Fjords, polar bears and everything in between - a true Arctic adventure
See the spectacular fjords and scenery along the Norwegian coast, before exploring Spitsbergen.
This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage. Hence, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.
The voyage starts in Bergen this afternoon. Enjoy the day in this international city with small-town charm, surrounded by seven mountains before embarking MS Nordstjernen.
In Gudvangen in Nærøyfjord you will enjoy the view of the mountains covered with snow, wild waterfalls and landscapes where tiny farms cling to the mountainsides, truly some of Norway’s wildest and most magnificent scenery.
The Geirangerfjord is called the most beautiful fjord in the world, and the scenery will leave you breathless. Ålesund’s beautiful Art Nouveau architecture is known for its myriad of turrets, spires and beautiful ornamentation that give the town its distinctive character.
Trondheim was the first capital of Norway and is still the city where new kings receive their ceremonial blessing. The well-known Nidaros Cathedral is only one of many sights worth visiting here.
We start the day with a visit to Reine a traditional fishing village and Lofoten’s capital Svolvær. Continuing north we take a detour into the magnificent Trollfjord before exploring the Vesterålen region.
We arrive at Bjarkøy just outside Harstad. The natural surroundings vary from great mountains to hills, woods and bare rock faces. Tromsø, the Gateway to the Arctic, is a lively, colourful town rich in Arctic history.
Close to Honningsvåg you’ll find Europe’s northernmost point, the North Cape. We are sailing around the cape, leaving the Norwegian coast, heading for Svalbard.
Enjoy a relaxed day at sea.
The history of Longyearbyen is very much the history of coal mining, and remnants from the first mining can be seen everywhere. In the Russian settlement Barentsburg there will be opportunities to visit the Pomor Museum and see a lively folklore show.
This area is known as the North West Corner. Magdalenefjord is one of the fjords that we aim to visit. Here you’ll experience a very important part of cultural heritage: a whaling site from the 16th century, including a graveyard of whalers that died during their first ‘oil adventure.’ We aim for reaching Moffen at 80 degrees North, the home of the walrus.
In the heroic age of exploration, Ny-Ålesund was the starting point for numerous expeditions towards the North Pole. Today several countries run their own national research stations here and activity is high during summer.
We arrive at Longyearbyen early this morning and disembark to head home.
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