Murmansk’s seamen. Just below is part of the ill-fated submarine Kursk.
Day 13: Murmansk
The Northernmost Point in EuropeHalf daySkarsv¥g claims to be the world’s northernmost fishing village. Join the optional excursion to the North Cape and feel what its like to stand at the end of the Earth. At the plateau, you can learn more about the North Cape and see a panoramic film that takes you through the four seasons in this breathtaking scenery.
Day 14: Skarsv¥g
End of the ExpeditionDocked – DisembarkationEvery great explorer’s voyage comes to an end. It may seem as if the time flew by all too quickly. We have travelled where few others go, to the very top of the globe, just a few hundred miles from the Geographical North Pole.
Day 15: Troms¸