Ultimate Arctic Fjords
Ultimate Arctic Fjords 15 Days aboard MS Fram
On this amazing expedition you will explore the biggest fjord system in the world, encountering spectacular scenery, a huge array of wildlife and rarely explored territories. Starting in Reykjavik, we cross the ocean to visit the most isolated and remote town on Greenland - Ittoqqortoormiit. For up to nine months of the year, the town is cut off from the outside world, as ice freezes the ocean. Neighbouring the town is the world’s largest national park, a vast wilderness featuring 11 000 miles of rugged coastline. Spend the next 8 days cruising this vast wilderness and witnessing birds, musk oxen, reindeer, walrus and maybe even a polar bear, before crossing the Arctic Ocean to Jan Mayen and the Norwegian Fjords.
- Visit Iceland, Greenland and Norway on the same expedition
- Explore the biggest fjord system in the world
- Discover the most isolated town in Greenland
- Enjoy exciting excursions, activities and landings throughout your expedition
- See a wide array of native wildlife including birds, musk oxen, reindeer, walrus and maybe even a polar bear
- Expedition Voyage in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
- Wind and water-resistant jacket
- Landings and activities on board and ashore (Note: optional activities can be pre-booked and paid for)
- Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
- Free tea and coffee
ITINERARY14 Nights 15 Days
- 1 | Reykjavik, Iceland
- 2 | Ísafjörður
- 3 | Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresbysund), Greenland
- 4 - 5 | Exploring the Scoresbysund fjord system
- 6 - 8 | Exploring the Scoresbysund fjord system
- 9 | Jan Mayen
- 10 | At Sea
- 11 | Raftsundet, Trollfjord and the Lofoten Islands
- 12 | Torghatten
- 13 | Sistranda and Frøya
- 14 | Åndalsnes
- 15 | Bergen
Iceland's capital Reykjavik is home to an impressive collection of interesting attractions and places of historic significance, from landmarks such as Hallgrímskirkja and the Pearl to the natural wonders in close proximity to the city, which include glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and mountains. Enjoy discovering Reykjavik on your own before you embark on MS Fram in the afternoon.
Ísafjörður was an ancient church site before becoming a trading port in the 16th century. Today, it boasts charming streets of old timber houses, many of which have stayed unchanged since the 18th century when the harbour was full of ships and Norwegian whaling crews. Explore the city on your own or join the expedition team on optional activities including hikes, horse riding or sampling the local cuisine.
Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresbysund), Greenland
Ittoqqortoormiit or Scoresbysund is the most isolated town in Greenland. With only 560 residents, the trappers living here are the only people allowed to hunt within the North East Greenland National Park – as you explore the town, you'll notice racks used by local trappers to dry the skins of the animals they have hunted. The town is right next to the world's largest and deepest multi-branched fjord system. A special basalt rock formation with horizontal lines runs through the cliffs, marking the transition to the even more desolate area of North-eastern Greenland.
Exploring the Scoresbysund fjord system
Day 4 sees us sailing into the world's largest fjord system. You will notice the change in climate as we leave the warmer waters of the Gulf Stream and enter the cold water current that follows the coast of East Greenland. Some of the places we visit on this expedition have not been visited by other humans for the last 200 years, if at all!
As we explore the Scoresbysund fjord system, we will attempt to land in several places. These landings are performed as pure wilderness expeditions. When we visit the former trading post Syd Kap, you will see old blubber ovens and the remains of Thule dwellings. In Bjørne Øer, you can see the even bigger remains of an old Thule settlement. The hunters' cabin in Hecla Havn is a great place to spot birds and smaller mammals, including Arctic hare, lemming and ptarmigans. At Viking Bay, you can study the Colombia basalt rock formations or visit a large glacier. Qupaulakajik is significant for its abundance of plant fossils – it is possible to find fossils that are over 200 million years old here.
Exploring the Scoresbysund fjord system
The mountains in this area are almost alpine in nature, rising right out of the largest fjord systems on earth to an altitude of more than 2 500 metres above sea level. The waters are scattered with large icebergs and the valleys are inhabited by musk oxen.
As we continue to explore this fjord, watch out for other wildlife such as the all-white Arctic hare, the Arctic fox or the very rare Arctic wolf. Turn your eyes to the sky to spot the white Greenland falcon, ptarmigan, snowy owl and a variety of sea birds.
Sailing in this fjord is an experience of a lifetime – it's like a maze surrounded by spectacular snow-capped peaks. Remember to watch out for polar bears wherever you see ice.
The Norwegian island of Jan Mayen is one of the most isolated in the world. Located where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, the island is home to Beerenberg, the northernmost active volcano on earth. Dutch whalers operated from Jan Mayen in the 16th century, but today only a Norwegian weather station accommodates a few brave individuals throughout the year. Visits to Jan Mayen are extremely rare, especially from tourists. As one of the few vessels operating in this area, MS Fram and her crew will attempt to make a landing on this most exotic Arctic island.
Spending a day at sea is great for relaxing, sorting photos and enjoying lectures.
Raftsundet, Trollfjord and the Lofoten Islands
As we reach the Norwegian mainland, we sail through the narrow Raftsund before navigating into the narrower Trollfjord where the vertical mountain walls rise right out of the sea. Then, we spend the day in Lofoten, giving you chance to explore this spectacular area, known for its excellent fishing, extreme nature and picturesque fishing villages.
Torghatten is one of the famous landmarks along the Helgeland coast, and from deck you have orchestra seats to this mountain with a hole in the middle.
Sistranda and Frøya
The island of Frøya is located off the coast of Trøndelag, and is surrounded by more than 5 400 islets and reefs, making up an amazing archipelago. The landscape of Frøya is hilly, and the island has the charming village of Sistranda as its administrative centre.
We will spend a day in Åndalsnes, a popular destination due to its location at the foot of some spectacular mountains. The Trollstigen mountain road and Vermafossen waterfall are both popular attractions here.
Our expedition ends in Bergen. Take the opportunity to spend some time strolling through the streets and enjoy sites such as Bergen’s colourful UNESCO-listed Bryggen district before you fly home.
What Our Customers
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We have just returned from our Spitsbergen trip with Wildfoot and had to tell you what an amazing time we had! We saw 6 polar bears including a mother with 2 cubs as well as whales, walruses and lots of birds. The ship (Expedition) was really comfortable and the guides were so helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for making it all so easy.
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We had always wanted to see the Arctic and travelling all the way from Australia needed lots of information. After getting nowhere, we came across Wildfoot and found people who knew what they were talking about! Sara and John were so helpful and made the process easy, suggesting Iceland Greenland and Spitsbergen. This was perfect for us – amazing scenery and lots of wildlife, especially the polar bears in Spitsbergen. Thanks for everything. Ps, the ship was great too!
Just wanted to say thank you for suggesting a trip to Franz Josef Land as something different for the Arctic. We had a super trip and really enjoyed the Sea Spirit. Galapagos next!
Standing on the North Pole has been an ambition of mine since childhood and now I have done it! Thank you for making the process so easy - seeing polar bears and whales too was a real bonus.
The Sea Spirit expedition was excellent and the team organising it all were extremely good. 10 out of 10. Everything went very smoothly. The Iceland extension worked perfectly, all the organisation, connections etc. were excellent
The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
Thanks so much for enabling me to get to places I had always wanted to see from a very young age. “Ace” as my boys used to say!
Just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you very much for all your help in arranging our recent trip to Svalbard. Everything ran smoothly and the trip was a great success. Unfortunately I had to flew back a few days early and missed out on Isfjord Radio, which the rest of the team said was a brilliant place with amazing food, still the Basecamp Hotel and Nordenskiold Lodge were pretty amazing places, so I’m not complaining!
Writing back to tell you that the trip to the Arctic was all that it promised and more. It was a great wild-life sightseeing opportunity and the staff were really good.I had an excellent trip and have thousands of photos to go through.
I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful cruise in the Russian Far East. The landscape and destination were inspiring, we had some excellent wildlife sightings (sea otter, grey whale, Steller's sea eagle, snowy owl and Arctic fox were all firsts for me), and the Heritage team were superb. Rough seas forced a few changes to the itinerary but we also had some fabulous weather. All in all, a thrilling travel experience.Thanks once again for all your efforts
I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.
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