Svalbard – In the Realm of the Polar Bear

Duration: 10 days

Departures:
13 May 2020
21 May 2020
29 May 2020
  • Great chance of sighting polar bears
  • See the Midnight Sun in untouched Arctic wilderness
  • Explore Svalbard´s beautiful West Coast
  • Discover historic places and untouched nature
Kayaking in Magdalenefjord at sunset. Hurtigruten has unmatched experience in Svalbard – dating back as far as 1896.  On this voyage we will visit the North-Western coast of Svalbard, a stunning region of pristine nature.
Photo: Martin Haasenritter
Svalbard
As we explore, scan for seals, thousands of seabirds, Arctic fox, reindeer and of course, we´ll keep a sharp eye out for the polar bears of Svalbard. There´s a good chance that we’ll encounter the King of the North – after all, there are more polar bears than people on the archipelago.
Photo: Stefan Dall
As we explore, scan for seals, thousands of seabirds, Arctic fox, reindeer and of course, we´ll keep a sharp eye out for the polar bears of Svalbard. There´s a good chance that we’ll encounter the King of the North – after all, there are more polar bears than people on the archipelago.
Glacier in the Liefdefjord. In the spring, beautiful colours and contrasts frame dramatic glaciers, majestic mountain formations, deep fjords, buzzing bird cliffs and endless arctic tundra among the wonders of Svalbard geology. The Midnight Sun makes it possible to fill your days and nights with unforgettable experiences.
Photo: Stefan Dall

Itinerary

Arctic Spring is an ideal time to visit Spitsbergen; the light is beautiful, and nature returns to life in all its glory. Explore Svalbard with the experts on an expedition cruise designed to show you the very best of this Arctic paradise under the Midnight Sun, as we discover the realm of the mighty polar bear.
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 evening flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen, spend the day in the museums, parks and cafes of the Norwegian capital. When you arrive in Svalbard, you will discover an entirely different world: a tiny town perched on the edge of the vast Arctic tundra.

On arrival, we transfer you 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

Join an exciting excursion after lunch to get to know this frontier town. The mighty Arctic wilderness dominates life here, but Longyearbyen maintains a lively cultural life, and is considered a prime destination for adventure travelers from around the world. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of this colourful outpost before boarding your ship, MS Spitsbergen.

Hiking along the Conway Glacier
Day 3-8
North West Spitsbergen National Park
Amazing Fjords with Fascinating History
Day 3-8
North West Spitsbergen National Park
Amazing Fjords with Fascinating History
Hiking along the Conway Glacier
Hiking along the Conway Glacier. This is true wilderness, so the Captain will work with the elements to make sure we go on the best landing sites for your expedition cruise.
Photo: Merete Wiken

Spitsbergen´s North West Corner is scattered with rugged islands, beautiful fjords and isolated beaches.

This is true wilderness, so the Captain will work with the elements to create the best itinerary for your expedition cruise. 

We hope to visit Kongsfjorden, one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, framed by stunning mountain formations. Another possibility is Ny-Ålesund, an international centre for research, that hosts a picturesque mix of old and new buildings.

Perhaps we will call on the Magdalenafjorden and Gravneset areas, where the hardy may have a chance to swim and earn a rare Arctic swimming certificate. Wherever we explore, the Expedition Team will offer great chances to join in landings, ice-cruising and more.

Atlantic walrus couple, Spitsbergen
Get close to wildlife on the west coast, like the walrus.
Photo: Rinie van Meurs
Wooden houses in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard
We hope to visit the wooden houses in Ny-Ålesund.
Photo: Stefan Dall
Stunning landscape from Isfjorden
Sailing through stunning landscape in Isfjorden.
Photo: Hanne Feyling
Hiking in Skansebukta
Going for a hike in Skansebukta.
Photo: Stefan Dall
Encountering Svalbard reindeer
Say hi to the Svalbard reindeer.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Day 9
The Isfjord
Fjord, Wilderness
Hiking in Skansebukta
Going for a hike in Skansebukta.
Photo: Stefan Dall

We explore the Isfjord, the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard to take in immense valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area some ten thousand years ago. Scan for the rich population of Svalbard reindeer here.

Day 10
Longyearbyen / Oslo - Disembarkation & Flight
End of the Expedition
Mountain landscape surrounding Longyearbyen
Mountain landscape surrounding Longyearbyen
Photo: Stefan Dall

As we arrive back in Longyearbyen after our far north exploration, enjoy the stunning scenery of the icescape that lies just a few hundred miles from the Geographic North Pole. Transfer to the airport for your night flight. Arrival early in the morning in Oslo.

Mountain landscape surrounding Longyearbyen
Mountain landscape surrounding Longyearbyen
Photo: Stefan Dall
Hiking near Longyearbyen surrounded by spectacular landscape
Hiking near Longyearbyen in spectacular landscape.
Photo: Hanne Feyling
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
  • Return economy flights between Oslo and 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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