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

Duration: 6 days

Departures: May - September 2020 
Price from:
1390 € per person
  • 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 the nostalgic MS Nordstjernen
Explore this extraordinary natural world from the classic ship MS Nordstjernen. Visit colourful settlements, large fjords, and get close to the amazing wildlife.
Photo: Pablo Salazar Rojo
Spitsbergen & Polar Bears
Hiking in Mushamna, Svalbard. Known as the `crown of Arctic Norway´, Svalbard is a beautiful island forged by the extreme elements of the far north. The area is also a biological hot spot and home to a rich array of wildlife, with the mighty polar bear at the top of the food chain.
Photo: Stefan Dall
Hiking in Mushamna, Svalbard. Known as the `crown of Arctic Norway´, Svalbard is a beautiful island forged by the extreme elements of the far north. The area is also a biological hot spot and home to a rich array of wildlife, with the mighty polar bear at the top of the food chain.
Coal train in Ny Ålesund, one of the northernmost communities in the world.
Photo: Stefan Dall

Itinerary

This voyage on MS Nordstjernen 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 - Hotel
On the Edge of Wilderness
Coal Miner´s Cabins, Longyearbyen
Coal Miner´s Cabins, Longyearbyen.
Photo: Jarle Hagen

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.

The package includes an overnight at Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, the world’s northernmost full-service hotel when booking a cabin with private facilities on board MS Nordstjernen. If you have booked a cabin with shared facilities, an overnight at charming Coal Miners’ Cabins is included. Hotel upgrade is available on request.

Coal Miner´s Cabins, Longyearbyen
Coal Miner´s Cabins, Longyearbyen.
Photo: Jarle Hagen
View of Longyearbyen, Svalbard
View of Longyearbyen, a surprisingly cosmopolitan frontier town.
Visit to Camp Berentz, Svalbard
Visit to Camp Barentz, 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

After breakfast, join a tour of Longyearbyen that includes the Svalbard Museum and Camp Barentz. Once aboard MS Nordstjernen, 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
Glaciers and mountains in the Magdalenefjord
Glaciers and mountains in the Magdalenefjord.

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.

Glaciers and mountains in the Magdalenefjord
Glaciers and mountains in the Magdalenefjord.
MS Nordstjernen sailing on the Magdalenafjord
MS Nordstjernen sailing on the Magdalenafjord.
Photo: Pablo Salazar Rojo
Curious polar bear cubs
Curious polar bear cubs.
Photo: Dominic Barrington
Landing near Kongsfjorden
Landing near Kongsfjorden with MS Nordstjernen.
Photo: Knut Dreiås
Close to walruses
Get close to walruses.
Photo: Morten Hilmer
Day 4
Kongsfjorden & Ny-Ålesund
Fjords, Glaciers and Research
Landing near Kongsfjorden
Landing near Kongsfjorden with MS Nordstjernen.
Photo: Knut Dreiås

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

This Arctic adventure ends in Longyearbyen. An early morning transfer bus will take you to the airport for your flight home.

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. If you have booked a cabin with shared facilities (D or E), your hotel is Coal Miners’ Cabins
  • 3 hours Sightseeing in Longyearbyen incl. Museum and Camp Barentz, ending at the pier
  • 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

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
MS Nordstjernen passing an iceberg at Spitsbergen
Photo: Trym Ivar Bergsmo
On board MS Nordstjernen there is a good, old speedometer.
Photo: Spitsbergen Travel
Arranging for dinner on board MS Nordstjernen.
Photo: Spitsbergen Travel

Your ship

MS Nordstjernen

Year built 1956
Shipyard Blohm & Voss
Passenger capacity 149
Beds 150
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 2191
Length 80,77 m
Beam 12,6
Speed 15 knots
MS Nordstjernen passing an iceberg at Spitsbergen
Photo: Trym Ivar Bergsmo

MS Nordstjernen is named after the North Star or Stella Polaris, famous for helping seafarers find their way back home and the Vikings to navigate the north.

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Welcome to the bar! MS Nordstjernen.
Photo: Petra Wöbke – Guest image
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