Longyearbyen – Bergen

The Svalbard Express: Southbound | Longyearbyen to Bergen | 2024

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$3,077

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Departure Dates

10 departures between May 2024 and Sep 2024

Duration

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

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The Svalbard Express: Southbound | Longyearbyen to Bergen | 2024

Price from $3,620

$3,077

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 program 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.

Spend a moment just taking in Svalbard. You’re at a latitude more than 78°N and less than 820 miles from the North Pole, the closest you can get to the North Pole. 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 travelers and 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 cozy wooden cabin and maybe even try some bidos (a traditional, homemade Sámi stew of slow-cooked reindeer meat and vegetables).

Savor your dessert 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. 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’s edge on the lookout for seabirds, walrus, and seals. Enjoy views of the beautiful and vast Nordenskiöld glacier, which crumbles icebergs into the fjord.

Along the way, spot the abandoned coal mining town Pyramiden in the distance, so named after the shape of a nearby mountain. It remained a ghost town for many years, but 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 the tragic lead poisoning that claimed the lives of 17 hunters and sailors through tinned food.

Admire views of the fjord, glacier, mountains, and Arctic flora in bloom. Then 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 up 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, stroll around town. Browse boutiques selling homemade chocolate, tiny galleries with artwork inspired by life on the Arctic frontier, and bars that serve beer from the local micro-brewery.

You can also arrange to go ‘dry’ dog sledding where the sleds are fitted with wheels instead, keeping the dogs fit throughout the summer season. This means they’ll be ready to go when the snow arrives 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

Wake up early today for 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 great for spotting walrus basking on shore and for spotting 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 also been known to surface in the waters here. 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 transitioned into a host for 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 in honor 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 to Spitsbergen and sail south back to mainland Norway.

Use this day to relax aboard the ship. If the skies are clear, enjoy some summer sun on deck and keep an eye out for whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Or if it’s not too warm out, head to the sauna for a steam.

Catch a lecture from the Coastal Experience Team for fascinating insight into local history and wildlife. 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 most flavorful local Norwegian cuisine. Treat yourself to tastings of regional specialties or demonstrations by our skilled onboard chefs in the show kitchen.

You could also curl up with a good book in the lounge or chat with new-found friends in the bar while reminiscing about your favorite experiences of the cruise so far.

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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 Express 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 cruise

Bergen – gateway to the fjords

End of your cruise

Bergen – gateway to the fjords

You’ll arrive in Bergen, a beautiful city on Norway’s west coast. Majestic peaks famously surround the city, earning Bergen the nickname of ‘The City of Seven Mountains’.

It’s time to disembark the ship and make your own way to the airport. Say a fond farewell to your fellow passengers and the crew of MS Trollfjord, who made your Svalbard Express journey so comfortable. Alternatively, you could choose to extend your stay in Norway. 

You won’t soon forget the slices of paradise you’ve seen along the Norwegian coast as part of this iconic cruise. If you’ve taken in optional excursions, you will have photos of you kayaking, hiking, fishing, or cycling in some of the most beautiful scenery you’ve ever seen.

We know you’ll take fond memories home with you and we wish you a safe onward journey. This is the Svalbard Express. 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

  • Multi-lingual Coastal Experience Team  

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

  • Daily themed lectures, photography guidance, arts and crafts  

  • Access to fitness room and sauna

  • Library with a selection of books and magazines

  • Selection of equipment for outdoor activities  

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 

  • 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, and spirits at Flora, Árran, Røst and the 1893 Bar, served during restaurant and bar opening hours excluding breakfast

  • 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 

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Life on board

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

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi 

  • Multi-lingual Coastal Experience Team  

  • Access to fitness room and sauna

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

  • Library with a selection of books and magazines

  • Selection of equipment for outdoor activities

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 program presented is an indication of some of the excursions that may be available during your voyage.