Norway and Spitsbergen - Hurtigruten Sportsman´s Route Exploration

Join us for a very special spring voyage! See the iconic fjords and learn about coastal culture as we visit colourful fishing villages on our way north towards the Arctic on our classic Sportsman´s Route. Get close to nature and experience Norwegian `friluftsliv´ adventures.

  • Embark on an epic voyage from Norway’s spectacular fjords to Arctic Svalbard
  • Visit places far off the beaten track
  • Experience Norwegian spring in the south and winter in the north
  • Explore coastal communities few others visit
Early booking offer

On 03 December, we released our new expedition cruise program for 2020/21. If you book this voyage before 31 March 2019, you can save £500 per person.

The price you see online already includes the discount.


Itinerary

The itinerary

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.

Departure 23 April 2020

Departs from Bergen, Norway
Overview

Spring in the Fjords

Join us on an exploration of Norway´s 101,000 km-long coast line along our historic Sportsman´s Route for a very special Arctic spring Norway expedition cruise!

We take you from the verdant spring foliage of the south to the high, white-capped mountains of North Norway and Svalbard under the Midnight Sun.

Local Knowledge for a Richer Experience

No one knows this coast better than Hurtigruten. MS Spitsbergen uses that experience to take you to amazing Geirgangerfjord and seldom-visited smaller ports, where we use our local knowledge to create an authentic experience of the coast that no other line Norwegian cruise can match.

Our Expedition Team will look for great opportunities to take you for kayaking, walks and hikes. See iconic landmarks on this special Norwegian holiday and explore some of the country´s hidden treasures.  

Svalbard Awaits

After great experiences on the Norwegian coast, MS Spitsbergen sails towards the Arctic wilderness of Svalbard. If conditions allow, we will attempt to land at Bjørnøya to scout for rich wildlife. Our expedition cruise ends in the fascinating town of Longyearbyen.

Day 1: Bergen

Beautiful Bergen

Embarkation

Explore Bergen´s historic harbour area, fronted by wooden houses dating back as far as the 1300’s. Stroll through the alleyways or take a trip up to Mount Fløyen before you board the ship, MS Spitsbergen.

Day 2: Værlandet

Værlandet

Full day

Værlandet is a small island group north of Sognefjorden that is home to a fishing community. We´ll have a chance to get a taste of Norwegian friluftsliv here, with many hiking possibilities. Perhaps you´d like to hike up the 481-meter high Mt. Alden for a stunning view.

Day 3: Geiranger & Ålesund

Geiranger & Art Nouveau Ålesund

Take in the scenery of the beautiful Geirangerfjord as we sail this through this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Our afternoon is spent in lovley Ålesund. After a disastrous fire in 1904, the town was rebuilt in Art Nouveau style. Visit the Art Nouveau Centre or take a walk up Aksla Mountain (well worth it for the unforgettable panoramic views!).  

Day 4: Åndalsnes

Åndalsnes

Full day

We will spend a full day in Åndalsnes, set at the foot of spectacular mountains. The Trollstigen mountain road and Vermafossen waterfall are both popular attractions here.

Day 5: Frøya

Life in Remote Beauty

Half day

Located off the coast of Trøndelag, the Frøya Islands are home to around 4,200 people who are proud of the fantastic outdoor life of their islands as well as their thriving coastal culture.

Day 6: Værøy

Further West

Full day

Værøy is a small island in the western part of Lofoten with only 780 inhabitants, nearly half of whom are in the fishing industry.  Take a walk on this very special island that is rich in history and scenic views.

Day 7: Reine

Idyllic Reine

Full day

A true gem of Lofoten, this is the iconic image of a Norwegian fishing village. Reine´s beauty has inspired artists since the 1880´s.  Red and white traditional fisherman’s cottages - known as Rorbuer - perch on stilts over the water’s edge with a background of granite spires jutting skywards.  Take your time here to truly soak in the deep serenity of this place. 

Day 8: Svolvær

The Capital of Lofoten

Full day

In the heart of Lofoten, the picturesque town of Svolvær is a fishing village where age-old seagoing traditions are still being practiced.  It is a great place to go for a stroll in the harbour area to look at the fishing boats, or maybe take on a hike in the nearby mountains.

Day 9: Sommarøy

An Arctic Paradise

Full day

Sommarøy is an archipelago of small islands with white, sandy beaches and a lively fishing village. Browse the small shops for handicrafts and note the `Kaillkråa´ (the Gentlemen’s corner) where husbands may be parked during shopping.

Day 10: Alta

Rock Carvings

Full day

Alta´s history goes back more than 5,200 years, based on the UNESCO-listed Rock Carvings found nearby. We recommend a walk up to Komsafjellet - 212 meters above sea level – for a spectacular view over the town and fjord.

Day 11: Hornvika, Skarsvåg & Gjesvær

North Cape Cliff

Early in the morning, we sail past the famed North Cape cliff. You can choose from two optional activities here - a hike along the steep path from Hornvika, or travel by bus from Skarsvåg to the Cape. The ship will continue to Gjesvær, where the excursion participants will re-board.

Day 12: At sea

Towards Svalbard

Spend a day to prepare yourself before the last part of our adventure - Svalbard. The Expedition Team will give lectures in the Science Center, or you can just relax by the window with a book and enjoy being at sea.

Day 13: Bjørnøya

Isolated Habitat

Full day

This isolated island hosts arguably the largest concentration of sea birds on the Northern Hemisphere. Weather conditions will dictate if we can attempt to go ashore on this rugged and beautiful island.

Day 14: Longyearbyen

End of the Expedition

Disembarkation

Our adventure ends in the Arctic frontier town of Longyearbyen and we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Oslo.

Arrival 06 May 2020

Location Longyearbyen / Oslo
What's included

INCLUDED IN YOUR VOYAGE:

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice    
  • Transfer ship to airport in Longyearbyen
  • Economy flight Longyearbyen to Oslo

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE

  • rich program of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including onshore exploration with the Expedition Team  
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in  
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket   
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities  

ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION

  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  •  Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatheringsto recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers  
  • Destination-focused onboard library  
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • farewell event  

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  •  Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner 
  • Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
  • Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected   

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR VOYAGE:

  • International flights
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners  
  • Optional small-group adventures with our Expedition Team such as kayaking and hiking (availability pending weather conditions and safety)  
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling 
Life on board