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Circumnavigating Spitsbergen

In the Realm of the Polar Bear

Price from £7,859

Departure Dates
4 departures between Jun 2024 and Jul 2024
10 days
Multiple Offers

Cruise Overview

Discover incredible Arctic scenery and wildlife under the Midnight Sun

  • 10-day expedition cruise of the Svalbard archipelago. Explore Longyearbyen and North West Spitsbergen National Park on an attempt to circumnavigate Spitsbergen.

  • The Midnight Sun provides perfect light for Svalbard wildlife photography of polar bears, whales, reindeer and more.

  • Optional Pre- and Post-Programmes available from Longyearbyen to Isfjorden, spotting walrus and visiting glaciers.

Land of the polar bear 

Starting out from Oslo, you‘ll fly to Longyearbyen where your adventure continues at sea. We'll then sail into Northwest Spitsbergen National Park. Take in the stunning Arctic nature as we scout for polar bears, Arctic foxes and Svalbard reindeer. You'll also have the chance to see colonies of Brunnich’s Guillemots and kittiwakes. 

Crossing the 80th parallel north 

We plan to circumnavigate Spitsbergen, and attempt to sail beyond the 80th parallel north if conditions permit. You’ll see awe-inspiring nature and wildlife, and the breathtaking Hornsund mountains, before we cruise towards stunning Isfjord and back to cosy Longyearbyen.

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Cabin 1
(2-15 years)

Available Dates

No available cabins


We'll help you plan where to go, when to visit and how long to stay

Explore cosmopolitan Oslo

Day 1

Longyearbyen adventures

Day 2

Expedition days

Day 3-5

Exploring the east

Day 6-7

Beautiful Hornsund

Day 8

Astonishing Isfjord

Day 9

Return to Longyearbyen

Day 10


- - - Attempted route, ice conditions dependent 

Our Attempts are voyages where we challenge the elements in true expedition style. As we explore these remote and captivating areas in a safe way, our adventure will ultimately be guided by nature. If weather, sea or ice conditions do not allow our planned navigation, our experienced crew will deliver an adapted itinerary. Flexibility and our deep knowledge of the area combine to give you an amazing exploration experience.

What's included


  • Return flights in economy class between Oslo and Longyearbyen    


  • Overnight in Oslo before the expedition cruise, including dinner and breakfast


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

Expedition Cruise

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in restaurant Aune  
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests (on MS Fram only) 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board† 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 

Onboard Activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team 
  • Full use of our Science Center, extensive library and advanced biological and geological equipment 
  • Citizen Science Programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer 
  • Use of ship's hot tubs, panoramic sauna and gym 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings 

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats 
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities 
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you 


  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change 
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements  
  • No gratuities expected 
  • Depending on your individual flight times, additional overnights might be necessary (not included)

What's not included

  • International flights 

  • Additional overnight(s) if required due to international flight timings

  • Travel insurance 

  • Luggage handling 

  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 

  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

Included Programmes

It's a mixture of adventure activities for individuals of all ages

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

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