The Historic Sportsman´s Route
Hurtigruten´s history of Svalbard expedition cruises dates all the way back to 1896. On this voyage we follow what became known as `The Sportsman’s Route´ over a century ago to explore the scenery and wildlife of Svalbard.
Vast, Pristine Natural Beauty
We sail the north-western coast of Spitsbergen, a vast wilderness of unspoit nature and amazing Svalbard geology. Turning south, we encounter Bellsund, site of English whaling in the 18th century, and mountainous Hornsund.
The Island of Bears and the North Cape
Bjørnøya, isolated in the middle of the Barents Sea, is waiting for us next. Scan for birds and some of the polar bears on Svalbard as well as gain the first view of the North Cape plateau, the northern-most point in Europe. Once we reach the Cape, you can choose to walk the steep path to the North Cape monument, or you can relax let a comfortable bus do the work!
Gateway to the Arctic
The voyage ends in Tromsø, the Gateway to the Arctic. Visit the historic Ølhallen, once the meeting point for all the hardy explorers and trappers who returned after a winter hunting the polar bears on Svalbard.