Svalbard in Spring – The Return of the Sun

Svalbard in Spring – The Return of the Sun

  • Attempt

Svalbard in Spring – The Return of the Sun

Svalbard in Spring – The Return of the Sun

  • Attempt
Travel information 8 days MS Spitsbergen
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

An icy wonderland 

Witness the reawakening of life during spring in Svalbard. Starting in Oslo and sailing to Longyearbyen, this concentrated voyage takes you through untouched snowscapes with serene fjords, snowcapped mountains and glittering glaciers. You’ll discover the incredible scenery of Northwest Spitsbergen National Park and get an understanding of climate science in Ny-Ålesund. 

Wildlife reigns 

Long days under the Midnight Sun and lingering winter ice give us a great opportunity to spot Arctic wildlife. Look out for returning birds like Little Auks and Arctic Terns, as well as Arctic foxes, Svalbard reindeer and walruses. With luck, we may even see the elusive polar bear. If conditions allow, we’ll sail above the 80th parallel north and scout for wildlife along the ice edge. 

Svalbard in Spring – The Return of the Sun Svalbard in Spring – The Return of the Sun

Our Attempts are voyages where we challenge the elements in true expedition style. As we explore these remote and captivating areas in a safe way, our adventure will ultimately be guided by nature. If weather, sea or ice conditions do not allow our planned navigation, our experienced crew will deliver an adapted itinerary. Flexibility and our deep knowledge of the area combine to give you an amazing exploration experience.

  • Day 1

    Explore cosmopolitan Oslo

    Enjoy time in Oslo before flying to Svalbard 

    Your adventure begins in Oslo, Norway’s fjord-side capital. If you have time, why not explore the city and enjoy what it has to offer. 

    With its rich history, diverse eateries and lively art scene, Oslo is a fascinating place. You'll find museums, galleries, and some very modern architecture – including the beautiful Opera House and new Munch Museum.  And the city is compact enough to explore in a leisurely manner. 

    Take a stroll in the Ekebergparken sculpture park, visit Akershus Fortress, or relax in a floating sauna in the fjord. Explore modern Sørenga to sample urban beach life and perhaps try some New Nordic cuisine before you spend the night in your airport hotel. 

    Day 1

    Explore cosmopolitan Oslo

  • Day 2

    Longyearbyen adventures

    Explore colourful Longyearbyen 

    After your morning flight to Longyearbyen, it’s time to explore the world's northernmost town, a colourful frontier settlement where people are outnumbered by snowmobiles. 

    Longyearbyen is perfect for exploring on foot. Stroll down the main street and you might see Svalbard reindeer saunter by. Although wild, they're curious and tame.   

    Before boarding your ship in the afternoon and continuing your Arctic discovery, join an included excursion and get a glimpse of this amazing polar bear–inspired region at the top of the world. And if you’d like to discover even more of Longyearbyen’s special surroundings, why not join our optional Pre-Programme. 

    Day 2

    Longyearbyen adventures

  • Day 3

    Peaceful Ny-Ålesund 

    Experience science, serenity and epic scenery 

    Today you’ll discover the serenity of Ny-Ålesund and neighbouring fjords such as Krossfjord and Kongsfjord. Disconnect and enjoy a day without distractions as the Norwegian Mapping Authority’s nearby geodetic station means we must switch off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. 

    One of the northernmost settlements and a former mining town, Ny-Ålesund was the starting point for Roald Amundsen’s expeditions north with the airship ‘Norge’. Now a hub for global science and climate research, you can still see remnants of the town’s history. 

    You’ll be immersed in rugged, glacial scenery as we explore the fjords around Ny-Ålesund. Be ready for adventure; we’ll seize any opportunity to launch our small expedition boats, go ashore to hike or cruise by majestic glaciers. 

    Day 3

    Peaceful Ny-Ålesund 

  • Day 4
    Northwest corner of Spitsbergen

    Northwest corner of Spitsbergen

    Explore pristine snowscapes under the Midnight Sun 

    Making our way to the northwest corner of Spitsbergen, we’ll cruise through Sørgattet, the southern entrance to Smeerenburgfjord. The light of the Midnight Sun gives us plenty of time to explore this breathtakingly scenic area. 

    In the shadow of soaring snowcapped mountains, you’ll discover pristine icescapes as the summer just touches the region. Marvel at the array of majestic glaciers and get an insight into the area’s whaling past. On the cliffs above, look out for returning Arctic birds like Little Auks, Arctic Terns, skuas, Eider Ducks and Barnacle Geese, 

    If conditions allow, we may even cross 80th parallel north and explore the ever-changing ice edge. 

    Day 4
    Northwest corner of Spitsbergen

    Northwest corner of Spitsbergen

  • Day 5-6
    Expedition days

    Expedition days

    Experience Arctic wilderness in the far north 

    Over the next two days, we’ll explore the natural beauty and rugged tundra of Northwest Spitsbergen National Park. In this wilderness of steep mountains, stark glaciers and beautiful offshore islands, we’ll scan for some of the animals of the Arctic – seals, walruses and reindeer. Early in the season, there’s a good chance we may spot polar bears too, so we’ll be on the lookout for these iconic but elusive predators. And as we progress further into June, we may see whales returning to the region for summer. 

    Each day will be different. From landings to kayaking, be ready for anything as your Captain and Expedition Leader decide on the best landing sites and activities based on the day’s conditions.  

    Perhaps we’ll head to the snowcapped peaks of Raudfjord, or to Liefdefjord, to see the magnificent Monacobreen glacier as it calves into the sea. 

    Day 5-6
    Expedition days

    Expedition days

  • Day 7

    Astonishing Isfjord

    Witness living history and ecology 

    Our expedition cruise continues into Isfjord's lush fjord system, where you'll see immense, glacier-carved valleys rich in wildlife, flora and human history.  

    To the north, Alkehornet is home to guillemots, kittiwakes, Svalbard reindeer and Arctic foxes. The clear traces of the area’s whaling and hunting past are visible on beaches and in bays. Farther south, we’ll pass the former Isfjord Radio satellite communication station, now one of the world's most beautifully situated hotels.  

    Our activities today will be determined by the ever-changing weather conditions of Isfjord. Your Expedition Team will decide on the best possibilities for exploring on the day. 

    Day 7

    Astonishing Isfjord

  • Day 8

    Return to Longyearbyen

    A final day on top of the world 

    Your Arctic adventure comes to an end back in Longyearbyen. A transfer will take you to the airport for your flight to Oslo. You'll return home knowing more about Arctic animals, history, polar ice and climate change than you arrived with – and memories of an incredible experience. 

    If you’re not ready to say goodbye just yet, why not spend some more time in the Arctic and join our optional Post-Programme. 

    Day 8

    Return to Longyearbyen


What’s included


  • Flights in economy class between Oslo and Longyearbyen    


  • All transfers in Longyearbyen including an excursion and lunch before the expedition cruise  


  • Overnight in Oslo before the expedition cruise, including light dinner and breakfast  

Expedition Cruise 

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in restaurant Aune  
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board† 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 

*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water 

†Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to, and streaming is not supported. When in Svalbard, there is no Wi-Fi or mobile coverage, except in Longyearbyen. 

Onboard Activities 

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team 
  • Full use of our Science Center, library and advanced biological and geological equipment 
  • Citizen Science Programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscapes and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer 
  • Use of ship's hot tubs, panoramic sauna and gym 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings 

Landing Activities 

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats 
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities 
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you 


  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change 
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements  
  • No gratuities expected 
  • Depending on your individual flight times, an additional overnight in Oslo before the expedition cruise might be necessary (not included) 

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights 
  • Additional overnight(s) if required due to international flight timings 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Luggage handling 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team 
MS Spitsbergen
Longyearbyen, Svalbard - MS Spitsbergen
Photo: Genna Roland
A group of people posing for the camera
Photo: Stefan Dall / Hurtigruten
Your ship

MS Spitsbergen

Year built 2009
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo (POR)
Passenger capacity 220
Beds 243
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 7,344
Length 100.54m
Beam 18m
Speed 14.5 knots
MS Spitsbergen

MS Spitsbergen is named after the crown jewel of Arctic Norway – the Svalbard archipelago and its biggest island, Spitsbergen. Hurtigruten has a long history of travelling to Spitsbergen, beginning in 1896 with the `Sports Route´.

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