Norwegian Fjords and Spitsbergen - an Arctic Adventure to the High North

Hamburg - Longyearbyen

Go on an epic adventure departing from Hamburg, then along the Norwegian coast before you explore the remote island of Spitsbergen. We take you to the most spectacular fjords of Norway, all the way up to North Cape and across the Barents Sea. Prepare to be impressed by Spitsbergen's arctic wilderness, inhabited only by birds, seals, walruses and polar bears.

  • Sail into the beautiful fjords of Norway and Svalbard in one expedition cruise
  • Cross 80° N and get a chance to see polar bears
  • Travel on the beautiful MS Nordstjernen and enjoy exquisite food
  • Take part in exciting landings in Polarcirkel boats for up close encounters with nature and wildlife

Overview

See several highlights of the wonderful Norwegian coast

We start in Hamburg, sailing north to the North Cape and exploring several fjords along the Norwegian coast along the way, including the stunning Lysefjord and the famous Hardangerfjord. Discover beautiful Flåm, surrounded by steep mountains, roaring waterfalls and deep valleys. Visit the Flåm Railway for a train journey that offers the opportunity to see some of Norway’s wildest and most magnificent scenery. Nærøyfjord boasts stunning views of steep snow-capped mountains, wild waterfalls and impressive landscapes where tiny farms cling to the mountainsides. The Geirangerfjord is considered to be the most beautiful fjord in the world, and the scenery will take your breath away. After seeing Ålesund’s beautiful Art Nouveau architecture, Trondheim's Nidaros Cathedral and a traditional fishing village in Lofoten, we visit Tromsø, the Gateway to the Arctic. Then, we sail around Europe’s northernmost point, the North Cape, as we head for Svalbard.

An amazing Spitsbergen experience

We spend a day crossing the Barents Sea to Spitsbergen, where we will explore three of the island's most interesting settlements: Longyearbyen, Barentsburg and Ny-Ålesund. You will also have ample time to enjoy the Arctic wilderness along the west coast. See magnificent fjords, majestic mountains and impressive wilderness inhabited only by birds, seals, walruses and polar bears. Two of the highlights are Magdalenefjord and Moffen at 80° North.

Lowest price

Guaranteed price offer - MS Nordstjernen

By taking advantage of this offer, we guarantee you an unspecified cabin within the cabin category of your choice, to be assigned to you when you check-in on board (rather than booked in advance). In exchange for your flexibility, this offer provides you with the lowest possible cabin fares on selected voyages and departure dates, plus the chance to be assigned a high cabin grade while still only paying the lowest fixed price for your chosen cabin category. Not valid for  the following departure dates: June 2, July 14, Aug 1 & Aug 25. Offer is subject to availability. 

Price includes: 

  • Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Sightseeing Longyearbyen on day 12 during your voyage
  • Transfer ship to hotel and hotel to airport in Longyearbyen after the voyage
  • Light lunch at the hotel in Longyearbyen 
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities onboard and ashore
  • Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings and activities

Not included:

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities

Note:

  • Prices are in GBP per person
  • All planned landings are subject to weather - and ice conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change
Itinerary

The itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage. This itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

19 May 2017

Departure port Hamburg, Germany
Day 1
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Photo: Shutterstock Photo

The adventure begins


Location: Hamburg

The voyage starts in Hamburg, where Nordstjernen was “born” in 1956, 60 years ago. In the afternoon we depart and sail downwards along the beautiful Elbe river towards open sea. Elbe is a bustling port and we can expect to see vessels of many types.

Day 2
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Photo: Trym Ivar Bergsmo Photo

Heading north


Location: Esbjerg

This morning we enter the port of Esbjerg in Denmark. This is a busy port on the west side of Denmark, well known for its numerous fishing vessels and busy with traffic to/from the renewable industry. In the afternoon we sail further towards Norwegian borders.

Day 3
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Photo: Tori Hogan Photo

To the land of the fjords


Location: Lysefjord, Stavanger and Hardangerfjord

We start the day sailing into the magnificent Lysefjord, known for its scenic highlights, including the world-renowned Preikestolen or Pulpit Rock which rises 604 metres above the fjord. Later that day you have the opportunity to explore the city of Stavanger, the oil capital of Norway.

Day 4
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Photo: Altafoto Photo

City life on the west coast


Location: Hardanger and Bergen

We cruise towards Bergen where we will sail via Karmsundet and into Hardangerfjord. Very early in the morning we will pass Lukksundet on our way to Bergen.

Enjoy the day in this international city with small-town charm, surrounded by seven mountains. Stroll through the picturesque streets of Bergen and enjoy the well-known and famous sites like Håkon’s Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower, St. Mary’s Church, Bergen Harbour and the famous fish market. Bergen was founded in 1070, and we recommend a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage famous houses of “Bryggen” (the wharf).

Day 5
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Photo: Steffi Wiegand Photo

A Norwegian Paradise


Location: Flåm, Nærøyfjord and Gudvangen

Beautiful Flåm is situated in the innermost part of the Aurlandsfjord, a fjord feeding in to the 204 kilometre-long, and up to 1.308 metre-deep, Sognefjord. Surrounded by steep mountainsides, roaring waterfalls and deep valleys, Flåm is a paradise for everyone looking for a one-of-a-kind experience with nature. We really recommend you to try the Flåm Railway - an incredible train journey from the mountain station at Myrdal on the Bergen Railway, down to Flåm station nestled in the innermost corner of the Aurlandfjord. The train journey provides some of Norway's wildest and most magnificent scenery. Alternatively we suggest a walk on your own in the village of Flåm.

We keep sailing towards Gudvangen in Nærøyfjorden. Here you can enjoy the view of the steep mountains covered with snow, wild waterfalls and vivid cultural landscapes with tiny farms clinging to the mountainsides. Being one of the candidates for the World Heritage List of UNESCO, the Nærøyfjord is 17 kilometres long and only 250 metres wide at its most narrow.

Day 6
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Photo: Hurtigruten Photo

The most beautiful fjord in the world


Location: Geirangerfjord and Ålesund

The Geirangerfjord is called the most beautiful fjord in the world - and for good reasons. Here you will find scenery that will leave you breathless and, among other sights, we will see the famous waterfalls named “The Seven Sisters”. We keep sailing to Ålesund, whose beautiful Art Nouveau architecture is known far and wide. The myriad of turrets, spires and beautiful ornamentation that give the town its distinctive character are like something from a fairytale. We go on land, and may participate in a guided tour in the city or we may spend the time on land on our own.

Day 7
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Photo: Jan Menge Photo

The first capital of Norway


Location: Trondheim

Trondheim holds a special place in Norwegian history and culture. It was the first capital of Norway, and is still the city where new kings receive their ceremonial blessing. Today Trondheim is a modern city, a centre of knowledge with a highly respected university, many popular colleges and a research community ranking among the best in Europe. The well-known cathedral Nidarosdomen is only one of many sights well worth visiting in Trondheim.

Day 8
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Photo: Wolf-Reimer Schmidt Photo

Magical islands and dramatic scenery


Location: Lofoten and Trollfjorden

Beautiful Reine is the first place we get a glimpse of in Lofoten. We sail slowly to watch and admire this spectacular area, including the 100 kilometre-long Lofoten Wall which rises from the sea. It's a seemingly solid, jagged mountain range, which shelters the many fishing stations, including Stamsund and Svolvær, from the sea to the west.

After visiting Svolvær we head north towards the beautiful Trollfjorden and the Vesterålen region. In addition to the dramatic geography, Trollfjorden is well known for the battle in 1880 between fishermen using the new steamboats and the fishermen still using the traditional boats (rowing and sailing boats). Trollfjorden is located on the west side of Raftsundet, between the two regions Vesterålen and Lofoten. The fjord is 2 kilometres long, 100 metres wide at the mouth of the fjord, and with a maximum depth of 62 metres.

Day 9
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Photo: Laura Lombardi Photo

The gateway to the Arctic


Location: Tromsø

We pass Bjarkøy, just outside Harstad. This municipality consists of 365 islands, and all of them are varied and special in its own way. The nature varies from great mountains to hills, woods and bare rock faces. In the summer you can enjoy one of the beautiful white beaches out here. At the northern side of Bjarkøy we find the bird cliffs named Krykkjeberg. Up to 10.000 birds are nesting here, and we’re crossing the strait to experience the fantastic bird life at close range.

Prepare to be surprised by the city of Tromsø, the Gateway to the Arctic. With the most Northern Lights in the world, 2 months of Midnight Sun, a lively, colourful downtown rich in Arctic history, surrounded by the drama of the Lyngen Alps, blue fjords and hundreds of islands, Tromsø is a gem of a city just 2000 km from the North Pole.

Day 10
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Photo: Hurtigruten Photo

The North Cape


Location: Honningsvåg

Honningsvåg states to be the northernmost town, situated at the latitude of 71° north. The municipality reaches out over 924 km² of grandiose and harsh coastal nature. Here you find Europe’s northernmost point, the North Cape, which rises to a majestic 308 meters above the Barents Sea. North Cape has always been an important point of orientation for sailors in the northern areas and a big attraction for people from all over the world.

Day 11
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Setting sail


Location: Norwegian coast

Enjoy a relaxing day sailing around the cape, leaving the Norwegian coast behind as we head towards Svalbard. On board there will be an exciting lecture programme detailing the region's polar history and flora and fauna waiting for us at the archipelago.

Day 12
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Photo: Linda Rayner Photo

Coal mining heritage


Location: Longyearbyen and Barentsburg

We arrive at the Norwegian settlement often referred to as the capital of Svalbard. Here you’ll find all the amenities of a modern small town – situated in a fantastic Arctic landscape. The history of Longyearbyen is very much the history of coal mining and the remnants of the area's mining heritage can be seen everywhere.

The voyage continues to the Russian settlement, Barentsburg. Here, there will be opportunities to visit the Pomor Museum and see a lively folklore show.

Day 13
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Photo: Martin Johansen Photo

Polar bear spotting


Location: Woodfjord, Liefdefjord, Moffen and 80° North

If the ice conditions allow, the day will be spent cruising towards the Monaco Glacier. If we are lucky, we may spot polar bears hunting for food. If the ice conditions are favourable, we will also sail past 80° North and on towards Moffen, an island that often plays host to walruses. On our way south, we will pass the beautiful Magdalenefjord during the night.

Day 14
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Photo: Esther Kokmeijer Photo

Evolving landscapes and research stations


Location: Krossfjord, Kongsfjord and Ny-Ålesund

Day 14 comprises a visit to Kongsfjord, the largest fjord on the north-west coast. We may also visit the adjacent fjord, Krossfjord. The landscape here varies from large tundra plains to alpine peaks with dramatic glaciers tumbling into the ocean. At the end of Kongsfjord, you’ll see the majestic Kongsbreen glacier. Later, we call on Ny-Ålesund, one of the world’s northernmost year-round communities. Previously a coal-mining community, it now houses an advanced High Arctic research station. Ny Ålesund was the starting point for numerous expeditions towards the North Pole. Names like Amundsen, Ellsworth and Nobile are strongly linked to this place and even today you can see the mast that the airship 'Norge' was moored to before her departure on the first trans-polar flight. A number of countries run their own national research stations here, and there is always plenty of research activity taking place over the summer months.

Day 15
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Photo: Linda Rayner Photo

The adventure ends


Location: Longyearbyen

Located in central Spitsbergen, the Isfjord is the most extensive fjord system on Svalbard. We will spend the morning in the heart of the fjord, as we sail towards Longyearbyen. The landscape changes constantly – marvel at the immense U-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area some ten thousand years ago. We arrive in Longyearbyen on Friday morning at 1000 where our memorable adventure comes to an end.

2 June 2017

Location Longyearbyen, Svalbard
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