Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen

This adventure on the nostalgic MS Nordstjernen is the essential Spitsbergen experience. Explore the extraordinary Arctic landscape, glaciers, and birdcliffs. Being above the Arctic Circle you will enjoy the midnight sun, with long days and light nights. If you are really lucky you'll see the 'King of the Arctic', the polar bear.

  • Embark on a shorter expedition to the last frontier in the high Arctic
  • Explore the Midnight Sun and 24 hours of daylight in summer
  • Take advantage of the chance to see polar bears
  • Sail into the unknown wilderness as you cross 80° North

Overview

Explore the extraordinary Arctic landscapes, glaciers, and bird cliffs of Spitsbergen. Being above the Arctic Circle you will enjoy the midnight sun, with its long days and light nights. You may even see the King of the Arctic, the polar bear. We offer two different itineraries. Both voyages lasts six days, where one or two nights are spent on land and the remaining days are spent sailing along the west coast of Spitsbergen.

Monday to Saturday Itinerary

The first days are spent exploring the Longyearbyen settlement and the Russian settlement of Barentsburg. Then it's time to see some amazing fjords and the Monaco Glacier, and if the ice conditions are favorable we will sail past 80° North and toward Moffen, an island which often hosts walrus. The Kongsfjorden is the largest fjord on the North West coast, where the landscape varies from large tundra plains to alpine peaks with dramatic glaciers tumbling into the ocean. Calling on Ny-Ålesund, you will see an area that was once a coal mining community that is now an advanced High Arctic research station. Before ending this adventure in Longyearbyen, we sail in the Isfjord. This is the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard, with large U-shaped valleys that were carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area more then ten thousand years ago.

Thursday to Tuesday Itinerary

You start this adventure with a guided sightseeing tour of Longyearbyen, followed by a visit to Barenstsburg, a Russian settlement. When we arrive in Magdalenefjord, there will be a Polarcirkel boat landing to see the remains of blubber ovens, as well as a graveyard from the 17th- to the late-18th-century. If the ice conditions are favorable, it will possible to sail past 80° North and toward Moffen, a known haul-out for walrus. On the southern shore of Kongsfjorden you find one of only four permanent settlements on Svalbard: The old coal mining town of Ny-Ålesund - now the northernmost settlement in the world and an advanced High Arctic research facility.

Please Note: Passengers on MS Nordstjernen 2016 sailings booked in an E or D-grade cabin, are able to upgrade from the Coal Miner's Cabins to the Spitsbergen Hotel for a fee. To upgrade please email our Reservations Team at explorer@hurtigruten.com.

Your Voyage Price Includes (Thursday Departures):

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin category of your choice on a full board basis (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
  • Transfer from airport to hotel in Longyearbyen
  • One hotel night in Longyearbyen before the voyage, including breakfast and lunch
  • Transfer from hotel to ship in Longyearbyen, incl. sightseeing tour
  • Folklore show in Barentsburg
  • Transfer from ship to airport in Longyearbyen

Your Voyage Price Includes (Monday Departures):

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin category of your choice on a full board basis (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
  • Transfer from airport to hotel in Longyearbyen
  • One hotel night in Longyearbyen before the voyage, including breakfast and lunch
  • Transfer from hotel to ship in Longyearbyen, incl. sightseeing tour
  • Folklore show in Barentsburg
  • Transfer from ship to hotel in Longyearbyen
  • One hotel night in Longyearbyen after the voyage, incl. light lunch, dinner, and early morning snack
  • Transfer from hotel to airport in Longyearbyen

Your Voyage Price Includes (Monday + Thursday Departures):

  • 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

Notes:

  • 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
Itinerary

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. Hence, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique. We offer two different itineraries. Both voyages last six days, where one or two nights are spent on land and the remaining days are spent sailing along the west coast of Spitsbergen.

June 1 - Sept. 11 2017 (Mon. & Thurs. Departures)

Departure port Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Day 1
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Photo: Hanne Feyling Photo

The Journey Begins


Location : Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Upon arrival you will be taken to the Spitsbergen Hotel or Coal Miners’ Cabins, where you will stay for the night.

Day 2
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Photo: Dominic Barrington Photo

The Russian Settlement


Location : Barentsburg, Svalbard

Enjoy a sightseeing trip in Longyearbyen, ending at the pier where you will join the MS Nordstjernen. Our first stop is the Russian settlement of Barentsburg, where there will be opportunities to visit the Pomor Museum (optional) and enjoy a lively folklore show. In the afternoon we continue out the Isfjord and head north along the Prins Karls Forland.

Day 3
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Photo: Trym Ivar Bergsmo Photo

80° North or the History of Exploration


Location : Woodfjord, Svalbard, or Magdalenefjord, Svalbard

Itinerary 1: Woodfjorden, Liefdefjorden, Moffen, and 80° North. The day will be spent cruising towards the Monaco Glacier, passing a number of small islets where eider ducks nest during the summer. If we are lucky, we may spot a polar bear searching for eggs. If the ice conditions are favorable we will sail past 80° North and toward Moffen, an island that often hosts walrus.

Itinerary 2: Magdalenefjord and the North West Corner. We arrive in Magdalenefjord in the morning, and will make our first Polarcirkel boat landing. This area has a long history of exploration. Experience a very important cultural heritage: The remains of four blubber ovens/furnaces found on Gravneset, as well as a graveyard containing about 130 graves dating from the 17th- to the late-18th-century.

Day 4
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Photo: Linda Drake Photo

Alpine Peaks or 80° North


Location : Kongsfjorden, Svalbard or Woodfjorden, Svalbard

Itinerary 1: Kongsfjorden and Ny-Ålesund. This is the largest fjord on the North West coast. We might also visit a large adjacent fjord called Krossfjorden. The landscape varies from large tundra plains to alpine peaks with dramatic glaciers tumbling into the ocean. At the end of the fjord you’ll see the majestic Kongsbreen. Later on we call on Ny-Ålesund. Previously a coal-mining community, it now houses an advanced High Arctic research station.

Itinerary 2: Woodfjorden, Liefdefjorden, Moffen and 80° North. As we cruise towards the Monaco Glacier, we will pass a number of small islets where eider ducks nest during the summer. This is a great place for spotting polar bears hunting for eggs. If we are lucky, the ice conditions make it possible to sail past 80° North and toward Moffen, a known haul-out for walrus.

Day 5
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Photo: Hanne Feyling Photo

Exploring the Fords or Alpine Peaks


Location : Isfjord, Svalbard, or Kongsfjord, Svalbard

Itinerary 1: Isfjorden and Longyearbyen. Located in central Spitsbergen, the Isfjord is the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard. We will spend the morning sailing towards Longyearbyen. As we sail into the outer parts of the Isfjord, the landscape changes. Marvel at the large U-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area some ten thousand years ago. Upon arrival in Longyearbyen you have the rest of the day at your disposal. A farewell dinner will be served at the hotel.

Itinerary 2: Kongsfjorden and Ny-Ålesund. We sail into Kongsfjorden, a 16-mile long inlet. From here you can see the two glaciers: Kronebreen and Kongsvegen. On its southern shore you find one of only four permanent settlements on Svalbard: The old coal-mining town of Ny-Ålesund - now the northernmost settlement in the world with facilities for permanent research institutes from ten countries. 

Day 6
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Photo: Hanne Feyling Photo

Return to Civilization


Location : Longyearbyen, Svalbard

The Spitsbergen adventure is over. You will transfer to the airport for the flight back home.

June 1 - Sept. 11 2017

Location Longyearbyen, Svalbard
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