Longyearbyen – Bergen

The Svalbard Line – South

Price from £2,469

£1,852

Full board

Departure Dates

8 departures between Jun 2024 and Sept 2024

Duration

10 days (8 if booked within 90 days of departure)

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The Svalbard Line – South

Price from £2,469

£1,852

Voyage overview

Start your journey by experiencing life on the Arctic frontier in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. After two nights on Spitsbergen, board MS Trollfjord to set sail south to the Norwegian coast and a variety of coastal communities large and small.

*Please note that if the date you make your booking is less than 90 days before your chosen departure date, your voyage will start on Day 3 in Longyearbyen.

  • Embark on the southbound section of our revived historic route that connects mainland Norway with Svalbard, at the edge of the world

  • Enjoy a true taste of Norway with exceptional all-inclusive Nordic cuisine and drinks on board

  • Visit a variety of charming coastal communities on mainland Norway and on Svalbard and take your pick from authentic, locally run optional excursions

  • Experience variations of summer the length of Norway, basking in 24 hours of daylight from the glorious Midnight Sun at the height of the season

Itinerary

The day-by-day programme will give you some ideas about what you can see during your voyage, but bear in mind that this itinerary is just an indication. After all, this is a sailing where the elements rule and weather conditions might vary.

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Day 1

At the edge of the world

Longyearbyen

At the edge of the world

Longyearbyen

Your High Arctic experience begins by arriving in Spitsbergen, the largest of Svalbard’s three main islands. Gaze in awe as magnificent brown and green mountains rise and ripple up from the High Arctic tundra while rivers of snow-melt trickle through the valley plains, glistening under the summer sun.   

Take a moment to just be here, now, in Svalbard. You’re at a latitude more than 78°N and under 820 miles / 1,500 kilometres from the North Pole itself. The air is fresh and pure, and the overall temperature in summer is mild thanks to a warm northern branch of the Gulf Stream.  

You’ll make your own way to Longyearbyen, nestled on the banks of a large, sweeping fjord. It is the biggest settlement in Svalbard, home to some 2,000 inhabitants from across the world. It originally sprang up as a coal mining colony in 1906. Today, it is a hub for adventure travellers, as well as scientists and engineers attached to local research projects, like the famous Global Seed Vault.  

After checking in to your hotel, in the evening you’ll visit Camp Barentz, located at the foot of Breinosa mountain. There, in the pure wilderness of the High Arctic, enjoy dinner in a cosy wooden cabin and maybe even try some bidos – a traditional, homemade Sámi stew of slow-cooked reindeer meat and vegetables.  

Tuck into your dessert outside around the campfire, perhaps under the Midnight Sun. End your first day admiring the mountains as we head back to your hotel in Longyearbyen.

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Day 2

Mini adventure in the High Arctic

Longyearbyen

Mini adventure in the High Arctic

Longyearbyen

Following your first night in Svalbard, today’s mini adventure takes you aboard hybrid-electric catamaran MS Bard. Make the most of the summer climate as you take in Spitsbergen’s magnificent landscapes at Billefjord and Nordenskiöldbreen.  

MS Bard is a groundbreaking new catamaran for day cruises. Whenever it approaches glaciers, wildlife, or settlements, it will run silently on electric propulsion. This together with its specially designed propellers create minimal noise and vibration so as not to disturb Arctic wildlife.  

Early in the season, there might still be ice in Billefjord. Switching to the boat's electric motor, we’ll carefully and silently follow the ice edge, on the lookout for seabirds, walrus, and seals. You’ll also be able to enjoy views of the beautiful and vast Nordenskiöld glacier which crumbles icebergs into the fjord.  

Along the way, you can spot abandoned coal mining town Pyramiden in the distance, so named after the shape of a nearby mountain. While a ghost town for many years, there have been recent attempts by various individuals to repopulate the area. 

On the outer park of Billefjord is Skansbukta, another small settlement and gypsum mine lost to time under the impressive cliffs. MS Bard will also sail past Svenskhuset, the oldest standing building on Spitsbergen and site of tragic lead poisoning in tinned food that claimed the lives of 17 hunters and sailors. 

Admiring the views of the fjord, glacier, mountains, and Arctic flora in bloom, you’ll make your way back to Longyearbyen on MS Bard, settling in at your hotel for your last night there.

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Day 3

Last day in Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen

Last day in Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen

Wake to Arctic sunshine and enjoy breakfast at your hotel. The last day here in Longyearbyen is yours to spend as you like.  

If you haven’t already, you can spend some time walking around the town. Browse boutique shops selling homemade chocolate, tiny galleries with artwork inspired by life on the Arctic frontier, and bars that serve up beer from the local micro-brewery. 

You can also arrange to go ‘dry’ dog sledding where the sleds are fitted with wheels instead, allowing the dogs to exercise throughout the summer season. This keeps them fit for when the snow does arrive in winter.   

However you decide to spend your day in Svalbard, return to the hotel for lunch before a transfer takes you to MS Trollfjord, your home at sea for the next week. Come evening, the ship will sail further north towards Ny-Ålesund. 

*Please note that if the date you make your booking is less than 90 days before your chosen departure date, your voyage will start on Day 3 in Longyearbyen.

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Day 4

Science on the Arctic frontier

Ny-Ålesund

Science on the Arctic frontier

Ny-Ålesund

Arise early today to enjoy impressive views of Kongsfjord, one of the largest fjords in the area. Its entrance is guarded by two colossal creaking glaciers that regularly deposit ice into the fjord.  

This stretch is also a good place to look out for walrus basking on the shores and for many different species of migrating birds, including puffins, king eiders, pink-footed geese, and guillemots.  

Arctic fox and Svalbard reindeer can sometimes be spotted on land while the white beluga whale has been known to surface in the waters here too. If we’re very lucky, we might even see a polar bear prowling the coast for bearded and ringed seals. 

At the tip of Brøgger peninsula, on one of Kongsfjord’s shores, is Ny-Ålesund. Like Longyearbyen, it began as a coal mine but became host to scientific stations from the mid 20th century. During the summer, there are over a hundred researchers based in the town, representing 20 glaciology and climate institutes from more than 10 countries. 

Wander around what is one of the northernmost settlements in the world, drop in at the local museum and souvenir shop, or send a far-flung postcard back to friends and family from the small post office.  

You can also take a guided tour of the Amundsen monument, erected here in honour of the great Norwegian explorer’s record-breaking flight to reach the North Pole in 1926. Amundsen flew the airship Norge from Ny-Ålesund and landed in Alaska three days later, successfully doing so via the North Pole.

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Day 5

Leaving Svalbard

Leaving Svalbard

Unfortunately, it’s time for us to say farewell to Svalbard and Spitsbergen and sail south back to mainland Norway.  

On board the ship, use the day to relax. If skies are clear, enjoy some summer sun out on deck and keep on the lookout for whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Or if it’s not too warm out, head to the sauna for a soothing steam.  

For some fascinating insights into local history and wildlife, catch a lecture delivered by the Coastal Experience Team. They may also offer a photography workshop to help sharpen your eye to capture stunning shots in the days to come. 

Enjoy the sumptuous food and drinks on board, courtesy of our Norway’s Coastal Kitchen concept that features the finest, most flavoursome, local Norwegian produce. As a treat, there might be tastings of regional specialities or demonstrations by our skilled onboard chefs in the show kitchen. 

You can also simply curl up with a good book in the lounge or chat with new-found friends in the bar while reminiscing together about your favourite experiences of the voyage so far.

A couple walk along a beautiful white-sand beach on the island of Senja in Norway

Day 6

Exploring ‘Little Norway’

Senja

Exploring ‘Little Norway’

Senja

After a day at sea, we arrive back to mainland Norway.

Our first stop of the day is Tromsø, to drop off any cargo from Svalbard and pick up cargo bound for ports to the south, before we continue south to Senja. The island is one of the country’s largest, and northern Norway’s fast-rising star destination, as you’d expect for a place ranked among CNN’s top ten most beautiful islands in the world.

Often proudly described by locals as a ‘mini Norway’, Senja has a concentration of diverse landscapes that mirror different parts of the Norwegian coast, from the sandy beaches, turquoise waters and lofty mountains of its northern coast to the rocky coastline and pine forests of southern Senja and Ånderdalen National Park. You'll find rolling hills and birch forests to the east.

Disembark in the charming fishing village of Torsken and explore by bus, e-bike, on foot, or take to the fjords on a wildlife safari on one of the optional excursions.

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Day 7

Fall in love with Lofoten

Svolvær – at the heart of Lofoten, Stokmarknes – the birthplace of Hurtigruten

Fall in love with Lofoten

Svolvær – at the heart of Lofoten, Stokmarknes – the birthplace of Hurtigruten

Start the day with a few hours in Stokmarknes, an historic town with a special place in our hearts. It’s the birthplace of Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express.

It’s a fitting place for the Hurtigruten Museum, where you are immersed in the atmosphere of a different era on our retired 1956 ship, MS Finnmarken, proudly encased in glass on the waterfront. 

After Stokmarknes, we’ll sail via Raftsundet and Trollfjord to Lofoten. The rest of the day is all about exploring this breathtaking archipelago. Hailed as one of the most spectacular areas in all of Norway, you’ll understand why as you see its jagged green cliffs rise dramatically out of the ocean, climbing high into the sky like giant teeth. 

The beating heart of the archipelago is the town of Svolvær where your ship will be based. There are shops and restaurants to enjoy, and the hours can be spent exploring and getting to know the town yourself. 

To experience the mountains, islands, and villages around Svolvær, choose from a variety of handpicked top Lofoten excursions. You can go fishing, kayaking, or sit back and enjoy the incredible scenery on foot or on a bus tour.

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Day 8

Highlights of the Helgeland Coast

Brønnøysund – coastal charm right in the middle of Norway

Highlights of the Helgeland Coast

Brønnøysund – coastal charm right in the middle of Norway

The ship continues south and reaches the midpoint of the Norwegian coast. This is the Helgeland Coast, a well-known stretch full of distinctive mountains that have inspired many a charming myth and local folklore.  

As we sail, look out for the Vega archipelago, a cluster of some 6,500 islands, skerries, and islets. There’s a UNESCO World Heritage Centre on the island of Gardsøy which showcases how highly prized eider down is harvested from the local eider ducks by providing little huts for them to build their nests in. 

We will base the ship in the town of Brønnøysund which features a lovely marina and a Neo-Gothic stone church from 1870. Spend your time exploring the town or joining optional excursions such as kayaking, cycling, or a cruise by RIB. 

Further along from Brønnøysund is the unique Torghatten Mountain. The first thing you’ll notice about Torghatten is the hole that pierces right through its centre. Legend states that the hole is the work of an arrow fired by a spurned troll at his would-be lover and that Torghatten Mountain itself is the fossilised hat of a Troll King who attempted to block the arrow.  

At an easy pace, it takes about an hour to reach the hole in Torghatten on an optional excursion. The panoramic view of the trees and islands stretching out before you is well worth it.

The village of Sæbø in the Hjørundfjord. Photo by: Andrea Klaussner

Day 9

Secret of the Sunnmøre Alps

Ålesund, The Hjørundfjord

Secret of the Sunnmøre Alps

Ålesund, The Hjørundfjord

The ship will make a brief stop in the town of Ålesund, known for its Art Nouveau architecture and picturesque position on a peninsula below Mount Aksla. We’ll offload any cargo here as well guests who are joining excursions. 

Near to Ålesund, cutting through the peaks of the Sunnmøre Alps, some 1,700 metres high, is magnificent Hjørundfjord. Its picture-perfect position embedded in the Sunnmøre Alps means it is the area’s hidden gem and a secret from most other ships. 

Those who do discover Hjørundfjord rank it as a serious contender for their favourite fjord in Norway. Its deep blue waters and verdant mountainsides seem perfectly proportionate and aligned, as if sculpted deliberately by nature’s artistry. 

On the western banks of one of Hjørundfjord’s branches is the idyllic village of Sæbø. This is where the ship will pick up guests who had previously left the ship at Ålesund to go on an excursion. 

We are fast approaching the last day of our voyage. While bittersweet, what better way to celebrate our Svalbard Line experience than a merry farewell dinner on our last night. It’ll also be an opportunity to look back fondly at the many highlights of this journey we’ve all shared together.

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Day 10

End of your voyage

Bergen – gateway to the fjords

End of your voyage

Bergen – gateway to the fjords

We arrive in Bergen in the morning, a beautiful city on the west coast of Norway. Majestic peaks famously surround the city, giving Bergen its nickname, “The City of Seven Mountains”. 

It’s time to disembark the ship and make your own way to the airport, but not before saying fond farewells to your fellow passengers and to the crew of MS Trollfjord who made your Svalbard Line journey such a comfortable one. Alternatively, you could choose to extend your stay in Norway. 

You’ve travelled as part of this historic, iconic voyage to pieces of paradise along the Norwegian coast you won’t soon forget. If you’ve engaged in optional excursions, will you have photos to share of you kayaking, hiking, fishing, cycling in some of the most beautiful scenery ever seen?  

We know you’ll take fond memories home with you and we wish you a safe onward journey. This has been the Svalbard Line. We hope to see you back here with us soon.

The Svalbard Express – Southbound Voyage from Svalbard to Bergen

About your trip

What's included

Cabin guests

Enjoy an impressive range of included benefits when you choose from our selection of comfortable accommodation options: Polar Inside, Polar Outside and Arctic Superior cabins.

When in Norway 

  • Transfers in Longyearbyen (hotel – ship) 

  • Two nights in a four-star hotel in Longyearbyen, including breakfast and one dinner

  • Camp Barentz Wilderness Evening excursion 

  • Hybrid-powered catamaran tour on MS Bard 

(Please note that the above are not included if the date you make your booking is less than 90 days before your chosen departure date. This means that the length of your voyage will be shorter. See Itinerary above for more information.)

Cabin on the ship

  • Accommodation in a comfortable cabin with ensuite bathroom 

  • Choice of preferred cabin type  

Take a look at the cabins on MS Trollfjord

Food and drink on board 

  • All-inclusive dining at Flora and Árran

  • Unlimited select beer, wine, and spirits at Flora, Árran, and the 1893 Bar, served during restaurant and bar opening hours (excluding breakfast)

  • Unlimited mineral water, tea, and coffee  

  • Afternoon snack in the 1893 Bar

  • Culinary demonstrations and food tastings 

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Life on board

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

  • Multi-lingual Coastal Experience Team  

  • Dedicated onboard photographer

  • Daily themed lectures, photography guidance, arts and crafts

  • Access to fitness room and sauna

  • Library access with a selection of books and magazines

  • Selection of equipment for outdoor activities, photography equipment, and binoculars available to rent

Learn more about life on board MS Trollfjord

Suite guests 

For the premium onboard affair, quartered in beautifully appointed luxury accommodations, the Expedition Suite experience is the choice for you. 

When in Norway 

  • Transfers in Longyearbyen (hotel – ship) 

  • Two nights in a four-star hotel in Longyearbyen, including breakfast and one dinner

  • Camp Barentz Wilderness Evening excursion 

  • Hybrid-powered catamaran tour on MS Bard 

(Please note that the above are not included if the date you make your booking is less than 90 days before your chosen departure date. This means that the length of your voyage will be shorter. See Itinerary above for more information.)

Suite on the ship

  • Accommodation in a stylish, spacious suite with ensuite bathroom 

  • Choice of preferred cabin type 

  • Unlimited minibar (refilled twice a day) 

  • Daily turn-down service 

Take a look at the suites on MS Trollfjord

Food and drink on board 

  • All-inclusive dining at Flora and Árran and fine-dining à la carte at Røst

  • Unlimited select beer, wine, soft drinks, and spirits at Flora, Árran, and the 1893 Bar, served during restaurant and bar opening hours (excluding breakfast)

  • Premium drinks package at Røst, including a selection of beer, wine, soft drinks, and select spirits

  • Complimentary after-dinner cocktail

  • Unlimited mineral water, tea, and coffee 

  • Choice of restaurant dining times 

  • Exclusive Røst Afternoon Tea with sparkling wine 

  • Exclusive dinner with the ship’s senior officers 

  • Culinary demonstrations and food tastings 

Read more about your food and drink experience

Life on board

  • Fast track priority check-in including exclusive Espolin Johnson lounge access 

  • Hurtigruten Collection clothing package including shell jacket, sweater and wool hat

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi 

  • Multi-lingual Coastal Experience Team  

  • Daily themed lectures, photography guidance, arts and crafts activities 

  • Dedicated onboard photographer

  • Access to fitness room and sauna

  • Library with a selection of books and magazines

  • Selection of equipment for outdoor activities, photography equipment, and binoculars available to rent

Learn more about life on board MS Trollfjord

Know before you go

Optional Excursions

Explore your destination even further with our wide range of exciting excursions. The excursion programme presented is an indication of some of the excursions that may be available during your voyage.