MS Spitsbergen will take you on a voyage beyond the ordinary.
About the ship
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'.
After a complete reconstruction, MS Spitsbergen joined the Hurtigruten fleet in 2016. The ship features high technical standards as well as comfortable, modern public areas and cabins. The vessel's fresh Scandinavian design reflects a colour palette derived from the sea. She is modern and environmentally progressive and will undergo further improvements that will reduce emissions and fuel consumption even more. The new ship’s maneuverability and optimal size make her quite suitable for exploring polar waters.
Premium expedition comfort
MS Spitsbergen has her own onboard Expedition Team which serves as a university at sea. Interesting lectures inside the ship as well as out on the sun deck make cruising with her an exciting and educational journey. Topics depend on the season and the waters in which we sail. The Expedition Team hosts a lecture programme and evening gatherings daily. Out on deck, you can participate in live points of interest to learn more about the nature, culture and other phenomena we encounter along the coast. In addition, the Expedition Team will introduce you to the uniquely Norwegian notion of 'friluftsliv' (outdoor life), and encourage you take part in 'friluftsliv' hikes and activities throughout the cruise.
Interior and Cabins
After complete reconstruction, MS Spitsbergen joined the Hurtigruten fleet in 2016. The ship features high technical standards as well as comfortable, modern public areas and cabins. The vessel's fresh Scandinavian design reflects a colour palette derived from the sea.
On board, we serve a delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all in accordance with your daily programme. Mealtimes will be announced in the daily programme.
Explorer Lounge & Bar
The Explorer Lounge offer large panoramic windows with ample and comfortable seats. There will be binoculars for sale in the onboard shop. And the Explorer Bar, also hosting daily multimedia presentations and professional lectures by expert scientists and wildlife experts.
This is the core of the onboard experience. The Science Center is packed with state of the art technology and high tech gadgets such as touch screens and science equipment. This is where guests and staff/crew meet, mingle and create a deeper understanding for the areas you explore. The flexible venue features lecture spaces, a small library, and speciality areas for workshops in photography, biology, and more. This is also where you'll find Hurtigruten’s hand picked Expedition Team.
The reception is the place where you will find the central bulletin board with daily program and other valuable information on the expedition experience.
For a nice relaxing time our two hot tubs with capacity for 5 guests each. Located on the Expedition deck are ideal.
Our cozy Polar Inside cabins are located on all decks. All cabins include bathrooms with a shower/toilet. Most of the cabins have double beds, while some are equipped with separate beds where one doubles as a sofa, or upper and lower berths. All cabins have individual specifications.
Our Polar Outside cabins are mostly situated on the middle or lower decks and all have bathrooms with a shower/toilet. Most have double beds, while others offer separate beds (where one is a sofa bed) or upper berths. All cabins have individual specifications.
Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of our Arctic Superior cabins. Situated on both the upper and middle decks, they all have bathrooms with shower/toilet. They are also equipped with tea- and coffee-making facilities. All cabins have individual specifications.
Our Expeditions Suites are the most luxurious cabins on the ship. Situated on the ship’s upper deck, the cabins feature seating areas with TV, and bathrooms with shower/toilet, all with double beds. Some suites have more amenities than others. An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.
Explore our decks
- Year of refurbishment - 2016
- Passenger capacity - 180
- Ship yard - Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo, Portugal
- Year built - 2009
- Gross tonnage - 7344 T
- Beam - 18 m
- Length - 100 m
- Speed - 14,5 knots
Upcoming Cruises with MS Spitsbergen
Circumnavigating Svalbard - The Ultimate Expedition
8 departures between Sep 2022 and Sep 2023 - 12 days
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Circumnavigating Spitsbergen - In the Realm of the Polar Bear
10 departures between Sep 2022 and Sep 2023 - 10 days
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