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.

Discovering the Arctic

Your adventure begins with an overnight stay on the edge of the Arctic wilderness in Longyearbyen. After a guided tour of the town, you'll board MS Nordstjernen and sail through Isfjorden to Spitsberg’s fabled northwest corner. Svalbard's stunning nature reserves beckon as we cruise along Magdalenefjorden and Kongfjorden.

A wonderful wilderness

Scan for polar bears, walrus, whales and other Arctic bird and animal life as you sail through these spectacular landscapes. Jagged mountain peaks, dramatic fjords and immense glaciers line the route to Ny-Ålesund's science community before we return to Longyearbyen.


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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