Circumnavigating Spitsbergen - In the Realm of the Polar Bear
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MS Spitsbergen
10 days

Circumnavigating Spitsbergen – In the Realm of the Polar Bear

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$ 9,499
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
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Departures
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  • Comfortable and intimate expedition experience aboard refurbished MS Spitsbergen
  • Attempt to sail above 80°N and fully circumnavigate the island of Spitsbergen
  • Summertime offers good chances of sighting polar bears hunting on the sea ice
  • See beautiful fjords, glaciers, and icebergs in the pristine Arctic wilderness

Itinerary

This epic voyage will see us attempt to find a way through the Arctic’s ever-changing sea ice and venture above the 80th parallel north. Our goal is to successfully complete a circumnavigation of the island of Spitsbergen, if the ice allows us.
Day 1
Oslo / Longyearbyen
From 59º N to 78º N
Modern architecture in Bjørvika, Oslo
Modern architecture in Bjørvika, Oslo.

Your trip starts with a flight from Oslo in the evening. Before your flight, enjoy the museums, parks and cafés of the Norwegian capital. On arrival in Longyearbyen, you will set foot in an entirely different world: a tiny town perched on the edge of the Arctic wilderness. Transfer to your hotel and overnight.

Modern architecture in Bjørvika, Oslo
Modern architecture in Bjørvika, Oslo.
Midnight Sun in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Midnight Sun in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
Photo: Petra Wöbke
Welcome sign Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Welcome sign Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
Photo: Hanne Feyling
Polar bear crossing sign, Longyearbyen, Svalbard!
Polar bear crossing sign, Longyearbyen, Svalbard!
Photo: Dominic Barrington
Day 2
Longyearbyen
The Norwegian Stronghold in the High Arctic
Welcome sign Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Welcome sign Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
Photo: Hanne Feyling

After an overnight stay, join an excursion to get to know this unique town after lunch. The mighty Arctic wilderness dominates life here, but Longyearbyen maintains a lively cultural life and serves as a prime destination for adventure travellers. Enjoy the atmosphere of this colorful frontier outpost before boarding your ship in the afternoon.

Day 3-4
North West Spitsbergen National Park
Exploring Amazing Fjords with Fascinating History
Puffin swimming in the Isfjord, Svalbard
Puffin swimming in the Isfjord, Svalbard
Photo: Dominic Barrington

The North West Corner is scattered with lovely islands, fjords and beaches, but such majestic sights can be blocked by heavy sea ice. We use all our expertise and 120 years of experience in these waters to try and navigate the ice in order to access areas for you to explore. One such site is Kongsfjorden, one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, framed by stunning mountain formations. We also plan to call on the former mining settlement of Ny-Ålesund, now an international centre for research, with a picturesque mix of old and new buildings. There will likely be many other exciting landings and scenic kayaking opportunities if we are able to move past the ice and go further north.

Puffin swimming in the Isfjord, Svalbard
Puffin swimming in the Isfjord, Svalbard
Photo: Dominic Barrington
Wooden house in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard
Wooden house in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard.
Photo: Stefan Dall
Gazing walrus near Kvitøya, Svalbard
Gazing walrus near Kvitøya, Svalbard
Photo: Stefan Dall
Visiting Kinnvika, a bay in the Murchisonfjord, where a swedish-finish research station was established from 1957-58.
Visiting Kinnvika, a bay in the Murchisonfjord, where a swedish-finish research station was established from 1957-58.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
A polar bear strolling around on the beach on Phippsøya, Svalbard
A polar bear strolling around on the beach on Phippsøya, Svalbard
Photo: Linda Drake
Day 5-7
Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserve
Enjoy Expedition Days in the Arctic
Visiting Kinnvika, a bay in the Murchisonfjord, where a swedish-finish research station was established from 1957-58.
Visiting Kinnvika, a bay in the Murchisonfjord, where a swedish-finish research station was established from 1957-58.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Eastern Svalbard boasts the highest population of polar bears in the archipelago. You will also be exploring the area in summertime, which is when polar bears and their cubs will be out hunting for seals on the ice floes. We therefore have high hopes that you’ll spot one or more during this journey.

The Arctic Ocean in this part of Svalbard is also full of drifting ice and its frozen seascape changes constantly. Being modern-day explorers, the captain and the Expedition Team will be carefully analysing the density and movements of the sea ice using advanced sonar and live satellite imagery. They will then discuss together and decide where we can safely sail or land. This is what makes this cruise an expedition; it is a true, suspense-filled adventure into the Arctic’s great wilderness, negotiating and adapting to whatever elements nature challenges us with. Ultimately, it is the sea ice that will determine whether we can cross the 80th parallel and head further north to Sjuøyane (Seven Islands) at the extreme of the Svalbard archipelago. Again, depending on sea and weather conditions at the time, we will sail through the Hinlopen Strait, before continuing towards Edgeøya, the third largest island in the archipelago.  

Day 8
South Spitsbergen National Park and the area of Bellsund
The Expedition Continues
Photo paradise in Burgerbukta, outlet for subsidiary glaciers
Photo paradise in Burgerbukta, outlet for subsidiary glaciers
Photo: Nina Helland

Our aim for these days is to navigate any sea ice and reach the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen. The varied geology here at Hornsund has created a dramatic and photogenic landscape. Ice pushed into the fjord early in the season also attracts polar bears  that hunt on the floes, so with a bit of luck, we may spot this magnificent predator.

Photo paradise in Burgerbukta, outlet for subsidiary glaciers
Photo paradise in Burgerbukta, outlet for subsidiary glaciers
Photo: Nina Helland
High mountains and bird cliffs surround Bellsund, Svalbard
High mountains and bird cliffs surround Bellsund, Svalbard
Photo: Per Lillehagen
Encountering Svalbard reindeer
Say hi to the Svalbard reindeer.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Hiking in Skansebukta
Going for a hike in Skansebukta.
Photo: Stefan Dall
Day 9
The Isfjord
Fjord, Wilderness
Encountering Svalbard reindeer
Say hi to the Svalbard reindeer.
Photo: Camille Seaman

We will spend the day exploring the Isfjord, the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard. In the inner parts of Isfjorden, the landscape changes constantly. The immense U-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area some ten thousand years ago, are home to large populations of the Svalbard reindeer

Day 10
Longyearbyen / Oslo
End of the Expedition
Mountain landscape surrounding Longyearbyen
Mountain landscape surrounding Longyearbyen.
Photo: Stefan Dall

Our return to the colourful town of Longyearbyen marks the end of a remarkable voyage that brought us just a few hundred miles from the Geographical North Pole. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Oslo.

Mountain landscape surrounding Longyearbyen
Mountain landscape surrounding Longyearbyen.
Photo: Stefan Dall
A statue honouring the Polar bear, Longyearbyen
See the statue honouring the Polar bear in Longyearbyen.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
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 Expedition

Flights  

  • Return flights in economy class between Oslo and Longyearbyen 

Hotel  

  • Overnight in Longyearbyen before the expedition cruise, including breakfast and lunch  

Transfers  

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

Expedition Cruise   

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported. 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities onboard and ashore 
  • Range of included excursions 

Onboard Activities 

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics 
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes 
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’shot tubs, panoramic sauna,and indoor gym
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come 

Landing Activities 

  • Escorted landingswith small expedition boatswhile in Antarctica 
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographer´s help with your camera settings before landings

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights  
  • Travel insurance 
  • Luggage handling 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team   
  • Optional treatments in the wellness and spa area  

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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A group of people posing for the camera
Photo: Stefan Dall / Hurtigruten
A room filled with furniture and a large window
Photo: © Tor Farstad

Your Ship

MS Spitsbergen

Year built 2009
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo (POR)
Passenger capacity 335
Beds 243
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 7,344
Length 100.54 m/ 330 ft
Beam 18.0 m/ 59 ft
Speed 14.5 knots
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