Autumn expedition from the high Arctic to the Norwegian fjords
Enjoy a Spitsbergen adventure combined with the highlights of the Norwegian coast.
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.
Longyearbyen and Barentsburg
In Longyearbyen you find all the amenities of a small modern town, beautifully situated in a magnificent Arctic landscape. After embarking MS Nordstjernen we sail to the Russian settlement Barentsburg.
Magdalenefjord and Moffen
The North West Corner of Spitsbergen is scattered with islands, fjords and beaches and has a long history of exploration. In beautiful Magdalenefjord we might see polar bears, minke whale and bearded seals. If the ice conditions permit us, we will sail past 80° North and towards Moffen.
Krossfjord/Kongsfjord and Ny-Ålesund
Also known as King’s Bay, this is the largest fjord on the North West coast of Spitsbergen. At the end of the fjord you’ll see the majestic Kongsbreen (King’s Glacier). Previously a coal mining community, Ny-Ålesund is now an advanced high Arctic research station.
This isolated island is the southernmost of the Svalbard group of islands and has a large concentration of sea birds.
Honningsvåg and the North Cape are situated in a harsh yet beautiful coastal landscape.
Tromsø and Trollfjord
In Tromsø the Northern Lights are returning and there may even be morning frost glittering on the rooftops. Late in the evening we will sail through the spectacular Raftsund and then into magnificent Trollfjord, where nearly vertical mountain walls rise directly out of the water.
Svolvær in Lofoten offers a bustling ambience with cosy cafes along the harbour.
Trondheim's highlights include the Nidaros Cathedral, the old town bridge, old wooden houses along the river and small, charming streets.
Ålesund and Geiranger
Ålesund is a colourful and picturesque coastal town renowned for its unique Art Nouveau architecture. The Geirangerfjord is one of Norway’s most popular tourist destinations and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sognefjorden is the world's longest fjord and the deepest in Norway, with beautiful steep mountains side rising out of the water. We will visit the picturesque village Flåm, home of the Flåm Railway. In the evening we will enter the Nærøyfjord, which is a UNESCO world heritage listed area.
We arrive at the port of Bergen during the morning. Enjoy the day in this international city with small-town charm, surrounded by seven impressive mountains and steeped in coastal history.
In Hardangerfjord you can enjoy the views to the great Hardangervidda mountain plateau, waterfalls, glacier systems and tiny colourful villages and farms along the fjord. We will spend the day exploring this remarkable area and its hidden gems.
Stavanger and Lysefjord
Present-day Stavanger is considered the oil capital in Norway. It is set in an area known for its scenic highlights, including the world renowned ‘Preikestolen’ or Pulpit Rock located in magnificent Lysefjord.
Enjoy a day at sea.
MS Nordstjernen was built in Hamburg in 1956, and her “coming home” again sees the end of this great expedition.