MS Nordstjernen
6 days

Spitsbergen & Polar Bears – an Arctic Adventure (Sunday to Friday)

Price from
1490 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Nordstjernen
6 days

Spitsbergen & Polar Bears – an Arctic Adventure (Sunday to Friday)

Price from
1490 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Spitsbergen and Polar Bears – an Arctic Adventure (Sunday to Friday)
Departures
2022
May:
15.
22.
29.
June:
5.
12.
19.
26.
July:
3.
10.
17.
24.
31.
August:
7.
14.
21.
28.
  • 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

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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
On the Edge of Wilderness
Longyearbyen
Photo: Genna Roland

Your cruise package 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 the boutique hotel Funken Lodge when booking a cabin with private facilities on board and an overnight at charming Coal Miners’ Cabins when booking a cabin with shared facilities. Hotel upgrade is available on request.

Longyearbyen
Photo: Genna Roland
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, and check out, take your bags to the bus to 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
Magdalenefjorden
Photo: Avaux Jean Louis

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.

Magdalenefjorden
Photo: Avaux Jean Louis
A walrus colony on Moffen, Svalbard
A walrus colony on Moffen, Svalbard.
Photo: Stefan Dall
Curious polar bear cubs
Curious polar bear cubs.
Photo: Dominic Barrington
Landscape in Ny-Ålesund
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Close to walruses
Get close to walruses.
Photo: Morten Hilmer
Day 4
Kongsfjorden & Ny-Ålesund
Fjords, Glaciers and Research
Landscape in Ny-Ålesund
Photo: Oscar Farrera

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
Say goodbye to the Arctic
Mountain landscape surrounding Longyearbyen
Mountain landscape surrounding Longyearbyen.
Photo: Stefan Dall

Your Spitsbergen adventure is over for this time. After transfer to the airport, it's time for the flight back home in the afternoon. Alternatively you could add a post package and enjoy the local area.

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

Hotel

  • One night at the hotel in Longyearbyen before the expedition cruise, including light dinner and breakfast
  • One night at the hotel Longyearbyen after the expedition cruise incl. light lunch, dinner and breakfast

Transfers

  • Transfers between airport and hotel in Longyearbyen
  • 3 hours Sightseeing in Longyearbyen incl. Museum and Camp Barentz, ending at the pier
  • Transfer between ship and hotel in Longyearbyen

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats while in Svalbard

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights 
  • Travel insurance  
  •  Luggage handling 

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change  
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements 
  • No gratuities expected 
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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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