Spitsbergen & Polar Bears

an Arctic Adventure (Sunday to Friday)

Departure date
6 days

From 2024, all sailings on MS Nordstjernen will be operated by Hurtigruten Norway.

Norwegian Coastal Express

Cruise Overview

The landscapes and wildlife of the Arctic

  • 6-day Arctic expedition cruise of the Svalbard archipelago aboard charming MS Nordstjernen, sailing among spectacular scenery and wildlife.

  • Enjoy an overnight stay in Longyearbyen before a tour of Spitsbergen’s Arctic fjords, looking out for birdlife, walrus, whales and polar bears.

  • Take in the breathtaking scenery of the Arctic as we tour the archipelago under the Midnight Sun – this is Arctic adventure at its very best.

Majestic glaciers, jagged mountain peaks and the chance to see polar bears under the midnight sun – join us for an unforgettable expedition to Spitsbergen. 

The worlds northernmost town 

Your adventure starts in the unique town of Longyearbyen, located right at the edge of an Arctic wilderness. Enjoy a guided tour that includes visits to the Svalbard Museum before sailing the Isfjord to the Russian settlement of Barentsburg. You’ll learn about the history and culture of the people who first discovered Svalbard and even get to see some of their art on display alongside Russian artefacts.  

Where beauty and history combine 

Your Captain and Expedition Team will decide which parts of Spitsberg’s fabled North West Corner we’ll explore. We’ll attempt to land at Magdalenefjord. Framed by spectacular views of jagged mountain peaks and glaciers, you’ll be setting foot on an island with fascinating explorer and whaling history. If the conditions are favourable, we plan to sail above 80° North, bringing you within 600 nautical miles of the North Pole.  

Dramatic fjords and glaciers 

We sail the Isfjord as we near the end of our adventure. This stunning fjord forms a lush and beautiful system rich in wildlife and vegetation. Its immense U-shaped valleys here were carved out of the mountains by giant glaciers some ten thousand years ago. Your journey of discovery ends where it started in Longyearbyen, the town on top of the world.


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

Discover Longyearbyen

Day 1

Stunning Isfjorden

Day 2

The wilds of Spitsbergen

Day 3

Birdlife in Kongsfjorden

Day 4

Cruising into Isfjorden

Day 5

Return to Longyearbyen

Day 6

What's included


  • One night at the hotel in Longyearbyen before the expedition cruise, including light dinner and breakfast 
  • One night at the hotel Longyearbyen after the expedition cruise incl. light lunch, dinner and breakfast 


  • Transfers between airport and hotel in Longyearbyen 
  • 3 hours Sightseeing in Longyearbyen incl. Museum and Camp Barentz, ending at the pier 
  • Transfer between ship and hotel in Longyearbyen 

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner  
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to and streaming is not supported. When in Svalbard, there is no Wi-Fi or mobile coverage except in Longyearbyen. 

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come 

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats while in Svalbard 
  • Loan of trekking poles and thermal suits for activities 

What's not included

  • International flights  

  • Travel insurance 

  • Luggage handling

Included Programmes

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

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