Norway & Spitsbergen – The Route of Polar Pioneers

On this voyage you'll find departures with:

Solo travelers: No single supplement

Duration: 12 days

Departure:
25 August 2020
Price from:
5390 € per person
  • Sail Hurtigruten´s historic pioneering route from 1896
  • Scan for polar bears and wildlife on Bjørnøya
  • Hike to the North Cape like the early explorers
  • Explore lovely and historic Tromsø
The Monaco glacier. We sail the north-western coast of Spitsbergen, a vast wilderness of unspoilt nature and amazing Svalbard geology.
Photo: Stefan Dall
Norway & Spitsbergen
Visit remote Bjørnøya (Bear Island), the southernmost island of the Svalbard Archipelago.
Photo: Stefan Dall
Visit remote Bjørnøya (Bear Island), the southernmost island of the Svalbard Archipelago.
Svalbard is bustling with wildlife. Scan for birds, foxes, and of course the polar bears.
Photo: Rigmor Sand

Itinerary

This expedition cruise is filled with history, wildlife, brilliant scenery and great adventure. We have sailed here since 1896, and now it´s your turn to explore beautiful Spitsbergen! Scan for the mighty polar bear on Bjørnøya and marvel at the North Cape before sailing into our final destination of Tromsø.
Day 1
Oslo / Longyearbyen - Flight & Overnight - Hotel
From 59º N to 78º N
Modern architecture in Bjørvika, Oslo
Walk among modern architecture in Bjørvika, Oslo, an area of constant renewal.

Before your flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen, check out the urban pleasures of Norway´s capital. Your arrival in Longyearbyen reveals an entirely different world; a colourful town perched on the edge of the Arctic wilderness. Enjoy the museum and choose among several bars and restaurants.

Transfer to your hotel for an overnight.

Modern architecture in Bjørvika, Oslo
Walk among modern architecture in Bjørvika, Oslo, an area of constant renewal.
Midnight Sun in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Midnight Sun in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
Photo: Petra Wöbke
Polar bear crossing sign, Longyearbyen, Svalbard!
Watch out - there are more polar bears than humans on the Svalbard archipelago!
Photo: Dominic Barrington
Welcome sign Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Welcome to Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
Photo: Hanne Feyling
Longyearbyen, the centre of Svalbard
Longyearbyen is the centre of Svalbard, and a great place for adventure travellers.
Day 2
Longyearbyen - Embarkation
The Norwegian Stronghold in the High Arctic
Welcome sign Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Welcome to Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
Photo: Hanne Feyling

After an overnight stay in one of our hotels, join after lunch an excursion to get to know Longyearbyen, a prime destination for adventure travellers around the world. Enjoy the singular atmosphere of this colourful frontier outpost before boarding your ship, MS Spitsbergen.

Kayaking on the Magdalenefjord
Day 3-7
North West Spitsbergen National Park
Exploring Amazing Fjords with Fascinating History
Day 3-7
North West Spitsbergen National Park
Exploring Amazing Fjords with Fascinating History
Kayaking on the Magdalenefjord
Join the Expedition Team and go kayaking on the Magdalenefjord.
Photo: Martin Haasenritter

The North West Corner of Spitsbergen is scattered with islands, fjords and beaches. Pioneering explorers and hardy whalers were the first to set foot here. Today, we respect the power of nature and work with the elements to ensure a safe and exciting itinerary.

We hope to land to see whaling settlements, or visit Kongsfjorden, considered one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea. The former mining settlement of Ny-Ålesund is another possible destination, now an international centre for research, with a picturesque mix of old and new buildings.

In the Magdalenafjorden and Gravneset areas, you may have the chance to swim and earn a rare Arctic swimming certificate. There will be exciting landings and optional scenic kayaking opportunities.

Wooden houses in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard
Wooden houses in Ny-Ålesund, a place known for its quirky mix of new and old colourful houses.
Photo: Stefan Dall
Polar bear family, Svalbard
Be on the lookout for polar bears. After all, we're in their kingdom now...
Photo: Rigmor Sand
View of Hornsund, the southernmost fjord in Spitsbergen
View of Hornsund, the southernmost fjord in Spitsbergen.
Photo: Stefan Dall
Hiking in Burgerbukta (Burger Bay)
Hiking in Burgerbukta (Burger Bay).
Photo: Stefan Dall
RIB safari in Burgerbukta (Burger Bay) surrounded by icebergs and glaciers
Surrounded by icebergs and glaciers, we venture out on a RIB safari in Burgerbukta (Burger Bay).
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 8-9
Bellsund & South Spitsbergen National Park
Heading South
Hiking in Burgerbukta (Burger Bay)
Hiking in Burgerbukta (Burger Bay).
Photo: Stefan Dall

We head south to the Bellsund area, followed by Hornsund with its wonderful varied landscape and geology. On a clear day, we might even see the amazing Hornsundtind, 1,431 m above sea level.

This area was popular with polar bear hunters until 1973. The old Hurtigruten steamer D/S Lyngen had scheduled stops here in past to serve trappers in the area. We hope to see a polar bear here too!

Day 10
Bjørnøya
Sea Birds and Bear Island
RIB safari on Bjørnøya, Svalbard
RIB safari on Bjørnøya.
Photo: Stefan Dall

This isolated island is said to host the largest concentration of sea birds in the Northern Hemisphere, as well as a strong population of polar bears. In the North of the island, Bjørnøya weather station provides vital data to scientists. The wind and weather conditions will decide what we can do today.

RIB safari on Bjørnøya, Svalbard
RIB safari on Bjørnøya.
Photo: Stefan Dall
Puffins on Bjørnøya, Svalbard
Puffins populate this remote island.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Leaving Gjesværtappan, under the Midnight Sun
Leaving Gjesværtappan, under the Midnight Sun.
Photo: Filip Hoel
Gesværtappan, one of the largest bird cliffs in Norway
Gesværtappan, one of the largest bird cliffs in Norway.
Photo: Jeanne Alain
The North Cape´s breathtaking views
The North Cape´s breathtaking views.
Photo: Filip Hoel
Day 11
Hornvika, Skarsvåg & Gjesvær
North Cape and Bird Cliff
Gesværtappan, one of the largest bird cliffs in Norway
Gesværtappan, one of the largest bird cliffs in Norway.
Photo: Jeanne Alain

In the early morning, we sail past the North Cape, and offer the chance to enjoy a steep hike to the Cape starting in Hornvika, or to visit the Cape by bus from Skarsvåg.

The ship will continue to Gjesvær, where the excursion participants will come on board again. Next, we sail past Gjesværstappan, a bird cliff which is home to one of the largest seabird colonies in Norway.

Included activity:

North Cape (3 hrs 30)

Cross the 71st parallel and enjoy magnificent landscapes on a trip to North Cape, one of the most northernmost points in Europe. North Cape cliff rises 307 meters above the Arctic Ocean. See an impressive 180° panoramic film about the region in North Cape Hall, where you can also visit a souvenir shop, small chapel and a Thai Museum.

Day 12
Tromsø - Disembarkation
Arctic Gateway
Spectacular view of Tromsø from Fløya mountain
Spectacular view of Tromsø from Fløya mountain.
Photo: Øystein Knoph

Your expedition cruise will end in colourful Tromsø, often referred to as the Gateway to the Arctic. In early days, the town was full outfitters, hunters and dreamers who left their loved ones here to seek their fortune in the far north, and much of that pioneer spirit remains.

Spectacular view of Tromsø from Fløya mountain
Spectacular view of Tromsø from Fløya mountain.
Photo: Øystein Knoph
Ishavskatedralen (The Arctic Cathedral), Tromsø
Ishavskatedralen (The Arctic Cathedral), Tromsø.
Photo: Stefan Dall
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
  • Economy flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen
  • One hotel night in Longyearbyen before the voyage including breakfast and lunch
  • All transfers in Longyearbyen including an excursion before the voyage

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE

  • A rich program of included activities on all voyagesdesigned 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  
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket   
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed 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  
  • Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  •  Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
  • 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  
  • Destination-focused onboard library  
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • A farewell event  

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  •  Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner 
  • Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
  • Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected   

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners  
  • Optional small-group adventures with our Expedition Team such as kayaking (availability contingent on weather conditions and safety)  
  • Travel insurance  
  •  Luggage handling 

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
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Your ship

MS Spitsbergen

Year built 2009
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard 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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MS Spitsbergen will take you on a voyage beyond the ordinary. She cruises along the Norwegian coast from September to May, and becomes part of our global Expedition sailings during the rest of the year.

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Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-programme before or after your expedition cruise.

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Tromsø: Post-programme (20/21)

Norway

Duration

2 Days

From

243 €

Booking code

TOSPOST

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