Spitsbergen & Polar Bears

an Arctic Adventure (Wednesday to Monday)

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 Svalbard archipelago on our vintage-style ship MS Nordstjernen, getting close to glaciers, mountains and fjords.

  • Look out for Arctic wildlife, including reindeer, whales and polar bears, as we cruise the northwest corner of Spitsbergen.

  • Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Arctic Ocean as we tour the archipelago under the Midnight Sun – this is Arctic travel at its very best.

Spectacular scenery

Your Svalbard archipelago vacation begins in Longyearbyen, the world’s northernmost town. Then you’ll board MS Nordstjernen to explore the fabled northwest corner of Spitsbergen. Marvel at the mountain peaks, endless fjords and immense glaciers that make this one of the world’s most incredible landscapes.

Rich Arctic wildlife

The Arctic is a summer haven for bird species like Little Auks, Arctic Terns and Barnacle Geese. Look out for minke and beluga whales and walrus in the water, and reindeer, grouse and Arctic foxes roaming the tundra. With luck, we’ll even see polar bears patrolling the shores.


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

The fjords of Svalbard

Day 4

Birdlife in Kongsfjorden

Day 5

Return to Longyearbyen

Day 6

What's included


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


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

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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