MS Fram
12 days

Circumnavigating Svalbard - The Ultimate Expedition (Itinerary 1)

Price from
£ 6248
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fram
12 days

Circumnavigating Svalbard - The Ultimate Expedition (Itinerary 1)

Price from
£ 6248
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Authentic and intimate expedition experience aboard explorer ship MS Fram
  • Attempt to sail above 80°N and fully circumnavigate the entire archipelago
  • Summertime offers good chances of sighting polar bears hunting on the sea ice
  • See beautiful fjords, glaciers, and icebergs in the pristine Arctic wildnerness

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.

Circumnavigating Svalbard - The Ultimate Expedition (Itinerary 1)
  • Day 1
    Oslo / Longyearbyen - Hotel

    From 59º N to 78º N

    Your trip starts with a flight from Oslo in the evening. Before your flight, enjoy the museums, parks and cafés of the Norwegian capital.  On arrival in Longyearbyen, you will set foot in an entirely different world; a tiny town perched on the edge of the Arctic wilderness. Transfer to your hotel and overnight.

    Day 1
    Oslo / Longyearbyen - Hotel

    From 59º N to 78º N

  • Day 2
    Longyearbyen

    The Norwegian Stronghold in the High Arctic

    Estimated time of departure is 18:00

    After an overnight stay join an excursion to get to know this unique town after lunch. The mighty Arctic wilderness dominates life here, but Longyearbyen maintains a lively cultural life and serves as a prime destination for adventure travellers. Enjoy the atmosphere of this colourful frontier outpost before boarding your ship in the afternoon.

    Day 2
    Longyearbyen

    The Norwegian Stronghold in the High Arctic

  • Day 3-5
    North West Spitsbergen National Park

    Exploring Amazing Fjords with Fascinating History

    The North West Corner is scattered with lovely islands, fjords and beaches, but such majestic sights can be blocked by some heavy sea ice. We use all our expertise and 120 years of experience in these waters to try and navigate the ice in order to access areas for you to explore. One such site is Kongsfjorden, one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, framed by stunning mountain formations. We also plan to call on the former mining settlement of Ny-Ålesund, now an international centre for research, with a picturesque mix of old and new buildings. There will likely be many other exciting landings and scenic kayaking opportunities if we are able to move past the ice and go further north.

    Day 3-5
    North West Spitsbergen National Park

    Exploring Amazing Fjords with Fascinating History

  • Day 6-8
    Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserve

    Enjoy Expedition Days in the Arctic

    Eastern Svalbard boasts the highest population of polar bears in the archipelago. You will also be exploring the area in summertime, which is when polar bears and their cubs will be out hunting for seals on the ice floes. We therefore have high hopes that you’ll spot one or more during this journey.

    The Arctic Ocean in this part of Svalbard is also full of drifting ice and its frozen seascape changes constantly. Being modern-day explorers, the captain and the Expedition Team will be carefully analysing the density and movements of the sea ice using advanced sonar and live satellite imagery. They will then discuss together and decide where we can safely sail or land. This is what makes this cruise an expedition; it is a true, suspense-filled adventure into the Arctic’s great wilderness, negotiating and adapting to whatever elements nature challenges us with. Ultimately, it is the sea ice that will determine whether we can cross the 80th parallel and head further north to Sjuøyane (Seven Islands).

    Day 6-8
    Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserve

    Enjoy Expedition Days in the Arctic

  • Day 9-10
    South Spitsbergen National Park and the area of Bellsund

    The Expedition Continues

    Our aim for these days is to navigate any sea ice and reach the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen. The varied geology here at Hornsund has created a dramatic and photogenic landscape. Ice pushed into the fjord early in the season also attracts polar bears that hunt on the floes, so with a bit of luck, we may spot this magnificent predator.

    Day 9-10
    South Spitsbergen National Park and the area of Bellsund

    The Expedition Continues

  • Day 11
    The Isfjord

    Fjord, Wilderness

    We will spend the day exploring the Isfjord, the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard. In the inner parts of Isfjorden, the landscape changes constantly. The immense U-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area some ten thousand years ago, are home to large populations of the Svalbard reindeer.

    Day 11
    The Isfjord

    Fjord, Wilderness

  • Day 12
    Longyearbyen/Oslo

    End of the Expedition

    Estimated time of arrival is 00:05

    Our return to the colourful town of Longyearbyen marks the end of a remarkable voyage that brought us just a few hundred miles from the Geographical North Pole. A transfer vehicle will take you to the airport for your flight back to Oslo.

    Day 12
    Longyearbyen/Oslo

    End of the Expedition

Departures

  • 2021
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
    5 Jun
    15 Jun
    25 Jun
  • Jul
    25 Jun
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
5 June 2021
15 June 2021
25 June 2021

Current offers on this cruise:

  • Flight included

    Book your expedition cruise in 2021-2022 early and your flights from London will be included!
    See the full offer details

Book with CONFIDENCE

Valid until 30/04/2021

Free rebooking on 2021 cruises

Full flexibility to rebook your 2021 cruise to 2021 or 2022. Zero rebooking fee, zero stress.

Easy refund on 2021 or 2022 cruises

Receive your refund, including the previously non-refundable deposit. Minus a cancellation fee.

What's included

Included in your voyage

Flights

  • Return fllights in economy class between Oslo and Longyearbyen

Hotel

  • Overnight in Longyearbyen before the expedition cruise, including breakfast and lunch

Transfers

  • All transfers in Longyearbyen including an excursion before the expedition cruise

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with very limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna and indoor gym
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser

Your ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2020
Ship yard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 11 647 T
Length 114 m
Beam 20.2 m
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram brings on the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology to make her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in Polar Regions.

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Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
Photo: Tomas Mauch
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