MS Fridtjof Nansen sails into the Hurtigruten fleet in 2020. Named after the Norwegian explorer, scientist, humanitarian, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Fridtjof Nansen; this advanced-level expedition ship will feature a revolutionary battery hybrid-powered propulsion system and be a near identical twin to her sister ship MS Roald Amundsen. Preparing to hit the waters with a maximum of 530 passengers on board; you'll quickly feel comfortable and rested with the low-key and friendly onboard lifestyle and crew and the casual dress code. All cabins are outside, 50% will have private balconies, and the aft suites will feature private outdoor hot tubs with spectacular views. Experience authentic Norwegian cuisine mixed with international and locally-inspired flavours in the three dining venues and socialise with your fellow guests in the lounge and bar.
Take a seat, enjoy first-class service, and indulge in a varied menu of starters, main courses, and desserts at either Aune Maine Dining, Fredheim, or the speciality Lindstrom eateries. The onboard combines locally-inspired Norwegian and Nordic flavours with a touch of international delicacies.
Explorer Lounge & Bar on Deck Ten is the social spot on the ship. Ease into your day as you enjoy your morning coffee and the idyllic views through the windows. Sip a relaxing glass of wine after lunch, before mingling with your fellow guests to discuss your travels in the evening over a drink or two.
The entertainment on board MS Fridtjof Nansen is very chilled and laid-back. Visit Nansen Science Centre where the Expedition Team and crew host a range of talks and edutainment to help you gain a deeper understanding of the areas your ship explores. There is also the Young Explorers' Programme to keep younger guests engaged and active during the voyage. Admire the unfolding views from the outdoor explorer deck, work out in the outdoor gym, or jog a few laps around the running track. Revel in some deserved pamper time in the wellness area, take a dip in the hot tub or infinity pool, or check out the commemorative souvenirs in the shop. After dinner, enjoy some relaxing music in Explorer Lounge & Bar for a more understated kind of evening.
Day 1: Fly from the UK to Reykjavik, Iceland
Start your exciting cruise holiday with a flight from your chosen UK airport to reach Reykjavik; known as the world's most northernmost capital city. Settlers named this place Reykjavik, which means 'Smoky Bay', after the columns of steam that rose from the area's hot springs. Discover the fantastic natural beauty of geysers, mountains, glaciers, and geothermal baths before you embark MS Fridtjof Nansen later. Settle in to your comfortable guest stateroom, unpack your luggage, and get comfortable in your well-equipped surroundings.
Days 2-3: At sea - Crossing the Denmark Strait
You will leave Iceland behind and continue to sail across the Irminger Sea for the next two days. Once used by the Vikings to migrate from Iceland to Greenland 1,000 years ago, this crossing is one not to be missed. Take time to enjoy introductory lectures all about local history and biology. The chance to really get to know your innovative expedition can also be had in this time.
Day 4: Qaqortoq - `Kalaallit Nunaat´ – Land of the People
Qaqortoq is next on your itinerary for today. It is considered by many as one of the most beautiful towns of Greenland all because of its colourful houses and charming setting. It is the biggest town in South Greenland with around 3,000 inhabitants and has been proven easy to explore on foot. Alternatively you can join one of the exciting excursions for even more of an insight into local culture.
Day 5: Kvanefjord area
Next, uncover the spectacular region of Kvanefjord near Paamiut when you sail deep into the fjord on this fun-filled day of exploration. Your experienced captain will take advantage of the conditions to identify landing sites that are perfect for onshore walks, and also locate places to launch kayaks, discover ideal communities to visit, and find the best locations to scan for wildlife.
Day 6: Maniitsoq - The Venice of Greenland
Founded in 1755, Maniitsoq is considered as 'the uneven place' because of its rocky hills and mountains that shape the layout of the town. It's also been considered the 'Venice of Greenland' due to its situation in an archipelago which is intersected by many natural canals.
Day 7: Sisimiut - `Where There are Fox Dens’
Sisimiut is situated 40 km north of the Arctic Circle. It is the second largest town in Greenland; a modern and picturesque settlement that maintains many ancient traditions. Take part in a variety of exciting excursions today for the chance to discover the many things there is to do in Sisimiut. Check out Sisimiut Museum to experience fascinating heritage exhibits or marvel at the awe-inspiring peaks of Palasip Qaqqaa.
Day 8: Ilulissat Icefjord - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Uncover Ilulissat today set in the sensational scenery of the Ilulissat Icefjord World Heritage Site. Gaze in awe at the enormous icebergs at the mouth of the fjord that have run aground. Originally originating from the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the fastest running glaciers in the world, these ice masses cannot go a miss on your travels. Take part in a variety of exciting excursions here today.
Day 9: Camp Frieda - Named After Expedition Team Member Friederike Bronny
Today you will visit the location of Camp Frieda, a location near Saqqaq that was left without an official name until 2013. This spectacular place holds a special place, as it is named after one of the former Expedition Team members of Hurtigruten. Later land at the beach to explore this most northerly destination of the voyage, amongst truly breathtaking landscapes and Arctic flora.
Day 10: Evighed Fjord (Eternal Fjord)
Spend your day taking views of the incredible meandering Evighed Fjord, which is surrounded by tall mountains of up to 6,600 foot. The conditions of the day will determine the final program and the range of activities on offer for you to get involved with.
Day 11: Nuuk - The Vibrant Capital of Greenland
Greenland's vibrant capital is on the itinerary today - Nuuk. Situated at the mouth of one of the most marvellous fjord systems in the world. Old and new traditions meet in this capital city, ranging from historic building in Kolonihavnen to the modern Centre of Greenland Self Rule. Another must-see is the National Museum, which is home to the famous mummies of Qilakitsoq.
Day 12: Ivittuut - Musk Oxen and a Norse Settlement
Reach the abandoned town of Ivittuut next; a stronghold for musk oxen. Vikings settled this area more than a thousand years ago but failed to leave any written records behind. Archaeologists have deemed this the last Norse settlement in Greenland to be established and also the first to be abandoned.
Day 13: Prince Christian Sound Region
Discover that Prince Christian Sound separates mainland Greenland from Sammisoq and the Cape Farewell Archipelago on today's adventure. If the conditions allow, you will sail through this narrow channel and enjoy the chance to take in spectacular scenery in this phenomenal location. On the chance that the channel is blocked with ice, you will detour and sail around Nunap Isua.
Days 14-15: Irminger Sea - Denmark Strait
After exploring the exhilarating sights of Greenland, you will set course back to Iceland. Spend the days at sea recapping your experiences, sharing your travelling experiences with fellow passengers, and having fun in the Science Center or simply relax on deck as you marvel at the sea birds which follow the ship. Perhaps even have the chance to spot whales.
Day 16: Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland then fly to UK
Arrive early morning in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik where you might just have enough time to explore even more of the country before you make your transfer back to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.