Spitsbergen and Polar Bears – an Arctic Adventure (Monday-Saturday)
No single supplement
MS Spitsbergen
6 days

Spitsbergen & Polar Bears – an Arctic Adventure (Monday-Saturday)

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • No single supplement

    An expedition on one of our small-scale, nimble expedition ships makes for a sociable holiday with like-minded travellers. Solo travellers who prefer their own space while still travelling with others, have the opportunity to save on select voyages departing in 2020. For a limited time, pay no single supplement if you book one of the below expedition cruises.
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Departures
10 August 2020
17 August 2020
24 August 2020
  • Chance of seeing polar bears
  • Cross 80° N and come ashore to explore the Arctic wilderness
  • Experience the Midnight Sun (until 23. August), giving you 24 hours of daylight to discover Svalbard
  • Explore magnificent Arctic scenery and fjords with MS Spitsbergen

Itinerary

This voyage on MS Spitsbergen is the essential Spitsbergen adventure. Spend two nights on land and the rest at sea exploring Spitsbergen´s extraordinary Arctic landscape of glaciers and fjords. Scan for magnificent wildlife and we just might see the King of the Arctic; the mighty polar bear.
Day 1
Longyearbyen, Svalbard
On the Edge of Wilderness
Longyearbyen
Photo: Genna Roland

Your adventure starts with an overnight stay in Longyearbyen, a surprisingly cosmopolitan frontier town on the edge of the Arctic, with galleries, pubs, restaurants, and shops.

Longyearbyen
Photo: Genna Roland
View of Longyearbyen, Svalbard
View of Longyearbyen, a surprisingly cosmopolitan frontier town.
Visit to Camp Berentz, Svalbard
Visit to Camp Berentz, Svalbard
Photo: Hanne Feyling
Barentsburg Port Sea Office
Barentsburg Port Sea Office
Photo: Arnau Ferrer
Propaganda souvenirs, Barentsburg
Propaganda souvenirs in the Russian settlement of Barentsburg.
Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad
Day 2
Longyearbyen & Barentsburg - Embarkation
Settlements of the Far North
Barentsburg Port Sea Office
Barentsburg Port Sea Office
Photo: Arnau Ferrer

Your visit to Svalbard starts with a tour in the local area, giving you a great introduction to the colourful settlement and the history of the region. Once aboard MS Spitsbergen, we sail to the Russian coal mining town of Barentsburg to explore the exotic collection of Russian artefacts and architecture, join a folklore show or soak up the real Russian atmosphere in the local pub.

Day 3
Magdalenefjord, North West Corner, Moffen and 80°North
Chances of Seeing Polar Bears
Magdalenefjorden
Photo: Avaux Jean Louis

This area is rich with islands, fjords and beaches. In Magdalenefjord, you’ll discover a whaling station from the 16th century. We arrive in the morning and hope to make a landing to explore this wonderful Arctic wilderness. Scan for polar bears, Minke whales and seals.

Magdalenefjorden
Photo: Avaux Jean Louis
A walrus colony on Moffen, Svalbard
A walrus colony on Moffen, Svalbard
Photo: Stefan Dall
Curious polar bear cubs
Curious polar bear cubs
Photo: Dominic Barrington
Landscape in Ny-Ålesund
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Close to walruses
Get close to walruses.
Photo: Morten Hilmer
Day 4
Kongsfjorden & Ny-Ålesund
Fjords, Glaciers and Research
Landscape in Ny-Ålesund
Photo: Oscar Farrera

We will spend most of the day cruising into lovely Krossfjord. The landscape here varies from large tundra plains to alpine peaks with dramatic glaciers tumbling into the ocean. At the end of the fjord is the majestic Kongsbreen (King’s Glacier). Later, we dock at Ny-Ålesund, one of the world’s northernmost communities.

Day 5
Isfjorden & Longyearbyen - Disembarkation
Cruising into Isfjorden
Stunning landscape from Isfjorden
Sailing through stunning landscape in Isfjorden.
Photo: Hanne Feyling

Next, we sail the Isfjorden, the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard, passing the nesting sites of thousands of guillemots. Marvel at the large U-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers. After disembarkation in Longyearbyen, enjoy the day before a Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Stunning landscape from Isfjorden
Sailing through stunning landscape in Isfjorden.
Photo: Hanne Feyling
Mountain landscape surrounding Longyearbyen
Mountain landscape surrounding Longyearbyen.
Photo: Stefan Dall
Hiking near Longyearbyen surrounded by spectacular landscape
Hiking near Longyearbyen surrounded by spectacular landscape.
Photo: Hanne Feyling
Day 6
Longyearbyen
Flying Home from the Arctic
Mountain landscape surrounding Longyearbyen
Mountain landscape surrounding Longyearbyen.
Photo: Stefan Dall

Following a hearty breakfast at your hotel, you will have some free time in Longyearbyen. Have a wander through the town, look for souvenirs or enjoy a lazy lunch in a cafe. A transfer bus will take you to the airport for departure in the early afternoon.

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.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Transfer airport to hotel in Longyearbyen
  • One hotel night in Longyearbyen before the voyage including breakfast: Radisson Blu Polar Hotel or Coal Miners’ Cabins
  • Sightseeing in Longyearbyen 
  • Transfer ship to hotel in Longyearbyen
  • One hotel night in Longyearbyen after the voyage incl. light lunch, dinner and early morning snack
  • Transfer hotel to airport in Longyearbyen

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE

  • A rich programme 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  
  • Loan of trekking poles and thermal suits 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  
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers
  • Small destination-focused onboard library  
  • A Farewell event  

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • No gratuities expected   

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights 
  • Travel insurance  
  •  Luggage handling 

Notes

A large ship in the water
A group of people posing for the camera
Photo: Stefan Dall / Hurtigruten
Enjoy Norway's Coastal Kitchen on the new MS Spitsbergen
Photo: © Tor Farstad

Your ship

MS Spitsbergen

Year built 2009
Year of refurbishment 2016
Ship yard Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo (POR)
Passenger capacity 335
Beds 243
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 7,344
Length 100.54m
Beam 18m
Speed 14.5 knots
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