MS Nordstjernen
6 days

Spitsbergen and Polar Bears – an Arctic Adventure (Wednesday to Monday)

Price from
1590 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Nordstjernen
6 days

Spitsbergen and Polar Bears – an Arctic Adventure (Wednesday to Monday)

Price from
1590 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • 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

This adventure cruise on MS Nordstjernen is the essential Spitsbergen experience. Spend one night on land and the rest at sea sailing along the west coast of Spitsbergen. Explore the beautiful glaciers and fjords, and scan for wildlife. If we are lucky, we might get to see the King of the Arctic; the polar bear.

Spitsbergen and Polar Bears – an Arctic Adventure (Wednesday to Monday)
  • Day 1
    Longyearbyen, Svalbard

    Mining History and Arctic Nature

    Your adventure starts with an overnight stay to enjoy Longyearbyen´s galleries, pubs, restaurants and magnificent setting on the edge of wilderness. Reminders of mining heritage are everywhere in this frontier town. The cruise package includes an overnight at the premium 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. 

    If you would like to explore more of Longyearbyen before your cruise add one of our pre-programmes to your booking.

    Day 1
    Longyearbyen, Svalbard

    Mining History and Arctic Nature

  • Day 2
    Longyearbyen & Barentsburg

    Settlements of the Far North

    Estimated time of departure is 5:00 PM

    After breakfast,you can join a tour in the local area, giving you a great introduction to the colourful settlement and the history of the region. Next, it´s time to embark on MS Spitsbergen to sail the Isfjord to the Russian settlement of Barentsburg. Here you can explore Russian artefacts and architecture, join a folklore show or soak up real Russian atmosphere in the local pub.

    Day 2
    Longyearbyen & Barentsburg

    Settlements of the Far North

  • Day 3
    Magdalenefjorden & the North West Corner

    Into the Arctic Wilderness

    This area is rich with islands, fjords and beaches and heritage: a whaling station and graveyard that dates from the 16th century. We hope to make a landing here and explore this wonderful Arctic wilderness. Keep a sharp eye out! We hope to encounter polar bears, whales and seals.

    Day 3
    Magdalenefjorden & the North West Corner

    Into the Arctic Wilderness

  • Day 4
    Woodfjorden, Liefdefjorden, Moffen & 80°North

    Scanning for Polar Bears

    North West Spitsbergen National Park features beautiful terrain, as well as the fast-moving Monaco glacier and Jotunkjeldane thermal springs. We may spot a polar bear searching for bird eggs nearby. Be on the lookout for whales and seals as well. If the conditions are favourable, we will sail past 80° North.  

    Day 4
    Woodfjorden, Liefdefjorden, Moffen & 80°North

    Scanning for Polar Bears

  • Day 5
    Kongsfjorden & Ny-Ålesund

    Fjords, Glaciers and Research

    Kongsfjorden is the largest fjord in the Northwest coast of Spitsbergen and home to the majestic Kongsbreen glacier. Later, we dock at Ny-Ålesund. Situated at 78º 55’ N, this is one of the world’s northernmost year-round communities. It is now an advanced High Arctic research station.

    Day 5
    Kongsfjorden & Ny-Ålesund

    Fjords, Glaciers and Research

  • Day 6
    Longyearbyen - Disembarkation

    Flying Home from the Arctic

    Estimated time of arrival is 8:00 AM

    This Arctic adventure ends in Longyearbyen. Transfers are available from the ship in the morning, giving you the option to spend some time in Longyearbyen before your afternoon flight. Alternatively, add a post package to really get to know the area. 

    Day 6
    Longyearbyen - Disembarkation

    Flying Home from the Arctic

Departures

  • 2022
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
    18 May
    25 May
  • Jun
    1 Jun
    8 Jun
    15 Jun
    22 Jun
    29 Jun
  • Jul
    6 Jul
    13 Jul
    20 Jul
    27 Jul
  • Aug
    3 Aug
    10 Aug
    17 Aug
    24 Aug
    31 Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
2022
May:
18.
25.
June:
1.
8.
15.
22.
29.
July:
6.
13.
20.
27.
August:
3.
10.
17.
24.
31.

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What's included

Included in your voyage

Hotel

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

Transfer

  • Transfer airport to hotel in Longyearbyen
  • 3 hours sightseeing including Museum and Camp Barentz ending at the pier for embarking
  • Transfer between ship and Longyearbyen airport

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

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 
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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