Welcome to true Arctic adventure. Island-hopping across the region, we sail above 80º N, to take you to the ice edge of the Arctic Ocean while circumnavigating Svalbard. Next, we head to the remote outpost of Jan Mayen before exploring the volcanic home of the sagas: Iceland. Enjoy excursions such as hiking, kayaking and traversing a glacier on this active and exciting voyage.
With more polar bears than people, Svalbard provides an excellent chance to see these magnificent predators.
This expedition is one of a kind, with a multitude of landing sites and exciting experiences in the Arctic. We aim to sail above 80º N, to take you to the ice edge of the Arctic Ocean. The adventure will include several excursions including hiking, kayaking and more on land and sea. There’s also a good chance that we’ll see a polar bear – after all, there are more polar bears than there are humans on Svalbard.
Highlights of the Arctic
Starting in Longyearbyen, we sail well above the 80th parallel and place you closer than 600 nautical miles from the Geographical North Pole. This is a great opportunity to explore the great national parks and some of the most spectacular highlights of the Arctic. One might expect it to be unbearably cold this far north. However, thanks to the Gulf Stream, the Svalbard archipelago boasts a surprisingly mild climate in summer. Among a large variety of plants and wildlife are seals, thousands of seabirds, the Arctic fox and reindeer and the top predator: the polar bear.
Deep fjords, mighty glaciers and pure wilderness
In the summer, beautiful colours and contrasts provide the frames for dramatic glaciers, majestic mountain formations, deep fjords, buzzing bird cliffs and endless arctic tundra with its diverse flora and fauna. The midnight sun makes it possible to fill your days and nights with unforgettable memories on Spitsbergen, the biggest island in Svalbard.
Island hopping across the Arctic Ocean
We head across the Arctic Ocean towards Jan Mayen island. The cone of Beerenburg volcanic peak rises more than 2,000 metres over the tiny Norwegian station of Olonkinbyen. Coming ashore on this rugged island can be difficult, but if conditions allow, we will attempt a landing.
Following the mid-Atlantic ridge, we encounter Iceland, a land of volcanoes, sagas and according to some, elves. Sail by the Hornbjarg Cliffs, or enjoy walk in a lava field before visiting the cosmopolitan capital city Reykjavik.
Passenger Capacity: 276
MS Fram is designed for sailing in polar waters, holds the highest safety standards and is the perfect size for optimum nautical manoeuverability and guests' comfort. With space for only 276 guests, you are sure to get to know many of your fellow travellers. You will share stunning sights and memories of a lifetime long after returning home. The Norwegian word Fram means ‘forward’ – lifting expectations of the voyage at hand.
MS Fram was built in 2007 with one mission in mind - to bring her guests closer to nature, wildlife and unforgettable experiences. As well as offering numerous lounges in which to relax, our more active guests can use our well-equipped gym. Meanwhile, on deck, our Jacuzzis guarantee you surreal memories when passing the towering icebergs of Antarctica or Greenland.