– Remote, mysterious and extreme
Longyearbyen is, despite its size, a colorful modern town with first-class facilities.
  • High Arctic with the experts
    As the pioneer of adventure travel in Svalbard, we use our knowledge to show you the best of this Arctic treasure.
  • Unforgettable wilderness
    Get close to glaciers, fjords and dramatic national parks to experience beauty unlike anywhere else on the planet.
  • Realm of the polar bear
    Encounter rich wildlife, from whales and Arctic foxes to amazing birdlife and the ruler of Svalbard, the polar bear.
  • Sustainable adventure
    Our expedition cruises are created with sustainability as a priority. Take part in beach clean-ups and get a deeper understanding of Svalbard’s ecosystem.
Longyearbyen is, despite its size, a colorful modern town with first-class facilities.
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Spitsbergen is the crown of Arctic Norway; an island forged by wind, ocean, ice and snow. Its location creates a biological hot spot, where the frigid Arctic Ocean meets the warmer currents of the Gulf Stream. We might get lucky and spot a polar bear searching for seals.
Taking the time to enjoy the light on the magical island of Spitsbergen in Ny-Ålesund.


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    is a small and lively town perched on the edge of the vast Arctic tundra.

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    is a Russian settlement in Norwegian territory, with a mining heritage and the interesting Pomor Museum.

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    Ny Ålesund

    is now an international research centre that hosts a mix of old and new buildings.

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    is an island north of Wijdefjorden on the coast of Spitsbergen, and is the largest island of the Svalbard Archipelago.

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    80° North

    Hurtigruten plans to sail above 80º N on a circumnavigation, bringing you closer than 600 nautical miles from the Geographical North Pole.

Environmental commitment

A voyage to Svalbard offers experiences close to nature’s most spectacular landscapes, genuine cultures, exceptional people and amazing wildlife. Preserving these resources in their natural, unspoiled condition is our priority - you will always experience the highest environmental awareness on board and ashore.

Photo: Arnau Ferrer
Photo: Arnau Ferrer


Hurtigruten is a full member of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators which is an international organization ensuring that tourism in the Arctic is carried out with the utmost consideration for the vulnerable natural environment, local cultures and cultural remains, as well as the challenging environment at sea and on land.

This organization provides Hurtigruten Svalbard as an operator and you as a visitor with guidelines we are committed to follow.

Register marine mammals

Hurtigruten is a participant in the Norwegian Polar Institute’s project to register marine mammals in the Arctic. Gathering this data improves insight of habitat use and seasonal migration patterns and is also used in The Environmental Monitoring of Svalbard.

Photo: Arnau Ferrer

Explore Svalbard

Svalbard is the crown of Arctic Norway. Located halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, one might expect it to be unbearable cold. However, thanks to the Gulf Stream, Spitsbergen and the other islands in the Svalbard archipelago boast a surprisingly mild climate with distinctive seasons. Among a large variety of plants and wildlife are seals, thousands of seabirds coming in every summer, the Arctic fox, reindeer, and the top predator: The polar bear.

Majestic Polarbear on ice floe
Majestic Polarbear on ice floe
Photo: La Nau de Fotografia / Shutterstock
Today about 1000 people live in Barentsburg
Today about 1000 people live in Barentsburg
Photo: ®Hanne Feyling_Spitsbergen Travel

Klondike-like atmosphere

Part of the Svalbard experience is visiting the different fascinating settlements such as Longyearbyen, Barentsburg, and Ny-Ålesund. They all have different atmospheres but they share a certain ‘pioneer’ feeling, a ‘Klondike-like’ spirit – and they all display self-reliance in their isolation from the mainland.

Longyearbyen is a colorful modern town with first-class facilities, such as excellent hotels and restaurants, and regular flight connections to mainland Norway, as well as an impressive range of activities to suit every traveler.


With Hurtigruten, you can choose among a variety of expedition sailings on the MS Fram or MS Nordstjernen, or add a Spitsbergen adventure as an extension to your coastal Norway voyage with flights from Tromsø. Our expedition-style landings will take you close to the Arctic wildlife, ghost towns of the early whaling stations, remote mining towns, research communities, and spectacular fjords and icebergs.

Photo: Venke-Ivarrud_Ba¦èttur-Lang+©ysund