Norway and Spitsbergen - Hurtigruten's Sportsman's Route

Join us for a very special spring voyage! See Norway’s iconic fjords, learn about coastal culture and visit colorful fishing villages on our way north to the Arctic on our classic Sportsman’s Route. Get close to nature and experience genuine Norwegian “friluftsliv” (outdoor life) adventures.

  • Sail on an epic cruise from Norway’s spectacular fjords to Arctic Svalbard
  • Visit places far off the beaten track
  • Experience Norwegian spring in the south and winter in the north
  • Explore coastal communities few others visit

Itinerary

Cruise Itinerary

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the purest and most remote waters of the world. As with all expeditions, nature prevails. Safety is always our top priority. We continuously evaluate our cruises to adapt to unexpected weather, ice and sea conditions, and exciting nature opportunities. That’s why we call it an expedition.

Departure April 23, 2020

Departs from Bergen, Norway
Overview

Spring in the Fjords

Join us for a very special “Arctic spring Norway” expedition cruise to explore Norway’s 63,000 mile-long coastline along our historic Sportsmans Route!

We take you from the verdant spring foliage of the south to the high, snowy mountains of North Norway and Svalbard under the Midnight Sun.

Local Knowledge for a Richer Experience

No one knows Norway’s coast better than Hurtigruten. MS Spitsbergen and crew share that experience when taking you to amazing Geirgangerfjord and seldom-visited smaller ports. We use our local knowledge to deliver an authentic coastal experience that no other Norwegian cruise line can match.

Our expedition team will look for great opportunities to take you kayaking, walking and hiking. See iconic landmarks on this special Norwegian coastal cruise and explore some of the country´s hidden treasures.  

Svalbard Awaits

After exhilarating experiences along the Norwegian coast, MS Spitsbergen sails towards the Arctic wilderness of Svalbard. If conditions allow, we will attempt a landing at Bjørnøya to scout for rich wildlife. Our expedition cruise ends in the fascinating town of Longyearbyen.

Day 1: Bergen

Beautiful Bergen

Embarkation

Explore Bergen’s historic harbor area, fronted by wooden houses of Bryggen dating back as far as the 1300s. Stroll through the port city’s narrow alleyways or take a funicular ride to the summit of Mount Fløyen before boarding MS Spitsbergen..

Day 2: Værlandet

Værlandet

Full Day

Værlandet is a small island group north of Sognefjorden and home to a robust fishing community. You’ll get the chance to experience  Norwegian “friluftsliv” (outdoor life) here, with many hikiing options. Perhaps you’d like to climb 1,578 ft high Mt. Alden for the stunning view.

Day 3: Geiranger & Ålesund

Geiranger & Art Nouveau Ålesund

Take in the scenery of surrealistically beautiful Geirangerfjord as we sail this through this UNESCO World Heritage site.

We then spend the afternoon in lovley Ålesund, rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style after a disastrous fire in 1904. Visit the Art Nouveau Center or walk up Aksla Mountain (for unforgettable views!).  

Day 4: Åndalsnes

Åndalsnes

Full Day

We will spend a full day in Åndalsnes, set at the foot of spectacular mountains. The Trollstigen mountain road and Vermafossen waterfall are both popular attractions here.

Day 5: Frøya

Life in Remote Beauty

Half Day

Located off the coast of Trøndelag, the Frøya Islands are home to around 4,200 people who are proud of the fantastic outdoor life of their islands as well as their thriving coastal culture.

Day 6: Værøy

Further West

Full Day

Værøy is a small island in the western part of Lofoten with only 780 inhabitants, nearly half of whom work in the fishing industry.  Take a walk around this very special island rich in history and scenic views.

Day 7: Reine

Idyllic Reine

Full Day

A true gem of Lofoten, Reine is the iconic Norwegian fishing village. Its beauty has inspired artists since the 1880s. Traditional fisherman’s cottages (rorbuer) perch on stilts above the water’s edge with a backdrop of steep granite peaks. Take your time here to soak in the serenity. 

Day 8: Svolvær

The Capital of Lofoten

Full Day

At the heart of Lofoten is the picturesque town of Svolvær - a fishing village where age-old maritime traditions are still practiced.  The harbor area is a great place to stroll around and admire the fishing boats, or maybe take a hike into the nearby mountains.

Day 9: Sommarøy

An Arctic Paradise

Full Day

Sommarøy is a group of small islands with lovely white sand beaches and a lively fishing village. Browse the small shops for handicrafts and note the “Kaillkråa” (gentlemen’s corner) where the husbands of busy wives are parked on shopping days.

Day 10: Alta

Rock Carvings

Full Day

Alta’s history dates back more than 5,200 years, based on the UNESCO-listed rock carvings found nearby. We recommend walking up to the top of Komsafjellet – 700 ft above sea level – for a spectacular view over the town and fjord.

Day 11: Hornvika, Skarsvåg & Gjesvær

North Cape Cliff

Early in the morning, we sail past the famous North Cape cliff. You can choose from two optional activities here - a hike up the steep path from Hornvika, or bus trip from Skarsvåg to the top of the cape. The ship continues to Gjesvær, where the excursion participants re-board.

Day 12: At sea

Towards Svalbard

Spend this day at sea preparing yourself before the last part of our adventure, Svalbard. The expedition team will present lectures in the Science Center, or you can just relax by the window with a book and enjoy being at sea.

Day 13: Bjørnøya

Isolated Habitat

Full Day

This isolated island hosts arguably the largest concentration of sea birds in the Northern Hemisphere. Weather conditions will determine if we can attempt to go ashore on this ruggedly beautiful island.

Day 14: Longyearbyen

End of the Expedition

Disembarkation

Our adventure ends in the Arctic frontier town of Longyearbyen, where we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Oslo.

Arrival May 06, 2020

Location Longyearbyen / Oslo
What's included

INCLUDED IN YOUR EXPEDITION:

  • Hurtigruten expeditioncruise in the cabin grade of your choice    
  • Transfer ship to airport in Longyearbyen
  • Coach-class flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE

  • rich program 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 in 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 program, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  • Introductory photo lecture, including camera adjustments and tips and tricks
  • Photos and film/video footage from the voyage shared in the 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
  • farewell event  

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • All meals including beverages (beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all ship restaurants)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  •  Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner 
  • Gym, outdoor hot tubs and sauna with windows
  • Free Wi-fi onboard 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 EXPEDITION:

  • International flights
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners  
  • Optional small-group adventures with our expedition team such as kayaking and hiking (availability pending weather conditions and safety)  
  • Travel protection plan
  • Luggage handling 
Life on board