MS Spitsbergen, MS Fram
10 days

Circumnavigating Spitsbergen – In the Realm of the Polar Bear

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$ 8,277
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Spitsbergen, MS Fram
10 days

Circumnavigating Spitsbergen – In the Realm of the Polar Bear

Price from
$ 8,277
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Circumnavigating Spitsbergen - In the Realm of the Polar Bear
Departures
2022
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  • Comfortable and intimate expedition experience
  • 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

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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.
Hiking near Longyearbyen surrounded by spectacular landscape
Hiking near Longyearbyen in spectacular landscape.
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
Polar bear crossing sign, Longyearbyen, Svalbard!
Polar bear crossing sign, Longyearbyen, Svalbard!
Photo: Dominic Barrington

After an overnight stay, you have the opportunity to explore the colorful frontier outpost of Longyearbyen before boarding your ship in the afternoon. An excursion after lunch is included in your voyage - or, choose from a selection of optional adventures before your voyage begins. 

Kayaking in Smeerenburg, Svalbard.
Day 3-4
North West Spitsbergen National Park
Exploring Amazing Fjords with Fascinating History
Day 3-4
North West Spitsbergen National Park
Exploring Amazing Fjords with Fascinating History
Kayaking in Smeerenburg, Svalbard.
Photo: Lise Dreistel

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
Expedition team and guetst taking water sample from small expedition boat. Water and mountains in the background.
Photo: Genna Roland
Seal swimming in icy water on Svalbard.
Photo: Genna Roland
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
Polar bears, close to Brucebyen, Svalbard.
Photo: Genna Roland
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 before we attempt to sail through the Hinlopen Strait and continuing towards Edgeøya, the third largest island in the archipelago. 

People in small expedition boat in front of the Brepollen Glacier, Hornsund.
Day 8
South Spitsbergen National Park and the area of Bellsund
The Expedition Continues
Day 8
South Spitsbergen National Park and the area of Bellsund
The Expedition Continues
People in small expedition boat in front of the Brepollen Glacier, Hornsund.
Photo: Espen Mills

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.

Samarinvågen, Svalbard.
Photo: Genna Roland
Burgerbukta, Svalbard
Photo: Genna Roland
Stunning landscape from Isfjorden
Sailing through stunning landscape in Isfjorden.
Photo: Hanne Feyling
Encountering Svalbard reindeer
Say hi to the Svalbard reindeer.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Day 9
The Isfjord
Fjord, Wilderness
Stunning landscape from Isfjorden
Sailing through stunning landscape in Isfjorden.
Photo: Hanne Feyling

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
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 

Ships

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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

Our new ship, MS Spitsbergen will take you on a voyage beyond the ordinary.

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MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2020
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Gross tonnage 11647
Length 114 m / 374 ft
Beam 20.2 m / 66 ft
Speed 13 knots

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram honors the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology and making her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in polar regions.

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MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo
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