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

Hamburg - Longyearbyen

Go on an epic adventure departing from Hamburg and traveling 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, walrus, and polar bears.

  • Sail into the beautiful fjords of Norway and Svalbard in one expedition voyage
  • Cross 80° N and have an opportunity to see polar bears
  • Travel on board the beautiful MS Nordstjernen and enjoy exquisite food
  • Take part in exciting landings in small boats for up-close encounters with nature and wildlife


See Several Highlights of the Norwegian Coast

We start in Bergen, sailing north up 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 – before sailing 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, walrus, and polar bears. Two of the highlights are Magdalenefjord and Moffen at 80° North.

Your Voyage Price Includes:

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin category of your choice on a full board basis (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
  • Sightseeing tour of Longyearbyen on day 12 of the voyage
  • Transfer from ship to hotel and hotel to airport in Longyearbyen after the voyage
  • Light lunch at the hotel in Longyearbyen
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities

Not Included:

  • Flights from US
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities


  • Prices are in USD per person
  • All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change
  • Single cabins on request

Voyage 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.  Therefore, this itinerary is only an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

May 19 2017

Departure port Hamburg, Germany
Day 1
Photo: Shutterstock Photo

The Adventure Begins

Location : Hamburg, Germany

The voyage starts in Hamburg, where Nordstjernen was 'born' in 1956. In the afternoon we depart and sail along the beautiful Elbe Rver toward open sea. Elbe is a bustling port and we can expect to see vessels of many types.

Day 2
Photo: Trym Ivar Bergsmo Photo

Heading North

Location : Esbjerg, Denmark

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 due to the renewable energy industry. In the afternoon we sail toward the Norwegian border.

Day 3
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Photo: Tori Hogan Photo

To the Land of the Fjords

Location : Stavanger and Lysefjord, Norway

We start the day sailing into the magnificent Lysefjord, known for its scenic highlights, including the world-renowned 'Preikestolen' (Pulpit Rock), which rises 1,982 feet 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 : Bergen and Hardangerfjord, Norway

We sail toward Bergen where we will sail through the Karmsundet strait and into the Hardangerfjord. In the very early morning we will pass Lukksundet on our way to Bergen. Enjoy a day in Bergen, an international city with small-town charm surrounded by seven mountains. Stroll through its picturesque streets and enjoy well-known and famous sites such as 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 site of the famous houses of 'Bryggen' (the wharf).

Day 5
Photo: Steffi Wiegand Photo

A Norwegian Paradise

Location : Flåm, Norway

Beautiful Flåm is situated in the innermost part of the Aurlandsfjord, a fjord feeding in to the 127-mile-long – and up to 4,290-feet-deep – Sognefjord. Surrounded by steep mountainsides, roaring waterfalls, and deep valleys, Flåm is a paradise for anyone looking for a one-of-a-kind experience with nature. We recommend that you take the Flåm Railway – an incredible train ride from the mountain station at Myrdal down to the Flåm station, nestled in the innermost corner of the Aurlandfjord. This train ride provides some of Norway's wildest and most magnificent scenery. As an alternative, we suggest a walk on your own in the village of Flåm. We continue sailing toward Gudvangen in the Nærøyfjord. Here you will enjoy the view of the steep mountains covered with snow, wild waterfalls, and vivid cultural landscapes with tiny farms clinging to the mountainsides. A candidate for the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Nærøyfjord is over 10 miles long and only 820 feet wide at its narrowest.

Day 6
Photo: Hurtigruten Photo

The Most Beautiful Fjord in the World

Location : Geirangerfjord and Ålesund, Norway

The Geirangerfjord is considered 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, you will see the famous Seven Sisters waterfalls. 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 you can participate in a guided tour of the city or spend the time on land on your own.

Day 7
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Photo: Jan Menge Photo

The First Capital of Norway

Location : Trondheim, Norway

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 blessings. Today Trondheim is a modern city, a center of knowledge with a highly respected university, many colleges, and a research community that ranks among the best in Europe. The well-known Nidarosdomen cathedral is only one of many sights worth visiting in Trondheim.

Day 8
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Photo: Wolf-Reimer Schmidt Photo

Magical Islands and Dramatic Scenery

Location : Lofoten, Norway

Beautiful Reine is the first place we get a glimpse of in Lofoten. We sail slowly to admire this spectacular area, including the 62-mile-long Lofoten Wall, which rises from the sea. It's a seemingly solid, jagged mountain range that shelters the many fishing ports, including Stamsund and Svolvær, from the sea to the west. After visiting Svolvær we head north toward the beautiful Trollfjord and the Vesterålen region. In addition to the dramatic geography, Trollfjord is well known for the battle in 1880 between fishermen using the new steamboats and the fishermen still using traditional rowing and sailing boats. The Trollfjord is located on the west side of Raftsundet between the two regions of Vesterålen and Lofoten. The fjord is just over a mile long, and only 328 feet wide its mouth, with a maximum depth of 203 feet.

Day 9
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Photo: Laura Lombardi Photo

The Gateway to the Arctic

Location : Tromsø, Norway

We pass Bjarkøy, just outside of Harstad. This municipality consists of 365 islands, and all of them are different and special in their own way. The nature varies from great mountains to hills, woods to bare rockfaces. In the summer you can enjoy one of the beautiful white-sand beaches here. At the northern side of Bjarkøy we find the Krykkjeberg birdcliffs. Up to 10,000 birds nest here, and we'll be crossing the strait to experience the fantastic birdlife at close range. Prepare to be surprised by the city of Tromsø, the gateway to the Arctic. With the most northern lights displays in the world, two months of midnight sun, a lively, and a colorful downtown rich in Arctic history and surrounded by the drama of the Lyngen Alps, blue fjords, and hundreds of islands, Tromsø is a gem of a city only 1,243 miles from the North Pole.

Day 10
Photo: Hurtigruten Photo

The North Cape

Location : Honningsvåg, Norway

Honningsvåg is the northernmost town in Norway, at a latitude of 71° North. The municipality reaches out over 357 square miles of grandiose and harsh coastal nature. Here you'll find Europe’s northernmost point, the North Cape, which rises to a majestic 1,010 feet above the Barents Sea. North Cape has always been an important point of orientation for sailors and is 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 North Cape, leaving the Norwegian coast behind as we head toward the Svalbard archipelago. On board there will be an interesting lecture program detailing the region's polar history and the flora and fauna waiting for us at the archipelago.

Day 12
Photo: Linda Rayner Photo

Coal-Mining Heritage

Location : Longyearbyen and Barentsburg, Svalbard

We arrive at the Norwegian settlement often referred to as the capital of Svalbard. It is the largest settlement on Svalbard and its administrative center. In Longyearbyen you’ll find all the amenities of a modern small town – situated in a fantastic Arctic landscape. The history of Longyearbyen is tied to its coal-mining history, and you'll see remnants of the area's mining heritage everywhere. The voyage continues to the Russian settlement of Barentsburg, where 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, Leifdefjord, Moffen, and 80° North

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

Day 14
Photo: Esther Kokmeijer Photo

Evolving Landscapes and Research Stations

Location : Kongsfjord, Svalbard

On this day we visit the Kongsfjord, the largest fjord on the northwest 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 the Kongsfjord, you’ll see the majestic Kongsbreen Glacier. We also 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 to the North Pole. Names such as Amundsen, Ellsworth, and Nobile are strongly linked to this place, and even today you can see the mast that the Norse airship 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
Photo: Linda Rayner Photo

The Adventure Ends

Location : Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Located in central Spitsbergen, the Isjford is the most extensive fjord system on Svalbard. We will spend the morning in the heart of the fjord as we sail toward Longyearbyen. 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, where our memorable adventure comes to an end.

June 2 2017

Location Longyearbyen, Svalbard
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